Travel

Exploring the Streets around Kerala India

by Steve Ray on July 25, 2016

Hope you enjoy this little video I made of our adventures around the Divine Retreat Center as we walked out into the side streets in the town of Muringoor in Kerala India.

It starts with a few minutes of my talk with the lizards on the ceiling over my head. Then we leave the retreat center to see the side streets with lots of faces, flowers, a beautiful church, traffic, fishmongers, and other fun things. Enjoy! I hope it gives you a small sense of being here with us.

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Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.25.17 AMToday we had the morning off in Bangalore to catch up. This is the new Silicon Valley so I expected to have good internet here – and boy, was I glad since I had so much to catch up on. If someone in the USA gets “Bangalored” it means they lost their tech job to someone over here.

IMG_3686 (1)We drove an hour to St. Joseph’s School where they erected a huge tent for the evening to accommodate about 4,500 people. It filled up at 4:30 for Praise & Worship. Then Archbishop Bernard Maros arrived for Mass. Beautifully done with traditional Indian music.

It is a great joy which often brings tears to my eyes to see the beauty of the Catholic Church around the whole world. These devout Indian Christians come to praise Jesus, celebrate the Mass and hear a talk to inspire them to be better Christians. I love being Catholic!

After Mass the Archbishop sat in the front row and they invited me up to speak. I started out with, “How many of YOU would like to be up here speaking with the Archbishop sitting right there in front of you?” He was so gracious and attentive.

IMG_3671My talk was aimed at the vast exodus of Catholics out of the church for the hundreds of Protestant groups popping up all over the city.

Some are small storefront operations while others are huge Assemblies of God churches with tens of thousands of members. Their pastor owns four homes and lives an opulent lifestyle.

IMG_3705 (1)I explained that people were drawn out of the Church to these sects because of the attitude of “We love, love, love you!” but they also love your money.

The talk was my “Conversion Story and Why Be Catholic!” I made a short video to share a small part of the enthusiastic and inspired Catholic in India. Enjoy!

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India Mission Trip

by Steve Ray on July 21, 2016

It took us two whole days to get here from Detroit to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Dubai, Dubai to Cochin India. We arrived at the Divine Retreat Center at 10 AM Tuesday.

The Retreat Center in like a small village full of halls, chapels, dorms, paths through palm trees and outdoor shrines. This is a large family retreat so the place is packed with Catholics coming to pray, sing, learn and fellowship.

Last night I spoke to over 4,000 young people in their late teens and early twenties. What a joyful and responsive group. I talked about Mary the Real Girl and the Woman of Mystery. It was fun for me and they seemed very entertained and eager to learn. You’d have to be here to understand the electricity in the air.

Three talks yesterday along with two TV interviews. Another two talks today and a TV interview. Tomorrow we fly to Bangalore to give talks and meet the bishop there before coming back Sunday for four days of talking to 4,000 priests, seminarians, nuns and religious. I am excited and full of joy to serve the Lord in this unique manner.

It is a different world over here on the other side of the earth. We have mosquito netting over our bed, people eat with their hands, everything is flavored with curry and the people are delightful and friendly. It is invigorating to get immersed in a different culture and learn their ways and enjoy their food and way of life.

This is our 4th Missionary Journey to India and we learn new things every time. What a joy to share the Catholic Faith with such devout and holy people. More soon.

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How Do They Cook Spinach in Rome?

June 21, 2016

Posted a while ago but in Rome now eating spinach again so thought we’d share again… Janet and I (and our whole family) are keeping healthy with losing weight, exercise and eating good food. While in Rome last week Janet and I ate spinach every day. (Spinach is a SuperFood.) The spinach we ate was […]

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Watch this Potpourri of Photos of our Upcoming St. Paul Pilgrimage Cruise

April 27, 2016

Click on the image below for a visual potpourri of our St. Paul cruises. Join us! For more info, visit our Travel Site at www.FootprintsOfGod.com or contact:  Susan Reinhardt (313) 565-8888, ext. 161, or by e-mail at SReinhardt@CTSCentral.net                 

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Can You Ever Achieve Total Security Traveling or at Home? What Are the Risks?

April 16, 2016

Debunking the Myth of Total Security Last week, someone asked me whether I thought it was safe to travel to Izmir, Turkey. Thanks to my line of work, these kinds of questions no longer surprise me. People have been asking me such things for almost as long as I can remember. And since I have […]

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Traveling with Paul, John & Mary in Biblical Times was TOUGH!

February 25, 2016

Jostling through the crowds Paul and Luke pushed their way to the ramp. The wooden cargo ship was ready to leave Caesarea and they had gathered the last of their supplies. They pressed the silver denarii into the hands of the sailer at the dock. They were allowed onto the ship. They rushed to the […]

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Augustine’s Comment on Travel; Popes and Saints on Pilgrimages

January 30, 2016

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” –St. Augustine Pope Paul VI referred to the Holy Land as the “5th Gospel” implying that a pilgrimage rounds out and compliments the Scripture for fuller understanding.  “A long procession of people…have gone in search of the ‘footprints’ of God […]

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Womb 2 Tomb; Bethlehem 2 Jerusalem; Biking on Christmas thru the Holy Land

December 26, 2015

I am back in Israel now! Greetings from the Land! I posted this blog a year ago — but I am posting it again so you can see Bethlehem from a unique perspective, from my bike. I think you will enjoy this fun and educational adventure riding through Bethlehem and Jerusalem today. We are in […]

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Our Vibrant Catholic Youth Conference here on Malta!

October 11, 2015

We are just finishing up our 10 days here on Malta with the Catholic Youth Conference here.  I thought that some of you might enjoy seeing the vibrancy of the young people here on the island of Malta. It certainly encouraged Janet and I. We thought it might encourage and bless you as well.  Let’s […]

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On our Way Guadalupe…

August 28, 2015

A lot of our pilgrims have asked us about Guadalupe as a pilgrimage destination. Janet and I are on our way down now to investigate hotels, agents and guides, restaurants and sites. We are going to make this pilgrimage more than just a few days at Guadalupe. We’re also going to include some wonderful cultural […]

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3.3 million visitors to Israel in 2014: Statistics of Travel and Safety, Countries of Origin and Sites Visitied

January 5, 2015

Since we, and our thousands of pilgrims, travel to Israel many times a year, I thought these statistics were very interesting. Of all 3.3 million in 2014 not one was hurt or in danger. The media makes it sound like Israel is dangerous. The facts and statistics on the group prove they are wrong. We […]

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“11 Must-see Churches in Rome” Steve Ray quoted in Fox News Article

October 24, 2014

Since we leave for Rome today to pick up our 80 pilgrims for a pilgrimage through Italy, Greece and Turkey, I thought I would post this article so you can see some of the churches we will visit.  Here is the portion of the article in which I contributed. Teresa Tomeo also shares her favorite […]

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Dangerous Camels and the Mess they Leave Behind

July 7, 2014

Dangerous living the Bible in the lands of the Bible. This is a fun 30-second video of me messing with the camel in Haran Turkey where Abraham lived for a while before leaving for Canaan. It is also where Isaac got his wife Rebekah and where Jacob lived for twenty years. They all had camels […]

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One Thing I Know About Abraham: He was Sweaty all the Time!

June 15, 2014

We flew from Israel to Istanbul and then from Istanbul Urfa. We then boarded the van for the one hour drive to Haran. It was 100° and the van didn’t have air-conditioning or windows that opened. It was a stifling trip but paid off with what we found.  Haran is mentioned 19 times in the […]

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Here is a YouTube Video of my Show with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN

May 24, 2014

I sure hated the suit and tie – first time in a decade I put those things on, but other than that it was fun. It was a last minute thing. They said, “Quick, get a flight, we have a hotel, take a taxi to the NBC studios in Washington DC and be there by […]

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