Sunday, April 12, 2009

My Nephew Received into the Church

by Steve Ray on April 12, 2009

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It was a great joy to witness my nephew Chris Zywicki being received into full communion in the Catholic Church today — on Easter. I was very surprised a year ago that he told me he had read Crossing the Tiber and was starting to go to Mass.

Chris is a very bright man, a veteran of the military, and an excellent social worker who does it because he delights in helping people. His wife Terry is a great wife and mom and runs a local business. They have both done a lot of running and physical fitness and are in excellent shape. (Chris inspired me to get in better shape last year!)

100_9995Today we drove two hours to Kalamazoo Michigan to sit in the second row of St. Augustine Cathedral.

(Picture: Me, Chris, Bishop Murray, and Chris’s sponsor)

Interestingly enough, Bishop Murray — who celebrated the Mass and confirmed my nephew and gave him first communion — was the first to read my book Crossing the Tiber. He was the chancellor of my diocese of Lansing. He read Crossing the Tiber and gave it his Nil Obstat and recommended that our bishop give me the Imprimatur. Now it was that book that played a part in my nephew coming into the Church, received by the very man who first read and approved my book. The good bishop said today after Mass, “It is a powerful story!”

We had a nice lunch with Chris and his beautiful wife Terry and their youngest son Joe in their beautiful and cozy home among lush trees in Kalamazoo. What a joy it was! Life is so exciting as a Catholic. I just LOVE it! Happy Easter everyone!

Oh, and one last thing: check out these Easter eggs decorated by our grandkids! (Click on the image for a larger picture.)

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Proof of the Resurrection & Actual Tomb of Christ

by Steve Ray on April 12, 2009

jesus-resurrection-01I was just on Relevant Radio’s Morning Air with Wendy Weiss filling in for Sean Herriott. Our topic was the Resurrection of Jesus. We will do a similar show this Wednesday with Chuck Neff on Searching the Word at 1 PM. We will discuss the place he was buried and from which he rose, the facts of the event, proof of the Resurrection and how it should impact our lives. You can listen on-line at www.relevantradio.com.

I will also be on Sirius Satellite Radio with Lino Rulli (The Catholic Guy) on Wednesday at 6 PM to talk about St. Paul and the End Times. Then — off to Rome!

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screen-captureSome of the theories against the resurrection:
a. New Testament inaccurate and made the story up
b. His body stolen by disciples
c. Women went to the wrong tomb
d. Roman soldiers went AWOL
e. Jewish authorities stole his body
f. Hallucinations
g. Swoon theory
h. Just a spirit and not a bodily resurrection

All of these have been answered a thousand times over (see Josh McDowell’s excellent summary below). The resurrection happened and is an historical, objective reality. I have been there a hundred times — the tomb is empty!

Quick resources:
Josh McDowell’s Short Article
Catholic Encyclopedia
Is the Holy Sepulchre the Real Place?
What about the Other Sites?

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