Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Too Late to Upload Rome Video Tonight

by Steve Ray on May 19, 2010

Incredible and LONG day. General Audience with and blessing from the Pope. Touring Christian Rome with Mass at the Tomb of St. Paul. Dinner on the Via Appia Antica. Finally crashing into bed.

Too exhausted and late to make and upload video tonight. Will try to catch up tomorrow.

Everything is smooth and wonderful. Great dinner with singing, joking, gifts, joy, delicious food and cheers for drivers, guides, escorts, and more.

Stay tuned!


Pope’s Blessing!

by Steve Ray on May 19, 2010

Just received the Pope’s blessing at the General Audience! Pictures and videos soon!


To Rome – on Overload!

by Steve Ray on May 19, 2010

P1010137“If this keeps up I am going to burst!” and “If I went home today it would have all be more than worth it!” and “What an amazing trip seeing and experiencing so many things day after day!”

These are the comments we keep hearing as we go from one incorrupt saint, to a Eucharistic miracle, to a 2,000 year old relic, to Mass at the Catacombs.

Today was capped off with a delicious dinner and a meeting with Cardinal Arinze!

P1010710We started the day by stopping at Monapello to visit Veronica’s Veil (veronica means “true icon”) and then to the Catacombs of Callixtus, a short tour of Rome and dinner with the Cardinal. What a day!

Tomorrow we see the Pope at the General Audience, have all our religious items blessed, take a tour of the primary churches in Rome, have Mass at the Tomb of St. Paul and another delectable Italian dinner out on the Ancient Via Appia.

With 150 people we are moving as smooth as silk, fast and efficient. We’ve had no injuries, no illness, not even a critical word. All are ecstatic and joyful. Fr. Courtney is amazing. Our three Italian escorts are superb as are our four American escorts Laura, Diana, Stacey and Olivia.

Enjoy the video!