May 2012

I compiled a list of Catechism, Scripture and quotes from the early Church Fathers and even archaeology to assist in understanding the Communion of Saints.

You can download the source material here.

Sample:

Graffiti found in Catacombs of St. Sebastian

Who should carry the most weight—Protestant pastors protesting Catholic theology today or pastors from the early Church who have the words of the Apostles still ringing in their ears?

From earliest times Christians went to the gravesites of saints and asked them to pray for them. This picture shows graffiti from the Catacombs of St. Sebastian in Rome with inscriptions in Hebrew, Greek and Latin imploring the prayers of Peter and Paul. “Petrus and Paulus, pray for us!”  “Peter and Paul, pray for victory.”

 St. Cyril

"Peter and Paul, pray for us"

In 350 A.D., St. Cyril wrote a remarkable and exquisitely detailed description of the Mass, which clearly corresponds with today’s Mass. In it we find this beautiful statement on the family of God which we all belong to, and which even today we pray for in every Mass:

“Upon completion of the spiritual Sacrifice, the bloodless worship, over that propitiatory victim, we call upon God for the common peace of the Churches, for the welfare of the world, for kings, for soldiers and allies, for the sick, for the afflicted, and in summary, we all pray and offer this Sacrifice for all who are in need.

“Then we make mention also of those who have already fallen asleep: first, the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, that through their prayers and supplications God would receive our petition; next, we make mention also of the holy fathers and bishops who have already fallen asleep, and, to put it simply, of all among us who have already fallen asleep; for we believe that it will be of very great benefit to the souls of those for whom the petition is carried up, while this holy and most solemn Sacrifice is laid out.”           (The Faith of the Early Fathers,’ Vol. 1, William A. Jurgens, [Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1970] p. 363.). 

The faithful in heaven and on earth are united in the Mystical Body of Christ through the Person of Jesus. This is the meaning of the Communion of Saints.

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His school told him, “No, you cannot wear that T-shirt.” He sued. The court granted this kid $20,000 as a settlement and allowed him to wear his stupid T-shirt to school.

Was Jesus a homophobe? First, what is a homophobe? It is a combination of two Greek words: homo- same, or same sex; phobia - fear of. Was Jesus afraid of people who practiced the perverted actions of homosexuals? Of course not. He wasn’t afraid of anyone. He loved everyone and was not afraid of homosexuals. So, to this point the kid in the picture is correct.

But the kid’s stupid T-shirt implies that Jesus condoned or even approved of homosexuality. In this the kid is very wrong. Jesus loved people but he despised sin and sinful conduct – and would not back away from any argument or statement regarding sin. He knew how to differentiate between sin and the sinner. Even at the disapproving gasp of the religious minded Jews, Jesus spent a lot of time with sinners but not to condone their activities, but rather to seek and save those who were lost (Luke 19:7-10).

Scripture is as clear about the sin of homosexuality from cover to cover. For one example Romans 1:25-27 says, “Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error.

What people do on their own time in their own private lives is not my business. But when such conduct is flaunted and accepted as normal, then it is my business and should be the business of a moral society. Not only do homosexual men and women flaunt their newly “acceptable” lifestyle today, but the courts are defending it and making it a crime to say anything to the contrary. They are also demanding special rights.

Our country is going off the deep end. Acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle has always been a sign of a culture’s decline. Hang on America. Watch out Christians. We will not be looked on favorably. Anything we say will be considered “Hate Speech” and we’ll be persecuted, prosecuted and ostracized due to our moral stands.

For the whole article on this stupid T-shirt and the misguided manipulated young man wearing it, click here.

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Land of the Free, Because of the Brave!

by Steve Ray on May 28, 2012

God bless this boy and so many others like him!

“They are the Gold Star children, war’s innocent victims, and their pain shimmers across the years pure and undimmed.

They pass through life with an empty room in their hearts where a father was supposed to live and laugh and love. All their lives they listen for the footstep that will never fall, and long to know what might have been.”

God bless those men and women, and their families, who’ve sacrifices so much that I and my family can live free.

One last night to sleep next to her husband

Watching the body of a dead marine loaded on plane

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When Your Grandkids Ask Someday: “Grandpa, What Did YOU Do on that Important November, Way Back in 2012?” What Will You Say?

May 25, 2012

People often have regrets. “I wish I had ….!”  If only we had ….!” Your grandkids or fellow Christians may say to you some day in the future — “You could have stopped it! Why didn’t you do anything? Why did you just sit by and let this happen? Now it is too late.”

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Steve Ray on Drew Mariani’s Show Discussing Pentecost – Today at 3 PM Eastern

May 25, 2012

To listen to Archived Show, click here. For the Podcast, click here. Drew and I took lots of questions from A to Z. We also discussed Pentecost and all the exciting details and facts surrounding this ancient feast day of Israel and the birthday of the Catholic Church.

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My Granddaugher Maria Faustina Ray Receives 1st Communion

May 24, 2012

She also knew exactly what this was all about. The next morning she woke up with, “Can we go to Mass today so I can receive Jesus again today?”

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Margeaux’s Stand: Catholic Teen Defends Her Right to Attend Mass

May 24, 2012

Published Wednesday, May 23, 2012 A.D. | By Stacy Trasancos True Leadership “The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. Through its nearly 10,500 units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with The American [...]

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Evangelicals Becoming Catholic, why?

May 24, 2012

Below is an interesting YouTube video (really audio) of an Evangelical Radio show in which two Evangelicals discuss why so many Evangelical Protestants are leaving to join the Catholic Church. The host and guest are trying to be honest in the show entitled  “Why Evangelicals are Returning to Rome.” Although towards the end of the [...]

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Surgery on my Knee on Wednesday

May 22, 2012

UPDATE: Surgery complete and successful. Doctor said my running days are over. Rats! Now bikes, elliptical, swimming and brisk walking. I love to run and I must have twisted or jerked my knee the wrong way last September when I could feel the pain and swelling. An MRI revealed a torn meniscus which is the [...]

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Free Sacraments Chart (revised at 8:30 AM)

May 21, 2012

Free Sacraments Chart by Steve Ray  Want to know all about the Sacraments in a handy, short reference format? Download this link and print out your own 2-page chart – Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. It gives you references from the Bible and the Catechism. This chart was made to go with my 7 talk series [...]

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My Run-Walk Around Ave Maria University in Florida – Obama HSS Mandate Update too

May 20, 2012

Today I ran-walked around Ave Maria Town in Florida (surgery on my knee Wednesday and then no run-walk, just run!). I spoke on Mary twice yesterday at the university conference on Mary. There were about 300 people attending which was not bad since it was their first every Marian Conference and had very little prep [...]

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Taking Questions on Mary from Non-Catholics with Drew Mariani at 5:15 PM Eastern Today

May 15, 2012

I will be on Relevant Radio at 5:15 PM Eastern today to take calls from non-Catholics about Mary. You can listen on-line at www.RelevantRadio.com.

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Attacked by Tolerance

May 15, 2012

TFP (Tradition, Family & Property) is a solid group of young Catholic men who are spreading our Christian message in a peaceful way. Yet they are met with the forces of evil masquerading under the false auspices of “Tolerance.” This video will open your eyes to the bigotry, hate, and violence of the pro-gay movement. [...]

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Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live Open Line for Non-Catholics

May 14, 2012

To listen to the archived show, click HERE. Podcast and other listening options, click HERE. Al Kresta was the guest host and we took questions from non-Catholics. Questions I Answered: 1) Are works in a Christian’s life a witness to his faith or meritorious for his salvation? 2) Non-denominational asks: How ought a Catholic layperson [...]

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My Run North and South thru All Jerusalem on the Sabbath

May 12, 2012

It was a beautiful Sabbath. No traffic. Jews, Muslims, Christians all out walking. Children everywhere. I walked briskly (until my knee surgery later this month) for 9 miles from north to south. I followed the light rail train track through the city. I started at Notre Dame near the Old City and the Tomb of [...]

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Funny Calls from Catholic Answers Live Callers

May 11, 2012

From Tim Staples of Catholic Answers Live: About 13 years ago, when Catholic Answers first started in radio, our first host was Johnny Hochgraefe. He decided to start a listener comment line for folks who could not get on the air or who just wanted to make a comment. This is a best of that [...]

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