Is it Safe to Join your Holy Land Trip with All that’s Going On?

May 15, 2018

Greetings from Jerusalem! I received this e-mail from a pilgrim registered for our September Holy Land Pilgrimage. Here is her question and my response: Hi Steve, Should we be concerned about our trip in September with all that’s going on there now? Dear Concerned Pilgrim: Not at all. I am in Jerusalem now and it […]

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A Quick Reply to Question about Cremation and Scattering the Ashes

May 15, 2018

I was asked a question about Catholics, cremation and the scattering of ash. Here is my brief answer: The whole issue of cremation goes back to the Romans. They denied the bodily resurrection so they often burned the body and if they were rich they put the ashes in urns and put them in the […]

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On our way to Israel

May 14, 2018

Leaving for Israel with another sold-out pilgrimage. We NEVER  get tired of sharing our favorite places in the world! June already sold out. Few seats left for Jordan & Israel in September — www.FootprintsOfGod.com.

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Is Peter the Peg of Isaiah 22 that will be Broken Off?

May 14, 2018

A Protestant friend who is currently splashing in the Tiber and scrambling out on the Catholic side wrote and asked about the Peg of Isaiah 22:23?25. Below is his query and my response. He wrote: >>>The only issue which has unsettled me scripturally which I have not been able to find an answer that suits […]

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Calling All Deacons (and their wives); Join us for our Deacon Holy Land Pilgrimage & Retreat

May 13, 2018

Share This With All The Deacons You Know and Their Wives! Inspiring Trip for Deacons & their Wives To Walk In The Footsteps of Jesus in The Holy Land, February 13-22, 2019 Mass at St. Stephen’s Church, The Site of the First Martyrdom Join Steve & Janet Ray and Deacon Dominick & Teresa Tomeo Pastore Join […]

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Major Catholic Prayer Traditions – Very Extensive and Easy-to-Use

May 13, 2018

Catechists should be aware that the prayer of the Catholic Church is far more than the memorized vocal prayers, devotional prayers (such as the Rosary) or the prayers we say together at Mass. For over a thousand years, the Church has developed rich prayer forms such as contemplative prayer (Christian meditation), liturgy of the hours, […]

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Exciting New Pilgrimage Destination! Saints & Shrines of France with Special 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy

May 12, 2018

We JUST NOW arranged this tremendous new destination exploring the saints and shrines of France with some of the most beautiful churches in the world. Just wait until you see the itinerary! And a very special addition. We will be on the Beaches of Normandy to thanks our heroic fallen — and still living — soldiers […]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live

May 11, 2018

Audio Link I know it shows Tim Staples and Jerry Usher, but the first half of this video is my show Q & A for Non-Catholics. For other listening options, click here. From those who oppose the Catholic Church to those who are thinking about entering, in this show, we take a break from talking […]

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Pentecost: The Birth of the Catholic Church

May 9, 2018

                You can also purchase this talk here.                  

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Cardinal Burke Speaks on the Confusion in the Church and the Need for Bishops to Speak Out

May 7, 2018

Here is a real prince of the Church. God bless him. The following interview on current events in the Church with George Weigel is also excellent. You may also want to read “The German Church Divided” in the Catholic Thing. This regards communion for divorced and civilly remarried and communion for Protestants. Also Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s […]

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Interesting Encounter at the Airport

May 5, 2018

My granddaughter Bella asked, “Nana, does Grandpa live at the airport?” she replied, “Kind of, yes.” (posting again since it was such a great story) Being in airports I keep my antennas up for interesting people and ways to witness for Christ. If I see a priest in collar or a nun in habit I drop […]

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Disappointed in Two Movies: “Shape of Water” and “Breathe”

May 5, 2018

We see some of our best and worst movies while flying in airplanes back-and-forth across the Atlantic. Today we saw one of our dumbest movies which started out intriguing but we both said it’s on the lower end of all the movies we’ve watched. It was called “The Shape of Water“. It was about a […]

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Saints & Shrines of Italy Farewells

May 4, 2018

Kind words and farewells.

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Last Day: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chaoel, Mass with JPII and Faustina, Free Afternoon, Farewell Dinner

May 4, 2018

Today was our last full day of the pilgrimage. Everyone flies home tomorrow morning. This has been a remarkable and deeply spiritual and gratifying pilgrimage with a lot of wonderful Catholic folks. Today we walked to the Vatican and went through the museums seeing the very special Rafael Rooms, tapestries, statues, the map hallway and […]

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How Do They Cook Spinach in Rome?

May 3, 2018

Posted a while ago but in Rome now eating spinach again so thought we’d share again… Janet and I (and our whole family) are keeping healthy with losing weight, exercise and eating good food. While in Rome last week Janet and I ate spinach every day. (Spinach is a SuperFood.) The spinach we ate was […]

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Papal Audience, Rome Walking Tour, Mass at Graphic Martyr Church and more

May 3, 2018

Papal Audience began our day — everyone go t good pictures and videos up close with Pope Francis. We left on a three hour walking tour through Rome which included the Trevi Fountain, lots of gelato, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and more. We drove to St. Stefano’s Church for Mass where I gave an abbreviated […]

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