December 2018

Day 2: Transfiguration, Cana of Galilee and Nazareth

by Steve Ray on December 31, 2018

It is always great to watch pilgrims see the Holy Land for the first time on the first day. What an excellent beginning!

We started out with Mass atop the Mount of Transfiguration (homily here. Next we had renewals of wedding vows in Cana of Galilee.

Then a marvelous authentic Nazarene lunch at a family restaurant before visiting the Church of the Annunciation where Mary first heard the words “Hail Full of Grace, the Lord Is with Thee.”

Free rest of the afternoon at the hotel to enjoy the Sea of Galilee and a great dinner.

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SS999-21TissotJosephInShopSince we are in Nazareth today, I thought I would share a bit about the daily life of the Holy Family.

These videos were taken when I could still run. You will enjoy seeing where Jesus and Joseph worked, and their hometown as it is today. Join me for two running adventures.

Their life was very different from ours and I will take you on a walk/run through “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family.” The picture to the left is one of my favorite pictures of St. Joseph.

Having been to the Holy Land over 65 times my wife and I feel like we know them and have experienced their lives in a small way.

If you are interested, you can view two of my YouTube videos where I put on my running shoes and sweat a bit to explore the land of the Holy Family: 1) Running around inside Nazareth where the Holy Family lived, and 2) Running from Sepphoris to Nazareth where Jesus and Joseph worked during the day before hiking back home up into the hills of Nazareth.

Two of my articles you might like to read: 1) Is It Correct to Call Joseph the “Father” of Jesus, and 2) an interesting angle on the Ever-virginity of Mary.

We also produced a documentary on Mary, Mother of God and another which shows their life, Jesus, the Word Became Flesh. Also a talk I gave at a conference entitled, A Day in the Life of the Holy Family.

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Arrival in Israel

by Steve Ray on December 30, 2018

Everyone arrived in good shape and ready to go. No lost luggage and no delays. First Mass on shore of Galilee (great homily hereI ) Everyone is now in bed along the shore of Gallilee ready for a big day tomorrow.

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Arrival in Israel

December 30, 2018

Everyone arrived in good shape and ready to go. No lost luggage and no delays. First Mass on shore of Galilee (great intro homily <a href=”https://youtu.be/L8pww5zsC_E” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>here</a>). Everyone is now in bed along the shore of Gallilee ready for a big day tomorrow.

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Debunking 4 Biblical Myths Accepted by Many as True

December 29, 2018

There are three “truths” I have been asked about many times. Often people tell me these as though they’re explaining to me something I’ve never heard before. However, in each case, there is no historical, biblical or actual basis to any three of them. In each case they started being taught in recent times and […]

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“Call No Man Your Father”

December 29, 2018

“Call No Man Your Father” By Steve Ray I received several questions recently and will post my answers separately over the next few days. Here is the first question which I received and answered. 1.) In Matthew 23:9 Jesus says: ” And call no man your father upon earth: for one is your Father which […]

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Pilgrimage with Steve Ray 100 Years Ago – Imagine with Real Photos

December 28, 2018

Step into a Time Machine and imagine what it would be like going back in time on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Steve and Janet Ray 100 years ago! I have used actual pictures from over a century ago to re-create what it may have been like. I hope you enjoy! And, I […]

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Jesus Was A Jew and Why You Can’t Understand the Bible without Knowing That

December 28, 2018

Since we are at the Western Wall today, where the Temple stood in Jesus’ day, it is appropriate to discuss this. Jesus loved the Jewish Temple and called it his Father’s house. ************************************************ Jesus was a Jew. This fact may escape the casual reader of the New Testament, but it is crucial to understanding Jesus […]

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“Rabbi, I can see the coastline!”

December 27, 2018

I cannot describe the sensation I feel every time we look out the window and see the coastline of Israel from the window of the plane. Yeah, we are exhausted — 8 hours from Detroit to Amsterdam, 3 hours layover, and 4.5 hours from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv. Some who travel with us come from […]

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We Leave for Israel Today – Joining a Record Number of Tourists

December 26, 2018

ANOTHER RECORD FOR ISRAEL AS TOURISTS FILL HOTELS In October, approximately 1.36 million tourist stays were recorded, an increase of 12% compared with last year. Economic Research Department of the Israel Hotel Association published data for October 2018 for tourist stays in hotels compared to the same period in the past two years. (Pictures: Our Ron […]

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Where Have All the Christmas Carols Gone?

December 25, 2018

I’m not that old. I’ll only be 64 years old this month but I still remember when the frosty month of December was filled with marvelous Christmas carols. It was like magic when the first snow covered the ground and the melodies sprang to life and everyone knew them, believed them and sang them with […]

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In 2 minutes Charlie Brown discover is the meaning of Christmas

December 24, 2018
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Was Jesus Born on December 25?

December 24, 2018

Yes, Christ Was Really Born on December 25: Here’s a Defense of the Traditional Date for Christmas   by Dr Taylor Marshall The following is adapted from Taylor Marshall’s new book: The Eternal City: Rome & and Origins of Catholic Christianity. This is a long article and quite convincing. I have only given Objection 3 to […]

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Ready to Start Studying the Bible in 2019? It’s Time to Prepare Now!

December 23, 2018

Since I was 17 years old, studying the Bible has been my passion. Now as a Catholic it has increased 100%. Back in my youth, I could never have anticipated the wealth of materials for study that I now have at my fingertips. I recommend two great Catholic resources: FIRST, Catholic Scripture Study International. I […]

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Julie’s Story: From Episcopal to Baptist to Anglican to Catholic

December 22, 2018

At the age of three in 1974, our family moved to Austin, TX. The first thing my parents did was join a wonderful Episcopal Church in which I spent my entire childhood. My parents were diligent about bringing me to church every Sunday and making sure I “robed” as an altar server/acolyte. My mother grew […]

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My New Book Now Available! “The Papacy: What the Pope Does & Why It Matters”

December 21, 2018

  My new book is available today. My friend Dennis Walters and I have been working on it for a while and we hope you enjoy it. You can see and order it here. You can buy it now as a Christmas bundle with free shipping and other of my new items.   Topics include: […]

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