Family and Kids

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Not long ago we were on a boat sailing across the Sea of Galilee. The captain raised the United States flag and played the national anthem. My heart was ripped in half. I love my country, but I no longer love my country. Let me explain.

When I pull out my US Passport after flying almost 200,000 miles a year — I proudly squeeze it in my hand as one of my most prized possessions. I love Rome, Israel, the Philippines, India, Greece and the many other countries we have explored and filmed in over the globe, but I would NEVER trade my Passport for one of theirs.

I love what we have represented over the centuries. I love that we were founded on Christian principles and that our free enterprise system has brought more people out of poverty than any other in the world or in history. I am proud of the inventions, the enterprise, the freedom, the morality, the justice…

…but at the same time I wept on the boat on Galilee. We are a nation in decline. I fear our glory days are over and my grandchildren will not live in the same proud, exceptional country I have lived in. Are we exceptional? Good grief, where does everyone else want to come to? Millions want nothing more in life than to stand on our ground, to squeeze the Passport I proudly cling to.

But we have fallen. My 92-year old mother said again yesterday, “Steve, I don’t recognize my country anymore. Abortion, homosexuality, drugs and murder, the denigration of marriage and the family, huge national debt, a “gimme, gimme” society, the assault on religious liberty. Could I have ever imagined a president who is promoting these abominations in our own country and across the globe — and expecting us to pay for it?”

I weep for America. I choke up when I see the flag or hear our national anthem. Tears can flow for both joy and sorrow. When I weep for America it is for both.

Where are men and politicians like Ronald Reagan when we need him. Please dear God, have mercy on our nation. Raise up godly people, government officials, court justices…

… do not give us what we deserve but what your mercy desires. May God bless America. May God bless this land so our children may live in the freedom our ancestors knew but what it seems we are losing. 

And if that is not possible, please help our grandchildren to be strong voices for truth, religious freedom and liberty, may they love Jesus and his Church more than their very lives.

May they be a generation who love truth and liberty and who are willing to be martyrs for Jesus and his Church rather than to capitulate to culture of death and tyranny.

Good article: The Declaration of Independence Reminds Us to Put Tyrants on Notice

 

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Emily being baptized in 1994

Happy Anniversary to us! Exactly 20 years ago today our family was received into the Catholic Church. There is nothing we’ve ever done that has made such an impact on our lives.

It was Pentecost Sunday, May 22, 1994. To say it was a very special day for our family would be an understatement.

Twenty years ago today our family of six was received into the Catholic Church! Now we are twenty-two! Blessed be God! Best decision ever! We’ve never looked back.

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Cindy 16 yrs old being confirmed

Thanks to Fr. Ed Fride of Christ the King in Ann Arbor Michigan for taking the time to meet with us, prepare us and receive us into Holy Mother Church.

Fr. Ed is still our priest though we are on the road and hardly ever get to our home parish any more — but our kids still go there and all our grandkids. 

Even today at Mass when I hear the words “Body of Christ,” I hold back tears. 

 

Here we were last summer; added one baby since!

“If the half to come, is half so good as the half behind, here’s hail to the rest of the road” (Sheldon Vanauken)

“We are not the first to cross the Tiber, we won’t be the last – we are in good company!” (me in Crossing the Tiber)

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My Wife’s Dad just Died

by Steve Ray on April 7, 2014

Janet's dad seated to the right - in better times.

My wife Janet’s father died this morning after a heart attack last week. He was in the arms of his wife and four daughters who were praying the Our Father.

He was a great dad for those girls. I thanked him many times for raising such a wonderful daughter and for allowing me to marry her.

Please pray for him and the family. His name was Gilbert Sklenar of Czeck origins. Thanks.

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On Catholic Answers Live: Steve Ray’s Six Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family and Friends

March 17, 2014

Joint us on a pilgrimage. Visit FootprintsOfGod.com. Today I was on Catholic Answers Live discussing my Six Rules. It was delightful.  As soon as the links are available on Tuesday I will provide the links to listen on-line or as a podcast. Stay tuned. Here are my Six Rules for dealing with family and friends [...]

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Our Conversion Story in Easy-to-Read Format with Lots of Pictures

March 13, 2014

I can still smell the green vinyl of the used couch in our living room as I knelt with my mom, with my face buried in my hands and my nose pressed into the vinyl. She had decided I was old enough — after all I was four years old. She didn’t want to wait [...]

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Marriage in Heaven? Will We Know and Love Our Spouses in Heaven?

February 15, 2014

My dad died almost two years ago. Mom misses Dad and was discouraged about Mark 12:25 which her paraphrased Living Bible improperly rendered “will no be married” in heaven. I wrote the following to comfort my Mom. Giving talks in Steubenville Ohio and stayed up until 2:00 AM doing a bit of work on this. [...]

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Newest Member of the Ray Clan – John Mary Caleb Ray

December 21, 2013

Elizabeth Bella Rose Ray holding her new baby brother. The 12th grandchild has just arrived at 11:30 AM Saturday (after only three pushes by his incredible mom). The Twelve Tribes are now complete! We now have our own Jury! Wonder how many priests and religious? Wonder how many great-grandchildren who will help change the world. [...]

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Good News about Grandson Sebastian

December 11, 2013

From my Son-in-Law at the Hospital at 6:45 AM: Sebastian is feeling noticeably better at this point. He’s gotten some decent sleep. Everything looks really good. They tested out his strength, eyes, awareness, etc. and he’s looking really good right now. The bleeding in his head is actually pretty minimal, they said, and he’s going [...]

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Grandson being rushed to the hospital

December 10, 2013

Update: as of 11:30 PM still no update. Probably won’t hear more until morning. The outpouring of love, prayers and support is overwhelming. God bless you all and thanks! Are cute little grandson Sebastian fell today, no one knows how, and a CAT Scan revealed blood on both sides of his brain. He is being [...]

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Family Fun and Craziness on Thanksgiving; Video with 11 Grandkids

December 3, 2013

With some slo-mo and sped up videos, the kids got a good laugh at themselves. I love being a husband, dad and grandpa!

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Funny Babies – My Grandkids

November 26, 2013

This video is worth sharing: my 2 year old grandson trying to steal the spotlight from his 1 year old brother…by making animal sounds.

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A Limerick for a Questioning Grandson – Did Jesus Really Exist?

September 16, 2013

Was there really a man named Jesus? Or do the Catholics just try to tease us? I went to the places, Studied books for all traces, And discovered he’s real which should please us. A Limerick just sent to me from Darrell, a new convert, in response to the limerick I just posted: There once [...]

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Want To Be A Rebel? I Do! My Kids and Grandkids Do Too!

July 17, 2013

“In the age of relativism, orthodoxy is the only possible rebellion left” (Peter Kreeft).   Count me in!!!  I’ve always been a rebel at heart!  My theory of child-rearing, which I have successfully done now with four great adult kids and eleven grandkids, it that we need to RAISE REBELS.  Want to be counter-cultural? Be an [...]

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Proposal for Marriage in Rome; We’re Delighted

June 11, 2013

Sean Regan proposed marriage to our daughter Emily Ray on the Bridge of the Angels “crossing the Tiber River” with St. Peter’s Basilica in the background.  He surprised Janet and I (though we somewhat expected it and have for several years) a few hours before by taking us aside and asking for our daughter’s hand [...]

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Grandkids Chasing Mice – How Cool!!

June 9, 2013

I love having 11 grandkids (with another on the way and two daughters still to get started!). Nothing Janet and I love more than being married and still madly in love, having four wonderful children and now being grandparents!  I often take the grandkids on adventures with our golf cart, driving through the country and [...]

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Just Passed the 500 Mile Mark Today!

May 29, 2013

For the year 2013 I just passed the 500 mile mark today! Whew! I might hit 1,200 miles this year. Janet just hit a personal record today of 30 miles on the bike. Five years ago Janet and I decided to change our lifestyle. It would mean 1) daily exercise, 2) cutting our diet in [...]

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