Art, Music & Science

Atheism Rationally Explained :-)

by Steve Ray on February 21, 2020

ATHEISM: The belief that there was absolutely nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason whatsoever into self-replicating bits of random stuff thrown together by chance which then turned into dinosaurs who crawled out of the muck. Makes perfect sense to me.

And then you came along…

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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 miles away with the smell of manure as their daily fare coming into the splendor of this church, with the smell of incense and the heavenly music and the preaching of the Word of God and miracle of the Eucharist.

They must have thought they’d entered heaven.

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What Kind of Music Did Abraham Listen To?

by Steve Ray on December 29, 2019

UrMusic.jpgOne of our DVDs in the Footprints of God series is entitled “Abraham, Father of Faith & Works.” We filmed the first chapter it in Iraq — in Ur of Chaldees — which is the home of Abraham, just south of Baghdad (Gen 11:28-31).

Thanks to the Biblical Archaeology Society to which I subscribe, we can now listen to music that Abraham listened to. We included this music in our DVD.

Click here to listen to The Music of Ur, a musical duet featuring a lyre and double pipes such as those found at the ancient city of Ur. Click here to learn more about these instruments and the music from that time period.

Enjoy! And you can hear this kind of music on our Footprints of God DVD. We follow Abraham from Iraq (yeah, we really went there to film :-) to Turkey, to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

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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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Scientists Concluding Universe had a Beginning? God Smiles!

May 9, 2019

I had posted this previously, but there are some posts and info that should be revisited. This is one of them. Scientifically this is big news. In the January 2012 edition of New Scientist Magazine it was stated that scientists are now facing up to the problem of the universe having a beginning – until […]

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Lovely Jewish Music from Biblical Times

April 27, 2019

I LOVE the sound of the shofar (ram’s horn) used in Jewish life and worship. This is a beautiful Jewish prayer and the shofar is in the first 1.5 minutes of the video. The “shofar” trumpet or ram’s horn is mentioned over 130 times in the Bible. Moving Jewish prayer worth listening too – putting […]

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Wow! Sistine Chapel Explained; Now You See Why We Only Use Liz as our Guide in Rome!

April 21, 2019

We have a special Advent Pilgrimage to Italy in early December this year AND LIZ IS OUR GUIDE! Take a look at this video to see Liz’s amazing knowledge, passion for the Catholic Faith and eloquence. Enjoy this amazing video. To join our upcoming pilgrimages, visit our page here. We will spend two nights in […]

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How Do You Enter a Church on a Pilgrimage – or any day?

March 14, 2019

On tours and pilgrimages, people often enter a church like it’s a museum or site-seeing destination. “Scratch that off the Bucket List!” Europe has basically lost it’s faith and churches are no longer viewed as sacred places to encounter the presence of God. So, it was refreshing to see this sign outside of a beautiful, historic and […]

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Our Friends and Neighbor’s Sing Like Angels

December 14, 2018

They’re good friends of ours and their convent is 9 minutes from our house.  Here is a short introduction to these beautiful Sisters and their heavenly music.

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For those following the Geocentrism Nonsense Arguments – Updates

July 31, 2018

From my friend Dave Palm at Geocentrism Debunked. His website is debunking the belief that the earth lies at the center of the universe which some Catholics have taken a shine to lately. (Maybe the earth is flat too :-) **************************************************** There has been a lot going on at Geocentrism Debunked lately. Most notably I had a live discussion/debate with geocentrist Bob Sungenis on the Non Sequitur […]

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Descriptive Icon – can you figure it out?

December 27, 2017

On one of our last trips to Bethlehem I saw this icon that really caught my eye. What do you think?

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Christmas Really Started at the Annunciation – my new favorite Annunciation artwork

December 23, 2017

God became Man in Bethlehem, right? Nope, it was in Nazareth. By the time Mary arrived in Bethlehem to deliver Jesus he had already been human for nine months. At the Annunciation those first cells in Mary’s womb, to small to see with the human eye (though Elizabeth and John the Baptist recognized Him), were […]

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My Grandson Josh Plays Piano on Thanksgiving

November 23, 2017
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Flat Earth, Sun Revolves around the Earth? Believe it or not some Catholics are being tricked….

August 24, 2017

…but David Palm has a website called Geocentrism Debunked. Here are his latest articles: “A Reader Thanks Geocentrism Debunked”:  The thanks we regularly receive for the material on Geocentrism Debunked is always encouraging. One reader’s comments were particularly detailed and thoughtful: “Your website has shown me that I was taken in by specious arguments…”  Read […]

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Pavarotti and Sting with Amazing Hymn to Jesus in the Eucharist

June 17, 2017

This is a rendition of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Hymn to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

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For Those Following the Arguments Debunking of Geocentrism

March 14, 2017

Dave Palm’s latest. Please enjoy some fresh content on Geocentrism Debunked: “Getting on the Wrong Wavelength: More Basic Physics Blunders by the Geocentrists”:  Geocentrist leader Robert Sungenis answered our last slate of articles in part by insisting that by “using the parameters of modern science”, “it turns out that the Earth is the heaviest object in […]

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