Saturday, December 30, 2017

Arrival in Israel, Very Safe & Quiet. Enjoy!

by Steve Ray on December 30, 2017

All the pilgrims arrive safely except one priest from Nigeria who missed his flight but will join us tomorrow. Everyone is tired from the long flight but excited and enthusiastic.

We are all appreciating Fr. Dan Long, especially after his first Mass by the shore of Galilee. Here is the first homily which was exceptional.

Enjoy the video of their arrival and our time at the Sea of Gallilee.

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This was very clever. A friend posted it on my site.

“When someone tells me they are non-denominational — I tell them I am pre-denominational.”

For those who don’t get it:  pre-denomination means “before the Protestant Reformation (read: Rebellion).” The Protestants gave birth to the multiplying denominations. Before them there was the pre-denomination — the Catholic Church.

By the way, the term “denomination” derives originally from “taking a new name.”


First-hand Report on Safety in Jerusalem

by Steve Ray on December 30, 2017

Steve Ray here. I know a lot of people are watching the mainstream media and seeing protests, fighting and devastation in Israel. Hey folks, it ain’t happening. It’s the media hyping things like they always do. They have to be sensationalists. (See my post from a week or two ago.)

I just took a nice walk through Jerusalem this morning and can assure you it is peaceful and quiet here and there are no incidents or protests.

92126C41-00F5-440C-B3A6-2725BFFF2E0AIf there were to be protests and problems in Jerusalem they would normally happen around the Damascus gate especially on a Friday which is the holy day for Muslims. But there was none of it.

Here is a picture from our hotel window looking down on the whole street including Damascus gate. It is peaceful and quiet with no issues.

If you see news where there are problems it’s usually down in Gaza (far away from us) and they’re using archived video footage from years past.