October 2007

Rome Pilgrimage Day 7: Pope’s Audience, Ancient Rome & Farewell Dinner

October 17, 2007

Videos moved to my Pilgrimage website here On our last full day in Rome we were able to go to the Wednesday Papal Audience with Pope Benedict XVI. At this audience the Pope announced 23 new Cardinals. Many of our pilgrims got front row seats and others sat along the isles so they could take [...]

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Archbishop from Holy Land Plees for Pilgrims

October 17, 2007

Visit the Holy Land, Melkite prelate pleads London, Oct. 3, 2007 (www.CWNews.com) – A Melkite Catholic archbishop has urged Christians of the Western world to "visit the living stones of the Holy Land, the Christians who live there," the Fides news service reports. Speaking at Westminster cathedral in London, on the 60th anniversary of the [...]

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Rome Pilgrimage Day 6: Footprints of St. Paul

October 16, 2007

Videos moved to my Pilgrimage website here After another good breakfast at the Michelangelo, we drove outside the old city walls to Tre Fontane—the place where St. Paul was beheaded 2,000 years ago out on the Via Ostia. In fact, starting on June 28, 2008 the Church will celebrate the Year of St. Paul commemorating [...]

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Rome Pilgrimage Day 6: Steve’s Biography of St. Paul from Tre Fontane

October 16, 2007

After Mass at Tre Fontone where St. Paul was beheaded, Steve gives a short video overview of the life of St. Paul. Videos moved to my Pilgrimage website here

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Rome Pilgrimage Day 5: Vatican Museum, St. Peters

October 15, 2007

Videos moved to my Pilgrimage website here Started the day at 8 AM with a private Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica (Chapel of the Partorients’ Holy Mary) in the Crypt of the Popes below the Church. We prayed at the tomb of John Paul II. At 9:00 AM we began our guided tour of the [...]

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Joke of Local Catholic Guides

October 15, 2007

The vast majority of icons, mosaics and paintings portray only Mary and Jesus, with Jesus sitting on Mary's lap.  Did you ever wonder why Joseph wasn't in the pictures? It is simple, says the local guides with a smile – Joseph was taking all of the pictures.

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Rome Pilgrimage Day 4: Assisi

October 14, 2007

Videos moved to my Pilgrimage website here We had an early start because today we take the side trip out of Rome to visit Assisi. We left at 7:30 AM. Several people asked me to tell my conversion story so for the first 1 ½ hours of the drive I told how Janet and I [...]

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Rome Pilgrimage Day 3: Catacombs, Martyrs

October 13, 2007

Videos moved to my Pilgrimage website here Everyone looks forward to visiting the catacombs with a special excitement and it was no different today. The Romans buried the dead in what they called a “necropolis”—city of the dead. Christians called them cemeteries, sleeping chambers. They “deposited” the dead because they knew Jesus would come back [...]

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Are Catholic Colleges Really Catholic? Now You Will Know!

October 13, 2007

New guide lists faithful Catholic colleges in US  Washington, DC, Oct. 3, 2007 (www.CWNews.com) – The Virginia-based Cardinal Newman Society has announced publication of a new comprehensive guide for Catholic students and parents selecting a college. The culmination of two years of research and interviews, The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College recommends 21 [...]

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Rome Pilgrimage Day 2: Christian Rome

October 12, 2007

Videos moved to my Pilgrimage website here After a nice breakfast at the Michelangelo, we boarded the bus to visit four churches, two of which are members of the four ancient and elite Patriarchal basilicas in Rome. Our first stop was St. Mary Major. This church is a treasure trove of art, relics, chapels and [...]

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Rome Pilgrimage Day 1: Arrival & “Crossing the Tiber”

October 11, 2007

Videos moved to my Pilgrimage website here Everyone arrived safely in the DiVinci Airport in Rome. Janet and I met the group with our local Italian escort Luca—who is a real gem. After loading all the luggage on the bus, we drove about one hour to our hotel which is less than a 10-minute walk [...]

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Use GodTube instead of YouTube

October 11, 2007

One of the problems I've had using YouTube is that it has a lot of garbage on it. I hesitate to refer people to a video there since other things often pop up which we don't want or need to see. But I am now going to try out GodTube for my video uploads. Check [...]

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Pilgrims Have Arrived!

October 11, 2007

ROME, 11:20 AM They’re a little dazed and tired from flying all night but they’re all here safe and excited. We’re on our way to lunch at La Pilotta di Mario then every gets a nap before a tour and Mass at St. Peters. More soon.

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Virtual Welcome from Rome!

October 9, 2007

Videos moved to my Pilgrimage website here Our pilgrims are about ready to head to the airport so I wanted to send along a welcome to them from the "Eternal City" of Rome. The weather is PERFECT, the food is delicious, the churches are full of spiritual blessings and amazing things to see. We're praying [...]

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Vatican’s Top Liturgical Liberal Steps Down

October 9, 2007

For more on Marini vs. Marini and "Star Trek Vestments" visit Jimmy Akin's blog here. He is explaining the good news that the Pope has a new liturgist to plan his Masses. To get the official story, click here.

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Emily Turns 16!

October 8, 2007

Our wonderful daughter Emily turns 16 today. She is a good girl, very much in love with Our Lord and doing good in school and sports (Cross Country). (Click on image for a larger picture.) We are in Rome so we had her party Sunday before we left. The whole family celebrated with us. Our oldest [...]

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