Teaching & Suggestions

No Enemies?

May 16, 2009

No Enemies? You have no enemies, you say? Alas, my friend, the boast is poor; He who has mingled in the fray Of duty, that the brave endure, Must have made foes! If you have none, Small is the work that you have done. You’ve hit no traitor on the hip, You’ve dashed no cup […]

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The Eucharist: the Flesh Profits Nothing

May 12, 2009

Since we were just in Capernaum and we will soon take another two groups there in October. I thought I would share a few words related to the site since I got asked a related questions on Catholic Answers Live tonight. Capernaum is where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh; Drink My Blood.” I thought it […]

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My Teaching Course in Rome (and some fun!)

April 25, 2009

For those wondering about the course I just taught at the Regina Apostolorum University in Rome. Click on the image to left for a larger picture We just finished the five day intensive course. It went very well and was very well received. The sponsor, Fr. Alfonso Aguilara, in charge of a LOT of things […]

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Sign of the Cross

April 13, 2009

This study was originally a part of a letter written to an “ecumenically-sensitive” Catholic who was part of a group that abandoned certain Catholic distinctives (such as crossing themselves, displaying the crucifix, venerating the Blessed Virgin, etc.) in an effort to “not offend the Protestant brethren”. The end result was an emasculated Catholicism, a group […]

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Once Saved, Always Saved?

March 2, 2009

A friend of mine, Randy Carson, wrote this insightful article: Ironically, while one group of Protestants is touting “once saved always saved” another group is stating that you can never really be sure who has REAL faith until the end because it might turn out that one is “overcome” by the world at the last […]

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If you were God what would YOU do?

September 2, 2008

This is a nice little video — a short summary of the story of salvation from the cosmic beginning until the Messiah. Enjoy. Click here.

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Easy to get too busy . . .

July 7, 2008

Our lives are pretty hectic. Janet and I are on the road a lot and it is easy to neglect important things — things like older parents. My dad is 89 and my mom almost 87. They still live on their own, drive, go to the Baptist "church" every Sunday, and keep pretty busy. I […]

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Tired of RCIA Materials Right out of the 60’s and 70’s?

April 8, 2008

Then I have good news for you! Over the last 10 years Barbara Morgan and her team from Franciscan University in Steubenville Ohio have been laboring to provide vibrant, new and orthodox material for RCIA teachers and students. I cannot recommend this material more. Click on the image to visit the Association for Catechumenal Ministry. […]

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Luther Quote and Subsequent Discussions

January 8, 2008

For those who are interested — or who have followed the ongoing discussion of my paraphrase of a Luther quote used in my book Crossing the Tiber — a brief update follows. The paraphrase in question is this: "In a letter to Heinrich Zwingli, Martin Luther conceded that reformers would again have to take refuge in the Church […]

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Encyclical on Hope – Spe Salvi

November 30, 2007

www.CWN.com says "It's not a quick read. This is heavy material, and the document spans 76 pages. But Pope Benedict has a real gift for putting profound ideas into simple sentences. You won't have trouble following his exposition. But it will take time, because you'll want to stop and think, again and again. This is […]

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Two Wolves at War

August 19, 2007

One evening an old priest told about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two 'wolves' inside us all. One is Evil.  It is lust, anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It […]

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The Skull is Talking to Me

February 19, 2007

The skull is talking to me It says, "As you are now, I once was; as I am now, you soon shall be — remember your mortality!" No better way to approach Ash Wednesday and 40 days of Lent. Artists have painted St. Jerome with a skull on his desk. Popes were known to keep skulls […]

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USCCB’s Best Movies of 2006

January 13, 2007

For the United States Council of Catholic Bishops' Top Ten Movies of 2006, click here. For their lists for previous lists and reviews, click here. For Steve Ray's all-time favorite movies, click here.

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Limbo in Limbo

December 15, 2006

There has been discussion within the Church on Limbo. For the latest, click here.

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Absent from the Body = Present with the Lord?

November 19, 2006

I realize now — that as a Protestant — I misquoted the Bible when challenging Catholics about Purgatory. Catholics taught that there was a “transition” between earth and heaven—a place or state of final purification called Purgatory. “But how can there be a Purgatory?” I asked. “Doesn’t St. Paul teaches that ‘to be absent from the body is to […]

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Steve Ray’s New Book

November 7, 2006

Steve Ray's New Book: Faith for Beginners Steve's long-awaited new book has been released. Faith For Beginners: Understanding the Creeds in the Catholic Answers Beginner Series written with Dennis Walters. The Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds are prayers most Catholics take for granted. We pray them by rote when we say the Rosary or go to […]

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