July 2013

Watching Lourdes work amazes me. It is a big operation with Masses going on all over the place all the time. Hundreds of wheelchairs processing through the streets with thousands of volunteer nurses and assistants and it all goes like clockwork. There is a sense of prayer and the reality of God here and it is wonderful to immerse ourselves in the life and prayer of Lourdes.

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Today it is supposed to be 92° in Lourdes and tomorrow 100° so I decided to start early with my walking tour covering all of Lourdes. This is an incredible Catholic shrine and my wife Janet neither have enjoyed being here.

If you haven't watched the Academy Award winning Song of Bernadette lately, it is worth a watch.

But today I wanted to take a walk through everything to become very familiar and to share it with everybody else. I started at the main Basilica’s going to the grotto, then all around along the Pau River into the country and up in the mountain for the stations of the cross before coming back down to the shrine area and then into the village to see all the places related to St. Bernadette’s childhood.

My tour has an interactive map, commentary, 16 videos and 160 pictures. I hope you enjoy it!

 

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Tomorrow I am up early to do my run-walk covering all of Lourdes and documenting it for you with EveryTrail with interactive map, commentary, pictures and video. You will join a virtual early morning tour of the Lourdes visited by 5 million pilgrims a year.

Then I will on Teresa Tomeo’s show at 9:20 AM Eastern to discuss Lourdes, Mary and the place of women in the Church. To listen on-line click here. Also on EWTN, Sirius Satellite and many other sources.

If you want to join us in Fatima and Lourdes in September, check out our pilgrimage site at http://www.footprintsofgod.com.

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God is alive! These 3 million young people celebrate the fact!

For over a hundred years we’ve heard the foolish obituary, “God is dead!” The Enlightenment enlightened us to this truth and told us we were alone in the Universe. No God! We men are in charge and the center of all things. We shape our destiny, we create meaning for our existence, we can rid ourselves of old-fashioned religion and squash the Catholic Church (the source of our oppression and dillusions).

But now we are in the 21st century and the young people in Brazil with others flocking in from around the world have a message for the dusty old philosophers: “God is not dead! We experienced him on the beaches of Copacabana!”

It was not the white haired grandmothers or the sour-faced religious types flooding the streets in numbers beyond belief – it was young people from nearly every country in the world that flocked to see the Pope and to celebrate the Catholic Faith. They pulsed with a religious fervor and enthusiasm. They ignore the foolish materialism and secularism of the elite.

They were there to experience the living God and to hear his vicar on earth. They were there to celebrate the same Mass that had been celebrated by the Apostles and the first Christians – and done so continuously for 2,000 years. The Pope said these young people are our future. He is right. And they are right – they’ve scorned the secular ideologies and “God is dead”.

They want and have found the truth. Religion is not dead. Secularism is dead. The Catholic Church is more relevant and alive today than ever.

I am proud to be a Catholic!

From Steve Ray in Lourdes France. I am watching thousands upon thousands of folks on the other side of the planet from Brazil, also reveling in the Faith of the Church and many of them being healed by the power of the very God who exists and is working in the world in the 21st century. Picture below taken this morning at the Grotto of Bernadette.

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Pope change Church Teaching on Gays and Women? The Media Seems to Think So!

July 30, 2013

Two excerpts: Teresa Tomeo: “Here we go again. That’s what went through my mind when I started seeing the very sensational headlines from CNN, CBS, the Daily Telegraph, the BBC and others indicating that the head of the Catholic Church is doing an about face on the core teachings concerning homosexuality and the male priesthood. [...]

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Courage Brings a Run-Away to Final Peace with God and Himself

July 28, 2013

My friend Gary Gibson writes, Fifty years ago this summer, I ran away from home, never to return. I was only 13 years old. Since my mother had no means of supporting 5 kids after divorcing my Dad, we had no other option than to live with my Dad. I was the oldest child and [...]

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Just arrived at the famous Gothic Cathedral in Burgos Spain

July 28, 2013

…more soon.

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Join Me on My Walking Tour of All of Fatima with Commentary, 21 videos, 147 pictures and an interactive map

July 27, 2013

Fatima is not just a shrine. It is the homes of the children, their parish church, the local cemetery, the places the angel met the children three times, the 93 year old niece of Lucia whom I prayed with, the well where they watered their sheep… …AND the gorgeous shrine with the apparition chapel, the [...]

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Octopus, Dinner in…

July 26, 2013

…Santiago de Compostela. Tomorrow the Tomb of the Apostle St. James. Stay tuned for my adventure hike seeing everything at Fatima today and my walking tour of Santiago de Compost tomorrow. I LOVE being catholic, sharing it with my wonderful wife Janet, sharing it with the whole world and demonstrating the truth and beauty of [...]

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Just Had Mass at Fatima

July 24, 2013

More soon… …tomorrow I will post my 7 mile hike through ALL the sites of Fatima, explaining and sharing the whole experience. Join us in September on a pilgrimage to Fatima in Portugal, Santiago de Compostela in Spain and Lourdes in France. Visit http://www.footprintsofgodpilgrimages.com/upcoming-pilgrimages    

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Walking Tour of Catholic Lisbon Portugal, Part 1

July 23, 2013

Sorry but no time for fancy blog post but this link goes to my interactive map with pictures and videos: See Part 1 of our Walking Tour thru Catholic Lisbon Portugal HERE. Crashing into bed for early drive to Fatima tomorrow morning. Lisbon Part 2 soon (when I am awake again :-) It’s not too [...]

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On Our Way to Marian Shrines

July 21, 2013

Janet and I are on our way to Portugal, Spain, and France. In September we have a wonderful pilgrimage heading to the Marian shrines of Fatima and Lourdes as well as Santiago de Compostela at the tomb of St. James, the apostle of Our Lord. Janet and I are going there to make sure everything’s [...]

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Defending Marriage in an Age of Unreason (Zenit Article)

July 21, 2013

Have you ever tried to argue with a telephone pole or maybe a hysterical person? That is often what it is like trying to reason with some people invested in the new a-moral world of gay politics and the dissolution of traditional marriage. Rarely can you have a real conversation since on one hand it [...]

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Tom’s 10 Favorite Places in the Holy Land

July 19, 2013

Tom Govern has twice gone with Janet and I to the Holy Land and plans to go again, also to Rome.  We were surprised and delighted to receive this one page review he sent us. I hope you enjoy it too.  

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“Please Pray for Tom Peters” from his Dad, Canon Lawyer Ed Peters

July 18, 2013

Please consider invoking Felix Cappello, SJ, for Thomas Peters by Dr. Edward Peters I tell my kids what my mom told me: to pray for the sick and the poor every day if only because any of us can find ourselves being either or both at any time.

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Why Can’t Catholics Celebrate Mass where the First Mass was Celebrated – in the Upper Room?

July 18, 2013

Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin dismisses reports that Israel is planning to hand over control of the Tomb of King David to the Vatican. By Shimon Cohen, First Publish: 7/18/2013, 5:15 AM  See Steve Ray’s comments at the end of the article Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin (Likud) on Wednesday dismissed recent reports that Israel is planning [...]

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Great Video: What’s It Like to Have a Brother with Autism?

July 18, 2013

Janet caught me wiping a tear from my eyes while listening to, not actually watching this video.Yikes! If most families knew they would give birth to an autistic child they’d run to the abortion clinic… …but wait, watch this video first!

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