Leaving Bangalore back to Kerala

by Steve Ray on July 24, 2016

India is really amazing country. Different areas are very different than other areas. The southern part is where most of the Christians live and it’s been wonderful in Bangalore which is a modern city where a lot of the high-tech industry centers.
We are now on a Jet Airways flight heading back to Kerala for a week of speaking to thousands of priests, nuns and seminarians. Very much looking forward to this.

We will also take time to explore the history of Christianity in this area where St. Thomas the Apostle brought the Catholic Faith to India in the 1st century. He is the Apostle and Patron Saint of India.

We will be visiting his tomb and sharing that with you early next week.

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Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 9.25.17 AMToday we had the morning off in Bangalore to catch up. This is the new Silicon Valley so I expected to have good internet here – and boy, was I glad since I had so much to catch up on. If someone in the USA gets “Bangalored” it means they lost their tech job to someone over here.

IMG_3686 (1)We drove an hour to St. Joseph’s School where they erected a huge tent for the evening to accommodate about 4,500 people. It filled up at 4:30 for Praise & Worship. Then Archbishop Bernard Maros arrived for Mass. Beautifully done with traditional Indian music.

It is a great joy which often brings tears to my eyes to see the beauty of the Catholic Church around the whole world. These devout Indian Christians come to praise Jesus, celebrate the Mass and hear a talk to inspire them to be better Christians. I love being Catholic!

After Mass the Archbishop sat in the front row and they invited me up to speak. I started out with, “How many of YOU would like to be up here speaking with the Archbishop sitting right there in front of you?” He was so gracious and attentive.

IMG_3671My talk was aimed at the vast exodus of Catholics out of the church for the hundreds of Protestant groups popping up all over the city.

Some are small storefront operations while others are huge Assemblies of God churches with tens of thousands of members. Their pastor owns four homes and lives an opulent lifestyle.

IMG_3705 (1)I explained that people were drawn out of the Church to these sects because of the attitude of “We love, love, love you!” but they also love your money.

The talk was my “Conversion Story and Why Be Catholic!” I made a short video to share a small part of the enthusiastic and inspired Catholic in India. Enjoy!

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India Mission Trip

by Steve Ray on July 21, 2016

It took us two whole days to get here from Detroit to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Dubai, Dubai to Cochin India. We arrived at the Divine Retreat Center at 10 AM Tuesday.

The Retreat Center in like a small village full of halls, chapels, dorms, paths through palm trees and outdoor shrines. This is a large family retreat so the place is packed with Catholics coming to pray, sing, learn and fellowship.

Last night I spoke to over 4,000 young people in their late teens and early twenties. What a joyful and responsive group. I talked about Mary the Real Girl and the Woman of Mystery. It was fun for me and they seemed very entertained and eager to learn. You’d have to be here to understand the electricity in the air.

Three talks yesterday along with two TV interviews. Another two talks today and a TV interview. Tomorrow we fly to Bangalore to give talks and meet the bishop there before coming back Sunday for four days of talking to 4,000 priests, seminarians, nuns and religious. I am excited and full of joy to serve the Lord in this unique manner.

It is a different world over here on the other side of the earth. We have mosquito netting over our bed, people eat with their hands, everything is flavored with curry and the people are delightful and friendly. It is invigorating to get immersed in a different culture and learn their ways and enjoy their food and way of life.

This is our 4th Missionary Journey to India and we learn new things every time. What a joy to share the Catholic Faith with such devout and holy people. More soon.

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Questions Steve Answered on Catholic Answers Live: Open Forum for Non-Catholics

July 19, 2016

To listen live cut and paste this into your browser http://www.catholic.com/audio-player/39606. (I am now in India with poor wi-fi and it will not let me put a hyperlink for you. For other listening options like Podcasts, click HERE. 1.  (Pentecostal)  Other churches have the spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible and speak in tongues. Why doesn’t the […]

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How Big Was Jesus in Mary’s Womb at the Visitation – and what could he do?

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“How big was baby Jesus in Mary’s womb when Mary visited Elizabeth?” That is the question I asked myself while visiting the Church of the Visitation in Israel. What I learned was quite revolutionary and amazing. This is one of the best pro-life arguments from Scripture and one I’ve not heard discussed before. It also […]

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Join Us in the Holy Land over Christmas Break; only a few seats left

July 17, 2016

All our pilgrimages are filling fast, especially the Holy Land where three of the next four trips are SOLD OUT. Join us over Christmas break before that one is completely full. God bless! Click here for a personal invitation from Steve Ray, what kids have to say about our family pilgrimages, an interactive map, the […]

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Granddaughter Elizabeth Arabella Rose Ray’s First Holy Communion

July 17, 2016

What a lovely thing to see. Wish we were there but pictures will have to do. 

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No More Political Correctness: After Nice France, let’s stop the nonsense and be honest

July 16, 2016

“A terrific and important piece. If only it were heeded. But the political and media elites are immovable, and will keep repeating their empty gestures after every new jihad attack. “Immovable of themselves — they will have to be moved by free people: replaced by saner, stronger people who are willing to defend free nations […]

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If You Live in Nebraska, Join us…

July 13, 2016

I will be in Omaha tonight and Grand Island tomorrow. The topic for the talk and Q & A is “Evangelism 101: How to Share and Explain Jesus to Everyone.”

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Do Catholics Worship “Graven Images”?

July 12, 2016

Question sent to John Martignoni from www.BibleChristianSociety.com. The answer is John Martignoni’s. Check out his new audio series to the left and his excellent website. I’m Catholic, but I do not understand nor have answers to why we use statues and blessed images in the Catholic church as opposed to God’s commandment in Exodus 20. […]

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To Encourage Others; Not to Toot My Own Horn

July 10, 2016

Not sure where “toot your own horn” came from but it’s not what I’m doing. I usually don’t tell anyone when I do such things but sometimes a good action done by one, inspires others. I truly believe these crazy ideas pop into my head because of my father’s daily examples (God rest his soul). […]

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What Every Young Black Male Should Hear!

July 10, 2016

Why don’t these young people hear this? They should have fathers who stay home and teach their boys these things. 

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Video Invite from Steve Ray for the St. Paul Mediterranean Pilgrimage Cruise “Seminar at Sea”

July 9, 2016

Our cruise is coming up at the end of October. Registrations are brisk and we want to make sure you get your cabin! Join our “Seminar at Sea” with Steve Ray, Al Kresta of Ave Maria Radio and Fr. Steve Mattson. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Mary, St. Paul, the Apostle St. […]

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Volume 4 Added to Steve Ray’s Audio Set on Acts of the Apostles

July 9, 2016

In this Bible study on the first 17 chapters of the Acts of the Apostles, Steve Ray opens the Scriptures and shows how the Early Church of the New Testament is the same as the Catholic Church of today. This well-documented study introduces you to many key people and places, struggles and strifes in the […]

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Am I Sick? Naw, I Don’t Think So, Just Feeding the Turkey Vultures

July 8, 2016

The lady at the pet store told me I was a sick individual. I didn’t think so, but then again I am biased and think I’m OK – and my wife tends to agree with me. The whole thing started because of a small hobby of mine. When I was a little boy my dad bought […]

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Pope Chooses Cupich for Key Bishop-choosing Panel

July 7, 2016

From Crux:  Pope Francis on Thursday named Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago to the Vatican’s all-important Congregation for Bishops, in effect positioning the Chicago prelate to help shape the next generation of bishops in the United States and around the world. The Congregation for Bishops is composed of roughly 30 senior prelates from around the […]

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