Friday, August 13, 2010

Oklahoma, Hot this Time of Year

by Steve Ray on August 13, 2010

On the road again. This time to Tulsa for a full Saturday of talks and Mass and dinner with friends. Thanks to Joe Casey for sponsoring this event. Supposed to be 107 degrees with high humidity! It will be interesting to run there Sunday before flying home!

I’m lucky enough to be giving three of my favorite talks on Saturday:

1) Mary: Real Girl & Woman of Mystery
2) Peter: the Rock, the Keys & the Chair
3) Defending the Eucharist: You Are What You Eat

You can purchase these talks here.

Looking forward to it very much. If you’re in the area — hope to see you. If you’d like me to speak at your event, visit

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Persied Showers

by Steve Ray on August 13, 2010

Janet and I (crazies) laying out in the driveway at 4 AM watching the Perseid Meteor Shower. This year we only saw one but last year a whole bunch way up north where there was no ambient light. Jupiter was very visible and so was the Milky Way. We didn’t stay out long because of pesky mosquitoes. (Why did God create them, or are they a result of the Fall like thorns and thistles?)

Another name for these showers is St Laurence’s Tears because it occurs on the feast day of this famous Roman deacon who was martyred by being roasted on a griddle.

It is a good exercise to gaze up into the heavens like this once in a while to remember how small we are and how big God us. The ancients took more time for things like gazing at stars than us too-busy Americans with TVs on all the time (we pulled the plug on TV two years ago – great decision for the family).

Read Psalm 19:1-3 and Romans 1:18-22. Below is similar to what we saw tonight.