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Our Friend Fr. Benedict Groeschel died Yesterday

by Steve Ray on October 4, 2014

IMG_4513.PNGIt is with sadness that I mention that father Benedict died last night. Janet and I had gotten very fond of him and spent time in his retreat center. We will treasure the times we spent with him.

Because of his habit and his beard I told him one time that every time I saw him it made me want to read The Hobbit again.

He was aged 81 and died on the eve of his patron saint’s feast day, St. Francis.

Please pray for the repose his soul.

Article on his life and death

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Help Tom Peters the Papist

by Steve Ray on November 14, 2013

From and friend and fellow worker with the great young man Tom Peters:

On a warm summer night four months ago, I received some terrible news. 

As I was preparing to go to sleep that July night, my phone vibrated on my bedside table. A new text message. Then another. Then another. Something was urgent. Then I read the messages.

He was married only 3 months before this tragic accident

Our friend and co-worker Thomas Peters, widely known as the ‘American Papist’ blogger, was involved in a swimming accident. He had suffered a severe injury and his life was in danger. At that moment nobody knew if he was still alive. ‘Pray!’ was the only request.

Thomas was transported that night by helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore. We later learned that he had fractured his fifth cervical vertebra. He was temporarily paralyzed and the prognosis was uncertain. “Please pray” was all we were told. So pray we did.

Over a period of 6 weeks Thomas’ doctors worked to save his life and repair the damage to his neck. Through many surgeries, treatments, and trials, the doctors were able to finally stabilize him.

Thomas continues to recover, having been through in-patient rehab and just recently was allowed to return home where he is continuing the rehabilitation process.

Just yesterday he fired off an email to the CV staff urging us to push back against a NY Times article suggesting that Catholics are unhappy with the Holy Father. He joked about his sore pinky he was forced to use to type. He may be handicapped, but his love of the Church remains boundless.

While Thomas continues his recovery, the financial burden of his accident continues to grow.

That’s why CatholicVote.org is participating in the #IStandWithThomasPeters day by pledging to send any donation received today to the Thomas Peters Recovery Fund.

There are many ways you can help. Here are a few:

SPREAD THE WORD – Thomas’ faithful friends have created graphics that can be shared on social media urging people to support Thomas in his recovery. Check out the graphics to share here: http://tpetersrecovery.blogspot.com/

PRAY – Please join us in offering up prayers of thanksgiving for his life and prayers of petition for his continued recovery. See the intentions here: http://tpetersrecovery.blogspot.com/p/prayer.html

DONATE – The costs of Thomas’ medical treatment, rehabilitation, and related needs are enormous. If we can help ease the financial burden and stress even a little, Thomas will be able to focus on these last two critical months of recovery.

Please consider making a gift of any amount now.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support for Thomas. We are grateful to God for answering our prayers. 

I just sent in my donation and I’m passing on the news. I hope you will do both as well.

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With Friends on the Sea

by Steve Ray on November 5, 2013

It is very infrequent that I get to see some of my best friends since they are as busy as me. But once in a while we are fortunate and are speakers together at the same conferences. This time we are on a Caribbean Cruise and one of the great joys is to be with the people, especially the other speakers.

Here is a picture of my with Matt Fradd, Chris Check, Patrick Madrid and Tim Staple. Not in the picture is Fr. Larry Richards. We are all giving talks during the cruise. This ship is crazy – the largest cruise ship in the world – the Oasis of the Seas. Too big and glitzy for me but I like being with fellow-minded Catholics, kindred spirits!

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My Friend Al Kresta: Story of an Unsung Hero and Modern-day Prophet

September 30, 2013

This article is a great read and inspires one to hope for the faith and country. Al Kresta and I have been good friends since 1983 when I first met him upon my return from living in Switzerland. Al was dressed in knickers and a goutee at the time, playing the part of my then [...]

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Help for a Good Catholic Friend Looking for a Job to Support his Homeschooling Family

August 3, 2013

I have been friends with Dan Grajek for twenty years. He is exceptionally creative, a great Catholic writer and apologist and his kids are following in their parents’ footsteps. He just lost his job and I am posting his request and his resumé. If you know of any job possibilities, please let him know. He [...]

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Blast from the Past: Wow, Time Sure Changes Us!

March 22, 2013

I was just told about this picture on FaceBook. The picture was taken shortly after I had first become a Catholic in 1994. One witness says this picture was taken in 1997. Time sure changes us :-) This “Gang of Four” spoke at an apologetics conference in Dearborn Michigan sponsored by Thy Faith Inc. (Gary [...]

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Visiting and Speaking at Logos Bible Software; Dinner with Mark Shea

August 10, 2012

Today was a busy and exciting day. It started out with a meeting with my new friend Andrew Jones, a PhD in Medieval history and a Catholic scholar. He hosted us on a tour of Logos Bible Software in Bellingham Washington. Of the 300+ employees I think you can count those over 30 years onl [...]

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Wedding in Nazareth (almost Cana)

April 23, 2012

Our friend Nael Malouf got married on Sunday in Nazareth. We were happy to join the festivities. Traditions are still much like biblical, ancient times. This is a very traditional Palestinian Christian wedding (Catholic). Enjoy the short video HERE.

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UPDATE: Scott Hahn Home from Surgery

January 21, 2012

SATURDAY UPDATE: “Dr. Scott Hahn says: “Home at last… after several firsts: first time I spent overnight(s) in a hospital; first time I received the sacrament of the anointing of the sick; and the first time a surgeon looked at me and said, ‘Yes, you might die.’ So I am grateful beyond words for His [...]

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From Othodox Jew to Protestant to Catholic to Mother Superior

December 9, 2011

When a young Jewish woman in the 1960s read of Catholic nuns receiving permission to shorten their habits, she was shocked. How could these women who were supposed to be influencing the world for God succumb to the influence of the world? “I lost what wasn’t mine,” explained Rosalind Moss years later. Little did she [...]

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Fish, Mark Shea, Running and Talks near Seattle

August 30, 2011

One of the things I love about traveling around giving talks at parishes and conferences is meeting old friends. Mark Shea, fellow convert, blogger, speaker and all around fun guy, was free for lunch while I’m here giving talks at Holy Family Parish in Kirkland Washington outside Seattle. Mark and I went to a great [...]

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With Great Jewish Friend!

August 27, 2011

Always great to be with one of our favorite people: Rosalind Moss in her new Mother Superior habit. Sharing microphone with packed house at Fullness of Faith Conference in San Antonio TX.

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Nice Evening

May 13, 2011

John Hale, my wife Janet, Sister Rosalind Moss and me at our house for dinner with a house full of family and 9 kids! Wonderful evening.

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Passover Lamb: A True Story

April 18, 2011

Contributed by Jesse Ray 4-18-2011 I arrived on the scene with my gun and stoically loaded in some self-defense rounds (although I was clearly not in danger). I did not lavish the idea of slaughtering a lamb, but my friend and new-farmer, Pat, called and sheepishly asked for some help. I guess he thought I [...]

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Pre-wedding Party in Nazareth

September 2, 2010

Janet and I are in Nazareth, as I’ve already shared, and right now we are at the pre-wedding party of 1,000 people — family and friends of the bride and grooms family. We are honored to be guests. The groom’s family puts on this huge party to welcome the family and friends of the bride [...]

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Breaking News: Dr. Ken Howell Reinstated

July 30, 2010

Thank you for your support. To read the story, visit the SaveDrKen Facebook page here. University of Illinois offers to reinstate Catholic professor fired for his views The University of Illinois has offered to reinstate a Catholic faculty member who was dismissed after he explained Church teachings on homosexuality. . . .

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