Jesus Came Out Of the Tomb for us Today! Day 6 of our Holy Land Pilgrimage

May 3, 2014

We started the morning pretty early. You’re probably glad you were not here with us because the wake up call came at 4:30 AM. The bus left at 5:00 and we started the Via Dolorosa at 5:30 AM. Why in the world would we do that? Because the streets of Jerusalem are empty and we [...]

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What Is It like to Spend All Day in Bethlehem? And Then Meet the Bishop of Jerusalem?

May 2, 2014

Today we call the Bethlehem day. We get up in the morning and head through the big separation wall into the concentration camp called Bethlehem. It’s not like a concentration camp and Nazi times, but it is very abusive and unfair to the Christians who are stuck behind that wall unable to leave their 7 [...]

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Finding the unknown site where Abraham met the Trinity

May 2, 2014

Remember in Genesis 18 when the three angels came to visit Abraham? We are told in the first verse that it was the Lord that came to visit him. Christian tradition has seen these three messengers as being the Trinity coming down to visit Abraham and to judge Sodom and Gomorrah. That took place 4000 [...]

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Up to Jerusalem! (Never down). “Eat My Flesh,” Eat St. Peter’s Fish, Mary the Ark of the Covenant and more

May 1, 2014

Another great day! Teresa Tomeo joined up from Rome. We are now in Jerusalem at the Notre Dame where the Papal delegation is here preparing for the Pope’s visit. Enjoy today’s video!

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Surprise in the Restroom

May 1, 2014

Little surprise while using the restroom in Galilee. He jumped and I jumped :-)

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Day 3: Beatitudes, “You are Rock”, and much more

April 30, 2014

FRIENDS AND FAMILY, PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS FOR YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES ON THIS PILGRIMAGE. IF YOU LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW I WILL READ IT TO THEM ON THE BUS. IT IS ALWAYS A LOT OF FUN SO RIGHT A FEW HUMOROUS AND FRIENDLY COMMENTS BELOW. THANKS! You can watch today’s video HERE    

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A Powerful Story of Conversion and the Rosary

April 30, 2014

A lady named Leah shared this story: Throughout my abusive childhood, my mother dragged my siblings and I through every possible religion, Church, alternative spiritual groups/cults and was so thoroughly confused by my teenage years, I firmly believed in “nothing”. When I was around 18 and taking my usual walk after dinner one evening, I [...]

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Absent from the Body = Present with the Lord?

April 30, 2014

I realize now – that as a Protestant — I misquoted the Bible when challenging Catholics about Purgatory. Catholics taught that there was a “transition” between earth and heaven—a place or state of final purification called Purgatory. “But how can there be a Purgatory?” I asked. “Doesn’t St. Paul teach that ‘to be absent from the body is to [...]

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Why Protestants Reject 7 Books of the Bible – the Short Answer

April 30, 2014

Gary Michuta is an expert on the canon of Scripture, especially in regards to the Deutero-canonical books, what the Protestants call the Apocrypha. You can read his book Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger to see what I mean. Recently a friend asked Gary for the short answer as to why the Protestants removed seven books from [...]

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Mount of Transfiguration, Wedding Vows in Cana, Prayer at Grotto of Annunciation

April 29, 2014

This group is full of curiosity and questions. I love it! Sunny but not too hot. Breezy but not enough to blow your hat away. Like always we were the first ones up to the Mount of Transfiguration so we didn’t have to wait in line. Brian! I hate lines instead of my groups. We [...]

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Holy Land Group Arrived with Fr. Scott Courtney

April 28, 2014

Excellent arrival, drive to Sea of Galilee, Mass on the shore. Off to a great start.

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Day Before Canonization in Rome; Touring Ancient Rome

April 26, 2014

Another great day in Rome right before the canonization. We toured Ancient Rome, had Mass at Peter’s Tomb, studied the martyrs and had a great party.

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Great Start for Canonization Pilgrimage

April 25, 2014

Rome is packed with people! Buses are pouring in from every direction. I think the educated estimate is there will be 2 million people here for the canonization on Sunday. Our group arrived this morning and everyone is in good spirits and excited. We had a great start for the day with Mass at St. [...]

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Video of Pre-Canonization Rome

April 23, 2014

Janet and I arrived a few days early in Rome before our group. There will be 63 pilgrims arriving on Friday. We like to make sure everything is in order and ready for their arrival. And it is! We decided to take a walk around the walls of the Vatican and get a feel for [...]

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Rome is Happy and Excitement is in the Air; We can Feel it!

April 22, 2014

A bit goofey but fun. Nice to see young people in Rome happy and excited about the canonization of two popes. Reflecting the festive mood in Rome ahead of the imminent canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, the official website on the event, 2popesaints, has released this upbeat video with the soundtrack of [...]

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How you can push back against Mozilla/Firefox’s gay marriage thuggery

April 22, 2014

National Catholic Register  Sunday, April 06, 2014 5:15 PM, by Jimmy Akin Brendan Eich is the creator of the JavaScript programming language and the co-founder of the Mozilla Corporation, which makes the popular web browser Firefox. Several years ago, he made a donation to support Prop 8, a California ballot measure designed to protect true marriage by definining [...]

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