Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Everyone Arrived Tired but Ready to Go!

by Steve Ray on November 11, 2008

Everyone on the two separate flights — El Al and Air Canada — arrived safe and sound. We picked them all up at the airport in three buses, took them to Jerusalem for a good dinner and reverent Mass. Everyone is now in bed resting up — preparing for a busy day Wednesday starting at the Mount of Olives, Dominus Flavit, Mass at Gethsemane, lunch at a Jewish kibbutz, an overview of Jerusalem and to Ein Kerem for the Church of the Visitation.

Click here to see a short video of the arrival of the pilgrims: Arrival in Israel

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Going to Hell — and other places

by Steve Ray on November 11, 2008

Everything is ready for our Ignatius Press Group to arrive in Jerusalem so Janet and I went exploring. You can join us by clicking the link below.

Part One:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zuh04K7WSU

Part Two:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xudU8QaVQ-g

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Gotta Daughter? You’ll Love This Song!

by Steve Ray on November 11, 2008

I have to admit I laughed — but also had a great sense of DAD-NESS when I heard this song. How did I discover it? My lovely 21 year-old daughter Charlotte came in with a smile and said, “Dad, want to hear a song that reminds me of you?” I did and we listened to it together. I was proud ‘cuz I fight for my girls!  It’s my job — and my pleasure! I love them!

To enjoy this country song though – really — you have to listen to it with the volume turned up!

Top picture: Charlotte and I at a Father-Daughter Camp about 1995; Middle picture: Church Father-Daughter Dance in 2002; Bottom picture: Charlotte and I today when she told me about the song and before she went out to vote No-bama.

Artist: Atkins Rodney
Song: Cleaning This Gun (Come on in Boy)
Album: If You’re Going Through Hell

The Declaration of Independence
Think I could tell you that first sentence
But then I’m lost

I can’t begin to count the theories
I’ve had pounded in my head
That I forgot

I don’t remember all that Spanish
Or the Gettysburg address
But there is one speech from high school
I’ll never forget

(Chorus)
Come on in boy sit on down
And tell me about yourself
So you like my daughter do you now?
Yeah we think she’s something else
She’s her daddy’s girl
Her momma’s world
She deserves respect
That’s what she’ll get
Ain’t it son?
Hey y’all run along and have some fun
I’ll see you when you get back
Bet I’ll be up all night
Still cleanin’ this gun

Well now that I’m a father
I’m scared to death one day my daughter
Is gonna find
That teenage boy I used to be
That seems to have just one thing on his mind

She’s growin’ up so fast
It won’t be long before
I’ll have to put the fear of God into
Some kid at the door

Now it’s all for show
Ain’t nobody gonna get hurt
It’s just a daddy thing
And hey, believe me, man it works

(Chorus)
Come on in boy sit on down
And tell me about yourself
So you like my daughter do you now?
Yeah we think she’s something else
She’s her daddy’s girl
Her momma’s world
She deserves respect
That’s what she’ll get
Now ain’t it son?
Y’all run along and have a little fun
I’ll see you when you get back
Probably be up all night
Still cleanin’ this gun

Son, now y’all buckle up and have her back by – let’s say about nine…thirty.
Drive safe.

(By the way, Charlotte is a great girl with a nice boyfriend — we like him and he DID get the “broken knees” speech as soon as we met him!)

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Things Don’t Change Much

November 11, 2008

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.” Cicero – 55 BC

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