October 2017

Day 4: Lourdes to Loyola to Burgos Spain

by Steve Ray on October 31, 2017

Early departure from Lourdes and a beautiful drive through the countryside of France and Spain.

Four hours at Loyola Spain as we toured the house of St. Ignatius of Loyola and had Mass in the beautiful church there. For Bishop Archbishop Lucas’ homily click here.

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Mass at Immaculate Conception Church at the eRelics of Saint Bernadette. You can see/hear the homily here.

We also had an incredible opportunity to meet with the doctor in charge of all of Lourdes. He spent two hours with us explaining the detailed history of Saint Bernadette, the site and how miracles are determined by the medical team.

We walked the Stations of the Cross with life-size images up the mountain outside of the shrine and then everyone had free time to enjoy the rest of Lourdes before we leave tomorrow.

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Jostling through the crowds Paul and Luke pushed their way to the ramp. The wooden cargo ship was ready to leave Caesarea and they had gathered the last of their supplies. They pressed the silver denarii into the hands of the sailer at the dock. They were allowed onto the ship.

They rushed to the far side of the salty deck to claim their few square feet of living space where they would live, sleep and eat for the next seven days. The set up a leather tent covering, put their blankets under the tarp and stashed their food and meager supplies in the corner. They were ready to go!

Traveling by ship in the first century was rugged and grueling. Ships did not have cabins for travelers. They purchased space on the deck — the lower part of the ship was for the huge cargos, usually grain from Egypt, marble from Greece or lumber from Lebanon.

However, this was certainly the quickest way to get through the Roman Empire by voyaging the shipping lanes of the Mediterranean Sea. Even though Rome had built over 250,000 miles of primary roads the time and labor to walk around the sea was rugged, dangerous and timely.

How do you think Mary traveled from Israel (Judea) to Ephesus with St. John? It would have been almost impossible to travel by land so she must have suffered much on the deck of one of these cargo ships. Mary was tough!

Ships were not reliable like the luxurious cruise ships today where pilgrims sip a glass of wine on the deck looking out over the waves only imagining the grueling voyage of St. Paul and the other early Christians. To get a sense of this rugged reality we suggest our pilgrims go out on the deck of our cruise ship in the middle of a windy wavy night. Imagining living on the deck of the ship, covered with the salty spray and using the side of the ship for a toilet is not the way modern people would want to travel.

Even though we can only use our imagination to “experience” the travels of St. Paul as he spread the Gospel around the Mediterranean, our pilgrims traveling with us through the Great Sea of biblical times still get to walk in Paul’s footprints through the cities he walked. We even walk on the actual roads with the stones laid over 2,000 year ago.

[To join us in October 2018 visit www.FootprintsofGod.com or call Elizabeth at (800) 727-1999, Ext. 150]

The names of these cities will be familiar to everyone — Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi, Thessaloniki and many more.

We will study what he said and did in each site as well as celebrate Mass in the most amazing locations. Some of the Masses will be set in local cathedrals while others outdoors in historic locations mentioned in the Bible.

Our Seminar at Sea will provide pilgrims with spiritual talks on St. Paul, Evangelism and the Family. This is a cruise, a pilgrimage, a seminar—and a biblical adventure. Steve arranged the itinerary with the cruise company to visit only biblical, early Catholic sites. You will have time to explore and pray in eight locations deeply rich with our Catholic heritage.

Steve teaching in ancient Roman theatre

You will visit the cities where St. Paul wrote his inspired letters and other cities to which they were written. You will walk the same roads, sit in ancient theaters where he taught, discover how true and accurate the Bible is, and draw closer to Our Lord.

But Paul is not the only saint we will discover. The Apostle St. John was the bishop of Ephesus and we will pray at his tomb. Mary lived for a while in Ephesus with St. John and we will have Mass at Mary’s House. St. John was exiled on the Greek Island of Patmos because of his testimony to Jesus.

We will stop at this beautiful Greek Island to celebrate Mass at the cave where St. John lived and where he received the profound revelation which became the last book on the New Testament. From here he also saw the heavenly vision of Mary, the Queen of Heaven (Rev 12:1).

Mass at the holiest biblical sites

It is not too late to join us.  For those who want to join our post-cruise extension to Rome, we will tour the most important sites in the Eternal City too.

To learn more visit Steve Ray’s website www.FootprintsOfGod.com. Or you can call Elizabeth at Corporate Travel at (313) 565-8888, ext. 150.

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Lourdes all Day: Mass at the Grotto, Following Footprints of Young Bernadette, Rosary Procession and more

October 29, 2017

Our first full day started with Mass in the Grotto of Lourdes where our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858. Archbishop Lucas presided at the beautiful and reverent Mass in the “cave.” You can hear/see his excellent homily here. We then gave people free time until 2:30 for going to the baths (though they […]

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Lourdes All Day: Mass at Grotto, Touring Life of Bernadette, Rosary Procession and more

October 29, 2017

Our first full day started with Mass in the Grotto of Lourdes where our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858. Archbishop Lucas presided at the beautiful and reverent Mass in the “cave.” You can hear/see his excellent homily here. We then gave people free time until 2:30 for going to the baths (though they […]

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Our Conversion Story in Easy-to-Read Format with Lots of Pictures

October 29, 2017

I can still smell the green vinyl of the used couch in our living room as I knelt with my mom, with my face buried in my hands and my nose pressed into the vinyl. She had decided I was old enough — after all I was four years old. She didn’t want to wait […]

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Our 3 Buses Arrive in Lourdes France – All Excited and Ready to Go!

October 28, 2017

Always good on the first day to see everyone excited, happy and ready for spiritual adventures – and other kinds of adventures too. We had our first Mass with Archbishop Lucas from Omaha Nebraska at the St. Joseph Chapel here at the Lourdes Shrine. Hear the first homily here. Enjoy our first day here in France […]

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Response to a Southern Baptist

October 27, 2017

I received an e-mail from a Southern Baptist and decided to take a few minutes to respond. Thought others might be edifited by it so I have posted it here without using his name. His email is contained in regular text and MY RESPONSE IS IN CAPITAL LETTERS. **************************************************** HELLO FRIEND: I WILL ANSWER BRIEFLY […]

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Russian Orthodox Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev has a warning for the West

October 26, 2017

By Elizabeth Scalia | Sep 25, 2017 “Before 1917 nobody ever proposed that the collapse of a centuries-old Christian empire would happen…” Participating in a London conference on the topic of “The Christian Future of Europe,” Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, head of the External Relations Departments of the Russian Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchate, spoke on September […]

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Tears Singing Good Ole Baptist Hymns

October 25, 2017

The old Baptist hymns still stir me and bring tears to my eyes. They take me back to my childhood when the family would dress up, us kids in our little suits with cheesy ties and short-legged pants (I’m the one in the plaid jacket). Dad would always give us candy during the service and […]

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North Lieutenancy Pilgrimage Comments & Farewells

October 23, 2017
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Fun Day Riding Camels, Floating in Dead Sea, Jericho, Jordan River and more

October 23, 2017

We started out with Mass at the Notre Dame Center. Here the bishops excellent Homily here. Then we went to the Israel Museum, the Jordan River,  Jericho, Qumran, floating on the Dead Sea and riding camels. We had dinner and everyone headed home after marvelous pilgrimage. Watch also our final video with farewells and comments.

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Excellent Riddle: Can You Discover What God Made?

October 23, 2017

This puzzle was written by a lady in California in 1890 in response to a gentlemen in Philadelphia, who said that he would pay $1,000 to anyone who could write a puzzle that he could not solve. He failed to do so, and paid the lady $1,000 (a great sum at that time). The answer […]

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Western Wall, Upper Room, Mass at Gethsemane, Dinner on Rooftop of Jerusalem & more

October 22, 2017

Busy day today! We started out at the Western Wall and prayed with our hands on the stones Jesus saw. From there we went to Mount Zion and spent a good bit of time praying and talking in the Upper Room. From there to lunch at a Jewish kibbutz and back for a short rest […]

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A Letter to an Anti-Catholic Fundamentalist

October 22, 2017

Beware, this is a little feisty and some may be offended by my confrontation. But this man has attacked many Catholics and raised his arrogant head against the Church over and over again. So, I responded appropriately, at least I did in my opinion. Here is a portion of the beginning of a long letter […]

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Via Dolorosa Carrying our Crosses with Jesus; Mass at Tomb and MUCH more!

October 21, 2017

Started the day at 4:30 AM but everyone thanked us later 🙂  We did the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) through Jerusalem before the crowds arrived. We touched the top of Calvary where Jesus was crucified, took a full tour of the Holy Sepulchre and then…. …High Mass at the Tomb! When Bishop Kemme […]

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