Monday, February 3, 2020

Screen Shot 2019-06-26 at 4.31.18 PMOur popular St. Paul Mediterranean Pilgrimage Cruise and “Seminar at Sea” is now open for registration. We visit 10 biblical sites!! Cabins are limited – first come, first serve. Already over 1/3 full.

Register soon because this trip is very popular and there is already filling quickly. We only do this Mediterranean Cruise every two years. On this cruise we are bringing my son, one of my daughters and eight of our oldest grandchildren. What a blast!

Contact our Reservations Team at 866-557-2364, or write them at FootprintsOfGod@ctscentral.net.

For an interactive map, a full itinerary of the 10 biblical sites we will visit and a lot more, click HERE or on the image to the right.

We have two of our favorite priests lined up and Mass every day at spectacular sites. Fr. James Conlon is one of my favorite homilists and pilgrimage priests. He is pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fr. Chris Alar is a priest with the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception with Fr. Michael Gaitley.

Frs. James Conlon & Chris Alar

The pricing INCLUDES airfare and the daily biblical excursions ashore and meals – and ALL tips!

We also offer a very affordable Rome post-cruise adventure!

Steve & Janet Ray designed the detailed itinerary themselves to maximize biblical and Catholic learning and fun. The Ray’s are bringing 2 of their adult children with 8 of their wonderful home-schooled grandkids!

Contact our Reservations Team at 866-557-2364, or write them at FootprintsOfGod@ctscentral.net.

Remember that this is not just a pilgrimage and a cruise but also a “SEMINAR AT SEA.” We have several afternoons free on the ship. Iwill give his popular talk “The Life of St. Paul,” Fr. Conlon (one of my favorite homilists ever) will give talks as well. Fr. Chris is a leading expert on St. Maria Faustina and the Divine Mercy. He will be sharing much on this while we voyage the Seas! Steve will also be sharing at each of the biblical sites along the way.

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Pictures of the Presentation of Our Lord

by Steve Ray on February 3, 2020

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Sunday was the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord. I have two radio shows today on this topic so I put up a few pictures of what I think it may have looked like. ant Radio’s Morning Air on the presentation. You can listen to a podcast id did on the Presentation a year ago here. My interview begins 15:15 into the show.

The presentation of a new son, was mandated in the Old Testament because after the exodus God had required the firstborn son to be dedicated to Him. But since the tribe of Levi had become the priests dedicated to God, parents could “redeem” their firstborn son, “buy him back from God”, so to speak.

Screen Shot 2019-01-31 at 10.54.54 AMIt was also required of the mother to purify herself after giving birth for either a son or a daughter. Of course, this was not a purification from sin but was a ritual, ceremonial cleansing after the “flow of blood.”

Mary was no more offering sacrifices for any sin than Jesus was washed from sin at his baptism.

00.159.27_PS1These are two of my favorite paintings of the Presentation. Notice in the top one that Joseph even has the two turtledoves in a cage to offer as the sacrifice. You can barely see the birds’ beak and eyes through the weaving.

At the Temple the Prophet Simeon declared Mary’s soul would also be pierced. That took place later at the crucifixion. Imagine a 15-year-old girl hearing those ominous words and trying to process that message!

To see the picture I took on Calvary in Jerusalem – of Mary being pierced with the sword, click here to visit my blog “With Mary on Calvary

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