December 2011

New Year’s Resolution: Succeeded and Failed

by Steve Ray on December 31, 2011

Last Year’s Two Resolutions: 1) Run 1,000 miles and 2) read the Bible thru.
Only got 1/2 way thru the Bible – but continuing into 2012!
Ran 1,180 miles. Now I start running all over again in 2012. Old men need to stay healthy for God, Church, family and friends.
Join me in exercising – and reading the Bible too :-) HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Our “Mary: Mother of God” DVD on EWTN January 1

by Steve Ray on December 31, 2011

Usually EWTN shows my documentaries broken up in half hour segments but on Sunday, January 1 at 5 PM Eastern they will show the whole documentary from beginning to end. Hope you enjoy it!

If you want to buy a copy to own click here.

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Friends Arriving at Your Home

by Steve Ray on December 31, 2011

I met Love, Health, Peace and Joy. They needed a permanent place to stay. I gave them your address; hope they arrived safely. Happy New Year :)

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Steve’s Podcast on Biblical Archaeology and Apologetics with Dr. Michael Barber

December 27, 2011

Click on the image below to listen to our podcast. We discussed Bethlehem, the truth of the Bible, and and the birth of Christ. It was a fun and lively discussion. Join us for a virtual tour of Bethlehem.

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Pope Benedict Restored Tradition of Proclaiming Birth of Christ Chanting the “Kalenda”

December 26, 2011

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 25, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI has restored the tradition of proclaiming the birth of Christ with the chanting of the “Kalenda.” The chant culminated the prayer vigil in St. Peter’s Square on Christmas Eve, which was accompanied by the unveiling of the life-size Nativity Scene. THE PROCLAMATION OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST [...]

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Persecuted Christians Suffer on Christmas

December 25, 2011

ROME, DEC. 24, 2011 (Zenit.org).- For Christians in so many countries around the world — Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, and others — and even for Christians in Bethlehem, the celebration of Christmas means facing particular difficulty. In Iraq, for example, where another round of suicide bombings on Thursday killed some 70 people, there will be no [...]

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Tonight Finished Teary-Eyed Reading to the Grandkids

December 23, 2011

We’ve been reading aloud Where the Red Fern Grows to the grandkids. I remember reading it to my own kids. We always write in the cover of the book, date it and sign it. We all had tears in our eyes through the last two chapters, just like I did 20 years ago too. But [...]

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Finding the Church in Abraham’s Home of Ur in Iraq! A Soldier Finds the Truth 4,000 Years Later!

December 23, 2011

David Simmons wrote a comment on my blog about his conversion in Iraq – at the original home of Abraham. He sent his story along with pictures. I told him two things: 1) Welcome home to the fullness of the Faith in the Catholic Church, and 2) Thanks for serving our country! I then asked [...]

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Invitation from Patriarch of Jerusalem (and us)

December 23, 2011

In his Christmas greetings from Jerusalem, the Patriarch of Jerusalem (covering Israel, Palestinian areas, Jordan and Cyrus) said, “I would like to conclude with an invitation to all Christians to come on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  Do not be afraid. Our warm welcome awaits you. Come as pilgrims. It is one of the [...]

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Joseph and Mary Posting on Facebook

December 21, 2011

This is an interesting view of the birth of Jesus – as if Facebook was alive in the 1st century. Worth a quick look here.  

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I’m Drooling Already. Trailer for THE HOBBIT

December 21, 2011

But it won’t be released until December 2012. These folks are big teasers!

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Dr. Peter Kreeft is the Devil: Advising How to Win the World!

December 21, 2011

What a delightful and fun hour! If you have two brain cells that connect and wish to understand God and the world — and if you aren’t afraid of the truth and talk about sex — you will LOVE this. If you aren’t polltically correct about atheism and Islam and other such things, you will [...]

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Radio Shows this Week – Lots!

December 19, 2011

Monday at 4 PM Eastern: “The Stones Cry Out: the Apologetics of Archaeology” with Al Kresta on Ave Maria Radio. Link to Archaeology article mentioned on Al’s show. Monday at 6 PM Eastern: Catholic Answers Live: “The War Against Christmas” Click here for the Islamic Scholar saying that saying that “Merry Christmas” is more evil [...]

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Short Story of the Ray Family Conversion with Pictures

December 18, 2011

I finally decided to write a brief story of our conversion story. It is easy to read in about 15 minutes, about our coming into the Catholic Church. Janet and I converted to the Catholic Church in 1994 but it still seems like yesterday. It has not grown old and we are still thrilled with [...]

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Rent to Own – God Wants to Move In and OWN

December 18, 2011

The Father knocks on my door, seeking a home for his Son. “Rent is cheap,” I say. “I don’t want to rent, I want to buy,” says God. “I’m not sure I want to sell, but please come in to look around.“ “I think I will,” says God. “I might let you have a room [...]

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Pray for the Pope – Update on his Age and Health

December 17, 2011

I just read a good article on the health of our aging Pope and the grueling schedule he keeps. (Link below) He is now 84 years old and does more than most younger men could bear. Fr. Fessio, one-time student of Joseph Ratzinger and his publisher is quoted in this article. I remember jumping up [...]

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