The Story of the Birth and Adoption of Baby Charlie

by Steve Ray on January 23, 2017

 AdoptionNow that my daughter and her husband Wes have received the new baby and begun to learn the fine art of changing diapers and bathing such a precious human life, she has taken the time to write the story of the incredible experience.

We were able to “live through it” with them though the marvelous technology we did not have when our kids were born–videos, pictures, and Facetime. I hope you enjoy their story and the pictures as much as we did (and do).

The birth and adoption story of baby Charlie
Monday, January 23, 2017

Meet charlie“I’ve been really excited to write down and share the birth and adoption story of our new baby son. It’s long, I apologize, but it was such a beautiful experience and I just can’t leave out good details!   We have a son. A perfectly healthy and beautiful son with a head full of shiny brown hair and sparkling gray/blue eyes.

He is sound asleep on me right now, all wrapped up in a baby wrap pressed up against my chest, making cute little noises with each breath.

My heart melts a little more each time I feel his little lungs rise with air. My nose is constantly pressed up against his head so I can smell him and kiss him. I can’t believe I’m his mom and Wes is his dad. We are literally overwhelmed with so many emotions and so much awe.

Newborn“We got to Florida Monday the 9th in the afternoon and took the birth mom to dinner. (We are staying pretty private about the birth family to respect them and also to respect Charlie’s history. It’s knowledge for him to cherish, and not for everyone to know all about).

I spent most of the day Tuesday and Wednesday with birth mom. We had such a special time and really bonded even more. The love and respect that I have for her is indescribable. She is my hero. I only hope that one day I can be as selfless as she is…

For the whole story visit Charlotte’s Finding Baby Sorrill website.

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Ignatius Press prepares for 100th anniversary of Fatima with a historic pilgrimage and new release San Francisco, November 21, 2016 – The long-awaited 100th anniversary of the appearances of Our Lady at Fatima in 1917 is around the corner, and Ignatius Press has exciting plans to help the faithful prepare for this historic year.

(If these dates don’t work for you, we have another trip going in November with Arbishop Lucas of Omaha NE and Spirit Catholic Radio.)

Next year is the time to visit and celebrate this famous Marian apparition. Ignatius Press, in conjunction with Steve and Janet Ray, will be leading a very special pilgrimage to celebrate this amazing and historical visit of our Blessed Mother at Fatima from May 16-25, 2017.

images-1Steve and Janet Ray are well-known for their inspiring pilgrimages, dynamic sense of adventure, and travel expertise. Guest speakers will include leading Fatima expert Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R, Mark Brumley, President of Ignatius Press, and Fr. Mark Mary of EWTN.

On this pilgrimage, travelers will experience the beauty, faith and cultures of Portugal, Spain and France. Pilgrims will visit Fatima and experience the quaint ambiance of the village as it was 100 years ago. Today pilgrims walk through the narrow streets, see the thatched roofs and visit the homes and church of the children.

imagesThe sites where the angels and the Blessed Mother appeared are maintained in there pristine condition which elicits prayer and meditation. Masses and processions are held daily at the very place that 70,000 people looked up and saw the sun dance. One steps back in time as they walk in the footprints of the children and pray at the places of the apparitions.

Pilgrims will also visit Santiago de Compostela and Lourdes, among other sites. Also exciting will be the visit to Loyola in Spain which is the city of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Throughout the pilgrimage, the best hotels and finest dining will be provided, along with inspiring talks about the Catholic faith.

hotel-roissy-lourdes-france-near-from-sanctuary_0Daily Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Andrew Apostoli and Fr. Mark Mary each day at the most sacred sites as pilgrims are immersed in some of the most visited Marian shrines in the world.

To learn more about this once in a lifetime pilgrimage or to reserve your spot, please visit:

Ignatius Press will also be publishing a great new book on Fatima, a gorgeous new photobook called Fatima Mysteries: Mary’s Message to the Modern Age. This book is compiled by the renowned author-photographer team of

Grzegorz Górny and Januzs Rosikon, who have traveled throughout Europe to investigate the story of Fatima and its impact on the destiny of both individuals and nations. With stunningly beautiful four-color photographs on every page, and in-depth detail and insights on all aspects of the story and message of Fatima, they probe the mysteries of Fatima and their continued relevance for our modern age. For those who can’t travel to Fatima for the 100th anniversary, this dazzling photobook will transport them to the heart and message of Our Lady of Fatima.

If these dates don’t work for you, we have another trip going in November with Arbishop Lucas of Omaha NE and Spirit Catholic Radio.

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Good Riddance Obama; Welcome Trump!

by Steve Ray on January 20, 2017

9A3F0A36-DE52-466D-B109-0C8DEF8E670D-16317-000017DB3D6F17BF_tmp Good riddance Obama and your eight miserable years as president. It will take a decade to really ascertain how much you’ve damaged our country and the world.

Welcome Donald Trump! Loved the way you invited God back into our country during your Inaugural Address. Proud to have you in the White House.

You’ve made a lot of promises and I think you have the wherewithal to accomplish a lot of it. We’re behind you all the way.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (R) after being sworn in as president with his wife Melania, and children Barron, Donald, Ivanka and Tiffany at his side during inauguration ceremonies at the Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaPresident Trump, don’t forget the unborn, the Christians in our country and around the world, Israel, conservative Supreme Court Justices, terrorists in all their hideouts, our depleted military and our troubled economy and health care.

We’re behind you all the way and our prayers are as well. I am thrilled today and for the first time in a long time — I got tears in my eyes at the National Anthem.


Vatican to Release Stamp Honoring Martin Luther

January 19, 2017

January 18, 2017 (Catholic World News) The Vatican will issue a stamp to honor Martin Luther this year, marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Vatican regularly issues stamps to mark special occasions and to honor individuals. In the past, stamps have been issued to honor non-Catholics, but never to honor a non-Catholic […]

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An Attempt to Understanding the Differences between Islam and Christianity – Very Detailed 26 pages

January 18, 2017

An Attempt to Understanding the Differences  Between Islam and Christianity by Bill Christian December 2016 (updated)  Our governments, schools, media and many Christian denominations tell us that there is no real difference among the Abrahamic religions of the Jews, Muslims and Christians. Islam teaches that Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him […]

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Dear Friend Dcn. Alex Jones, RIP

January 15, 2017

I remember the call. The voice on the other end of the line said, “Are you Steve Ray?” I said, “Yes, why?” The voice said, “Of all the men in all the world I need to talk with you.” In response I said, “Who are you and why do you need to speak with me?” […]

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The Maltese directive makes answering the ‘dubia’ urgent

January 15, 2017

Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer wrote two days ago about the Maltese Disaster. The excellent article on The Catholic Thing Here is his latest entitled “The Maltese Directive (allowing divorced and remarried easy access to Communion) Makes Answering the “Dubia” Urgent When highly placed Italian prelates declare that “only a blind man cannot see” that […]

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We Welcome Grandchild No. 13 Adopted Today by our Daughter Charlotte – What A Cutie!

January 13, 2017

After finding out she had endometriosis our beautiful daughter Charlotte and her soon-to-be doctor husband Wesley decided to adopt. After praying, working, reading, fund-raising $40,000 today culminated with a dream come true for our whole family! The paperwork is done and it is final. Yahoo! We welcome Charles “Charlie” Thomas Sorrill into our loving family […]

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Bob Dylan’s “Neighborhood Bully” song about Israel – I Like it!

January 13, 2017

Lyrics to “Neighborhood Bully” by Bob Dylan Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man His enemies say he’s on their land They got him outnumbered about a million to one He got no place to escape to, no place to run He’s the neighborhood bully. The neighborhood bully he just lives to survive He’s […]

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Defund Planned Parenthood – You Can Help RIGHT NOW

January 12, 2017

For the first time in decades it is a real possibility to shut down the baby-killer machine called Planned Parenthood. You can help now. Act Now! Help Defund Planned Parenthood Secular liberal Democrats have fought to maintain the mandatory federal funding of Planned Parenthood far too long! America is on the verge of pulling the […]

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Daughter Charlotte to Receive her new Adopted Baby any Minute!!

January 12, 2017

Daughter Charlotte waiting for adoption mother’s c-section to see and hold her new baby boy for the 1st time. As soon as the baby boy is born they will bring him directly to my daughter so she can be the first to hold and feed him. She is so excited, the whole family is excited. […]

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‘Worst Year Yet’: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian

January 12, 2017

Islamic extremism now has a rival, according to 2017 World Watch List. Jeremy Weber  Posted in Christianity Today   1/11/2017 09:00AM For the third year in a row, the modern persecution of Christians worldwide has hit another record high. But the primary cause, Islamic extremism, now has a rival: ethnic nationalism. Thus, Asia increasingly merits […]

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Did St. Ignatius of Antioch REALLY Believe in Transubstantiation in the 1st Century?

January 10, 2017

A friend and fellow pilgrim got in a row with a friend on Facebook and asked for my help. You might enjoy the question and the answer. My friend wrote: “I have a quick apologetic question.  A Protestant Facebook page was denying the Eucharist and I pasted St Ignatius’ quote about the Eucharist, “Let us […]

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“I Was Raised Catholic, You Too?” Must Read for Catholics Who Have Left the Faith

January 10, 2017

I was raised Catholic – You too? Maybe Time to Reconsider by Mike Cousineau Christian denominations speak to knowing the Truth, and rightly so!  All Christian denominations have, at least, some truth.  For instance, every denomination is in total agreement with, “The purpose of man is to know, love & serve God.” However, with over 35,000 […]

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Did the Wise Men Meet the Shepherds?

January 8, 2017

With upon us, I thought I would post my article this Christmas season with bits of interesting information and details about Christmas, the Gospels and Epiphany. Join us in Bethlehem for Christmas this year from December 26-January 4 or any of six times in 2015. Visit Did the Wise Men Meet the Shepherds?  A […]

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Fr. Michael Scanlan TOR – Rest in Peace

January 7, 2017

Franciscan University of Steubenville Contact: Tom Sofio 740-284-5893, Saturday, January 7, 2017 Franciscan University of Steubenville Remembers Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, President Emeritus of Franciscan University Died Saturday, January 7, 2017, Following Illness For tributes to Father Scanlan, videos, timeline, and more go to STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—Franciscan University of Steubenville today mourns the death of […]

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