All Day in Bethlehem and Visiting NEW SAINT’S Convent

May 16, 2015

Great Day of touring Bethlehem and all its glory and fun, including dancing. Enjoy! By the way, Miriam of Jesus Crucified is being canonized in Rome Sunday. She is a Palestinian Christian we all visited her convent today and all wore her cloak and prayed at her relics. WOW! Article on the new Arab saints. [...]

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Day 4 in the Holy Land with Chris Alar of the Marians; Boat Ride, Capernam, to Jerusalem

May 15, 2015

Great day again with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, then to see the 1st century boat. From there to Mass at Capernaum and a tour of the site. You can hear Fr. Chris’s excellent homily on the Eucharist below. Lunch of St. Peter’s fish, Steve Ray’s conversion story on the way to [...]

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The Rock, the Keys, the Shepherd, the Fisherman: Holy Land Day 3

May 14, 2015

Today was a great day in Northern Galilee and it all centered on Peter. But first we had Mass at the Beatitudes and Deacon Thaddeus did a marvelous job with his homily. You can hear his whole homily in the second video below. Then we went up to the Lebanese border and visited Caesarea Philippi [...]

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Marian Pilgrimage Day 2 at Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth

May 13, 2015

Steve Ray here to share with you our great day with 50 excited pilgrims. We try to stay with a smaller, one-bus group to give folks a marvelous, intimate and personal – and the best Catholic experience possible in the Holy Land. Pope Paul VI called the Holy Land the 5th Gospel and we take [...]

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Nicely Crafted Video on Why to Visit the Holy Land

May 12, 2015

Only 2 1/2 minutes – fast-paced and beautiful. Thanks Spirit Juice!   Our group arrives today. This exquisite little video shows why they decided to fly over the Atlantic to join us in the God’s country – literally, the land of Israel. We are now walking in the footprints of God! Join us later this [...]

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Fr. Chris Alar of the Marian’s of the Immaculate Conception Joins Steve Ray in the Holy Land

May 12, 2015

What a great arrival! Fifty pilgrims arrived at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and off we went north to Tiberias to begin our adventure following Our Lord Jesus through his own land.  Fr. Chris Alar (Fr. Joseph) from the Marians of the Immaculate Conception joined us as spiritual director and is already loved by [...]

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Pope Going to Fatima – Beat him there and miss the crowds!

April 27, 2015

We just took a great group of pilgrims to Fatima, Avila and Lourdes. We have another trip going in July to visit Fatima, Santiago de Compostela and Lourdes. Join us and miss all the crowds!  Pope Francis Plans to Visit Fatima in 2017 Trip to Coincide with 100th Anniversary of Marian Apparitions, By Junno Arocho Esteves [...]

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Join Jesse Romero and Steve Ray in the Holy Land

April 25, 2015

…this November! Click HERE. Or call sparran@ctscentral.net or 1-800-727-1999, ext.121.    

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Last Day of Fatima, Avila, Lourdes and more pilgrimage: Mass at Lourde’s Grotto, Tours and Final Comments and Farewells

April 18, 2015

It was a great day today but sad as well. It is always sad to say Good-bye and leave each other after spending such a wonderful ten days together in such tremendously powerful spiritual sites. Today we started with Mass at the Grotto where Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette and revealed herself as the [...]

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Full Day at Lourdes France including Tour of Shrine and Bernadette’s Sites – and the Evening Procession

April 16, 2015

Today was St. Bernadette’s feast day and everyone thought it pretty special to be here in Lourdes, touring the Shrine, having Mass and visiting all the historical sites related to her life. I got some great shots and involvement with the evening procession with thousands of people from all over the world, all united in [...]

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Driving thru Spectacular Mountais to Lourdes France!

April 15, 2015

We took a driving tour of spectacular Zaragosa Spain then took off north towards France, heading to Lourdes.  The Pyrenees Mountains separating Spain and France were stunning and beautiful – still covered with snow as we went through the waterfalls and rushing streams, tunnels and forests. We arrived in the Lourdes with songs of praise and [...]

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From Avila to Zaragosa: Site of 1st Marian Apparition!

April 14, 2015

Beautiful drive thru central Spain, driving around Madrid from Avila to Zaragosa in Spain. Enjoy the drive and the fun along the way.  We arrived at the spectacular Basilica of the Pillar on the Ebro River and right at our hotel. We had Mass here and saw the pillar of the 1st ever Apparition of [...]

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All Day with St. Teresa in Avila, Walking Tour, Great Homily and Installed in Brown Scapular

April 13, 2015

I will let the videos speak for themselves – but it was a great day. The weather forecast was for rain but it was sunny and warm all day. We had planned to visit two nearby cities but I made an executive decision to cancel that so people had a free afternoon and evening in [...]

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Carmelites and Lovers of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross – on the 500th Anniversary of her birth

April 12, 2015

Friends and Family of those traveling with us — if you leave a comment below I will read it on the bus. Anyone can leave a comment and I will read it. Today was your day! We followed St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross through their hometowns and places of ministry [...]

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Fatima Portugal to Avila Spain, Stopping along the way at St. Teresa of Avila’s Tomb for Mass

April 11, 2015

This is the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Avila. We are now visiting all the sites in Spain related to her life and Carmelite spirituality. What a great day we had driving from Fatima in Portugal to Avila in Spain. We had Mass along the way at Alba de Tormes, at [...]

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Full Day at Fatima: Great Weather, Moving Sites, Prayerful Experience

April 10, 2015

Today we have two videos because it was such a rich day. Video No. 1 covers our start with a great breakfast and enjoying each other’s company, going to the parish church of the Fatima children where we prayed and discussing their spiritual lives. We also saw the tombs of the family in the local [...]

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