Mary

Read my article about Mary, typology and reading the Bible with the Fathers of the Church and the Visitation. It was published in 2005 in Catholic Answers Magazine but is as relevant today as then, as relevant now as in the 1st century..

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Catholic Doctrines in Scripture, Compiled by Greg Oatis            Click here for document

Introduction                                                          3

Preface                                                                 4

Church Authority and Papal Infallibility                     5

Peter as First Pope                                                 8

Apostolic Succession                                               11

Ordination and Priesthood                                       12

Salvation Not By Faith Alone/Not Assured                  14

Doctrines                                                              21

Free Will                                                              21

Abortion                                                               23

 Contraception                                                        24

Homosexuality                                                       25

Divorce                                                                 25

Life after Death                                                      26

The Communion of Saints                                        28

Intercessory Prayer                                                 29

Indulgences                                                           32

Purgatory                                                             33

The Sacrament of Reconciliation                               34

Mortal/Venial Sin                                                   36

 Infant Baptism                                                       36

The Saving Nature of Baptism                                   38

The Mass                                                              40

Holy Eucharist                                                       41

Jesus’ ‘Once-For-All’ Sacrifice                                  44

 Sunday Worship                                                     45

Schism/Apostasy                                                     48

The ‘Great Apostasy’                                               49

Call No Man ‘Father’                                              50

Unity                                                                    51

 The Rosary/Vain Repetitions                                     51

Graven Images                                                       51

Venerating Relics                                                   52

Crucifixes                                                             53

Persecution                                                           54

 Guardian Angels                                                    54

Excommunication                                                   55

Dietary Laws & Alcohol as Sin                                 55

Celibacy                                                               55

Ash Wednesday/Lenten Devotions                              56

 The Divinity of Jesus                                               57

The Holy Trinity                                                     59

Jesus Not an Angel                                                 60

Mary, The Mother of God                                        61

 Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant                   61

 Mary as the New Eve                                         63

 Devotion to Mary                                             63

Mary’s Immaculate Conception                           66

Mary’s Virginity                                               67

The ‘Brothers’ of Jesus                                       68

Mary’s ‘Until’                                                   70

Mary’s Assumption                                           70

New Covenant Fulfills Old                                       71

Interpreting Scriptures                                            72

Our Ultimate Authority Not ‘Scripture Alone’               74

The ‘Rapture’                                                         80

Bibliography                                                         81

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Christmas – when even Protestants put up Statues!

by Steve Ray on December 20, 2018

Christmas is that magical time of year when Protestants don’t have a problem with statues of Jesus, Mary, Saints and Angels! Isn’t that lovely (and inconsistent)?

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Joachim & Anna: The Birth and Presentation of Our Lady, from a 2nd Century Document

November 20, 2018

Join us next year on one of our pilgrimages to see Shrines of France and D-Day, Saints of Poland, Holy Land or Assisi and Rome!  Visit http://www.FootprintsOfGod.com ************************* FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF OUR BLESSED VIRGIN MARY November 21 “The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (as it is known in the West), or The […]

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Queenship Of the Blessed Virgin – August 22

August 22, 2018

Last week was the Feast of the Assumption of Mary and today, August 22 is the Queenship of Mary. The other day a man called to say my argument for the Assumption of Mary from the Old Testament was wrong. I had quoted 1 Kings 2:19 where Solomon had raised his mother to Queen of […]

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My Hero John Henry Cardinal Newman on “The Assumpion of Mary”

August 15, 2018

Cardinal John Henry Newman converted to the Catholic faith. He has a unique and beautiful understanding of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. You can read it here.

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Two Questions from an Unhappy Listener

August 15, 2018

After a recent radio show a man wrote to challenge me. The e-mail contained two questions — thquestioner’srs words are in blue. I have removed his name out of respect for his privacy. Dear friend, you wrote:   >> I found it rather interesting you had all those questions for Bible Christians. I am a Protestant convert that had been […]

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Mary and the Apostles are Dead! Only Jesus can Mediate for Us! Really?

June 23, 2018

 Confusion of Many Protestants Too often well-meaning Protestants get confused and accuse of things that are outright nonsense if not lies. It is usually because they never take the time to really understand what the Catholic Church actually teaches and practices. Below is a good example of a kind and well-meaning Protestant pastor who wrote […]

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Meaning of Sacred and Immaculate Hearts – Feast Days are Upon Us!

June 8, 2018

A non-Christian friend found two paintings at an art show and asked me, “What in the world are these? They seem to have pagan elements. What do they have to do with Jesus and Mary?” Here is my explanation. If you readers have anything to add, please post it in the Comments below. Thanks. Thanks. […]

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How Big Was Jesus in Mary’s Womb at the Visitation – and what could he do?

April 8, 2018

“How big was baby Jesus in Mary’s womb when Mary visited Elizabeth?” That is the question I asked myself while visiting the Church of the Visitation in Israel. What I learned was quite revolutionary and amazing. This is one of the best pro-life arguments from Scripture and one I’ve not heard discussed before. It also […]

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Mary and the Other Body of Christ; How Many People were in the Upper Room and Why?

January 5, 2018

Since we are IN this room today, I thought I would share this again… The room was pretty full. It was warm but a gentle breeze was blowing—that would change. There was fear in the room. The Roman army was a thing to be feared, they had just crucified Jesus and it was a dangerous […]

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Christmas Really Started at the Annunciation – my new favorite Annunciation artwork

December 23, 2017

God became Man in Bethlehem, right? Nope, it was in Nazareth. By the time Mary arrived in Bethlehem to deliver Jesus he had already been human for nine months. At the Annunciation those first cells in Mary’s womb, to small to see with the human eye (though Elizabeth and John the Baptist recognized Him), were […]

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Jesus Said His Mother Had Other Sons! Really?

December 22, 2017

I was confronted with an interesting argument against Mary’s perpetual virginity. The man argued that the Bible itself proves that Mary had other children. He claimed that Jesus expressly states in no uncertain terms that his mother had other sons. He said it must have been overlooked by the Catholic Church. To read my whole response, […]

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Mary’s Virginity: How Was Jesus Born?

December 22, 2017

Every time I am on the radio over Advent someone calls and asks if Jesus was born normally and naturally like other babies, or was he a miraculous birth–in other words, arriving in the world by avoiding the birth canal and without “opening the womb.” There are discussions and debates suggesting he miraculously appeared in Mary’s […]

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A Baptist Friend Asks: The Bible Says “All have sinned” so how can Mary be Immaculate?

December 8, 2017

A Southern Baptist writes: I am a Southern  Baptist who has a lot of respect for the Catholic faith. The Immaculate Conception is a hard concept for me. Does it also include the belief that Mary never sinned? How does that pass muster with Rom. 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the […]

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Did Solomon’s Mother Bathsheba Demonstrate Mary is NOT a Good Intercessor?

November 12, 2017

I put up a post a few days ago with a video of my talk in Ephesus about Mary being Queen of Heaven and an Intercessor for the people of God’s kingdom. Someone wrote to object saying, It is interesting Steve, as to what you left out in your reference to 1 Kings 2:19 , Solomon’s Mother […]

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