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Steve is unable to answer all the questions he receives. We are concerned about you and your questions, but due to the increased number of e-mails Steve receives and the demands on his time (due to writing deadlines, travel for the Footprints of God video series, leading pilgrimages, teaching at conferences, writing, and trying to keep the lawn mowed :-) please consider the following:

1. Steve has provided writings and studies to answer many of the most common questions. Also his books, videos, and audio CD’s will answer many of the frequently asked questions.

2. Steve’s Discussion Board is a very helpful and personal resource. You can easily join many different forums with knowledgeable Catholics who are ready and willing to answer questions and help with understanding and defending the Catholic faith.

3. If you have specific questions about the Bible, the Catholic Church, or if you need personal guidance about the Catholic faith, there are many great apologetic and general Catholic sites listed on my Link’s page. Check out Biblical Evidence for Catholicism.

4. I would specifically recommend Catholic Answers with a marvelous set of resources and several Catholic apologists trained to answer inquiries about Catholicism. You can call their Apologist’s Line free of charge at 619-387-7200 (Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM, Pacific Time).

5. If you are considering converting to the Catholic faith, you can find compassionate and understanding guidance from The Coming Home Network.

6. Other great sources for information can be found here: Haydock Bible Commentary, Catholic Encyclopedia, Fathers writing on the Gospels, Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, Fr. Hardon’s Bible Dictionary, On-line Catechism, Vatican website, and EWTN.


If you do need to contact Steve Ray personally he will try to respond but please understand that he receives about 100 e-mails a day and although he tries to respond to each one, his responses may be short, delayed, or impossible.

We apologize for this inconvenience. Thanks for understanding and we hope you enjoy this website and find all the resources helpful.

If you still need to contact Steve Ray, send him an e-mail him at

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Don R. Caffery April 19, 2015 at 7:46 PM

Dear Steve,

My wife and I just finished watching your long-awaited DVD, Abraham: Father of Faith and Works. Magnificent! I always suspected that to shoot this film on location in places like Iraq, Turkey, and the West Bank would be very difficult, and downright dangerous!

But you gallantly downplayed these difficulties in the program, and stuck to the subject, which is God’s intervention in history and His mercy for each one of us. And, as with all the other DVDs, you make it all come to life in an exciting and entertaining manner.

Thanks to you and Janet for pursuing this great work for Jesus and His Church. May he abundantly bless your family.

Don R. Caffery
Baton Rouge, LA

SUNIL DSOUZA April 20, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Dear Br. Steve,
My protestant friend quoted Matthew1:25 the other day to me which apparently denies the virginity of Mary. Also, he said that if Mary did not have powers on earth to work miracles during her lifetime, how can she have powers after her death while in heaven.
I was both stumped & put to shame, for I didn’t know how to answer him. I tried the answer to this in the book “The Essentials of Catholic Faith” but could not find one. Can you pls help me, Sir?

STEVE RAY HERE: Start with this:

until she had borne a son: This verse has caused trouble since the early heresies of the Helvidians and the Jovinians, who concluded from it that Mary and Joseph had marital relations after the birth of Jesus. The implication, easily taken in English, is not present in the Gk particle (he?s), and still less if we suppose a Semitic background of the passage. The NT knows nothing of any children of Mary and Joseph. Matthew’s interest here is in the affirmation that Joseph is not the natural father of Jesus, and his language is determined by this interest. The agent of the conception of Jesus is “a Holy Spirit” (1:20). This term is used in the OT to designate God’s mysterious power; it is not used to designate the agent of human conception.

Then you should read this document. It is long and detailed but it will prepare you we’ll

sharjil khan April 27, 2015 at 9:10 AM

I am a Muslim and I want to convert to Christian can you help.

STEVE RAY HERE: Sharjil, if you are serious about this you can contact me at

Dave Hart May 6, 2015 at 5:35 PM

Hi Mr. Ray, I was moved by your comments about your father the other day on the Catholic Answers radio show. My wife and I have decided to enter the Catholic Church (probably through the ordinariate of St Peter, as I was raised in the Episcopal Church) because I’m convinced that there is truth in the Catholic Church (clearly, there has been a dramatic and rapid decline in the residual truth left in the Episcopal church). My dad was a cradle Episcopalian and died a committed believer 10 years ago. He was my best friend and role model for the first 33 years of my life–and he was the primary driver in my accepting Christ as my lord and savior. I’m saddened to consider that he might not be in heaven–so I found your comments about your dad particularly heartening. Besides continuing to pray for my dad, what does the Church teach that I shoud do for my dad now? (I’m only through the first 1/3 of the CCC and my understanding of indulgences and requiem masses is fuzzy.). Thank you for your time. Dave Hart

Luigi May 19, 2015 at 8:54 AM

Dear Steve,

I wanted to congratulate for your communication style. I had the chance to hear you on YouTube and I like you very much. I want to add two points to what you said in your speech about to be born again from Water and Holy Spirit.

In the Bible we can infer the existence of Purgatory. Jesus says that the sins against the Holy Ghost will not be forgiven in this life and in the other. So this imply that there are sins that can be forgiven in the other life and so Our Lord is implicitly talking about Purgatory (Matt 12:32)

Also in the Second Book of Maccabees it is written that is holy to pray for the dead (2Mac 12:46). In some translations verse 45 and 46 are one verse and the translation of Douay-Rheims is the best (the translation of the Bible of Jerusalem is not very good).

I did not want to send an email because you receive already a lot of them.

God bless and keep it up !

mira luna santillan May 25, 2015 at 4:17 AM

Sir, I just to ask when you said that the chair of Pope was inherited from Moses. Is it true? That chair still intact for 3,500 years now? I dont know the composition of the chair if its a wood or steel? or the chair meant a Position by Pope that he inherited, I dont know, I was confused?
pls help me.

I really love watching you preaching, you are really great, very effective. And I share it on my facebook, so that fellow christians who question me always,will saw it. Sometimes I dont knw how to handle them.
God bless you more, I wish many will convert to catholic after hearing your speech.

STEVE RAY HERE: The chair is symbolic. There is not an actual chair that Moses sat in that is now in Rome for the Pope. It is an office, a symbolic chair that represents the authority.

Ted Trakas August 10, 2015 at 7:16 PM

Steve, heard you on Catholic Answers today. You mentioned the seamless garment of Christ and implied he may have gotten it from one of his wealthy followers. Another possibility that I’ve heard is … it was like the seamless garment that the High Priest wore for sacrifices. Customarily at the time, the garment was made by the priest’s mother.


Thanks for that observation. It is very likely since I do believe Mary was from the priestly line of Aaron — since she was a close relative of Elizabeth and Zechariah, both of whom were from the pure line of the Aaronic priesthood. Thanks for sharing that. I will do some research.

Steve Ray
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marc weisman December 8, 2015 at 8:06 PM

I am a Jewish physician and my partner is Catholic. We are almost completely like-minded on religion and politics. He has sent me several links to your blogs and I just wanted to say that I enjoy you and your perspective. Marc

John O'Brien February 9, 2016 at 11:44 PM


Steve Ray here: John, thanks for your question. I do not have such a list on my website (though I do mention we should have our kids memorize 150 of the most important verses before they drive their first time). I would recommend Patrick Madrid’s book “150 Verses Every Catholic Should Know.”

Bernz Ordoñez Caasi March 27, 2016 at 1:34 AM

Hi, Steve!

Happy Easter to you! I just want to share with you a reflection that I made on why we, as Catholics, venerate the Cross. This is the link to my essay: .

This also contains some parts of my conversion story. Your insights on the essay will be highly appreciated. You may also freely share it with your friends.

I am also requesting for your prayers since this is the first time that I officially announced publicly that I have indeed reverted back to the Catholic Faith. Many people have reacted to it already and please pray that the Holy Spirit would guide me in answering different queries about our Faith.

Thank you so much! I am always praying for you, too. God bless!

-bernz from the Philippines

Jean Joseph April 16, 2016 at 10:58 PM

An alternate way of salvation
“You are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.” 1 Co 5, 5. (Please start reading from 1 Co 5, 1.) Does this passage mean that free will is not an option? Is this an alternate way of salvation besides the acceptance of Jesus eternal sacrifice on the cross?

There is a religious congregation founded by William Marion Branham that practices to deliver people to Satan through a ceremony if those people refuse to comply with the teaching of the congregation. They claim it’s in the bible referring the above passage. I really need to give an answer to my brother-in-law who is a member of this group.
Jean Joseph

Christine Pleuss April 25, 2016 at 8:24 PM

Hello Steve,
I cannot imagine how busy you must be. I met you at the Lighthouse Catholic Media conference in Mundelein IL last Oct. We all met your son, Jesse–what a delight of a kid. I am an Account Mgr in Southern CA for LCM and ALWAYS promote your CDs and books. I also volunteer for Terry Barber a couple of times a week. Never a dull moment there…
While listening to Immaculate Heart Radio, I had the idea to call Mother Miriam to see if she would be interested in leading a trip to Malta to visit Cardinal Raymond Burke… but alas, she turned me down. Too busy. Her assistant , Mary, mentioned that you had also wanted her head up a trip to the Holy Land and she said she was too busy.
Well—how about if WE all go to Tulsa for a fund raiser for the convent?? How about a spiritual warfare apologetic one day all day conference? Mother announces it on her show. We radio listeners all email all of our friends, etc.

How does your schedule look for the Saturdays in October?–2016? Too soon? I proposed the idea in an email about an hour ago to Mary–who will propose it to Mother Miriam and IF you could possibly check your schedule… and what is your honorarium ? I already checked on airfare from Lansing or Detroit(?) to Tulsa…

Please let me know what you think of the idea. I KNOW the Daughters of Israel always need the $$s AND anyone who comes for the event will be all the better off…. learn our Faith, share our Faith… learn to Defend our Faith…

Yours in Christ… Thy Will Be Done,

Christine Pleuss
Alhambra, CA

Jonathan Valkanet May 28, 2016 at 8:10 PM

I was wondering if you need any public speakers.
I’m one of the most educated debaters for God’s existence.

Check out my FREE book at GODEXISTSBOOK.COM

You should really read the “Atheist Questions and Answers” chapter.

Laurie May 31, 2016 at 9:39 PM

Hello Steve. I’m heart broken. My cousin is a fallen away Catholic who has always been a Bible believing
– Jesus loving sister in Christ to me. In recent weeks as my love for my Catholic faith
grows deeper and deeper, there is a divide also growing between us as
women of faith. My cousin fully believes that evil is in the foundation of the Roman Catholic Church, that Catholic doctrine is evil, that Jesuit orders are to infiltrate all of the different religions, is involved in leading its church into the One World Gov’t . She is upset that I seek answers to the charges she raises from my Catholic sources –>The Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, your teachings, and those of Scott Hahn, Jeff Cavins, Peter Kreeft, and more. If all my cousins charges are true, then, I see these atrocities as the enemy trying to destroy this Catholic faith that Jesus created and gave Peter stewardship over. I don’t believe I’m to turn away from my Catholic faith. How/ what can I share to help her see that the first TRUE CHURCH whose birth was in Jerusalem, is indeed at home in Rome as well. I am praying and would appreciate your encouragement/ insight/ direction. Thank You, Laurie from St Ckair Shores, MI.

STEVE RAY HERE: I understand and your pain is the most common thing people talk about with me. I would suggest you read my article: Six Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family and Friends:

Six Rules:

suzanne June 18, 2016 at 3:12 PM

Steve Just a huge thanks for your YouTubes My son recently returned the church after being evangelical for 20 years, your description of Mary as the arc of the covenant was instrumental, as he left the church because we “worship Mary” according to a girl friend in High school. Many prayers to Mary and many saints and Jesus brought him back…….with your help Thank you .

Larry J. Meilleur July 20, 2016 at 5:34 AM

I would like to send you a small booklet that a Baptist friend from work gave me. I would like to send it to you and let you read it. I would like you to answer all the wrong information it says about the Catholic faith.

Thank you for your help in advance.

albert August 29, 2016 at 1:01 AM

Your article says: " I had quoted 1 Kings 2:19 where Solomon had raised his mother to Queen of the Kingdom was the ONLY case of a mother being queen in the Old Testament. He prefaced his comment by saying he knew the Old Testament. Well, it seems he is incorrect."


"In the Old Testament, the queens of the Judean kings were their mothers — with one exception of the queen being a grandmother."

Both of these statements can't be true. They are contradictory.

STEVE RAY HERE: Albert, thanks. It was worded clumsy and you are correct. I reworded it so it is more clear and no contradiction.

Michael Voto October 9, 2016 at 8:22 AM

I am unable to make your trip to Germany where at different stops, you will refute Martin Luther. It would be great to purchase a DvD or CD of this.

STEVE RAY HERE: we plan to make a DVD of the trip and have some of the teachings and videos available on our website after the Germany trip

tony carpio December 11, 2016 at 12:55 PM


From the bottom of my heart – thanks. You -together with Fr. Spitzer, Scott Hahn and a very few others- are my hero. Your fiery leftover baptist manner talks are awesome. I’m at the winter of my life and have been through life’s mill. Lately I have been trying to organize a boys choir at a local parochial school (El Paso, TX) to introduce youth to the beauties of our Church’s music. It has been difficult because the authorities don’t understand. Many blessing to you.

Tony Carpio 915.881.7576h

daniel December 15, 2016 at 7:32 AM

hi steve
im daniel and i feel that I truly believe in the Catholic church and i used to say the rosary until i recently moved and i lost my beads but I am neither baptised nor have I participated in the rcia, which is almost impossible for me because i live in Malaysia which does not allow Christians to proselytize to Muslims. But I so desire to participate in the communion albeit anonymously and quietly. Is that allowed despite not being baptised?

Samuel Krutz February 3, 2017 at 10:53 AM
Gary Bates February 8, 2017 at 9:29 PM

Steve EVERY Catholic who is serious about their faith needs to listen to your talks. You are the Fulton Sheen of our time. Keep this up and You’re liable to be canonized!

Hovsep Ghazarian March 20, 2017 at 11:08 PM

Dear Steve how do you comment about todays some cardinals and somehow popes view about the divorced and the approach to the sacraments.

STEVE RAY HERE: I think it is a scandal!

Simon manchester May 27, 2017 at 10:03 AM

When will the church eliminate celibacy ?

STEVE RAY HERE: Hopefully, in agreement with the great majority of priests, never!

Jeannette of Nazareth May 29, 2017 at 9:52 PM

Thank you dear brother in Jesus-Christ, Steve Ray for this most beautiful speech stemming from very strong Christian Catholic Faith; the discovery of Truth, Source of all Joy and Peace is settled in your heart. The Eucharist is an everlasting Fountain which irrigates all thirsty souls who are in search for the full Truth found only in Jesus, with Him, and through Him, our God and our Saviour. Oh what a delight to hear repeatedly your lovely speech! God allowed that you pass-by the Baptist Church before in order for you to appreciate more than ever the discovery ot the full and authentic value of the Eucharist.

Personally, I would never trade this Pearle for any money, gold, or silver. For God everlasting Love expressed through His big sacrifice on the Cross offered to the Father everlastingly, for the saving of all humanity: a gift of great value beyond all human understanding. I love attending Holy Mass; when occasion is there, I can attend six to seven Mass in the row on the same day without wearing out, but on the contrary, I get filled with Joy and Peace in my heart. Oh what a delight to be close to Jesus, and to be able to receive Him in my soul and heart through the Holy Communion! What a great privilege to be invited to the Feast!

Congratulation dear brother Steve for the gift of God for your conversion in 1994 to the Catholic Holy Church, which represents God Kingdom on earth linked directly and inseparably to Heaven since the Creation. Welcome Home! Home sweet Home which unites people from all nations wide! What a great privilege to be Catholic! Only if people who shifted off from Mother Church regain the gift of discernment, and come back Home along without any delay before it will be too late…I assure you, they will never regret it, but be very thankful for such heavenly gift.

May the Lord Jesus open the eyes to the blind, give the hearing to the deaf, and the speech to the mute; so that, everyone speaks dare to speak up of the Truth, and nothing but the full Truth found in Jesus of Nazareth, our God and Saviour! God bless you, Steve Ray and your family! May He make you ray like the Sun, and shed His Light through you on all who you meet in your path during your ephemeral earthly Journey in this exile!

I am proud to be called Nazarene and Galilean; are you not too? I believe you are as all Christians scattered in the whole world, Isn’t it true?

Your sister in Jesus of Nazareth,
Jeannette of Nazareth

Cliff Scott June 15, 2017 at 1:20 PM

I am literally physically sick as my faith has been shaken to its core. I am a Christian minister (Southern Baptist) and a southern gospel music writer and singer. I’ve been slowly searching for the “Ground Zero” Truth and a Catholic friend sent me the YouTube video you did with your testimony. The ordination of St. Ignatius by Peter and the quote regarding heretics and the Eucharist just drove it home. Also, the “born again” belief that I’ve had just crumbled. I wanted the Truth, but now I know there’s going to be serious repercussions. I feel like I’m going to throw up…maybe it’s the untruths I was taught.

Cynthia L. Zelinski July 13, 2017 at 5:42 PM

Do you have a prayer for lost souls in the IFB and SB denominations? I have been trying to convince these people of the Catholic Church to no avail! Bless You, Steve!!!

Six Rules:

Craig August 29, 2017 at 3:45 PM

Steve, My evangelical son is in Venice this week. I had told him to be sure to visit St. Marks Cathedral/Basilica because the bones of St. Mark are there. He did but told me how he learned that the Venetian Catholics had stolen the bones for the Church in Egypt.
Since the alleged robbers took the bones and left the skull of St Mark for the Church in Alexandria, is it possible that the Bones were being rescued from the Muslim rulers for safe keeping?


Don’t know about this case in particular but it was often the case that bones and relics were move to save them, especially from Muslims. But even in the 16th century the Protestant Calvinists in France destroyed the tomb of the great Church Father St. Irenaeus (c. 130-200 AD) and three his bones into the Rhone River and kicked his skull around like a football.

Nancy Ann Gomez November 1, 2017 at 1:47 AM

Hello, do you do tours in Spanish?

Steve Ray here: No, sorry.

Tina Magee December 2, 2017 at 2:05 PM

Preacher, Joh Bloom, teaches that, "For Jesus eating is believing; drinking is believing. He promises eternal life to those who believe in him." I accidently came across this article, What Jesus Meant When He Said “You Must Eat My Flesh” which he 1st wrote in 2008. Since then he has posted it under several different names. Eating Is Believing | Desiring God; Don’t Miss the True Bread | Desiring God.
Can you or someone write a rebuttal to this horrible misinterpretation of scripture? And if possible send him a copy. He post this stuff but won't provide a comment section so he goes unchallenged. It is rather infuriating. I tried to contact him with a rebuttal of my own but a real apologist, like you, would be preferable. Mr. Bloom is in serious need of help with what Jesus truly meant, which is literally what He said. He is surely misguiding many with this desperate attempt to alter the meaning of Christ's words.

STEVE RAY HERE: Tina, I am sure that someone has responded to this silly argument already but I don’t have it at my fingertips. Are used to believe the same thing when I was a Baptist because we HEAD to. If we did believe this then we would think Jesus really meant what he said and we couldn’t believe that because that was Catholic. I wish I had time to write a rebuttal but as it is our life is very busy right now.

Jared Cortum December 13, 2017 at 3:26 PM

Steve, I started listening to you speak when I was asked to put together a promo video for the Christ Our Life Conference. Listening to you defend the faith and take so much pride in it is inspiring to me and I can’t wait to listen to you speak in Iowa this September!

Darryl December 14, 2017 at 1:28 PM

I was looking to find software that can search the Catechism. A WWW search brought me to your site, and I saw some links that appeared to be for this, but the links just went to a WWW uni. name server and didn't appear to be active. Anyway, if you do know of such software I'd appreciate any info. you may have.

Thank you,

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kathy January 5, 2018 at 9:30 PM

Just wondering if you ever do Holy Land tours that include people with walking limitations? Is it possible to transport a motorized scooter around as you travel; and would it be possible to travel the designated trails with the scooter if it could be transported.
(Steve, just want to mention, I attended your talks in Beach, ND a few years ago! Great job, how very refreshing to hear your words and live some of your experiences with you!)
Thanks for any info regarding the Holy Land tours as requested above.

STEVE RAY our camps here: Dear Kathy, unfortunately we are not able to accommodate wheelchairs, scooters or walkers. The land of Israel is very inhospitable to such situations. Sorry.

Gilda January 15, 2018 at 2:55 AM

STEVE RAY HERE: Gilda, thanks for writing. We would love to work with your parish for the best Catholic pilgrimage possible to the Holy Land. I have contacted my associates Kendal and Elizabeth to get in touch with you. You can also reach them at or (313) 744-2530 or toll-free 1-800-727-1999, ext.150.

You can also visit my website page: Organizing a Pilgrimage.

Hello Steve and Janet,

I joined a pilgrimage to Rome with your group two years ago. Going to the holy land is at the top of my bucket list. During a luncheon get to know the new pastor, I mentioned to him about my desire to visit the holy land. He said that our parish can perhaps join a pilgrimage tour and I thought about Footprints of God pilgrimages.

What do I do in order for parishioners join into your group to the holy land? We are planning for a 2019 tour.

Thank you. I would appreciate any information you can give me.

Gilda Vanier

Luke Lancaster January 20, 2018 at 11:30 PM

Steve Ray,

Thank you for your work. I wanted to say that I love seeing it when Protestant Scripture scholars say Catholic things in their commentaries. I really wish I could gather them all and put it in a book. Do you know where I could start? I know you have a few in your book “Crossing the Tiber.”


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