Movies, TV & Media

Gut-wrenching Movie “Zookeeper’s Daughter”

by Steve Ray on September 4, 2017

IMG_5032Janet and I are on a plane to Germany watching an intense movie about Nazi times – about Poles risking their lives saving Jews. “Zookeeper’s Wife” is very worthy to watch! I will watch it again.

IMG_5033If I was there Janet & I would do the same! This kind of movie stirs us to be our best.

It challenges us to resist evil, socialism and tyranny. It demonstrates the beauty of freedom and human life.






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8295B69C-F976-4BE0-940F-2FB4A21E97A2-943-000000C61DCAB82AOn the plane to Fatima. Watched a FANTASTIC movie about adoption, love, redemption and family just now on the plane.

A movie from India. It is worthy of an evening with popcorn and a box of Kleenex..

I think everyone will agree it would be good for the kids too. Redemption, hope, family…

Oh, it is entitled “Lion” which you don’t find out its meaning until the end. Enjoy!

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Marcus, congratulations on 20 years of excellent and super beneficial broadcasting. You’ve become a household name and your shows have helped millions of people. You are a great friend and have my admiration, love and congratulations.

Marcus writes,

I never dreamed this would happen — and I don’t think Mother Angelica did either — but this fall we begin the 20th Season of EWTN’s The Journey Home program! I don’t have the exact number, but I would estimate that I’ve had the great privilege of interviewing close to 900 converts and reverts since that first interview with Dr. Thomas Howard in September 1997. Though The Journey Home is an EWTN program, it has always — and in some ways unintentionally — had a direct relationship with the Coming Home Network International.

Back in the spring of 1993, the “Network” began as a simple newsletter that connected non-Catholic clergy who were on the journey with clergy converts. Three years later, June 1, 1996, was the official start of the now non-profit lay apostolate, with the new name, the Coming Home Network International. I had resigned from Franciscan University of Steubenville specifically to focus full-time on managing the escalating membership of inquirers, converts, reverts, and life-long Catholic supporters.

In July of 1996, I was invited to appear on Johnnette Benkovic’s program, The Abundant Life, to talk about the work of the CHNetwork. Dr. Scott Hahn, Jeff Cavins, and Dr. Kenneth Howell appeared with me, and during the taping, the producer for Mother Angelica’s Live program, heard our conversion accounts, and invited Ken and me to come back and do the same on Mother’s program. It was after this appearance in December, 1996, that Mother Angelica and Executive Producer Doug Keck invited me to host a new, weekly live program in which I would interview converts and reverts to the Catholic Church. The program began with Dr. Howard’s interview, and now nineteen years later, the Holy Spirit continues to provide inspiring men and women to tell their stories about how they “came home” to the Church.

Screen-Shot-2014-10-14-at-2.18.08-PM Marcus Grodi Journey HomeFor the first twelve years of the live program, I flew every week from Columbus, Ohio, through either Cincinnati or Atlanta, and on to Birmingham, Alabama. There, first on Friday nights and then on Mondays, I would meet briefly with each new guest and then help them tell their stories on live television and field questions via telephone or email.

After a night’s sleep, I would grab a plane home in the morning to return to my family, to my work with the CHNetwork, and sometimes to chores on the farm. Though the program has always been EWTN’sprogram, from the beginning the majority of guests have been members of the CHNetwork. And from the beginning of the broadcast, the membership of the CHNetwork has grown as a direct result of the program.

coming-home-network-4Then starting in 2009, through the encouragement of EWTNand through your generosity, we were able to build a fully functioning television studio here in the basement of the CHNetwork. We began tentatively taping the programs here, until now our staff produces the entire program — Scott Scholten, producer; Bill Bateson, technical supervisor; Mary Clare Piecynski, emails and prompter; and Jim Anderson and others manning the third camera. Now instead of a two-day trip from Ohio to Alabama, I drive just seven miles from our farm.

So often over the years, viewers and radio listeners (and now internet viewers) have interconnected The Journey Home program with the CHNetwork. This is understandable for many reasons. Some people say, “I love to watch the Coming Home program!” Once when I was at a bishop’s meeting to discuss the work of the CHNetwork, a bishop, whom I didn’t know, passed me, donning his hat and pulling a suitcase, saying, “Well, I guess I’m on my ‘journey home.’”

It is important to state that EWTN and the Coming Home Network International are separate apostolates. However, I do want to emphasize that it is only through your financial support and prayers that the CHNetwork is able to produce The Journey Home program for EWTN in our studio — which you built! Thank you!

jhtI continue to pray that the stories shared on The Journey Home program are an encouragement to your faith, and that by God’s mercy, the program will continue to inspire many to consider, maybe for the first time, the truth and beauty of the Catholic Church.

Explore 20 years of the Journey Home Program and other Catholic conversion stories here at!

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What in the World is Patrick Coffin Doing?

October 2, 2016

Patrick Coffin has been the host of Catholic Answers Live for seven and a half years. He raised the show to stellar heights but September 30th was his last day. He is leaving Catholic Answers for new ventures in media. You can watch his 3-minute video for an overview of his new media projects. It might […]

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Knights of Columbus Interviews Steve Ray with excerpts from his Footprints Movies

September 20, 2016

This was a fun interview. Starts with my conversion and continues to discuss and show portions of Steve’s documentaries on St. Paul and also Apostolic Fathers. Enjoy! If you would like to help us continue the series — and finish the last two episodes please make a contribution at Thanks.

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Mel Gibson Confirms Sequel to ‘The Passion of the Christ’

September 13, 2016

Now, Gibson has commented. As reported in an Aug. 29 story at the Christian Post, the 60-year-old Gibson went to Evangelical event SoCal Harvest at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Sunday, Aug. 28, and sat down for an onstage interview with megapastor Greg Laurie. Sporting a beard of Old Testament proportions, Gibson reportedly said: “We’re […]

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Mel Gibson Plans Sequel to “Passion of the Christ”

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Well, this is exciting! With the Passion being the best movie ever made on the Passion of Jesus, I am looking forward to the sequel which will center on the resurrection. Bravo Wallace and Gibson.

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New Movie “The Young Messiah” – Did the Boy Jesus Know Who He Was?

March 15, 2016

Dave Armstrong wrote an insightful review of this new film and some problematic theological issues. Here is his review: I wanted to let you know about two recent posts of mine, concerning the new film, The Young Messiah. Based on what I have seen about how it presents Jesus’ knowledge (in other reviews), I’ve concluded […]

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Finally Here! Pre-Order Abraham DVD – Order all 8 DVDs and get a signed book for free (Links fixed)

February 18, 2015

 After 8 years, the new DVD in the Footprints of God series is now completed! We are taking pre-orders with a special offer. DVDs will ship at the end of March 2015! ABRAHAM: FATHER OF FAITH & WORKS along with a Comprehensive Study Guide.  The story of salvation from Abraham to Augustine he left his […]

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Two Great Jewish Movies

January 3, 2015

Since we are in Jerusalem, I thought I would share two of our favorite Jewish movies. Recently watched “Everything is Illuminated” again. It is funny and profound about a young man (Elijah Wood – Frodo in “Lord of the Rings”) who discovers his Jewish past after Nazi fascists occupied Ukraine. It is one of my […]

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New Movie Catholics Should Support

June 26, 2013

Tim Staples writes: As some of you know, I [Tim Staples] have a very small part in the up-coming movie, “Little Boy.” There are pre-screenings happening across the country right now. I play a “soldier in the hospital” and I have three lines. Thus begins and ends my Hollywood career. But seriously, I really believe […]

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Game Show Nuns Hoping for $100,000 Win – Thursday Evening

May 23, 2013

Game Show Nuns Hoping for $100,000 Win Finale Airs Thursday SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2013 ( – A trio of Bible-expert nuns are hoping to be awarded $100,000 and a $10,000 bonus when they compete in Thursday’s finale of “The American Bible Challenge.” The three nuns, Sisters Peter Joseph, Maria, and Evangeline, are Dominican Sisters […]

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Samples of the Lefts’ Response and Bias

April 20, 2013

These few samples demonstrate the mindset of the Left-controlled secular media – and they try to convince us they are fair-minded, smart and worthy to inform our country? Good grief America! Wake up!

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Interesting Updates on Boston Jihadist; the Lefts’ Reactions; Picture of the Murdered Catholic Boy, the Bomber and the Bomb

April 20, 2013

Second Boston jihad murderer arrested     Apr 19, 2013 09:07 pm | Robert One less jihadi on the street tonight. “Police arrest second suspect in Boston bombings,” from the Times of Israel, April 20: WATERTOWN, Mass. — Boston Police confirmed Friday night that the second suspect in Monday’s Boston bombings was arrested after a tense […]

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Sisters Go to Final Round of Bible Contest

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The three Bible experts from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, have secured a spot in the May 23 finale of “The American Bible Challenge” game show. Now, the sisters are hoping to win the “fan favorite” contest by winning the most votes from viewers. From today through Sunday, May 19, fans […]

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FCC set to drop ban on f-word, nudity on television and radio stations nationwide

April 12, 2013

Go to this site to file your complaint. We don’t have television anymore, we got rid of it eight years ago, and no one missed it. But I filed my complaint anyway.

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