Sign Up for our Free Daily Email Updates
SpiritualDirection.com / Catholic Spiritual Direction

About Ariel McKinney

Ariel is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in vocal performance and opera. She is a fervent Catholic who enjoys all that is artistic and beautiful; she also has her own photography business, Song of Songs Photography. www.songofsongsphotography.com

Learning to Let Go

March 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, God's Will, Prayer

I am a list-maker, an excessive post-it user, an organizational app connoisseur. I love the stability that organization provides. It's really the only way I can keep track of all of my commitments. This aspect of my personality, although wonderful for an ordered, balanced secular life, creates little stumbling blocks for me in my spiritual life. Learning to “let go and let God” is a constant... Read More

When Faith and Music Collide

February 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Music

There's something about the way God created us, that we need music in order to fulfill our being and truly understand what beauty and goodness really are. My studies in music have really refined my personal aesthetic tastes over the past few years. Sure, I still love a good musical number and practically anything written in the 70's, but for the most part, my heart is happiest when I'm listening to... Read More

Come Holy Spirit! — Solemnity of Pentecost

May 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Holy Spirit, Pentecost, Solemnity

Come Holy Spirit! Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. R. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through... Read More

The Ascension of the Lord

May 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Liturgy, Solemnity

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord “Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascent with him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: ‘if you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things htat are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God, seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth.' For just as he remained with us even... Read More

Saint Athanasius, Doctor of the Church, Pray for Us!

May 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Liturgy, Memorial

Saint Athanasius Doctor of the Church Pray for Us! “The Word of God, incorporeal, incorruptible and immaterial, entered our world. Yet is was not as if he had been remote from it up to that time. For there is no part of the world that was ever without his presence; together with his Father, he continually filled all things and places. “Out of his loving-kindness for us he came to us, and... Read More

Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church, Pray for Us!

Saint Catherine of Siena Doctor of the Church Pray for Us! Saint Catherine was born at Siena in 1347. While still a young girl, she sought the way of perfection and entered the Third Order of Saint Dominic [the branch open to women, known as the Mantellate]. On fire with love of God and neighbor, she established peace and concord between cities, vigorously fought for the rights and freedom of the... Read More

Saint Mark the Evangelist, Pray For Us!

April 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Liturgy

  Saint Mark the Evangelist, Pray for Us! This feast day celebrates Saint Mark the Evangelist, wrote the Gospel on or before the year 60 AD in Rome. He is usually identified with the Mark in Acts 12:12.  His gospel is the shortest of the four gospels, and scholars have determined that it is is also the oldest of them as well.  He was not one of the Twelve Apostles. And, it is thought, by some,... Read More

The Annunciation of the Lord

April 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Annunciation, Ariel McKinney, Mary, Solemnity

Solemnity of the Annunciation The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said... Read More

Jesus I Trust in You!

April 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Divine Mercy, Easter, Solemnity

Jesus I Trust in You! Divine Mercy Sunday Jesus I Trust in You!  In 1931, Jesus appeared to Saint Faustina Kowalska and instructed her to paint an image according to the pattern she saw, with the words inscribed “Jesus I Trust in You!” on it.  He promised that whoever would venerate this image would not perish and would have victory over their enemies here on earth, especially at their... Read More

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord: He is Risen!

March 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Solemnity

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord He is Risen! On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” So Peter... Read More

Skip to toolbar