Sacraments & Sacramentals

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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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 Updated Article on Infant Baptism

March 31, 2012

Even among Evangelical Protestants there is much debate about Infant Baptism. My old Baptist tradition rejected it as a Catholic tradition of men. Dr. Francis Schaeffer, my favorite Evangelical Presbyterian theologian wrote a booklet entitled Infant Baptism in favor of the practice – my wife Janet was raised Presbyterian and baptized as an infant. It [...]

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Controversy Over Neumayr’s Article on Eucharist, Pelosi and Cardinal Wuerl

March 20, 2012

Update Below from Ed Peters. Neumayr’s Article begins: Cardinal Wuerl’s Dereliction of Duty, by George Neumayr on 3.19.12 @ 6:09AM “Since he won’t control the sacraments, the Church’s enemies will. “The road to hell is paved with the skulls of bad bishops. That’s a slight paraphrase of a line from St. John Chrysostom. “The saints [...]

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Is the Mass a Sacrifice?

March 11, 2012

St. Paul mentions three sacrifices in 1 Corinthians 10:15-21 (see below). He compares the Sacrifice at the Mass with the sacrifice of the Jews and of the pagans. He even uses the phrase “table of the Lord” which is a technical term for an altar of sacrifice in the Old Testament (Malachi 1:7, 12). The [...]

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Gestures and Postures of the Congregation at Mass: What To Do At Each Stage of the Mass

February 9, 2012

Good article in Adoremus written by the the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Responses to Questions on Kneeling for Communion, reception in the hand or on the tongue, etc.

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Nancy Pelosi and the Eucharist: She Needs to be Taken Very Seriously

February 8, 2012

Nancy Pelosi deserves to be taken seriously. Very seriously. by Dr. Edward Peters, Canon Lawyer In March 2010, I expressed the view that Nancy Pelosi’s protracted and public anti-life conduct, which she repeatedly justifies with (twisted takes on) the Catholic faith, sufficed, in my view, to bring about her debarment from the reception of holy [...]

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Infant Baptism

October 21, 2011

Infant Baptism is discussed and argued about quite a bit in some circles. I, of course, was raised Baptist and taught that Infant Baptism was a man-made tradition invented by the heretical Catholics who abandoned the Word of God to follow ill-advised tradition. (Picture: My granddaughter Elizabeth Arabella Rose Ray is baptized.) But not all [...]

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Question about Divisions in the Church: Response from my Journey Home Interview

October 4, 2011

I received a LOT of response from my appearance on EWTN’s The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi. One letter arrived with this comment, which is followed by my response. QUESTION FOR STEVE: 1 Corinthians 1:1:10-17 demonstrates that there was division among the churches and the the four groups were all acceptable. Additionally, the Roman Catholic [...]

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Can Governments Pass Laws Regulating the Seal of Confession?

July 23, 2011

My friend and Canon Lawyer Ed Peters writes, A note on proposals to require priests to violate the seal of confession Concerning recent Irish and Australian proposals to require priests who, through their ministry in sacramental confession, learn the identity of child sexual abusers (or of any other malefactors, for that matter), to disclose such [...]

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Wearing the Rosary as a Necklace

July 16, 2011

ROME, JUNE 14, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: I have seen people wear the rosary as a necklace and, in fact, I had a fifth-grader ask me during CCD if that was a sin. I told her that I didn’t believe [...]

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Sunday Morning in Ancient Times, Part II

July 10, 2011

Tuesday morning I will be discussing Part II of The Mass of the Early Church at 7:00 EST on Relevant Radio. Were the first Christians Baptists in their worship, or were they Catholics? Did they consider the Eucharist a simple meal or a sacrifice? You can listen on-line at www.RelevantRadio.com. For my article and story [...]

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Questions Over Who Can Receive Communion Not Going Away

June 29, 2011

My Friend and Canon Lawyer, Dr. Ed Peters, writes: Questions over Canon 915 are not going away As long as Canon 915 is so widely misunderstood and virtually ignored, neuralgic controversies over the public reception of holy Communion by certain notorious figures are going to keep arising, over, and over, and over again. And not [...]

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Day Five 5, Part 1: Forum & Colosseum

May 2, 2011

Part 1: Ancient Rome: Coliseum and Roman Forum Part II: Eucharistic Miracle at Orvieto

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First Communion for Joshua!

April 24, 2011

Our grandson Joshua received 1st Communion today on Easter. We are proud of this bright boy. Thanks Fr. Ed for now bringing the NEXT generation of Ray’s into the heart of the Catholic Church!

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Are you Born Again by “Water and the Spirit”?

March 27, 2011

It seems that God is kind of predictable in a way :-) since He always starts new things in the same way – with “water and the Spirit“. Consider the following: 1) The first creation came from the the earth which was covered with WATER and the SPIRIT hovered over the waters and from the water emerged [...]

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