November 2017

Day 5: Bethlehem All Day, Solemn Entry into the Holy Tomb

November 13, 2017

There are an unprecedented number of people in the Holy Land right now. I have never seen this many people in my 25 years of coming here and the guides and locals are saying they’ve never seen anything like it. Today in Bethlehem there were loads of groups everywhere. That came from all over the […]

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Day 5: Bethlehem all day, Solemn Entry into the Tomb

November 13, 2017

There are an unprecedented number of people in the Holy Land right now. I have never seen this many people in my 25 years of coming here and the guides and locals are saying they’ve never seen anything like it. Today in Bethlehem there were loads of groups everywhere. That came from all over the […]

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Day 5: Bethlehem all day, Solemn Entry into the Tomb

November 13, 2017

There are an unprecedented number of people in the Holy Land right now. I have never seen this many people in my 25 years of coming here and the guides and locals are saying they’ve never seen anything like it. Today in Bethlehem there were loads of groups everywhere. That came from all over the […]

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Interesting Discussion with Jewish Professor at Amsterdam Airport

November 13, 2017

Good stories originate and are told in airports. Today at a layover in Amsterdam, between Detroit and Tel Aviv Janet was thirsty. The only vending machine took Euros. I had only dollars and shekels. She said, “But I am so thirsty.” An dignified Jewish man sitting nearby said, “I think I have some Euros I […]

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Day 4: Mass at Capernaum, Boat Ride, Eating St Peters Fish, Visitation and Arrival in Jerusalem

November 12, 2017

Today we started with Mass at the Purham where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood“. I gave my talk entitled “Defending the Eucharist.“ You can see/hear Fr. Nathan‘s emotional how lonely here. Next we saw the ancient boat from the time of Jesus and we also went on a real boat out […]

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Mass at Capernaum, Boat Ride in Galilee, Conversion Story, Visitation and Jerusalem!

November 12, 2017

Today we started with Mass at the Purham where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood“. I gave my talk entitled “Defending the Eucharist.“ You can see/hear Fr. Nathan‘s emotional how lonely here. Next we saw the ancient boat from the time of Jesus and we also went on a real boat out […]

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Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Syria, Multiplication, Primacy and more

November 11, 2017

Northern Galilee had all of our attention today. Starting out with the Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes. Always hard to get people out of there it’s such a beautiful place :-)  Fr. Nathan‘s homily was exceptional and passionate and you can see/hear it here. Up to Caesarea Philippi were Jesus said “You Are Rock!“ […]

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Day 2: Cana of Galilee, Annunciation in Nazareth, Holy Family, Mt. of Transfiguration

November 10, 2017

We started our day in Cana of Galilee and the renewing of our wedding vows. Always an emotional and moving experience. From there we went to Nazareth to visit the Church of Annunciation and where I gave my talk “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family”. And authentic Nazarene lunch and then onto […]

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Franciscan University Group Arrives in Israel!

November 9, 2017

Everyone arrived in Tel Aviv safely and excited. Uneventful departure from the airport and drive up to Galilee. We settled into our hotel in Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee. We had our first Mass on the shore of Galilee. Hear/see Fr. Nathan‘s excellent 1st Pilgrimage homily Here. Enjoy!

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Visit St. John Lateran with me today for the Feast of Its Dedication

November 9, 2017

I am in Rome and decided to run to St. John Lateran this morning a make a video — so all of you could enjoy the Feast Day of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Church on November 9, 313. Yup, that’s right! It was the first Christian church ever built and it was the […]

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What Does God See When He Opens His Eyes?

November 8, 2017

Since we are in Capernaum today – where Jesus said, “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood.” I thought it would be appropriate to post again this popular blog post that explains the Sacrifice of the Mass. Recently we went to Mass with two Protestants.  As we walked in the door — there it was, […]

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They Fell for the Lie – I’ll Pray for Them

November 6, 2017

We are in the airport in Lisbon Portugal heading to Israel to pick up our next group. Janet and I were standing in line and a man started up a conversation with us. He and his wife were in their late 60s and I could tell they were good Americans. They’d be ideal neighbors, keeping […]

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Fatima Wrap-up, Last Mass, Comments and Farewells, Good-bye Dinner

November 5, 2017

Sad to say “Goodbye” but for most of the pilgrims it was not “Goodbye” but rather “Until We See You on the Next Pilgrimage.” This video contains our last pilgrimage Mass in Fatima (see/hear Archbishop Lucas’ final pilgrimage Homily here). Portions of our farewell dinner, lots of images and heartfelt comments and farewells. Enjoy!

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Day 8: Fatima all day! 100th Anniversary!

November 4, 2017

We started the day with a wonderful breakfast at our Sancta Maria hotel before taking a tour of the whole shrine and the homes of the three children. Then archbishop Lucas celebrated with other two priests at the Chapel of the Apparition where 70,000 people saw the sun dance 100 years ago. You can hear/see […]

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Day 7: Santiago to Coimbra to Fatima

November 3, 2017

Left Santiago de Compostela after a great breakfast and headed to Bon Jesus. This is one of the most remarkable churches that anyone has ever seen with an altar piece of life-size figures at the crucifixion of Jesus and gardens and patios that go down the side of the mountain with beautiful trees and flowers […]

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Fatima’s ‘Miracle of the Sun’ broke darkness of Portugal’s atheist regimes

November 3, 2017

Since we arrive in Fatima today with our 3 buses, I thought I would share this EXCELLENT article about the power of the miracle in the midst of an antheist government and oppression of Christians. Fatima, Portugal, Oct 12, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News) On “the day the sun danced,” thousands of people bore witness […]

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