December 2009

Interesting article at http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyharnden/100020934/barack-obama-gets-an-f-for-protecting-americans/

This president is WAY over his head — and we still have three years to go. Lord, have mercy!

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Hot Air Blowin’

by Steve Ray on December 30, 2009

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Holy Family – One of My Favorite Topics

by Steve Ray on December 28, 2009

SS999-21TissotJosephInShopI will be on two radio shows this week to discuss the Holy Family for their Feast Day which we celebrated on Sunday.

Their life was very different from ours and I will take you on a walk through “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family.”

Having been to the Holy Land over 65 times my wife and I feel like we know them and have experienced their lives in a small way.

If you are interested, you can view two of my YouTube videos where I put on my running shoes and sweat a bit to explore the land of the Holy Family: 1) Running around inside Nazareth where the Holy Family lived, and 2) Running from Sepphoris to Nazareth where Jesus and Joseph worked during the day before hiking back home up into the hills of Nazareth.

Holy FamilyI will be on Relevant Radio with Chuck Neff, filling in for Sean Herriott, on Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:00 AM Eastern time. It will be my 55th birthday – time sure flies.

I will also join Teresa Tomeo on Wednesday at 8:30 AM on Ave Maria Radio to discuss the Holy Family.

Two of my articles you might like to read: 1) Is It Correct to Call Joseph the “Father” of Jesus, and 2) an interesting angle on the Ever-virginity of Mary.

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Favorite Books of 2009

December 27, 2009

Carl Olsen of Ignatius Press always asks authors for their favorite books of 2009. The lists he has compiled will be posted in a few days on  IgnatiusInsight. I offered my own unconventional list, as follows: Hello Carl: My list follows. Since I have been writing Scripture commentaries for www.CatholicScriptureStudy.com and studying the lands of [...]

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Blind Side

December 27, 2009

If you haven’t gone out to the cinema to see BLIND SIDE yet, then get the your keys and your kids and GO! We saw it today with our daughter Emily and her friend Sean. We were moved to tears again and again. It is a very Catholic movie, though it was not produced by [...]

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Pope Knocked Down at Christmas Eve Mass

December 24, 2009

Woman knocks down Pope, cardinal at Christmas Eve Mass A woman, apparently deranged, charged at Pope Benedict during the entrance processional at Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, knocking down the Holy Father and Cardinal Roger Etchegaray. Pope Benedict, apparently uninjured, got up and celebrated the Mass; Cardinal Etchegaray, the 87-year-old vice dean of [...]

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Very Intelligent Conversion of Francis Kang

December 24, 2009

Francis Kang is a thinker from Chinese heritage. We met in San Francisco. He has an interesting genealogical story here, but you will probably be most interested in his conversion story The Church and I.

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Bravo Bishops! Bravo Majority of Americans!

December 23, 2009

US bishops: Oppose Senate health care legislation until moral deficiencies are addressed Denouncing current Senate health care legislation as deficient because it provides federal funding for abortions and leaves Catholic hospitals and physicians bereft of conscience protection, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops emphasized in a December 22 letter that “until these fundamental flaws [...]

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Recommended Book for Next Christmas …

December 23, 2009

… but get it now :-)  A friend named Cheri who joined us on our November pilgrimage to the Holy Land highly recommended this book. Her kids loved it — and so did she. Here is her recommendation: I just had to share this awesome book with you that a friend recommended and I have [...]

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Discussing the Nativity On Catholic Answers Live

December 21, 2009

I was the guest on Catholic Answers Live Monday and Tuesday (repeat show) talking about the Nativity. The RealAudio link to the archived show is here and MP3 is here. Click here for other listening options. We began the show discussing what it was like for Mary and Joseph two thousand years ago, how the [...]

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Running (& Biking) 1000 Miles Each This Year

December 19, 2009

I turn 55 years old on December 29, 2009. So exercising and a good diet are no longer an option. If I am going to be a good husband, dad and grandpa; if I am going to continue having unbounding energy and enthusiasm to serve the Lord and his Church — I HAVE to do [...]

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John Paul II Declared “Venerable”

December 19, 2009

In a series of decrees issued on December 19, the Vatican has approved miracles allowing for the canonization of five people and the beatification of five others. The Vatican also recognized the 1984 death of Father Jerzy Popieluszko as a martyrdom, preparing the way for his beatification. The decrees, approved by Pope Benedict XVI during [...]

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Green Pope?

December 17, 2009

Italian journalist reminds reader: Pope is not Al Gore http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=4949 Although the message of Pope Benedict XVI for the World Day of Peace places heavy emphasis on environmental concerns, Giuliano Gerrar of the Italian daily Il Foglio reminds his readers that the “green” approach favored by the Pope is very distant from the environmentalism espoused [...]

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Nut-case Bishop Finally Defrocked

December 17, 2009

UPDATE 12/19/09 from Ed Peters: Why is this Milingo case getting complicated? A new statement from the Holy See’s Press Office, if it has been accurately reported, is muddying the waters about the Church’s stand on the ability of schismatic bishops to confer holy orders. I’m looking for some clarity: http://www.canonlaw.info/2009/12/why-is-this-milingo-case-getting.html Archbishop Milingo stripped of [...]

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Steve Talking about Salvation

December 16, 2009

Someone just sent me a link to a talk I gave about salvation over a year ago. I can tell it was over a year ago because I look fat :-)  I’ve lost 30 pounds since I gave that talk and it is funny seeing me back then. But anyway . . . . . [...]

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Christmas Discounts on our Web Store

December 14, 2009

Merry Christmas everyone. Steve Ray here. Almost everything’s on sale at our webstore and much of it qualifies for free shipping. Give your family and friends the gift of the truth, the Catholic faith, and our Lord Jesus. Check it all out at http://shop.catholic-convert.com. All the purchases help support our ministry and my homeschooling daughter [...]

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