IMGP3627. . . please send them a copy of my Open Letter to Filipinos. You can send them the text or simply the link.

I wrote this letter while in Manila a number of years ago for a local parish bulletin. It has circled the globe many times and has appeared repeatedly in all the Philippine newspapers.

It was one of those blessed moments. If you are Filipino or know a Filipino, please make sure they read this letter.


Good day, Mr. Steve Ray!

We have a concern regarding the many statues of Saints and Mama Mary and Jesus all over the Philippines. It seems the Filipinos are exaggerating with those statues and images. What is your say to this? Is this against the second commandment of God that we should not make any graven image of the heaven above (or on the earth or under the earth)?

Screen Shot 2018-10-08 at 9.02.28 AMSTEVE RAY HERE:
Thanks for your questions and comments. I hope and expect that they’re coming from an honest heart seriously seeking the truth.

I have been to the Philippines six times doing large conferences, parish missions and talks with lots of evangelization, apologetics and Bible teaching.

One of the things that I learned about the wonderful Filipino people is that they are easily susceptible to Protestant groups (mainly from the United States) who come there and try to trick Catholics into leaving the Catholic Church. The whole issue of “idols“ is one of their trickiest methods. Read my Open Letter to the Filipino People.

6a00d8341c019953ef01b7c81c6025970bFirst, I would suggest you write God a letter and ask him why he commanded the Israelites to violate the 2nd Commandment. You can see this clearly here (Exodus 25:18-20) and here (Numbers 21:8-9).

Remember also, that it seems that God broke his own commandment when he sent his Son Jesus to the earth. St. Paul tells us in Colossians 1:15 that “Jesus is the ‘image’ of the invisible God.“

maxresdefaultSecond, I would suggest you read the Catechism of the Catholic Church carefully on this topic. Read especially paragraphs 2129-2132. It’s a very dangerous thing to give false testimony about the Church that Jesus started 2000 years ago and has always been named “Catholic.” Those who say we worship statues are certainly bearing false witness.

Thanks again for writing and if you want to read more on this matter, I suggest you read my article “Do Catholics Worship Mary.” Also, check out Catholic Answers tract “Do Catholics Worship Statues?


My Open Letter to Filipinos

by Steve Ray on 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 somber Mass but quiet and somber it was not—I thought I heard angels joyously singing behind me. The voices were rich, melodic and beautiful.

What I discovered as I spun around to look did not surprise me because I had seen and heard the same thing in other churches around the world. It was not a choir of angels with feathered wings and halos but a group of delightful Filipino Catholics with smiles of delight and joy on their faces as they worshiped God and sang his praises.

I had seen this many times before in Rome, in Israel, in the United States and other countries. Filipinos have special traits and they are beautifully expressed as I gazed at the happy throng giving thanks to God. What are the special traits which characterize these happy people? I will share a few that I have noticed—personal observations—as I have traveled around the world, including visits to the Philippines.

First, there is a sense of community, of family. These Filipino Christians did not sit apart from each other in different isles. They sat together, closely. They didn’t just sing quietly, mumbling, or simply mouthing the words. No, they raised their voices in harmony together as though they enjoyed the sense of unity and communion among them. They are family even if they are not related.

Second, they have an inner peace and joy which is rare in the world today. When most of the world’s citizens are worried and fretful, I have found Filipinos to have joy and peace—a deep sense of God’s love that overshadows them. They have problems too, and many in the Philippines have less material goods than others in the world, yet there is still a sense of happy trust in God and love of neighbor.

Third, there is a love for God and for his Son Jesus that is almost synonymous with the word Filipino. There is also something that Filipinos are famous for around the world—their love for the Blessed Mother. Among the many Filipinos I have met the affectionate title for Mary I always hear from their lips is “Mama Mary”. For these gentle folks Mary is not just a theological idea, a historical person, or a statue in a church—Mary is the mother of their Lord and their mother as well, their “mama”.

The Philippines is a Catholic nation—the only such nation in Asia—and this wonderful country exports missionaries around the world. They are not hired to be missionaries, not official workers of the church.

No, they are workers and educators, doctors, nurses and housekeepers that go to other lands and travel to the far reaches of the earth and everywhere they go they take the joyous gospel of Jesus with them. They make a somber Mass joyful when they burst into song. They convict the pagan of sin as they always keep the love of Jesus and the Eucharist central in their lives.

My hope and prayer, while I am here in the Philippines sharing my conversion story from Baptist Protestant to Roman Catholic, is that the Filipino people will continue to keep these precious qualities. I pray that they will continue loving their families, loving the Catholic Church, reading the Bible, loving Jesus, his Mother and the Eucharist.

As many other religions and sects try to persuade them to leave the Church, may God give the wisdom to defend the Catholic faith.

As the world tempts them to sin and seek only money and fame and power, may God grant them the serenity to always remember that obedience to Christ and love for God is far more important than all the riches the world can offer.

May the wonderful Filipino people continue to be a light of the Gospel to the whole world!


Steve’s Open Letter to the Filipino People

November 30, 2012

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“No Thank You,” says Melinda Gates

September 20, 2012

While Melinda Gates is giving billions of dollars for condoms in poorer countries, there are people who are trying to help spread the truth about how condom proliferation hurts people. Check out this video, and a if you have a few more minutes read the letter below from an honest Nigerian Woman:   Ms. Obianuju […]

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Nice Article about My Visit to Couples for Christ in the Philippines

July 30, 2010

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Lots of Pictures

July 21, 2010

LOTS of pictures of our talk at Woodrose Girls School today. Also pictures of all our other talks. The Filipinos are adding pictures like crazy! We talked about God and boys! Great time!! High School girls were laughing their heads off and even crying and wouldn’t let us leave. Visit

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Steve on Filipino TV TONIGHT

July 17, 2010

Steve Ray talks about Mother Mary on DZMM this Sunday July 18, 8:30 pm. You can listen to him on radio, or you can watch him on DZMM Teleradyo on Skycable or you can watch the video stream live at; .

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Talk to Students of Stella Maris Academy

July 16, 2010

To see pictures of students I spoke to at Stella Maris Academy – over 1000 – visit my Facebook at:

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Running with Pictures thru Davao Philippines

July 15, 2010

Just posted a new Running trip, “2010-07-18 Davao Wakes Up”, to EveryTrail. Check it out here: It was great seeing all these smiling people in this Catholic nation. I hope you enjoy the pictures!

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Speaking in Davao

July 14, 2010

Here is my speaking schedule in Davao for all you Mindanoans. Hope to see you there. Pass it along! THURSDAY July 15 3PM University of Southern Philippines (USEP) 7 PM San Pedro CathedralFRIDSY FRIDAY 9AM – St Francis Xavier Major Seminary 1PM – Stella Maris Academy of Davao 6 PM – Sacred Heart of Jesus […]

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Talks, Walks & Typhoons

July 14, 2010

What a 2-day stretch! And what a typhoon (a hurricane in the Pacific is called a typhoon). First, Janet and I spoke yesterday to over 1,000 beautiful, excited and brilliant high school girls at Poveda Catholic School in Quezon City. I spoke about Mary, purity and living the Christian life in the real world. We […]

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Typhoon Hitting us in the Philippines

July 13, 2010

Typhoon hitting the Philippines with 70+ mile winds. My talk tomorrow is already canceled. This is very interesting. All the power just went out. Very dark. Wind is strong. Everything is shaking. This is quite exciting!! We trust the Lord.

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Pictures on FaceBook

July 11, 2010

Lots of pictures of our current speaking tour at Facebook. More to come here and on FaceBook at

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At Green Valley Mall Church in Manila

July 10, 2010

Gave talk on Paul and the priesthood to seminarians and priests. Now at Green Hills Mall Church (yes, in a huge mall) to talk on Peter and the Catholic Church. Great folks!! More soon with pictures.

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My Open Letter to the Filipino People

July 9, 2010

This has gone around the world many times but for those who’ve not read it, here it is for your edification. If you are unable to open the file I posted the whole letter below in the comments.

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