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Event:
New Englaind Men's Conference

Location:
Assumption College
Worcester, Mass.

Date: 4/1/17

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Pilgrimage Updates!

Cruise to Alaska, July 14-21, 2017:

Join our family this summer to the beautiful State of Alaska. Hear teachings by Jeff, attend daily Mass, enjoy social time and all the beauty of Alaska! Waiting list: Visit this link to register.

January 2018 Annual Holy Land Pilgrimage:

Registration is now open for January 11-25, 2018 with optional Desert Adventure post-tour. Click here for forms and more information

Want a Summer Tour to the Holy Land? check out Chris Stefanick's trip  

Please view Cavins Tours photo gallery for a glimpse of some of our past pilgrimages.

Here is what a recent pilgrim had to say about our annual Holy Land pilgrimage!

 Thank you for a most wonderful, spiritual experience these past 2 weeks. The pilgrimage surpassed any expectations I had. Your teachings, Jeff, were so meaningful at each site. You are able to pull together all the history, the spirituality, the geography of the area, the archeological aspects, etc. so well to make the whole story make sense. You have challenged us to grow spiritually not only with questions to ask ourselves, but ways to ponder those question in our lives, and the wonderful "weapons" we have to tackle them, grow from them, and make necessary changes in our lives so that we may be better disciples of the Lord and spread the Good News to others. Certainly my times in adoration, and daily prayer will be enriched because of this Holy Land experience. ~~ Barb K

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Wednesday
Oct182006

The Prayer of Ephraim

Many times I have mentioned the wonderful prayer of St. Ephraim. I wrote this down on a card and I often pray it before I study God's word. Enjoy!

Prayer of St. Ephraim (4th Century AD)

"Lord who can grasp all the wealth of just one of your words. What we understand is much less than we leave behind; like thirsty people who drink from a fountain. For your word, Lord, has many shades of meaning just as those who study it have many different points of view. The Lord has colored his word with many hues so that each person who studies it can see in it what he loves. He has hidden many treasures in his word so that each of us is enriched as we meditate on it.

The word of God is a tree of life that from all its parts offers you fruit that is blessed. It is like that rock opened in the desert that from all its parts gave forth a spiritual drink. He who comes into contact with some share of its treasure should not think that the only thing contained in the word is what he himself has found. He should realize that he has only been able to find that one thing from among many others. Nor, because only that one part has become his, should he say that the word is void and empty and look down on it. But because he could not exhaust it, he should give thanks for its riches.

Be glad that you are overcome and do not be sad that it overcame you. The thirsty man rejoices when he drinks and he is not downcast because he cannot empty the fountain. Rather let the fountain quench your thirst than have your thirst quench the fountain. Because if your thirst is quenched and the fountain is not exhausted, you can drink from it again whenever you are thirsty. But if when your thirst is quenched and the fountain is also dried up, your victory will bode evil for you.

So be grateful for what you have received and don't grumble about the abundance left behind. What you have received and what you have reached is your share. What remains is your heritage. What at one time you were unable to receive because of your weakness, you will be able to receive at other times if you persevere. Do not have the presumption to try to take in one draft what cannot be taken in one draft and do not abandon out of laziness what can only be taken little by little."

Wednesday
Oct182006

How Did Jesus Use Questions?

As many of you know I love to study not only what Jesus said, but his methodology as well. As a first century rabbi Jesus was well acquainted with the popular teaching methods of his time. Questions had an important place on Jesus teaching palette; the four Gospels record more than one hundred questions asked by Him. His questions were not merely to obtain information. They served a variety of purposes. I thought I would share with you twelve ways that Jesus incorporated questions into his teaching.

1. Some questions stimulated interest and formed a point of contact. He asked the disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of man is? (Matt 16:13)

2. Some questions helped His pupils clarify their thinking; for example, "What did Moses command you?" (Mk 10:3)

3. Some questions expressed an emotion, such as disgust or amazement. He responded to the Pharisees, "How can you, being evil, speak what is good?" (Matt. 12:34)

4. Some questions introduced an illustration. "Suppose one of you shall have a friend..." (Luke 11:5-6)

5. Some questions were used to emphasize a truth. "for what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul?" (Matt 16:26)

6. Some questions helped pupils apply the truth; for instance, "which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers' hands?" (Lk 10:36)

7. Some questions were to provide information for Himself. "how many loaves do you have?" (Matt 15:34)

8. Some questions helped establish a relationship between the teacher and pupil, as in, "Who touched me?" (Lk 8:45)

9. Some questions were asked to rebuke or silence His opposers: "The baptism of John was from what source?... And answering Jesus, the said, We do not know." (Matt 21:25-27)

10. Some questions were rhetorical; they needed no answer. "is not life more than food, and the body than clothing?" (Matt 6:25)

11. Some questions were asked to bring conviction; for example, "Have you never read...?" (Mark 2:25)

12. Some questions were examinations. "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" (John 21:15-17)

Tuesday
Oct172006

Pilgrimages

August 2009

Alaskan Scripture Cruise: July 29 - August 5, 2009

Join Jeff and Emily and family for a 7-day Alaskan Cruise August, 2009!

During the at-sea portion of the cruise we will be offering the Seminar at Sea with teaching sessions brought to you by The Great Adventure. We will have "Sailing with the Psalms" for adults by Jeff, "The Book of Matthew" for teens by Fr. Mike Schmitz and "The Great Adventure Kids" for children by Emily Cavins and Kirstin Rau. What makes this cruise extra special is the opportunity to attend Mass daily.

Many details can be found on the website such as information about the Holland America ship, an itinerary, the pricing, and a description of the speakers and seminars. We are delighted to have Kelly Wahlquist serving as hostess of the cruise, so please be in touch with her if you have questions at: kmwahlquist@mac.com.

There is plenty of opportunity for family adventure at sea and in the Alaskan wilderness as well as spiritual growth through seminars and daily mass. Brochures are available here, and information is currently available at www.cavinstours.com. Also, you can click here to download a registration form.

Holy Land Pilgrimages

Jeff and Emily lead pilgrimages each year to the Holy Land. For information regarding Holy Land trips or pilgrimages to other locations, please check this page for the latest travel updates! We'd love to have you join us!

January 2010

Join Jeff for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land January 5-16, 2010. We are taking deposits for this exciting tour now. Click here for our brochure. Click here for registration form.

A reservation of $300 ($75 nonrefundable) will hold your spot.

A pilgrimage to the Holy Land will change your life forever! Mass will never be same, praying the Rosary will take on new meaning as you are transported in your mind to those locations and the memory of walking where Jesus walked will linger in your prayer time. For more information on this upcoming pilgrimage, contact Emily Cavins at cavinspilgrimages@gmail.com or Bonnie Lane at 952-474-0903.

Footsteps of St. Paul

March 2010

Turkey/Greece Pilgrimage --   Information Coming Soon!

We will follow in the Footsteps of St. Paul as we journey through Turkey & Greece accompanied by Bishop Aquila of Fargo. We will soon be taking deposits for this trip where pilgrims will experience Scripture teachings at the sites where St. Paul established the first churches and from where he wrote his letters. Flights depart from Minneapolis, Denver and New York. For more info contact Emily contact Emily Cavins at cavinspilgrimages@gmail.com or Bonnie Lane at 952-474-0903.

Tuesday
Oct172006

Contact

Great Adventure Seminar Booking Information for Jeff Cavins

For speaking events involving the Great Adventure Seminars contact Elizabeth, Ascension Press scheduling,http://greatadventureonline.com/seminar/request t to receive information about Jeff coming to your parish or organization. In your message, please include your full name, organization name, mailing address or email address, phone number and the date/dates you are interested in.

 

 

If you have something to mail to us directly, please use the following address:

Jeff or Emily Cavins ~ PO Box 1533 ~ Maple Grove, MN 55311

Tuesday
Oct172006

Ezekiel/Revelation Chart

I mentioned in my class on the Book of Revelation that there is a parallel between the book of Ezekiel and the book of Revelation. All you have to do is Click Here for the pdf download of that chart. Enjoy!