Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Paul is Killed and Buried: See the Sites Yourself!

by Steve Ray on October 21, 2008

Janet and I are still in Rome and today we took a taxi outside the city walls to pay our respects to the great Apostle to the Gentiles, the author of Scripture and martyr for the faith — Saul of Tarsus, turned Paul the Apostle.

First we went to Tre Fontane where he was beheaded, then to St. Paul Outside the Walls where he is buried. I took my video camera along so you could join us. Hope this helps you better celebrate the Year of St. Paul. Enjoy!

Tomorrow I speak on St. Paul at the University and will post some pictures after the event. To see our full (and much more professional :-) documentary on St. Paul, click here.

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Sebastian Arrives

by Steve Ray on October 21, 2008

OLD NEWS:
We got a call from home while here in Rome. It was 10:30 AM Rome time, 4:30 AM Michigan time. My daughter Cindy was going into delivery for a C-section to give birth to her 4th child and our 7th grandchild. She wanted to be surprised about the sex of the baby so she would not let the doctor inform her ahead of time. We are all excited–will it be Gemma or Sebastian? She now has two boys and one girl.

NEWS UPDATE:
We were in St. Paul Outside the Walls Catholic Church in Rome praying at St. Paul’s Tomb when our cell phone rang. It was Cindy from the Toledo hospital. She called to tell us she had a boy so — it was Sebatian Thomas (after St. Thomas More), not Gemma. He was 5.6 pounds and very healthy; so is his mother. They are coming home Saturday.

LATEST NEWS:
It is Sunday now and they are both home and healthy and doing fine. He came home at about 5 lbs. 4 oz. All my girls like them small because they feel like living dolls. Personally, I wait until they get about two years old–when then start getting fun to play with!

WHY WAS HE NAMED ST. SEBASTIAN?
St. Sebastian was a Christian AND a Roman soldier. When his Christian faith was discovered he was killed. He was shot with arrows and finally finished off with a club. He died on January 20, 287 AD. His remains are in the Catacombs of St. Sebastian along the Via Appia Antica outside Rome. For more info on St. Sebastian, click here for the Wikipedia article and here for the www.EarlyChurch.org article.

Grandma (my good wife Janet) is pretty happy and my daughter Cindy sure looks pretty happy and good too, after just giving birth. I know now that it is not the men who are tough; it is these good woman who bring new life into the world at such great personal expense and pain.

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A New Conversion Story: Baptist to Catholic

by Steve Ray on October 21, 2008

Conversion Story
Russell & Bonnie Yount
From Disciples of Christ and Southern Baptist to Catholic

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Wanna Study the Bible?

October 21, 2008

Recently E-priest presented an article on how parishes can set up a great Catholic Bible Study. I write the studies for www.CatholicScriptureStudy.com. I have written Acts and Genesis and I’m now working on 1 and 2 Corinthians. E-priest gives excellent advice on how to start a study in your home, your group, or your parish. [...]

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