Do the Fathers Claim the Eucharist is a Symbol and Not the Real Presence?

January 7, 2015

A man sent a challenge that the Fathers of the Church claim the Eucharist is a symbol and therefore NOT the Real Presence of Christ. Is that true? My friend Gary Michuta answers the question. Thanks for including me in on this conversation. Brian, there are three issues that commonly trip up non-Catholics when they read [...]

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Biblical Measurements and Units

January 5, 2015

Cubits, a spam, and ephah and a bath. What do all of these mean in the Bible? Here is a helpful chart taken from Verbum.

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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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St. Paul Street Evangelism – Catholics Preaching on the Street like St. Paul

January 4, 2015

If you are not familiar with St. Paul Street Evangelism they are worth getting to know – and worth joining. It was started a while ago by my friend Steve Dawson who said, “Why don’t we Catholics hit the streets and public squares like the early Christians and like the Apostles?”  So… …he started St. [...]

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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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Two Great Jewish Movies

January 3, 2015

Since we are in Jerusalem, I thought I would share two of our favorite Jewish movies. Recently watched “Everything is Illuminated” again. It is funny and profound about a young man (Elijah Wood – Frodo in “Lord of the Rings”) who discovers his Jewish past after Nazi fascists occupied Ukraine. It is one of my [...]

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Day 7: Via Dolorosa, Bishop of Jerusalem, Gethsemane and more

January 2, 2015

Another marvelous day. Enjoy!

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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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Ending 2014 with a Day in Bethlehem: Visiting the Nativity, Cave of the Shepherds, Dining and Dancing

December 31, 2014

The first video is our full day touring Bethlehem with Mass twice :-). Once at the cave of the shepherds and the second time in a Carmelite monastery to celebrate Mary the mother of God. We also did a whole lot of other things all day in Bethlehem. Video 2 is our wining, dining and [...]

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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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“You are Peter” in Jesus’ language of Aramaic

December 30, 2014

Since we recently visited Caesarea Philippi, the site where Jesus renamed Simon as “Peter” or Kepha (Matt 16:13-20), I thought you would find this interesting. So, what did it sound like at Caesarea Philippi when Jesus renamed Simon and made him the rock of the Church: “And I tell you, you are Peter [rock], and [...]

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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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The Rapture? Not All Evangelical Protestant Scholars Agree

December 29, 2014

I was organizing the 5,000 books in my Logos Bible Software program on my laptop and noticed this quote about the so-called “Rapture” as taught by many Evangelical Protestants. The Rapture is a new Protestant doctrine that was invented in the mid-1800′s in Scotland. The new novelty is mainly based on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. The [...]

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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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Is God Like a GPS System?

December 28, 2014

There are a million reasons why God is NOT like a GPS system but I am in Australia and I made a wrong turn and my GPS started reprimanding me and saying “Recalculating!” For those who don’t know, GPS stands for Global Positioning System. It is a nifty little device that links up with positional [...]

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