December 2014

The first video is our full day touring Bethlehem with Mass twice :-). Once at the cave of the shepherds and the second time in a Carmelite monastery to celebrate Mary the mother of God.

We also did a whole lot of other things all day in Bethlehem. Video 2 is our wining, dining and dancing in the Tent Restaurant. Enjoy!

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Another great day with friends and adventure. Boat ride on Galilee, viewing 2,000 year old “Jesus Boat”, Mass at Capernaum and my talk on the Eucharist. Lunch of St. Peter’s Fish and drive up to Jerusalem.

Then to the Church of the Visitation and ending up for a great dinner at our Vatican-owned Notre Dame Hotel. Enjoy the movie! (if you can’t see video, it may take a minute for YouTube to approve)

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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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Transfiguration, Annunciation in Nazareth and Wedding Renewals in Cana – and Running and Swimming

December 28, 2014

  Family, friends and well-wishers: if you leave a comment below I will read it to the pilgrims each day on the bus. Please leave your thoughts and encouragements and/or prayer requests. Today was great all the way around. Great weather except for a few minutes of sprinkles. Swimming, running, walks through Tiberias on top […]

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Arrival of our Group in Israel for our Christmas Pilgrimage

December 27, 2014

Yup, the planes arrived with pilgrims from all over the United States, Rome and England. Great group of excited Catholics ready to experience the most amazing days of their lives. Enjoy the video.

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Jerusalem Over a Hundred Years Ago

December 26, 2014

Old Aerial Photos of Jerusalem Below: original pictures; Above: my notations The Old city sure has changed in since these photos were taken. Does anybody know what the date these were taken? They were shot early in aviation history. My guess is they are about 100 years old. Since we arrived in Jerusalem today awaiting […]

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Adopt a Christian in Mosul Iraq this Christmas – I Did, You Can Too!

December 25, 2014

Before you read the letter and appeal below for the Christians persecuted, crucified, slaughtered, and chased from their homes in Syria and Iraq by ISIS, I want to tell you my own story. A month ago we were in Istanbul and we heard a liturgy going on in the side chapel. We could tell it […]

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Riddle: What Christmas Carol is This?

December 24, 2014

ABCDEFGHIJKMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ It is a clever riddle, but see if you can figure it out.

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Steve’s Virtual Tour of Bethlehem with Teresa Tomeo

December 23, 2014

I will be on Ave Maria Radio along with Teresa Tomeo to do a “A Virtual Tour of Bethlehem – Then and Now”. You can join us on Ave Maria Radio, EWTN or SIRIUS, or through the Internet at www.AveMariaRadio.net. Archived show HERE for December 24, 2nd Hour. Listen HERE. Listen on iTunes HERE.

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What Does the Word Catholic Mean?

December 23, 2014

What Does Catholic Mean? A History of the Word “Catholic” By Steve Ray As a Protestant, I went to an Evangelical church that changed an important and historical word in the  Apostles Creed. Instead of the “holy, catholic Church,” we were the “holy, Christian church.”   At the time, I thought nothing of it. There was […]

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“Sunday Mornings in Ancient Times” or “Why I Teared up Last Sunday”

December 22, 2014

Tears welled up in my eyes — again — at Mass last Sunday. It was not always so. As a former Baptist I used to think the Catholic Mass was a sacrilege and an abomination. How could anyone worship a piece of bread? Really! However, last Sunday I was overcome with emotion while sitting in […]

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Families are Cool! An Evening with Grandkids and our Piano Prodigy

December 17, 2014

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 […]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live on Monday

December 17, 2014

Here is a link to listen on-line to Steve’s Open Line for Non-Catholics: Click here  For other options like podcasts, click here Here are the questions Steve answered: 1) Some on Catholic radio said there must be a God because people who do not believe in God can’t prove the he doesn’t exist. How come […]

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Personal Letter from Jerusalem Patriarch Twal; What WE do on Pilgrimage

December 14, 2014

Since Christians are only 1.5% of the population in the Holy Land, don’t you think we should support them when we visit Israel? YES! If not, we fail to do our moral duty. Right: Personal Letter from Patriarch Twal Christians are leaving the land in droves due to lack of opportunity, persecution and tremendous pressure […]

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I’ve Been Bitten by Camels, but Never Quite Like This Guy!

December 12, 2014

 I’ve been bitten by a camel more than once (first video)… …but never quite like the guy who got bitten in the second video.

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What is the Earliest a Mass can Start on the Preceding Day to Fulfill the Obligation for a Sunday or Holy Day Obligation?

December 10, 2014

A question on Mass-start times that warrants attention by Dr. Edward Peters Recalling, in the wake of a some recent discussions of Mass obligations, that I had promised some time ago to set out some materials for use in reasoning through another Mass attendance question, I offer some of that now. This question concerns, What is the […]

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