June 2012

Link Fixed: CBS’s “60 Minutes” on the Holy Land – Very Well Done!

June 18, 2012

Today we are in Bethlehem. Since we are leading the Franciscan University of Steubenville in the Holy Land – and today we are in Bethlehem, I though many would like to see learn about the Christian situation in the Holy Land. This is well worth watching to understand the plight of the Christians in the [...]

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REAL Stations of the Cross, Mass IN Tomb of Christ

June 18, 2012

Up at 4:15 for early, in disturbed prayer along Via Dolorosa arriving to touch and venerate the top of Calvary where the old rigger cross once stood. Then Mass INSIDE the Tomb with lots of emotion and prayer.

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Bethlehem all Day!

June 17, 2012

Hot! It was over 100 degrees all day but it did nothing to quench the enthusiasm of this Francisco University Pilgrimage. Lots of water, air conditioned bus and restaurants, and excitement conquered as our pilgrims explored Bethlehem up and down ending with a great Palestinian meal with dancing. For our morning: Afternoon

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Day 4: Boat on Galilee, Capernaum, Samaria, Jacob’s Well, Visitation, Jerusalem

June 16, 2012

Thrilling day with ecstatic pilgrims, devout Mass at Capernaum, boat ride on Galilee, eating St. Peter’s Fish, Steve’s Conversion Story on the bus. Drive thru Jenin and Samaria. Stopped in Nablus ( Sycar) to drink water with Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at Jacob’s Well. Then to the Church of Visitation for Steve’s talk on [...]

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Millions of Muslims Converting to Christianity

June 16, 2012

Islam’s Enemy #1 with a price on his head …

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Religious Liberty Threatened…will you stand with us?

June 15, 2012

I hope you are aware of the battle going on right here within the borders of our United States. As my own pastor Fr. Ed Fride recently said, “When they took God out of our schools and we did nothing. Next they took God out of our government, and we still did nothing. Now they [...]

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Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Golan, Druze Lunch, Primacy, Tabgha and more

June 15, 2012

Great morning! More details soon but here is a link to the video of our morning. Morning Afternoon

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How Much Can a Camel Drink?

June 15, 2012

Since we are in Israel and riding camels, I thought I would post some fun and interesting facts. I recently wrote the Bible Study on Genesis for www.CatholicScriptureStudy.com. In chapter 24 Abraham sends his unnamed servant to find a bride for his son Isaac. The servant prays to God and asks, ”Whichever girl at the well [...]

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 2: Transfiguratioin, Wedding Vows in Cana, Exploring Nazareth

June 14, 2012

Another great day with the Franciscan Pilgrimages group of excited and inquisitive pilgrims. Fr. Bradly LePage is doing a fine job as spiritual director and the group is melding together nicely. Great day with Mass at the top of the Mount of Transfiguration, renewal of wedding vows in Cana and visiting the grotto in Nazareth [...]

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Reagan at his Best – the Republican Speech from a Democratic Platform

June 14, 2012

I miss this guy!

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Franciscan University of Steubenville Holy Land Pilgrimage, Day 1 Arrival

June 13, 2012

The plane came in a bit late but everyone was full of excitement and joy to be in the Holy Land. We went to Mount Carmel where the Carmelites began to have Mass near the Cave of Elijah overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Then to our hotel on the Sea of Galilee for dinner and an [...]

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Steve Joining Defending the Faith Conference at Steubenville this Summer

June 13, 2012

STEUBENVILLE, OH—Since its founding in 1991, over 28,000 people have attended the Defending the Faith Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville, garnering it a reputation as one of the most comprehensive Catholic apologetics conferences in the nation. Under the theme “Apologetics and the New Evangelization,” this year’s line-up of speakers will share the clear truths [...]

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Landslide of Lutherans into the Catholic Church

June 12, 2012

Article in National Catholic Register, by my friend Tim Drake One of the most under-reported religious stories of the past decade has been the movement of Lutherans across the Tiber. What first began with prominent Lutherans, such as Richard John Neuhaus (1990) and Robert Wilken (1994), coming into the Catholic Church, has become more of [...]

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Catholic Answers Live: “What Did the Early Church Look Like?”

June 11, 2012

 What Did the Early Church Look Like? To listen on-line click HERE. To download as a podcast, click HERE We started the show by discussing the early Church – how it was like and unlike the Church today. We discussed the theology and practice of the first Christians and how we know they were Catholics. [...]

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Missed Sunday Mass…

June 10, 2012

… but kind of made up for it. We boarded our plane at 5 PM Saturday and arrived in Jerusalem before sunrise on Monday. Hum?! So before going to bed we walked in the dark to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to join the 5:30 AM Mass inside the Tomb of Christ. Every Mass [...]

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We Should All Target Target: Calling all Catholics, other Christians and Sensible People

June 10, 2012

Why would a big corporation trying to sell to the wide cross-section of America alienate a huge part of their customers? Stupidity or pressure from the Gay Lobby is probably the answer. We used to buy a lot at Target as a family with ten grandchildren. But, as of today we will NOT set foot [...]

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