February 2011

Short Promo Video for our Pilgrimages

by Steve Ray on February 28, 2011

Here is our new 11-minute video about our pilgrimages, explaining how safe they are, where we go, what kind of food we eat, and much more.

Now easily accessible on YouTube.

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Finally Home (for 4 days)

by Steve Ray on February 27, 2011

Just landed back home to deep snow after 7 weeks away. Can’t wait to see the family! Good to be home!

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Because the planes left in the evening instead of the morning, the group had a free extra day! So we gave them the morning free to explore Jerusalem, walk around, nap, pack, pray or whatever they wanted.

We also arranged a Shroud of Turin Exhibit tour with Fr. Kelly, Mass at Ein Kerem where the Visitation took place and more. It was a great day with perfect weather.

It is always sad to say Good-bye, but it has to come to an end eventually. It was a perfect pilgrimage with great weather, no illness or injury, and everyone got along great and left with many hugs and embraces. Everyone had a GREAT time.

On pilgrimage I always offer any runners a chance to run with me around the walls of the Old City. Today I just had one runner with me, but we had a good run. You will see a bit of it here.

Join us on a future trip — like the trip to Rome on April 28 for the Beatification of John Paul II, or a great weather trip to Israel in April, or a trip to the Holy Land with Scott Hahn in May or for those locked into the school year, a trip to the Holy Land in June. Also Poland in September and many more. See our Pilgrimage Schedule.

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Day 8: Masada, Dead Sea, Camels & more

February 25, 2011

PART ONE: QUMRAN, MASADA, DEAD SEA, JERICHO. PART TWO: CAMEL RIDING, LATIN PATRIARCHATE, PILGRIMAGE SHELL

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Papal Encyclicals & Church Documents

February 25, 2011

For a marvelous resource of Church Documents and Encyclicals going all the way back to the 1200′s, click on St. Peter’s Basilica. Isn’t it great to have the Church! God still speaks today and like times past still has a family and a voice through the Church — his body. Where else can you find [...]

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Day 7: Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Mass at Gethsemane

February 24, 2011

Today we begin with 8 AM Mass at Gethsemane at the rock where Jesus sweat blood. Then to Pater Noster at the top of the Mount of Olives to pray at the place where Jesus taught his disciples the Our Father and from where he ascended into heaven. Then walk down the Palm Sunday Road [...]

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Eucharistic Miracle in Michigan?

February 24, 2011

We’ll see what my bishop thinks. Read the article here.

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Ed Peters and the Diocese of Albany “Should Cuomo Receive Communion?”

February 23, 2011

Article in CNSnews.com ******************************* From Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: My brief replies to Albany’s brief response A political wag once observed that the fastest way to start a ruckus on Capitol Hill is to point out what the Constitution actually says. In the Church, it seems, the fastest way to start a ruckus is to [...]

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Day Six: Via Dolorosa, Mass at the Tomb, St. Ann’s, Western Wall….

February 23, 2011

It was another banner day but this one started with a 4:30 AM wake up call. The videos will explain why :-) I am posting today in two parts since we had so much going on. Everyone had the afternoon and evening free to explore, pray, nap, or whatever they wanted to do. I know [...]

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Mary, Ark of the New Covenant

February 23, 2011

Yesterday and today in Bombay I talked about Mary’s visit to Ein Kerem where she visited her relative Elizabeth. We just visited Ein Kerem again with our group a week ago. Here we pray the 2nd Joyful Mystery of the Rosary and I explain St. Luke’s incredibly insightful description of this event. Since you will [...]

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Polycarp does not mean “many fish”

February 23, 2011

In honor of the Feast Day of the Great Bishop and Saint Polycarp on February 23, we are doing special shows with Drew Mariani on Relevant Radio. The name Polycarp sounds funny to our English ears, but in Greek it comes from two words “poly” meaning many or much, and “carp” meaning fruit. Obviously his [...]

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Day Five: Full Day in Bethlehem & Hebron

February 22, 2011

EVERYONE IS ENJOYING YOUR COMMENTS. I READ THEM ON THE BUS AND EVERYONE IS GRATEFUL. THE HUMOR IS MUCH APPRECIATED AS ARE YOUR PRAYERS AND COMMENTS. KEEP THEM COMING! Perfect weather, great group, exciting and spiritual sites — and great food and dancing! Today we spent the day in Bethlehem and a short time in [...]

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Death of Converted Abortionist

February 21, 2011

The death of Dr. Bernard Nathanson today affords us an opportunity to recall the tremendous effect of Baptism. Like, our not needing to pray for any mercy to be shown to Nathanson for his 75,000 abortions. Read why here: here In the Light of the Law: a canon lawyer’s blog: http://canonlawblog.blogspot.com/

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Day 4: Boat Ride, Capernaum … to Jerusalem!

February 21, 2011

Off to a good start! Today we will have TWO videos since there was just too much to fit into 10 minutes (YouTube limits). So, below is Part I and soon I will upload the afternoon and trip to Jerusalem in Part II. We spent the morning around the Sea of Galilee, on a boat [...]

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Live Near Chicago (Huntley) Illinois? Join us!

February 20, 2011

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Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights & a Fine Dinner

February 20, 2011

PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS FOR YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS BELOW IN THE “COMMENTS” BOX. I READ THEM EACH DAY TO THE PILGRIMS ON THE BUS! I started my day early with a 3.5 mile run along the shore of Galilee as the sun began to rise. You can see the map, pictures and videos here. Our [...]

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