Health/Running

Our group just arrived in Galilee and I jumped on my bike and took off for exercise and adventure. The Legionaries are building a “Spirituality Center”, whatever that is, at Magdala so I am off to check it out. I’ve been told they built a Protestant chapel there so I have to see this with my own eyes. 

Both of these issues are a problem for me. Why not call it a Catholic Church? What is a “spirituality center” anyway? Any what is a Protestant Chapel doing in a Catholic establishment? Here we will soon find female Anglican priests with their lavendar shirts and “priest collars” along followed by Pastor Billy Bob preaching “faith alone” and the “Bible Alone” while unsuspecting Catholics are celebrating Mass above them. Hum?

There were other fun things along the way too, like camels and goats, big puddles flooding the street and more. Enjoy this multimedia trip with story, video and pictures.

Click on map to start the adventure

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Video of Pre-Canonization Rome

by Steve Ray on April 23, 2014

The two men of the hour!

Janet and I arrived a few days early in Rome before our group. There will be 63 pilgrims arriving on Friday. We like to make sure everything is in order and ready for their arrival. And it is!

We decided to take a walk around the walls of the Vatican and get a feel for what’s happening in the city a few days before the canonization. So I thought I’d share with you so you could get a feel for being here in Rome. Hope you enjoy it :-)

Zenit.org

ROME, April 23, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Up to a million pilgrims will be attending the canonisation Mass of Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday, the city and Vicariate of Rome predict.

Maurizio Pucci, chief coordinator of special projects for the Mayor of Rome, told reporters Wednesday that the city estimates a minimum of 500,000 pilgrims and a maximum of a million to join the canonisation celebrations. However, some foresee a far higher number, possibly even seven million.

Pucci said 1,700 coaches, 58 chartered planes and five trains are bringing pilgrims from Poland alone. He said a problem is that the number of reservations is difficult to predict because unlike previous times, many groups are coming independent of their dioceses.

Both the city of Rome and event sponsors are sharing the costs of the event and an enormous amount of manpower will be on hand.

This will include 2,500 civil protection volunteers, 4,400 police and security personnel from the city of Rome and the Italian state, and several hundred medical staff. 5,000 priests, several hundred seminarians and deacons will help administer holy communion, and hundreds of volunteers will act as welcomers.

The Vicariate of Rome has prepared a number of prayer vigils in different churches on the night of April 26th, some geared to particular language groups.

All of Rome’s churches will stay open on the night of 26th and 27th April for pilgrims to pray and go to confession

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Dealing with Cancer: Amy Carrico’s Story

by Steve Ray on December 16, 2013

This is a heart-wrenching, yet beautiful story of a wife and mom with cancer and how she’s decided to deal with it. She’s a inspiration to us all – living in the heart of her family, God and the Church.

For other beautifully crafted Catholic and personal videos by Fr. Josh and Lolek Productions, click HERE.

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On My Bike from Jerusalem to Bethlehem and Back: Living the Bible in the Holy Land

December 3, 2013

On our last day in Jerusalem last week Janet suggested I ride my bike to Bethlehem which I did. Getting old you know, and I need to keep up my health with physical exercise. But I am also have an insatiable curiosity and love adventure, discovery and doing things no one else would do :-) [...]

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Bike Ride to Town of Mary Magdalen

November 17, 2013

We arrived in Tiberias yesterday and our driver brought my bike up from Jerusalem. It wasn’t very hot today so I decided to take a nice long ride and explore some new things. First, the Tanureen Restaurant which has built a new section where we will bring our groups in the future. Then I went [...]

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Our New Christian Health Insurance Provider

October 9, 2013

Thanks to Obama, our health insurance was canceled with Blue Cross & Blue Shield. We had this for many years but now it is gone due to our president. We found a new Christian insurance company which will give us good coverage and we will not be participating in abortion contraceptives. You may want to [...]

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Join Me and My Wife Janet on a Walking Tour of Rome with Interactive Map, Videos and Pictures

June 18, 2013

It was a great 5-mile tour visiting great churches and historical sites. Enjoy the maps, pictures and videos. Hope you love Jesus and the Church more as a result. Remember that Rome has over 800 churches and we cannot visit them all in one walking tour :-)

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Just Passed the 500 Mile Mark Today!

May 29, 2013

For the year 2013 I just passed the 500 mile mark today! Whew! I might hit 1,200 miles this year. Janet just hit a personal record today of 30 miles on the bike. Five years ago Janet and I decided to change our lifestyle. It would mean 1) daily exercise, 2) cutting our diet in [...]

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Join Me on a Walk through the Old City of Jerusalem

April 30, 2013

Today I took off in 90+ temperatures to get some exercise and to share the Old City of Jerusalem with all of you. I took a little different course than usual to provide new pictures and videos.  I also tried to capture pictures of interesting people. I don’t walk up and click my iPhone in [...]

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Jackie’s Story: Why She Missed Running the Boston Marathon this Year; Why She Runs… Not a Dry Eye on the Bus!

April 30, 2013

Jackie was one of our pilgrims on this trip to the Holy Land. She is a marathon runner who’s achieved great success. Even while here she would arise early and run several times around the Wall of Jerusalem. Deacon Jim was also on our trip along with his wife and daughter. He is struggling with [...]

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My Hike Up to Susita across the Sea of Galilee: Area of Decapolis Mentioned in Mark 5:20

February 27, 2013

Mark 5:18–21 “And as he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. But he refused, and said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy [...]

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From Womb to Tomb – My Hike from Nativity in Bethlehem to Calvary in Jerusalem

February 8, 2013

Janet and I had a free day so I decided to take an adventure. I called my friend George in Bethlehem and he picked me up and drove me to the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem. I started my walk from the place where Jesus was born. That’s why the title is from “Womb to [...]

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Early Morning Virtual Walking Tour of the Holy Sites in Jerusalem – Join Me!

January 4, 2013

It was still very dark. I had my flashlight and the frequent street lights to guide me. I decided to take you all on an early morning walk to see many holy sites in and around the Old City of Jerusalem. I even arrived at the tomb of Christ early in the morning like Mary [...]

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Bethlehem All Day; Great Place to be During Christmas and New Year!

January 1, 2013

To see my early morning walk around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem along with video, pictures and interactive map, click HERE or click on the map to the right. Great day, all day, in Bethlehem. Visited the largest Olive Wood store, heard the Our Father in the language of our Lord, touched [...]

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My Hikes thru the Islamic Countries of Muscot Oman and Dubai UAE

December 3, 2012

The parishes, with a limited number of ten priests who are carefully monitored, are there to serve the expatriate workers (mostly Indians and Filipinos), not to be signs of openness to freedom for other religions.  However, the sovereign Sultan has been very good to the Catholics considering the intolerance in many other Muslim countries. He even bought [...]

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My Walks thru Nagaland and Hyderabad India

November 27, 2012

Arrived in Muscat Oman late last evening in preparation for two days of talks. We get to tour a bit too and tomorrow I will take an extensive walk through the old city. But I wanted to catch up and share my two long walks during our last days in India. First, Kohima, Nagaland India [...]

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