November 2008

The Pope on St. Paul

by Steve Ray on November 30, 2008

Every Wednesday Pope Benedict XVI gives a catechesis at his General Audience. He has given talks on the Apostles and the Church Fathers. These eventually become books.

Lately, during the Year of St. Paul, I have thoroughly enjoyed his talks on the life and teachings of St. Paul. They will eventually be compiled into a book. I just found a website that has them all cataloged.

You can see them all on www.EarlyChristians.org by clicking here. Since these are commentaries with quotes from the pope’s talks, you can read the full text at www.Zenit.org and click on the calendar for the dates when the talks were given.

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What I’m Thankful For

by Steve Ray on November 27, 2008

These pictures say it better than words. I am now a father of 4 and a grandfather of seven, er, well, based on the last picture — a grandfather of eight! (Click on images for larger pictures.)

The first picture is of our whole family. From the top left: our daughters Charlotte and Emily; our daughter Cindy with her husband Ben Brown; our daughter-in-law Anna with our son Jesse.

Seated: Gianna Brown, baby Sebastian Brown both held by my wife Janet. Next Damian Brown and Maria Faustina Ray held by me.

In front: Dominic Brown, Sammy Ray and Joshua Ray.

The second picture is our new addition, 90% sure the baby is a girl. Anna is the proud (and still morning-sick mom).

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Box on a Rack which Costs Me a Lot of Money!

by Steve Ray on November 26, 2008

This is a picture of the rack that houses our Defenders of the Faith web server. All of my web content, my blog, the million hits a month Discussion Forum and so much more — is in the box on this rack. If you look real close Adam put small letters. In the middle it says Steve Ray’s Server and near the bottom if says LTD Backup.

And where is it? In a bomb-proof, fire-proof “bunker” in Phoenix Arizona. It is expertly managed by Adam Henriksen our webmaster and more.

Notice below is the backup server. Two years ago the members of the Discussion Forum (over 3,000 strong) made donations to help purchase this backup devise. It is pretty sophisticated since it automatically downloads rotating tapes on a daily basis so if even the worst thing happens, we have many days of backups that can be instantly uploaded.

Every year we do a fund-raiser on the Discussion Forum to help cover the costs of this technology. It is evangelism modern-style. Imagine trying to explain this to Peter and Paul? They would love it but how would you possibly explain it to them?

The basic fees related to the website and Discussion Forum cost me over $4,000 a year. The $2,000 we raise from donations each year goes a long way to helping me cover the costs.

Anyway, just thought you would like to see the brain central that makes all of this work. By the way, if anyone wants to make an end of the year donation, just click here.

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Shop at Walmart this Year!

November 26, 2008

The gay activists have just announced a boycott of Walmart. If everyone else supports Walmart because of their refusal to bow to gay demands — then Walmart will do better business and be rewarded for their moral stand. Do your Christmas shopping at Walmart! From a friend: I am hitting “reply to all” for just [...]

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Two Interesting News Items

November 24, 2008

St. Louis bishop: ‘Privilege to die’ to end abortion http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=1224 If anyone doubted that St. Louis was left in good hands after the promotion of Archbishop Burke to Rome, have not fear. In an interview published Friday, Bishop Robert Hermann, administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, said that it would be a ‘privilege to [...]

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2 From Ed: Copernicus & Science; “Catholics” for FOCA

November 24, 2008

From my friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters: Copernicus: Motor terrae, solisque Stator With your indulgence, I post a second item today, this time to make a lighter point: that ecclesiastical scholars are in the front ranks of those helping the world to better understand itself. News of the discovery of Copernicus’ grave in Poland, [...]

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Medieval Writer on Same Sex Marriage

November 24, 2008

From my friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters: For those interested in how historical texts might be plumbed for insights into contemporary debates, I provide here an interesting passage from a famous medieval canonical treatise which rejects “same sex marriage” centuries before it was even contemplated. See: http://www.canonlaw.info/2008/11/same-sex-marriage-in-medieval-canon-law.html

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Who Gets Laid Off?

November 22, 2008

A friend wrote: Dear Fellow Business Executives: As the CFO of this business that employees 140 people, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barrack Obama will be our next President, and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way. To compensate for these increases, I figure that the Clients [...]

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So Here’s How the “Obama-nation” Begins

November 20, 2008

We’ve just learned that Obama has appointed Tom Daschle to head Washington’s Health and Human Services. Here is a man whose bishop told him five years ago to stop calling himself a Catholic in good standing. To read more visit Pro-abortion Catholic to head Dept. of Health and Human Services. From Catholic World News: Pro-abortion [...]

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Pope Says Luther was Right — with a Caveat

November 20, 2008

Pope Benedict has been using his Wednesday audiences to give briliant talks on St. Paul. This week his topic was “On St. Paul and Justification.” In the talk he comments on Luther and says he was correct in his idea of faith alone if it is understood properly. He gives a balanced and precise explanation. [...]

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Final Day of Pilgrimage & Off to the Airport

November 19, 2008

We had a full and glorious day overcoming crowds & tight schedules. Started the day with checking out of the hotel and going to the Mount of Beatitudes to meditate and pray where Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount. We prayed the Luminous Mystery of the Proclamation of the Gospel. We then drove north [...]

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What People Said about the Pilgrimage

November 19, 2008
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Deep in Scripture – the Deep Sufferings of St. Paul

November 19, 2008

Steve will join Marcus Grodi (Host of The Journey Home) in the hour long radio discussion of Scripture. It will air today, Wednesday, from 9:00-10:00 PM Eastern time. Our passage will be 2 Corinthians 11:21-29. In this passage Paul tells how much he suffered for the Gospel. To learn more and to join us visit [...]

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A Cool, Smart, & Talented Guy Finds the Prize

November 18, 2008

Thought you would all like to read this e-mail I got from musician, teacher, family man, and new Catholic! Hi Steve, This is Tim!  I feel as if we are old friends from the emails and your videos.  We saw most of them on EWTN over the last few weeks.  Our journeys are very similar.  [...]

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Around the Sea of Galilee Day

November 17, 2008

Today could be called “Galilee Day” since it was spent visiting all the sites where Jesus lived and ministered around the Sea. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u4HwJp4o0o

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From Jerusalem to Cana & Nazareth, to Tiberias

November 17, 2008

On Sunday we said Good-bye to Jerusalem and headed north to Galilee. Along the way we heard Mark Brumley’s conversion story on the buses and Roy Schoeman explained many fascinating things about Judaism and Christianity. Myself and the other guides took advantage of the time on the buses to share many things. Our first stop [...]

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