Family and Kids

My 60th Birthday and Touring Upper Galilee

by Steve Ray on December 29, 2014

When you turn 60 you have to do some soul searching. At best, with good health I have 20 good years ahead of me. What will I do with them? How will I best use my last good 20 years?

Here is my list of priorities: 1) to serve my Lord Jesus to the best of my ability, 2) to be the best husband, father and grandfather I can be, 3) and to do all I can to promote the the Catholic Faith, beauty, holiness, love, excellence, goodness, freedom and all other virtues. 

I am the oldest of the three behind my mom and dad

I want to thank my mom and deceased father for raising me in a wholesome, intact family and showing me what love and marriage is about. I thank my beautiful and faithful wife for 38 years of marital bliss and for being the mother of my four beautiful children and grandmother of our twelve magnificent grandchildren.\

My father died two years ago at 93 after marriage to my mom for 73 years. My mom is now still beautiful at 93 years old.

I am the most blessed of all men. I attribute it to the night when I was 17 years old when I walked out into the night and looked up at the stars and said, “Jesus, I am only 17 years old and very rebellious and self-centered but tonight I am giving my live to you.”

Now at 60 years old I look back and realize it was due to my parents and — the best decision of my life. The Lord Jesus has never once let me down and numerous times proven to be the best of Lords. I am truly happy and blessed to be a Christian and a Catholic.

Tonight at dinner, my friend Paul Brandenburg who has been my friend since we were in diapers riding tricycles on the sidewalks of Detroit, stood up at dinner and told our story. He had me and the whole group in tears. It was the best 60th birthday present I could have received. Thanks Paul!

I hope you enjoy the movie of our day today in upper Galilee.

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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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