May 2015

I have provided two short 6 minute video clips of me (Steve Ray) and Liz Lev as we talked to my group in the Ancient Rome Forum today. 

First, Liz spoke about the clash of empires: the Roman Empire and the Kingdom of God. The key line is this: Rome had just claimed that the Emperors had become gods – man could now become god. At the same time Paul and Peter come to Rome and say, “Wrong, God has become man! which set up the whole cultural clash that continues today.

Second, I gave a short talk about how Americans are at a great disadvantage when it comes to reading the Bible because we are no longer in its biblical and cultural context. I explained how coming to these biblical lands helps up immerse ourselves in the biblical culture to help the Bible come alive.

Enjoy! (We treat our pilgrims to the best of everything: not just hotels, food and accommodations, but also biblical Catholic teaching, holy sites, prayer and spiritual adventures)

For upcoming pilgrimages, check out our site at www.FootprintsOfGod.com: To Rome including Mother Teresa’s Canonization, Israel including Part 2 – Digging Deeper, Lourdes & Fatima, Poland for the Year of Mercy, Biblical Turkey, St. Paul Cruises, Guadalupe, Germany to Study Luther and the Reformation, Shrines of France and more. Contact Suzanne at 800-727-1999, ex 121.

LIZ LEV ON THE CULTURAL CLASH BETWEEN THE FIRST CHRISTIANS AND ANCIENT ROME

STEVE EXPLAINING HOW TO UNDERSTAND ST. PAUL BY UNDERSTANDING THE CULTURE AND SOCIETY IN WHICH HE LIVED

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We went to the Church of San Stefano Rotundo in Rome – the martyrdom church with the graphic images of early Christians and their suffering for Jesus Christ. I gave a short talk on martyrdom and faithfulness to Christ.

We also toured St. Peter in Chains, San Clemente and first century Rome, the Roman Forum and the Coliseum. Liz Lev was incredible as she guided us through Ancient Rome.

STEVE’S TALK ON MARTYRDOM

OUR DAY OF ADVENTURE DISCOVERING ANCIENT ROME

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Today many pilgrims returned home to the USA. But 58 who stayed for the Extension trip had a great day. Beautiful blue skies with 70 degrees and breezy. Very enjoyable!

We toured the Vatican Museum, Mass with the Saints (many relics) is San Salvatore, free time in Piazza Navona and a tour of the Shroud Exhibit here in Rome at the Legionaries University. Great day!

HOLY AT SAN SALVATORE

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Sts. Peter and Paul Day in Rome; Steve’s Talk on St. Paul at his Tomb

May 29, 2015

Enjoy our day in Rome visiting Peter and Paul.   Steve Ray’s Talk on St. Paul at his Tomb

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The Facecloth of Christ – He is Looking Right Through You! Day 7

May 28, 2015

Today we said Good-bye to Padre Pio and the Archangel Michael and left San Giovanni Rotundo. We drove through the beautiful mountains to Manoppello to see the Facecloth of Christ. It was that which was found in the Tomb in John 20. Everyone was stunned by the relic and we had Mass in front of […]

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Reading the Bible

May 28, 2015

A Little Poem about Bible Context I supposed I knew my Bible, Reading piecemeal, hit or miss, Now a bit of John or Matthew, Now a snatch of Genesis, Certain chapters of Isaiah, Certain Psalms (the twenty-third), Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs — Yes, I thought I knew the Word! But I found that […]

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We are Going to Mother Teresa’s Canonization- Join Us!

May 27, 2015

On September 4, 2016, Mother Theresa will be canonized as a saint by Pope Francis. We already have everything reserved for a pilgrimage to Rome for the canonization! Join us the first part of September 2016 for a full Rome and Assisi Pilgrimage. More details soon! Contact Suzanne at Sparran@ctscentral.net or (313) 744-2530 or toll-free […]

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Padre Pio’s Stigmata Glove used to Touch Each Pilgrim in Blessing and much more. Day 6 in Italy!

May 27, 2015

A banner day with perfect weather! We spent the day in San Giovanni Rotundo at the churches of St. Padre Pio. We had Mass where he celebrated Mass and saw his body displayed in the glass casket.  Super exciting was watching a movie about his life, personally meeting one of his brother Cappuchins and being […]

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Superpowers Rise and Fall: Where Is America on the Rise and Fall Spectrum?

May 27, 2015

By Susan Wills: George Santayana’s famous statement — “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” — would be a great subtitle for a little known essay called “The Fate of Empires” (1976) by the little known British general and historian Sir John Bagot Glubb. He explains that we generally fail to learn vital lessons […]

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Assisi to Loreto to Lanciano to San Giovanni Rotundo – Whirlwind Day!

May 26, 2015

Covered a LOT of ground today and people said it was the most powerful Mass – in front of the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano. The Holy House of Loreto was also an amazing stop. We have now arrived at our Grand Paradiso Hotel in San Giovanni Rotundo and look who was there to greet us […]

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How Can You Describe the Beauty and Sacredness History of Assisi? Only in pictures

May 25, 2015

Today we had a full and fruitful day in Assisi. We began with Mass at St. Clare’s Church above her tomb. They a walking tour of Assisi which is really a walking tour of the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare and the Francisans.  Then to the crescendo – visiting the tomb of St. […]

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From Turin to Assisi: Message from Gianna Molla, Beautiful Drive thru Italy, Mass and History in Assisi

May 24, 2015

What a great group of Catholic pilgrims and adventurers! Prayers on the bus, Rosaries, conversion stories and our new Footprints of God DVD “Abraham, Father of Faith & Works. Enjoy our pilgrimage with us. I know it seems like all we do is eat, but you have to remember where we are – ITALY. This […]

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Today We Saw the Holy Shroud, the Body of St. John Bosco and Met the Daughter of St. Gianna Molla who gave us a one-hour talk

May 23, 2015

I cannot express in words what we did, saw and experienced today. It was truly and spiritual powerhouse. Seeing the Holy Shroud was breath-taking. It is a Love Letter from God written in his own blood. The church and compound started by St. John Bosco and his body on display with Mass at an ancient […]

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Steve’s Short Story “The Last Nightmare” Might Scare the Hell Out of You!

May 23, 2015

The Last Nightmare A Short and Terrifying Story by Steve Ray Everything went blank for a moment, but that moment seemed like eternity. He felt a motion, not with wind and breeze, but a motion none the less. He was traveling, moving, floating, transcending-he wasn’t really sure. The sudden blackness gave him time to regain […]

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First Day in Italy; Mass at the Duomo in Milan; Settled into Turin to See Shroud Tomorrow

May 22, 2015

Arrival in Milan; tour of the city and Mass at the 5th largest church in the world – and amazing Gothic construction. Fr. Scott Courtney’s homily in the fantastic Duomo.

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Cartoon on Protestantism and the Bible

May 21, 2015

When I look back on my experience I find this cartoon has a ring of truth. There were many verses of the Bible that I either didn’t realize existed (though that may seem strange) or that we just ignored. We virtually cut them out of the Bible in the sense that we ignored or reasoned […]

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