Last Day, Fun Day, Jericho, Dead Sea, Camels, Hugs & Goodbyes

May 5, 2014

The last day is always a lot of fun. We have visited all the holy sites some people don their shorts and sandal,s bring their swimsuits and off we go for an unusual day in Israel. Camel rides, floating in the Dead Sea, great lunch in Jericho with more shopping, and lots of hooping and [...]

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Day 7: Birthplace of Mary, Miracle of Jesus, Mass at Gethsemane, Prayer at Western Wall, Free Afternoon to EXPLORE and PRAY

May 4, 2014

The weather is beautiful and the sun is shining. Visibility is clear and Israel is magnificent. I guess a lot of people realize that because there are hundreds of thousands of people here from around the world. For those who are afraid to come to the Holy Land realize that more than 3.5 million people [...]

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Jesus Came Out Of the Tomb for us Today! Day 6 of our Holy Land Pilgrimage

May 3, 2014

We started the morning pretty early. You’re probably glad you were not here with us because the wake up call came at 4:30 AM. The bus left at 5:00 and we started the Via Dolorosa at 5:30 AM. Why in the world would we do that? Because the streets of Jerusalem are empty and we [...]

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What Is It like to Spend All Day in Bethlehem? And Then Meet the Bishop of Jerusalem?

May 2, 2014

Today we call the Bethlehem day. We get up in the morning and head through the big separation wall into the concentration camp called Bethlehem. It’s not like a concentration camp and Nazi times, but it is very abusive and unfair to the Christians who are stuck behind that wall unable to leave their 7 [...]

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Up to Jerusalem! (Never down). “Eat My Flesh,” Eat St. Peter’s Fish, Mary the Ark of the Covenant and more

May 1, 2014

Another great day! Teresa Tomeo joined up from Rome. We are now in Jerusalem at the Notre Dame where the Papal delegation is here preparing for the Pope’s visit. Enjoy today’s video!

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Day 3: Beatitudes, “You are Rock”, and much more

April 30, 2014


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Mount of Transfiguration, Wedding Vows in Cana, Prayer at Grotto of Annunciation

April 29, 2014

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 [...]

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Holy Land Group Arrived with Fr. Scott Courtney

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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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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Two Unique New Trips JUST ANNOUNCED! Holy Shroud and Teresa of Avila-Lourdes

March 25, 2014

Two Amazing New Trips — Truly Once In A Lifetime because the Won’t Repeat anytime Soon! First, next year is the 500th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Teresa of Avila. We will spend 2 nights at Fatima in Portugal, then drive into Spain to relive the life of St. Teresa. Then we drive up [...]

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Pictures from Nazareth over 100 Years Ago (see the Virgin Mary :-)

March 25, 2014

Today we are celebrating the Feast of the Annunciation. These pictures are over a hundred years old from Nazareth. Not much changed between then and the first century. When you look at these old pictures and hundreds more I have in a book I purchased in Nazareth (written in Arabic), you can imagine Mary as [...]

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On Catholic Answers Live: Steve Ray’s Six Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family and Friends

March 17, 2014

Joint us on a pilgrimage. Visit FootprintsOfGod.com. Today I was on Catholic Answers Live discussing my Six Rules. It was delightful.  As soon as the links are available on Tuesday I will provide the links to listen on-line or as a podcast. Stay tuned. Here are my Six Rules for dealing with family and friends [...]

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Steve Ray Explains Depths of John 21 on the Shore of Galilee

March 4, 2014

One of my favorite things to do on a pilgrimage is to dive into the Gospels in the places where it all took place. John 21 is a post-resurrection appearance of Jesus where he fed the disciples breakfast on the shore of Galilee in the early morning. Hope you find it helpful and instructional. Join [...]

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