August 2017

Fun Show about Nicodemus with Al Kresta

by Steve Ray on August 31, 2017

IMG_5020Join Al Kresta and myself today at 4:20 PM Eastern time for a fun and energetic discussion of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. They were judges on the Supreme Court of Israel and yet they took huge risks to follow Jesus.

We discuss them today on their Feast Day.

Listen live at www.avemariaradio.net  or listen on EWTN radio, Ave Maria radio or Sirius satellite.

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Good Source for Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

by Steve Ray on August 30, 2017

hurricane harvey floodingFor those who want to help, but don’t want to waste their money or have it eaten by bureaucratic administrative agencies – you can contribute through Catholic Charities.

Their webpage for Hurricane Harvey donations is https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/CCUSADISASTER

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St. Paul’s Letter to my Owner Philemon

I was a slave—his property. He owned me. He controlled every minute of my life. I could not think, act or decide for myself. I ate and slept when or if he allowed me to. I had no rights, no personal life, and no freedom. Few laws restricted the treatment of slaves in the Roman Empire.

357C1543-DD9B-48C8-9F10-B6668D8D6675-1442-0000054BAFC02A23Some were treated with respect, as members of the household; others were ill-treated. I was a piece of property. Escape and freedom consumed my thoughts by day and my dreams by night. To have a family, to go where I wished, to be out from under the hard work and harsh laws—to be free!

My name is Onesimus and my master is, or should I say was, Philemon. I say was because I robbed him, escaped and ran. As a fugitive I traveled over a thousand miles toward Rome where I could anonymous; lost in the teaming crowds and far from my old master.

The punishment meted out to an escaped slave was brutal, especially to a thief. But when I finally crept into Rome under cover of night, I was soon surprised. The surprise changed all my plans. I ended up going back to my master of my own free will—but let’s not get ahead of the story.

About five or six years ago an itinerant preacher had visited in Ephesus and since Ephesus was the gateway to Asia Minor everyone in our area eventually heard his message (Acts 19:10, 26). This preacher’s name was Paul and he was announcing a new god—one that claimed to be the one and only true God. This new deity’s name was Jesus Christ. I was a slave in the neighboring city of Colossae, about 100 miles to the southeast. (Col 4:9).

My master Philemon passed through Ephesus on one of his journeys where he heard Paul preaching. He became a follower of this new deity and became a Christian. Paul never visited Colossae but his influence was sure felt. When my master returned home changes took place; he even turned the house into what he called a “church” where they had weekly meetings.

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Flat Earth, Sun Revolves around the Earth? Believe it or not some Catholics are being tricked….

August 24, 2017

…but David Palm has a website called Geocentrism Debunked. Here are his latest articles: “A Reader Thanks Geocentrism Debunked”:  The thanks we regularly receive for the material on Geocentrism Debunked is always encouraging. One reader’s comments were particularly detailed and thoughtful: “Your website has shown me that I was taken in by specious arguments…”  Read […]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live Q & A for Non-Catholics

August 22, 2017

Click HERE to listen to the show. It was fun with some longer answers with some very nice responses… 1) Liberal Critic: How can the Catholic mission be more about feeding the hungry and ending war as opposed to orthodoxy? 2) Sedevacantist: Do we have a higher obligation to follow the Church as it stands […]

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Mary, Queen of Heaven

August 22, 2017

A while ago a man called in to say my argument for the Assumption of Mary including references from the Old Testament was wrong. I had quoted 1 Kings 2:19 where Solomon had raised his mother up to a throne on his right hand to reign as Queen of the Kingdom. The man arguing with me […]

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Leading Theologian: Change Canon Law to Correct Papal Errors

August 19, 2017

Fr  Aidan’s proposal for procedures to rein in an errant Pope and below, Canon Lawyer Ed Peters astute and complementary thoughts. Leading theologian: change canon law to correct papal errors, by Dan Hitchens posted Friday, 18 Aug 2017 In the Catholic Herald… “Fr Aidan Nichols said that Pope Francis’s teaching had led to an ‘extremely […]

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Cardinal Burke Outlines Formal Correction of Pope Francis’ Teaching

August 17, 2017

Posted by Edward Pentin on Thursday Aug 17th, 2017 at 7:56 AM The former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura explains in a new interview how a correction on parts of the Holy Father’s magisterium would be enacted, pays tribute to the recently deceased Cardinal Meisner, and stresses the importance of true mercy. In a new […]

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St. Paul to Titus: Organization of the New Testament Church

August 16, 2017

Titus: Organizing the Early Church By Steve Ray [NOTE: In my articles on the Pastoral Epistles, I use each one to relay a theme: 1 Timothy emphasizes Timothy; Titus emphasizes Paul’s ecclesiology; 2 Timothy emphasizes the end of Paul’s life.] Success brings rewards, but it also brings problems and responsibilities. Entrepreneurs are good at starting […]

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My Response: Defending the Assumption & Queenship of Mary

August 15, 2017

Reposting a blog on Assumption I wrote ten years ago. Link to my long defense is here. The Assumption of Mary always ruffles the feathers of anti-Catholics. I understand why. I used to be in their camp — I joined them in lockstep chanting the same slogans and mantras against “Catholic Tradition” and “man-made dogmas.” But […]

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Coming Soon! Elijah & Elisha with Steve Ray, Ignatius Press and Skyline Productions

August 14, 2017

Sunday evening we again fly to Phoenix for the last seven days of post-production on our next Footprints of God documentary “Elijah & Elisha: Conscience of the Kingdom.’ We will shoot a few studio scenes with my Segway, record the Behind the Scenes feature and finish up with music, maps, etc. After this one we […]

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Jesuit Scholar: Islamic Extremists Are the True Muslims

August 13, 2017

by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. Jun 16, 2017 Islamic extremists who carry out acts of terror are simply applying what their faith requires of them, according to Jesuit Father Henri Boulad, an Islamic scholar of the Egyptian Greek Melkite rite. In an interview with the National Catholic Register, Father Boulad said that “Islam is an […]

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Updated List of Steve’s Talks for Conferences, Missions

August 12, 2017

Here is an updated list of my talks for conferences and parish missions, radio shows and more. I’ve added a talk on “Angels: Good, Bad & Guardian: the A to Z of Angels.” Also updated my Straight Talk to Teens and reminding of my updated Islam: What Every Infidel Should Know. To contact me about […]

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Embarrassing and Inane Article in Crux Magazine Saying Catholic Converts Suffer from Neurosis

August 11, 2017

AUSTEN IVEREIGH’S SLAM AGAINST CONVERTS IN CRUX STIRRED UP A FIRESTORM. Below is a link to his article, comments, his subsequent apology and Crux’s response with new guidelines. UPDATE SATURDAY, 8/12/17 To his credit Austen Iverigh apologized for his article. The introductory paragraph says, Recently I used the term “convert neurosis” as a metaphor, and […]

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KLM Airlines Foolish LGBT Ad – Unintentionally Points out the Obvious

August 11, 2017

I fly KLM through Amsterdam about 20 times a year. Yes, I wrote to complain about their ill-advised and stupid ad promoting the LGBT movement in Holland. The image they used on their Twitter account ironically promotes unsafe practices suggesting that no matter what you do with seat belts you will be smart and safe, […]

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2 Timothy: St. Paul’s Last Letter before Martyrdom

August 5, 2017

2 Timothy: Last Words of Paul Written from the Mamertine Prison By Steve Ray [NOTE: In my articles on the Pastoral Epistles, I use each one to relay a theme: 1 Timothy emphasizes Timothy; Titus emphasizes Paul’s ecclesiology; 2 Timothy emphasizes the end of Paul’s life.] It was dark and damp. The scurrying feet of […]

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