Fun Stuff

How Big was Noah’s Ark

by Steve Ray on December 5, 2018

It was a big boat at a time when big boats did not exist. It was a feat of genius ingenuity. You can read the instructions for building in Genesis 6:14-22.

We are also told that the ark is a picture of the Church and salvation. In the ark Noah passed through the waters which is a type of baptism.

St. Peter writes, “God patiently waited in the days of Noah during the building of the ark, in which a few persons, eight in all, were saved through water. This prefigured baptism, which saves you now” (1 Pet 3:20–21).

Jesus says we are born again by water and Spirit which fulfills the prefiguration of Noah and saves us (John 3:3-5).

With all those animals in the ark I wonder who was in charge of cleaning up the mess. I grew up on a small farm and it was my job to use the pitch fork to scoop up the nasty straw and spread it on the garden every day.

The sons of Noah must of had a monumental task every morning and the smell must have been nauseating.

But sometimes it is worth wading through nasty stuff – I mean piles of poop to get to heaven. We too live in a world full of sin, suffering and abuse, but we persevere and the reward is salvation (Matt 24:13).

{ 1 comment }

People always ask, “What do I say to my husband…?”  or “How do I get my kids back in the Church?  or  “I am getting no where trying to tell my friend about my Faith.”

Well Steve came up with Six Rules to help you deal with non-Catholics – especially family and friends.

They are only 2 minutes each! Enjoy!

Rule 1: Don’t Argue!

Rule 2: Love them more than ever before

Rule 3: Study and do your homework

Rule 4: Pray and make sacrifices (not being trite)

Rule 5: Show the Joy of the Lord

Rule 6: Most Important… Listen to find out what it is!

Here is my article Six Rules published in Catholic Answers Magazine

{ 3 comments }

“Don’t Dump Your Garbage on Our Country Road”

by Steve Ray on November 22, 2018

Janet and I walk 2 to 4 miles every day that we are home. We like to say that it is our medicine but it’s always a lovely time together.

0385996E-E8B4-44D6-8623-E55C585BD5A9Last week while walking, we noticed someone had dumped a whole truck full of junk on our street — a broken TV, old furniture, etc. I looked through it and sure enough I found the creep’s address among the trash.

FCBCC146-3EB9-49B3-B071-7A953D6D2E4B After taking pictures of the mess they have made on our country road, I sent them a letter. I told them what they did was not only illegal but also rude and very inconsiderate. In the letter I sent pictures of what they had dumped and the box with their address on it.

Included in my letter was a warning to pick up their trash within 48 hours or I would take all the information, the pictures and their address to the sheriff.

We went out for our normal walk again yesterday and found the trash had been re-collected and the area on our road cleaned up.

Too often we turn a blind eye to such things, but not me. I believe in the biblical concept of right and wrong and justice. It’s a good idea that we hold people accountable for their inconsiderate and illegal actions.

{ 1 comment }

Steve’s 6-Minute Perspective on St. Peter’s in Rome

October 31, 2018

This was my spontaneous explanation to my group of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. I shared the story of my first visit here as a Catholic. It’s only 6 minutes long.

Read the full article →

“Hey, I Like Your Cross!”

October 30, 2018

That’s why I always where my San Damiano Cross. It is colorful and catches people’s eye. Even yesterday while traveling two people commented. My response is always, “Thanks, I wear it proudly as a Catholic!” Invariably an interesting discussion ensues. An atheist once asked why he should become Catholic. What fun! Yesterday two people at […]

Read the full article →

The Sign of the Cross: It’s History, Meaning and Biblical Basis

October 28, 2018

SIGN OF THE CROSS By Steve Ray The Sign of the Cross is a ritual gesture by which we confess two important mysteries: the Trinity and the centrality of the Cross. It is the most common and visible means by which we confess our faith. The Sign of the Cross is made by touching the […]

Read the full article →

Crap, Castration & Two Creations – Colorful New Testament Wording

October 27, 2018

Since we are in Philippi Greece today, I thought I would post this colorful blog :-) We miss a lot when reading the English Bible. We’re at a great disadvantage. The early Christians read the writings of the apostles in the original language – they understood the words and expressions must better than we do. […]

Read the full article →

St. Paul and the Cretans

October 25, 2018

Today we are touring the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea. St. Paul was here at least twice that we know of. He did not have a very flattering impression of the Cretans. This is what he wrote to Titus.

Read the full article →

What Does this Wood Carving Mean?

October 18, 2018

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 […]

Read the full article →

36 Reasons I Love My Travel Hat

September 26, 2018

Lots 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 […]

Read the full article →

So You’re an Atheist? A Few Fun Things to Lighten Dark Times

September 13, 2018
Read the full article →

Drink to be Holy – A Little Humor in Dark Times

August 29, 2018

The Latin below reads, “He who drinks sleeps; he who sleeps does not sin; he who does not sin is a saint; therefore, he who drinks is a saint. Pass the mugs!” Was it St. Augustine who said, “He who jokes in Latin, jokes twice”?  :-)       (thanks Fr. Goyo).

Read the full article →

Janet & I Just Watched “I Can Only Imagine” with a box of Kleenex

August 17, 2018

?If you haven’t watched the movie “I Can Only Imagine” then get it this weekend, settle in and enjoy. Makes you proud to be a Christian! Janet and I just watched it and went thru a box of Kleenex. Very redemptive! Lovely family movie!?

Read the full article →

Ninja Priest

August 15, 2018

It’s great to have marvelous (ninja) priests. For another, the Papal Ninja, click here.

Read the full article →

Never Assemble a Grill

July 25, 2018

I will never, ever, EVER again buy a grill that needs to be assembled! Never! Notice it is dark and way too late to grill our dinner!

Read the full article →

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 […]

Read the full article →