Fun Stuff

What Does this Wood Carving Mean?

by Steve Ray on October 18, 2018

This was in the hospital. What does it mean?

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 in their hands? What does it mean? Then it came to me. A Catholic hospital, especially one with the word “mercy” in its name, practices the Corporal Acts of Mercy.

The six items held by the women representing the virtues or acts of mercy are taken straight from the Gospels – from Matthew 25:34-36 and are the basis for judging whether people are going to heaven or hell.

From the gospel we read: “Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; ?for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, ? I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'”

Humbling words! I think the 5th image represents flowers that are often brought to the sick in hospitals.

Scary words – because Jesus ends up saying,

Then the King will say to those at his right hand, “Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink” … Then he will say to those at his left hand, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink …”  (Matthew 25:31-46)

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36 Reasons I Love My Travel Hat

by Steve Ray on September 26, 2018

P1000189 copyLots of people ask me about my Tilley Hat.

1) Where did you get it? (www.Tilley.com in Canada)?
2) Why did you start wearing it? Really, have you seen my hairstyle! The first day in Israel without one and my head looked like a red beet.
3) What style do you like? Wide brim with air vent around the crown. Either the dark blue or dark green.
4) Do you go anywhere without it? Nope. It is my cheap toupee :-)
5) Should I get one? Yup, join the exclusive club.

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17620300_636277949907120_2322439767382037565_o36 Reasons I like this flexible, foldable, washable hat.

1 Protects head from sun
2 Protects head from wind, snow, rain
3 Keep bugs off head
4 Kneeler at Mass
5 Sun visor
6 Brim down to avoid eye contact
7 Cushion for wet or hard seat
8 My identity as Jerusalem Jones
9 Rally point for leading groups
10 Identities me in a crowd
11 Holder for pocket items at night
12 Placed to reserve a seat
13 Cover eyes while sleeping
14 Neck pillow on a plane
10700648_986023848078128_2038118423922912300_o15 Cash storage in secret pocket
16 Fan when hot
17 Sweat band when hot
18 Looks cool and adventurous
19 Cover for bad hair day :-)
20 Keeps head warm
21 Protects from bumps and scratches
22 Swat flies and bugs
23 Conversations with other Tilley owners
24 Holder for LED light flashlight
25 Head covering for Jewish sites
26 Collection plate at Mass
Steve-Janet27 Knee pad
28 Protection from bird droppings
29 Protect iPhone in rain
30 Emergency identification
31 Contains emergency money
32 Protection from vicious camels
33 Hold Tile computer chip to find hat and iPhone
34 Get wet to cool head in hot weather
35 Stop glare from stage lights at talks
36 Most important: my wife says it looks great on me :-)

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Drink to be Holy – A Little Humor in Dark Times

August 29, 2018

The Latin below reads, “He who drinks sleeps; he who sleeps does not sin; he who does not sin is a saint; therefore, he who drinks is a saint. Pass the mugs!” Was it St. Augustine who said, “He who jokes in Latin, jokes twice”?  :-)       (thanks Fr. Goyo).

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Janet & I Just Watched “I Can Only Imagine” with a box of Kleenex

August 17, 2018

?If you haven’t watched the movie “I Can Only Imagine” then get it this weekend, settle in and enjoy. Makes you proud to be a Christian! Janet and I just watched it and went thru a box of Kleenex. Very redemptive! Lovely family movie!?

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Ninja Priest

August 15, 2018

It’s great to have marvelous (ninja) priests. For another, the Papal Ninja, click here.

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Never Assemble a Grill

July 25, 2018

I will never, ever, EVER again buy a grill that needs to be assembled! Never! Notice it is dark and way too late to grill our dinner!

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Fun Bible Riddles :-)

June 22, 2018

What biblical saint died twice and was buried twice? Who was the first man that broke all Ten Commandments? What biblical character killed one-quarter of the population? What prophet anointed two kings who lived simultaneously? Born once, die twice; born twice, die once. What does it mean? I can be carried but not touched I […]

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Great Little Reminder of What’s Important in Life

June 18, 2018
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Meaning of Sacred and Immaculate Hearts – Feast Days are Upon Us!

June 8, 2018

A non-Christian friend found two paintings at an art show and asked me, “What in the world are these? They seem to have pagan elements. What do they have to do with Jesus and Mary?” Here is my explanation. If you readers have anything to add, please post it in the Comments below. Thanks. Thanks. […]

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How Well Do You Know Jesus and His Land? Multiple Choice Questions.

May 17, 2018

Here is a fun quiz to test your knowledge. How much do you know about Jesus and his Land? Answers are below in the Comments but DON’T CHEAT until you give it a hero’s try! 1. We have no record of Jesus visiting which place? a. The Phoenician Coast b. Tiberias c. Egypt d. Nain 2. […]

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How Do They Cook Spinach in Rome?

May 3, 2018

Posted a while ago but in Rome now eating spinach again so thought we’d share again… Janet and I (and our whole family) are keeping healthy with losing weight, exercise and eating good food. While in Rome last week Janet and I ate spinach every day. (Spinach is a SuperFood.) The spinach we ate was […]

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Hair Cut only Once a Year

April 22, 2018

David had a very handsome son. His name was Absalom and he betrayed his father the king and led a rebellion against him. The Bible says that Absalom was “beautiful“ and he only cut his hair once a year. Here is what the Bible says about him: “Now in all Israel there was no one so much to be praised […]

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Evangelism Antennas: A Fun Story of One Woman’s Day and the New Evangelism :-)

April 11, 2018

A while ago I gave a talk in Ann Arbor Michigan. It was about the New Evangelization. As part of my talk I explained how Janet and I have our “evangelism antennas” up first thing in the morning – alertly watching for open doors and ways to share our Catholic Faith throughout the day. And […]

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A Limerick for a Questioning Grandson – Did Jesus Really Exist?

April 9, 2018

My grandson Josh asked, “Did Jesus really live? Maybe he didn’t and it was just a good story someone made up.” So I sat down and wrote him this limerick and gave him a stack of books from my library. The topic has not come up again since. Was there really a man named Jesus? […]

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How Big Was Jesus in Mary’s Womb at the Visitation – and what could he do?

April 8, 2018

“How big was baby Jesus in Mary’s womb when Mary visited Elizabeth?” That is the question I asked myself while visiting the Church of the Visitation in Israel. What I learned was quite revolutionary and amazing. This is one of the best pro-life arguments from Scripture and one I’ve not heard discussed before. It also […]

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