April 2021

Irvine Texas Conference, my talk on St. Joseph

by Steve Ray on April 30, 2021

Unhappily, Delta called and said my flight was canceled to Dallas/Fort Worth Saturday morning. The conference has as speakers Cardinal Pell, Bishop Strickland, Dr. Ralph Martin, Trent Horn, and myself.

So, Annalisa from the conference handled it without missing a beat and I will now be joining the conference virtually. But, I am getting real sick and tired of this “virtual thing” since I like being with people and interacting with them.

So, I will be at the conference in spirit and on the internet. But still, darn!!!

You, like me, can join the conference virtually at https://catholicfamilyconference.com/

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A few days ago I posted a blog about how we talk to people and say “God bless you” and start conversations. In the last few days we had other experiences which I’m going to share with you to encourage you to start doing the same.

Our bus driver to the airport was a wonderful gentleman. We just said “God bless you” and told him we are a Catholic Pilgrimage group and it started a wonderful conversation. At the end he said what a great time of fellowship and fun it was talking with “you and your folks”. He is encouraged to be a better Christian and all of us emboldened to share more.

5BAEF919-D7C7-4C85-8597-5738EEB8AE9DSecond, Janet and I were in the airport lounge and this wonderful woman (see picture) was serving us and very pleasant. We simply said, “God bless you!”. She got so excited, turned around and said, “No one says that anymore, thank you so much and God bless you too!”

That started a very pleasant conversation about how everyone is afraid to express their Christian faith in this pagan and woke world. Her father was a pastor and she said her whole life is devoted 100% to Jesus Christ. We told her we were the same. We had a wonderful conversation that spread to all the other people in the lounge and it was a great moment of evangelism just because we said “God bless you”.

EB9AEAAD-7867-4791-A9C3-41EFEEAE2394I also wear this simple symbol of my belief in Jesus Christ and his Church (see picture). It starts conversations every day and this is another way you can open the door for evangelistic conversations.

Yesterday we sat by a young Hispanic man and I asked him if he was a Catholic. He smiled and said, “Yes.” We told him he was smart for being a Catholic and to never let anybody talk him out of it. Another great conversation ensued.

If Janet and I can do it, you can do it! Let’s take our world back for Jesus!

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On the last day of our fantastic St. Augustine Catholic pilgrimage, I went out on the shore of the Atlantic for some beautiful shots and video of the sunrise and the waves coming in.

We had a nice Mass and lots of fun comments and heartfelt farewells. Enjoy!

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Le Leche, 1st Marian Shrine in America! 1st Catholic Parish too!

April 28, 2021

We had a relaxed morning today and everyone had time to walk along the beach and enjoy the sunny location before we boarded our bus and left at 10:30 for the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche (of the Milk) at Mission Nombre de Dios (Name of God). The name of the milk […]

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St. Augustine Florida Pilgrimage Day 2: Cathedral, Fountain of Youth, Trolley Car Tour, Atlantic Ocean

April 27, 2021

The bus took off at 8 AM this morning for the Cathedral built in 1793-97 which was built on the site of the first church from 1565. This was the first church ever built in the United States, the first town built and where the first baptisms took place in the United States. For that […]

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Triumph & Tragedy: Jimmy Akins Conversion Story and Loss of his Wife

April 27, 2021

 Many people know Jimmy Akin. I call him my friend and have great admiration for this friend. He is also a Square Dancer. But do you know his story? Get a cup of coffee, turn off the TV and settle in for a great story. Not just gut-wrenching and edifying, but also an Introductory Course […]

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Back on the Road! St. Augustine Florida Pilgrimage

April 26, 2021

After 14 months grounded because of the virus situation, we are finally in the air again and decided to do a few domestic pilgrimage  to wonderful and historical Catholic sites in the United States. Today we landed in Jacksonville Florida and drove to Saint Augustine to the place where the very first town was ever […]

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Always be ready to evangelize! What happened today

April 25, 2021

By virtue of our baptism we are called to be evangelists. This should be on our minds every day. Right now we are in the airport in Detroit ready to depart for Saint Augustine Florida where we will pick up our pilgrimage group and discover where Catholicism began in the New World (It did not […]

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St. Mark: Very Important; Very Little Known

April 25, 2021

Feast Day of St. Mark Today: Very Important Biblical Guy, St. Peter’s Scribe, Yet Relatively Unknown Let me introduce you to him… “His voice boomed over the crowds in Rome as it had all around the Roman Empire. The large fisherman was aging but his voice was still filled with intensity and conviction. The thronging […]

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Gay Flag flown at US Embassies? Really?

April 24, 2021

This is scandalous and I couldn’t agree with Rev. Graham more! Most countries reject the whole LGBT agenda, and this is poking them in the eye, confirming to many that our country is immoral and imposing it’s immorality on the world. https://www.facebook.com/100044568093541/posts/295949078567360/?d=n

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Did Jesus Ascend into Heaven from Mount of Olives (Acts 1:12) or from Bethany (Luke 24:50)?

April 22, 2021

Soon it will be Ascension Thursday. The Ascension always falls on a Thursday, 40 days after Resurrection Sunday. Then 9 days of praying in the Upper Room (1st Novena) and on the 50th day from the Resurrection the Holy Spirit fell on Pentecost. Pentecost means “the fiftieth day.” One of our past pilgrims wrote to […]

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Is the Mass Really A Sacrifice: Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live

April 21, 2021

https://cdn.catholic.com/wp-content/uploads/ca210419a.mp3   Questions Covered: 13:18 – Why is the sacrifice of the mass so important to Catholics?  20:09 – How would Steve respond to non-Catholics who say “keep doing this in remembrance of me not in sacrifice of me” from Corinthian’s 11:24?  30:55 – What is the difference between the consecration of the bread versus the wine. For instance, when the priest […]

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Flying to Family Conference May 1: Cardinal Pell & Bishop Strickland too

April 20, 2021

You can join the conference in person in Irvine Texas, or join the conference virtually. My talk will be on St. Joseph: Manly Man & Chosen Father. CATHOLIC FAMILY CONFERENCE  Cardinal George Pell and Bishop Joseph Strickland are two of several speakers who will give talks on May 1 at the second annual Catholic Family Conference […]

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Three New Pilgrimage Offerings: 2 Domestic and 1 New International

April 16, 2021

We have added three new pilgrimages for 2021.  Do you know where the Catholic Church first started in the USA? The first Mass, the first Shrine and more? It was in St. Augustine Florida. Join us for a very historical pilgrimage, renewal of baptismal vows, some great meals and an afternoon to enjoy the Atlantic […]

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Why Didn’t Jesus Speak Out Against Homosexuality – Does that mean He approved?

April 15, 2021

How do I defend the Catholic Faith on issues such as abortion, same sex marriage or LGBT when some claim it’s acceptable because Jesus never mentioned those particular issues by name? First, silence does not imply consent. We have very FEW words of Jesus over his 3 years of ministry. He is “silent” on a […]

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