Pilgrimages

Al Kresta and 100 Pilgrims Arrive in the Holy Land

by Steve Ray on September 25, 2017

<img class=”alignright size-medium wp-image-1595804″ src=”http://www.catholic-convert.com/wp-content/uploads/88C7760D-3913-4563-ACE8-57643B1AE8AA-300×252.jpeg” alt=”88C7760D-3913-4563-ACE8-57643B1AE8AA” width=”300″ height=”252″ /> We are very excited, Janet and I, to welcome the Ave Maria Radio Group and lots of their friends to the Holy Land.

Ever since I first came to Israel it has been my dream to bring Al and Sally Kresta with me. Today is a dream come true as Al and Sally Kresta landed in the airport in Tel Aviv.

Enjoy our arrival day…

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Al Kresta and 100 Pilgrims Arrive in Israel!

by Steve Ray on September 25, 2017

88C7760D-3913-4563-ACE8-57643B1AE8AA We are very excited, Janet and I, to welcome the Ave Maria Radio Group and lots of their friends to the Holy Land.

Ever since I first came to Israel it has been my dream to bring Al and Sally Kresta with me. Today is a dream come true as Al and Sally Kresta landed in the airport in Tel Aviv.

Enjoy our arrival day…

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Today Janet and I went to Mass Here in Jerusalem a day before our group arrives. Always moving to share the Liturgy with the local Christians in the in the Middle East.

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Germany Trip Summary, Comments, Farewells and Departure

September 15, 2017

After eight days of intense touring of Germany and following all the sites of Martin Luther and the “Protestant Devolution” we finally said our goodbyes, shared our comments about the trip and headed home. But the trip was not only about Martin Luther and the Protestant rebellion. We also explored and toured the life of […]

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Luther Defies Rome, Splits the Church at ” Diet of Worms”. Germany Day 8

September 14, 2017

Today we visited the city of Worms Germany where Martin Luther was called before the “Diet” or Tribunal of the Holy Roman Empire at the “Diet of Worms” in 1521. I know that sounds funny and kind of disgusting but a “diet” was a tribunal and it was held in the city of Worms in […]

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Germany 7: Protestants Argue in Marburg Castle, a Birthday Party and more

September 13, 2017

Today we visited Marburg which is a quaint and historic town with the beautiful Bavarian looking houses and buildings. No one wanted to leave. Up on the mountain was the castle of Marburg where Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli and a large group Protestants gathered to try and hammer out the “Protestant theology.” I explain more in […]

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Bach Concert, Luther House and Wartburg Castle

September 12, 2017

We started the day in Eisenach Germany with Mass at the Church of St. Elizabeth. She was an amazing woman well before the time of Luther who cared for the poor in an exceptional and miraculous way. You can hear the excellent homily here (Part 1 and Part 2). Today we branched out a bit […]

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Luther’s Young Years, Monastery and Birth & Death

September 11, 2017

Eisleben: birth and baptism of Luther. Also where he preach his last sermons and died. This was also the town of St. Gertrude the Great. We has Mass at St. Gertrude’s with another fantastic homily. Mansfeld: Luther’s childhood home and church where he sang in the choir and served as an altar boy. He was […]

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Leipzig Germany: Luther-Eck Debate and Bach’s Greatest Works

September 10, 2017

Tour of historic Leipzig where The 20 day debate between Luther and Eck took place – a debate st which Luther fared poorly. It was here also that Johann Sebastian Bach did most of his creative work. Started the day with a reverent Mass and great homily well worth your time (Part 1 and Part […]

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Potsdam and Wittenburg Germany

September 9, 2017

Leaving Berlin we drove to Potsdam to tour the palace and gardens of King Frederick the Great though we concluded that in the culture wars he was more our adversary than a friend. Wittenburg was an amazing though sad visit since this is where Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the Wittenburg Door which […]

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Delivered “500 Reasons to Be Catholic” to Luther at Wittenburg Door

September 9, 2017

Today we went to Castle Church in Wittenberg Germany. I had promised people I would deliver their “95 Reasons for being Catholic.” We ended up with many hundreds of reasons that were sent to me. I kept my promise today and delivered them to Martin Luther in person. I could not mail them to the […]

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Germany Berlin All Day! Berlin Wall, Wow!

September 8, 2017

After celebrating mass at the church of Saint Thomas Aquinas (brilliant homily here) we spent the rest of the day touring Berlin. There’s a tremendous amount of history here and we packed a lot in. I think the most moving part of the day was as we walked around the remaining segments of the Berlin […]

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Site of Jesus’ Baptism, Nice 2-Minute Video by Jordanian Tourism Department

September 8, 2017

We know where Jesus was baptized. It was on the Jordan side of the Jordan River. The site is called Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan as mentioned in John 1:28. This is a nice little 2 minute video about this site. You will also see this site in great detail in our upcoming documentary on Elijah & Elisha – […]

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Arrival in Germany for the 500th Anniversary of Protestant Devolution

September 7, 2017

Our group all arrived today in good order in Berlin for the start of our Germany tour. We are going to follow the footsteps of Martin Luther and the Protestant Deformation. I know that it’s called the Protestant “Reformation” but as a convert to the Catholic Church I realize now that it was not a […]

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My Talk at Primacy of Peter: Understanding John 21 and Jesus’ Appearance at the Sea of Galilee

September 6, 2017

Since I am doing a show on this topic today with Spirit Catholic Radio (listen live from 9:10-9:40 AM Eastern time) and since will be at this site called Primacy of St. Peter along the shore of Galilee four more times this year… …I thought I would share my teaching that I give all our […]

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Send me your No. 1 Reason for Being Catholic. I will Leave a List of 95 Reasons at the Wittenburg Door in Germany next Sunday 9/10/17 at Mass!!

September 3, 2017

Next Sunday our group will have Mass at the Catholic Church in Wittenburg Germany. It was in Wittenburg that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenburg Church door. I will leave ANOTHER list — “95 Reasons to Be and Stay Catholic.” We need your help. Please send your best reason (or two or three ) […]

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