November 2014

Exiled on Island of Patmos with St. John, Day 12

November 6, 2014

We used to feel sorry for St. John for being exiled on the Island of Patmos. But once you land on this beautiful island it’s hard to feel sorry for him :-) Just joking! When John was exiled hear it was a place of banishment and suffering. But today we visited the cave or St. […]

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Mary, Mother of God : Steve Ray’s Talk in Ephesus

November 5, 2014

I gave a short talk and Mary the Mother of God in Ephesus where Mary had lived with St. John the Apostle. I gave my talk at the Church of the Virgin Mary where the 3rd Ecumenical Council of the Church declared Mary the Theotokos, the Mother of God. Enjoy!

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Glorious Ephesus: Mass at House of Mary, Bishop Conley’s Homily and more

November 5, 2014

Great day in the city of St. Paul, St. John and where Mary lived. Also the 3rd Ecumenical Council where bishops declared Mary the Mother of God. Also Bishop Conley’s excellent homily during Mass at Mary’s House at Ephesus. Enjoy! Bishop Conley’s Homily at Mary’s House in Ephesus Turkey

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Politico on Obama’s Continuing Flip-flop on Same-Sex “Marriage”

November 4, 2014

“President Barack Obama has evolved again on the issue of same-sex marriage, saying he now believes that the U.S. Constitution requires states to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. “‘Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states,’ Obama told the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin, referring to language […]

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The Throne of Satan and Steve’s Message to the Churches, Day 10 in Pergamum

November 4, 2014

What a day! We had a wonderful Mass on the ship with Bishop Conley presiding. Then we took off in our buses to go to Pergamum the biblical city mentioned in Revelation 2:12-17. While on the Acropolis of Pergamum I played the part of the messenger bringing the word from St. John the bishop of […]

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Check-off List for Today – VOTE!

November 4, 2014

Janet and I voted a month ago knowing we’d be in Turkey today. We voted for everyone who would oppose Obama, the most inept, over his head, scandal-ridden president our country has ever known. Jimmy Carter must be happy since he will no longer have the reputation as our countries worst president. We voted straight […]

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Largest and most magnificent church for 1000 years before the Muslims took it over, Day 9

November 3, 2014

Istanbul, or rather for Christians – Constantinople is where we toured today. We started at the gym of the city called Hagia Sophia. This magnificent edifice was the most beautiful and largest church in the world for 1000 years before St. Peter’s was built in Rome. The Muslims took it over and defaced all the […]

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To Philippi with St. Paul, Day 8

November 3, 2014

Today was a blockbuster day following St. Paul as he entered Europe for the first time. Kavala, the city on the coast of the Aegean Sea used to be called Neapolis during Paul’s time. We arrived and boarded our buses and drove through Kavala seeing the mosaic of Paul receiving a vision from the Macedonian […]

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St. Paul and Thessaloniki

November 1, 2014

Today we voyaged from Athens to Thessalonica where Paul preached the gospel to the Jews and then to the Gentiles. Today we took a tour of Thessalonica and had Mass in the Catholic Cathedral here. The Greek Orthodox claim to be 97% of the population and are not kind to the Catholics, but there are […]

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First Day at Sea!

November 1, 2014

Here is the video from friday. We drove across Greece to our ship south of Athens and boarded and headed out to see. The group that is cruise-only arrive before us and were greeting us as we entered the ship. Enjoy the video!

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