From Israel to Italy Today; Troublesome Muslims there too; Urinating on Mary; Wake up America!

May 20, 2015

On Sunday, May 10, after church mass, a group of young Muslim immigrants interrupted a Catholic procession in honor of the Virgin Mary.  They hurled verbal insults, shouts, and threats as the group passed in front of the Islamic Cultural Center in Conselice, a small town in lower Romagna. Approximately 100 Catholic Christians, including several small children, were preparing [...]

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Last Day of Pilgrimage: Comments, Fun and Farewells

May 19, 2015

Hope you enjoy all the fun and farewells at the end of the trip. Always sad to say Good-bye!

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Last Day of Pilgrimage: Camels, Dead Sea Floating, Stepping into Jesus’ Jerusalem, Trinity Homily and much more

May 19, 2015

Just watch. How can I explain this marvelous day. Even a blessing from the Cardinal of Seoul Korea at the Jordan River. From Mass in Jerusalem to the Temple Model at the Israel Museum, from Jericho to the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. Oh, yeah, floating in the Dead Sea and riding camels too. [...]

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Are You Born Again?

May 19, 2015

 Since we are all renewing our Baptismal Vows at the Jordan River today, thought this post from a year ago might be appropriate :-) It seems that God is kind of predictable in a way :-) since He always starts new things in the same way – with “water and the Spirit“. Consider the following: 1) The [...]

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Steve’s Fun Podcast Show on “Catholic Vitamins” with Deacon Tom Fox

May 18, 2015

Greetings and Graces. Just a note to let you know we posted the (awesome) interview with Steve Ray on our Catholic Vitamins Podcast today. Our time centered on the new ABRAHAM DVD but we covered so much more.   The show can be downloaded via iTunes for play on an iPod or similar MP3 device. Or, [...]

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10 Pro-Abortion Myths That Need to Be Completely Debunked

May 18, 2015

1. Abortion is Safe 2. Abortion does not kill a Person 3. “Pro-abortion” and “Pro-choice are Different 4. It’s okay if you are opposed to abortion, but don’t enforce that on anyone else! 5. Guys don’t have a say on abortion. 6. Birth control doesn’t cause abortion or hurt women. 7. Abortion is a basic human right 8. If [...]

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Wow! Mass in the Tomb; Praying for Priests where they Began and more; Day 7 Parts 1 & 2

May 18, 2015

The highlight of the whole pilgrimage is praying the Via Dolorosa, touching the top of Mount Calvary where the Blood of Jesus flowed and having Mass inside the Tomb. I tell people that when the priest brings us the Body of Christ in the Tomb that Jesus comes out of the tomb for us again [...]

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Was Jesus Really Born at THAT Place in Bethlehem?

May 17, 2015

Today we are having Mass at Gethsemane on the western slope of the Mount of Olives. How do we know this is really Gethsemane? And yesterday we had Mass at Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Really? How do we know? Two days ago we venerated the place Jesus was born [...]

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Where Was Mary Born? Where Did Jesus Sweat Blood (hematridrosis)? What was Fr. Chris Alar Wearing? Holy Land Day 6

May 17, 2015

The pilgrims learned a lot today and there were many tears. Gethsemane for Mass and a biblical description. St. Anne’s where Mary was born and the Western (Wailing) Wall. Enjoy as you join us for Day 6 of our Holy Land Pilgrimage with Steve and Janet Ray — and Fr. Chris Alar and Deacon Thaddeus [...]

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All Day in Bethlehem and Visiting NEW SAINT’S Convent

May 16, 2015

Great Day of touring Bethlehem and all its glory and fun, including dancing. Enjoy! By the way, Miriam of Jesus Crucified is being canonized in Rome Sunday. She is a Palestinian Christian we all visited her convent today and all wore her cloak and prayed at her relics. WOW! Article on the new Arab saints. [...]

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ISIS is the Ripe Fruit of Islam… don’t be fooled

May 16, 2015

Today I am in Israel, in fact we are in the Palestinian West Bank. I have a lot of Arab friends here — friends who are Christians and Muslims. All the Christians and many of the Muslims in private will tell you that this is true — while politically-correct Americans will deny it. BY ROBERT [...]

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Day 4 in the Holy Land with Chris Alar of the Marians; Boat Ride, Capernam, to Jerusalem

May 15, 2015

Great day again with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, then to see the 1st century boat. From there to Mass at Capernaum and a tour of the site. You can hear Fr. Chris’s excellent homily on the Eucharist below. Lunch of St. Peter’s fish, Steve Ray’s conversion story on the way to [...]

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Should the Vatican Sell its Treasures…

May 15, 2015

… to feed the poor? Geez, I used to say that myself in my former life as a Protestant – when I was an anti-Catholic. Actually, if you added up all wealth and property of the Protestant churches and organizations it would FAR exceed that of the Vatican or all the individual dioceses around the [...]

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The Rock, the Keys, the Shepherd, the Fisherman: Holy Land Day 3

May 14, 2015

Today was a great day in Northern Galilee and it all centered on Peter. But first we had Mass at the Beatitudes and Deacon Thaddeus did a marvelous job with his homily. You can hear his whole homily in the second video below. Then we went up to the Lebanese border and visited Caesarea Philippi [...]

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Homosexuality in Genes and in Animals?

May 14, 2015

A while ago I had a heated discussion about homosexuality with some good liberal friends. They contend that 1) homosexuality is seen among animals (still to be proved and if it is it is only in unnatural situations; more in my response) and, 2) since God “made people homosexual” it is natural, normal and must [...]

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Marian Pilgrimage Day 2 at Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth

May 13, 2015

Steve Ray here to share with you our great day with 50 excited pilgrims. We try to stay with a smaller, one-bus group to give folks a marvelous, intimate and personal – and the best Catholic experience possible in the Holy Land. Pope Paul VI called the Holy Land the 5th Gospel and we take [...]

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