April 2014

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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 got up there and had a wonderful outdoor mass and the top of the Mount of Transfiguration.

Another favorite aspect of a everyone of our program images is renewals of wedding vows. We had three couples that hair celebrating 50 years of marriage and it was quite exciting. We also had an older couple who discovered each other late in life after losing a spouse and have been married two years. We took a of all of them renewing their wedding vows together.

We went to Nazareth for lunch at a local restaurant run by three Christian brothers, not one set up for tourists, but where the locals eat. It was delicious with salads, hummus, grilled chicken and beef kebabs. The sweets afterwards were heavenly.

Nazareth is one of my favorite places in the world. It’s where the Annunciation took place but if you think about it, it’s also where the incarnation began. The altar in the grotto of the Annunciation says, “The Word became flesh HERE”. The hair goes up on the back of my neck when I realize that God became man in this cave. No science-fiction could ever be that exciting.

After that we went to the house of St. Joseph where the Holy Family lived for 30 years. We discussed their restroom facilities :-)  This is something we don’t think about when we meditate on the Holy Family. But they were real people living in the real world. Here I gave one of my favorite talks entitled “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family.”

We know that people are tired on the first full day after arriving in the Holy Land so we make sure they have some free time in the afternoon. Some want to go swimming in the See of Galilee, to take a nap, to walk through Tiberias, or do whatever they wish. A delicious dinner followed the three hours of free time and then everybody went to bed to get ready for another exciting and deeply spiritual day tomorrow.

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Holy Land Group Arrived with Fr. Scott Courtney

by Steve Ray on 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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A Long Month Ahead; keep us in Your Prayers

April 20, 2014

Janet and I are at the airport in Detroit heading out to Rome to lead a group of 63 people in a double-decker bus on a Rome-Assisi pilgrimage including the canonization of John Paul II and John the 23rd. Rome will be crowded but we’re looking forward to sharing this experience with our pilgrims. After […]

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Carrying our Cross with Jesus, Touching Calvary, Mass at the Tomb…

April 18, 2014

A Day in the Life of our Pilgrimages so you can SEE an LIVE what happens Good Friday. This is always the highlight of the pilgrimage. We start early – very early – and pray the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa where Jesus carried his cross. We arrive before the crowds at […]

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Catholic Answers Live: Stations of the Cross and Pain of the Crucifixion

April 16, 2014

Wow, what a fun show. Great questions and lively discussion. Listen on-line HERE and other audio options HERE. the audio links as soon as they are available on Thursday. Also, for those who are interested in my audio talks on this topic, visit Steve Ray’s Store/audio. Look for “Stations of the Cross” and also “Pain of […]

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Lots of Radio Shows this Week; Join Us!

April 16, 2014

I love Catholic Radio and all that it is doing for the Catholic Faith. I love contributing as much as I can. Here are shows I am doing this week. Monday 1) Son Rise Morning 7:10 AM EST: Palm Sunday Tuesday 1) Son Rise Morning 7:10 AM EST: Mary, Martha and Lazarus: Jesus preparing for the Passion […]

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Do You KNOW if Your Tax Returns Are Correct?

April 16, 2014

Donald Rumsfeld served as secretary of defense under both President Gerald Ford and President George W. Bush, but he can’t master the tax code.    Every year on Tax Day, Rumsfeld sends a letter to the IRS explaining that he doesn’t know whether he did his taxes properly. Rumsfeld published his newest letter on his Twitter […]

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Steve Ray about Holy Land & Holy Week on WNGL Archangel Radio

April 16, 2014

This is about an hour show on Archangel Radio in Mobile Alabama. We discuss the Passion from Holy Thursday the Easter Sunday. Steve takes you on an audio tour. 

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While You Celebrate Easter, Remember the Christians Slaughtered by the “Rebels” in Syria – rebels supported by our government

April 14, 2014

The Stuff of Nightmares: Christians Forced from Homes in Syria’s Kassab Eyewitness Reports of Violent Expulsion of 2,500 Armenian Christians from Historic Syrian Town By Lela Gilbert DAMASCUS, April 14, 2014 (Zenit.org) – An Armenian friend on Facebook alerted me to the tragic story of Kassab, Syria: On March 21, Sunni rebels violently expelled around […]

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20 Years After Cairo Conference on Population and Development

April 14, 2014

20 Years After Cairo Conference on Population and Development Family Life and the Economy By Father John Flynn, LC ROME, April 14, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Last week the United Nations held a review of the 20 years since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994. The meeting looked at […]

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