Day 4: Defending the Eucharist, Jesus Ate these Fish, Is Mary an Ark?, Up to Jerusalem

May 11, 2014

Unusually wonderful weather, cool, dry and nice breeze. Started by sailing the Sea of Galilee, Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said, “Eat My Flesh,” my talk on Defending the Eucharist.  Then we ate St. Peter’s Fish just like Jesus and his disciples then the fun ride to Jerusalem. I told my conversion story on both [...]

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Purgatory? Doesn’t that Deny the Work of Christ?

May 11, 2014

What’s the Deal with Purgatory? by Steve Ray Isn’t the finished work of Christ sufficient? Didn’t he pay for all my sins? Why the heck do Catholics teach that we have to suffer in Purgatory for our sins? Plus, the Bible never mentions purgatory so it must be an unbiblical doctrine, right. Wow! Sounds like [...]

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Do Catholics Worship Mary?

May 11, 2014

A friend named Lenard Alt sent this to me — a response he wrote about an anti-Catholic verbal assault: Is Mary being worshiped as a God or equal to Jesus?  Is this Catholic or Protestant teaching? When people ask you the question, “Why do Catholics worship Mary as God?” there is a fallacy built into [...]

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Is Peter the First Pope? Join us in the Holy Land to See the Answer is YES

May 10, 2014

Today we started out at the Mountain of Beatitudes where we had a wonderful Mass looking out of the sea of Galilee. Fr. Keith in persona Christi proclaimed the gospel during our Mass where Jesus preached. We drove up to Caesarea Philippi where Jesus said to Peter, “You Are Peter and on This Rock I’ll Build [...]

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Day 2: Transfigured, Weddings Renewed, “Hail Mary” where it was first said

May 9, 2014

Our May group is doing just fine. Many of them are from North Dakota and they’re glad it’s a little cooler here than normal. Everybody is very punctual and cooperative which makes for a wonderful pilgrimage. We started the day on top of the Mount of Transfiguration where we had Mass. It’s always a great [...]

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Mass with 2 Protestants and 1 Crucifix

May 8, 2014

A while ago we went to Mass with two Protestants.  As we walked in the door — there it was, as big as life — a CRUCIFIX with the Body of Our Lord hanging over the altar.  I knew what the Protestants were thinking — I used to think the same – ”CATHOLICS ARE WRONG, JESUS IS [...]

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May Group Arrives in Israel, Everything is Great and Off to a Blessed Start

May 8, 2014

Two buses came zooming north from the airport in Tel Aviv to our hotel in Tiberias. No lost luggage. All is well. Enjoy the first day via video. Day ended with Mass on the shores of Galilee.

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My Bike Ride from Tiberias to Magdala along the Shore of Galilee

May 8, 2014

Our group just arrived in Galilee and I jumped on my bike and took off for exercise and adventure. The Legionaries are building a “Spirituality Center”, whatever that is, at Magdala so I am off to check it out. I’ve been told they built a Protestant chapel there so I have to see this with [...]

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Istaeli Security Already Preparing for the Pope at our Notre Dame Hotel in Jerusalem

May 7, 2014

The Pope owns the hotel where we always stay with our groups. It is the Catholic Center in Jerusalem. Janet and I have stayed at the Notre Dame Ctr. over 130 times. Today when we arrived back from dinner at our favorite Christian restaurant in the Old City we found six Israeli security vehicles in [...]

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Do Catholics Worship Mary?

May 7, 2014

In response to the show I did with Drew Mariani on Relevant Radio: I thought it would be a good time to respond to an e-mail I received a while ago. It was a questions from a friend wrote to ask me for my take on Mary. He was corresponding with someone that said Catholics [...]

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Family Matters: Priorities in our Lives: Radio Show MP3 on Sean Herriott’s Show

May 7, 2014

Sean Herriott and I are doing a series of shows on Family Matters (which has two meanings if you didn’t notice :-) We’ve done Raising Daughters, Raising Sons, Loving Your Spouse — and this month we did Priorities in the Family. You can listen to it here http://relevantradio.streamguys.us/MA%20Archive/MA20140506c.mp3  Questions and Comments we addressed:  Jesus is always [...]

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11 Must See Churches in Rome: Steve Ray and Teresa Tomeo Interveiwed by Fox News Travel

May 6, 2014

Here are a list of great churches to see in Rome that are usually off the radar screen. Murals of torture and martyrdom, tombs of the Apostolic Fathers and much more. Enjoy the article at http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2014/04/24/11-must-see-churches-in-rome/

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Last Day, Fun Day, Jericho, Dead Sea, Camels, Hugs & Goodbyes

May 5, 2014

The last day is always a lot of fun. We have visited all the holy sites some people don their shorts and sandal,s bring their swimsuits and off we go for an unusual day in Israel. Camel rides, floating in the Dead Sea, great lunch in Jericho with more shopping, and lots of hooping and [...]

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Day 7: Birthplace of Mary, Miracle of Jesus, Mass at Gethsemane, Prayer at Western Wall, Free Afternoon to EXPLORE and PRAY

May 4, 2014

The weather is beautiful and the sun is shining. Visibility is clear and Israel is magnificent. I guess a lot of people realize that because there are hundreds of thousands of people here from around the world. For those who are afraid to come to the Holy Land realize that more than 3.5 million people [...]

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The Trail of Blood or Baptist Successionism

May 3, 2014

The Trail of Blood by Steve Ray What is the history of Baptists? Can they trace their roots back to the 1st century? Many ”fundamentalist” Baptists believe they can. Are they correct? There is a booklet that is very popular among this fundamentalist crowd. It is entitled “The Trail of Blood”. The booklet claims that Catholics persecuted the [...]

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The Bible out of Context

May 3, 2014

When reading the Bible devoid of its historical and textual context, there is no context except the context which any person might supply for it. or put otherwise, A text without a context is a pretext. I always get frustrated when self-proclaimed Bible students or teachers start pontificating about the meaning of the Bible and [...]

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