Based on my talk “Swimming Upstream: Living a Catholic Life in a Pagan World,” Steve and Fr. Robert McTeigue, SJ discussed how paganism is coming back in a big way in the Western World. Christianity is being abandoned and alternative “spiritualities” are filling the void.

It was a lively discussion about what paganism is, why the West is enticed by it and how we as Christians need to respond. You can listen to the whole show at the audio link below. Below that are resources Fr. McTeigue put up to supplement the show.

Fr. McTeigue’s Show Resources:

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Don’t be shy, open up, share the Truth

by Steve Ray on February 6, 2019

Janet and I decided long time ago that we would start conversations about the Catholic Faith whenever we have an opportunity. The Lord wants us to share the truth wherever we go.

Today we are on our way to Jordan-Israel to lead a group of pilgrims. When our Metro Cars driver arrived we knew he was from the Middle East which means he was either Muslim or Catholic.

4A971590-DE00-49E3-A43B-582BA2739226So we chatted with him for a few minutes and then discussed our conversion. By the way, you don’t have to be a convert to start conversations like this :-)

Instantly he was excited that we were talking to him about Christ and he told us about his father who had come here from Iraq and still spoke the language of  Aramaic, the language of Jesus. He was proud to be Catholic. Wonderful conversations ensued.

He was also very excited to tell us he loved Trump. We certainly joined in his enthusiasm. We especially loved the State of the Union Address. He said his whole family loves Trump and will vote for him again.

When we got to the airport our ticket agent was a nice lady. As usual we decided to tell her what we were doing. We told her we were going to the Holy Land to walk in the footprints of Jesus. She got so excited I thought she was going to jump over the counter and join us :-)

So in one short hour we encouraged two people in the Catholic faith.

All of us should be doing this every day. The world would be a different and better place if all of us devoted Catholics would be proud of the truth and share it with others.

You think people will be upset. Not so! Everywhere I go when I express our faith in Jesus Christ people are excited and say, “I am a Christian too!”

St. Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith” (Romans 1:16).

Sharing Jesus Christ will make your life all the more exciting and fulfilled!. Plus, you may save a soul and be thanked when you get to heaven :-)

Our plane is taking off. Wonder who we will talk to on the plane. Follow us through Jordan and Israel. God bless you all!


Tips for Defending the Faith – Live from the Legatus Summit in Orange County California

Questions Covered:

  • 02:50 – Where did Protestants wanting to convert Catholics come from?
  • 09:03 – My daughter-in-law considers herself to be a humanist and doesn’t believe in God. She once said, “I guess I’m going to hell because I haven’t been baptized.” What would you say to her?
  • 18:05 – What is the role of Catholic schools in evangelization?
  • 31:51 – Apologists, what is the toughest question you’ve ever had?
  • 34:57 – Protestants ask me what I think of the Pope because they think he’s terribly political. What would you say to them?
  • 42:13 – How can I help parents at my parish school who are detached from the faith?
  • 46:00 – What is the best way to argue religion with someone who professes to be non-denominational?
  • 50:00 – I am very confused about the concept of prayer. If it is a conversation, why are there not always answers back? What is the purpose of repetitive prayers? What is the difference between prayer and meditation? Is there a difference between 1 person praying and 10 million people praying?


2 Minute Audios: Steve’s 6 Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family & Friends

November 30, 2018

People always ask, “What do I say to my husband…?”  or “How do I get my kids back in the Church?  or  “I am getting no where trying to tell my friend about my Faith.” Well Steve came up with Six Rules to help you deal with non-Catholics – especially family and friends. They are […]

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“Hey, I Like Your Cross!”

October 30, 2018

That’s why I always where my San Damiano Cross. It is colorful and catches people’s eye. Even yesterday while traveling two people commented. My response is always, “Thanks, I wear it proudly as a Catholic!” Invariably an interesting discussion ensues. An atheist once asked why he should become Catholic. What fun! Yesterday two people at […]

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Seven Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family and Friends

July 2, 2018

This is always an interesting topic that floods the phone lines. I was on Son Rise Morning Show today on this topic so I reposted by popular request discussing how we as Catholics can relate to and influence our family and friends. Ready to go! Family life can cause tension and strife among families. How […]

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Chaldean Christian Driver from Iraq

April 19, 2018

We take the Metro Cars back-and-forth to the airport for all our multiple flights. I make sure we never take more than 10 minutes to get a conversation started about the things that matter most — Christianity and the Catholic Church. Today on our way to the airport to fly to Milan Italy to pick […]

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Proud of My Quiet Wife Doing Evangelism

April 6, 2018

Janet is usually quiet and reserved but today she surprised me. We went to Jimmy John’s to get sub sandwiches for our grandkids a while ago. On the sidewalk was sitting a young black man asking for money. I walked into the store but she turned around and went back to talk with him. She […]

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Billy Graham’s Early Influence on My Life & an Excellent Recent Talk by Rev. Billy Graham

February 21, 2018

I have a soft spot in my heart for this man because he has had a PROFOUND impact on our family. It was his message over the airwaves in 1953 that first brought my mom to Christ and my mom and dad then brought us boys to a living and vibrant knowledge of Jesus Christ.  […]

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“Dear Mr. Bible Guy, Thanks for Confronting my Son…”

January 17, 2018

Posted in National Catholic Register: Dear Mr. Bible Guy Who Tried to Convert My Son and His Friends: These kids don’t just know the Bible, the Catechism, and Church history. They know how to think. Excellent article written by Jennifer Fitz Dear Christian Bible Guy, I want to thank you for coming up to my son and […]

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They Fell for the Lie – I’ll Pray for Them

November 6, 2017

We are in the airport in Lisbon Portugal heading to Israel to pick up our next group. Janet and I were standing in line and a man started up a conversation with us. He and his wife were in their late 60s and I could tell they were good Americans. They’d be ideal neighbors, keeping […]

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My Open Letter to Filipinos

October 13, 2017

[If you know someone from the Philippines ?? please share this letter with them.] We stepped into the church and it was old and a bit dark. Mass had just begun and we sat toward the front. We didn’t know what to expect here in Istanbul Turkey. I guess we expected it to be a […]

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Conversation at an Airport; Don’t Be Intimated! Say What You’re Thinking!

October 25, 2016

We stepped into the Delta lounge to await our flight to Greece where we will meet our group of 95 excited pilgrims for our St. Paul cruise. A guy sat down next to me and said, “How you doing?” I said, “Great, we just voted for Trump and we are on our way to lead […]

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Stop being intimidated, say what you’re thinking! Are example at the airport…

October 25, 2016

We stepped into the Delta lounge to await our flight to Greece where we will meet our group of 95 excited pilgrims for a St. Paul cruise. A guy sat down next to me and said, “How you doing?” I said, “Great, we just voted for Trump and we are on our way to lead […]

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Jack Chick Died, Remember his Cartoon Tracts? Very Anti-Catholic Evangelist; 9 Things You Should Know

October 25, 2016

I remember handing out those cartoon Chick Tracts when I was a Protestant. As uninformed as I was, I liked the simplicity and brashness of the little booklets. Now I know how crude and deceptive they were. Jack Chick just died and Jimmy Akin wrote a bit about it.   First Jimmy writes about Nine […]

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My CD Audio “Swimming Upstream: Living a Catholic Life in a Pagan World” now available at Lighthouse!

April 3, 2016

This is the talk I have been most asked to give in the last few years. It is a hard-hitting, politically incorrect talk about the state of our culture and what we as Christians are called to do. I use some pretty scary and interesting stories and example. We step back into the early Church […]

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