December 2010

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS: An Early Start

by Steve Ray on December 31, 2010

IMG_6579In 2010 my son Jesse and I resolved to run 1,000 miles. We did it with about 40 miles to spare. Some of my running was done on treadmills but most of it was outside exploring new places. You can see these runs here with maps, stories, videos and pictures — which covers over 150 runs in ten countries and many states.

It felt great to finish the year having successfully completed my 2010 New Year resolution — especially since I am not too good at keeping resolutions. The support of my son, along with my wife as cheerleader, was a big help. My son also posted an internet chart which was very motivating.

IMG_3841For 2011 I am renewing my goal of running another 1,000 miles for 2011. But I am adding two more resolutions: I am going to read both the Bible and the Catholic Catechism through from cover to cover (using my iPhone).

I got an early start this month because I was excited to get started and in case I miss a few days in 2011! WHY DON’T YOU JOIN ME?

There is a free app for the iPhone which is called Logos. It is a Bible software app and has a program included for reading the Bible through in a year. I am using the Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition. I am already into Exodus.

I also made a chart for the Catechism and found a copy of the Catechism on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). I will use that and my old-fashioned “book” format to get this reading done. I am now on paragraph 26.

There is a great chart to keep track of your reading. It is provided by Marcus Grodi and the Coming Home Network (using the Catholic Bible). You can download the chart here.

Well, what fun! I will keep you updated periodically and will also admit if I fall flat on my face with these lofty goals :-)

Below, joined by granddaughter Bella!

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My Best Birthday Present

by Steve Ray on December 29, 2010

How could I be happier now that I’m 56 years old and well over the hill, heading for the finish line.

I said to Janet, “Look what we got started!”

TOP: Janet and I with our eight grandkids (another one is on the way)
BOTTOM: Our whole family with two excellent boy friends too.

Family Christmas 2010

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Pope Benedict on Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

by Steve Ray on December 28, 2010

P1000536“To go on pilgrimage is not simply to visit a place to admire its treasures of nature, art or history.

“To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves in order to encounter God where he has revealed himself, where his grace has shone with particular splendour and produced rich fruits of conversion and holiness among those who believe.

“Above all, Christians go on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, to the places associated with the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection.”

–Benedict XVI (Nov. 6, 2010)   (Picture: Place of Jesus’ birth)

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Steve on the Priesthood

December 28, 2010

Vocation Boom Radio interviewed me twice about the priesthood. Below are the audio links to listen if you wish. In both audio clips (1 hour each) Steve begins at 40 minutes into the broadcast. You can slide the locator bar to wherever you want it to begin playing. 1) Steve talks about his wife Janet [...]

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Merry Christ-mas

December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas everyone. Not “Happy Holidays” — it’s MERRY CHRIST-mas! That’s what I told the server at Olive Garden Restaurant. She leaned over and whispered “Thanks! It’s Merry Christmas for too, but corporate mandates that we say Happy Holidays.” Then she gave me the address where I can write to protest. I’m sending my letter [...]

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Understanding Islam or Chasing our Tail?

December 24, 2010

Why is our national leadership unable to understand and deal with Islam? Because they are too politically correct and stupid to understand what Islam really is. Here is a one minute presentation that lays it on the line. http://secure.afa.net/afa/activism/takeaction.asp?id=384

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Free Market Economy or Socialism?

December 23, 2010

I was recently asked: “Between a Socialist system of economics or a Free market Capitalist system, which is more Moral? Which system best represents a Christian view? My short response: The Catechism reflects the teaching of the Church by stating that a society should protect the right to private property and to free enterprise (CCC [...]

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Steve Involved in Top-notch British Production: “Keys of the Kingdom”

December 23, 2010

Last summer I was in England to give a series of talks at two conferences. While there, I was interviewed for a top-notch Brithish production entitled KEYS OF THE KINGDOM. This documentary centers on St. Peter and the Papacy through the centuries. There is a rising movement among orthodox, fired-up Catholics in Great Britain to [...]

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Catholic Answers Live

December 23, 2010

Here are the questions I answered on Catholic Answers Live on Wednesday. You can listen to the archived show here. For more info on listening options, click here. It was a great show and lots of fun too. Good people with good questions. **************************************************** 1) Why do Catholics have the Apocrypha and why is it [...]

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Bishop Olmsted De-certifies “Catholic” Hospital

December 21, 2010

My friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters writes: Bishop Olmsted, Canon 216, and St. Joseph’s Hospital Well, the situation at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, in terms of its compliance (or lack thereof) with several fundamental points of Catholic medical-moral teaching, was apparently worse than we thought. Bishop Olmsted’s decision to de-certify St. Joseph’s as [...]

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Chaplains Concerned about Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

December 21, 2010

Evangelical Protestant and Catholic chaplains for the military are rightly concerned over their religious freedom to say and teach what the Bible and their Faith requires. This is an interesting article.

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Bethlehem!!! Birthplace of our Lord!

December 20, 2010

Why were the shepherds the first to be told about the birth of Jesus? Hint: where was he born? In a stable with animals? The reason the Shepherds were notified first is because shepherds are ALWAYS the first to be notified of the BIRTH OF A LAMB! Jesus is the Lamb of God — born [...]

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I’m a Very Happily Married Man, but for those who are not…

December 19, 2010

… this could be very appealing!

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Radio Shows Monday & Tuesday

December 19, 2010

Monday: I’ll be talking about Christmas and Bethlehem on Relevant Radio on Sean Herriott’s and Drew Mariani’s shows. Tuesday: I will be doing Part II on Drew’s show. www.RelevantRadio.com. You can get the podcast at http://www.facebook.com/l/4c482; www.relevantradio.com/Page.aspx?pid=635 I think it starts in the first hour for today

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For Anyone Who Thinks the Vatican is Without Courage…

December 18, 2010

… read this letter sent to China! I had to applaud when I read it. Bravo Pope Benedict! Bravo Universal Catholic Church! Bravo to the faithful and suffering Catholics under oppression is godless China! http://www.zenit.org/article-31268?l=english

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