April 2018

We hit the ground running in Rome today. Some of our folks who did not stay for the extension went to the airport and flew home. But 30 and us remained for three days with intensive touring of Christian Ancient and Christian Rome.

We started the day with Mass at the Church of Saint Peter in Chains  (homily here) before venerating the tombs of Saint Ignatius and Saint Clement in the Church of San Clemente.  These two Apostolic Fathers were disciples of the Apostles and they convinced me of the truth of the Catholic Church.

We also descended into subterranean 1st century Rome under the church for an interesting tour of archaeology. Then we met up with our guide Liz Lev and we took an intensive tour inside the Colosseum and Roman Forum where we showed how the Catholic Faith progressed through the first centuries. It was a full semester history on Rome. It was an excellent tour.

The group asked Liz if Christians were martyred in the Coliseum. Here is her answer.

Then to our favorite restaurant for dinner.

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We hit the ground running in Rome today. Some of our folks who did not stay for the extension went to the airport and flew home. But 30 and us remained for three days with intensive touring of Christian Ancient and Christian Rome.

We started the day with Mass at the Church of Saint Peter in Chains  (homily here) before venerating the tombs of Saint Ignatius and Saint Clement in the Church of San Clemente.  These two Apostolic Fathers were disciples of the Apostles and they convinced me of the truth of the Catholic Church.

We also descended into subterranean 1st century Rome under the church for an interesting tour of archaeology. Then we met up with our guide Liz Lev and we took an intensive tour inside the Colosseum and Roman Forum where we showed how the Catholic Faith progressed through the first centuries. It was a full semester history on Rome. It was an excellent tour.

The group asked Liz if Christians were martyred in the Coliseum. Here is her answer.

Then to our favorite restaurant for dinner.

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Today we woke up and beautiful son Giovanni Rotondo on the side of a mountain or Padre Pio lived and worked. We started the day with my talk on Padre Pio (see whole talk on video below) and Mass at the altar where the saint celebrated Mass for so many years. We all sat right next to his confessional. I heard one person say it was the highlight of the whole trip so far.

You can listen to Fr. Fran’s homily here.

We then visited his glass-encased tomb so we could all get up close and see his incorrupt body. After our group picture we started our way towards room. We had fun along the way with my (Steve Ray’s) conversion story, Teresa Tomeo’s story and both priests gave their vocation stories. Several lunch and ice cream stops along the way and we arrived in Rome in good time.

After time to freshen up we took off for Benito’s for dinner where we were serenaded with Italian music.

MY 10-MINUTE TALK ON PADRE PIO

FULL DAY FROM SAN GIOVANNI ROTUNDA TO ROME

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Mass at Padre Pio’s Altar, Visited his Incorrupt Body, Drive to Singing Dinner in Rome

April 29, 2018

Today we woke up and beautiful son Giovanni Rotondo on the side of a mountain or Padre Pio lived and worked. We started the day with my talk on Padre Pio (see whole talk on video below) and Mass at the altar where the saint celebrated Mass for so many years. We all sat right […]

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Is DOGMA an Oppressive Catholic Word?

April 29, 2018

When I was an Evangelical Protestant, I thought DOGMA was a dirty word. It had bad connotations. It represented unbiblical teaching forced down people’s throats by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. They invented new doctrines not found in the Bible and then called them dogmas and told Christians if they didn’t believe them — […]

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Mass at Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano, Cave of St. Michael Archangel Cave, Giovanni Rotundo…

April 28, 2018

One of the highlights of our trips is a stop in Lanciano for the magnificent Eucharistic Miracle. It is set up so you can get right up close and intimate with Miracle. We had Mass in front of the miracle and Fr. Frans delivered another homerun homily. After Mass we drove through the beautiful countryside […]

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Mass at Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano, Cave of St. Michael Archangel Cave, Giovanni Rotundo…

April 28, 2018

One of the highlights of our trips is a stop in Lanciano for the magnificent Eucharistic Miracle. It is set up so you can get right up close and intimate with Miracle. We had Mass in front of the miracle and Fr. Frans delivered another homerun homily. After Mass we drove through the beautiful countryside […]

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Mass at Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano, Cave of St. Michael Archangel Cave, Giovanni Rotundo…

April 28, 2018

One of the highlights of our trips is a stop in Lanciano for the magnificent Eucharistic Miracle. It is set up so you can get right up close and intimate with Miracle. We had Mass in front of the miracle and Fr. Frans delivered another homerun homily. After Mass we drove through the beautiful countryside […]

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Mass at Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano, Cave of St. Michael Archangel Cave, Giovanni Rotundo…

April 28, 2018

One of the highlights of our trips is a stop in Lanciano for the magnificent Eucharistic Miracle. It is set up so you can get right up close and intimate with Miracle. We had Mass in front of the miracle and Fr. Frans delivered another homerun homily. After Mass we drove through the beautiful countryside […]

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Assisi to Holy House of Loreto, Mass at Face Cloth of Christ in Manoppello to Lanciano

April 27, 2018

An amazing day with lots of holy sites. As we left Assisi and drove along the Adriatic Sea we stopped at the Holy House of Loretto. From there we drove to Manoppella where we had Mass in front of the actual face cloth of Jesus found in the tomb by Peter and John. Another great […]

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Assisi to Holy House of Loreto, Mass at Face Cloth of Christ in Manoppello to Lanciano

April 27, 2018

An amazing day with lots of holy sites. As we left Assisi and drove along the Adriatic Sea we stopped at the Holy House of Loretto. From there we drove to Manoppella where we had Mass in front of the actual face cloth of Jesus found in the tomb by Peter and John. Another great […]

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All Day Assisi! Mass at Tomb of St. Francis, Hermitage, Wine Tasting and more

April 26, 2018

Started the day with Mass in a nearly unprecedented way — at the tomb of Saint Francis of Assisi in the grotto below the church. Another excellent homily here. A full tour of the Church of St. Francis, walking through the city exploring the history and arriving at the Church of St. Clare and her […]

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All Day Assisi! Mass at Tomb of St. Francis, Hermitage, Wine Tasting and more

April 26, 2018

Started the day with Mass in a nearly unprecedented way — at the tomb of Saint Francis of Assisi in the grotto below the church. Another excellent homily here. A full tour of the Church of St. Francis, walking through the city exploring the history and arriving at the Church of St. Clare and her […]

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Siena & Assisi: Eucharistic Miracle & Dinner with Daughter of a Saint

April 26, 2018

Enjoy Siena  with the Eucharistic Miracle and Relics of St. Catherine (amazing and beautifully quaint medieval Catholic city). Here is Fr. Fran’s homily in front of the Eucharist Miracle. Enjoy our arrival in Assisi for a talk and dinner with the daughter of a Saint. PART ONE PART TWO

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Siena & Assisi: Eucharistic Miracle & Dinner with Daughter of a Saint

April 26, 2018

Enjoy Siena  with the Eucharistic Miracle and Relics of St. Catherine (amazing and beautifully quaint medieval Catholic city). Here is Fr. Fran’s homily in front of the Eucharist Miracle. Enjoy our arrival in Assisi for a talk and dinner with the daughter of a Saint. PART ONE PART TWO

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Florence all day! Mass in Duomo, Michelangelo’s “David,” Cooking Class and more…

April 24, 2018

Today was all day Florence. We step back hundreds of years to marvelous Catholic culture of the Renaissance. What a beautiful and enchanting city full of history and art, good food and nice people. We started our day by walking to Santa Croce Church (Holy Cross). This commemorates the finding of the true cross and […]

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