Steve is unable to answer all the questions he receives. We are concerned about you and your questions, but due to the increased number of e-mails Steve receives and the demands on his time (due to writing deadlines, travel for the Footprints of God video series, leading pilgrimages, teaching at conferences, writing, and trying to keep the lawn mowed 🙂 please consider the following:

1. Steve has provided writings and studies to answer many of the most common questions. Also his books, videos, and audio CD’s will answer many of the frequently asked questions.

2. Steve’s Discussion Board is a very helpful and personal resource. You can easily join many different forums with knowledgeable Catholics who are ready and willing to answer questions and help with understanding and defending the Catholic faith.

3. If you have specific questions about the Bible, the Catholic Church, or if you need personal guidance about the Catholic faith, there are many great apologetic and general Catholic sites listed on my Link’s page. Check out Biblical Evidence for Catholicism.

4. I would specifically recommend Catholic Answers with a marvelous set of resources and several Catholic apologists trained to answer inquiries about Catholicism. You can call their Apologist’s Line free of charge at 619-387-7200 (Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM, Pacific Time).

5. If you are considering converting to the Catholic faith, you can find compassionate and understanding guidance from The Coming Home Network.

6. Other great sources for information can be found here: Haydock Bible Commentary, Catholic Encyclopedia, Fathers writing on the Gospels, Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, Fr. Hardon’s Bible Dictionary, On-line Catechism, Vatican website, and EWTN.

**************************************

If you do need to contact Steve Ray personally he will try to respond but please understand that he receives about 100 e-mails a day and although he tries to respond to each one, his responses may be short, delayed, or impossible.

We apologize for this inconvenience. Thanks for understanding and we hope you enjoy this website and find all the resources helpful.

If you still need to contact Steve Ray, send him an e-mail at sray@me.com.

Share on facebook
Share
Share on twitter
Tweet
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print

This Post Has 146 Comments

  1. Juan Rodriguez

    Dear Steve

    I would love to bring you to New York for a Conference. We would like to know how much it would cost to bring you to New York. What will be the best time? What topic you have in your collection of conference would be good for a Parish that may need an intro to the Catholic faith. I would be inviting people from our cluster, and throughout of New York and possibly in New Jersey. Please Mr. Ray, we would like to bring to New York.

    Please contact me at 718-392-0011/ 718-937-5174/ 347-901-3155.
    You can also e-mail me

    Thank you for reading my letter and blessed Advent and Christmas to you and your family.

    Juan Rodriguez
    Pastoral Associate

  2. Juan Rodriguez

    Dear Steve

    Received a call from Mr. J. Ray. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CALL. As for the dates, I was looking on your site for dates, just to compare what does you would work for you and for us. Your e-calendar was giving me problems, it would malfunction.

    The Months I would like to throw at you would be June, July, August, – Probably September or October to give us time to promote in our area, our cluster and throughout the New York area.

    This would be the first time having this event, or in my experience my first time setting it up. Definitely will call to get more details. Your site gives me some leads. Did some research on the Hotel as the one you work with the most is just a 50 Blocks from our area – nearest to Laguardia Airport.

    I am also connecting with my contacts to see if they will sponsor this event, so that we may provide the money in time for Steve’s visit.

    Please send me an idea for Sept or Oct. that way I can present the plans to my Pastor. I am looking forward in hearing from you, and I hope before you get this email that I can call you.

    God bless you and keep you safe.

    Juan Rodriguez

  3. Basil Peutalo

    I am interested in keeping in touch with this website and especially with you Steve Ray. I am a Catholic from a third world where Catholic faith is thriving but on milk. The materials and discussions on this and other Catholoc sites have really attracted my interest and keenness to learn more from them.

    I hope I can keep in touch and learn more on the faith.

    God Bless you all and Very Merry Christmas!!

  4. luiz camacho

    STEVE ,

    MERRY CHRISTMAS !

    LUIZ CAMACHO ( BRAZIL )

    OBS : I AM AT FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

  5. Jamie

    Dear Mr. Steve Ray,

    Good Day sir!

    I have a thesis project and I have chosen this topic “Catholic beliefs on After Life” Is this topic okay?
    Or is it disrespectful for our Catholic Faith?
    – maybe because we shouldn’t talk about things beyond our knowledge or things which God is the only one who knew?

    Any comments bad or good is very much welcomed. Your reply would be deeply appreciated. Thank You so much! More Power!

    Sincerely yours,
    Jamie

    STEVE RAY HERE. THAT IS A PERFECTLY GOOD TOPIC. BE SURE TO QUOTS FROM THE CATECHISM.

  6. Sharon Lobo

    Dear Steve
    I just read your article on the Epiphany. Yes Luke’s Gospel account of the Nativity is Mary’s recollection of events. I was looking up the ‘Black Madonna’ ‘Our Lady of Poland’ – St. Luke painted the portrait of Our Lady on a tabletop fashioned by Jesus in his carpenter days and while he was painting her, she recounted the whole story to him.

  7. Jessie V

    Hi Mr. Ray!
    Love your Footprints videos and your writings. Praying for the opportunity to go on a pilgrimage with you someday too! Recently my son shared a new YouTube video that has become frighteningly popular, in fact the idea it perpetuates has become popular too. It is “I hate religion, I love Jesus”. It suggests that Jesus hates religion too, and came to abolish religion!!! I would give you the link but I don’t want to give these ideas any more publicity… I am sure you could find it in a search, I just don’t want to give it free advertising on your website. I know that much of what the young poet says is false and based on an improper personal interpretation of the Bible, however, I wondered if you had any writings on this whole idea. We are surrounded with a very strong Protestant base of folks in our small town in Central California and this idea my sons friends are latching onto seems very dangerous. Any books, pamphlets,CDs or writings you have or could recommend on this topic would be great! Thank you and God Bless you and your work!!

  8. katy ward

    Quick question..
    is the Hebrew root word for sheep pen the same as for the Holy of Holies?

    I tried to analyze the two words in Hebrew and got nowhere.

    Thank you.

  9. Terri Padilla

    Wondering if enough money was raised to finish the dvd series.
    Terri Padilla
    Midland, TX

  10. Frank

    Check out this amazing website which shows the scale of the universe from the smallest things we know to the unimagineably large. This demonstrates the power of God and helps poor sinners like me rememeber that without God I am nothing but a specle of dust.

    http://htwins.net/scale2/
    Regards
    Frank

  11. Mrs CelineFrancySomi

    sir, greetings , Iam watching the program in shalom TV It is really improving the catholic belives .

  12. Frank

    Steve

    Scientifically this is big news and could be of interest to some of your readers. In the Jan 2012 edition of New Scientist (magazine) it was stated that scientists are now facing up to the problem of the universe having a beginning – until recently they could postulate that it was eternal and the main theories to support this were “eternal inflation” and “multiverses”. However, as the article reports, the problem (for them) is that the equations didnt work when tested and they are now back where they started with a creation event!

    The New Scientist article is here (but you will need a log in so i have pasted the article in full below)

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21328474.400-why-physicists-cant-avoid-a-creation-event.html

    Article in full

    Why physicists can’t avoid a creation event

    The big bang may not have been the beginning of everything – but new calculations suggest we still need a cosmic starter gun. You could call them the worst birthday presents ever. At themeeting of minds convened last week tohonour Stephen Hawking’s 70th birthday- loftily titled “State of the Universe” – two bold proposals posed serious threats to our existing understanding of the cosmos.One shows that a problematic object called a naked singularity is a lot more likely to exist than previously assumed (see ” Naked black-hole hearts live in the fifth dimension”). The other suggests thatthe universe is not eternal, resurrecting the thorny question of how to kick-start the cosmos without the hand of a supernatural creator.

    While many of us may be OK with the idea of the big bang simply starting everything, physicists,including Hawking, tend to shy away from cosmic genesis. “A point of creation would be a place where science broke down. One would have to appeal to religion and the hand of God,” Hawking told themeeting, at the University of Cambridge, in a pre-recorded speech. For a while it looked like it might be possible to dodge this problem, by relying on models such as an eternally inflating or cyclic universe, both of which seemed to continue infinitely in the past as well asthe future. Perhaps surprisingly, these were also both compatible with the big bang, the idea that theuniverse most likely burst forth from an extremely dense, hot state about 13.7 billion years ago.However, as cosmologist Alexander Vilenkinof Tufts University in Boston explained last week, that hope has been gradually fading and may now be dead. He showed that all these theories still demand a beginning. His first target was eternal inflation. Proposed byAlan Guthof the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981, inflationsays that in the few slivers of a second after the big bang, the universe doubled in size thousands of times before settling into the calmer expansion we see today. This helped to explain why parts of the universe so distant that they could never have communicated with each other look the same. Eternal inflation is essentially an expansion of Guth’s idea, and says that the universe grows at this breakneck pace forever, by constantly giving birth to smaller “bubble” universes within an ever-expandingmultiverse, each of which goes through its own initial period of inflation. Crucially, some versions of eternal inflation applied to time as well as space, with the bubbles forming both backward .But in 2003, a team including Vilenkin and Guth considered what eternal inflation would mean for the Hubble constant, which describes mathematically the expansion of the universe. They found that the equations didn’t work “You can’t construct a space-time with this property,” says Vilenkin. It turns out that the constant has a lower limit that prevents inflation in both time directions. “It can’t possibly be eternal in the past,” says Vilenkin.”There must be some kind of boundary.”

  13. Jackie

    Steve,
    I listen to you often on Relevant Radio and love listening to you talk about the saints as if they are your personal friends and family. For this reason I am contacting you for recommendations. My daughter’s class will be preparing for Confirmation next year. I know part of that is selecting a saint name. Many years ago when I was confirmed there was no guidance on selecting a name. I’d like to provide the kids with a book or two regarding saints that will get them thinking ahead for confirmation. My thought is to get the books to them this summer so they have time to read and reflect before classes start in the fall.

    Can you recommend some books and also websites that discuss the saints?

    Thanks very much for your help.

    Blessings!

    Jackie

  14. David Mackin

    Steve,
    At this morning’s Mass at Holy Family in Orlando for the closing of the Fortnight we had all the priests (3 active and 1 retired) plus 2 Deacons celebrating. Awesome Mass! One of the deacons (a retired state appeals court judge) did the Homily and stressed how God is so centered in our nation and how important are this year’s elections are, (rare standing ovation after a homily). You would’ve love to have been there! Happy blessed 4th of July to you and your family. Thank you for all that you do!
    God bless you,
    David Mackin

  15. Christina Shurina

    Dear Mr. Ray
    I am sorry to hear about your father! Lily, a lady from the Knoxville area, directed me to your site for the first time today. She said she has gone on a trip to the Holy Land with you, and send her prayers and best wishes.

    Lily and I started talking when she was trying to set up Lighthouse CDs at her local Church. I have been giving them away, so her number was forwarded to me. You have just a few talks distributed by Lighthouse, and I was wondering, if I bought in quantity and then give them away free, could I receive a cheaper price? Depending on the price, I might be interested in 50 to 100 of many of your complete talk CDs. If you think of each talk/CD as a seed of faith being planted for eternal glory, together we can be a dandelions in God’s garden. I know I might not be the prettiest of God’s flowers, yet I love to plant seeds. Thank you for all you have done so far!

    May God continue to bless us,
    Christina

  16. Michael Joyce, ofm

    PEACE! “Therefore, in order to say a little about this dark night, I shall trust neither to experience nor to knowledge, since both may fail and deceive; but, while not omitting to make such use as I can of these two things, I shall avail myself, in all that, with the Divine favour, I have to say, or at the least, in that which is most important and dark to the understanding, of Divine Scripture; for, if we guide ourselves by this we shall be unable to stray, since He Who speaks therein is the Holy Spirit. And if in aught, I stray, whether through my imperfect understanding of that which is said in it or of matters unconnected with it, it is not my intention to depart from the sound sense and doctrine of our Holy Mother the Catholic Church; for in such a case I submit and resign myself wholly, not only to her command, but to whatever better judgment she may pronounce concerning it. (St. John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel, Prologue, no. 2, p. I I in the E. Allison Peers translation, The Newman Press, Westminster, Maryland.)
    I loved Crossing the Tiber

  17. Lee Sacre

    is there a floating holy rock in Jerusalem? a rock that is floating in air?

  18. Josh

    Hi Steve,

    I’m not sure if you keep up with boxing, but Manny Pacquiao, who was well known for being Catholic, was converted by Rick Warren. His conversion story from what I’ve seen, shows his lack of understanding of our faith and claims that Catholicism did not help him overcome his own sinfulness. Of course the media is eating this up and many anti-Catholics will be using this as ammunition.

    The point I am getting to is that, I think that Catholicism doesn’t have enough of a strong influence in mainstream media, and the one Catholic who was very well known (for being Catholic) was converted. I would like to request that, maybe, you can approach him and talk to him like Rick Warren did. Manny, is after all, still a brother, and we cannot sit idly by while others like Rick Warren are converting Catholic celebrities.

    Well, it’s only a request 😀 and I pray that God will guide you in your decision. God bless 🙂

  19. Peggy White

    Dear Mr. Ray,
    My husband and I would like to go on a pilgrimage to Israel. My husband is an Evangelical. I was an Evangelical up until 2008 when I returned to the Catholic Faith with my husband’s blessings. He would tend toward going with someone like Joel Rosenburg. I ofcourse lean toward you. Have you had other Evangelicals on your pilgrimage and if so how does it work out for them?
    God bless your ministry.
    Peggy

  20. Bob Wait

    Steve,
    Just a comment about Petros/Petra. Maybe the Greek would approximate “You are Rochelle and on this rock …” when the gender slant would be more like ‘Rocky’ or ‘Rock’.

    Bob Wait (a recent member of your Jan/Feb Pilgrimage)

  21. Caleb

    Dear Steve,

    Thank you for your wonderful and awesome ministry! You are inspiration to me, especially the love and cheerful passion you have when defending the Faith.

    I have a quick question that occurred to me while listening to your talk about neopaganism at Franciscan University. Do you have any reference to writings about pagans during the Roman Empire in which they described the practices of the early church. This will be a great additional resource to fellow non-catholic christians that shows that the early christians where very Catholics.

    Cheers and God Bless!

  22. darren longboat

    just finished breakfast with the family after Easter Sunday mass at our Lady of Victory Basilica. during mass i thought of you and the great pilgramage to the holy land and wanted to say A BIG THANK YOU for guiding us and so many to and through the holy land! Happy Easter to you and your family

  23. Teresa White

    Steve I just wanted to ask you about the letter you wrote to your father about becoming Catholic but being raised Baptist I was raised Baptist also and have become Catholic and my mother is against it so I would like to writ her a letter also to help her understand it Please help me to help her.

    Thank you
    Teresa White

  24. Gwen Brown

    Last night, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a talk that St John the Baptist in New Brighton offered where I could hear Steve in person. What a thrill! He lays the truth out about the Catholic Church being the One True Church in such a simple-to-express format that now I can tell anti-Catholics, friends who have questions, and my soon-to-be daughter-in-law who came into the Church at this years’s Easter Vigil (who I was sponsor for) additional information about how fortunate and blessed she is to be in Jesus’ true Church. Thank you, Steve, for your gift and sacrifices to witness and explain our beautiful faith in an easy-to-understand, picturesque explanations of the Holy Land, and love of the faith to all of us. What a gift you are! I live about 45 minutes from New Brighton and really wish my parish would look into having Steve talk at our church as well! God Bless always!

  25. Al Thomas

    Peace be to You Steve,

    May I know if when in Jacksonville (april 15th) will you have for sale your CD’s Born Again, Your Conversion Story (would this be the same story as on the CD Finding The Fullness of Faith by lighthouse) and other stuff?

    God Bless and wish you a Peacefull and Safe trip,

    Dr. Thomas

  26. Edwin Dsouza

    Dear Steve,
    Small Question – Is there mention in the Scriptures about the Birth Of The Muslim Prophet Muhamad ?

    Thanks n God Bless Hope to see u again in Mumbai.

  27. Julia

    Hello, I have a book to recommend which I have bought for my mother. She liked it a lot as it presents Pope Francis in a simple and warm way, ideal for those who may wish to reconvert.
    Here is the link if you would like to post an advert on your blog.ù
    Thank you very much for the kind attention.
    Best regards,

    Julia Gillman

    BOOK RECOMMENDED
    Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis in Rome
    https://www.createspace.com/4248583

  28. Lawrence Leach

    Steve I don’t Know if you and Janet are out of the country, but if you are not and your scheadual is opne on Sept. 22, 13 around 6pm we would like to invite the both of you to the premear of The Real One Nation Under God, at the imagine theator in Novi. We really need some input on the film.
    Larry

  29. larry leach

    Thank for the reply Stephen, have a blessed trip with everyone will keep you all in prayer Larry

  30. Lee Furtak

    Greetings Steve, would it be possible to get an address for you as my priest, Father Lawrence Smith, would like to send you some materials to you for your consideration.

    Thank you, Lee Furtak

  31. Norman L.Pelletier Jr.

    Deat Steve,are coming to Norwich,Ct.on the 28th or the 29th of sept.

    Saturday

  32. tom mcmahon baraga broadcasting

    Hi Steve and Janet

    We would like you to speak in the Indian River Michigan area I know you have family in the area which would make it more convient, Please contact me and let me know if that is doable.
    Tom McMahon Baraga Broadcasting
    tommc@baragamail.com
    989 306 3168
    Your coming is important to a lot of people up here,so i will become like the widow bugging the judge.

    God Bless you and your family

    Tom McMahon

    STEVE RAY HEREIf you fill out a simple form that we have on my website http://WWW.InviteSteve.com my son Jesse will get that form. He manages all my speaking and traveling and may be you and he could set something up for early July when we usually come to Indian River.

  33. Chris Sommer

    Steve, I tried to search your website but couldn’t find anything about JOSEPH (Jesus’s stepfather). Do we have any writings or traditions that tell us anymore about Joseph then the little bit we read about in the Bible?

    PS THANK YOU for being you. My mother prayed for over 20 years that I’d leave Fundamentalism and return to The Church. Oh I was very rude to her at times, since she didn’t know the bible (I was so arrogant…ugh). With the witness of Al Kresta and a friend giving me some CD’s of a conference you made, I was able to return and embrace so many things I was turned-off by (turned off only because as a Catholic in the 80’s there was not a solid teaching to understand and defend the Faith)… Peace to you and your loved-ones.

  34. Judy Schwartz

    Dear Steve,

    I have a problem my 12 year old son who is currently 7th grader at a Catholic school has decided to write a paper on how “True Communism” is the ideal political system, first practiced by monk and religious centuries ago. Everyone works and everyone gets what they need. His history teacher is ok with his rough draft and has initiated that he could have this be his major paper for the semester. His religion teacher told me she mention that a good thing that came out of Hitler was due to his experiments with children we came to know their nutritional needs! These 2 teachers don’t want to discourage his creative process and are happy he is showing maturity in writing on a mature topic. WOW!! My older daughter finds contempt with his reasoning and has told him he is completely wrong and not to embarrass our family by writing such untruths. We have talked over the years about the causes and effects of WW2 as a family. We watched Hunger Games with him and pointed out that this is a portrayal of post-modern communism and how it demeans the human person. He also plays a game on the internet called “Nation States” where he creates his own country and its rules as he wishes. Since he knows we disapprove he is not willing to hear us. Any resources to help us form him, something to watch or read something from a Pope? Thanks for your time.

  35. Maria Lopez Mota

    Steve,

    I would like to ask your mother to pray for my friend Steve W. in the hopes that it will work with him as it did with you! 🙂

    May you send me your mailing address?

    God bless you.

  36. Todd

    Steve,
    I am a recent convert to the catholic faith. I currently live in Malta with my fiance, she and I are both blind and are to be wed on 8 March 2014. Actually she is the person who has inspired me to live a better life and leave my lutheran roots. Also she is the same person who introduced me to your programmes. Considering the time difference we are not able to always hear your talks but we do try and listen to you on EWTN through tune in radio as much as we can. God’s Blessing and I hope that we are able to meet one day.

  37. Craig Johnson

    Steve, we are doing a bible study on John at our Church and we are just getting to 1 John 5: 16-17. it would appear that John is describing the difference between Venial and Mortal Sin, One that you can pray for forgiveness and the other that you would need to Confess to someone. I have searched for some commentary on these versus and get a very convoluted answer from Protestant sources none of them deal with a difference between the types of sin or with a good way to remedy a mortal sin. Can you direct me to a good Catholic commentary on these versus.

  38. David McCleary

    Dear Mr Ray,

    I’m an Australian Catholic living in London and your number one fan. I’m taking my 2 oldest kids to Rome for the Canonisations on 27 April and I heard on a recent Catholic Answers podcast that you’ll be there with one of your tours. I know you’re extremely busy but I’d love to just say a quick G’day and shake your hand. There will probably be a million people trying to get into St Peter’s Square but there’s aways a chance I run into you. I’ll be carying an Australian and Papua New Guinean flag.

    Your brother in Christ
    Dave McCleary

  39. Andy Boyd

    Hi Steve,

    We are planning to attend an “Easter Concert” this Saturday in Kalamazoo entitled “Lamb of God”. We just learned that many, if not all, of the performers are Mormon. Do you know any thing about this concert?

    Thanks,
    Andy

  40. Rhonda Borelli

    Hi Steve – My husband and I were on your Feb 9-18 Holy Land Pilgrimage. Would it be possible for us to purchase more of the olive-wood rosaries made by the nuns in the Holy Land in order to continue our support for them? Our Catholic gift shop is interested in selling them and in so doing letting others know about those Christians persecuted in the Holy Land. Please let me know how we could do so.
    Thank you

    STEVE RAY HERE: Yes, we can do that. We will communicate by email.

  41. Mets

    love what you do, Steve. Your website is a treasure trove of great Catholic articles. wonder why a number of the hyperlinks are dead ends – Peter and Keys, etc. can’t wait to go through your site with all the links open. one of these days, i will take another Holy Land pilgrimage but this time with your group. thank you. thank you. thank you.

  42. dennis montgomery

    Hey Steve,
    Got ur books. Love Crossing the Tiber. I give copies to protestant friends. Would be nice to have a CD or DVD made of you talking directly to non catholics about the Catholic Faith. Seems like most apologists direct their books and CD’s towards educating catholics. Just a thought.
    Thanks.
    Hope to go on a trip with you sometime. Saw you in Jerusalem a couple of years ago.
    God Bless
    dennis

  43. Renee Villa

    Hello Steve,
    Currently, I am wrestling with my spiritual journey. I found your conversion story very moving. I am a Baptist Minister. I have been serving as a Pastor for over 8 years. I served four years as a Army Chaplain. However, with many questions and realizing the loss of tradition and reverence for God in Christian Church I have been praying to God to help me lead my family in a Sacred Holy Church that is going to have reverence for God. I am really hurting. Please call me or email me at your earliest convenience.
    (209) 500-8434 / rvilla@liberty.edu

  44. monica

    Dear Steve and Janet
    Please join me in praying for the young baptized Catholic men in my family and in the world, who seem to be swaying in the breeze. I sometimes say to my friends “Where have all our priests/priestly vocations gone? To protestant churches…where they become very active…” We are praying God to keep those who are still with us and bring the others home so that the Eucharist can be celebrated everywhere.
    Thank you
    Monica

  45. Joan Sirois

    Hello Steve, I am having kind of a hard time contacting someone to order some of your “The Footprints of God” Cds. I want so bad to order some. Please give me the Best way to contact someone so that I can order some of your DC’s as soon as possible.. Thank you so much! Joan Sirois

  46. Joan Sirois

    Please send me the Best way to contact someone about ordering Steve Rays “Footprints of God” CD’s. Thank You!

  47. Humberto Gomez

    Hello, Mr Ray, First I want to express my admiration to your work, and your inspiring testimony, I know that maybe your not respond my email, and i Understand why, more than a question, i have a concern, I’m from Colombia, living in south Florida, I’m trying to live my faith the best I can, and learn about it, like you, sometimes i like to know what other “Christians” say about us Catholics, in the Latin country’s, new churches and sects , who call themselves Christians, many times stated that Constantine found the Catholic “sect” and make Christianity a pagan Religion, also many stated that the popes where pagan, and corrupt, is there any serious document, book, or any other resource that help to deny with valid arguments all this accusations? also my thinking is there we need in our local Churches people prepared to teach others all this topics, so when someone come to challenge our faith, we can defend with love, compassion but with knowledge our beautiful and rich Catholic Faith, I apologize for my English, and I hope you understand what i meant in my message , I will Pray for you and your family, and your great Ministry.

    With Respect

    Humberto Gomez

  48. Debbie douglas

    Dear Steve,
    I just listened to your conversion story and was so touched by you and your wife’s crying at the Mass.

    I’m currently in RCIA at Ss. Cyril & Methodius and heard you speak at the apologetics conference there last month…what a blessing it was. I too often cry at the Mass . I won’t share my conversion story here but just wanted to share a moment I had at a particular Mass. It was a Mass were they celebrated us RCIA students and we were sitting in front and it has a “packed house”. Fr. John was right in front of me serving Communion, I noticed he kept looking up, I suspect to see if the line was ending soon because he was working so hard….and I just knew he was doing as Jesus commanded St. Peter….”feed my sheep”. I felt so completely blessed by this moment, it too made me weep.

    Thanks for sharing your story. And please pray for my Protestant husband and friends.

    God Bless,

    Debbie

  49. joe slusarczyk

    Hi Steve, If Peter is our first pope in the Catholic church are we to assume that He and all the other writers of the new testament are also Catholic’s? Do you have or could you do a documentary on why the writers of the New Testament are indeed Catholic’s? Or would this offend our Protestant friends………please let me know. Thanks Joe

    JOE: STEVE RAY HERE: The first time the title “Catholic Church” was used was about 107 AD by St. Ignatius of Antioch who was a disciple of the Apostles and ordained by Peter. His use of the title Catholic demonstrates that it was in common use in the early Church. Yes, the early Church was catholic which means “universal.’ I wouldn’t worry about offending, I would be more concerned with telling the whole truth which our Protestant brothers and sisters need to know.

  50. Jeffrey Stumpf

    Steve,

    I attended the Appleton, Wisconsin Esto Vir conference today at St. Pius X Parish Church today and loved your talks. Thanks to God for what you converts bring to the Church! I am a revert that is doing my best to be involved in the church that I dearly love. And … it was the Eucharist that brought me back. I love reading the word of God as a lector, and giving out communion is such a blessing, but receiving Christ in communion is so profound I still often weep at the meaning of it. Among other things I am studying to be a Secular franciscan. Anyway, thank you for what you’re doing, and please don’t stop anytime soon.

    Jeff

    Lord may your word always be on my mind, on my lips and in my heart.

  51. Don R. Caffery

    Dear Steve,

    My wife and I just finished watching your long-awaited DVD, Abraham: Father of Faith and Works. Magnificent! I always suspected that to shoot this film on location in places like Iraq, Turkey, and the West Bank would be very difficult, and downright dangerous!

    But you gallantly downplayed these difficulties in the program, and stuck to the subject, which is God’s intervention in history and His mercy for each one of us. And, as with all the other DVDs, you make it all come to life in an exciting and entertaining manner.

    Thanks to you and Janet for pursuing this great work for Jesus and His Church. May he abundantly bless your family.

    Don R. Caffery
    Baton Rouge, LA

  52. SUNIL DSOUZA

    Dear Br. Steve,
    My protestant friend quoted Matthew1:25 the other day to me which apparently denies the virginity of Mary. Also, he said that if Mary did not have powers on earth to work miracles during her lifetime, how can she have powers after her death while in heaven.
    I was both stumped & put to shame, for I didn’t know how to answer him. I tried the answer to this in the book “The Essentials of Catholic Faith” but could not find one. Can you pls help me, Sir?

    STEVE RAY HERE: Start with this: http://www.catholic.com/tracts/mary-ever-virgin

    until she had borne a son: This verse has caused trouble since the early heresies of the Helvidians and the Jovinians, who concluded from it that Mary and Joseph had marital relations after the birth of Jesus. The implication, easily taken in English, is not present in the Gk particle (he?s), and still less if we suppose a Semitic background of the passage. The NT knows nothing of any children of Mary and Joseph. Matthew’s interest here is in the affirmation that Joseph is not the natural father of Jesus, and his language is determined by this interest. The agent of the conception of Jesus is “a Holy Spirit” (1:20). This term is used in the OT to designate God’s mysterious power; it is not used to designate the agent of human conception.

    Then you should read this document. It is long and detailed but it will prepare you we’ll

    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf206.vi.v.html.

  53. sharjil khan

    I am a Muslim and I want to convert to Christian can you help.

    STEVE RAY HERE: Sharjil, if you are serious about this you can contact me at sray@me.com.

  54. Dave Hart

    Hi Mr. Ray, I was moved by your comments about your father the other day on the Catholic Answers radio show. My wife and I have decided to enter the Catholic Church (probably through the ordinariate of St Peter, as I was raised in the Episcopal Church) because I’m convinced that there is truth in the Catholic Church (clearly, there has been a dramatic and rapid decline in the residual truth left in the Episcopal church). My dad was a cradle Episcopalian and died a committed believer 10 years ago. He was my best friend and role model for the first 33 years of my life–and he was the primary driver in my accepting Christ as my lord and savior. I’m saddened to consider that he might not be in heaven–so I found your comments about your dad particularly heartening. Besides continuing to pray for my dad, what does the Church teach that I shoud do for my dad now? (I’m only through the first 1/3 of the CCC and my understanding of indulgences and requiem masses is fuzzy.). Thank you for your time. Dave Hart

  55. Luigi

    Dear Steve,

    I wanted to congratulate for your communication style. I had the chance to hear you on YouTube and I like you very much. I want to add two points to what you said in your speech about to be born again from Water and Holy Spirit.

    In the Bible we can infer the existence of Purgatory. Jesus says that the sins against the Holy Ghost will not be forgiven in this life and in the other. So this imply that there are sins that can be forgiven in the other life and so Our Lord is implicitly talking about Purgatory (Matt 12:32)

    Also in the Second Book of Maccabees it is written that is holy to pray for the dead (2Mac 12:46). In some translations verse 45 and 46 are one verse and the translation of Douay-Rheims is the best (the translation of the Bible of Jerusalem is not very good).

    I did not want to send an email because you receive already a lot of them.

    God bless and keep it up !
    Luigi

  56. mira luna santillan

    Sir, I just to ask when you said that the chair of Pope was inherited from Moses. Is it true? That chair still intact for 3,500 years now? I dont know the composition of the chair if its a wood or steel? or the chair meant a Position by Pope that he inherited, I dont know, I was confused?
    pls help me.

    I really love watching you preaching, you are really great, very effective. And I share it on my facebook, so that fellow christians who question me always,will saw it. Sometimes I dont knw how to handle them.
    God bless you more, I wish many will convert to catholic after hearing your speech.

    STEVE RAY HERE: The chair is symbolic. There is not an actual chair that Moses sat in that is now in Rome for the Pope. It is an office, a symbolic chair that represents the authority.

  57. Ted Trakas

    Steve, heard you on Catholic Answers today. You mentioned the seamless garment of Christ and implied he may have gotten it from one of his wealthy followers. Another possibility that I’ve heard is … it was like the seamless garment that the High Priest wore for sacrifices. Customarily at the time, the garment was made by the priest’s mother.

    Ted:

    Thanks for that observation. It is very likely since I do believe Mary was from the priestly line of Aaron — since she was a close relative of Elizabeth and Zechariah, both of whom were from the pure line of the Aaronic priesthood. Thanks for sharing that. I will do some research.

    Steve Ray
    CatholicConvert.com
    Follow Steve @Twitter.com/JerusalemJones

  58. marc weisman

    Steve,
    I am a Jewish physician and my partner is Catholic. We are almost completely like-minded on religion and politics. He has sent me several links to your blogs and I just wanted to say that I enjoy you and your perspective. Marc

  59. John O'Brien

    I ONE OF YOUR TALKS YOU STATED THAT THERE ARE 50 BIBLE VERSUS THAT ALL CATHOLICS SHOULD KNOW AND THEY WERE ON YOUR SITE. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE THEM. CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE TO FIND THEM.

    Steve Ray here: John, thanks for your question. I do not have such a list on my website (though I do mention we should have our kids memorize 150 of the most important verses before they drive their first time). I would recommend Patrick Madrid’s book “150 Verses Every Catholic Should Know.”

  60. Hi, Steve!

    Happy Easter to you! I just want to share with you a reflection that I made on why we, as Catholics, venerate the Cross. This is the link to my essay: https://www.facebook.com/notes/john-bernard-ordo%C3%B1ez-caasi/why-jesus-christ-remains-on-the-catholic-cross/1303686139645640 .

    This also contains some parts of my conversion story. Your insights on the essay will be highly appreciated. You may also freely share it with your friends.

    I am also requesting for your prayers since this is the first time that I officially announced publicly that I have indeed reverted back to the Catholic Faith. Many people have reacted to it already and please pray that the Holy Spirit would guide me in answering different queries about our Faith.

    Thank you so much! I am always praying for you, too. God bless!

    -bernz from the Philippines

  61. Jean Joseph

    An alternate way of salvation
    “You are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.” 1 Co 5, 5. (Please start reading from 1 Co 5, 1.) Does this passage mean that free will is not an option? Is this an alternate way of salvation besides the acceptance of Jesus eternal sacrifice on the cross?

    There is a religious congregation founded by William Marion Branham that practices to deliver people to Satan through a ceremony if those people refuse to comply with the teaching of the congregation. They claim it’s in the bible referring the above passage. I really need to give an answer to my brother-in-law who is a member of this group.
    Jean Joseph

  62. Christine Pleuss

    Hello Steve,
    I cannot imagine how busy you must be. I met you at the Lighthouse Catholic Media conference in Mundelein IL last Oct. We all met your son, Jesse–what a delight of a kid. I am an Account Mgr in Southern CA for LCM and ALWAYS promote your CDs and books. I also volunteer for Terry Barber a couple of times a week. Never a dull moment there…
    While listening to Immaculate Heart Radio, I had the idea to call Mother Miriam to see if she would be interested in leading a trip to Malta to visit Cardinal Raymond Burke… but alas, she turned me down. Too busy. Her assistant , Mary, mentioned that you had also wanted her head up a trip to the Holy Land and she said she was too busy.
    Well—how about if WE all go to Tulsa for a fund raiser for the convent?? How about a spiritual warfare apologetic one day all day conference? Mother announces it on her show. We radio listeners all email all of our friends, etc.

    How does your schedule look for the Saturdays in October?–2016? Too soon? I proposed the idea in an email about an hour ago to Mary–who will propose it to Mother Miriam and IF you could possibly check your schedule… and what is your honorarium ? I already checked on airfare from Lansing or Detroit(?) to Tulsa…

    Please let me know what you think of the idea. I KNOW the Daughters of Israel always need the $$s AND anyone who comes for the event will be all the better off…. learn our Faith, share our Faith… learn to Defend our Faith…

    Yours in Christ… Thy Will Be Done,

    Christine Pleuss
    Alhambra, CA
    808-218-3540

  63. Jonathan Valkanet

    I was wondering if you need any public speakers.
    I’m one of the most educated debaters for God’s existence.

    Check out my FREE book at GODEXISTSBOOK.COM

    You should really read the “Atheist Questions and Answers” chapter.

  64. Laurie

    Hello Steve. I’m heart broken. My cousin is a fallen away Catholic who has always been a Bible believing
    – Jesus loving sister in Christ to me. In recent weeks as my love for my Catholic faith
    grows deeper and deeper, there is a divide also growing between us as
    women of faith. My cousin fully believes that evil is in the foundation of the Roman Catholic Church, that Catholic doctrine is evil, that Jesuit orders are to infiltrate all of the different religions, is involved in leading its church into the One World Gov’t . She is upset that I seek answers to the charges she raises from my Catholic sources –>The Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, your teachings, and those of Scott Hahn, Jeff Cavins, Peter Kreeft, and more. If all my cousins charges are true, then, I see these atrocities as the enemy trying to destroy this Catholic faith that Jesus created and gave Peter stewardship over. I don’t believe I’m to turn away from my Catholic faith. How/ what can I share to help her see that the first TRUE CHURCH whose birth was in Jerusalem, is indeed at home in Rome as well. I am praying and would appreciate your encouragement/ insight/ direction. Thank You, Laurie from St Ckair Shores, MI.

    STEVE RAY HERE: I understand and your pain is the most common thing people talk about with me. I would suggest you read my article: Six Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family and Friends:

    Six Rules: http://www.catholic.com/magazine/articles/six-rules-for-dealing-with-non-catholic-family-and-friends

  65. suzanne

    Steve Just a huge thanks for your YouTubes My son recently returned the church after being evangelical for 20 years, your description of Mary as the arc of the covenant was instrumental, as he left the church because we “worship Mary” according to a girl friend in High school. Many prayers to Mary and many saints and Jesus brought him back…….with your help Thank you .

  66. Larry J. Meilleur

    I would like to send you a small booklet that a Baptist friend from work gave me. I would like to send it to you and let you read it. I would like you to answer all the wrong information it says about the Catholic faith.

    Thank you for your help in advance.

  67. albert

    Your article says: " I had quoted 1 Kings 2:19 where Solomon had raised his mother to Queen of the Kingdom was the ONLY case of a mother being queen in the Old Testament. He prefaced his comment by saying he knew the Old Testament. Well, it seems he is incorrect."

    THEN

    "In the Old Testament, the queens of the Judean kings were their mothers — with one exception of the queen being a grandmother."

    Both of these statements can't be true. They are contradictory.

    STEVE RAY HERE: Albert, thanks. It was worded clumsy and you are correct. I reworded it so it is more clear and no contradiction.

  68. Michael Voto

    I am unable to make your trip to Germany where at different stops, you will refute Martin Luther. It would be great to purchase a DvD or CD of this.

    STEVE RAY HERE: we plan to make a DVD of the trip and have some of the teachings and videos available on our website after the Germany trip

  69. tony carpio

    Steve

    From the bottom of my heart – thanks. You -together with Fr. Spitzer, Scott Hahn and a very few others- are my hero. Your fiery leftover baptist manner talks are awesome. I’m at the winter of my life and have been through life’s mill. Lately I have been trying to organize a boys choir at a local parochial school (El Paso, TX) to introduce youth to the beauties of our Church’s music. It has been difficult because the authorities don’t understand. Many blessing to you.

    Tony Carpio 915.881.7576h

  70. daniel

    hi steve
    im daniel and i feel that I truly believe in the Catholic church and i used to say the rosary until i recently moved and i lost my beads but I am neither baptised nor have I participated in the rcia, which is almost impossible for me because i live in Malaysia which does not allow Christians to proselytize to Muslims. But I so desire to participate in the communion albeit anonymously and quietly. Is that allowed despite not being baptised?

  71. Gary Bates

    Steve EVERY Catholic who is serious about their faith needs to listen to your talks. You are the Fulton Sheen of our time. Keep this up and You’re liable to be canonized!

  72. Hovsep Ghazarian

    Dear Steve how do you comment about todays some cardinals and somehow popes view about the divorced and the approach to the sacraments.

    STEVE RAY HERE: I think it is a scandal!

  73. Simon manchester

    When will the church eliminate celibacy ?

    STEVE RAY HERE: Hopefully, in agreement with the great majority of priests, never!

  74. Jeannette of Nazareth

    Thank you dear brother in Jesus-Christ, Steve Ray for this most beautiful speech stemming from very strong Christian Catholic Faith; the discovery of Truth, Source of all Joy and Peace is settled in your heart. The Eucharist is an everlasting Fountain which irrigates all thirsty souls who are in search for the full Truth found only in Jesus, with Him, and through Him, our God and our Saviour. Oh what a delight to hear repeatedly your lovely speech! God allowed that you pass-by the Baptist Church before in order for you to appreciate more than ever the discovery ot the full and authentic value of the Eucharist.

    Personally, I would never trade this Pearle for any money, gold, or silver. For God everlasting Love expressed through His big sacrifice on the Cross offered to the Father everlastingly, for the saving of all humanity: a gift of great value beyond all human understanding. I love attending Holy Mass; when occasion is there, I can attend six to seven Mass in the row on the same day without wearing out, but on the contrary, I get filled with Joy and Peace in my heart. Oh what a delight to be close to Jesus, and to be able to receive Him in my soul and heart through the Holy Communion! What a great privilege to be invited to the Feast!

    Congratulation dear brother Steve for the gift of God for your conversion in 1994 to the Catholic Holy Church, which represents God Kingdom on earth linked directly and inseparably to Heaven since the Creation. Welcome Home! Home sweet Home which unites people from all nations wide! What a great privilege to be Catholic! Only if people who shifted off from Mother Church regain the gift of discernment, and come back Home along without any delay before it will be too late…I assure you, they will never regret it, but be very thankful for such heavenly gift.

    May the Lord Jesus open the eyes to the blind, give the hearing to the deaf, and the speech to the mute; so that, everyone speaks dare to speak up of the Truth, and nothing but the full Truth found in Jesus of Nazareth, our God and Saviour! God bless you, Steve Ray and your family! May He make you ray like the Sun, and shed His Light through you on all who you meet in your path during your ephemeral earthly Journey in this exile!

    I am proud to be called Nazarene and Galilean; are you not too? I believe you are as all Christians scattered in the whole world, Isn’t it true?

    Your sister in Jesus of Nazareth,
    Jeannette of Nazareth
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdBPLiOlMyc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ine56Biwuo4

  75. Cliff Scott

    I am literally physically sick as my faith has been shaken to its core. I am a Christian minister (Southern Baptist) and a southern gospel music writer and singer. I’ve been slowly searching for the “Ground Zero” Truth and a Catholic friend sent me the YouTube video you did with your testimony. The ordination of St. Ignatius by Peter and the quote regarding heretics and the Eucharist just drove it home. Also, the “born again” belief that I’ve had just crumbled. I wanted the Truth, but now I know there’s going to be serious repercussions. I feel like I’m going to throw up…maybe it’s the untruths I was taught.

  76. Craig

    Steve, My evangelical son is in Venice this week. I had told him to be sure to visit St. Marks Cathedral/Basilica because the bones of St. Mark are there. He did but told me how he learned that the Venetian Catholics had stolen the bones for the Church in Egypt.
    Since the alleged robbers took the bones and left the skull of St Mark for the Church in Alexandria, is it possible that the Bones were being rescued from the Muslim rulers for safe keeping?

    STEVE RAY HERE:
    Craig

    Don’t know about this case in particular but it was often the case that bones and relics were move to save them, especially from Muslims. But even in the 16th century the Protestant Calvinists in France destroyed the tomb of the great Church Father St. Irenaeus (c. 130-200 AD) and three his bones into the Rhone River and kicked his skull around like a football.

  77. Tina Magee

    Preacher, Joh Bloom, teaches that, "For Jesus eating is believing; drinking is believing. He promises eternal life to those who believe in him." I accidently came across this article, What Jesus Meant When He Said “You Must Eat My Flesh” which he 1st wrote in 2008. Since then he has posted it under several different names. Eating Is Believing | Desiring God; Don’t Miss the True Bread | Desiring God.
    Can you or someone write a rebuttal to this horrible misinterpretation of scripture? And if possible send him a copy. He post this stuff but won't provide a comment section so he goes unchallenged. It is rather infuriating. I tried to contact him with a rebuttal of my own but a real apologist, like you, would be preferable. Mr. Bloom is in serious need of help with what Jesus truly meant, which is literally what He said. He is surely misguiding many with this desperate attempt to alter the meaning of Christ's words.

    STEVE RAY HERE: Tina, I am sure that someone has responded to this silly argument already but I don’t have it at my fingertips. Are used to believe the same thing when I was a Baptist because we HEAD to. If we did believe this then we would think Jesus really meant what he said and we couldn’t believe that because that was Catholic. I wish I had time to write a rebuttal but as it is our life is very busy right now.

  78. Jared Cortum

    Steve, I started listening to you speak when I was asked to put together a promo video for the Christ Our Life Conference. Listening to you defend the faith and take so much pride in it is inspiring to me and I can’t wait to listen to you speak in Iowa this September!

  79. Darryl

    Hello,
    I was looking to find software that can search the Catechism. A WWW search brought me to your site, and I saw some links that appeared to be for this, but the links just went to a WWW uni. name server and didn't appear to be active. Anyway, if you do know of such software I'd appreciate any info. you may have.

    Thank you,
    Darryl

    STEVE RAY HERE: Visit http://www.verbum.com/steveray. Use Promo Code STEVERAY10 for 10% discount.

  80. kathy

    Just wondering if you ever do Holy Land tours that include people with walking limitations? Is it possible to transport a motorized scooter around as you travel; and would it be possible to travel the designated trails with the scooter if it could be transported.
    (Steve, just want to mention, I attended your talks in Beach, ND a few years ago! Great job, how very refreshing to hear your words and live some of your experiences with you!)
    Thanks for any info regarding the Holy Land tours as requested above.
    Kathy

    STEVE RAY our camps here: Dear Kathy, unfortunately we are not able to accommodate wheelchairs, scooters or walkers. The land of Israel is very inhospitable to such situations. Sorry.

  81. Gilda

    STEVE RAY HERE: Gilda, thanks for writing. We would love to work with your parish for the best Catholic pilgrimage possible to the Holy Land. I have contacted my associates Kendal and Elizabeth to get in touch with you. You can also reach them at emarkey@ctscentral.net or (313) 744-2530 or toll-free 1-800-727-1999, ext.150.

    You can also visit my FootprintsOfGod.com website page: Organizing a Pilgrimage.

    Hello Steve and Janet,

    I joined a pilgrimage to Rome with your group two years ago. Going to the holy land is at the top of my bucket list. During a luncheon get to know the new pastor, I mentioned to him about my desire to visit the holy land. He said that our parish can perhaps join a pilgrimage tour and I thought about Footprints of God pilgrimages.

    What do I do in order for parishioners join into your group to the holy land? We are planning for a 2019 tour.

    Thank you. I would appreciate any information you can give me.

    Gilda Vanier

  82. Luke Lancaster

    Steve Ray,

    Thank you for your work. I wanted to say that I love seeing it when Protestant Scripture scholars say Catholic things in their commentaries. I really wish I could gather them all and put it in a book. Do you know where I could start? I know you have a few in your book “Crossing the Tiber.”

    Luke

  83. Ryan

    Steve,

    I was listening to you on the Terry and Jesse show speaking on Golgotha and the legend of the skull of Adam. I was curious if you had ever heard of anything in relation to the skull of Goliath and Golgotha? I know David brought his head to Jerusalem after their battle and was curious if there was a connection. If there is not much of a connection do you know why David would have brought his head to Jerusalem especially since it was not yet the capital city. Thanks for all that you do. God Bless.

    Ryan

    STEVE RAY HERE: It is a good question since Jerusalem was not in the hands of the Israelites until later after David became King. It could be one of two things: 1) It was in anticipation of David conquering Jerusalem from the Jebusites and David would eventually bring it there; 2) David eventually brought the head to Saul in Gibeah which is near Jerusalem, or 3) a solution that is championed by Taylor Marshal and has merit (http://taylormarshall.com/2013/03/golgatha-word-symbolizes-beautiful.html).

  84. Luke Lancaster

    Steve,

    A Protestant website attempts to dismantle the claim that the early Church believed in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Since this is related to your book, Crossing the Tiber, I was wondering if you knew much on these objections that they raise and if anyone has tried to refute them.
    https://onefold.wordpress.com/early-church-evidence-refutes-real-presence/

    Steve Ray here:

    There are a lot of people who have tried to refute Catholic teachings by using the fathers. Bottom line is this: you can pick and choose and proof text any document to make it seem like it says something other than it does. I have examined all of the fathers and there’s no question in the world that they teach the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. One can cherry pick and prove text the Bible the Constitution or the fathers and come up with all kinds of arguments for or against a lot of things. But when one analyzes the fathers of the church from beginning to and they were thoroughly Catholic and believed in the Real Presence of Christ.

    If you look at my website http://www.catholickindof.com/resources you will see that I have refuted and dismantle their arguments over and over again. My book Crossing the Tiber deals with these issues in some detail. Are used to have time to spend weeks at a time refuting paragraph by paragraph these poor diluded souls that are trying to build a name for themselves but unfortunately I don’t have that time anymore.

    But there are great books about this and I suggest you read the fathers in context for yourself along with the Catechism and you will find the Catholic Church has been right is right and will be always right. I feel sorry for these poor guys who came flailing at the wind.

    There is a reason that there are thousands of protestants converting to the Catholic Church. Even protestants admit there are a lot of important protestants becoming Catholic’s but no notable Catholics becoming Protestants.

    If you have any particular question I suggest you contact me and I’ll give you the email address of my good friend Gary Michuta who probably will have time to deal with the particulars.

    If there are typos in my above comments please forgive them since I am dictating this on my iPhone flying over the Atlantic to Israel.

  85. Lisa Harm

    Dear Steve and Janet:
    We have been blessed with your guidance to the Holy Land, Footsteps of Paul, Poland (Sr Faustina & St. John Paul !!) and last year Fatima, Way of St. James and Lourdes Pilgrimages. Each trip added to the dimension of what it means to walk the walk and to become the Catholic Christian God wants us to be. We have been so impressed with how you answer the deeper questions (things you would probably ask yourself when you got home) as we the pilgrims are experiencing the adventure. Let me explain. The speaker you arranged (Medical Director) at Lourdes was especially meaningful to me as a Nurse at the County Hospital from Mpls MN. He explained although many hundreds of people claim they were cured at Lourdes few cases can be “official” due to chemotherapy and similar doctoring prior to washing at the water at Lourdes. Last year as an active 58 year old nurse on your pilgrimage I thought it very special to see the volunteerism of healthcare personnel and how lovingly they assisted the “needy” during their stay at Lourdes. I even thought about signing up when the Director invited healthcare workers to do so but thought I would probably not be returning to this place any time soon. Also I washed just a bit from the faucets but did not feel that my needs deserved a “bath”. Little would I have guessed that I would be returning so soon after stepping aside just last year for the “really needy”.
    I am in the process of diagnosis of a low grade neoplasm and inflammation of the brain and I am running back to Lourdes first because of what I have seen there as a gift from God and Steve and Janet Ray’s vision for every Catholic. Seek the Lord while he can be found.

    Please keep me in your prayers as I plan to “storm heaven” (as St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta might say) with a visit to Lourdes seeking God’s Plan for me and just maybe an official miracle with God 1st 🙂

    Many Thanks
    Lisa Harm

  86. Costantino Mifsud

    hello Mr.Ray,

    In 2016 u lead our community conference at Youth Fellowship Malta and we meet at the office and i gave u some tips about which places on visit in Malta. I am writing because me and another senior member of our community Lilly Muscat have started off a new business venue promoting RELIGIOUS TOURS in Malta, mainly related to St.Paul’s. In relation to this we would like to ask you if could communicate with you in order to guide and potential see if we could cooperate together.

    I thank you for your attention and promise you my prayers, you are a good and faithful servant of the Lord

    God bless U

    Costantino

  87. Mark Dol

    Hi Mr Ray,
    I heeard you on KBVM in Oregon this morning and your DVD series really intrigue me. I coordinate the Tuesday Faith Formation prison ministry outreach at Oregon State Maximum Security prison and am always looking for good solid Bible studies to share with the men.

    Would you be open to donate a DVD set of the "Footprints of God series" for use at the prison? As volunteers we are not permitted to purchase for the ministry personally, but we are permitted to requested them from other sources as donations. Through the work we do and your wonderful ministry we can reach out to the men who are hungry to grow in faith and turn their lives around. We minister to 40 men on a regular basis through our weekly ministry.

    Thank you for considering this
    God Bless
    Mark

    Steve Ray here:

    A full set of my DVDs have been sent and I hope they help the prisoners. Keep up the good work!

  88. Alan Harris

    Steve.

    Under conversion stories, you have mine listed 4th:
    Alan Harris Story: Methodist & Holiness Couple: Why I Became Catholic!
    The link is bad because I removed the article from my website. I have the file in a word doc if you would like to carry it on your own server, please give me an email address and I will shoot it to you. We are now directing “Catholic YWAM,” KerygmaUSA in the US. I believe you are still on our mailing list.
    Thanks

  89. Ed Schmidt

    Mr. Ray,
    I am a Catholic but not a very good one. I want to leave it at that for the moment. My question references the following, a man by the name of GeorDavie who is these founding President and Arch-Bishop of the largest fast growing Prophetic Church Ministry in Arusha Tanzania Eastern Africa, with branches across Africa, Europe and USA. Can you explain tomorrow me if you know about this man and his teachings. I have a family member that has become smittened with this man and his teachings and feels that GeorDavie is the way to get to God. My concern is deep. I recently saw your Utube video that was done in India in which you took yourself from protestism to Catholicism. This video has rekindled my interest in my Catholic faith and my devout upbringing. I need to understand who this GeorDavie is so I can undo his hold he has on my family member. I know that I am asking much.

    Respectfully,

    Ed

  90. Mary

    Hi.
    Just enquiring if Steven is giving any talks or seminars when he is in Ireland.
    Thank you.
    Mary

    Steve Ray here: unfortunately no. Sorry.

  91. Wies?aw Kamyszek

    Dear Steve,
    in one of your talks (The Birth of the Catholic Church) you said that there is no unity in Protestant circles. Yes, I agree. But what about the Catholic Church? Don't you think that the unity is slowly breaking? I am thinking now about last controversies with Amoris Laetitia.
    Please forgive me my English. English is not my first language.

    STEVE RAY HERE: There Will always be problems and discussions and differences within the church. However protestants exist through division and splits and disunity. The Catholic Church on the other hand has a firm foundation and even if we had bad popes and bishops the unity of the church will always remain. That is Jesus his promise and I believe it.

    Even though there may be discussions and contradictions and some theology and pastoral practices that unity of the church will always remain and even with some of the things that Pope Francis says it will never divide the church.

  92. Justin Jose

    Hi Steve,

    My name is Justin and my wife Jincy. We are catholic and live in Christchurch, New Zealand.
    We are originally from Kerala, India.
    Thanks for your talks in Youtube. It is really inspiring.
    I heard that your wife did home schooling for your kids.
    Would it be possible to get some advice/guidance for this?
    We are also planning for the same.

    Thanks
    Justin

    Steve Ray here: you are embarking on a very noble cause because nothing is more precious than your children. We homeschool their children all the way through high school and it was the best thing we ever did. They became our best friends as they grow into adults. It takes a lot of effort and commitment but the pay off is priceless.

    There are a lot of resources here in the United States for homeschooling and I suggest you just start googling “Catholic homeschooling.” It was quite a while ago that we did it since our children are long grown and all have children of their own.

    We are not up on the latest but I suggest you Google and you’ll find a lot of helpful information. I would also look for homeschooling organizations in your area. I don’t know about your country but in our country there are a lot of co-ops where parents pool together and help educate each other‘s children in a co-op format.

    You can start with some of the links I have provided here on my website
    https://www.catholicconvert.com/community/favorite-links/

  93. K. Pitre

    Thank you for your talk “Swimming Upstream” that is available on the Formed app. I am moved to tears and am so grateful for your ministry! You have changed my life!

  94. Carl

    Hi Steve,

    I just finished listening to a podcast of your interview on “The Terry and Jessie Show.” There were many things about your talk that were wonderful and amazing, but the most amazing was when you spoke of our continued contact with our loved ones in Heaven. You briefly mentioned something about “wanting to explore the galaxies and stars” with your wife and then was unable to continue because of, I think, a commercial break. Please let us know if you will be expanding on this comment in the future. What you mentioned was something I have also pondered…the idea of exploring the universe with our loved ones in the next life. Free from the constraints of physicality and time this would be something our spirit and resurrected forms would be capable of. To me, one of the most exciting verses in the Bible are: 1 John 2:27 and John 14:26 where the Holy Spirit will “teach us all things.” What better teacher to teach us about Creation than God Himself! Cartoonist humorously illustrate our existence in Heaven as a place where we’ll be playing harps in the clouds all day. Exploring every planet, star and galaxy in God’s Universe or as science now theorize..the Multiverse, sounds a lot more exciting than playing harps in the clouds!

    You also mentioned another one of my favorite verses: 1 Corinthians 2:9 ..”eye has not seen, and ear has not heard,…what God has prepared for those who love him.” With Hubble telescope’s recent discovery of 15000 NEW galaxies, I also think of another favorite verse: John 14:2 “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places”

    I would love to be able to explore the stars and galaxies with my wife (as you said), and with loved ones AND God. It would take a wonderful ETERNITY to do this!

    God bless you always Steve!

    Carl

  95. Carol Hazen Cooper

    STEVE RAY COMMENTING IN CAROL’S COMMENT BELOW:

    Carol, thanks for your comments and your kind words. You asked a question why I promote Catholicism so I will try to give you a very very brief answer between flights in Italy. First, Jesus said he would build his “church” not his “churches.” For the first thousand years there was only one visible church and it was the Catholic Church Campsite. No One Even Dreamed of Having “Denominations“ Because They Were Viewed As Sinful and Divisive. Nobody Ever Dreamed of Baptists, Lutherans, Pisca Palean‘s, Etc.

    When Jesus Said You Should Take My Brother to the Church and Matthew 1618 What Church Was That? This Is a Good Question Because If You Go to a Methodist Church and I Go to a Baptist Church and We Have a Problem between Us Which Church Do We Take It to? There Has To Be One Authoritative Church at Covers The whole earth and there is a church that does that and that’s called the Catholic Church.

    My wife and I went to all the same church as you did before we discovered the fullness of the faith in the Catholic Church. If you send me your address I will send you my conversion story called Crossing the Timer with all the biblical reasons why I became a catholic.

    CAROL WRITES:

    Why do you lift up Catholicism – Although I'm Protestant, I do not lift up a particular denomination
    I have gone to Presbyterian, Methodist, Assembly of God, Church of God, many non-denominational
    churches. Although I recognize some denominations as Christians i.e. Baptist, Lutheran, Nazarene, I
    don't go to them due to some doctrinal differences.
    I believe when one lifts up a particular denomination OR Catholic OR Orthodox, etc. they are not
    following God, they are following doctrines of man. AND when one follows GOD we are to renew
    our mind on the Bible (Word of God), thus if a priest, pastor, Pope, etc. says one thing & the Bible
    something else, the Bible is right – not the priest, pope, Bishop, pastor.

  96. Mary Elaine

    Dear Steve, I have read and watched your material over several years, and I thank you for being such a witness to our beautiful Catholic Faith and a herald for the Kingdom of God. I have a question regarding the Wedding Feast of Cana. In about 2015 my husband and I were at a day Retreat in a beautiful setting. I was in the Church on the grounds, having some personal prayer/reflection time and my husband found a little place to sit and do his one on one with Jesus time as asked by our Retreat Director.
    Separately at that time, I read the passage about the Wedding Feast from my Bible, and reflected asking for the New Wine of the Divine Will of God and His Holy Spirit for us as individuals and as a couple/parents, asking Jesus and Mama Mary to remain in our home with us, consecrated our marriage.
    I also asked Mama Mary to intercede for us and all marriages as She did at Cana. While I was at the Church, my husband looked up form his seat in the garden and realised he was sitting in front of a big stone sculpture of the Wedding Feast of Cana. When we came together and discussed we realised it was a moment of inspiration from God for us, not fully understanding then and now what it is He was asking us but we pray often about it, especially me. We pray the 2nd decade of the Lumininous Mystery always for this intention.

    Can you tell me in light of the Wisdom in your words below what you understand from the revelation to us about the Wedding Feast. Thank you and God Bless you.

    What is at the beginning and end of Jesus' ministry is water. At the very beginning we see the six stone jars at the wedding of Cana. Why six jars? Because six is the symbol for imperfection, seven is the symbol of perfection. There are seven Sacraments because that's the perfect number. The number of fullness, the number of God.

    Steve Ray Here: Mary Elaine, I sent you a personal response to this question.

  97. Glenn Slaby

    Please add me to your e-mail list. Currently a grad student in creative writing with 100+ articles. Also searching for materials, ideas, and outlets.
    Bless.

  98. Michael Merante

    Hi Steve,
    I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have many protestant friends and it is so hard to defend the faith with them. You have given me strength and a new vision.
    I want to order some materials. Do you ship to Canada? Do you have a Canadian site.
    God Bless,]
    Michael Merante

    STEVE RAY HERE: Yes, we ship to Canada! My store is here at http://www.SteveRaysStore.com. So glad my humble efforts have been a blessing to you. God bless!!

  99. Al Flores

    Where can I get your anology of the ship and the rafts in writing?
    Thank you for all you do!
    Al Flores
    1-19-19

    STEVE RAY HERE: Al, sorry but I don’t think that I have that analogy anywhere in writing. I know that it’s an audio in my conversion story sold on my website. Thanks for the prod because I do think I should put it in writing sometime.

  100. Deacon Tom Fox

    Hello Steve. Greetings and graces once again. You’ve been an interview guest on our podcast (link below) which is co-broadcast on our Catholic radio station (link below). We’re very thankful. BUT… I have another reason for reaching out. Would you be willing to consider (leading) a holy land tour next year which would, in part, be a (modest) fundraiser for our non-profit Catholic radio station? I’m sure the economics of your tours must favor your stipend needs, etc. But is there room to consider some sponsorship for our radio? Call, email or text (cell follows). Thanks very much. Blessings. Deacon Tom. 928-277-9851/cell http://www.kpihradio.com http://www.catholicvitamins.com

    1. Steve Ray

      Yes we can Deacon Tom. I will call you on Thursday.

    2. Steve Ray

      Yes, we can do this like we have for many others in the past. I will give you a call.

  101. David McArthur

    Besides Greek and Aramaic what other languages did the Apostles, including Paul, speak and write? Why didn't they use Latin since that was available? Why then does the Church use it. And No, it doesn't work for the faithful.

    STEVE RAY HERE: Latin may have been spoken by some in Rome and was becoming the lingua franca of the time, but during the age of the apostles the language used around the world was Greek. Thus, the New Testament was written in Greek so the vast majority of literate people could read it. Later, Greek was eclipsed by Latin and that became the language of the Roman empire.

    Paul most certainly spoke Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, Greek and maybe his own dialect in Tarsus.

  102. Gina Anelli

    Thank you dear Steve for your love,efforts and coming home to the Catholic Church. What a blessing to so many. I am a64yr old “cradle catholic “ deepening my faith and loving every second of it. Tonight a beloved friend (born again) and I will be discussing your video. I want to gently show her the Scriptures supporting the true meaning of Baptism. Not sinners prayers etc…
    God bless you for helping me..The best Catholics are converts sometimes.
    Peace in Christ
    Gina

    1. Steve Ray

      Thanks Gina. God bless you and prosper you!!

  103. George

    Praise be to Lord Jesus Christ!!

    Dear Bro Steve
    Peace;

    This is George I am from India, presently addressing to you from the United Arab Emirates where I am employed.
    I have the below concern and would appreciate if you cud shed some light to it.

    Concern : Would ‘Eucharistic celebration’ be an appropriate synonym for the Holy Mass??

    The Holy Eucharist is a sacrament and a sacrifice. In the Holy Eucharist, under the appearances of bread and wine, the Lord Christ is contained, offered, and received.

    (a) The whole Christ is really, truly, and substantially present in the Holy Eucharist. We use the words “really, truly, and substantially” to describe Christ’s presence in the Holy Eucharist in order to distinguish Our Lord’s teaching from that of mere men who falsely teach that the Holy Eucharist is only a sign or figure of Christ, or that He is present only by His power.

    (b) The word “Eucharist” means “Thanksgiving.”

    While The Mass is the Sacrifice of the New Law in which Christ, through the ministry of the priest, offers Himself to God in an unbloody manner under the appearances of bread and wine.

    (a) The name “Mass” comes from the Latin word Missa meaning dismissal. In the early days of the Church the catechumens were asked to leave after the gospel and sermon were finished. The faithful, however, remained until they were dismissed after the sacrifice was completed. Then, as now, this was done by saying or singing Ite Missa Est. In the course of time the word Missa, or dismissal, was used to designate the entire sacrifice.

    Shall await your kind reply.
    Thank you
    In Christ Jesus
    George

  104. Doug Peterson

    Hello Steve,
    Just heard you on EWTN radio with Teresa Tomeo (March 8 2019). You were great and I am sure you helped many Catholics that are struggling with the hierarchy at this time.
    My wife and I have wanted to go on pilgrimage with you for many years. Glad to say we will be joining you in May and are even more excited now to join you. Can’t wait to meet you and Janet and to walk in the footprints of God.
    Peace
    Doug Peterson

  105. Cody

    Steve I came across this in your back and forth with Webster. Can you tell me what book Ambrose wrote that this comes from?

    But Ambrose went on:
    “ ‘The persecutor falls to the ground and into hell. Christ [falls] on the risen, Christ falls on the rock, Christ falls on the Church. Hear how Christ falls on the Church! In the background was Peter who followed him as he was led by the Jews to the house of Caiaphas, the head of the Synagogue. Peter is the one to whom he said: “You are Peter and on this rock I shall build my Church.” Where Peter is, there is the Church; where the Church is, there is no death, but eternal life [Ubi ergo Petrus, ibi Ecclesia; ubi Ecclesia, ibi nulla mors, sed vita aeterna]. And therefore he added: “And the gates of hell do not prevail over it, and I give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.” Blessed [is that] Peter, over whom the gates of hell do not prevail, and before whom the door of heaven does not shut itself; on the contrary he destroyed the vestibules of hell, opened the celestial ones. Being placed on earth, he opened the heaven, closed the hell. There was in all this not a hint that what performed thos

    STEVE RAY HERE:
    Commentaries on Twelve of David’s Psalms [381-397 A.D.]

    [38, 25] “We saw the Prince of Priests coming to us, we saw and heard Him offering His blood for us. We follow, inasmuch as we are able, being priests; and we offer the sacrifice on behalf of our people. And even if we are of but little merit, still, in the sacrifice, we are honorable. For even if Christ is not now seen as the one who offers the sacrifice, nevertheless it is He Himself that is offered in sacrifice here on earth when the Body of Christ [the Eucharist] is offered. Indeed, to offer Himself He is made visible in us, He whose word makes holy the sacrifice that is offered [on the altar at Mass].”

    [40. 30] “It is to Peter himself that He says, ‘You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church [Mt 16: 18].” Where Peter is, there is the Church. And where the Church, no death is there, but life eternal.”

  106. Bill Yates

    DEAR BILL, COMMENTS IS WORKING AND YOUR COMMENT IS POSTED BELOW.

    Dear Steve, The comment facility isn't working on the page where you discuss which bible translation to use and the difficulties involved in translation so I hope you don't mind me posting it here and also hope the comment is valid:

    And the difficulties also occur in the English translation of the Missal. How we got 'And also with you' from 'Et cum spiritu tuo' is a mystery. It fits neither the literal nor the dynamic model where the sense has been completely lost. Similarly, the translation of 'For Many/For All' in the Eucharistic Prayer. In the Greek I the word used was polloi, not pante and in the Vulgate multos not totus. Again this fails both the literal and dynamic definitions and was presumably used by the translators to suit their own political/theological bias rather than translate accurately what Jesus is reported as saying the Gospel??

  107. Christina

    Praise the Lord Bro,
    I am Christina. i watched your talk at Magnificat about your conversion to Catholic. It was inspiring to hear because i was also convinced that Protestants were right in conversion of Catholics. thank you so much for your insights on this. Now i know i m on right Path.

  108. Aimee Fleming

    Thanks be to God. Heard the warning talk at Steubenville regarding Islam. 4am public call to prayer/theocracy within a democracy? Surely against US law? An imam (Mario Joseph) who converted to Catholicism a good resource. Knows Koran backward and forward. Sends warnings too regarding the Love Jihad. Muslim men allowed to marry Christian women but allowed up to 4 wives and to beat, separate, divorce. Bad news. Says alert all the churches.

  109. Paul Villarreal

    Hello Steve,
    Ive contacted you before and I want to get more resources on deliverance and healings from a Catholic perspective. My brother and I were born Catholic, attended a Catholic parochial school & high school. For about 8 years I began supporting Televangelists like Benny Hinn etc because of healing miracles. For about a year I’ve come back to the Catholic Church thanks to your videos. You referred me to St Andrews Bassette and I have been asking for his intercession along with our Blessed Mother for complete recovery. I also asked for St Dymphna for intercession due to nervous and mental stresses issues I have due to Tinnitus like symptoms. My brother has become a Bible Believing Christian and is fired up due to healing and deliverances. His wife wants to become a Chaplain. I want to be healed completely to share that the Catholic approach is also powerful and effective and also bring him back home to the Catholic Church. Is there any other resources that can help? Ps. One day we will meet because my goal is to go on one of your trips to Isreal..

    1. Steve Ray

      Paul:

      Sorry but I don’t have any other resources off the top of my head. I’m actually running through an airport right now. I know there are a lot of sources and I just heard of a man who is being prepared for canonization soon who is healed tens of thousands of people who is a very humble man. Sorry I don’t know his name but a lot of this you could search on the Internet. Also, I would suggest you Visit my free Discussion Board at http://forums.avemariaradio.net/ I am sure that many people there will no other resources and be able to help you.

  110. Ric Ramos

    Good pm Steve,

    ive been following your website and have purchased some of your books and audio topics.

    I have a muslim colleague who obviously not believing on our Bible. He has some reference he mentioned as contradicting passage. One of them is about the time of Jesus birth. in Matthew chapter 2 – Jesus was born in the time of King Herod(4BC) but in Luke chapter 2 – Jesus was born during time of Cyrenius as Governor of Syria(6AD). He said there is a gap of 10 years.

    Was there really a contradiction on these passage? I will appreciate your answer. Thank you.

    Ric

  111. Elise Hougesen

    El Vaticano II tuvo estas cosas entre las consecuencias. Quizás la más conocida de las separaciones postconciliares es la de Lefebvre. Siempre existe la opción cismática en la Iglesia, siempre. Pero es una de las opciones que el Señor deja a la libertad humana. No le temo a los cismas, rezo para que no existan, porque está en juego la salud espiritual de mucha gente. Que haya diálogo, que haya corrección si hay algún error, pero el camino del cisma no es cristiano.

    Vatican II had these things among the consequences. Perhaps the best known of post-conciliar separations is that of Lefebvre. There is always the cismatic (schismatic) option in the Church, always. But it is one of the choices that the Lord leaves to human freedom. I am not afraid of cismas, (schisms) I pray that they do not exist, because the spiritual health of many people is at stake. Let there be dialogue, that there is correction if there is any error, but the path of the schism is not Christian.

    My comment:

    Pope Francis did not specify “separation” as schism. That he prays they do not exist implies that they might not exist. So he is still double speaking.

    sources: https://nonpossumus-vcr.blogspot.com/2019/09/el-papa-francisco-afirma-que-mons.html?fbclid=IwAR0_Qs9tEg8SxdvSunmzrHyMyKMq6hh0Q4VpSMGHsFB8dy-LSMrUmmZAf48

    & https://www.bing.com/search?q=spanish+to+english&form=PRDLR1&src=IE11TR&pc=EUPP_DCTE

    elise Hougesen

  112. Todd

    Your travel radio spots note Mexico being safe and beautiful. I don’t see a 2019 or 2020 trip. Will one be scheduled?

    STEVE RAY HERE:
    We hope to take another group in a few years but don’t have one one the calendar yet. Stay tuned.

  113. Tom

    Steve, hi. Recently discovered your site and love it. I just bought Upon This Rock from Amazon and look forward to diving into it.
    I found your site through a Google search while looking for a book on Luther written from a Catholic perspective…a book that will clearly call him a heretic and demonstrate why. Surprisingly, I still cannot find such a book. I found a few articles here and there, and a few audio CDs only.
    A glance at Amazon shows dozens of books about Luther the hero, the mild-manner reformer, the common man who stood up to the evil Pope, etc. But no books about the schism he sowed.
    Catholic Answers is nice, but I find too many Protestants on there defending Luther on every post.
    Anyway, keep up the good work, and I will be reading Upon This Rock soon.

    Steve Ray here: thanks for your kind words and I hope that you enjoy the book Upon This Rock. It took two years of my life to research and write. I have some books at home that you would appreciate about Martin Luther but I’m not at home right now so I don’t have access to give you titles and authors. If you send me an email at sray@me.com I’ll try to remember when I get home to send you a few titles.

  114. Eduardo Yabo

    Thank you very much! God bless you, Sir! I watched your videos especially with your Indian people audience. I really appreciate the way you explained your conversion to the Catholic Church with your family. I am also a Roman Catholic member and once I studied theology for priesthood. I am now active in my parish because I did not pursue priesthood. I am now working as a Public School Teacher here in Mindanao, Philippines. I like the way you shared your life. I am also one of the defenders of faith here in our parish. I hope one of these days, God willing, we will meet in person. Thank you and God bless you and your family. Are you a Franciscan?

  115. Br. Craig Digmann

    Hi Steve,
    You have been a great inspiration to me ever since I heard your conversion testimony cassette back in the mid 1990’s. As a Cradle Catholic, I have learned so much from your cassette tapes, VCR’s, and DVD’s. Now as a Glenmary Home Missioner, I do “Catholic Presence Outreach Ministry” in Hancock County TN which is .2% Catholic, and about 95% Baptist. By invitation, I have attended services at about 230 different protestant churches (primarily Baptist) in the past 8 years. I share about the Catholic Faith in their churches! I would really like to chat with you, and think we might have a lot to talk about. Maybe we could talk by phone.
    May God Bless You Always!
    Br. Craig Digmann – Glenmary Home Missioners

  116. Ethan S. Elia

    Hey Mr. Ray,

    Hi again! We made a video in the likeness of you and I thought you may want to check it out. So here’s the private video link. I really think you’ll enjoy it. We put our heart and soul into it. So with our further ado, here is, “The Miracles of Jesus; A Steve Ray film” Contact me back and tell us what you think about ir video or whatever you feel is appropriate. Thank you and God bless.

    https://youtu.be/_VAaYwaYbEs

    best,
    Ethan Elia

    STEVE RAY HERE: Hey guys! What fun! My wife and I laughed and smiled our way through the whole thing. I especially liked the conclusion when Max is shaking off the potato chips!! We will send a short thank you by video later today.

  117. LEONARD HEATH

    Hi Steve,

    One year ago, I viewed your conversion story. The next day, I went to confession and received the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time in 15 years. Thank you for what you do.

  118. Christy Rieder

    Hi Steve,
    I have all of my young adult children in their mid to late 20's who are cradle born Catholics and questioning their faith — the fact that they have questions is actually a big step . I also have a son-in who is not from any faith who is interested in finding answers. I have a daughter in law who is Christian and against my son pursuing his Catholic faith — she has so many questions about the Catholic Faith. I am a practicing Catholic but feel I am not the best to answer all their questions , I fear I may lose them all if I don't find someone to have an open discussion with them . I have prayed for some kind of a spiritual director for them . and funny but you keep coming up ! I just feel your wife and you are so much stronger in the faith bc you have walked that journey . I know you have said your job is to evangelize and we are in desperate need . I have talked to priests but to be honest my children etc have a harder time asking them . I know you have talks and speeches that I love !! I have talked to them and they said they would love to talk to someone personally . They are ALL wanting too — but I REALLY REALLY REALLY worried I won't find someone now that they are seeking ! Again have been praying and Our Lady keeps leading me back to you and your wife !! I know this is odd bc I have NO idea how that would work but maybe you have some local connections where I live to help . Please pray on this to Our Lady to see what direction we are to take . THANK YOU JUST FOR READING and Praying on this . Christy

    STEVE RAY HERE: Your children are lucky-blessed to have a mother like you. Like I wrote in a personal e-mail, send me your mailing address and I will send you a bunch of my audio CDs to share with your kids and we will go from there.

  119. Paul Lazarus Rubio Flores

    Your the best Steve I'm a cradle Catholic who shares many traits with you, I once left the mother ship and got onto that raft you talked about and it took guys like you, Scott Hahn and Tim Staples guys who were on the other side of the fence that saw the beauty of the ins and outs of our home. Thanks Mate cause through God's grace, power was channelled through you and it got me psyched and pumped.

    STEVE RAY HERE: Paul, Thanks for your kind words and encouragement. Welcome back to the one holy Catholic and apostolic church! God bless you real good!

  120. robert epperly

    Thank you for clearly defining why and when is’t okay to be critical this pope. I was afraid at first to think critically of him although I knew in my heart that something was very wrong, especially when you look at the people that he promotes and surrounds himself with. I met you at the Eucharistic Conference in Charlotte in ’07 or -08 where I did a book signing for my first book Son’s of Thunder, Only Saints Get To Heaven. Be not afraid of what other’s think when you speak the truth. Blessings. Robert Epperly

  121. RobertEpperly

    Steve, what do you make of the fact that the Jsh Talmud states that Jesus is a false prophet and is in hell burning in dung or semen and Mary was a prostitute who catered to carpenters?

    STEVE RAY HERE: I would expect nothing less from people and groups who hated Jesus and denied he was the Messiah, especially by the time the Talmud was written and they began to see the future — the Christians gaining the predominance in society.

  122. RobertEpperly

    Look Steve, you do good work, you are a brilliant man, yet unlike Christ, St. John the Baptist, and St. Maximilian Kolbe, you never name who the enemy is. Please go to the saint’s Wikipedia page and click on CONTROVERSIES. Then follow down to paragraph two. One might scoff at much of what’s on Wikipedia but in this case the facts are truly there. Remember: “One knows who their masters are by those they dare not criticize.” blessings and courage. RE

    1. Steve Ray

      Robert, I am not sure what you are referring to for sure. But I was quite clear in what I said and no one except you seems to have misunderstood me. Some people expect me to be radical and say what THEY want me to say. I prefer a certain amount of prudence along with clarity.

  123. Craig Alexander

    Dear Mr. Ray,

    I first met you at Franciscan University of Steubenville a number of years ago. I was hoping to meet you again this year at Franciscan University but that has been canceled. I shared with you that I was a convert to the faith, I entered Holy Mother Church on March 26, 2005. I told you that I was discerning a call to the priesthood but I was concerned I would not be accepted because of my age. You told me about a man you knew who was older when he was accepted and became a wonderful priest. I later emailed you and you told me that your wife would add my name to the list of people she prayed for. I wish to inform you that I received a phone call one evening as I was driving to a hockey game and it was a Bishop asking me to come to his Diocese and study for the priesthood. I entered the seminary at the age of 57 and I have now completed my pre-theology studies. This coming fall I will start my theology studies. I wanted to ask you for any advice you may have as I start my theology studies? I would also like to ask you if you know of any item or product that you feel would aid me in my theology studies? Thank you for all that you do for our Lord and His Church. Would you please keep me in your prayers as I will keep you in mine?

    God Bless
    Craig Alexander

  124. LEONARD HEATH

    Hi Steve,

    Looking forward to Sat morning. While in the navy, we would go to Subic Bay and pick up marines and take them to Viet Nam. Visited Manilla many time. Beautiful country with wonderful people. Thank you for what you do.

    Len

    STEVE RAY HERE: Thanks Len! YOu have lived an interesting life!

  125. LEONARD HEATH

    Hi Steve,

    Wow. Your talk with the Phillipino Catholics was outstanding. We Catholics in the states need to see this. We MUST be able to put aside our selfishness and anger and learn to defend our faith. Thank you for what you do.

    Len

    STEVE RAY HERE: Thanks Leonard! It was fun and thanks for your generosity and kind words.

  126. Minnie Santos

    Hello Sir: Greetings from the Philippines. I am very thankful to your writings, it helped strengthen my FAITH as a Catholic. In one of your talks (i just watched it from YouTube, Peter, the Rock, the Keys, and the Chair), you mentioned about writing a book, about anything that is thrown off to the Catholics if it comes from the bible… that would be a great book if you can write about it. It will be more i think, reachable to understand. Something funny and witty, i think. Serious enough but just the same full of lessons. So many thanks to you, you have helped a lot of people in their Catholic faith more than you could ever imagine. Salamat po!

  127. Bill Christian

    Steve,

    Hope all is well with you and your family. Kathy and I talk about our trip with you all the time. I have an updated paper on Islam. The e-mail I have from 2015 did not work. If you want to update it on your site let me know were to send it.

    Blessings

    Bill Christian

  128. Eddie Trask

    Steve,

    I reverted to the Catholic faith last year. Among many other apologetic videos, your "Are you Born Again?" clip on YouTube was life-changing and helpful in my journey. I really appreciate how you address complicated issues. Thank you for your untiring work for the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

    If possible, can you please email me your work address? I would love to share my reversion book with you.

    Eddie Trask

    STEVE RAY HERE: God bless you Eddie. Thanks for sharing your story! My address is
    Steve Ray,
    3588 Plymouth Road
    #277
    Ann Arbor MI 48105-2603

  129. David B. Monier-Williams

    Steve as a cradle Catholic educated by the English Benedictines in the late 40’s I was fortunate enough to get as whiff of apologetics at Public School. at St. Gregory’s Downside. I’m now far away from there in Phoenix AZ. I found your wonderful videos on YouTube during the Virus.

    Needing much more basics about our Faith, I’ve watched many of your videos some many times over for they are both full of information so well presented and entertaining in such easy to swallow bites. You are my Rock for the Flock.

    For a slightly different and more serious experience, I watch the videos of Dr. Brant Pitre. In England he would be called, Peter, just as Ralph is often pronounced, Rafe. Unless you’re a lab dish…LOL. I wish I could say I watch Hahn but …

    So there you have it. You’re my Rock for the Flock and Peter is flavouring.

    Keep up the good work, I wish I’d found you sooner as I would have loved to go to the Holy Land with you and your wife. Bestens! David

  130. Brendan Battle

    Any chance of making one of your Holy Land pilgrimages in 2021 or 2022 a Holy Land II pilgrimage?

    STEVE RAY HERE: Unhappily, for several reasons it would not be possible but maybe after things get back closer to normal. Thanks for asking and watch my site for updates. We will also send out periodic e-mail updates.

  131. jonas de leon

    Hi Steve, I would like to see the article that you've posted about 500 reasons on why to be a Catholic and you left it on the door of the church where Luther posted his 95 theses. I cannot find it. Can you give me the link or a copy of it? Thank you and God bless!

    STEVE RAY HERE: Thanks for writing. These were never written down and posted on my sites. And for all the reasons people submitted to me many were duplicates.

    Happened is we were going to Germany in 2017 during the year of Martin Luther. Our group followed the footprint of Martin Luther throughout Germany and we argued with him along the way. Our point was to prove that the protestant reformation, or should I say “deformation” was a terrible thing for the church and brought a great schism.

    Since he had nailed the 95 mL on the door of the church in Wittenberg Germany. I asked people then, to write out the reasons they are Catholic and send them to me. I printed them all out and wrap them in a scroll with a ribbon around it and I delivered it to the very same door of the Wittenberg church in Germany.

    Here is a video of our group at the church when I delivered the messages in Germany https://youtu.be/EeKrXYlAnO0

  132. Jordan Duby

    TOPIC: Santa Claus

    Hi Steve! Huge fan, read several books and love them both. Bought the DVD series too, amazing. Makes it all come to life. Fan-boying aside, I wondered what you thought about Santa Claus. My wife would like our kids to believe in Santa, I feel uncomfortable with it despite believing in it myself as a child and enjoying it. Do you have thoughts on this one way or the other?

    Thanks and God Bless you and your family.
    Jordan

    STEVE RAY HERE: Jordan, thanks for writing and your kind words. And I’m glad that my humble efforts have been a blessing to you and your family. It is the grace of God and it makes my heart sing.

    My parents and my wife and I had a middle ground. I think we met a good compromise. We talked about Santa Claus and had a lot of fun with it but we let the kids know when they’re old enough that it was just a fun story. We didn’t want to lie to our kids so that they would trust us when we told them Jesus and Mary were real.

    But we always had a lot of fun with it. My dad used to run around the house after dark on Christmas Eve jingling bells and we all said “Santa Claus is coming, Santa Claus is coming”. we all knew it was dad and that the presents under the tree were from dad and mom, but we sure had a lot of fun running around the house shouting and screaming and enjoying the story.

    It was fun, but when we were old enough we all knew it was just a fairytale but it was a fun one.

    I think if you do it that way you have a happy medium and the kids know you’re always honest with them but you can also have fun as a family. I hope that helps.

  133. Julian M. Omandam Jr.

    Sir Steve,
    I am a Roman Catholic from the Philippines I always see your videos about teaching about Catholic Faith. Thank you so much for that, you enlightened us very much. But I have some question for you, please explain tome Matthew 24:32. Why is it that only the FATHER alone knows the time not even the SON knows.
    The you very much from the Philippines

    STEVE RAY HERE: That is a good question but also an easy one to answer. And Philippians chapter 2 we are told that Jesus humbled himself and became a man. By doing so he gave up or relinquished for a time some of his attributes divinity. Before the incarnation he was spirit and everywhere but his man he gave that and became localized in the physical body. He gave up some of his prerogatives I’ve been God in order to become men. Where is the passage from the Philippians…

    Philippians 2:5–7 (NAS): Christ Jesus,
    6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
    7 but emptied Himself [i.e. laid aside His privileges], taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

    Catechism 472 This human soul that the Son of God assumed is endowed with a true human knowledge. As such, this knowledge could not in itself be unlimited: it was exercised in the historical conditions of his existence in space and time. This is why the Son of God could, when he became man, “increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man,” and would even have to inquire for himself about what one in the human condition can learn only from experience. This corresponded to the reality of his voluntary emptying of himself, taking “the form of a slave.”

    Hope that helps.

  134. LEN HEATH

    Hi Steve,

    As Catholics, we believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as one God. Was Jesus pelting the sodomites with fire and brimstone? YES HE WAS. Our Bishops must denounce homosexuality.

    STEVE RAY HERE: There is no condoning unrepentant homosexual sin and it’s promotion. Excommunication yes, strong action, yes! But we leave it to God to rain down the fire and brimstone ?

    I was surprised and pleasantly pleased at the message that came out from the Pope in the Vatican two days ago.

  135. JOHN NICKL

    To introduce Catholicism to a non-Catholic, what book of the Bible would you recommend they read

    STEVE RAY HERE: I would suggest the Gospel of Saint John. After that maybe the Book of Acts.

  136. sharon giordano

    I listened to your video on homosexuality and i want to thank you for that . My son is living with a guy and my husband and myself are beyond upset . I’m not sure on what we should do we told our son we don’t expect and never will . Just want to hear what you had to say . Thank you ! Sharon

    STEVE RAY HERE: Sharon, I can only imagine your dismay. My prayers for you and your husband, and your son. At this point, he already knows what you think of his lifestype. The best you can do is love him a man made in the image of God and your son. You will not “change” him by anger, rejection or criticism.

    As long as he is clear on your position and why, I would love him and embrace him and be a lifeline if and when he decides to reform his life.

    Here is an article I wrote that will help you:
    Six Rules: https://www.catholic.com/magazine/print-edition/six-rules-for-dealing-with-non-catholic-family-and-friends

    Six Rules audio: https://catholicconvert.com/?s=6+rules

  137. Stephen

    Hi Steve,
    In 2019, I had 30 Masses said for the poor souls in Purgatory in honor of Pope St. Gregory the Great. If I remember correctly, he did the same for one of his friends.
    Later that year, I was attending Mass at the tiny adoration chapel next to the Divine Mercy Parish. We would Adore Our Lord prior to/and or after daily Mass. One morning later that year, the Priest announced that it was the feast of Pope St. Gregory the Great (Sept. 3rd). I was happy to hear it.
    When Mass ended, I left the Chapel and suddenly had thoughts of intentions for the Holy Rosary within a couple minutes. I remember thinking: I need to write these down or I will forget them. They are as follows:
    In reparation for desecrated Hosts…
    In reparation for sacrilegious receptions of the Holy Eucharist…
    In reparation for unbelief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, especially among Catholics…
    In reparation for lukewarm receptions of the Holy Eucharist…
    For a great increase in belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, and for a great increase of love for Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
    In July '20, I added: In reparation for all of my sins to the last intention.
    Other intentions can be added to these. They seem to make the Holy Rosary easier to pray.
    Our Great Queen is often pictured holding the Child Jesus in one arm, and the Holy Rosary with the other. She is holding the Holy Eucharist with one arm and the Holy Rosary with the other. What a great weapon Mary has given to us to combat the problems in our world and Church. The Immaculata will step on the head of the ancient enemy. I think She will be holding the Rosary when she does it.
    Hope you like this Reparation Rosary. I consider it a gift to be shared. God bless you. Steve

    STEVE RAY HERE: Very nice. Thanks for sharing Stephen. God bless you!!

Leave a Reply