Interesting Facts About Israel which Will Amaze You

January 3, 2019

We are in Israel today and thought you might like to see this impressive list. I found this list several years ago but it still applies today. Geography: 1. Israel is only 1/6 of 1% of the landmass of the Middle East. 2. Israel is roughly half the size of Lake Michigan. 3. The Sea […]

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From Galilee up to Jerusalem: Capernaum, Boat Ride, st.Peters Fish, Visitation, Jerusalem

January 2, 2019

Today was our big day of transition from Galilee south and up to Jerusalem. We started our day with Mass at Capernaum before visiting the Mount of Beatitudes. You can hear/see Fr.Alfonso’s homily homily here. From there we drove to the ancient 2,000 year old boat and went out on the Sea in a real […]

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What to Think About Bad Popes

January 2, 2019

Written by Dave Armstrong and used with permission: BAD POPES: REPLIES TO A SINCERE INQUIRER, by Dave Armstrong God made an everlasting covenant with King David, even though he was an adulterer and murderer. Dave writes: “As this was originally private correspondence, my correspondent’s exact words will be paraphrased, not cited. Her “words” will be […]

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Day 3: Primacy of Peter, Caesarea Philippi, Druze Lunch, Syrian Border, Kurdish & Magdelena

January 1, 2019

Great day, beautiful weather! Mass on the shore of Galilee with waves splashing at Primacy of Peter. Excellent homily here. North to Lebanese border to visit Banias — biblical Caesarea Philippi — where Steve gave his talk “Peter: the Rock, Keys & Chair.” Continued further into Golan Heights to Druze restaurant for a unique lunch […]

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Should This Baby Be Aborted? You Decide

January 1, 2019

In the United States, there are many situations in which abortions are recommended, even encouraged by family, counselors, medical personnel and even religious advisors. Sometimes an abortion is recommended because of difficult circumstances and other times simply for convenience. Here are four cases for you to consider. Should these babies be aborted? You decide! Four […]

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Day 2: Transfiguration, Cana of Galilee and Nazareth

December 31, 2018

It is always great to watch pilgrims see the Holy Land for the first time on the first day. What an excellent beginning! We started out with Mass atop the Mount of Transfiguration (homily here. Next we had renewals of wedding vows in Cana of Galilee. Then a marvelous authentic Nazarene lunch at a family […]

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Holy Family – One of My Favorite Topics – Running through their World in Nazareth

December 31, 2018

Since we are in Nazareth today, I thought I would share a bit about the daily life of the Holy Family. These videos were taken when I could still run. You will enjoy seeing where Jesus and Joseph worked, and their hometown as it is today. Join me for two running adventures. Their life was […]

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Arrival in Israel

December 30, 2018

Everyone arrived in good shape and ready to go. No lost luggage and no delays. First Mass on shore of Galilee (great homily hereI ) Everyone is now in bed along the shore of Gallilee ready for a big day tomorrow.

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Arrival in Israel

December 30, 2018

Everyone arrived in good shape and ready to go. No lost luggage and no delays. First Mass on shore of Galilee (great intro homily <a href=”https://youtu.be/L8pww5zsC_E” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>here</a>). Everyone is now in bed along the shore of Gallilee ready for a big day tomorrow.

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Debunking 4 Biblical Myths Accepted by Many as True

December 29, 2018

There are three “truths” I have been asked about many times. Often people tell me these as though they’re explaining to me something I’ve never heard before. However, in each case, there is no historical, biblical or actual basis to any three of them. In each case they started being taught in recent times and […]

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“Call No Man Your Father”

December 29, 2018

“Call No Man Your Father” By Steve Ray I received several questions recently and will post my answers separately over the next few days. Here is the first question which I received and answered. 1.) In Matthew 23:9 Jesus says: ” And call no man your father upon earth: for one is your Father which […]

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Pilgrimage with Steve Ray 100 Years Ago – Imagine with Real Photos

December 28, 2018

Step into a Time Machine and imagine what it would be like going back in time on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Steve and Janet Ray 100 years ago! I have used actual pictures from over a century ago to re-create what it may have been like. I hope you enjoy! And, I […]

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Jesus Was A Jew and Why You Can’t Understand the Bible without Knowing That

December 28, 2018

Since we are at the Western Wall today, where the Temple stood in Jesus’ day, it is appropriate to discuss this. Jesus loved the Jewish Temple and called it his Father’s house. ************************************************ Jesus was a Jew. This fact may escape the casual reader of the New Testament, but it is crucial to understanding Jesus […]

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“Rabbi, I can see the coastline!”

December 27, 2018

I cannot describe the sensation I feel every time we look out the window and see the coastline of Israel from the window of the plane. Yeah, we are exhausted — 8 hours from Detroit to Amsterdam, 3 hours layover, and 4.5 hours from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv. Some who travel with us come from […]

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We Leave for Israel Today – Joining a Record Number of Tourists

December 26, 2018

ANOTHER RECORD FOR ISRAEL AS TOURISTS FILL HOTELS In October, approximately 1.36 million tourist stays were recorded, an increase of 12% compared with last year. Economic Research Department of the Israel Hotel Association published data for October 2018 for tourist stays in hotels compared to the same period in the past two years. (Pictures: Our Ron […]

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Where Have All the Christmas Carols Gone?

December 25, 2018

I’m not that old. I’ll only be 64 years old this month but I still remember when the frosty month of December was filled with marvelous Christmas carols. It was like magic when the first snow covered the ground and the melodies sprang to life and everyone knew them, believed them and sang them with […]

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