January 2014

What an amazing day. You can see it for yourself here. Wish you were with us. 

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Today we hugged the Sea of Galilee – all the way around. Going up the winding steep road up to the Golan Heights along the border with Jordan was a breath-taking ride. We stopped to explore the old Syrian military bunkers and to see the lay of the land. 

Several lookout points over the Sea of Galilee and a visit to Kursi where Jesus cast the demons out of the man of the Gadarenes into the pigs. Then we found the location of the 2nd multiplication of loaves and fish which no one even knows exists.

A tour of Bethsaida and Chorazin before lunch in a out of the way local restaurant with our friend Beni who makes everything himself. Delicious food! Then to our wine tasting tour of the Yarden Winery, a visit to a reconstructed Galilee village to experience life like it was lived by Our Lord and his apostles.

We stopped to visit the beautiful Greek Orthodox Church of Capernaum with the most magnificent icons and paints on every inch inside the church. A time for rest at our hotel and then a walk into Tiberias for Mass with the locals at St. Peter’s on the shore. A great dinner and early to bed.

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What is Holy Land Part 2?

by Steve Ray on January 28, 2014

We thought that we would take a small group with a new emphasis. Many thousands have traveled with us to the Holy Land for all the highlights and Rosary sites. We had Masses in all the most holy places in Israel.

But what if we took past pilgrims to all new sites? What if we had all our Masses with the local Christians, the bishop, the seminarians? What if we had some meals with the local Christians, for our edification and their’s?

We have seen the ancient stones (archaeological and historical sites), now we will see more of that but also meet the LIVING STONES, the persecuted Christians still paying the price to live here and maintain a Christian presence.

Well that is what we did. We are on our first day and it is proving to be an adventuresome and unified group. We are in for a delightful 11 days. Stay tuned.

Day One, Arrival and overnight in Tel Aviv.

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Mass with the Local Christians in Jerusalem

January 26, 2014

Wonder what it is like to join the local Christians for Sunday morning Mass in the Holy Land? Well, now you will know. As is our pleasurable habit, Janet and I arrive a little ahead of our pilgrimage group to make sure everything is set and ready for their arrival.  Today we joined the local [...]

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Obama’s Incredible Pro-Life Video

January 26, 2014

I posted this in honor of all the dead babies who never got to take their first breath, hear their mother’s voice, receive a smile from a waiting world or to experience life. Roe vs. Wade is a travesty for our country. Obama explains it best in this video. You’ll never believe he said it. [...]

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Response to an Ex-Catholic, now Baptist

January 26, 2014

I received an e-mail from a Southern Baptist and decided to take a few minutes to respond. Thought others might be edified by it so I have posted it here without using his name. His e-mail is contained in regular text and my response is in CAPITAL LETTERS. **************************************************** HELLO FRIEND: I WILL ANSWER BRIEFLY [...]

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Questions I Answered on Q & A for Non-Catholics

January 23, 2014

It was another rousing and fun show where I answered a wide range of questions from people who are not Catholics. The questions I answered are below. You can listen On-line here and check here for other listening options. ************************************** 1) Non-believer, philosophy student asked: How does one understand doctrine as opposed to an inner [...]

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Investigation on Medjugorje Complete, Findings to be Sent to Vatican

January 20, 2014

After CDF Examination, Pope Will Take Final Decision VATICAN CITY, January 20, 2014 (Zenit.org) – The Vatican has confirmed that the international Vatican commission investigating the events at Medjugorje is ready to submit its findings to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In a statement released Saturday, the director of the Holy See [...]

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Excited Young Catholics and Reunion of Pilgrims

January 19, 2014

Today I gave my talk on St. John here in Omaha with a church FULL, with over 900 enthusiastic Catholics excited to learn the Bible, apologetics and how to defend their faith. It’s always exciting to see young people and teenagers come up and want to talk with pages of notes they just took. Also [...]

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Pope Benedict XVI Defrocked Nearly 400 Priests in Two Years

January 18, 2014

Nearly 400 Catholic priests were laicized in a 2-year period during the pontificate of Benedict XVI because of sexual abuse of children, according to a Vatican document obtained by the Associated Press. The document, covering the years 2011 and 2012, is the first Vatican account of the number of priests disciplined because of sex-abuse charges. [...]

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Upcoming Talks: Sterling Heights Michigan, Omaha and Lincoln Nebraska

January 17, 2014

Over 900 people have already registered for the Midwest Catholic Apologetics Conference at Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Sterling Heights Michigan. I will be speaking about the “Authority of the Church.” It is full of stories, anecdotes and is pretty hard-hitting. I will be be joined by my friend Gary Michuta, and excellent apologist [...]

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Green Eggs & Ham with a Political Twist

January 14, 2014
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I Love the Universality of the Catholic Church – Love Being Catholic!

January 12, 2014

We went to Mass today and could not understand a word! It was all in French. We are celebrating Mass with a church FULL of French-speaking Africans with a white French bishop with an Italian parish priest in a church built by Italians in the heart of Istanbul which is 99.9% Muslim. We are all [...]

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Finally Leaving Iraq

January 11, 2014

We just boarded Turkish Air – most beautiful plane I’ve ever seen! After cancelled flights and much stress it looks like we are on our way out of Iraq – finally! On the positive side it was a wonderful experience being in Iraq. The people were friendly and kind. It was a very backward country, [...]

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Patrick Madrid in Phoenix to Help you Learn Your Faith

January 10, 2014

Patrick Madrid is joined by Peter Kreeft to teach you to explain and defend the Faith. It will be a great opportunity and I encourage people to attend. Patrick Madrid writes, In 1 Peter 3:15, the Bible tells us to, “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for [...]

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Ziggurat of Abraham in Ur (Naziriyah Iraq)

January 8, 2014

I’ve added a short video clip so you can get an idea of the Ziggurat. I also added a few pictures. Great day shooting footage for the Abraham movie with brick makers, the temple that Abraham saw with his own eyes, and a lot more. Your browser does not support the video tag

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