May 2013

What Kind of Music Did Abraham Listen To?

by Steve Ray on May 30, 2013

UrMusic.jpgOur next DVD in the Footprints of God series will be entitled “Abraham, Father of Faith & Works.” We will begin filming in Iraq — in Ur of Chaldees — which is the home of Abraham, just south of Baghdad (Gen 11:28-31).

Thanks to the Biblical Archaeology Society to which I subscribe, we can now listen to music that Abraham listened to.

Click here to listen to The Music of Ur, a musical duet featuring a lyre and double pipes such as those found at the ancient city of Ur. Click here to to learn more about these instruments and the music from that time period.

Enjoy! And you will hear this kind of music on our next Footprints of God DVD. If you want to help with a tax deductible donation click here. But do please pray for us.

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Just Passed the 500 Mile Mark Today!

by Steve Ray on May 29, 2013

For the year 2013 I just passed the 500 mile mark today! Whew! I might hit 1,200 miles this year. Janet just hit a personal record today of 30 miles on the bike.

Five years ago Janet and I decided to change our lifestyle. It would mean 1) daily exercise, 2) cutting our diet in half, and 3) eating only healthy natural foods.

Janet started on the exercycle and other exercises. I started running. My goal was to run over 1,000 miles a year (only 2.75 a day). We have kept it up over the last four years and this is our 5th year. To see all my documented runs-walks, well over 200 of them, with interactive maps, videos and pictures, click here.

Since my knees blew out almost two years ago I’ve had the challenge of how to keep it up without running. We bought an elliptical machine for our simple home gym (next to Janet’s exercycle) and put in a wide screen TV.

When we are home we work together and watch old movies, documentaries, religious DVDs and more. (We pulled the plug on cable and TV eight years ago. We love Netflix.)

When we are away from home (2/3rds of the time) we still keep it up. I take off each day for power walks, which my knees can take, or I use the equipment in the hotels.

 

I love exploring on my feet. In the last five years, by the grace of God, I’ve been blessed to run-walk through many countries including Israel, Italy, Australia, Philippines, India, England, Ireland, Dubai, Oman, Poland, Turkey, Greece, and all the other places we visited because of conferences or pilgrimages. The best way to understand the land is to walk-run it. (You can see documentaries of all my runs here.)

This is our 5th year and I just passed the 500 mile milestone, 92.54 miles ahead of my goal for this date. 

But it is still way to easy to eat and drink too much. I have a motto “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.” Though it is my motto, it is not always easy to remember and obey. 

The Catechism reminds me daily about Gluttony and Sloth and I must fight them. We usually think of sin in terms of sex, murder, abortion, gossip, lying or stealing–but the Catechism lists Gluttony and Sloth right up there with the others–each listed as one of the seven capital sins. 

Sloth is a “culpable lack of physical or spiritual effort; acedia or laziness.” Gluttony is an “overindulgence in food or drink.”

God only gave us one body and one lifetime. How are we going to use the gifts of God? Are we ready to give an account? Yikes, I better get back to work :-) What about you??

Earlier Posts: Updated Super Foods Chart & Fitness, and Who is That Fat Man (Me!)?

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Tomorrow morning (9:15-9:35 AM Eastern) I will be on Ave Maria Radio’s Catholic Connections with Teresa Tomeo to discuss the seemingly controversial words of Pope Francis in a recent homily. 

In one section of his homily on May 22, Pope Francis stated: 

The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! “Father, the atheists?” Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all!

And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. “But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!” But do good: we will meet one another there.

 You can join us live at www.AveMariaRadio.net.

The Vatican responds.

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Famous Exorcist Says Pope’s Simple Prayer Cast Out Demon

May 28, 2013

Rome, Italy, May 24, 2013 / 03:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Rome’s most well known exorcist says Pope Francis performed an exorcism in St. Peter’s Square last Sunday and that the man was possessed because of Mexico’s abortion law. “The Pope, in good faith, got close to him and performed an exorcism on him in the [...]

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Communication and Problem Solving in 21st Century America: “It’s Not About the Nail”

May 27, 2013

They hit the nail right on the head!

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Gays, Boy Scouts and Catholics

May 26, 2013

Thoughts for Catholics impacted by the Boy Scouts of America membership policies, by Dr. Edward Peters Steve Ray’s Comments Below. Two groups of Catholics are directly impacted by the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to formally admit as scouts youth who profess a same-sex orientation, namely, Catholic sponsoring organizations and Catholic scouts and [...]

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My Good Friend in Bethlehem Dies – God Rest His Soul – All Our Pilgrims Knew Him

May 25, 2013

Efram Nissan, owner of Nissan Bros. store where we shop to help the local Christians, died last week of a heart attack. He was dancing at a family wedding surrounded by his 20 grandchildren. It was a shock to everyone. He was known far and wide by the Christians in the Holy Land and did [...]

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EWTN

May 24, 2013

It was exciting to be on EWTN again even though it was just over the phone. Here is the show, I’m on for 8 minutes and we debuted the brand new Saint Paul Cruise teaser trailer at the end of the interview. It’s really beautiful. Enjoy.

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Steve on 2 Shows Today: Relevant Radio and EWTN’s Life of the Rock

May 23, 2013

Opps, this is next week! Sorry! Relevant Radio – Drew Mariani Show I am catching my breath and getting ready. Relevant Radio’s Drew Mariani’s Show will interview me at 5:00 PM Eastern about the plight of the Christians in the Middle East and what we can do to help. You can listen live at RelevantRadio.com. [...]

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Game Show Nuns Hoping for $100,000 Win – Thursday Evening

May 23, 2013

Game Show Nuns Hoping for $100,000 Win Finale Airs Thursday SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2013 (Zenit.org) – A trio of Bible-expert nuns are hoping to be awarded $100,000 and a $10,000 bonus when they compete in Thursday’s finale of “The American Bible Challenge.” The three nuns, Sisters Peter Joseph, Maria, and Evangeline, are Dominican Sisters [...]

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Why This Voyage to Follow St. Paul, St. John and Mary?

May 22, 2013

Why is this trip unique for Catholics? Let me tell you why. Most cruise lines think they know what you want. They plan their itineraries for gambling, touristy sites and beautiful skylines. They are not religious and usually have no regard for the Catholic faith. Because of that their “St. Paul Cruises” offer a mix [...]

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Suicide in Notre Dame Cathedral; Violation of Sacred Space; Protest Against Gay Marriage?

May 21, 2013

Suicide in Notre Dame Cathedral by Dr. Edward Peters Suicide—whatever mental/emotional problems induce some to commit it and which might even mitigate its culpability—is objectively a gravely evil action (CCC 2280-2283) and may never be licitly chosen. When committed in a sacred place such as a church or shrine, suicide effects the “violation” of that space [...]

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Last Footprints of God DVDs in the Plans – Pray for Us!

May 20, 2013

Just got off the phone with Ignatius Press. Looks like we will begin rolling out the last three DVDs in our Footprints of God series. We are tentatively planning to start production in 2014 for a Christmas release. We have 7 done and 3 to go. We have done a little fundraising which has made [...]

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FREE MP3, Riddles, and more in my Pentecost Newsletter

May 18, 2013

Don’t miss one of my more recent Pentecost MP3 recordings where I take you up to the Upper Room in Jerusalem and explain how the Church was born 50 days after Christ rose from the dead!! Let me know what you think of my recent newsletter.    

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How Odd of God to Choose the Jew…

May 17, 2013

…to chose the Jew; but odder still are those who choose the Jewish God but hate the Jew.

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Cardinal O’Malley Boycotts Boston College, Refuses to Do Traditional Commencement Speech (article in Walled Street Journal)

May 17, 2013

Ignoring U.S. bishops, the Catholic university will honor an abortion-rights supporter on Monday.  By ANNE HENDERSHOTT (moving to Franciscan University of Steubenville in the Fall) At Boston College’s commencement ceremony on Monday, Cardinal Sean O’Malley won’t be in attendance. The leader of the Boston archdiocese announced on May 10 that he would not deliver his traditional graduation benediction at the Catholic school [...]

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