February 2014

While President Obama calls religious freedom a “key objective of US foreign policy,” experts question how high a priority combating persecution really is.

February 14, 2014

Janet and I spend a lot of time in countries where the Christians are the minority, mistreated and persecuted. We see it first hand. In fact, I am writing this from Bethlehem where the Christians are leaving in droves because if the mistreatment they suffer. We have not been to Syria or Egypt lately but [...]

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New Research Supports Authenticity of Holy Shroud of Turin – Join Us on Shroud Pilgrimage Next Year!!

February 14, 2014

Scientists Believe Image Caused by Radiation from Earthquake in 33 AD ROME, February 13, 2014 (Zenit.org) – A group scientists in Italy have claimed that neutron radiation caused by an earthquake in 33 AD could have induced the image that many believe to be Christ on the Holy Shroud of Turin. They also believe the [...]

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Waves on Galilee, Eating Fish with Heads On, To Jerusalem, Entering the Tomb with Organ Accompaniment

February 14, 2014

Great day. More commentary soon.

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“You are Rock…Feed My Sheep” and Vocation Stories Galore

February 12, 2014

Today was a lot about Peter: from Caesarea Philippi (Matt 16) to the Primacy of Peter on the shores of Galilee (John 21). We also had Mass at Beatitudes, visited the Druze for lunch and much more.  We have two priests and five sisters with us so we had vocation stories all along the way [...]

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Transfiguration, Cana, Nazareth and a Treasure Among Us

February 11, 2014

Today we took the Madonna University group with five sisters and a lot of folks also from around the country and England to visit three of our favorite Rosary sites. And, we prayed each of those Mysteries at the three sites. Enjoy the video. We also found out we have a treasure among us – [...]

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Eternal Security: Is Baptist Pastor Charles Stanley Right?

February 11, 2014

ETERNAL SECURITY (Once Saved-Always Saved): Analyzing a Sermon by Baptist Pastor, Charles Stanley By Steve Ray Hello Protestant Friend: Even though I have watched his show off and on over the months, I had no intention of watching Charles Stanley on television last night. It was just that I was tired after getting home and [...]

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New Pilgrimage Group Arrives Safely, even from England, and with Msgr.Dylag, Friend of JPII

February 10, 2014

This group was started by the good sisters of Madonna University in Livonia Michigan, especially Sister Rosemary Kujawa. With us is Msgr. Michael Dylag, the confident and friend of Pope John Paul II. We also have pilgrims from around the US and even some sisters from England. What a great group this will be!! Here [...]

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Excellent Response the the UN’s Intrusion into Catholic Church Issues and Freedom

February 7, 2014

Dr. Anne Hendershott, director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville, has written a pointed response to the statement concerning clerical sex abuse issued by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Her commentary in Crisis Magazine points to many flaws in the UN statement [...]

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Walking Tour of Old Jerusalem seeing things seldom seen

February 4, 2014

We took off early in the morning and walked a lot yesterday. A great time was had by all. Started the day at 7 AM with Mass at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem with the Bishop of Jerusalem. Breakfast, then started on our walking tour by going through the Damascus Gate into the heart of the [...]

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An Example of How the Secular Media Exploits the “Pope Francis Effect”

February 4, 2014

Phil Lawler writes, Yesterday I called attention to a very perceptive critique, by Bishop James Conley, of the Rolling Stone cover story about Pope Francis. The purveyors of pop culture aren’t interested in reporting what Pope Francis thinks, Bishop Conley warned; they’re interested in promoting their own ideas, and using the Pope as window-dressing. Recognizing [...]

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Mass, Temple Mount, Jordan Baptismal Site, Jericho, Samaritan Parable, Bethany and more

February 3, 2014

Way too much to write about today. Rich and full day. I also did a one-hour radio show on St. John’s Gospel about the places we visit today and spoke to 20+ priest from around the world on a priestly renewal pilgrimage – so I am whipped and heading for bed! But the day was [...]

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What Does “Water and Spirit” Mean?

February 3, 2014

A while ago a Protestant friend tried to prove that Born Again by “water and Spirit” did not mean baptism. Here is one paragraph that he sent me: In John, chapter 3, Jesus told Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews and a Pharisee, that one must be born ‘from above’ (Gr. anothen) in order to enter the [...]

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God said “Please”; Abraham said “OK”

February 2, 2014

Studying Scripture like this is one of my favorite things to do in the whole world. Nice little tidbits pop out, like the one Which I share from you while visiting the sites related to Abraham in Hebron in the Palestinian a West Bank. When God said to Abraham: ”Take Isaac, your only son, the one whom [...]

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Into Bethlehem for Mass with the Local Christians and to the Unvisited City of Hebron to See Abraham

February 2, 2014

Day Six was right up there with the rest! We started the day with shopping in Bethlehem with our favorite Christian shop that supports 70 Christian families stuck behind the wall. You can see the shop in the video.  The highlight of the day for me and I think for everyone else was Sunday Mass [...]

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Samaria, Jacob’s Well, Mass in Taybeh, Bethel, David Kills Goliath and more

February 1, 2014

Today was our fifth day of Holy Land part 2 and what a day it was! How do we even begin to describe it?  We left beautiful green Galilee and drove through the Jordan Valley south until we cut up into the mountains of Samaria to the west. We went to Nablus to the Well [...]

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