Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My Run through Milan Italy

by Steve Ray on May 11, 2010

screen-capture-2We were on a plane for a LONG time and landed in MIlan exhausted but exhilrated to be here. We have two days to get ready for our group of about 140 to arrive. We will take them to Turin to see the Shroud of Turin and the rest of the city.

Then to San Giovanni Rotundo to venerate Padre Pio, Lanciano to see the Eucharistic Miracle, Monapelo to see the face cloth of Jesus, Loreto for the Holy House, Assisi and Rome and more.

So yesterday after landing I thought the best way to beat jet lag would be to run.


I took off from our hotel and had three places in mind to see. It was a great day for running since it was a bit cool, had just rained and was still overcast. I ran 6.4 miles.

First I went to the Church of Santa Maria della Grazie where Di Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper is housed (actually in a museum next door) but like I already knew, you can’t see it because you need advance reservations and only a limited number can view it per day.


Then I ran to the Basilica of St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church and patron of Milan. He will be one of the four Doctors of the Church included in our upcoming DVD in the Footprints of God series.

Then on to the Cathedral, the magnificent Gothic Duomo which is the third largest church in the world. It holds 40,000 people. It is incredible and has to be seen to be believed. You can walk on the roof to see the 3,500 statues.

I got back to the hotel still full of energy, amazingly.But I felt it this morning when I woke up :-)

Today we will return to some of these sites with our videographer Joe Reynolds so we can get footage of our new pilgrimage DVD series.

You can see my whole run with a map and pictures HERE To see our walk, click HERE.


Bishop Almost Aborted

by Steve Ray on May 11, 2010

Florida bishop: Social worker pressured my mother to abort me
In a diocesan magazine column, Bishop Victor Galeone of St. Augustine recounts that a social worker threatened to take away the family’s benefit cards during the Great Depression if his mother– an Italian immigrant with a third-grade education– did not abort her fourth child. The future bishop’s father responded, “Let them have their cards back! The Lord will provide.”