Sacraments & Sacramentals

Cross vs. Crucifix

June 20, 2013

(From a letter Steve wrote to a Evangelical Protestant who asked about the Catholic Crucifix) Dear Evangelical Friend: You display a bare cross in your home; we display the cross and the crucifix. What is the difference and why? The cross is an upright post with a crossbeam in the shape of a “T”. A [...]

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Corpus Christi Sunday – Prepare for the Heresy!

May 31, 2013

Article HERE.  In John 6:1-14 it says Jesus fed 5,000 men plus women and children. When Jesus fed the 10,000+ people, he didn’t really do a miracle, right? He just taught everyone to care and share, right? You’ve probably heard that homily, right? The people had all brought picnic baskets which they kept hidden up [...]

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Why Can’t Evangelicals See the Eucharist?

May 16, 2013

I was recently asked why Evangelicals cannot see the Eucharist and Real Presence in the Bible. This person said that when they read the Bible it seems so clear — especially John 6 where Jesus says “Unless you eat my Flesh and drink my Blood . . .” and at the Last Supper when he [...]

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Primer on the Mass

March 25, 2013

A while ago I sat with a Protestant friend who came to Mass with me. To help him understand what was going on I wrote this short Primer on the Mass for him in advance. The Mass can be very confusing, even intimidating I wanted to make sure he understood how the Mass was tied [...]

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If Only Our Eyes Could See

March 24, 2013

Wouldn’t it be amazing to see what the angels see. We are so limited in the mortal bodies.

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Riddle: What is the New Testament?

January 27, 2013

Before you say “a book” ask yourself what the book says the New Testament is.

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Heart of God (Lanciano); Face of God (Manoppello) – Day 12

November 5, 2012

The Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano where bread and wine turned to living human flesh and blood in the hands of a doubting priest in the 8th century. Then to Manoppello to see the face of God as miraculously imposed on the face cloth of Jesus, discovered by Sts. Peter and John on theorizing of Jesus’ [...]

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“First Confession” the Hilarious Story of a Seven Year Old Irish Boy

September 27, 2012

Batt Burns is one of the premier story tellers of Ireland. He is our guide and has mesmerized us along the way. One evening he performed his one man show “Wisperings of Ireland.”  Part of this show was the enchanting and hilarious story of the seven year old boy going to his first confession with his older [...]

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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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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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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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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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