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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.

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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 sray@me.com.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

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: http://www.catholic.com/tracts/mary-ever-virgin

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

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf206.vi.v.html.

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 sray@me.com.

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 !
Luigi

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.

Ted:

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
CatholicConvert.com
Follow Steve @Twitter.com/JerusalemJones

marc weisman December 8, 2015 at 8:06 PM

Steve,
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

I ONE OF YOUR TALKS YOU STATED THAT THERE ARE 50 BIBLE VERSUS THAT ALL CATHOLICS SHOULD KNOW AND THEY WERE ON YOUR SITE. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE THEM. CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE TO FIND THEM.

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: https://www.facebook.com/notes/john-bernard-ordo%C3%B1ez-caasi/why-jesus-christ-remains-on-the-catholic-cross/1303686139645640 .

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
808-218-3540

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: http://www.catholic.com/magazine/articles/six-rules-for-dealing-with-non-catholic-family-and-friends

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.

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