November 2004

In Honor of the Start of Advent

by Steve Ray on November 28, 2004


Did the Wise Men Meet the Shepherds?

Fascinating Differences in the Story of Jesus’ Birth
 
by Steve Ray
 
(as published in The Catholic Answer
Nov/Dec 2004 issue)
 

A king was born. But He was born unlike most kings. There was no pomp and circumstance; there were no midwives or court attendants. There was only the bleating of sheep and the buzzing of flies. Birth in a cave-turned-stable was not like birth in a royal palace.
 
When a king is born, proclamations ring out across the land. But few people knew about this exceptional birth. So angels sang it out. . . . .
 
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The United States Council of Catholic Bishops has posted a very nice recommendation and review of our Paul DVD on their website.
UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHIPS POSTS REVIEW OF
“PAUL, CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH“

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Reminder to Drive Safely over Holidays

by Steve Ray on November 25, 2004

 

 

Holy cow! This car really got plastered. Be sure to drive carefully over Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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What? No Virgins?

November 23, 2004

Hey, I was promised 70 virgins! What’s going on down here?

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Good News for our Footprints series

November 22, 2004

We were quite happy and excited this week with two big events. Our Jesus video won the Documentary of the Year Award at the Unity Awards Festival and our Paul video had a marvelous feature story on page 2 of the Washington Times.  NEW WASHINGTON TIMES ARTICLE ON PAUL AND FOOTPRINTS OF GOD   Second [...]

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Crap, Castration, and Two Creations

November 19, 2004

We miss a lot when reading the English Bible. We’re at a great disadvantage. The early Christians read the writings of the apostles in the original language – they understood the words and expressions must better than we do. For example, Paul writes that he considers all things as refuse that he might gain Christ [...]

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Fish

November 19, 2004

An older Catholic friend joked the other day, and it struck me funny. He said, “I used to eat a lot of fish, but when Protestants found out it was good for your health, I couldn’t afford it any more.”

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Rome and Sick

November 18, 2004

Our last two days in Rome were spent with friends. We met three American priets who approached us having seen our Mary video on EWTN. They were from Alaska, Missouri, and Ohio. Good guys! Then our friend Max invited us to dinner at Castle Gondalfo where the Pope vacations. It was here also where our [...]

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Rome

November 14, 2004

God is a father and a good one. Jesus told us to call him Abba, which isreally like saying, “Call God Daddy!” Good dads always look for ways to donice things for their kids and as a good dad God looks for nice things to dofor us. Today was no exception. Janet and I woke [...]

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Off to Rome!

November 11, 2004

The Eternal City keeps calling us and again we respond to the call :-)  Actually, Janet and I are are heading for Rome again to explore and do more research for our “Footprints of God” video/DVD series. The relics of St. Augustine arrive in Rome this week — we will see them. We will continue to [...]

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So, Arafat is Dead

November 11, 2004

Arafat is dead. Do I miss him? No. I have been to Israel many times. I have traveled in the West Bank as recently as four weeks ago. I have seen the results of his uncompromising rage. Under his regime thousands of innocent people have been killed. Was Arafat a warrior? No, he was a [...]

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Fabulous Book on Life for Children

November 11, 2004

Angel in the Waters is a simple, non-confrontational book that will make young children decidedly pro-life long before they ever hear the word “abortion.” It will convince many mothers contemplating abortion to keep their babies. In just two minutes, you can read the whole book online. (Just last week our proofreader, Nora, was proofreading Angel [...]

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Tuesday’s Feast: Basilica of St. John Lateran. My Friend’s Thoughts

November 9, 2004

(Written by my good friend Bob Horning of Ann Arbor Michigan. Bob is a freelance writer who writes for National Catholic Register. An edited version of this story appears in this week’s issue. Thanks to Bob for permission to use his story.)*********************************** The first time that I went to Rome, I thought I was going [...]

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A Beautiful Movie

November 7, 2004

Last night we watched a movie that brought tears to my eyes and laughs from my heart. It was a story of redemption, speaking the truth, repentance and penance, love and anger between brothers, pride and humility and good works. In content and vision it is a marvelous Catholic movie. The movie stars the gentle [...]

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Senator Specter Starts a War

November 5, 2004

SENATOR SPECTER WARNS BUSH ON HIGH COURT NOMINATIONS Senator Arlen Specter, a Republican from Pennsylvania, has warned President Bush not to send to the Senate for a judicial appointment (including the Supreme Court) any nominee who is a strict constructionist (in other words, who is not pro-choice). Specter implied that he is prepared to filibuster [...]

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Triple Award from CatholicCulture.org

November 5, 2004

I found this nice e-mail waiting for me this morning: Dear Steve Ray at www.catholic-convert.com Your web site has been reviewed on CatholicCulture.org — and has earned the “Triple Excellence Gold Award: for excellence in Fidelity, Resources, & Usability”. You can see your award by clicking here.  Last month, nearly 30,000 visitors looked at site [...]

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