Family and Kids

My Wife’s Dad just Died

by Steve Ray on April 7, 2014

Janet's dad seated to the right - in better times.

My wife Janet’s father died this morning after a heart attack last week. He was in the arms of his wife and four daughters who were praying the Our Father.

He was a great dad for those girls. I thanked him many times for raising such a wonderful daughter and for allowing me to marry her.

Please pray for him and the family. His name was Gilbert Sklenar of Czeck origins. Thanks.

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Joint us on a pilgrimage. Visit FootprintsOfGod.com.

Today I was on Catholic Answers Live discussing my Six Rules. It was delightful. 

As soon as the links are available on Tuesday I will provide the links to listen on-line or as a podcast. Stay tuned.

Here are my Six Rules for dealing with family and friends who disagree with us, oppose us, want to argue and are against the Catholic Church and our morals.

Cover story on Catholic Answers Magazine

Steve Ray’s Six Rules:

1) Never argue with them, it will only push them further away.

2) Love them more than ever before, especially between spouses

3) Pray seriously and constantly and make sacrifices

4) Show the Joy of the Lord in your life so they see the result of the fullness of the Faith

5) Study apologetics and do biblical homework so you are ready when they finally ask questions

6) Ask God to bring someone else into their lives to influence them since they won’t listen to you

Read the whole article in this month’s Catholic Answers Magazine

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See below for upcoming pilgrimages:

We are taking reservations for a pilgrimage to Rome for the Canonization of Blessed John Paul II.

We have only a few seats left for our Holy Land pilgrimage leaving in May 2014 and in August 31.

Ireland and an affordable St. Paul Cruise on the Mediterranean next fall.

More trips at Visit www.FootprintsOfGod.com or contact Suzanne at sparran@ctscentral.net or at 800-727-1999, ext. 121

 

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When I was about 12 years old

I can still smell the green vinyl of the used couch in our living room as I knelt with my mom, with my face buried in my hands and my nose pressed into the vinyl. She had decided I was old enough — after all I was four years old. She didn’t want to wait any longer. She was eager.

When I was born I was taken to the front of Joy Road Baptist Church in Detroit Michigan held aloft and dedicated to Christ. I did not receive infant baptism. The thought of baptizing an infant was repugnant. Where do you find that in the Bible? That was a surely a man-made Catholic tradition.

My parents had “found Christ” less than a year earlier. After twelve years of painful miscarriages my parents had discovered Jesus through the preaching of Billy Graham. The radio was on one morning as my mother was getting ready to go shopping. With keys in one hand and purse in the other she stopped in the kitchen before heading out the door. She heard something she’s never heard before.

Rev. Billy Graham c. 1953

She heard the compelling voice of Billy Graham passionately explaining the precious blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross. It was shed for my mom to pay for her sins. It could save her from hell and insure her a place in heaven. 

My mom, raised without any religion, heard John 3:16 for the first time: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

She told me she fell on her knees on the kitchen floor. With tears rolling down her cheeks she “accepted Christ as her personal Lord and
Savior and asked him to come into her heart.”

You can read the whole thing HERE.

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Just Passed the 500 Mile Mark Today!

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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 [...]

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I Just Discovered this Video of our Family’s Meeting with Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict)

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This brings back fond memories of our morning meeting with Cardinal Ratzinger in Rome after he celebrated Mass at the German College in the Vatican. I was giving him my book and he signed a copy of his book for me. I was telling him that my endorsement was on the back of one of [...]

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