Demon of a Riddle

by Steve Ray on April 24, 2019

From where God placed me I did fall,
I knew the Christ and knew of Paul.
They showed great power, this is true,
But I would never flee from you.
For though your number was complete,
I was not one you could defeat.
When you told me to go my way
I thought I’d have the final say.
When the time came you did flee
With wounds exposed for all to see.
For in your clothes you could not hide
You left without a show of pride.
I was a demon, this is true
All I asked was “Who are you?”

After you give up, if in fact you do :-)
Read Acts 19.

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Protestant “Bible Christians” (a misnomer, since Catholics are the real and original Bible Christians), based on their recently devised “Reformation” principle of sola Scriptura, study the Bible with the following premises:

1. There is no binding authority but the Bible alone;
2. There is no official binding interpretation or interpreter; each person ultimately is their own pope; (However, no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation 2 Pet 1:21).
3. The Bible is perspicuous (i.e., easy to understand) and it can be interpreted and understood by anyone.
4. An individual can/should read the Bible and interpret the Bible for themselves.

Catholics (the original and consistent Bible Christians) have a different set of premises that direct their study of the Bible.

1. The authority of the Apostles and the Church preceded the Bible and the Tradition of the Church is an equally infallible authority (2 Thes 2:15; CCC 80 83). The Bible is part of the Apostolic Tradition.
2. The authoritative interpretation of the Bible is the prerogative of the Catholic Church (1 Tim 3:15; Mt 18:17; CCC 85?88).
3. The Bible is not always easy to understand (2 Pet 3:15?16) and needs to understood within its historical and contextual framework and interpreted within the community to which it belongs.
4. Individuals can/should read the Bible and interpret the Bible for themselves—but within the framework of the Church’s authoritative teaching and not based on their own “private interpretation” (2 Pet 1:20?21).

These basic differences place the Catholic and Protestant worlds apart even though they are opening the pages of the same book and accepting it as an authoritative revelation from God.

The Catholic position is biblical, and has been espoused from the first days of the Church. The Protestant position is unbiblical (assumed from their tradition) and is of recent origin.

The Catholic is in full continuity with historical Christianity; Protestants are in discontinuity.

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Pilgrimages Compared to Car Dealerships

by Steve Ray on April 22, 2019

There are two big issues people struggle with before going to Israel: safety and price.

We will deal with safety later, but let’s deal first with price.

You’ll notice that my prices are typically $500 – $1000 more than other pilgrimages. If you compare prices on the website you’ll find this to be true. I am a businessman and not ashamed of our price — but quite proud of it. Why?

If two people visit auto dealerships to buy the same car they may find the price to vary by several thousand dollars. Why the different price for the same model car?

At Dealership A, the buyer gets a cheaper price but finds out the tires are extra, the gas tank is empty, the paperwork is not completed and will take another two weeks to complete. They offer you a pittance as a trade-in on your old car. The new car has never been cleaned nor the stickers removed from the windows, etc. The warranty is only for six months. The sales person is hardly around when you need them.

At Dealership B, at this quality dealership, the tires are included, the car is immaculately clean inside and out, the gas tank is full, the paperwork is all prepared requiring only a simple signature. They also offer you a nice price on your old car in return. The salesman gives you his cell phone so you have instant contact. The warranty is for five years. On the front seat you find a fine bottle of wine for you to enjoy your purchase when you arrive home.

A true story: We were walking through the streets of Jerusalem. Two friends who had planned their pilgrimages together ended up on two different roups. They met in passing in Jerusalem.

The other guy yelled to his friend in our group, ” Hey Tom, I found a better price!”

Our pilgrim yelled back, “Hey Jim, you might have gotten a cheaper price, but I got a better deal!”

Not all pilgrimages are created equal. Some go for a cheap introductory price to lure buyers — others go for value.

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Wow! Sistine Chapel Explained; Now You See Why We Only Use Liz as our Guide in Rome!

April 21, 2019

We have a special Advent Pilgrimage to Italy in early December this year AND LIZ IS OUR GUIDE! Take a look at this video to see Liz’s amazing knowledge, passion for the Catholic Faith and eloquence. Enjoy this amazing video. To join our upcoming pilgrimages, visit our page here. We will spend two nights in […]

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How Long Was Jesus in the Tomb? Another Contradiction?

April 20, 2019

“For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matt. 12:38-40) Skeptics claim to have discovered an error in the New Testament —claiming Jesus was not in the tomb […]

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Famed Australian Atheist, Bill Hayden, is Baptized in the Catholic Church at 85

April 20, 2019

Originally published a few months ago, but very current and good news! Some amazing news came out of Australia today with a famous atheist politician receiving baptism. Bill Hayden had been the leader of a major Australian political party, then was the Governor General of Australia for 7 years. (The Governor General is the one who signs […]

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Steve Ray – 1 Hour Audio Tour of the Passion

April 19, 2019

I was just on the Terry Barber & Jesse Romero Show and I gave them and their listeners a one-hour Virtual Tour of Jesus’ Passion from the Upper Room to the Burial Tomb. You can listen here.

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“The Pain of the Crucifixion” – Free Talk by Steve Ray

April 19, 2019

Get my free talk on MP3 below. Also visit this site to see the magnificent artwork of James Tissot detailing the Passion of our Lord from Gethsemane to the Tomb. The PROMO CODE to download the free MP3 file is CRUCIFIXION.    

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Entering the Empty Tomb; A Contrast – Now and Back Then

April 19, 2019

It looks different today, but the place is the same. It is darker now, covered with a dome that blocks the sun. There is no grass, no hillside, no trees waving their leaves nearby. Instead there are the hushed voices of hundreds of people, the Muslim call to prayer echoing in the distance and the […]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live Wednesday – Jerusalem During the Passion?

April 18, 2019

Steve Ray describes the events in Jerusalem surrounding Christ’s Passion. People asked 1) How long was Jesus on the Cross? 2)  How long was Jesus in the Tomb? and 3) Was Jesus clothed or naked during the crucifixion? I have written about all three of those topics HERE. Questions Covered: What was Jerusalem like during […]

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Do They Know the Cause of the Fire at Notre Dame? Only Speculation…

April 18, 2019

Update: Another article along the same vein in the Catholic World Report: https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2019/04/18/notre-dame-isnt-the-only-french-church-imperiled-this-year/ ******************************************* Veteran broadcaster Lou Dobbs noted Tuesday that the decision to dismiss any notion that the Notre Dame fire could have been a deliberate act was based on politics, rather than any investigation of the facts. “One thing authorities are ruling out, however, […]

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I Love the Universality of the Catholic Church – Love Being Catholic!

April 18, 2019

We went to Mass a while ago and wanted to share it again. We could not understand a word during Mass since it was all in French. We are celebrating Mass with a church FULL of French-speaking Africans with a white French bishop with an Italian parish priest in a church built by Italians in the […]

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Welcoming New People at Mass this Easter – They May Be an Answer to Someone’s Prayers

April 16, 2019

We get busy on during the Easter Season. We don’t have a lot of respect for people who go to church only on Christmas and Easter. We may be irritated that seats are taken and the church is noisy. But, you are praying for your family and friends to come back to church and MAYBE these […]

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My Past Articles for Holy Week; Current Radio Shows this Week

April 15, 2019

Above is one of my all time favorite paintings — Peter and John running to the empty tomb by Eugene Burnand. Over the last few years I’ve answered some questions and commented on the events of Holy Week. Here are links to those articles: How long was Jesus on the Cross? How long was Jesus […]

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Grandson Josh Plays One of his New Piano Compositions

April 13, 2019

We are visiting my son Jesse Ray this weekend. We asked our grandson Joshua what he’s been playing on the piano lately. He asked, “ Do you want to hear one of my new compositions?” We said, “Of course!“ So, here is what he played for us. He also has his driving permit so he […]

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Announcing our Popular Family Christmas Holy Land Pilgrimage

April 12, 2019

Our Family Christmas Holy Land Pilgrimage has become very popular!  It is amazing to watch the kids interact over these eight days and the impact on their spirituality is tremendous. Check out our trip this year! Convenient to have the dates over Christmas break! The dates are December 29 – January 7, 2020. Our priest […]

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