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Two Good Movies

by Steve Ray on November 23, 2020

Nice to slow down a few days to relax and watch a couple of recommended movies with the Christmas lights blinking. Janet and I watched two movies this week that we would recommend.

ultimategift1First, The Ultimate Gift in which a rich would-be heir — to billions of dollars — is taught many lessons about life, people, family, money, work and relationships. It is one of those movies that is sure a fun movie to watch, especially with your older kids. It is kind of like The Bucket List which was a movie I highly recommended several months ago. My son said he liked this one much more than Bucket List. Actually, it is playing right now on our TV as my wife and I watch it again with our 17 year old Emily. I am enjoying it again! It is about what is important in life — it is Catholic without ever mentioning the word!

84charingThe second movie is one we own and watch every few years. If you like old books, literature, Catholic sub-themes and England, you will like 84 Charing Cross Road. It is not fast-paced with lots of noise, bombs, and action. It is a slow-paced movie about reading, books, culture and relationships. Ann Bancroft is an brash, outspoken New Yorker writer ordering books from Anthony Hopkins who plays a calm, proper Englishman working in a used bookstore in London. It is delightful and worth a watch.

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Friend’s New Book on Mary

by Steve Ray on October 10, 2020

41lW2FsHatL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_My friend William Albrecht has just published a new book entitled “The Definitive Guide for Solving Biblical Questions about Mary: Mary among the Evangelists.”

I provided this endorsement for the book,

“Why another book on Mary? First, Mary and Marian studies are fascinating and often controversial; they never exhaust our interest. Second, this book answers questions in a new and insightful way digging deep into Scripture and Tradition with fresh eyes, revealing profound and astute discoveries.

“Fr. Kappes and Albrecht clarify and simplify many a conundrum enabling Catholics to have a clear and cogent response to theological challenges and to inspire a fresh love and devotion to the Blessed Virgin and her Son. Easy to approach for the novice, yet a scholarly and fresh read for the expert.”      -Steve Ray

Check it out here on Amazon.

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Screen Shot 2020-09-11 at 11.41.10 AMClear Conscience arrived today as a pre-release review copy. I spent most of the morning perusing it and found it highly readable, balanced, Catholic, concise, hits all the right points and is very timely.

It avoids all the pitfalls of the liberal Left’s attempt to twist Catholic teaching like a rubber nose to fit their socialist agenda and narrative. It is well written and makes profuse use of Scripture, the Catechism and Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis as well as other Church documents and teaching.

It is not a dull and boring read. It is concise, pithy, analyzes different perspectives, hits the hard topics and explains that much of a persons decision is based on prudential judgment, based on a solidly formed Catholic conscience. Good to give to everyone, Catholic or not.

It is clear to me that this election is the most important in my lifetime — so enter the booth prepared!

My wife and I purchased the 10-pack to share with our family and friends. Here is information on the timely book, a must-read for all Catholics before they pull the lever in the voting booth.

The highly-anticipated Catholic voting guide, Clear Conscience – released today. The nonpartisan voting guide from Ascension – the world leader in faith formation – examines Catholic values and provides comprehensive guidance to help Catholics navigate the contentious issues facing the nation both in the 2020 Election, and beyond.

ASCENSION RELEASES NONPARTISAN VOTING GUIDE FOR CATHOLICS AS ELECTION NEARS

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clear_conscience_3d_720_1800x1800In the midst of a heated election season, Ascension has released a nonpartisan political guide for the voting Catholic. Clear Conscience identifies the responsibilities of Catholics when acting as voting citizens in the public square. It provides comprehensive guidance to help Catholics navigate the contentious issues facing the nation both in the 2020 Election, and beyond.

Clear Conscience focuses first on the foundational political principles that underlie all political decisions, including natural law, moral responsibility, and prudential judgement. In the second portion of the book, particular issues are examined, with clear outlines of where Catholics must agree with each other, and where Catholics of goodwill can validly hold differing political opinions.

“This book will not tell you who to vote for. That is a decision that only you can ultimately make,” explains Matthew Pinto, founder and president of Ascension. “Rather, the book will give you a framework from which your conscience can be formed, and thus, the guidance you will need to vote with a clear conscience.”

Through the insights in Clear Conscience, readers will learn:

– What the rights of every person are

– The universal responsibility to uphold and defend those rights

– How Catholics understand specific political issues

– How the Catholic tradition has contributed to a free and just society

– Guns, immigration, racial issues, and more.

The 2020 Election is set to be one of the most contentious elections in American history. Clear Conscience helps American Catholics chart a calm path through this storm while making reasonable, conscience-based political choices that honor both their faith and also their nation.

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Set a Date for the Family – Watch this Movie

September 10, 2020

Janet and I Like a good old movie once in a while, so this Saturday afternoon I took time to cook Janet one of her favorite dinners and watch a favorite old movie – black and white no less. After two hours of laughing, singing and even a tear or two we thought we should […]

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My new book now available! “The Catholic Faith: An Introduction to the Creeds”

August 28, 2020

Like most things we take for granted, the Catholic Creeds have an amazing story—actually a lot of stories. What seems a simple prayer or statement of faith has a fascinating origin.  And there is a reason it’s precisely worded the way it is and each word was fought over with great passion. It had to […]

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Isn’t this homily a breath of fresh air?

June 24, 2020

Fearless, politically-incorrect and calling out those who need to be called out including the USCCB, the coronavirus hysteria, the Cardinal of Washington DC, and more. He actually discusses politics – how dare he? He also challenges the media, LGBTQ, the attack against masculinity, the genuine role of men and fathers and reactions to sin in the world. I wonder […]

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Must Watch PBS Special on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas! Excellent in Every Way!

May 20, 2020

My wife and I watched “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in his Own Words.” It was a fabulous biography of a young black boy abandoned by his father living in squalor in the Deep South during debilitating racial segregation. It is his story of perseverance, love for the Catholic faith, a rock-solid illiterate grandfather, and a […]

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Eternal Security: Is Baptist Pastor Charles Stanley Right?

April 15, 2020

ETERNAL SECURITY (Once Saved-Always Saved): Analyzing a Sermon by Baptist Pastor, Charles Stanley By Steve Ray Hello Protestant Friend: Even though I have watched his show off and on over the months, I had no intention of watching Charles Stanley on television last night. It was just that I was tired after getting home and […]

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Ray Family Limericks about the Wuhan Virus: Grandkids Wax Exceedingly Poetic

March 26, 2020

I was thinking out loud the other day. I wrote a limerick about the possibility we might be taking the wrong course of action by shutting down everything. My grandkids (son and brother too) jumped in and went on a roll. Proud of these smart and savvy homeschoolers — enjoy! I started out with this […]

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Ray Family Favorite Movies Update (while locked away at home)

March 21, 2020

Janet and I have always loved good movies that are of high quality with good acting. But it must also be entertaining, redemptive, inspiring and challenging us to the good, the beautiful, the human. As St. Paul says, “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, […]

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“The Hidden Life” – a gripping and cinematically beautiful Catholic movie on the level of “The Passion of the Christ”

March 14, 2020

Words cannot describe this movie and words escape me. I would put this masterpiece on the level of Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ. The videography is gorgeous and plays a significant role in the story. The script is minimal but the facial expressions and images provide and deepen the gut-wrenching drama. Based on true events, it is the […]

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Outstanding Catholic Gal Decimates the Feminist “Men-haters”

February 4, 2020
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On EWTN TV this week with three time slots

January 30, 2020

I 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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Peanut Butter Falcon – funny, redemptive, and my kind of movie

December 22, 2019

My son wrote last night and said, “Dad, we are are all watching a movie we think you and mom would love. It has a lot of swearing in it but the movie is great. The kids are enjoying it too.” So we decided to watch it this afternoon and never laughed so hard in […]

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THAT Does It! If you haven’t cancelled Netflix yet, now is a good time…

December 13, 2019

UPDATE: Bishop Strickland of Tyler Texas denounces Netflix as blasphemous over gay Jesus movie. My Message to Netflix by Twitter, Facebook and US Mail: “Our whole family has decided to cancel Netflix. Your “gay Jesus” Christmas special was just too much. This is blasphemous! We can no longer support a company that promotes trash that alienates […]

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Fr. Mitch Pacwa SJ of EWTN Condemns the Pachamama Idol

November 6, 2019

On Nov. 5, 2019, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., condemned idolatry on his weekly program on EWTN, Scripture and Tradition. He spends about 10 minutes talking about the idols that were praised and blessed at the recent Synod on the Amazon in the Vatican.   He says the introduction of the pachamama idol at the synod on the […]

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