Pilgrimages

New and Exciting Things Around the Sea of Galilee: Day 3

January 30, 2014

Today we hugged the Sea of Galilee – all the way around. Going up the winding steep road up to the Golan Heights along the border with Jordan was a breath-taking ride. We stopped to explore the old Syrian military bunkers and to see the lay of the land.  Several lookout points over the Sea [...]

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Biblical, Catholic Sites in Israel Along the Mediterranean Sea

January 29, 2014

What a great first full day of Holy Land Part 2. The first video is for the morning where we started out on our journey up the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Mass at St. Peter’s Church where he raised Tabitha from the dead and saw the vision from heaven of the sheet full of [...]

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What is Holy Land Part 2?

January 28, 2014

We thought that we would take a small group with a new emphasis. Many thousands have traveled with us to the Holy Land for all the highlights and Rosary sites. We had Masses in all the most holy places in Israel. But what if we took past pilgrims to all new sites? What if we [...]

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Mass with the Local Christians in Jerusalem

January 26, 2014

Wonder what it is like to join the local Christians for Sunday morning Mass in the Holy Land? Well, now you will know. As is our pleasurable habit, Janet and I arrive a little ahead of our pilgrimage group to make sure everything is set and ready for their arrival.  Today we joined the local [...]

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Ziggurat of Abraham in Ur (Naziriyah Iraq)

January 8, 2014

I’ve added a short video clip so you can get an idea of the Ziggurat. I also added a few pictures. Great day shooting footage for the Abraham movie with brick makers, the temple that Abraham saw with his own eyes, and a lot more. Your browser does not support the video tag

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Discovered the place where Jacob fell asleep and saw the ladder sending to heaven

January 6, 2014

It was off the beaten track and in a Jewish settlement in the Palestinian area. This is the traditional place where Jacob fell asleep with his head on a stone and had a dream of a ladder going to heaven with angels ascending and descending.  St. Chromatius wrote, “The Ladder is the Cross of Christ: [...]

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In Israel, Heading to Iraq and Turkey: Preparing to Shoot New Movie on Abraham

January 4, 2014

Janet and I have been in Israel the last 10 days working on the script for our new Footprints of God DVD on Abraham. It will be entitled “Abraham, Father of Faith and Works.” Besides writing we have been driving around Israel and the Palestinian areas to review all of the places related to Abraham, [...]

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Our Pilgrimages Mentioned on FoxNews.com

December 27, 2013

I received an email requesting an interview on Holy Land pilgrimages. It was from Fox News. I agreed and the following article is the result.  “6 Out-of-the-Ordinary Ways to Experience the Holy Land” During the holidays, thoughts turn to the Holy Land as the center of Christian and Judaic history. With so many preserved relics [...]

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Steve in Corinth: Why We Know the Bible is True; Talk at the Erastus Stone

December 9, 2013

This is one of those moments when I love taking excited Catholics to biblical lands. Last month we went to the sites of St. Paul around the Mediterranean. One of my favorite sites is the Erastus Stone off the beaten track at Ancient Corinth. Here is my 10-minute spontaneous talk about the truth of the [...]

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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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Last Day – Wow! What Fun. Camels, Dead Sea Swim and more

November 25, 2013

Today was special for this group because most of them, including Msgr. Droll are from St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Midland Texas. I arranged for their last day to have Mass at St. Ann’s in Jerusalem where the Blessed Virgin was born. Here is Monsignor’s homily. 713_0030 It was a rollicking day of visiting great sites, [...]

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2,000 Year Old Trees in Gethsemane, Wailing at the Wall, Praying in Upper Room and more

November 24, 2013

Another great day with marvelous weather, fantastic pilgrims, a sumptuous itinerary and deeply spiritual experience. We started with Mass at Gethsemane – one of the most moving sites for many people. Here is Msgr. Droll’s homily at Gethsemane 713_0029 Then we prayed at the Western Wall where I explained the history and shared some interesting stories. [...]

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Every Day is Christmas in Bethlehem!

November 22, 2013

Great day. It was our “Bethlehem Day!” We saw all the main sites and more including Mass at Shepherd’s Field. We started by shopping in Bethlehem to support the persecuted local Christians. Then to Shepherd’s Field for Mass after which we had lunch at the Christmas Tree Restaurant (wait until you see Msgr. Droll making [...]

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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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