January 2020

Most pictures of St. Paul ignore his Jewishness. When he entered a Synagogue to teach he could not have looked like a Gentile. He would have been distinctly Jewish. They would never ask a Gentile to share a “word of encouragement” to the Jewish worshipers. For example:

Screen Shot 2020-01-30 at 10.36.55 AMActs 13:14–15:  “They went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down.  After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, ‘Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it’.”

There is a description of St. Paul’s appearance in the 2nd century The Acts of Paul and Thecla which says: “A man small in size, bald-headed, bandy-legged, well-built, with eyebrows meeting, rather long-nosed, full of grace. For sometimes he seemed like a man, and sometimes he had the countenance of an angel” (ANF, vol. 8, p. 487). The picture does not match this description perfectly, but I still think the picture well portrays St. Paul as the Jew he was.

(This picture was from the website Israel Bible Center)

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On EWTN TV this week with three time slots

by Steve Ray on January 30, 2020

bookmark-BOOI will be on EWTN’s Bookmarks show this week during three-time slots. The show is hosted by Doug Keck, EWTN’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

Doug interviews me for 30-minutes as we discuss my new book “The Papacy: What the Pope Does and Why It Matters” published by Ignatius Press. You can join the shows at:

 

 

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Podcast: Steve Ray on Jesus and the Gospels

by Steve Ray on January 27, 2020

Screen Shot 2020-01-27 at 7.03.09 AMA week ago I had a delightful time discussing the Gospels and how they portray God in the flesh, God in motion in Jesus Christ. We also discuss Pope Francis and many other topics. You can listen by clicking on the  ? below, or by visiting their website.

The podcast is less than 30 minutes and was fun to share with TJ Burdick, founder of Signum Dei Podcasts.

You may also be interested in Steve’s hourlong discussion of the Gospels on CD here.

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2 Timothy: St. Paul’s Last Letter before Martyrdom

January 26, 2020

2 Timothy: Last Words of Paul Written from the Mamertine Prison By Steve Ray [NOTE: In my articles on the Pastoral Epistles, I use each one to relay a theme: 1 Timothy emphasizes Timothy; Titus emphasizes Paul’s ecclesiology; 2 Timothy emphasizes the end of Paul’s life.] It was dark and damp. The scurrying feet of […]

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Should This Baby Be Aborted? You Decide

January 25, 2020

In the United States, there are many situations in which abortions are recommended, even encouraged by family, counselors, medical personnel and even religious advisors. Sometimes an abortion is recommended because of difficult circumstances and other times simply for convenience. Here are four cases for you to consider. Should these babies be aborted? You decide! Four […]

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Feast Day: 1 Timothy: Paul’s Young Convert and Faithful Fellow-worker

January 25, 2020

[NOTE: In my articles on the Pastoral epistles, I use each one to relay a theme: 1 Timothy emphasizes the life of Timothy; Titus emphasizes Paul’s ecclesiology; 2 Timothy emphasizes the end of Paul’s life.] He was a young man with a past and because of this letter, many were now aware of his past. […]

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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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How do YOU Read the Bible?

January 24, 2020

A Little Poem about Reading/Studing the Bible in Context I supposed I knew my Bible, Reading piecemeal, hit or miss, Now a bit of John or Matthew, Now a snatch of Genesis, Certain chapters of Isaiah, Certain Psalms (the twenty-third), Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs — Yes, I thought I knew the Word! But […]

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Imagine the Music in Hagia Sophia, Largest Church for 1,000 Years

January 21, 2020

For 1,000 years the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (today’s Istanbul) was the largest church in the world. What would it have sounded like to attend the Easter Vigil with all those newly baptized Christians singing in their native language of Greek with Doctor of the Church, St. John Chrysostom presiding. Coming in from the farms […]

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This is the Faith! Thank you Cardinal Müller!

January 21, 2020

Speaking into the confusion of our modern world, and unfortunately the Vatican. Bravo Cardinal Müller!

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Protestant Pastor Discovers the Eucharist of the Early Church!

January 20, 2020

Protestant pastor Chan with a huge following is sharing his new ideas about the Eucharist and the Early Church. As a convert, I know the signs, and I would suggest he’s realizing the truth of the Catholic Church. Only 3.5 minutes; WORTH a listen. Pray for him. 

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8 Concrete ways parishes can support persecuted Christians

January 20, 2020

8 Concrete ways parishes can support persecuted Christians MAJDI FATHI | NurPhoto | AFP From Aletia (highly recommended) Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP | Jan 07, 2020 From a small gesture you can do single-handedly, to something that will take some networking, these are ways we can help our brothers and sisters in so much need. A […]

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“Francis was never pope? Call me unpersuaded.” By Dr. Ed Peters

January 20, 2020

Article below by Canon Lawyer, Dr. Ed Peters: (Steve Ray here: It is amazing how many people today are rejecting the papacy of Pope Francis, claiming that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is really the pope. It comes up on my Twitter and Facebook accounts almost daily. Even though Canon Lawyer Ed Peters wrote his legal […]

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“Becoming Catholic” – A Friend’s Protestant World Collapsed and his Profound Discovery of the Church BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED!

January 16, 2020

An enthusiastic Evangelical Protestant got in touch with me over a year ago with a thousand questions. I usually don’t have time for this kind of discussion, but there was something different about this guy. He was a music leader, actor, speaker and involved in a Protestant church that collapsed due to in-fighting and bitterness. […]

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Go with us to Oberammergau in 2020 – Germany, Switzerland & Italy

January 15, 2020

We are going to the Passion Play in Oberammergau Germany in 2020. This play is only performed every ten years. Visit our “Oberammergau Page” June trip or August trip. where you can see the full itinerary and register. s and soon be able to register. Contact us at footprintsofgod@cts.central.net or call 866-468-1420. We have packed these trips with loads of […]

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Iranian Medal-winner Defects from Iran: One of Iran’s Many Heroic Protesters (link fixed)

January 14, 2020

Iran’s only female Olympic medalist, Kimia Alizadeh, defects with blistering attack By Lee Brown  January 12, 2020  Kimia Alizadeh REUTERS Iran’s only female Olympic medalist announced she has defected from the Islamic Republic — posting a blistering online letter over the weekend describing herself as “one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran.” Taekwondo champion Kimia Alizadeh, […]

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