August 2005

Beheading of John the Baptist

by Steve Ray on August 28, 2005

Feast Day of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist
Steve will discuss this event on Relevant Radio on Monday at 8:00 AM
and on
Ave Maria Radio on Monday at 9:00 AM. You can listen on-line.

(Click on the picture below for a larger image)


Monday we celebrate the martyrdom of John the Baptist. He was not killed for preaching the Gospel, per se, but for telling the truth about the king. He was martyred because he dared to apply God's truth to the secular government. He accused the king in public of moral corruption–of marrying his brother's wife and therefore living in adultery. Had he just preached narrowly about Jesus and baptized people he may have lived a long time. But he applied the truth of Jesus and the Gospel to the real world.

The world and the government and the media hate it when we apply the Gospel to them. It is one thing to worship in churches and in our heads, but the world wants us to keep it to ourselves and out of the public square.

It is telling that such a great prophet, greatly loved by Jesus our Lord, should die a martyr's death for speaking out against a political figure in public. This should give us insight into our own day where Christians are the only ones with a clear and sure foundation for morality and truth–as revealed by God in Scripture and in the Church. We should be prophets too, speaking out against the culture of death, immorality and relativism which has taken over our land. We should not be silent as others try to silence and intimidate us . . . and not only us but our pastors and bishops. They need to join us by raising their voices high in speaking out for the Law of God in the world.

(This picture was taken of our crew setting up to film the sequence of John's martyrdom at the foot of the Macharus Fortress in Jordan where the beheading took place. The fortress was atop the mountain behind us. The map shows the Fortress Machaerus right of the Sea of Galilee. To see this discussed on location, see our DVD “Jesus, the Word Became Flesh.“) To see this picture enlarged, visit our Photo Album, “Biblical & Historical Sites page 6. 


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End of Life Issues

by Steve Ray on August 25, 2005


Each one of us will be leaving here some day. Some will leave suddenly, and others will linger for some time before taking that final journey.

To help you understand Church teaching on such things as advance directives, euthanasia, and physician-assisted suicide, the National Catholic Bioethics Center provides "A Catholic Guide to End-of-Life Decisions." It includes a health care proxy and an advance medical directive that are in full accord with Catholic teaching.

You can obtain the "Guide" by going to the Center's web site,, or by phoning 617-787-1900.

(Don't mind the picture, that is just Steve being wild and crazy again in a scene from the Jesus video).


Alex & Donna Jones: The Full Story

by Steve Ray on August 22, 2005

From Detroit riots to Pentecostal preacher to Catholic deacon — the whole story is now told not only from Alex Jones' perspective but also eight exciting chapters telling Donna's story of life as a “preacher's wife” and her own journey into the Catholic Church.

About three years ago I negotiated the contract between Ignatius Press and the Jones' and then help set up the contract with Diane Hanson, a wonderful writer and Catholic friend, to interview Alex and Donna and to write their story. The manuscript is now done and it will be out in book form in the Spring with the title “No Price Too High.”

Diane Hanson sent the chapters to Janet and I to read and we tweaked them a little but she did the writing and she did a marvelous job. The book will be full of pictures from their younger days up to their recent reception into the Catholic Church.

In the picture you see Janet and I to the left, then Donna and Alex Jones sitting in the middle. Behind them is Stan and Pam Williams who have recorded the whole journey on film and hope to produce a documentary of the story; then you see Bart and Diane Hanson. To the far right is Dennis and Susie Walters. Dennis worked with the Jones' faithfully for two years catechising them with careful instruction into the faith.

Diane also wrote the very first story of our Footprints of God series, our secular business and our family's conversion.

We all gathered at the Jones' for a barbeque and to celebrate the completion of the manuscript and our friendship and joy in the Lord and in His Church.


Jehovah’s Witnesses Just Knocked on my Door

August 17, 2005

Ah, they were pretty obvious. I knew who they were before I opened the door, but I waited to let them introduce themselves by name. Then I interrupted them with a smile and said, “Ah, Jehovah's Witnesses, right?”  They smiled and said, “Yes.” I did not have time to talk with them today so I took […]

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Judge Roberts and Playboy

August 17, 2005

Roberts and Playboy: More Unwelcome Surprises From Bush Nominee?   WASHINGTON, D.C., August 12, 2005 ( – More so than a man with passionate convictions, even be they contrary to their own, most hard and fast conservatives fear a man without apparent or firmly held convictions. And it seems that as the small bits of […]

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Pool of Siloam Found

August 10, 2005

  The Pool of Siloam plays a significant part in John 9 and the story has been used to explain baptism since the earliest years of the Church. I found the report below very exciting and hope to see this new find in September. (Picture of Steve sitting in the 4th – 5th century Pool of […]

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Bowing to Images

August 10, 2005

An excerpt from Karl Keatings Weekly E-Letter. If you don't receive it and would like to, click here and receive it for free. “Two weeks ago I wrote about Bill Jackson, head of Christians Evangelizing Catholics, and his views on divorce and remarriage. One of the other issues he examines is Catholics' attitude toward images. […]

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Women’s Catholic Bible Study in Michigan

August 9, 2005

Catholic Scripture Study: The Gospel of John By Dr. Scott Hahn and Mark Shea 10am – Noon, Thursdays, beginning September 15, 2005 St. John Neumann Parish, 44800 Warren Road, Canton, Mi. 48187 Children's Ministry provided for children ages 2 – 6 Registration deadline: August 15 For more information: Call Sue Middlemis at 248-344-0246 Or e-mail […]

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Listen to Steve Discussing Typology in the Old Testament

August 7, 2005

Listen to Steve on Catholic Answers Live as he discusses Typology and Making the Old Testament Come Alive. This can be heard over your computer with Real Audio.

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Steve Ray on Catholic Answers Live!

August 4, 2005

Steve will Jerry Usher on Catholic Answers Live to Make the Old Testament Come Alive! on Friday, August 5 at 6 PM EST.  Steve will discuss typology — how people, events, and things in the Old Testament prefigure and foreshadow New Testament realities. The OT is the New concealed; the NT is the Old revealed! Learn […]

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Pope Benedict’s Top Ten Words

August 3, 2005

Benedict XVI's Top 15 "Words"Used During His First 100 Days VATICAN CITY, JULY 27, 2005 ( Here are some of the most striking "words," as Benedict XVI likes to call the formulation of his thoughts, articulated during the first 100 days of his pontificate. * * * First words: "Dear brothers and sisters, after the […]

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