Exiled on Island of Patmos with St. John, Day 12

by Steve Ray on November 6, 2014

We used to feel sorry for St. John for being exiled on the Island of Patmos. But once you land on this beautiful island it’s hard to feel sorry for him :-)

Just joking! When John was exiled hear it was a place of banishment and suffering. But today we visited the cave or St. John lived and where he received the revelation which became the last book of the New Testament.

We also visited the Greek orthodox monastery on the top of the mountain looking down over the whole island of Patmos and seeing your ship in the harbor. It was a nice day for everyone with time to shop and eat lunch in the cafés and then back on the ship.

The afternoon and evening were free on the ship except for talks in our Seminar at Sea series. Bishop Conley gave an excellent talk “What Does Athens Have To Do with Jerusalem?” He also told us his story of conversion to the Catholic Church. Bravo!

Then we had a 1 1/2 hour panel discussion where people could ask us all the questions they wanted. It was a lot of fun!

At 6 PM we docked at the Greek Island of Syros. A lot of people got off to have fresh fish dinners and to tour the island. When they came back to the ship we headed off to Athens. Tomorrow we will tour the Acropolis and the Parthenon and visit Mars Hill where St. Paul gave his famous talk in Ask chapter 17.

We will also have some free time in the city of Athens. But we start the morning with Mass at the Athens Catholic Cathedral.

Enjoy the video!


Mary, Mother of God : Steve Ray’s Talk in Ephesus

by Steve Ray on November 5, 2014

I gave a short talk and Mary the Mother of God in Ephesus where Mary had lived with St. John the Apostle.

I gave my talk at the Church of the Virgin Mary where the 3rd Ecumenical Council of the Church declared Mary the Theotokos, the Mother of God. Enjoy!


St. Paul and Thessaloniki

by Steve Ray on November 1, 2014

Today we voyaged from Athens to Thessalonica where Paul preached the gospel to the Jews and then to the Gentiles.

Today we took a tour of Thessalonica and had Mass in the Catholic Cathedral here. The Greek Orthodox claim to be 97% of the population and are not kind to the Catholics, but there are faithful and devout Roman Catholic’s here in Thessalonica, as you’ll see in this video.

At the church I took 20 minutes to explain St. Paul’s visit here, the condition of Thessalonica and the meaning of his two epistles.

Tomorrow we had for Philippi. Hope you enjoy the video and Bishop Conley’s homily on All Saints Day in Thessalonica (video below).

Bishop Conley’s homily:

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First Day at Sea!

November 1, 2014

Here is the video from friday. We drove across Greece to our ship south of Athens and boarded and headed out to see. The group that is cruise-only arrive before us and were greeting us as we entered the ship. Enjoy the video!

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Mass at Altar of St. John Paul II and more

October 28, 2014

Early Mass at Tomb of St. John Paul II then tour of St. Peter’s. Then we visit the sites related to St. Paul’s martyrdom and more. Enjoy!

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Encouraging Word from a New Convert

October 26, 2014

Mr Ray. I know you are a very busy man, so I will try to keep this brief. My name is Joshua Shearer. I’ve been a baptist all my life, but in this last year I have started to discern the Catholic faith. I am fully convinced that Catholicism holds the truth and am planning [...]

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Synod Surprise

October 22, 2014

Posted by MARK BRUMLEY on Tuesday Oct 21st, 2014 at 5:23 PM COMMENTARY ON SYNOD ON THE FAMILY Those expecting big changes in Catholic teaching in the final report of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family just encountered the “God of surprises,” to use Pope Francis’ expression. No big changes. Of course, the [...]

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Legatus Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 7

October 15, 2014

Mass at Gethsemane is always moving. Mount Zion, Tour of the Holy Shroud exhibit, entrance to the Tomb and much more. Enjoy!

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Carrying our Cross with Christ, Mass at Tomb, Visitation and more

October 14, 2014

Join us for Via Dolorosa and Mass the Tomb and … … Visitation, Western Wall, meeting with Bishop of Jerusalem and more.

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All Day in Bethlehem: Pilgrimage Day 5

October 13, 2014

From shopping to the shepherds caves, from Christmas carols to Mass from the birth of Our Lord to dinner and dancing. Enjoy!

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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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Legatus Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 2

October 10, 2014

What a magnificent first full day on this pilgrimage. Legatus is wonderfully organized, prompt, interested and a very impressive group – the full bus of them! We enjoy having Tom Monahan of Domino’s Pizza and Ave Maria University with us on this trip. Today we visited the Mount of Transfiguration where we celebrated Mass, then [...]

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Ireland Day 8: Grand Finale!

October 7, 2014

Our last day was happy and sad. It’s always sorrowful to say goodbye to all her new friends and new friends they are. We started out today going to Trinity College in Dublin. The main attraction here is the Book of Kells. These glorious illustrated Gospels were written and designed over 1000 years ago which [...]

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Ireland Day 7: Tour of Dublin; Patrick Coffin’s Magic

October 6, 2014

Friendly, clean and historic city. Great tour. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral and tour of St. Patrick’s Cathedral that was confiscated from the Catholics by the British. Overall a great day ending with Patrick often doing his magic show (which will be featured in a second video today) Enjoy! Patrick Coffin’s Magic Show

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Ireland Day 6: Tipperary to Dublin, great fun along the way

October 5, 2014

Today was Sunday and we left our hotel in Tipperary and drove through beautiful landscape that reminded us of Switzerland. Cows and sheep in beautiful stone fenced hillsides. We had some great stories along the way as well: Janet’s story of her experience with the prayers of St. John Paul II, Fr. James’ story of [...]

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Ireland Day 5: Blarny Stone, St. Patrick’s Stone of Cashel and more

October 4, 2014

We were all sad to leave the beautiful hotel and Sneem in the southwest corner of Ireland. But it was a beautiful day full of sunshine and puffy clouds and we drove east towards County Cork. Our first stop was a castle and Blarney where everyone wanted to kiss the Blarney Stone. Good pictures and [...]

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