Family and Kids

Pope w Janet.jpgJanet and I had an incredible meeting with Pope John Paul II in 2000. My wife had a special prayer request for him.

We told the story for the first time while on the air with Spirit Catholic Radio this morning.

Here is a picture of Janet asking the Pope, now St. Pope John Paul II to pray for her. Little did she know….Click below to listen to the 15 minute story.

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St. Pope John Paul II Prays for Janet

by Steve Ray on May 18, 2020

Pope w Janet.jpgHappy 100th Birthday St. JP II!

It was in the Jubilee year of 2000 when we were in Rome with our kids. The Pope invited us to his private Mass. Afterward we were able to meet and speak with him.

I presented him with my book Upon this Rock and Janet asked him to pray her her to raise up a priest (and a whole story revolves around that :-)

Here is a picture of us with St. Pope John Paul II. We still have in hand the Rosaries he gave us.

We were able to meet with him like this twice — and also on a 3rd visit our oldest kids, dressed in their wedding gowns and tuxedos, were blessed by the Pope, both couples together AND the babies in both of their wombs.

What blessed memories!

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My Grandkids never cease to amaze! Juggling Dominic!

April 25, 2020
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Grandbaby just born on kitchen floor!

April 3, 2020

Janet and I got a call at 7 AM. Our daughter Emily was having contractions and said, “Come on over and pick up little James (2 years old today!)” So we did. We had a quick breakfast with James, he blew out his 2 candles and we left for home with James. Emily and Sean […]

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(Link fixed) Our Conversion Story in Easy-to-Read Format with Lots of Pictures

April 2, 2020

I can still smell the green vinyl of the used couch in our living room as I knelt with my mom, with my face buried in my hands and my nose pressed into the vinyl. She had decided I was old enough — after all I was four years old. She didn’t want to wait […]

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Ray Family Limericks about the Wuhan Virus: Grandkids Wax Exceedingly Poetic

March 26, 2020

I was thinking out loud the other day. I wrote a limerick about the possibility we might be taking the wrong course of action by shutting down everything. My grandkids (son and brother too) jumped in and went on a roll. Proud of these smart and savvy homeschoolers — enjoy! I started out with this […]

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Speech of the 1st President to Ever Attend the Pro-life March for Life in Washington DC

January 24, 2020

Bravo President Trump, the most pro-life president ever, at least since the legalization of abortion in America! What a turn of events from Obama! The Pro-life movement is winning in America. We are changing the hearts and minds of people, especially young people. Here is President Trump’s whole speech – eight of my grandkids were […]

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Reflecting on Turning 65 Today

December 29, 2019

I used to think someone 50 years old was really old — then I turned 50. If that was really old, what now the I turn 65 today? Inside I still feel mid-30’s but my body keeps reminding me it ain’t so. (Picture: Janet and I with baby Cindy in 1978) Five years ago at […]

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Christmas Announcement: New Grandbaby on the Way!

December 25, 2019

What a nice surprise when we were sipping our Christmas morning coffee. We FaceTimed our daughter Charlotte to say Merry Christmas and got to see the video of her husband Wes when he opened his Christmas card announcing the news. What a surprise! Very endearing! So, this will make 16 grandkids running atound and 2 in […]

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My Grandson Joshua Ray Keeps Amazing Us with His Piano Playing

December 12, 2019

Here are some of Josh’s latest pieces that he played at a concert in a retirement center in Illinois. I know some of you have followed his playing that I have posted over the years. He did not get this gift genetically from any of our family – this is a gift straight from God. […]

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Today I Have Been Married to Janet for 43 Years

December 4, 2019

It was the best thing I ever did — marrying that girl! I couldn’t have found a better friend, partner, lover, or mother for our children. I thank God for her every day. I have always written her parents on our anniversary to thank them for letting me marry their incredible daughter. She reminds me […]

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The Kiss of Mercy

August 28, 2019

My daughter-in-law Anna is very insightful about spiritual things, and in raising our grandkids. Couldn’t ask for a better daughter (in-law, though we consider her our daughter by now :-) She put this up on her FaceBook page a while ago and I was compelled to share it again. Janet and I read this with […]

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Gotta Daughter? You’ll Love This Song! My Story with my 2nd Daughter

July 2, 2019

I have to admit I laughed — but also had a great sense of DAD-NESS when I heard this song. How did I discover it? My lovely then-21-year-old daughter Charlotte came in with a smile and said, “Dad, want to hear a song that reminds me of you?” I did and we listened to it […]

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The Literacy and Spirituality of a Day Gone By; A Tattered Yellowed Page; A Poem I Found from my Great-Grandmother

June 1, 2019

I never knew my Great Grandmother Frances Picard. She was originally an O’Grady. They had a deep spirituality and she converted to the Catholic Church later in her life. (By the way, this was all new to me since I never knew – in my childhood – that I had several lines of Catholic ancestors.) […]

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Grandson Josh Plays One of his New Piano Compositions

April 13, 2019

We are visiting my son Jesse Ray this weekend. We asked our grandson Joshua what he’s been playing on the piano lately. He asked, “ Do you want to hear one of my new compositions?” We said, “Of course!“ So, here is what he played for us. He also has his driving permit so he […]

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