Tuesday, June 30, 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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