April 2011

Very cool. Detroit News called me in Rome and asked for an interview. Click here to read the article.

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Assisi Day on Beatification Pilgrimage

by Steve Ray on April 30, 2011

Family and Friends of the Pilgrims: Please leave greetings and messages in the Comment Box below and I will read them aloud each day on the bus!

Our day trip to Assisi in Umbria Italy went wonderfully! No comments from me necessary; you can see and hear for yourself with the videos.

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Beatification Pilgrimage Day 2

by Steve Ray on April 29, 2011

Great day at Angelicum University where JPII attended college, and the Catacombs — with JPII’s classmate Cardinal Rejia and later papal biographer George Weigel.

All are well, great weather. More soon. Tomorrow a tour and Mass at Assisi!

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Running thru Heart of Rome

April 28, 2011

Running thru churches and history of Rome. Click here for map, geo-tagged pictures and videos ` Running thru Rome St. Ignatius Loyola with his foot on Martin Luther’s head.

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JPII Beatification: Day One: Arrival

April 28, 2011

All are tired but also exhilarated. We had a few miss their flights but all are arriving now. We had Mass first, then time to enjoy a delicious lunch at Ristorante di Pilotta before checking into the hotel and going out to a rousing welcome dinner with great food, wine and music. Now all are [...]

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Streaming Beatification on the Web

April 28, 2011

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 21, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican will work through its official Twitter and Facebook pages to live-stream the vigil and beatification of John Paul II. (Picture: Posters all through Rome!) The Pontifical Council for Social Communications, in collaboration with the Vicariate of Rome and Vatican Radio, is promoting the beatification as an occasion [...]

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Anti-Obama Re-election Billboards

April 26, 2011

Can you blame Conservatives for posting these election signs on every street corner? Looking forward to the upcoming election, every gas station now has anti-Obama signs posted for everyone to see, and feel. How’s that “hope and change” doing for you?

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Obama Shuts Down Anti-Porn Task Force

April 26, 2011

Is anyone surprised? The guy sees all the right things as wrong, and all the wrong things as right. He is backwards, upside down and hopefully on his way out! Obama Discontinues Porn Task Force

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More Devout – Protestant Europe vs. Catholic Europe?

April 25, 2011

Here is a video I made today in the rain. I am ever impressed with Rome and her 910 churches. Europe has serious problems, but there is a bright light still shining. Enjoy this 3 minute video and be proud! UPDATE TUESDAY: Maybe the full chapel was an anomaly yesterday. We went back for Mass [...]

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Mark Hord’s Conversion Story: A Russian Reformation

April 25, 2011

For some reason I have always been drawn to two particular branches of history, military history with an emphasis on unconventional warfare, and the history of the Russian revolution.    My passion for the first came when I was still in my early teens during the Vietnam war.    I was a young man in a family [...]

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First Communion for Joshua!

April 24, 2011

Our grandson Joshua received 1st Communion today on Easter. We are proud of this bright boy. Thanks Fr. Ed for now bringing the NEXT generation of Ray’s into the heart of the Catholic Church!

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Pope’s Blessing and Easter Run thru Rome

April 24, 2011

Run thru Rome on Easter including Pope’s Blessing. See Run Map, video, explanation, and pictures

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“Crossing the Tiber” on Holy Saturday in Rome

April 23, 2011

Crossing the Tiber is the title of my book so I decided to Cross the Tiber literally again today in Rome. I also saw the bigger-than-life Stations of the Cross at the Vatican. Hope you enjoy!

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“Crossing the Tiber” in Rome on Holy Thursday

April 23, 2011

Running through Rome and “Crossing the Tiber” on Holy Saturday. This morning I went out running and I crossed the Tiber River (my book is “Crossing the Tiber“). I also gave my thoughts on my conversion at St. Peter’s, viewed the magnificent larger-than-life Stations of the Cross in front of St. Peter’s, and showed the [...]

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Holy Thursday Running; Good Friday Walking

April 22, 2011

Before I left Jerusalem yesterday, I ran through the Old City following the events of Holy Thursday. Thought people would like to see it with their own eyes :-) I also just made a video of our group walking the Via Dolorosa from the Trial of Jesus by Pilate to Calvary and the Tomb – [...]

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Where was Jesus on Holy Saturday?

April 22, 2011

He was in the tomb, of course. Soldiers guarded the tomb and a seal had been placed on the stone. His dead and bloodied body lay wrapped in the shroud of burial. But in 1 Peter 3:18 we are told that while his body lay cold in the tomb, he was moving around preaching the [...]

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