Family and Kids

Last night we took dinner over to my son Jesse’s house. Anna is our daughter-in-law who is a most remarkable mother. No TV in this home but lots of books and fun. I couldn’t help but make a short video of our evening together along with some excerpts of my grandson Joshua’s piano playing. The last few minutes is a piece he composed in one day. He is 11 years old.

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Joint us on a pilgrimage. Visit FootprintsOfGod.com.

Today I was on Relevant Radio with John Harper discussing 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.

For my Catholic Answers show two months ago on this, click here.

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 see the Shroud of Turin.

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

Lourdes/Avila/Fatima and an affordable St. Paul Cruise on the Mediterranean next fall, Guadalupe next December

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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Today I Have Been Married to Janet for 38 Years

by Steve Ray on December 4, 2014

It was the best thing I ever did — marrying that girl! I couldn’t have found a better friend, partner, lover, or mother for our children. I thank God for her. I have always written her parents on our anniversary to thank them for letting me marry their incredible daughter.

She reminds me of the passage in Proverbs 31:10-31. Here are a few excerpts:

A good wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. … Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”

This is a picture of Janet and I at our wedding. Geez, time sure changes things — at least with me. Janet still looks pretty much the same — with an emphasis on pretty. Time sure flies! All our kids are now graduated, married and moved out and today we feel like we just got married again :-)

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Our Daughter’s Wedding was Beautiful and Emotional – Pictures and Video

September 15, 2014

Beautiful, artistic pictures of my daughter’s wedding HERE I knew I would cry and I did. My daughter loved it and laughed at me affectionately. When I walked her down the isle it was a bit surreal. My grandson Josh played the piano and all my kids were there in their fine wedding clothes watching [...]

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My Baby Girl Gets Married Today; Already have Tears Thinking of Walking her Down the Isle.

September 13, 2014

Emily is a sweetheart and I thank God that he gave me this beautiful and lovely girl to raise. Now she will let go of my hand to hold that of another man. Sean Regan is his name and he is one lucky man. Janet and I are listening to Daddy-Daughter songs deciding which one [...]

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My Grandson Josh Plays Pachabel – this kid is amazing

September 13, 2014

We don’t know where he got this talent – a gift from God – because I don’t have any musical talent! But from a young age he fell in love with piano and now plays with amazing beauty and grace.

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Marriage in Heaven? Will We Know and Love Our Spouses in Heaven?

September 4, 2014

My dad died almost two years ago. Mom misses Dad and was discouraged about Mark 12:25 which her paraphrased Living Bible improperly rendered “will no be married” in heaven. I wrote the following to comfort my Mom. Giving talks in Steubenville Ohio and stayed up until 2:00 AM doing a bit of work on this. [...]

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My 11-Year Old Grandson Joshua Ray Playing Piano at Mass Today!

August 17, 2014

We were very proud of Joshua. He has a gift from God and loves to share it. He also does concerts for Retirement Homes and the elderly people love him. Enjoy!

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Where is Ronald Reagan When We Need Him? Why I Felt Pain at the National Anthem. May My Grandchildren Still Celebrate the 4th in Liberty When They are My Age!

July 4, 2014

(Watch Reagan video below) Not long ago we were on a boat sailing across the Sea of Galilee. The captain raised the United States flag and played the national anthem. My heart was ripped in half. I love my country, but I no longer love my country. Let me explain. When I pull out my [...]

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Twentieth Anniversary into the Catholic Church!

May 22, 2014

Happy Anniversary to us! Exactly 20 years ago today our family was received into the Catholic Church. There is nothing we’ve ever done that has made such an impact on our lives. It was Pentecost Sunday, May 22, 1994. To say it was a very special day for our family would be an understatement. Twenty [...]

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My Wife’s Dad just Died

April 7, 2014

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 [...]

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Our Conversion Story in Easy-to-Read Format with Lots of Pictures

March 13, 2014

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 [...]

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Newest Member of the Ray Clan – John Mary Caleb Ray

December 21, 2013

Elizabeth Bella Rose Ray holding her new baby brother. The 12th grandchild has just arrived at 11:30 AM Saturday (after only three pushes by his incredible mom). The Twelve Tribes are now complete! We now have our own Jury! Wonder how many priests and religious? Wonder how many great-grandchildren who will help change the world. [...]

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Good News about Grandson Sebastian

December 11, 2013

From my Son-in-Law at the Hospital at 6:45 AM: Sebastian is feeling noticeably better at this point. He’s gotten some decent sleep. Everything looks really good. They tested out his strength, eyes, awareness, etc. and he’s looking really good right now. The bleeding in his head is actually pretty minimal, they said, and he’s going [...]

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Grandson being rushed to the hospital

December 10, 2013

Update: as of 11:30 PM still no update. Probably won’t hear more until morning. The outpouring of love, prayers and support is overwhelming. God bless you all and thanks! Are cute little grandson Sebastian fell today, no one knows how, and a CAT Scan revealed blood on both sides of his brain. He is being [...]

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Family Fun and Craziness on Thanksgiving; Video with 11 Grandkids

December 3, 2013

With some slo-mo and sped up videos, the kids got a good laugh at themselves. I love being a husband, dad and grandpa!

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