Pilgrimage

Holy Land Pilgrimage Final Farewells and Comments

by Steve Ray on November 16, 2017

It is always fun to hear what people have to say about the pilgrimage we just completed. They’re enjoyable, interesting and worth listening to. Enjoy!

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Today is the last day and a lot of fun. We visit the Jordan River and the Dead Sea, ride camels and have lunch in Jericho. And that’s not all — there’s a whole lot more. Enjoy this video of our final day!

For the homily of the concluding Mass, click here.

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F5ED32C3-E84E-432B-99E5-6F32E9F5D9F8 Today was our very early morning. We wanted to walk the Via Dolorosa before the sun rose and arrive at Calvary with our hand held olivewood crosses. We all touched the top of Calvary and had Mass at the foot of the cross. Homily here.

We also went to the Western Wall and then had a nice walk through the old city of Jerusalem for lunch at a favorite restaurant to help support the Catholic family. We gave everyone the rest of the afternoon off for confession, Eucharistic Adoration and time to explore Jerusalem on their own.

We ended the day with a magnificent dinner on the rooftop of Jerusalem looking out over the holy city.

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Day 6: Gethsemane, Mt. of Olives, Upper Room, Passover Lamb, DANCING and more

November 14, 2017

Great day in the land of our Lord and Lady. Great homily at Gethsemane here. Lots of amazing sites and experiences. Enjoy the dancing!

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Day 5: Bethlehem All Day, Solemn Entry into the Holy Tomb

November 13, 2017

There are an unprecedented number of people in the Holy Land right now. I have never seen this many people in my 25 years of coming here and the guides and locals are saying they’ve never seen anything like it. Today in Bethlehem there were loads of groups everywhere. That came from all over the […]

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Day 4: Mass at Capernaum, Boat Ride, Eating St Peters Fish, Visitation and Arrival in Jerusalem

November 12, 2017

Today we started with Mass at the Purham where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood“. I gave my talk entitled “Defending the Eucharist.“ You can see/hear Fr. Nathan‘s emotional how lonely here. Next we saw the ancient boat from the time of Jesus and we also went on a real boat out […]

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Mass at Capernaum, Boat Ride in Galilee, Conversion Story, Visitation and Jerusalem!

November 12, 2017

Today we started with Mass at the Purham where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood“. I gave my talk entitled “Defending the Eucharist.“ You can see/hear Fr. Nathan‘s emotional how lonely here. Next we saw the ancient boat from the time of Jesus and we also went on a real boat out […]

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Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Syria, Multiplication, Primacy and more

November 11, 2017

Northern Galilee had all of our attention today. Starting out with the Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes. Always hard to get people out of there it’s such a beautiful place :-)  Fr. Nathan‘s homily was exceptional and passionate and you can see/hear it here. Up to Caesarea Philippi were Jesus said “You Are Rock!“ […]

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Day 2: Cana of Galilee, Annunciation in Nazareth, Holy Family, Mt. of Transfiguration

November 10, 2017

We started our day in Cana of Galilee and the renewing of our wedding vows. Always an emotional and moving experience. From there we went to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation and where I gave my talk “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family”. And authentic Nazarene lunch and then onto […]

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“Life is about the Journey, not the Destination!” Huh?!

November 10, 2017

“Life is all about the Journey, not the Destination!” (paraphrase of a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.) I saw this sign at the airport recently. Imagine! In an airport of all places! What stupidity! Grab a passenger arriving at the airport to catch a flight and shout, “Hey, take any flight you want sir, it […]

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Franciscan University Group Arrives in Israel!

November 9, 2017

Everyone arrived in Tel Aviv safely and excited. Uneventful departure from the airport and drive up to Galilee. We settled into our hotel in Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee. We had our first Mass on the shore of Galilee. Hear/see Fr. Nathan‘s excellent 1st Pilgrimage homily Here. Enjoy!

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What Does God See When He Opens His Eyes?

November 8, 2017

Since we are in Capernaum today – where Jesus said, “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood.” I thought it would be appropriate to post again this popular blog post that explains the Sacrifice of the Mass. Recently we went to Mass with two Protestants.  As we walked in the door — there it was, […]

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Excellent Talk by Rev. Billy Graham – A Message for Our Time and a Blast from My Past (video fixed)

November 7, 2017

I have a soft spot in my heart for this man because he has had a PROFOUND impact on our family. It was his message over the airwaves in 1953 that first brought my mom to Christ and my mom and dad then brought us boys to a living and vibrant knowledge of Jesus Christ.  […]

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Mary a Mediatrix? Isn’t there just One Mediator?

November 6, 2017

The Bible says, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5). Yet Catholics refer to Mary as a Mediatrix (feminine form of the word mediator). So, isn’t that prima facie evidence that Catholics make up doctrines, worship Mary and disregard the Bible? […]

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Protestant Heaven vs. Catholic Heaven – Simpson Style

November 5, 2017

This got a chuckle out of me so I thought you might like it to. In a dream Marge sees Bart and Homer convert to the Catholic Church and go to Catholic heaven, leaving her behind in Protestant heaven, to her chagrin. Click HERE.

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Fatima Wrap-up, Last Mass, Comments and Farewells, Good-bye Dinner

November 5, 2017

Sad to say “Goodbye” but for most of the pilgrims it was not “Goodbye” but rather “Until We See You on the Next Pilgrimage.” This video contains our last pilgrimage Mass in Fatima (see/hear Archbishop Lucas’ final pilgrimage Homily here). Portions of our farewell dinner, lots of images and heartfelt comments and farewells. Enjoy!

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