Pilgrimages

Today we started early in the morning at Lanciano Italy at the stupendous Eucharistic miracle which took place in the 700s. A priest was doubting the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and God gave him a miracle which carries down to this day.

When he held the host in his hand it turned into heart muscle and scientists have confirmed this over and over again. The blood coagulated and is human blood Type AB. After Mass we had time to view the miracle up close and spend time in the museum.

Then we drove along the Adriatic Sea to Ancona where we boarded the Super Fast Ferry which is like a floating hotel. It was very nice, clean and elegant and all our folks had nice cabins for 24 hours before we arrive in Greece.

We did a lot and saw a lot in the last few days so everyone is enjoying 24 hours of free time on his fairy as we cross the Adriatic Sea.

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What an amazing day! Starting with a 5:00 AM wake up call so we could be the first ones in line to enter St. Peter’s Square for the General Audience with Pope Francis. And boy, did that pay off!

All of our people got to see the Pope up close. It was a marvelous morning and a great experience for everyone.

Then lunch at the local cafes before heading across the heart of Italy through the beautiful Apennines Mountains still covered with snow.

We came to Manoppella in the mountains to visit the Church of the Holy Face containing the miraculous face cloth of Christ which was found in the tomb of Jesus by Peter and John in St. John 20. Mass in front of this miraculous relic was moving for everyone.

If you haven’t heard about this you will enjoy this video very much.

Then to Lanciano for excellent Italian food and wine. We got to bed early for a good night’s sleep before Mass tomorrow in front of the Lanciano Eucharistic Miracle.

And wait until you hear the moving segment of Fr. Michael’s vocation story. It was wonderful. Enjoy!

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Rome Day 2: Hiking Tour thru Rome

by Steve Ray on October 27, 2014

Day Tour: we started with the drive through Rome to the Pantheon where we left everybody to scatter for lunch at all the excellent and delicious cafés in the area.

After a tour of the Pantheon we visited the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva which houses the remains of St. Catherine of Siena and a Rembrandt of the statue of Jesus
(and more).

Then we visited the beautiful and elegant Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola and commented on the statue of St. Ignatius with his foot on the neck of Martin Luther. From here we walked to the north end of the Roman forum and visited the Mamertine Prison where Saints Peter and Paul were kept in prison before their execution.

We then walked along the Roman Forum and discussed the clash of cultures. The Romans said that men had become gods but the apostles said “No, God had become a man.” This was the great cultural clash between Christianity and the secular world.

We walked around the coliseum and discussed its meaning and the martyrdom of Christians there before going 300 yards up to the magnificent church of San Clemente or two of the apostolic fathers are buried: St. Ignatius of Antioch and St. Clement of Rome. We took our group down to the lower level to walk through first century Rome.

From there we walked another 400 yards to St. John Lateran Church which is the Cathedral of Rome which contains the chair of the Bishop of Rome, the pope. It is also the mother church of the world. It contains the skulls of Peter and Paul and many other treasures which we shared with the pilgrims today.

We came back to the hotel for dinner where we met a real Swiss guard who shared some of his life with us. We also met John Hale who is the president of Corporate Travel and organizes all of our trips. After that, everyone crashed into bed ready for Mass tomorrow at the tomb of St. John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica.

HIKE THRU ROME:

John Hale and the Swiss Guard:

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Arrival Day in Rome for Spirit Catholic Radio

October 26, 2014

About 70 folks arrived today and about ten more tomorrow morning. We’re off to a great start with Sunday Mass at a Carmelite Monastery with the cloistered sisters. But tomorrow the real excitement begins when we start our tours and begin exploring the Eternal City.

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“11 Must-see Churches in Rome” Steve Ray quoted in Fox News Article

October 24, 2014

Since we leave for Rome today to pick up our 80 pilgrims for a pilgrimage through Italy, Greece and Turkey, I thought I would post this article so you can see some of the churches we will visit.  Here is the portion of the article in which I contributed. Teresa Tomeo also shares her favorite [...]

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A One-Hour Jaunt through the Rosary Sites

October 21, 2014

I recently did a one-hour radio show with Dina Maria Hale, host of KBVM in Portland Oregon. The title was “Mysteries of the Rosary: Then & Now.” We wanted to give everyone an idea of what the places were like at the time of Mary and Jesus, and what they are like today. We also [...]

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Last Day of Pilgrimage: Jericho, Dead Sea, Camels and more

October 16, 2014

The last day was a banner day. We started out with Mass at Notre Dame and then a visit to the Israel Museum and then drove down to the Judean wilderness. We went to the authentic baptismal site of Jesus before having lunch in Jericho. Then on to came to Qumran where we discussed the [...]

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Was Jesus Really Born at THAT Place in Bethlehem?

October 13, 2014

It is often asked: how do we know these are the real sites where Jesus and Mary lived and walked. The earliest Christians realized the importance of these sites and immediately viewed them as sites to be remembered and venerated. Small chapels were built and pilgrims came from around the world to visit these spots [...]

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Video Fixed – Legatus Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 4: Capernaum, Up to Jerusalem

October 12, 2014

Sorry the wrong video uploaded last night. It was only 50 seconds, just a segment of our dinner. Now we have the whole video up – almost 15 minutes of the entire day including Capernaum and the Sea of Galilee and the drive up to Jerusalem. Enjoy today’s video.

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Christmas in Bethlehem, Sign up Now, Safe and Quiet in the Holy Land

October 11, 2014

Now that things have quieted down in Israel, many people are again looking for a good trip to the Holy Land. And do we have the trips for you! Work and school schedules a problem — no problem! We have a convenient pilgrimage planned over the Christmas break — from the day after Christmas until [...]

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Legatus Holy Land Day 3: Beatitudes, Banias, Galilee and more

October 11, 2014

This is a banner day! Everyone is starting to bond and become friends even if they didn’t know each other when we started. There are several common bonds: 1. The Catholic faith, 2. All members of Legatus, 3. They’re all in business people who understand reason and relationships and fun and punctuality. Today was a [...]

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Legatus Arrived Safely and Well in Israel

October 9, 2014

It was great to see all of them get off the plane tired yet with anxious smiles on their face. Tom Monaghan was among them. We got them all on the bus and headed up to Galilee. We are now all settled in to the Gai Beach Hotel after Mass and a great  barbecue on [...]

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“My First Confession”: Hilarious! Irish Storytelling at its Best!

October 5, 2014

Not only Irish storytelling at its best, but also Batt Burns at his best. After dinner tonight we all went up to a private room and Pat Burns entertained us for an hour. He had us with tears in her eyes both from laughter and from sadness which is what a good storyteller can do. [...]

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Safe, Quiet, Beautiful and Deeply Spiritual: Join us in the Holy Land over Christmas Break!

September 29, 2014

“Safe?”  Yup! “But what about Gaza and ISIS?” Gaza is quiet and ISIS has nothing to do with Israel. Israel is quiet, safe and inviting. Even all the bishops of the Holy Land said last week, “that pilgrims return without fear to the Holy Land. In fact, the pilgrims’ itinerary was always and is still [...]

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Holy Land Bishops Say Israel is and has been Safe for Pilgrims

September 20, 2014

Catholic Bishops of Holy Land Give 6-Point Evaluation of Current Events and Say Pope’s Visit Was a Pastoral and Ecumenical Success BETHLEHEM, September 19, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Here is a statement from the ordinary session of the Assembly of the Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land, which met this week in Bethlehem. The Heads of Catholic [...]

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Is the Holy Land Safe? Depends on who you go with! Here are some opinions LIVE from the Land

September 8, 2014

I will not tell you it is safe to go to the Holy Land. I will let the pilgrims who just went with me tell you. Also, find out how I found Amer our guide and why I know our groups are in the best hands possible in the Holy Land.

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