Riddles and Fun

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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Now I know there are some Democrats who visit this site and I don’t want to offend, but this story is pretty funny. I think we could change “democrat” to liberal and “republican” to conservative.

I don’t necessarily consider myself “Republican,” though I have always voted Republican since they are the lesser of two evils and they tend to agree more with my thoughts on things — such as pro-life issues, national defense, religious liberty, law and order, illegal immigration and the economy.

But anyway, enjoy this in good humor and don’t be put off by it. I know Conservatives can laugh at themselves and liberals tend not to do so, but…

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624851048-612x612A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a sailor in a boat below. She shouted to him, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The sailor consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.”

She rolled her eyes and yelled down, “You must be a Republican.”

“I am,” replied the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve been no help to me.”

The man smiled and responded, “Then you must be a Democrat.”

“I am,” replied the balloonist. “How did you know?”

“Well,” said the man, “you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You’ve risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but, somehow, now it’s my fault.”

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Can You Find the Books of the Bible?

June 27, 2018

The names of eighteen books of the English Bible are hidden in the text of the following paragraph. Can you find all sixteen of them? Remember, some names are found in parts of more than one word or sentence. For the answer, click here. I once made a remark about the hidden books of the […]

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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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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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Good Riddles: What is Greater than God? Who’s the Killer? Won’t go to Heaven?

May 16, 2018

Bible Riddle #1: What is greater than God, More evil than the devil, The poor have it, The rich need it, And if you eat it, you’ll die? Bible Riddle #2:  The hunter was killed, the prey were set free, the water was the lock and the rod was the key. Who was the hunter? […]

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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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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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“Ecumenical” Bible Studies

April 4, 2018

Without a teaching authority or the tradition of the historic Church, this cartoon shows what many Bible studies are really like. I remember Bible Studies that started out with “What does this passage mean to you?”  To keep from arguing or fighting, many just avoid difficult passages. There are many studies that exclude Catholic ideas […]

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New Book “Understanding Women” has arrived

February 11, 2018

Bring a wheelbarrow to get it home!

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How Many Christians to Change a Lightbulb?

January 31, 2018

As we all smile at ourselves: CHARISMATICS: Only 1 – Hands are already in the air. PENTECOSTALS: 10 – One to change the bulb, and nine to pray against the spirit of darkness. PRESBYTERIANS: None – Lights will go on and off at predestined times. ROMAN CATHOLICS: None, they only use candles. BAPTISTS: At least […]

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A Few Biblical Puzzlers

January 30, 2018

On the Serious Side What biblical saint died twice and was buried twice? Who was the first man who broke all Ten Commandments? What biblical character killed one quarter of the population? What prophet anointed two kings who lived simultaneously? Explain this riddle: Born once, die twice; born twice; die once? On the Lighter Side […]

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Bible Quiz

January 6, 2018

Which of the following are NOT in the Bible? •      Cleanliness is next to godliness •      God helps those who help themselves •      Confession is good for the soul •      We are as prone to sin as sparks fly upward •      Money is the root of all evil •      Honesty is the best policy

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12 Reasons why Sports Fans don’t to to the Game; Why Catholics don’t go to Mass :-)

January 4, 2018

This is very clever. Sure rings of the truth – enjoy!

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Sent A Jewish Son to Israel

November 17, 2017

A Jewish businessman in Chicago sent his son to Israel for a year to absorb the culture. When the son returned, he said, “Papa, I had a great time in Israel . By the way, I converted to Christianity.” “Oy vey,” said the father. “What have I done?” He took  his problem to his best […]

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