Pilgrimages

Sailing on Galilee and UP to Jerusalem

November 21, 2013

Another great day with the St. Ann’s Parish pilgrimage. We started out with Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said,” Eat my flesh, drink my blood”. I gave my talk “Defending the Eucharist”. We then went in on a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee before arriving at Nof Ginosar to see the ancient boat [...]

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Footprints of Jesus and Peter on our 3rd Day in the Holy Land

November 20, 2013

Great day beginning with Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes. This is such a lovely place it’s hard to get people to leave. Then we drove one hour up to Banias which in the Bible is referred to as Caesarea Philippi. Along the way all three priests on the bus told us their vocations story. [...]

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Transfigured with Christ; Renewed Wedding Vows; Rosary Where the Words Were First Uttered

November 19, 2013

Today we had great weather, not too hot or cold, just perfect. Everyone has already bonded into a fellowship of believers set on learning more about our Lord and Lady and the Church. And we are reading the 5th Gospel – which is the Holy Land.  Today we began early to avoid the lines and [...]

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St. Ann’s Parish Midland Texas Arrived for a Great First Day in Israel

November 18, 2013

[Family, friends and well-widgets: please leave greetings and comments below and I'll read them daily on the bus] Their flights arrived on time and all stepped off the plane a bit tired but enthusiastic and ready to go. We got them up to Galilee for a fine dinner and Mass on the shore of Galilee. [...]

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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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Israeli Government Bulldozes Catholic Bishops Property in Jerusalem

November 8, 2013

Latin Patriarchate house razed 7 November 2013 The Patriarch of Jerusalem has vowed to take legal action against the Israeli Government after bulldozers of the Jerusalem municipality demolished a house belonging to the Patriarchate. The attack on the house on the Jerusalem-Hebron road, which was inhabited by a family of 14, endangered the future of [...]

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Pilgrimage Cruise Blessings, Comments and Farewells

October 27, 2013

It was a blessed time. Share the final moments.

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What City Did Paul Love the Best? Probably the Most Corrupt City in the Roman Empire.

October 26, 2013

Today we visited the city with people that Paul loved the most. He wrote four letters to them even though only two remain extant. Paul lived with these these new Christians for 18 months and cared for them above all others. What city could this be? None other than Corinth. Enjoy our video of today’s [...]

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St. Paul Spoke with Socrates, Aristotle and Plato in Athens; We Climb Mars Hill Where St. Paul Spoke

October 25, 2013

Athens was the heart of the Greek culture. Today we toured Athens and saw the city of Aristotle, Plato and Socrates. St. Paul also spoke in the same streets. He was then taken to the Areopagus to give an explanation of his “babbling” which he did brilliantly.  I gave my short talk on top of [...]

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Exiled to the Island of Patmos

October 24, 2013

Because he preached the word of God and opposed the false gods of his day, John the apostle was excited to the small Greek Island of Patmos. Today we stepped off our big ship onto small tender boats to go ashore. We had Mass outside the WHER he received the Revelation which became the last [...]

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Walking in Ephesus Where St. Paul Lived Over 2 Years

October 24, 2013

Ephesus is magnificent. I gave four talks as we moved our way thru this die. The outdoor lunch and the rug-making demonstration was frosting in the cake. Ephesus Part One Ephesus Part Two

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The Throne of Satan at Pergamum

October 22, 2013

Another great day visiting two ancient sites starting at Pergamum as mentioned in Revelation 2. St. John, quoting Jesus, said they lived where the Throne of Satan is. We showed our pilgrims the place where the Altar of Zeus stood. I explained that false gods have demons behind them. Zeus was the father of all [...]

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The Exotic City of Istabul

October 22, 2013

Some were afraid to visit Turkey, Istanbul in particular. They all exclaimed, “What a surprise! Istanbul is marvelous!” And it is. Most Americans have never been in a Muslim mosque. We took them in the huge Blue Mosque for a primer on Islam. Then to the very sad Hagia Sophia that was the largest and [...]

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Walking with St. Paul thru Philippi

October 21, 2013

Another great day with perfect weather as we toured ancient Philippi and walked on the very ancient roads that Paul once journeyed. We had an outdoor Mass at the Zygatis River where St. Paul baptized his first European convert named Lydia. In the old Roman theatre I gave my talk “What Must I Do to [...]

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Exploring Thessaloniki Greece

October 20, 2013

Today we disembarked for the first time for a tour of Thessaloniki where Paul visited and to whom he wrote two epistles. After returning to the ship for a sumptuous lunch (we really suffer on these trips :-) we had the first talk in our “Seminar at Sea” series. He spoke on Five Myths about [...]

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Through Greece to Cruise Ship, Day 5

October 19, 2013
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