Conversions

Archbishop Fulton Sheen once wrote: “There are not over a hundred people in the United State who hate the Roman Catholic Church; there are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church.”

I was one of those who hated because of what I wrongly believed about the Catholic Church.  The reason I had these beliefs was due to being told what to believe about the Catholic Church from those who were told what to believe about the Catholic Church.  No one was willing to find out what the bottom line was concerning the Catholic Church. Everything said about the Church was taken as truth while it seemed no one was delving into what the truth really was.

What about these Catholics?  They worshipped Mary.  They had a religion but not a relationship with Jesus Christ. They said they believed in God but really their belief couldn’t be the same, could it?  The Bible says in James 2:19 KJV “Thou believest that there is one God; Thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble”. 

So do Catholics have a belief such as the devils?  When most Catholics are asked if they have been “born again” or “have accepted Christ as their Savior”, their main response is “I believe in God” or “I am a good person”, or “I’m Catholic”.  Also, they have all these rituals, Saints, Statues and what about the Pope is he really standing in for God?  Another big item, are they cannibals when they eat the bread and drink the wine during communion?  Why do they leave Jesus on the cross, don’t they realize Jesus has risen from the dead? 

For the rest of Steve’s story, click HERE.

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If you read my blog regularly you remember that a friend of mine for over 15 years converted to Christianity and the Catholic Church about a month or two ago. He came here to my house and received the Rite of Election. You can read the post here with pictures

Turkey is 99.9% Muslim so Okan has a great price to pay. Here is an article about his conversion written by Bishop James Conley of Lincoln Nebraska. He was with me in Istanbul with our St. Paul Cruise. Okan asked him to lay hands on him for a blessing and he did. Okan felt heat rush through his whole body. 

You can read the article here. The “American friend” referred to in the article is me :-) This picture above is Okan coming out of Mass in Turkey.

http://www.lincolndiocese.org/op-ed/bishop-s-column/3273-ready-to-pay-the-price

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Muslim Converts to Christianity on Journey Home

by Steve Ray on February 13, 2015

Many people think that Muslims are impossible to convert to Catholicism – not so. Daniel Ali proves this incorrect. In fact, there are droves of Muslims converting to Christianity. 

Not only is this a good conversion story, but it also will help you understand Islam – which is forcing itself on the West whether we like it or not.

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My Friend from Istanbul becomes a Christian!

February 1, 2015

Okan and I have worked together for 15 years with filming projects, pilgrimages and more in Turkey. He was born and raised in Turkey which is 99.9% Muslim.  Over the years I kept telling Okan, “Some day you will be a Christian.” In November 2014 while in Turkey on our St. Paul Mediterranean Cruise, Okan [...]

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Steve Ray’s Six Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family & Friends: Getting Ready for Christmas :-)

December 15, 2014

Joint us on a pilgrimage. Visit FootprintsOfGod.com. Today I was on Relevant Radio with John Harper discussing my Six Rules for dealing with family and friends who disagree with us, oppose us, want to argue and are against the Catholic Church and our morals. For my Catholic Answers show two months ago on this, click here. [...]

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The Jewish Cardinal

November 16, 2014

I met a new hero today, but only through the medium of a movie. It was entitled The Jewish Cardinal. After returning home exhausted from the Raising Rebels Conference in Manchester NH where I gave three talks yesterday, I was ready for a good movie tonight. My wife found this one on Netflix.  This drama [...]

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Robin’s Conversion Story in Prep for St. Paul Cruise

November 1, 2014

Robin writes: St Paul Pilgrimage – preface I wanted to begin this blog with my conversion story. For some of you, you may stop reading here but I encourage you to continue. This is my second pilgrimage with Steve Ray and his wife Janet. I choose to travel with him because I would not be [...]

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Interview in Phoenix on My Conversion with The Catholic Conversation

October 25, 2014

While doing a parish mission at the Cathedral in Phoenix last month, I was invited by Phoenix Catholic Media to share my conversion story in a personal way with the hosts Steve Green, the cradle Catholic and his wife Becky the convert. It was a fast-paced dialog hitting on the some of the personal events [...]

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From Baptist to Catholic

October 2, 2014

Stacy Trasancos Stacy is a Catholic convert from the Baptist tradition. A former chemist, Stacy is now a stay at home mom pursuing a MA in Theology at Holy Apostle’s College and Seminary. I am Catholic, simply, because I am alive. I began conversion in 2004 and entered into Communion with the Catholic Church in [...]

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From Hindu to Catholic: Gustav’s Story

September 5, 2014

Describing his own religious upbringing, Gaurav said, “My father worked at the World Bank and later was the editor of the Economic Times. My mother was the first woman district collector of Gujarat. While there was an emphasis was on traditional Indian values, they espoused secular humanist ideals and values. However, itwas from my grandmother [...]

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Love these kind of e-mails: Back to the Catholic Church

August 26, 2014

From England: Thank you Steve. My sister in-law was Catholic and she turned away to be a new-born Christian [Fundamentalist Protestant]. A lot of these people got round her and constantly told her she was going to hell unless she gets born again and she then tried to convert me and my wife. She successfully [...]

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Steve Interviewed by Beauty in Belief, a Website of Beautiful Catholic Ladies

July 2, 2014

These ladies have a nice blog. They like coffee and chocolate and sharing the Faith–Beauty in Belief– living in the Catholic Church and interviewing crazy guys like me.  I enjoyed talking with Heidi and I am flattered by the interview on their website. Hope you enjoy it too. Click on the image to visit their [...]

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Why Rayla Left Calvary Chapel and Evangelical Protestantism

July 1, 2014

Rayla sent me an email and gave me permission to share it. Calvary Chapel (my wife Janet was associated with them in her younger days) boasts that 80% of their members are “ex-Catholics.” Thanks for sharing Rayla! I came across your blog and am very impressed. After being raised Baptist, them attending Calvary Chapels for [...]

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Karen Explains to Protestant Family Members Why She Became Catholic

June 23, 2014

Dear Family,  So that you know I have been vigilant in reading and studying about the Catholic Church.  Below are the many, many reasons why it is apparent to me that the Catholic Church is Christ’s Church that he built, and why there is no doubt in mind this is where I belong.  Sorry it’s [...]

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Twentieth Anniversary into the Catholic Church!

May 22, 2014

Happy Anniversary to us! Exactly 20 years ago today our family was received into the Catholic Church. There is nothing we’ve ever done that has made such an impact on our lives. It was Pentecost Sunday, May 22, 1994. To say it was a very special day for our family would be an understatement. Twenty [...]

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We are Growing! Increasing Number of People Coming into the Church this Easter

April 1, 2014

Some U.S. dioceses are reporting that 2014 will be an unusually fruitful year, in terms of the number of people welcomed into the Church.    By Charlotte Hays WASHINGTON — Speaking of the prospect of becoming a Catholic at this year’s Easter vigil, Sheila Bidzinski, a 36-year-old mother of two little boys, excitedly admits, “I hope [...]

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