June 2009

Steve Interviewed by The Catholic Sun

by Steve Ray on June 30, 2009

screen-capture-11Joe Reynolds is my videographer for the Footprints of God series now showing on EWTN. Recently he started Kolbe Productions, a non-profit to produce excellent and exciting Catholic video and TV projects. We are currently working on several projects together including Defenders of the Faith and a new pilgrimage DVD series.

The Catholic Sun interviewed Joe and I — and here is the interview!

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New Personal Record

by Steve Ray on June 30, 2009

Today I ran 10 miles in 92 minutes and weighed in at 152 pounds — down from 183 pounds on January 1.

Janet is doing this with me and rode her recumbent exercycle 21 miles today and weighed in at 114 pounds — down from 130 pounds on January 1. (We watched Evelyn while working out. A great movie!)

I have never felt better, though today I am a bit tired :-)  When people notice my weight loss they ask, “Did you get sick?” I say, “Yup, sick of being overweight, tired and out of shape!” Blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and other factors are now all low and the doctor said I am in great shape — without using drugs.

My blog posts on our efforts: here and here. You can do it too!

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Bones Under Altar in Rome’s Church of St. Paul

by Steve Ray on June 30, 2009

Tests support belief that St. Paul’s tomb has been discovered, Pope reveals
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=3371
As he presided at ceremonies closing the Pauline Year, Pope Benedict XVI made the dramatic announcement that new scientific tests have strengthened the traditional belief that human remains buried beneath the altar of the Roman basilica of St. Paul-outside-the-Walls are those of St. Paul himself.

My Video Showing the end of St. Paul’s Life and the Place of his Bones which I Made Last October in Rome. Enjoy!

paulstombFrom the Pope’s words June 28, 2009: “Vatican City (AsiaNews) – With “great emotion” Benedict XVI announced that a recent scientific probe confirmed what Catholic tradition has always held, namely that the body of the Apostle Paul is located under the papal altar in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls. The announcement was made today in the basilica itself during the homily of the First Vespers of the Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul, which brings the Pauline Year to a close, a year that was held to celebrate 2,000 years since the birth of the Apostle of Tarsus.

100_7838The Pontiff said that recently the tomb was “subject to a scientific investigation. A small hole was drilled in the sarcophagus, unopened for centuries, and a probe was introduced. It found traces of a valuable purple fabric, in linen and gold layer-laminated, and a blue fabric with linen threads. Red incense grains and substances containing proteins and limestone were also discovered. Small fragments of bone were found and radiocarbon dated by experts who did not know their place of origin. Results indicate that they belong to someone who lived between the 1st and 2nd century A.D. This seems to confirm the unanimous and undisputed tradition according to which these are the mortal remains of the Apostle Paul. All this fills our soul with deep emotion.”

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Has the Pope’s Paper Lost its Mind?

June 30, 2009

From friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters: L’OR and the Loss of Reason “For most of my life L’Osservatore Romano has been a sleepy Roman rag that arrived weeks after its publication date, printed in cheap ink that soiled the fingers of those who felt the need to read page after page of boilerplate remarks [...]

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Three Radio Shows this Week

June 28, 2009

First, On Tuesday at 7:00-7:30 AM Eastern, I will be on Relevant Radio with Sean Herriott to discuss the Feast Day of the Roman Martyrs. These heroic saints died at the sadistic hand of Emperor Nero. We owe these predecessors and champions our greatest debt of honor and gratitude. Roman author Taticus (c. 55 -117 [...]

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Updated List of Birds & Animals I’ve Seen around our House

June 28, 2009

I have always loved watching birds and discovering every sort of animal and creature. Ove the last few years I’ve kept a list of all the birds and other critters I’ve seen. Many of them I encounter on my runs in the morning. Here is the list for those who might be interested.

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Ed Peters on Archbishop Milingo

June 26, 2009

The Insordescence of Archbishop Milingo Demands Response Insordescence. It’s not a likable word. It’s not a likable thing. But Abp. Milingo is insordescent. And he needs to be dealt with. Read how, here: http://www.canonlaw.info/2009/06/insordescence-of-abp-milingo-demands.html Milingo schism grows with ordination of another bishop http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=3327 Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who incurred automatic excommunication in 2006 when he ordained [...]

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Liberal Bias at YouTube?

June 25, 2009

YouTube removes video exposing Planned Parenthood http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=3341 YouTube has removed a video that exposes unethical and possibly illegal counseling at a Planned Parenthood clinic, saying that posting of the video was in “violation of the YouTube Community Guidelines.” The video was submitted by Live Action, the student group that has used undercover investigations to document [...]

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Chuck Norris Defends Karl Keating and Catholic Answers …

June 25, 2009

… in their lawsuit against the IRS and the limitation of religious freedom. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=101775

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Tonight in Ann Arbor Michigan

June 24, 2009

Tonight I will be speaking on “A Virtual Tour of the Life of St. Paul” in Ann Arbor Michigan at Christ the King parish near Dominos Farms. To learn more visit their website at http://www.rc.net/lansing/ctk/ or call them at 734-665-5040. We begin at 7:00 PM. I am doing this as a favor for Fr. Ed [...]

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Short Video of my Visit to Austin

June 24, 2009

Relevant Radio 970 AM in Austin Texas invited me down to give a talk on St. Paul and with a fund-raiser for Relevant Radio. It was called “A Night with Steve Ray” and they filled the hall with standing room only. Here is a short YouTube video about the evening. Not real exciting — no [...]

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SSPX Continues their Dissent?

June 24, 2009

SSPX will proceed with ordinations despite Vatican warning http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=3289 The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has indicated that the group will go forward with priestly ordinations despite a warning from the Vatican that the ceremonies would be “illegitimate.” Bishop Bernard Fellay told <i>Die Presse</i> that only the German bishops saw [...]

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Islam’s Rejection of Freedom, Woven into its very Fabric

June 23, 2009

Progress in Catholic-Muslim relations stalled on religious freedom, says Vatican official http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=3290 The president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue has reported significant progress in dialogue between the Church and the Islamic world, but sees major roadblocks remaining. Speaking at a conference in Venice, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran cited two major impediments. First, he said: [...]

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The Stoning of Soraya M

June 23, 2009

In three days a new movie will be released (June 26) entitled The Stoning of Soraya M starring Jim Caveziel (Jesus in the Passion of the Christ) and produced by Steve McEveety (producer of Braveheart, Bella, Passion of the Christ). This looks like it will be a good movie and one Christians should support enthusiastically. [...]

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Steve on Webcam from Ave Maria Radio Studios

June 22, 2009

From 3:00-5:00 PM I (Steve Ray) will be hosting Al Kresta’s show live from the studios of Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor Michigan (see topics below). You can listen over the internet and learn more at Ave Maria Radio, but I will also be covered on live video cam from the studio (see directly [...]

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Which Way is the Wind Blowing?

June 20, 2009

Obama did not speak in defense of those protesting Iranian tyranny until public opinion forced him to do so — finally! Under Pressure, Obama Calls on Iran to End Violence, ‘Unjust’ Actions In a statement that appeared to answer his critics who wanted him to speak out more forcefully, President Obama called on Iran to [...]

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