Mexico: Why NOT to God and Why TO Go

by Steve Ray on September 25, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-09-24 at 9.48.54 AMMontezuma’s Revenge, drug cartels, filthy country, not safe…

These are some of the perceived reasons not to go. Understood. It is a common perception from listening to the mainstream news. They don’t tell you the good things, only the sensational. 

IMG_2994Even in the United States, which is a very safe country to visit, there are places you don’t want to go – areas of New York, Detroit, the feces-ridden sections of San Francisco, and the murder capital city of Chicago.

But that does not stop us from living in this country or others from traveling to tour the USA. Mexico is the same. There are fantastically beautiful, historical, Catholic areas to visit and there are places to avoid. Our trips to Mexico are arranged to avoid all the questionable areas and we go nowhere near them. 

IMG_3329The country of Mexico, in general, is a fantastic and exciting country full of gorgeous historical churches, the BEST restaurants, and hotels of any of our pilgrimages.

Where we go it is clean, some of the cleanest parts of the world we have ever seen. The people are exceptionally friendly people, the landscapes exotic and stunning including an active volcano, ancient pyramids, Aztec Temples — with great talks, Masses and learning along the way.

Don’t let fear stop you!

Oh, and about Montezuma’s Revenge — we have bottled water for you all along the say. One more nice thing — no jetlag since it is in Central Time.

IMG_4567-300x225And best of all, you get to visit Guadalupe, celebrate Mass in front of the Tilma and have a free afternoon to pray and explore the site. This apparition brought about the conversion of 8,000,000 people in two generations!

Check out our Mexico Pilgrimage page with our Interactive Map. Watch videos from our last trip here(scroll down to the bottom) and see here what our last group of Mexico pilgrims said about the experience.

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Join us for the 40th Anniversary of Ignatius Press

by Steve Ray on September 23, 2018

Steve Ray here. I am happy to be part of the celebration. After working with Ignatius Press for over 20 years (5 books and 10 movies), I consider them the best Catholic publisher in the country — one that is doing great work in keeping the faithful informed with the best books, movies, educational materials, magazines, news sources and blogs.

I invite you to  join us as we celebrate the 40th Anniver­sary of Ignatius Press! Along with Ignatius Press found­er Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, and the men and women of Ignatius Press, you’ll be joining Car­dinal Francis Arinze, Peter Kreeft, Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, Steve Ray, Michael D. O’Brien, and Arch­bishop Salvatore Cordileone.

We will begin with a dinner and talks on Friday, November 2nd, followed by Mass and a day of speakers on Saturday, November 3rd. We hope you can join us for both!

Our 40th Anniversary Celebration will take place at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco. Dinner and talks will take place downstairs at the Cathedral’s event center.

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This is a remarkable journal of our recent pilgrimage to Ireland following the Heritage of the Emerald Isles. You can read it here.

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Is Mormonism Christian?

September 21, 2018

The simple answer is NO! Not even close to Christian. To start a new religion by stealing the terminology from an established religion and then redefining the words does not make the new religion the same as the religion they cannibalized. Mormonism’s theology is strange, completely new and foreign to early Christianity. They never tell […]

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Why the Church Cannot Reverse Past Teaching on Capital Punishment

September 20, 2018

If Pope Francis were to teach that capital punishment is “absolutely” immoral, he would be contradicting the teaching of scripture, the Fathers, and all previous popes, and substituting for it “some new doctrine.” June 7, 2017 Joseph M. Bessette, Dr. Edward Feser  Editor’s note: This first part of a two-part article on Catholicism and the death penalty was originally […]

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The Fiasco Attempt to Destroy Judge Brett Kavanaugh

September 20, 2018

What is happening to keep a great judge (Judge Brett Kavanaugh) from being appointed to the Supreme Court is a scandal and a farce. Here is a good article about how it is a new totalitarianism. Site link here, full article below. ******************************** “If Senate Democrats and their media allies manage to destroy Brett Kavanaugh, […]

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Farewells & Comments at Close of Pilgrimage

September 20, 2018

Enjoy the fun and camaraderie as everyone prepares to leave for home. Lots of fun, nice comments and endorsements.

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Israel Day 8: Via Dolorosa, Calvary, Mass in Aramaic, Holy Shroud Exhibit, Ceremonial Entrance into Tomb

September 19, 2018

We started the day by leaving the hotel at 5 AM in the morning to walk the Via Dolorosa in peace and quiet after which we did a tour of the Holy Sepulchre  and touched the top of Calvary where the cross once stood. We then had Mass. Fr. Badway’s excellent final homily here.   His […]

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Peter & the Primacy in the New Testament

September 19, 2018

St. Peter in the New Testament What Do We Know About Him? Peter is the big rugged fisherman who became the humble servant of the servants of God. Jesus chose him from among the Twelve to be the leader and the visible head of the Church. What do we know about Peter from the New […]

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Israel Day 7: Gethsemane, Paternoster, Ascension, Western Wall, Mount Zion, Upper Room, Dinner on Roof of Jerusalem

September 18, 2018

A world wind day seeing lots of things in and around Jerusalem. First, was a very emotional and moving Mass at Gethsemane at the rock was Jesus sweat drops of blood.  You can see/hear Fr. Gavin’s homily here. From there to the top of the Mount of Olives where Jesus taught his disciples to pray […]

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Seven Things Every Kid Needs to Hear

September 18, 2018

Thanks to my friend Patrick Madrid. Might I suggest you plan to tell your kids all of these things over the next week or two?

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Triumph & Tragedy: Jimmy Akins Conversion Story and Loss of his Wife

September 17, 2018

 Many people know Jimmy Akin. I call him my friend and have great admiration for this friend. He is also a Square Dancer. But do you know his story? Get a cup of coffee, turn off the TV and settle in for a great story. Not just gut-wrenching and edifying, but also an Introductory Course […]

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Israel Day 6: Israel Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea, Riding Camels

September 17, 2018

We give everybody a free day today but we offer an optional tour for those who would like to go. Our Mass today was at the Notre Dame Center and you can see Fr. Gavin‘s homily here. We start at the Israel Museum and see the Temple Model and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then we […]

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Israel Day 5: Bethlehem All Day – including Dancing!

September 16, 2018

Today we spent the whole day in Bethlehem. We did some shopping to support the local Christians (you have to see the store to believe it), and then we went to the Church of the Nativity to touch the birthplace of our Lord Jesus. Then we ate Schwarma and falafels before going for Mass in […]

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Mr. Bean on Why We Should be Allowed to Insult Each Other – Freedom of Speech

September 16, 2018

Well said, Mr. Bean! (2.5 minute video)

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Israel Day 4: Capernaum, Boat Ride, St. Peter Fish, Visitation, Arrival in Jerusalem

September 15, 2018

Our final day in Galilee and we had Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood.” Fr. Gavin’s homily here. I also gave an abbreviated version of my talk “Defending the Eucharist.” Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and viewing 2,000 year old “Jesus Boat.” Would you like  eating St. […]

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