Teaching & Suggestions

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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Does God Exist? How to Argue Convincingly!

July 31, 2006

Does God Really Exist? How to Argue Convincingly! by Steve's daughter Cindy (Ray) Brown Since the dawn of time people have sought to answer the big questions: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? Can any of these questions really be answered? A classic example of these questions is [...]

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Tired of Watered-down RCIA Materials?

June 13, 2006

  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 [...]

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Honor you Father and your Mother

April 19, 2006

In two days my wonderful father turns 87 years old; my mother will be 85 in November. They can still get around pretty well but their joints are getting creeky, their backs weak and they are slowing down. They were (and are) the best of parents so I have brought them to Disney World for [...]

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Kettle of Eagles

April 7, 2006

Our family just pooled all our money and resources to buy 52 acres of fields and forests land way out in the country. My kids and Janet and I closed on the deal last week. We have 2,000 feet of beautiful river meandering through the land and most of the acres are deciduous forest. In [...]

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Could You Defend the United States?

January 29, 2006

I thought of a helpful illustration to explain why “cradle Catholics” are often unable to explain and defend the Catholic faith. The example has its weaknesses, but it does help get the point across. As an American I asked myself this question: if some one trained to attack America intellectually approached me on the street [...]

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Heresy of Secularism

September 10, 2005

SECULARISM: A HIDDEN DANGERby Carlos Palad, Defensores Fidei Foundation, Philippines "To secularize" originally referred to the state's arbitrary appropriation of Church property. For this reason, we speak of the "secularization" of the vast Church-ruled lands in Germany in 1803, the "secularization" of Catholic schools and universities in Spain several times, etc. These historic roots of [...]

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St. Paul did not Write to Us!

June 11, 2004

When arguments about salvation arise between Catholics and Protestants, the Bibles are usually opened to Galatians and Romans. Are we saved by faith alone or are works involved? Protestants quickly accuse Catholics of teaching a salvation based on works and Catholics quickly point out that Protestants have swung the pendulum too far in the other [...]

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