Prayer & Spiritual Life

I’m a Skeptic, but I DID See the Dancing Sun

by Steve Ray on May 13, 2017

We DID see the dancing sun!

It was several years ago at a Marian Shrine on a May 13 on the Island of Cebu in the Philippines

I’m a skeptic and I don’t always trust even what my own eyes see…

…so I asked my wife Janet and my daughters what they saw…

I’ll try to write more about this in a day or two once we arrive in Fatima.  But I am a believer!

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Fatima and the Modern World – St. JP II

by Steve Ray on May 13, 2017

Fatima and the Whole Modern World

In 1982, Pope John Paul II visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima to commemorate the first anniversary of the attempt on his life and the sixty-fifth anniversary of Our Lady’s first apparition there. He delivered the following homily.
St. John Paul II on Our Lady’s message at Fatima: “The call to repentance is a motherly one, and at the same time it is strong and decisive.” Hail, Mary!
And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” (Jn 19:27)
These are the concluding words of the Gospel in today’s liturgy at Fátima. The disciple’s name was John. It was he, John, the son of Zebedee, the apostle and evangelist, who heard from the Cross the words of Christ: “Behold, your mother.” But first Christ had said to his Mother: “Woman, behold, your son.” This was a wonderful testament.

As he left this world, Christ gave to his Mother a man, a human being, to be like a son for her: John. He entrusted him to her. And, as a consequence of this giving and entrusting, Mary became the mother of John. The Mother of God became the Mother of man. . . .in John every human being became her child.

            Mary’s motherhood in our regard is manifested in a particular way in the places where she meets us: her dwelling places; places in which a special presence of the Mother is felt.

There are many such dwelling places. They are of all kinds: from a special corner in the home or little wayside shrines adorned with an image of the Mother of God, to chapels and churches built in her honor. However, in certain places; the Mother’s presence is felt in a particularly vivid way. These places sometimes radiate their light over a great distance and draw people from afar. Their radiance may extend over a diocese, a whole nation, or at times over several countries and even continents.

In all these places, that unique testament of the Crucified Lord is wonderfully actualized: in them man feels that he is entrusted and confided to Mary; he goes there in order to be with her as with his Mother; he opens his heart to her and speaks to her about everything: he “takes her to his own home,” that is to say, he brings her into all his problems, which at times are difficult. His own problems and those of others. The problems of the family, of societies, of nations and of the whole of humanity.

Click here to read the rest of St. John Paul’s homily (lightly edited) . . .

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Janet talks about pilgrimages

by Steve Ray on May 12, 2017

You always hear Steve talking – but here is Janet in a 14 minute description of pilgrimages and what they mean to her and how she views travel, pilgrimages, the Bible and spirituality – from her perspective.

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The Sign of the Cross: It’s History, Meaning and Biblical Basis

May 5, 2017

SIGN OF THE CROSS By Steve Ray The Sign of the Cross is a ritual gesture by which we confess two important mysteries: the Trinity and the centrality of the Cross. It is the most common and visible means by which we confess our faith. The Sign of the Cross is made by touching the […]

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Consecration to Mary on 100th Anniversary of Fatima – Bishop James Conley

May 2, 2017

May 13, 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima to the three shepherd children. We will be going to Fatima twice this year with pilgrimage groups and will arrive a few days after May 13th (due to crowds we avoided the actual day). Bishop James Conley shares his experience […]

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There are Two Seas in Palestine – Which One are You Like?

April 30, 2017

Since we are on a boat sailing the Sea of Galilee today, I thought I would share this parable that we will be reading to the pilgrims. Two Seas in Palestine, by Bruce Barton “There are two seas in Palestine. One is fresh, and fish are in it. Splashes of green adorn its banks. Trees […]

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Dr. Peter Kreeft is the Devil: Advising How to Win the World!

April 23, 2017

What a delightfully fun hour of wit and wisdom! If you have two brain cells that connect and wish to understand God and the world — and if you aren’t afraid of the truth and talk about sex — you will LOVE this. If you aren’t politically correct about atheism and Islam and other such […]

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What Does this Wood Carving Mean?

April 18, 2017

When I went to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor Michigan the other day for a visit, I stopped by to pray at the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel. In front of the chapel was this wood carving. I also, like all of you, sat in front of it puzzled. Who are the women, what’s […]

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Steve’s Talks: Stations of the Cross & Pain of the Crucifixion

April 8, 2017

A great way to celebrate Lent and to enhance your prayers. Check it out and buy it HERE. It is available in both CD disk or MP3 download (MP3 available very soon). Learn the origins and history of the Stations, what led up to Christ’s Condemnation to Death. Steve then goes through each Station based […]

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2 Minute Audios: Steve’s 6 Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family & Friends

April 7, 2017

People always ask, “What do I say to my husband…?”  or “How do I get my kids back in the Church?  or  “I am getting no where trying to tell my friend about my Faith.” Well Steve came up with Six Rules to help you deal with non-Catholics – especially family and friends. They are […]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live: “Giving Yourself to God”

April 3, 2017

Here are the questions I answered Friday on Catholic Answers Live. The topic was “Giving Yourself to God. You can listen on-line, or access other listening/watching options here. ***************************** 1. Tell us about your first experience of “giving yourself to God” when you were a rebellious 17 year old. 2. How was your dad a good example? […]

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Did St. Paul Pray for the Dead? Yes!

March 21, 2017

I posted an article I wrote about St. Paul praying for the dead HERE. But I thought you would appreciate Dave Armstrong’s recent article about the same passage with confirmation and a new set of eyes on the text and the reasons for many Protestants to reject the claim… St. Paul Prayed for Onesiphorus, Who […]

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Power of the Rosaries from the Holy Land!!

March 3, 2017

A Mother Superior wrote to me about her experience in Sydney Australia with the Olive Wood Rosary I sent her which had touched all the holy sites. Greetings in the Lord Jesus Steve and Janet!!! and welcome home from what looked like a thoroughly blessed pilgrimage to the Holy Land!!   I saw your wonderful videos […]

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Power of the Olive Wood, Holy Land Rosaries

March 3, 2017

On each of our trips we offer olive wood Rosaries to our groups. These are made by Sisters in Bethlehem. We touch them to all the holy sites, especially all the Rosary sites. They are all blessed in Jerusalem before the pilgrims head back home. A Mother Superior wrote to me about her experience in […]

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Is God Like a GPS System?

February 24, 2017

There are a million reasons why God is NOT like a GPS system but I am in Australia and I made a wrong turn and my GPS started reprimanding me and saying “Recalculating!” For those who don’t know, GPS stands for Global Positioning System. It is a nifty little device that links up with positional […]

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Stupidest Airport Sign Ever

February 9, 2017

“Life is not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” We saw the above sign while walking through the airport. I interviewed some people at the airport and though some said they enjoyed the trip, they ALL said they were here to reach a definite city or place. Imagine an airport concerned only with random […]

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