Moving 3 buses around is always a challenge but it’s going as smooth as silk and everyone is very happy. We are covering all the bases and doing it was great organization and joy!

Today we started out with Mass and talks at Gethsemane. This is always a very moving place for people. From there to the top of the Mount of Olives to the place where Jesus taught the disciples to pray the Our Father. Also the place he ascended into heaven.

Lunch at a kibbutz and then to the high lookout promenade overlooking  Jerusalem for my talk “The Story of Salvation from Adam and Eve until Today.“ Mount Zion was next for the Upper Room and Church of Dormition. Most of our group lined up and entered the empty tomb of the Holy Sepulchre. Some free time and dinner at the hotel.

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Moving 3 buses around is always a challenge but it’s going as smooth as silk and everyone is very happy. We are covering all the bases and doing it was great organization and joy!

Today we started out with Mass and talks at Gethsemane. This is always a very moving place for people. From there to the top of the Mount of Olives to the place where Jesus taught the disciples to pray the Our Father. Also the place he ascended into heaven.

Lunch at a kibbutz and then to the high lookout promenade overlooking  Jerusalem for my talk “The Story of Salvation from Adam and Eve until Today.“ Mount Zion was next for the Upper Room and Church of Dormition. Most of our group lined up and entered the empty tomb of the Holy Sepulchre. Some free time and dinner at the hotel.

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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 from humanity’s past errors because history is taught in disconnected chunks, narrowly focused on this region or that era and almost never as a comprehensive study of the history of humanity. Plus historians, like the rest of humanity, are not above lying to burnish their nation’s history and tarnish the memory of ancient foes. 

Sir John Glubb confined his analysis of superpowers to the 3,000-year history of the Middle East and Europe — from Great Britain to Russia — where his knowledge was broad and deep, conceding that he was not an expert in the history of the Far East or of South America. In comparing the rise and fall of the eleven great empires that flourished between 859 B.C. and 1950 A.D., he uncovered a pattern of conquest, growth, maturity and decline that, remarkably, was common to all.

What surprised him even more: for each superpower, the whole process took place over ten generations or roughly 250 years. He saw the same trajectory being repeated in the United States of America. The most pressing question we now face is this: Can the values and habits that made America a great nation be restored or is its collapse — within the next 25 years — inevitable?

Seven ages can be identified in US history and in the histories of eleven past superpowers (Assyria, Persia, Greece, the Roman Republic, the Roman Empire, Arab Empire, Mameluke Empire, Ottoman Empire, Spain, Romanov Russia and Great Britain). The Age of — 

(1) Pioneers (“The Age of Outburst”)
(2) Conquest
(3) Commerce
(4) Affluence
(5) Intellect
(6) Decadence
(7) Decline and Death

We sometimes think of pioneers and conquerors as “barbarians,” like the Mongolians who conquered Persia or the Germanic tribes who sacked Rome, and assume that they conquered “effete civilizations.” But that’s not always the case.

For example, the pioneers in what became the US subdued “less advanced” tribal groups, but still fit the arc. Sir John describes pioneers as “normally poor, hardy and enterprising and above all aggressive”; “they abound in courage, energy and initiative, overcome every obstacle and always seem to be in control of the situation.”

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Don’t You Wish this Sign was on Every Church Door in the USA?

November 19, 2019

This sign confronts everyone entering the Carmelite Monastery Church of St. Joseph. This was the 1st convent started by St. Teresa of Avila. Don’t you wish it was on every church door in America?   :-)

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Day 5 Bethlehem All Day with Spirit Catholic Radio

November 18, 2019

Two videos today to cover all the evening dancing. Today we leave Israel and enter the Palestinian territory and spend the day in Bethlehem. We start at the Olivewood Store where we hear the Our Father Prayer sung in the language of Our Lord. We had our Mass at St. Catherine’s at 11 AM. This […]

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The Truth That Dare Not Speak Its Name — Catholic Teachings on Homosexuality? Archbishop Chaput on Catholics Living in a Gay Culture

November 18, 2019

This is the hot-button issue of our times and the one most likely to bring persecution to Christians in America. It is not enough that you “approve” of the gay agenda, you have to celebrate it or you will be considered a bigot. In response, most Christians just remain silent or slide along with the […]

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Day 4: Mass at Capernaum, St. Peter’s Fish, Visitation & Jerusalem

November 17, 2019

Today we finished up our exploration of Galilee and the 3 year ministry of Jesus. We started the day with Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said, “Eat My Flash and Drink My Blood!“ I gave my talk entitled “Defending the Eucharist. St. Peter’s Fish for lunch. Then we headed south towards Jerusalem stopping along the […]

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New Convert Holds His Ground with a Street Preacher

November 17, 2019

I was so delighted to receive this e-mail that I had to reshare it with everyone! Darrell should be a model for all of us!! Hi Steve, Just had to share this…I was visiting San Antonio this weekend and as I walked around the riverwalk section of town, a gentleman approached me with a gospel tract. […]

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Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Syrian Border and more with Spirit Catholic Radio

November 16, 2019

There was a bike race today that closed the streets of Tiberias so we had to be very clever to get out of the hotel around the roadblocks and on the road to our pilgrimage sites today. We started with Mass at Beatitudes before driving to the northern tip of Israel along the Lebanese border […]

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Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Syrian Border and more with Spirit Catholic Radio

November 16, 2019

There was a bike race today that closed the streets of Tiberias so we had to be very clever to get out of the hotel around the roadblocks and on the road to our pilgrimage sites today. We started with Mass at Beatitudes before driving to the northern tip of Israel along the Lebanese border […]

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How Many Denominations are Too Many?

November 16, 2019

We are currently in Israel with a group of 152 excited pilgrims. I have written a paper on the scandal of demoninations. This blog is an introduction to that paper I wrote entitled “The ‘Myth’ of 33,000 Denominations and Swallowing the Holy Ghost Feathers and All.” In the meantime, this morning I post my discussion on the […]

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Day 2 Spirit Catholic Radio in Israel: Cana, Nazareth & Transfiguration

November 15, 2019

If you think 3 buses is cumbersome, think again. If organized and punctual withThe best team it runs as smooth as silk. We started with a sumptuous breakfast before heading to Cana to renew our wedding vows. Then Mass and Rosary at the Basilica of the Annunciation where 15-year old Mary heard the words, “Hail […]

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Day 2 Spirit Catholic Radio in Israel: Cana, Nazareth & Transfiguration

November 15, 2019

If you think 3 buses is cumbersome, think again. If organized and punctual withThe best team it runs as smooth as silk. We started with a sumptuous breakfast before heading to Cana to renew our wedding vows. Then Mass and Rosary at the Basilica of the Annunciation where 15-year old Mary heard the words, “Hail […]

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Should We Use the Missalette at Mass?

November 15, 2019

From Jimmy Akin’s blog: Richard Becker, who describes himself as a “God-haunted lunatic,” has an entertaining rant against the use of missalettes at Mass. Being a God-haunted lunatic myself, allow me to counter-rant in the same spirit. In his piece, Becker poses a number of arguments against using missalettes at Mass. Let’s take a look […]

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 1 with Spirit Catholic Radio

November 14, 2019

Everyone arrived in good order with no mishaps. Three brand new Mercedes buses with 152 excited pilgrims! Enjoy!

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live – Raising Sons

November 14, 2019

These are the questions I answered about Raising Sons on Catholic Answers Live. It was a fun show with great questions. We recorded this one a ways back but it is still alive and applicable. In biblical teaching, it is the father’s responsibility to raise, educate and prepare his sons and daughters to be adults. […]

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