Pilgrimages

Here is the video for Day 1: Arrival and drive up to Galilee. All their families warned them it was dangerous.

They all ask, “Danger, where? This is beautiful!!”

We just finished dinner on the Sea of Galilee, had Mass in a thousand year old church in Tiberias and many are going to bed while others are sipping wine along the shore or walking by the sea. It’s all in the video.

Big day tomorrow: Mount of Transfiguration for Mass, Renewal of wedding vows in Cana, lunch and tour of Nazareth and my talk “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family” and much more.

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Hello Everyone. Janet and I have settled in, made sure everything is safe and in good order. We have the 60-seater bus ready to go with our new colorful 6′ x 2′ foot magnetic signs to slap on both sides of the bus.

We have Rosaries for everyone to touch on the holy sites, our guide Amer is in good form and ready to go and the land awaits us. Fifty-five pilgrims will board El Al (the safest airline in the world) and land in Tel Aviv at 12:25 Monday morning. We will be there to pick them up.

We are in for a great spiritual adventure. One nice thing: many groups panicked and canceled which leaves far fewer other groups to compete with. No lines, no waiting, no pushing or jockeying to get access to holy sites. There are other groups here but not nearly as many as usual. 

I will start posting daily videos for you to join us virtually starting Monday. God bless you all from the land of the Patriarch and Prophets, from the kings and queen mothers, from Our Lord and Lady, from the Apostles and Fathers of the Church. We can feel it already :-)

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We arrived in Jerusalem and all is well :-)

by Steve Ray on August 30, 2014

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On the VERY full plane just before landing

We arrived at the Tel Aviv airport this morning at 5:00 AM. It is no different from the 130 times we’ve arrived in the past.

We’re now at the Notre Dame Hotel in Jerusalem, went out for dinner went to Saturday evening Mass and are now comfortably settled into our hotel.

Good morning Jerusalem from our hotel window!

Our group is very wise to have waited and watched and stayed with the program. It is quiet and safe and the the Holy Land is ready to receive our pilgrims with open arms. We are in for a wonderful and magnificent spiritual experience.

Dinner on the patio overlooking Jerusalem

I am working on a YouTube video which I will post Sunday morning so that people can see what it’s like on the ground in Jerusalem. Stay tuned!

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Long Term Cease-Fire Announced between Israel and Hamas

August 26, 2014

This is good news for our pilgrims as we are leaving this weekend for the Holy Land. We are very pleased that our full bus is still full and everyone trusted us to wait and watch and still go. Now their patience and trust will pay off with a wonderful pilgrimage following in the footprints [...]

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Last Chance for a Pilgrimages to Ireland, St. Paul Cruise and Israel

August 19, 2014

Our remaining four open pilgrimages in 2014 are selling fast – Only one seat left for Holy Land leaving August 31. Two have signed up in the last week. Full bus! Ireland has a few seats left leaving September 29. Going with Patrick Coffin and Irish priest Fr. Conlin. St. Paul Mediterranean Pilgrimage-Cruise “Seminar at [...]

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Interesting Problem to have with our Upcoming Pilgrimage to Israel

August 7, 2014

Our group of 58 people leaves for the Holy Land on August 31. I wrote them all a letter yesterday updating the situation. I included news clips, my thoughts and comments and reports from associates and pilgrims now in Israel. As we draw closer not ONE of our people has canceled.  The interesting problem is [...]

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Dangerous Camels and the Mess they Leave Behind

July 7, 2014

Dangerous living the Bible in the lands of the Bible. This is a fun 30-second video of me messing with the camel in Haran Turkey where Abraham lived for a while before leaving for Canaan. It is also where Isaac got his wife Rebekah and where Jacob lived for twenty years. They all had camels [...]

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Steve Interviewed by Beauty in Belief, a Website of Beautiful Catholic Ladies

July 2, 2014

These ladies have a nice blog. They like coffee and chocolate and sharing the Faith–Beauty in Belief– living in the Catholic Church and interviewing crazy guys like me.  I enjoyed talking with Heidi and I am flattered by the interview on their website. Hope you enjoy it too. Click on the image to visit their [...]

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Got Home Exhausted, Drinking Milk from the Goat, Riding Camel, Sacrificing Ram

June 20, 2014

We just got home yesterday after a long and grueling filming trip to Israel and Turkey. It will take us a few days to recover and catch up on everything. We got great footage and I think Abraham might be my favorite DVD yet. Being bitten by a camel five times, sacrificing a ram, getting [...]

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Planting a flag in the Holy Land

June 6, 2014

Today we stood where Abraham first arrived in Canaan 4000 years ago. I built an altar and talked about Abraham and how that altar he built was like marking his claim in this land, putting his flag in the ground. In our DVD I’m going to show the astronauts planting the flag and the moon [...]

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NewsFlash! Shroud of Turin, Italy & Rome! – Save Your Money for 2015

May 25, 2014

Yes, the Shroud of Turin is coming out again for a short time. Usually this takes place every 25-50 years but Pope Francis wants to do it now for evangelization!  Don’t rush off to Italy this year, wait until next year for the ultimate Italy trip including the shroud of Turin! We have a wonderful [...]

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Miniature Jerusalem, Where Jesus was Baptized, Jericho, Dead Sea Floating, Camels

May 15, 2014

Another perfect day. Enjoy the videos. The first one is the adventures of the pilgrims and the second is what they thought of the whole pilgrimage along with a surprise announcement to mom. Day 8, Part 1: Day 8, Part 2: Pregnancy Announcement and Comments, Farewells, and Thanks.

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Birthplace of Mary, Dormition of Mary, Tomb of Mary and much more

May 14, 2014

Perfect acoustics. That is why the Muslims did not destroy this church after they kicked the Crusaders out. We sang and prayed there. It is the birthplace of Mary and the place Jesus healed the cripple in John chapter 5.  Oh, I forgot to tell you which church. It is the church where we celebrate [...]

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Mass at the Tomb of Christ, Touching the Top of Calvary, Praying the Real Stations of the Cross

May 13, 2014

Another great day. Perfect weather and excited pilgrims. We started early this morning walking the Stations of the Cross and then touching the top of Calvary. The perfect sequence was to celebrate Mass at the Tomb of Christ and to enter and touch the place where he lay. Everybody was in tears and overwhelmed with [...]

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Day 5: Bethlehem. We Even had to Move a Car! Great Day with the Birth of Our Lord

May 12, 2014

More info later, but here is the video for today.

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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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