Prayer & Spiritual Life

Pope w Janet.jpgJanet and I had an incredible meeting with Pope John Paul II in 2000. My wife had a special prayer request for him.

We told the story for the first time while on the air with Spirit Catholic Radio this morning.

Here is a picture of Janet asking the Pope, now St. Pope John Paul II to pray for her. Little did she know….Click below to listen to the 15 minute story.

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Today President Trump announced that churches are essential and ordered them open this weekend. He said if governors resist, he will override the governors. We are going to Church!!!

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I have been asked this question many times over the last few weeks. With churches closed and sacraments suspended, what can we do if we need to get to confession? Here is how I answered that question for a young man named Jose.

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JOSE ASKS: What can I do if I’ve fallen into mortal sin and there is no priest around for confession? Steve, it is really important to me.

STEVE RAY HERE: Hello Jose, yes, I understand your situation and distress. Two things you can do:

If you live near a church you can call and make an appointment with the priest for confession. From what I understand, he won’t refuse you. Call and tell him you need to have him hear your confession. He should invite you over, probably with you wearing a mask and keeping within their rules for distancing, but he should hear your confession.

If you are unable to get to a priest, or if for some reason he will not hear your confession, there is a remedy which is explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Read paragraphs 1451 and 1452:

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No. 1451 Among the penitent’s acts contrition occupies first place. Contrition is “sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again.

No. 1452 When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called “perfect” (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.

So Jose, if you cannot get to confession, confess your sins directly to God with contrition for your sins based on love for God. Then resolve to go to a priest as soon as one is available, and even your mortal sins will be forgiven.

1 John 1:9  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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The Virus that Stole Easter

April 11, 2020

If you have someone who reads well in the family, have them read this poem aloud. You will all love it and it fits right in with Easter and our current isolation. The Virus that Stole Easter By Kristi Bothur With a nod to Dr. Seuss Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began Bringing […]

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“Straight Talk to Teens” a new Steve Ray talk available on MP3

March 27, 2020

Teens don’t want platitudes or to be talked down to. They want a challenge, they want the truth! In this talk, I address a large group of teens and you could hear a pin drop.  

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Franciscan University of Steubenville provides resources for these tough times

March 24, 2020

With many churches and religious events closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Christian Outreach Office has opened The Upper Room—a website rich in resources for Catholics and anyone hungering for spiritual nourishment. In The Upper Room you will find podcasts, live webinars on a wide range of spiritual themes, daily E-Spirations, […]

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Lenten Bundle: “Stations of the Cross” and “Pain of the Crucifixion”

March 23, 2020

Two of Steve’s most popular talks are now in a bundle for $6. Great for family listening and for drives in the car. Very powerful and enthusiastic talks including Scripture, apologetics, medical information, typology, explanation of the real Stations in Jerusalem and the place and manner of crucifixion. Purchase the 2-CD set for a reduced […]

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Ray Family Favorite Movies Update (while locked away at home)

March 21, 2020

Janet and I have always loved good movies that are of high quality with good acting. But it must also be entertaining, redemptive, inspiring and challenging us to the good, the beautiful, the human. As St. Paul says, “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, […]

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Choirs of Angels in Three Hierarchies

March 20, 2020

We have a pack of dogs, a flock of birds, a forest of trees – the word used for groups of angels is “choir.” Here is a clever little diagram to describe and explain the choirs of angels in all their different categories. (Click on the image for a larger image). According to many theologians, like St. […]

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Coronavirus, Mass, and Catholic Life

March 19, 2020

Coronavirus, Mass, and Catholic Life  by Jimmy Akin First, here is my 15-minute show with John Harper on Relevant Radio discussing how the shutdown is affecting families and what we can do. My segment begins at the 30:00 minute mark. Now to Jimmy Akin’s excellent article: The coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic has produced many questions and controversies, including […]

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A Family’s Amazing Response to our Holy Land Pilgrimage!

February 10, 2020

Dear Steve and Janet, Teresa and Brian and Tom and I would like to thank you for creating a Holy Land pilgrimage of a lifetime. Our hearts are still ablaze from our experiences. On Mount Tabor, we heard Peter speak to us, “Lord it is good that we are here.” This became our prayer upon […]

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Eight Ways to Pray During Adoration

February 8, 2020

For a lot of us prayer is difficult – mind goes blank, mind wanders, not sure quite what to do. When we sit in front of the Blessed Sacrament — OK, now what? This is an excellent little diagram to give us direction and options. Next thing you know, time flies and you look forward […]

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Catherine of Siena and Leaving the Church

February 5, 2020

What this 14th-century mystic can teach us about fidelity to Christ and to a Church in crisis Thomas McDermott, OP In the wake of so many clerical sex abuse scandals, too many people the Catholic Church appears hypocritical and bankrupt morally and spiritually. In the midst of such trying times, how can Catholics justify remaining […]

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Should This Baby Be Aborted? You Decide

January 25, 2020

In the United States, there are many situations in which abortions are recommended, even encouraged by family, counselors, medical personnel and even religious advisors. Sometimes an abortion is recommended because of difficult circumstances and other times simply for convenience. Here are four cases for you to consider. Should these babies be aborted? You decide! Four […]

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How do YOU Read the Bible?

January 24, 2020

A Little Poem about Reading/Studing the Bible in Context I supposed I knew my Bible, Reading piecemeal, hit or miss, Now a bit of John or Matthew, Now a snatch of Genesis, Certain chapters of Isaiah, Certain Psalms (the twenty-third), Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs — Yes, I thought I knew the Word! But […]

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Starting the New Year! You Want to Rent – God Wants to Move In and OWN

December 31, 2019

The Father knocks on my door, seeking a home for his Son. “Rent is cheap,” I say. “I don’t want to rent, I want to buy,” says God. “I’m not sure I want to sell, but please come in to look around.” “I think I will,” says God. “I might let you have a room […]

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