Pilgrimages

First Days in Portugal

April 9, 2015

The first video is me on a hiking tour along the waterfront of Lisbon. I look at a lot of the people, places and things as I go through this beautiful city. I end up at the Monastery of St. Jerome. Built in the 1500s it is now under the control of the government and [...]

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Did Catholics Invent Pilgrimages?

April 7, 2015

No, it was something the Holy Family did at least once a year! Look what the Catechism says: “[Jesus'] public ministry itself was patterned by his pilgrimages to Jerusalem for the great Jewish feasts” (583). And the Psalmist wrote: “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage” (Psa 119:54 in RSV-Catholic [...]

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Fun Article in Faith Magazine: For Stephen Ray Evangelizing is an Adventure!

April 6, 2015

Faith Magazine came out to do an interview last year and the article showed up this month (April 2016). Hope you enjoy it. Today we are ON OUR WAY to Fatima, Avila and Lourdes! Stay tuned for updates, daily videos and more.

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Fast-paced 1-Minute New Video about our Pilgrimages – let us know what you think

March 24, 2015

This is produced by Spirit Juice. Let me know what you think.

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Excellent and Artistic Photographs of Israel by Spirit Juice

March 3, 2015

Rob Kaczmark and his new wife Kimberly joined us in the Holy Land last September. They own Spirit Juice Studios which is a new and talented production company. While they were with us they took magnificent and artistic pictures along the way. Never have I seen such eye-popping images of the Holy Land. Enjoy! Join [...]

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Two Priests Comment on the Holy Land – and what it meant to them

February 8, 2015

These priests experienced the Holy Land for the first time in December. They traveled with us and brought great joy and fun to the whole group. They were devout, serious and holy, yet they were fun, laughing, full of stories, played cards until the lights went out and bonded with the group like affectionate brothers. [...]

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Fr. Good’s Thoughts on Christmas in the Holy Land with our Footprints of God Pilgrimages

February 3, 2015

This was an unsolicited letter from our chaplain over the Christmas pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Enjoy!

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John the Baptist Ate Them…Steve Ate One too!

January 10, 2015

I was just on the radio and mentioned how I ate a grasshopper in the Holy Land, in honor of John the Baptist. Since we just returned from Israel I thought I would repost this blog entry in honor of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus on January 9 and my appearance on Relevant Radio to [...]

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The Pain of Stolen Honey – In Preparation for “John the Baptist & Our Lord Baptism”

January 8, 2015

A painful price is paid when one reaches his hand into a swarm of bees to swipe some of their honey. Stingers fly and welts flare. Wild honey is not collected from wild bees without burning pain and suffering. Today there is protective equipment and methods to harvest honey, but in times past it took [...]

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Camels, Dead Sea Floating, Feasting in Jericho, Authentic Baptismal Site of Jesus and more

January 3, 2015

Enjoy our last pilgrimage day!

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Critical, Discerning Pilgrims: What Did They Say?

January 3, 2015

After 8 days together on a bus thru the Holy Land, guess how every one reacted…

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New Year’s Day: 5:30 AM Mass at the Tomb of Christ! Also Mt. Zion and Mt. of Olives

January 1, 2015

The alarm went off at 4:30 AM and with smiles all the pilgrims entered the lobby and we walked together to the Holy Sepulchre to touch Calvary where the cross stood and then to have Mass inside the Tomb. What a blessing–our first thing of the New Year! Enjoy! Mass at the Tomb Mount of [...]

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Sailing on the Sea; Eating Flesh and Blood in Capernaum; Up to Jerusalem

December 30, 2014

Another great day with friends and adventure. Boat ride on Galilee, viewing 2,000 year old “Jesus Boat”, Mass at Capernaum and my talk on the Eucharist. Lunch of St. Peter’s Fish and drive up to Jerusalem. Then to the Church of the Visitation and ending up for a great dinner at our Vatican-owned Notre Dame [...]

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My 60th Birthday and Touring Upper Galilee

December 29, 2014

When you turn 60 you have to do some soul searching. At best, with good health I have 20 good years ahead of me. What will I do with them? How will I best use my last good 20 years? Here is my list of priorities: 1) to serve my Lord Jesus to the best [...]

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Transfiguration, Annunciation in Nazareth and Wedding Renewals in Cana – and Running and Swimming

December 28, 2014

  Family, friends and well-wishers: if you leave a comment below I will read it to the pilgrims each day on the bus. Please leave your thoughts and encouragements and/or prayer requests. Today was great all the way around. Great weather except for a few minutes of sprinkles. Swimming, running, walks through Tiberias on top [...]

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Arrival of our Group in Israel for our Christmas Pilgrimage

December 27, 2014

Yup, the planes arrived with pilgrims from all over the United States, Rome and England. Great group of excited Catholics ready to experience the most amazing days of their lives. Enjoy the video.

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