There’s no way to capsulate all that we did today. And, we did it at a time when Israel is more crowded than we’ve ever seen it in 20 years. Buses everywhere people, people everywhere, not one room is available in any hotel in Jerusalem.

But we did what we came to do. We had Mass at Gethsemane (short homily here) and went to the top of the Mount of Olives and then to meet the Bishop of Jerusalem. All of the knights and ladies of the Holy Sepulcher received their caps on pilgrimage Shells!

We then had lunch and a Jewish kibbutz before visiting the sites on Mount Zion including my talk “The Story of Salvation from Adam and Eve until Today“, the Upper Room and Abby of the Dormitionon where Mary fell asleep.

Then the crown jewel of the day… We had the Solemn Entry into the Tomb of Christ. We did not have to wait in line but were escorted in by the Franciscans directly to the tomb where all of us were able to enter and pray. Then jubilant we all went back for dinner. Enjoy!

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Atheism Rationally Explained :-)

by Steve Ray on October 16, 2018

ATHEISM: The belief that there was absolutely nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason whatsoever into self-replicating bits of random stuff thrown together by chance which then turned into dinosaurs who crawled out of the muck. Makes perfect sense to me.

And then you came along…

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All Day Bethlehem!

by Steve Ray on October 15, 2018

What a great day, all day, in Bethlehem! The Church of Nativity, buying olive wood carvings, supporting the local Christians, visiting a Catholic school, Mass in Shepherds Field (Fr.Richard’s homily), authentic food from Bethlehem, and dinner and dancing. Enjoy the day as you join us!

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Atheism or God? You are the Detective! My Chart to Use with Family and Friends

October 15, 2018

Atheism is growing in America and around the world. But is there a good reason for its popularity? Do they know something we don’t know — or do they just not want some supreme being or a “God” to tell them what to do and not to do? Is it reasonable to be an atheist? […]

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Day 4: Capernaum, Sailing on Galilee, Ancient Boat, St. Peter’s Fish, Visitation, to Jerusalem

October 14, 2018

Wonderful day. Enjoy!

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Do the Church Fathers Teach the Eucharist is a Symbol and Not the Real Presence?

October 14, 2018

Today we are in Capernaum where Jesus said: “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood.” I thought it appropriate that I post this challenge today. A man sent a challenge saying “the Fathers of the Church limited the Eucharist to a symbol and therefore it is NOT the Real Presence of Christ.” Is that true? My […]

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Pilgrimage Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea, Golan Heights, Overlooking Syria back to Galilee

October 13, 2018

Great day in the North. Mass at Beatitudes (see homily here). We then drove to the northern tip of Israel at the base of Mount Hermon to Caesarea Philippi where I have my talk “Peter the Rock and Keys.” Lunch at Druze Restaurant, discussed the dad Middleeastern situation while looking over Syria. Back to See […]

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Do the Sacraments Need A “Digestive Juice”?

October 13, 2018

At a recent conference, I mentioned that when we eat we need digestive juices in order to make our food do for our bodies what it was intended to do. I said sacraments are the same. The digestive juice of the sacraments is faith. A listener honestly and respectfully questioned my comments. She asked her […]

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Fr. James Martin not just screwed up about sex, but also about Canon Law

October 12, 2018

From Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer: According to Fr. James Martin, although the Church teaches that “LGBT people must be celibate their entire lives” this expectation “has not been received”, by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender people, and therefore it has failed to become “authoritative” in their regard. I am reminded of a furrowed-brow comment […]

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Equestrian Order in Israel Day 2: Transfiguration, Renewing Wedding Vows in Cana & Incarnation in Nazareth

October 12, 2018

We had a great first day tying the Old and New Testaments together at the Mountain of Transfiguration. You can see/hear Fr. Michael’s homily here.  Then to Cana of Galilee to renew our wedding vows before lunch at a local family restaurant in Nazareth. If standing in front of the cave where the Angel Gabriel […]

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Arrival in Israel…Pilgrimage Begins!

October 11, 2018

The first day is always the toughest after a long airline flight. But everyone arrive in good shape, no luggage was lost and we arrived up in Tiberias in time for dinner. It was a late dinner, but dinner nonetheless. Everyone is tucked into their beautiful rooms— all of them with a balcony seaside view […]

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Can Relics and Sacramentals Relay the Power of God?

October 11, 2018

Some might claim that Catholic teaching on relics and Sacramentals is unbiblical. Really? Check out these biblical passages: “So extraordinary were the mighty deeds God accomplished at the hands of Paul that when face CLOTHS or aprons that touched his skin were applied to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits came […]

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Robin’s Story: Boring Catholic, to Protestant and Back to Exciting Catholic

October 10, 2018

Robin writes: I wanted to begin this blog with my conversion story. For some of you, you may stop reading here but I encourage you to continue. This is my second pilgrimage with Steve Ray and his wife Janet. I choose to travel with him because I would not be a Catholic today if it […]

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Who Says the Mass is a Sacrifice?

October 9, 2018

Who Says the Mass is a Sacrifice? Jimmy Swaggart (making a foolish and unhistorical claim): “The Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation is, without question, one of the most absurd doctrines ever imposed on a trusting public…  Roman Catholic errors are inevitably human innovations that were inserted into the church during the early centuries. This teaching on […]

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Responding Simply to Question about Images and the 2nd Commandment

October 8, 2018

Good day, Mr. Steve Ray! We have a concern regarding the many statues of Saints and Mama Mary and Jesus all over the Philippines. It seems the Filipinos are exaggerating with those statues and images. What is your say to this? Is this against the second commandment of God that we should not make any […]

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Delightful, Fast-paced, Creatively Artistic, 14-minute Video of our Holy Land Pilgrimage

October 6, 2018

Enjoy this beautiful video of one of our Holy Land pilgrimages. This was created by videographer Michael Hess. Janet and I couldn’t break away. Enjoy!!

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