Islamic Convert to the Catholic Faith on Journey Home

June 30, 2018

Derya Little grew up in a culturally Muslim household in Turkey, but when her parents divorced, it caused her to question everything, including the tenets of Islam. Studying it critically for herself, she was put off by its treatment of women, its chaotic history, and the master/slave relationship between Allah and his followers. She rejected […]

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Last Days of Sts. Peter and Paul in Rome

June 29, 2018

Happy Feast Day of Sts. Peter and Paul…. When I take my pilgrims to Rome one of my main objectives is to introduce them to the saints – especially Peter and Paul. We meditate on the last days of the lives, imprisonments, martyrdoms and burials of these two Princes of the Apostles: Peter and Paul. Both of […]

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Bloody Martyrdoms in Lyons – Feast Day of St. Irenaeus

June 28, 2018

In honor of the feast day of St. Irenaeus today I have reposted a blog from several years ago when we were filming our documentary on Apostolic Fathers, Handing on the Faith. Here is the story… “We finished getting all our work done in Lyon for St. Irenaeus. It was very cold and windy — with snow hampering […]

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Final Day 8: Via Dolorosa, Calvary, Western Wall, Farewells and more

June 28, 2018

Our last day was rich with spirituality, friendship and fun. We started out VERY early in the morning but everyone thanked us later 🙂 Fr. Sean Did a marvelous job leading us prayerfully through the Stations of the Cross leading to the type of Calvary. Our final Mass of the Pilgrimage was celebrated on the […]

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Can You Find the Books of the Bible?

June 27, 2018

The names of eighteen books of the English Bible are hidden in the text of the following paragraph. Can you find all sixteen of them? Remember, some names are found in parts of more than one word or sentence. For the answer, click here. I once made a remark about the hidden books of the […]

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Day 7: Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Mt. Zion, Entry into Tomb, Rooftop of Jerusalem…

June 26, 2018

Today we started with Mass and talks at Gethsemane. Fr. Sheridan’s emotional homily here. Then to the top of the Mount of Olives, an overview of Jerusalem that is spectacular and my talk “The Story of Salvation History“ with it all right before our eyes. Lunch at a Jewish Kibbutz, saw the new US Embassy […]

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Love these kind of e-mails: Back to the Catholic Church

June 26, 2018

Revisiting a nice note received from England: Thank you, Steve. My sister-in-law was Catholic and she turned away to be a new-born Christian [Fundamentalist Protestant]. A lot of these people got round her and constantly told her she was going to hell unless she gets born again and she then tried to convert me and […]

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Day 6: Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea & Camels

June 25, 2018

Great day of fun and adventure. Enjoy! Fr. Sean’s excellent and humorous homily here. Steve Ray’s 5 minute talk on “Temple, Circumcision and Gentile Salvation” here.

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Great Pictures, Charts and Info on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

June 25, 2018

Since we are experiencing the amazing and rare Solemn Entry into the Holy Sepulchre to visit the tomb today ushered in by the Franciscans, I wanted to share these many beautiful and helpful pictures, diagrams, charts and more about the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. See all this wealth of information written and visual. For me […]

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Day 5: Bethlehem all day with Mass in a Cave, Nativity, Dinner and Dancing!

June 24, 2018

A great day in Bethlehem starting with shopping at one of the most beautiful Christian shops in the city. Lots of fun! Then to the Church of Nativity to touch the birthplace of Christ. Very emotional! Have you ever eaten a falafel or Shwarma? That was our next stop. Very tasty! And we even got […]

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The Pain of Stolen Honey – John the Baptist was a Manly Man who Teaches us Many Things

June 24, 2018

A painful price is paid when one reaches his hand into a swarm of bees to swipe some of their honey. Stingers fly and welts flare. I raised hives of bees as a boy and once I was stung 35 times in one day. Wild honey is not collected from wild bees without burning pain […]

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Day 4: Capernaum, Ancient Boat, Boat Ride, St.Peters Fish, Visitation & Jerusalem

June 23, 2018

We hope you enjoy today’s adventures. Leave a comment and I’ll read it to everyone on the bus. Fr. Sean’s excellent homily here.

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Mary and the Apostles are Dead! Only Jesus can Mediate for Us! Really?

June 23, 2018

 Confusion of Many Protestants Too often well-meaning Protestants get confused and accuse of things that are outright nonsense if not lies. It is usually because they never take the time to really understand what the Catholic Church actually teaches and practices. Below is a good example of a kind and well-meaning Protestant pastor who wrote […]

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Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Syria overlook, Primacy and Multiplication of Loaves

June 22, 2018

Busy day, fun day and deeply educational and spiritual. Enjoy! Fr. Sean Sheridan’s homily at Mount of Beatitudes. PART ONE: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Druze Villages, Golan Heights, Syria and back to Sea of Galilee. PART TWO: Tabgha, Multiplication of Loaves, Primacy of Peter (St. John 21), Swimming in Galilee, Magdalena one of the finest restaurants […]

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Fun Bible Riddles :-)

June 22, 2018

What biblical saint died twice and was buried twice? Who was the first man that broke all Ten Commandments? What biblical character killed one-quarter of the population? What prophet anointed two kings who lived simultaneously? Born once, die twice; born twice, die once. What does it mean? I can be carried but not touched I […]

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Day 2: Transfiguration, Cana & Nazareth

June 21, 2018

Great first full day in Israel! Enjoy! Fr. Sean Sheridan’s Homily on the Mountain of Transfiguration. Steve Ray’s Talk in Cana here.

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