May 2015

Wow! Mass in the Tomb; Praying for Priests where they Began and more; Day 7 Parts 1 & 2

May 18, 2015

The highlight of the whole pilgrimage is praying the Via Dolorosa, touching the top of Mount Calvary where the Blood of Jesus flowed and having Mass inside the Tomb. I tell people that when the priest brings us the Body of Christ in the Tomb that Jesus comes out of the tomb for us again […]

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Where Was Mary Born? Where Did Jesus Sweat Blood (hematridrosis)? What was Fr. Chris Alar Wearing? Holy Land Day 6

May 17, 2015

The pilgrims learned a lot today and there were many tears. Gethsemane for Mass and a biblical description. St. Anne’s where Mary was born and the Western (Wailing) Wall. Enjoy as you join us for Day 6 of our Holy Land Pilgrimage with Steve and Janet Ray — and Fr. Chris Alar and Deacon Thaddeus […]

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All Day in Bethlehem and Visiting NEW SAINT’S Convent

May 16, 2015

Great Day of touring Bethlehem and all its glory and fun, including dancing. Enjoy! By the way, Miriam of Jesus Crucified is being canonized in Rome Sunday. She is a Palestinian Christian we all visited her convent today and all wore her cloak and prayed at her relics. WOW! Article on the new Arab saints. […]

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ISIS is the Ripe Fruit of Islam… don’t be fooled

May 16, 2015

Today I am in Israel, in fact we are in the Palestinian West Bank. I have a lot of Arab friends here — friends who are Christians and Muslims. All the Christians and many of the Muslims in private will tell you that this is true — while politically-correct Americans will deny it. BY ROBERT […]

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Day 4 in the Holy Land with Chris Alar of the Marians; Boat Ride, Capernam, to Jerusalem

May 15, 2015

Great day again with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, then to see the 1st century boat. From there to Mass at Capernaum and a tour of the site. You can hear Fr. Chris’s excellent homily on the Eucharist below. Lunch of St. Peter’s fish, Steve Ray’s conversion story on the way to […]

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The Rock, the Keys, the Shepherd, the Fisherman: Holy Land Day 3

May 14, 2015

Today was a great day in Northern Galilee and it all centered on Peter. But first we had Mass at the Beatitudes and Deacon Thaddeus did a marvelous job with his homily. You can hear his whole homily in the second video below. Then we went up to the Lebanese border and visited Caesarea Philippi […]

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Marian Pilgrimage Day 2 at Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth

May 13, 2015

Steve Ray here to share with you our great day with 50 excited pilgrims. We try to stay with a smaller, one-bus group to give folks a marvelous, intimate and personal – and the best Catholic experience possible in the Holy Land. Pope Paul VI called the Holy Land the 5th Gospel and we take […]

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A Day of Retreat .. or maybe a Life…

May 13, 2015

I recently received an invitation to a retreat at a monastery in Massachusetts. Maybe some day I will have the time to go. But they also are inviting young men to come and take a look. Fr. Dunstan and I met at a men’s conference not long ago. Want to break away from the hectic […]

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Nicely Crafted Video on Why to Visit the Holy Land

May 12, 2015

Only 2 1/2 minutes – fast-paced and beautiful. Thanks Spirit Juice!   Our group arrives today. This exquisite little video shows why they decided to fly over the Atlantic to join us in the God’s country – literally, the land of Israel. We are now walking in the footprints of God! Join us later this […]

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Fr. Chris Alar of the Marian’s of the Immaculate Conception Joins Steve Ray in the Holy Land

May 12, 2015

What a great arrival! Fifty pilgrims arrived at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and off we went north to Tiberias to begin our adventure following Our Lord Jesus through his own land.  Fr. Chris Alar (Fr. Joseph) from the Marians of the Immaculate Conception joined us as spiritual director and is already loved by […]

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Stop Eating Animals! It is Against the Plan of God!

May 12, 2015

IF YOU EAT ANIMALS YOU ARE VIOLATING THE PLAN OF GOD. YOU SHOULD BE A VEGAN AND EAT NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS, INCLUDING FISH, EGGS, MILK, YOGURT, LOCUSTS OR MEAT. IS THIS **REALLY** GOD’S PLAN? MY RESPONSE TO A VEGAN CRITIC (updated 4/22/11) The original blog and comments An added comment. It was asserted that many […]

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“I Was Aborted…”

May 10, 2015

Yikes, what a powerful 1 minute video about abortion. See that faces of those who never saw their mothers, the sun – who never had a chance. Amazing Pro-Life Video “Stolen Moments” Gives a Face to Aborted Babies

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Riddle of a Mystery – Where’s Judas?

May 10, 2015

We saw this painting in Jerusalem today. “Ah ha,” said my wife, “can you find Judas the Betrayer?” Also, what is the source of the light?  

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“Created for Greatness”: The Emerging Catholic Men’s Movement – CWR Article

May 7, 2015

My friend Joe Hanneman just had his excellent article on the need for Mens’ Movements in Catholic World Report. He had interviewed me for the article and he used my quotes :-) Men, and women who love their men, should read this article and encourage real men to be involved. It makes better sons, better […]

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Ten Signs that Christianity is on the Rise

May 6, 2015

Article by Tom Hoopes at Aleteia.org. I am just posting their 10 points. Click here for the whole article and the reasoning behind each of the 10 points. “Christianity is a dying relic of an ancient past. The Internet is killing it. Science is killing it. Western sophistication is killing it. Right? “Wrong. In many ways, Christianity […]

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Questions I Answered this Week on Catholic Answers Live Q & A for Non-Catholics

May 5, 2015

It was a rousing hour with great questions. Hope you enjoy it. To listen on-line, click here. To download as a podcast or other listening options, click here. ***************** Can I take RCIA classes and still have my planned wedding in a Protestant church this fall? Shouldn’t Christians be uniting in volunteer missionary activity rather […]

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