Pilgrimages

Two Holy Doors Today in Rome: Mass at the Tomb of Two Apostolic Fathers

March 10, 2016

A lot of walking today visiting magnificent churches, entering two Year of Mercy Holy Doors (St. John Lateran and St. Mary Major). Much more and a lot of fun to boot! Enjoy!

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St. Paul’s Last Days and Martyrdom & Ancient Rome

March 9, 2016

Though it was a bit chilly and rained in the morning it cleared up by lunch and promises to be nice the rest of the week. We visited the site of St. Paul’s martyrdom and I gave a talk on St. Paul, his heroism and the last days of his life. Then we had Mass [...]

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Arrival in Rome for Day 1 of Year of Mercy Rome Pilgrimage

March 8, 2016

We are off to a good start picking our group up at the airport and settling in at the hotel. The best part of the day was our first Mass — at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Sassia which is dedicated to the Divine Mercy and St. John Paul II. What a GREAT [...]

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The Pain of Stolen Honey – In Preparation for “John the Baptist & Our Lord Baptism”

March 5, 2016

A painful price is paid when one reaches his hand into a swarm of bees to swipe some of their honey. Stingers fly and welts flare. I raised hives of bees as a boy and once I was stung 35 times in one day. Wild honey is not collected from wild bees without burning pain [...]

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Traveling with Paul, John & Mary in Biblical Times was TOUGH!

February 25, 2016

Jostling through the crowds Paul and Luke pushed their way to the ramp. The wooden cargo ship was ready to leave Caesarea and they had gathered the last of their supplies. They pressed the silver denarii into the hands of the sailer at the dock. They were allowed onto the ship. They rushed to the [...]

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Discovering the Place of Paul’s Shipwreck on Island of Malta

February 16, 2016

I am doing a show on EWTN’s Son Rise Morning Show on Tuesday about the shipwreck of St. Paul. So I am reposting this blog from our trip to Malta late last year. One of my favorite things is to discover the events and places of the Bible and to share them with others. The [...]

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UNESCO Adds the Baptismal Site of Jesus to the World Heritage Sites

February 9, 2016

This is an exciting development which helps establish the authentic baptismal site of Jesus. With the involvement of UNESCO the site will receive protection, funding and recognition. This is the place where the last three popes commemorated the Baptism of Our Lord. Here are some articles about UNESCO’s decision and about the site: Here, here [...]

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Just did a big radio show and told them I’d give info on our pilgrimages, so here it is

February 8, 2016

For our many trips every year to the Holy Land and our other Biblical and Catholic pilgrimages. Here is the cover of the brochure for the Family Holy Land Pilgrimage — the one that my grandkids are going to and Terry Barber with his family as well. Visit www.FootprintsOfGod.com or call Suzanne at 800-727-1999, ext. [...]

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Augustine’s Comment on Travel; Popes and Saints on Pilgrimages

January 30, 2016

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” –St. Augustine Pope Paul VI referred to the Holy Land as the “5th Gospel” implying that a pilgrimage rounds out and compliments the Scripture for fuller understanding.  “A long procession of people…have gone in search of the ‘footprints’ of God [...]

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Plants and Trees of the Bible – What a Fun Show!

January 28, 2016

You may not realize how often plants and trees play a part in Scripture! To understand the land and culture of the Bible is to open your eyes to the whole story of salvation. Recently I did a fun show on Relevant Radio about the Trees & Plants in the Bible. Hope you enjoy it. [...]

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Pilgrimages Selling Out! Check out of Spring Trips

January 26, 2016

-  Sold Out - our Holy Land pilgrimage March 30 – April 8. We will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday in Jerusalem!  Next Holy Land pilgrimages in Sept, Oct and over Christmas. –  NOW less than 10 seats left on our Rome-Assisi Year of Mercy pilgrimage March 7-15. –  Can’t travel during the academic year? That’s OK. [...]

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Wow! Sistine Chapel Explained; Now You See Why We Only Use Liz as our Guide in Rome!

January 25, 2016

We have four pilgrimages to Rome this year AND LIZ IS OUR GUIDE FOR ALL OF THEM! Take a look at this video to see Liz’s amazing knowledge, passion for the Catholic Faith and eloquence. Enjoy this amazing video. To join our upcoming Year of Mercy Rome-Assisi pilgrimages, visit FootprintsOfGod.com. Our first trip is in [...]

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Excellent Journal of all Aspects of our Pilgrimages to the Holy Land

January 19, 2016

If you want to read an excellent journal and recap of one of our Holy Land pilgrimages, you will love reading these insightful well-written entries covering all aspects of the trip. Glenn Juday is a scientist, scholar and writer. He covers things from safety to biblical understandings, from the people he met to sites we [...]

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Radio Show with Terry and Jesse on EWTN – Discussing Holy Family and Kids on Pilgrimage

January 10, 2016

We are still working on our December 29 – January 9, 2017 Family Holy Land Pilgrimage. This trip is in conjunction with Franciscan University of Steubenville and Terry Barber and his family. I am Steve Ray am bringing two of my kids and my oldest 6 grandkids. Visit our website at www.FootprintsOfGod.com and call my [...]

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Temple Sizes Compared – bigger than a football field

January 7, 2016

The 1) Tabernacle in the wilderness, the 2) Temple of Solomon, 3) Herod’s Temple at the time of Christ and 4) Ezekiel’s Temple are compared. The football field looks insignificant compared to the temples (in more than one way :-) The Muslim Shrine that now sits atop Temple Mount is built over the rock where [...]

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Epiphany? So What?

January 6, 2016

 What is Epiphany anyway? And why should I care? The Feast of the Epiphany – the Magi, the Baptism of Jesus and the Miracle of Cana all combined – is really quite fascinating. It was actually a celebration in the Church long before Christmas was celebrated and eventually overshadowed Epiphany. John Paul II gave 52 [...]

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