Saturday, April 2, 2011

Running in Catholic Heartland of Ohio

by Steve Ray on April 2, 2011

IMG_7511This weekend my son Jesse and are are driving through Ohio doing two Parish Missions. One at Immaculate Heart in Cincinnati and one at St. Remy’s in Russia Ohio. Both were incredible parishes with wonderful priests and people.

Immaculate heart is a large, bustling parish with lots of ministries, enthusiastic people and devote love for God.

20110402-113951.jpgSt. Remy’s had all the same qualities but it is out in the middle of French and German farm country with nothing for miles but good Catholic families and a beautiful Catholic churches every three miles.

While here we discovered the 2nd largest collection of relics in the Unites States. It was stunning and profoundly moving. It is called the Maria Stein Center Shrine of the Holy Relics.

The shrine was beautiful and contains over 1,000 relics of the saints from all over the world and from all ages.

We ran a bit in the area and took some pictures. Click here to see and read more. I will be taking my wife there on a date as soon as I get a few free days :-)

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Pope Benedict on Pilgrimage

by Steve Ray on April 2, 2011

Pope-Benedict-XVI-thinking“To go on pilgrimage is not simply to visit a place to admire its treasures of nature, art or history.

“To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves in order to encounter God where he has revealed himself, where his grace has shone with particular splendour and produced rich fruits of conversion and holiness among those who believe.

“Above all, Christians go on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, to the places associated with the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection.”

–Benedict XVI (Nov. 6, 2010)

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