Pilgrimage

This black & white movie of the Holy Land from 1929. What a different world than we know today. Interesting scenes of pilgrims arriving at about the 7:30 second mark; Nazareth around 7:50 with girl like Mary carrying a water jug on her head.

They show the Garden Tomb as the place of the crucifixion and burial so it was obviously a British Protestant doing the filming. Enjoy a step back in time!

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1_43-1024x723“Life is all about the Journey, not the Destination!” (paraphrase of a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.) As we get ready to travel again, I recall seeing this sign at the airport a while back. Imagine! In an airport of all places!

What stupidity! Grab a passenger arriving at the airport to catch a flight and shout, “Hey, take any flight you want sir, it doesn’t matter; it’s not about your destination, it’s only about the journey – experience of the flight, any flight.”

He would tell you you’re nuts.

heaven-or-hell-jesus-29767667-320-240I don’t know about you, but if life is only about the journey and there is no destination (other than becoming worm food) then this life is ultimately a sadistic, cruel, cosmic joke and I want out!

St. Paul says if Christ is not raised from the dead then neither is there resurrection for us and we, of all men are the most to be pitied (1 Cor 15:19) and if there is no resurrection and life after death – the destination – then we should eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die (1 Cor 15:32).

But I know better. Life is a journey in preparation to arrive at the destination which is all-important. The journey is a means to the chosen destination. My destination and goal is heaven and union with God for eternity. There is another destination as well, but I’m preparing for the better of the two.

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Video of Holy Sepulchre Opening Again!

May 27, 2020

On Sunday the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem opened again. My good friend Jeries sent me some pictures and videos of the opening day. Join in the solemn yet joyful experience.

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My Interview on LifeSite News: My Conversion, the Wuhan Virus & my Take on Pope Francis

May 12, 2020

Last week I did an interview with John-Henry Westen, editor of LifeSite News. The article begins, “May 12, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Today I had the chance to speak with well-known Catholic apologist, author, and veteran tour guide of the Holy Land Steve Ray about a wide variety of topics, including his thoughts on Pope Francis. […]

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My Interview on LifeSite News: My Conversion, the Wuhan Virus & my Take on Pope Francis

May 12, 2020

Last week I did an interview with John-Henry Westen, editor of LifeSite News. The article begins, “May 12, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Today I had the chance to speak with well-known Catholic apologist, author, and veteran tour guide of the Holy Land Steve Ray about a wide variety of topics, including his thoughts on Pope Francis. […]

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My Interview on LifeSite News: My Conversion, the Wuhan Virus & my Take on Pope Francis

May 12, 2020

Last week I did an interview with John-Henry Westen, editor of LifeSite News. The article begins, “May 12, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Today I had the chance to speak with well-known Catholic apologist, author, and veteran tour guide of the Holy Land Steve Ray about a wide variety of topics, including his thoughts on Pope Francis. […]

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Good News from Israel! Things are getting back to normal!

May 11, 2020

This weekend I received a video from my Nazarean friend and partner Amer Shehadeh. It shows the freeways full of cars and life getting back to normal. Enjoy this 28-second clip with his commentary. We are heading back on July 29 and our bus is already almost sold out. We are very excited to see […]

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Donate to help local Catholics in Jerusalem – Help me, Help them!

May 10, 2020

Friends: Not sure how to do this but I am determined to do something. There are several families Janet and I know personally in Jerusalem and surrounding areas. The Roman Catholic family at the right is Jeries and his wife and three great kids–one of the families we help. Janet and I are long-term friends […]

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Don’t Let This Pandemic Stop You From Going on a Pilgrimage!

May 6, 2020

Come Join Steve Ray and Ignatius Press On A Virtual Trip Through The Holy Land and Salvation History!   We may be restricted from travel far from home, but we can all go on a rollicking, exciting, entertaining, family-friendly, educational pilgrimage through the lands where our salvation history all happened! Steve will lead you through […]

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Depth of Water in Sea of Galilee! HIGH!

April 25, 2020

For those who have traveled to Israel with Janet and I and stayed at the Ron Beach Hotel in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee, you will certainly enjoy these pictures! Janet and I have only seen the sea this high about 16 or 17 years ago. It is delightful to see it full again. […]

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Two New Videos and Important Pilgrimage Updates

April 17, 2020

Click here to read my recent email newsletter for two videos from the Holy Land—including an exclusive look at the Easter Triduum services at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—and important updates regarding upcoming pilgrimages. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for some words of encouragement from the Chaplains of our Mediterranean Cruise, Fr. […]

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Exclusive Video: Holy Week inside Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

April 14, 2020

Join the Franciscan Friars for Easter in an exclusive – inside the Holy Sepulchre during the virus lockdown. Thanks to my friends Jeries Majlaton and Fr. Sinisa who provided me with exclusive photos and video footage inside the Holy Sepulchre during the Holy Week Triduum. The Franciscans are on lockdown inside the church and celebrated […]

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Amer (from Nazareth) and Me (Steve in US) Discuss the Holy Land today with Teresa Tomeo

April 7, 2020

Amer Shehadeh (BesTour) and I (Steve Ray) discussed the current situation in Israel with the Wuhan coronavirus shutdown. Amer explains the situation of Christians under the current isolation mandate and the condition of the holy sites. (Picture: In Tiberias with David our driver, me and Janet with Amer Shehadeh.) We discussed the shutdown of the […]

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Was Jesus Clothed or Naked at the Crucifixion?

April 7, 2020

A few years ago I wrote an article entitled “Was Jesus Crucified Naked?” It generated a lot of comments, some very critical. A very kind person wrote to me today about that article saying they was uncomfortable with the idea that Mary was looking up at unclothed men on crosses. THEY WROTE: It was my […]

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Watch Closing of the Holy Sepulchre Indefinitely for Virus Fear

April 6, 2020

Here you will see the streets of Jerusalem compared a month ago and today. After a gorgeous video showing the inside of the Tomb, watch the closing of the Holy Sepulchre. Watch the sad moment when the doors are locked and the custodian, my friend Omar, walks away. The movie was taken by my friend […]

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