August 2012

What’s Happening at the Republican Convention?

by Steve Ray on August 30, 2012

Since I am in Ireland, we are cut off from the world – driving a lot seeing everything and preparing for our group arriving in September.

So, what is happening? Do you like what is going on and what is being said? What did you think of Ann Romney and her speech?

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Dodging Rain This Morning in Galway Ireland

by Steve Ray on August 30, 2012

You can see the run-walk here on EveryTrail. You can watch the videos, follow the map and see lots of pictures of the city, plus the rainbow.

Would have walked faster and further had it not been for the cold rain. Galway is a nice university town, young, friendly, quaint and clean. You will enjoy the beautifully painted and flowers but avoid the rain which I failed to do. It always angers me to see the churches and properties King Henry VIII stole from the Catholic Church while killing the priests and monks. It was blue sky when I left and when I got away it poured cold rain. I learned my lesson – be prepared for rain in Ireland!

We are here prepping for the pilgrimage we will lead through Ireland in September.

Click here to see the interactive trek

 

 

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Cut off His Head! John the Baptist

by Steve Ray on August 29, 2012

Beheading of John the Baptist
August 29

Beheading sm.jpgWhy was John so special? He was the last of the Old Testament prophets and the first of the New. He was the first to proclaim the news that Jesus was the Messiah, the Lamb of God. He was 100% from the lineage of Aaron the High Priest.

Where was he born and what do we know about him? He was born in Ein Kerem west of Jerusalem. Prior to birth he was sanctified in the womb by the Holy Spirit when the Blessed Virgin Mary arrived for the Visitation. He later left for the wilderness where he probably associated with the Essenes at Qumran. Jesus probably met him in the Wilderness. He ate locusts and wild honey so he was a manly man!

Why was John beheaded–getting mixed up in morality and politics John did not get beheaded for preaching Christ, per se, but for criticizing the King. It is similar to us today criticizing and immoral government that requests we deny our consciences to follow their laws. John lost his head for criticizing the powers that be in government. 

What sources do we have outside the Bible? The Jewish historian Josephus tells us about John, especially his death which took place in Herod’s Fortress of Machareus on the east side of the Dead Sea in modern country of Jordan

Where is the head of John the Baptist today? There is a lot of controversy on this matter and many have claimed to have his skull. I would not be willing at this point to vouch for any of them.

To read more about John the Baptist, click here for a great resources at New Advent.

To learn more about John, see my DVD Jesus, the Word Became Flesh and see where he was beheaded — filmed on location.  Click here.

Below: The remains of Herod’s Fortress of Machaerus where John was beheaded.

As it was in the time of Christ

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Invocation Prayer to Beat All Others

August 28, 2012

Fr. Andrew was invited to lead the opening prayer at the 2012 Colorado Republican State Assembly and Convention in the Magness Arena at the University of Denver. The moral challenges facing our country are not caused by political affiliation, but rather by attacks on religious freedom. He invites all people of conscience to uphold religious [...]

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How Long Will You Live? A Longevity Calculator

August 24, 2012

Watch your age in the upper right corner! Kinda’ fun to watch your age go up and down as you answer the questions. It’s interesting, so give it a try….  How long will you live? This is a calculator that estimates your life expectancy. It was developed by Northwestern Mutual Life. There are only 13 [...]

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13 Major Differences between Catholics & Protestants

August 23, 2012

Defending the Fullness of the Faith: 13 Major Differences between Catholics & Protestants By Steve Ray Set of 4 audio CDs Click here In this exciting series, you will be given the perfect apologetic primer to better understand and defend the Catholic Faith. Stephen Ray, former Evangelical Protestant and Bible teacher, highlights the thirteen major issues that [...]

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Mary, Queen of Heaven (reposting for the Feast of Mary, Queen of Heaven)

August 21, 2012

A while ago a man called in to say my argument for the Assumption of Mary including references from the Old Testament was wrong. I had quoted 1 Kings 2:19 where Solomon had raised his mother up to a throne to be Queen of the Kingdom. He said that was the ONLY case of a [...]

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Why is Former 1st Lady Rosalind Carter So Happy?

August 19, 2012

     

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Vote for My Dad!

August 17, 2012

My name is Jesse Ray. Steve Ray is my dad. He is stuck at #15 out of the 100+ well-known Catholic speakers found at http://brandonvogt.com/scsmvoting/ I happened across this site and would really appreciate your HELP. I know we can push him up closer to the top. Hurry, voting ends Thursday, August 23rd.  Thanks, Jesse

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A Poem of Earth & Death and Everlasting Life & Heaven – and the Bond of Love Between the Two for anyone Who’s Lost One they Loved in the Faith

August 17, 2012

A Poem Written for my Dad by my good friend Joe Marmion. My thanks to a dear, creative, insightful friend full of truth and faith. I put in bold my favorite part. I know you will hold my hand and help me stay the path we ran together these yea many years. I know you [...]

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A Video Remembrance and My Eulogy of Charles Robert Ray 1919 – 2012

August 16, 2012

My son Jesse made this wonderful video of my dad, and his beloved grandpa. We showed this tribute at the Funeral Home to hundreds of people today. There were a lot of memories and tears. The funeral is at 10 AM Thursday at Schrader’s Funeral Home on Main Street in Plymouth, Michigan. For the Eulogy [...]

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A Tribute to My Father

August 13, 2012

He was the best of men and fathers. I have no doubt of his destination. He is now with the angels and saints worshiping God in heaven. Being a Christian was his whole life. One cannot discuss my father without recalling that Jesus Christ was the heart of his life. I remember as a boy [...]

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It is so Strange; My Dad is Gone

August 13, 2012

It is so strange, so final. My dad is no longer here. He went to be with the Lord at 4:20 AM while I was in a plane high over the heartland rushing home to say “Good-bye.” But my daughter Emily was there, holding his hand and praying aloud the Hail Mary while he peacefully [...]

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My son Jesse and his Family Saying Good-bye to Great Grandpa

August 11, 2012

My son Jesse (who has been an outstanding grandson to my dad) and his family visit dad so the kids could say “Good-bye.” My other children have been hovering over dad too and even spending the nights with him to insure his comfort. Today he has eaten nothing and has not been responsive. He is [...]

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What Does this Wood Carving Mean?

August 10, 2012

When I went to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital to visit my dad in Ann Arbor Michigan, I stopped by to pray at the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel. I also went to Mass once. In front of the chapel was this wood carving. I also, like all of you, sat in front of it puzzled. [...]

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My Dad: Hours or Days, not Weeks

August 10, 2012

Dad is out of the hospital and back home. He is now officially in hospice with extreme efforts removed and all the family around him and my mom. My kids are with him 24-hours a day. As soon as my talks are done here in Anacortes Washington Janet and I are rushing home Sunday. For [...]

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