Monday, January 24, 2011

Fifteen Talks in Three Days – in 90+ degrees

by Steve Ray on January 24, 2011

Today I completed my talks in Goa India. Archbishop Philip Neri was there for all three days. I was speaking for five times a day for three days. They were 14 hour days. I love serving Jesus and his Church.

For the first two days I spoke to lay people and the group was way over 2,000 sitting in heat for the whole day!

Today (Monday) I spoke only to religious: priests, sisters and seminarians. There were over 500 in attendance. I spoke to them from 10 AM -5 PM. They were beautiful, devote, spiritual and enthusiastic bunch of Catholics – the spiritual leaders of the whole Archdiocese of Goa!

What a day! Tomorrow we head back to Bombay for 6 more days of talks, then on to Egypt and Jordan and Israel. Please pray for us!

(Picture below: the priests and religious and seminarians of Goa!)



Mark Connell’s Story

by Steve Ray on January 24, 2011

Born Catholic, turned Catholic-basher, then back to Catholic. Enjoy!

Floating high above the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the symphony of bells calls the Catholics of Morris, Illinois, to worship on this February morning. Far below the bell tower, the nave slowly fills with people as I let my prayers ride upon the sound.

It is a miracle that my wife and I are here today. A short year ago, I had told my Protestant pastor that I was going to pray for the Catholic people during Lent, that they would come to know the Lord. Now, here I am in this church, eyes clouding with tears, heart filled with peace and wonder—a Catholic once again.

To read the rest of this story, published in THIS ROCK Magazine, click here.