Footprints of God DVD’s

Here are a few paragraphs from my new book on Genesis which is nearly done.

Genesis 2:7 is foundational and crucial to the whole story of the cosmos, Man and salvation. God takes dust or clay from the ground and like a potter he fashions a human being. The scientific formulas used by God still elude us.

Imagine God making the first human brain from the chemical compounds he had already created as part of the earth. The intelligent design of the brain is beyond our comprehension, immensely complicated with intricate and precise electronics, hormones, connections, blood passageways, molecules, minerals, living cells and more.

And this amazing “machine” is able to learn, process and recall information, and even heal itself. It is more than a brain—it is also a “mind.” 

 Then God moves to the heart that will pump 40 million times in a year, 2.5 billion times in a lifetime of 70 years—without maintenance and without missing a beat. Right now, as I write this book, my heart has beat over 2,000,000,000 times since my birth.

Then on to the lungs which will take in necessary oxygen produced by the plants. Since my birth until now I have breathed 629,000,000 times! Then God shaped the liver, the kidneys, the glands, the reproductive organs, the stomach with its incredibly fine-tuned and intricate digestive system . . . 

 God did not just form a “machine” or an animal. He took this incredible body he had fashioned from clay and with his own breath he breathed into the nostrils the breath of life—like divine CPR. This is face–to–face, warmly personal, almost as the intimate kiss of God.

The body of clay came alive; it was animated. The created object was now a Man with body and soul; he became a living, spiritual being (CCC 362–363, 704).

The Man was dual in nature: body and soul, related to earth and heaven (1 Cor 15:45). The potter has made a Man for glory out of the clay of the earth! Man is the crown of the creation! The drama of salvation is under way, being directed and controlled by God himself. 

 Remember what Jesus does to the Apostles in the Upper Room (Jn 20:22)? How does this signify the creation of the new being—the Church?

Remember also that the wind of the Holy Spirit blew on Pentecost at the birth of the Church! You can already see a pattern forming: “For God so loved . . . that he gave” (cf. Jn 3:16)—an act of self–giving as well as of making; God invests himself in his new creation. This passage is rich with symbolic and typological meaning, ripe for the picking.

Pray for me as I work on finalizing this manuscript which is almost done! Working on it 12+ hours a day during July which I blocked out for finishing the book. It will be published by Ignatius Press and available on Verbum Catholic Software.

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IreneeChurch sm.jpgIn honor of the feast day of St. Irenaeus today I have reposted a blog from several years ago when we were filming our documentary on Apostolic Fathers, Handing on the Faith. Here is the story…

“We finished getting all our work done in Lyon for St. Irenaeus. It was very cold and windy — with snow hampering our efforts. We shot video footage for our upcoming DVD in the Footprints of God video series. This installment will be entitled APOSTOLIC FATHERS: HANDING ON THE FAITH.

(Click on pictures for larger images. Church of St. Irenaeus with the remains of his bones; the theatre in Lyon where St. Irenaeus’ parishioners where martyred)

3Gauls sm.jpgWe shot footage at the old and mostly forgotten Church of Irenee on the hillside of Lyons France. Under the church is the tomb of a man that had an incredible influence on me converting to the Catholic Church. Unhappily, in 1527 the Calvinists destroyed his tomb and threw his bones into the river. Only a few fragments remain.

We also found this ancient Roman Amphitheater which was rediscovered only in 1957. You don’t see it now, but in the 2nd century, this arena floor was soaked with the blood of Christians.

Screen Shot 2018-06-15 at 10.01.18 AMIn 177 about 45 of our brothers and sisters in the faith were gruesomely tortured and killed here in front of jeering crowds. A woman named Blandine was publically tortured for two days as the crowds cheered.

The soldiers exhausted themselves with every ingenious torture they could devise. They cut and inflicted and mutilated her naked body for days.

Blandine never caved in. When they jeered “Deny your Christ and live!” she would only say back “I am a Christian!”

(Click on Timeline for a larger copy to print)

Screen Shot 2019-06-28 at 8.37.02 AMThe Christians were placed in a iron chair with a raging fire beneath. The smoke and stench of their burning bodies filled the arena. Yet they never caved in. These Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne were true heroes and champions of the Faith. They wrestled to the death and won crowns of life.

I was extremely moved in this location. You can read the full story in Eusebius’ History of the Church. We are grateful to Eusebius for preserving this story of Christian martyrdom and heroism. Here is our DVD Apostolic Fathers, Handing on the Faith with its 28-page Study Guide. I also have a talk on St. Ireneaus to download as an MP3.

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Feast Day of St. Justin Martyr, June 1
Download a Free copy of the Apostolic Fathers Timeline

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This amazing Timeline drives home the point of how close these men were to Jesus and the Apostles.

It demonstrates how Catholic the first Christians really were!

 The Apostolic Fathers faced Emperors, heretics and lions but these heroes of the Catholic faith never lost courage. Chains, prisons and blood-soaked arenas did not stop the early Christians from witnessing for Christ and handing on the Apostolic Tradition.
  

ApostolicFathersCover.jpgStrap on your sandals and step back in time to discover the “Apostolic Fathers, Handing on the Faith”

Comprehensive 28-Page Study Guide
Behind the Scenes: The Making of Apostolic Fathers, Handing on the Faith
Bloopers and Outtakes
Conversation with Steve Ray and Fr. Benedict Groeschel

English and Spanish subtitles
Feature running time: 90 minutes, extras 30 minutes

Buy it HERE

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With Sisters of Mary…

November 11, 2018

Great evening premiere of our new “Elijah and Elisha” documentary earlier this year with the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist!

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“An Interview with Catholic Apologist Steve Ray”

August 29, 2018

An Interview with Catholic Evangelist Steve Ray Posted by Justin McClain on Thursday Aug 23rd, 2018 at 3:31 PM “My family and I have discovered that the Catholic Church is the best-kept secret in all of human history.” I recently had the opportunity to speak with Catholic evangelist Steve Ray. Since I am a high school […]

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New Grandbaby, New Books and In the Air to Israel

June 16, 2018

“Do Nana and Papa live at the airport?” That’s what some of our grandchildren have asked. And I guess it’s a justified question since were always heading to the airport. We just boarded another plan for Israel for a pilgrimage that we are leading in conjunction with Franciscan University of Steubenville with the president of […]

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Hi-speed Video of Building our Elijah and Elisha Set

June 14, 2018

Watch this time-lapse movie of the crew at Skyline Video building the set we used for our Elijah and Elisha. Very cool! Click on image to the right to see purchase the finished product. June 14 is the Feast Day of St. Elisha the Prophet! Password: SKYLINE

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What Tim Staples said about our new Elijah-Elisha movie

June 5, 2018

Hey Steve, We watched the video the other night WITH THE KIDS! THEY AND WE LOVED IT! Here’s a blurb: This newest from Steve Ray is phenomenal! In the Staples household, not only did mom and dad love it, but the kids were riveted! And they are a tough crowd to please! This video is […]

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Discussion with Mike Romano at Archangel Radio about Projects including Elijah and Elisha

May 29, 2018

Fun 15 minute show today about out projects, including a short story of how the whole Footprints of God documentaries. We emphasized our latest on Elijah and Elisha. My segments starts at 3:50 minutes into the show.

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My Intro Speech for Elijah and Elisha Premier

March 13, 2018

I didn’t know that my brother was recording this but now I’m glad he did. I’m happy for the tribute I gave to my 96 year old mother at the beginning. She was proud and pleased We thanked Joe Reynolds and Skyline Productions  and the conclusion after the movie.

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World premiere of new “Footprints of God” film on March 9th in Canton, Michigan

March 7, 2018

Host and creator Steve Ray will present and discuss Elijah & Elisha: Conscience of the Kingdom, the ninth film in the popular series from Ignatius Press. March 2, 2018 CWR Staff The Dispatch 2Print Steve Ray, host and producer of the “Footprints of God” series, in Jordan overlooking the Holy Land. (Photo: www.footprintsofgodpilgrimages.com) Steve Ray is best known as […]

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Premier Showing of our New Movie “Elijah & Elisha, Conscience of the Kingdom” – Join Us!

March 1, 2018

World Premier of ELIJAH & ELISHA: CONSCIENCE OF THE KINGDOM Friday, March 9, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 44800 Warren Road, Canton, MI 48187 TICKETS: $5.00 per person at www.EventBrite.com (Money goes to fund our next movie Doctors of the Church and the Seminarians at Sacred Heart Seminary. […]

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St. Polycarp’s name does not mean “many fish”

February 23, 2018

Today is the Feast Day of the Great Bishop and Saint Polycarp on February 23. When we converted to the Catholic Church my son Jesse chose St. Polycarp as his patron saint because of his great heroism. We filmed the whole life of St. Polycarp on location. I feel like I know him. The name Polycarp […]

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World Premier of Steve Ray’s Newest Film “Elijah & Elisha”

February 19, 2018

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “ELIJAH & ELISHA: CONSCIENCE OF THE KINGDOM” The 9th Film in the Award-winning DVD Series from Ignatius Press “The Footprints Of God: The Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine.” Friday, March 9, 2018 Film Showing: 7 PM – 8:30 PM; Reception & Light Refreshments: 8:30 – 10 […]

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Short Video with Samples of my Footprints of God series…enjoy!

February 18, 2018

Here is a 15-minute compilation of some of the fun and informative segments of my documentary series The Footprints of God, the Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine” – including me popping out of the coffin :-) Our newest is the 9th DVD in the 10-part series which will be released at a special event in […]

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Steve Ray on EWTN’s “Franciscan University Presents…”

September 2, 2017

Join Host Michael Hernon, panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest Steve Ray, Founder of Footprints of God Pilgrimages and Producer of “Abraham: Father of Faith & Works”, as they discuss “Father Abraham” and his role in Salvation History.             Our topic is “Father Abraham” since […]

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