The Catholic Hack! Episode No 36 – Steve Ray Part 1

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Show Notes:
Steve Ray is a convert to the Catholic Church and the author of three best-selling Ignatius Press books (Crossing the Tiber, Upon this Rock, and St. John’s Gospel). He speaks at conferences around the world and is a regular guest on Catholic Answers Live, The Journey Home and has appeared on many other radio and TV programs, including Fox News. He is writer, producer and host of the 10-part video/DVD series “The Footprints of God: the Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine” filmed entirely on location in the Holy Land and surrounding countries. Steve and his wife Janet and are certified guides to the Holy Land and lead pilgrimages throughout the Middle East and Rome. He owns Distinctive Maintenance with 500 employees in Michigan and is a member of Legatus. He lives in Michigan with his wife Janet. He has four children and six grandchildren.

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Today we start our conversation with Steve Ray from the “Footprints of God” DVD series. Steve is a dynamic Catholic speaker who has a real gift for explaining the Catholic faith in very simple terms. Today Steve talks about his conversion, early Church writings, and his DVD series.

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  1. Krishna

    When talking about the name for Mary, “Kecharitoméne”, you used the phrase “As Eve was born full of grace, it was necessary for Mary to be born full of grace.” I agree with what you said but it might be mistaken by some people to mean that Mary needed to be sinless to bring forth Jesus. We must clarify the statement using the words of Jesus at His baptism. Matthew has Jesus saying that it was necessary for John to baptize him to “fulfill all righteousness”. Jesus didn’t need to be baptized, but it demonstrated something that only God knew would happen, the sky opened up and God publicly manifested the Trinity. Likewise with Mary being Full of Grace, it was to fulfill all righteousness. It reflects how Jesus through John compares her to the Ark in Revelation, how Elizabeth’s greeting compares to David’ greeting the Ark in 2 Samuel, why Jesus refers to his mother as “Woman”. To sum it all up, strictly speaking it wasn’t necessary but fitting that Mary was named Kecharitoméne by the Angel. If you are speaking in terms of fulfilling all righteousness, you can say it was necessary to manifest God’s glory.

    I hope this doesn’t seem like I rambled on, but I thought it might help.

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