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Jesus’ Self-Offering in the Mass

July 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Eucharist/Mass

Jesus’ Self-Offering in the Mass Every believer worthy of the name must sometime undergo the danger of scandal and its trial by fire. Some, the intrinsically shielded children of God, are able to come through; certainly not the majority. We, too, must have felt the enormity of what took place at Capernaum, of that which so incensed the Jews and so shocked many of the disciples that they declared Jesus’ words intolerable and... Read More

Abandonment to Jesus

July 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Abandonment, Books, Charlie McKinney

Abandonment to Jesus Per ipsum et cum ipso et in ipso: through Jesus, with Jesus, and in Jesus. “Without me, you can do nothing.” “With You, Jesus, I can do all things.” Renew these thoughts which bind you to Him and which plunge you into the abyss of love which is His Heart. The logical and necessary consequence of the complete confidence which I have preached to you until now is total abandonment. Since it is through... Read More

Holy Communion Increases Sanctifying Graces

Holy Communion Increases Sanctifying Graces   The Eucharist, as a sacrament, produces in you an increase of habitual, or sanctifying, grace by its own power. Its effects are like those of food: it maintains, increases, and repairs your spiritual forces, causing also a joy that is not necessarily felt, yet it is real. Holy Communion not only preserves the life of your soul, but increases it, just as the body is not only supported... Read More

Spiritual Reading Makes Saints

Spiritual Reading Makes Saints Don’t neglect your spiritual reading. Reading has made many saints. —Saint Josemaría Escrivá, The Way Shortly after I became a Catholic, I stumbled upon a book that highlighted traditions of the Faith that had been followed for some centuries. Some were small-t traditions, and others large-T traditions. My husband is a cradle Catholic, but there were a lot of things I was reading about Catholic... Read More

Make Known the Mercies of God

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Charlie McKinney, Prayer

Make Known the Mercies of God In the name of the Father, Christ sends His disciples into the world in the power of the Holy Spirit to make known the mercies of God. The humble movement of God’s heart reaching out to ours, extending even into the deepest recesses of our misery, ought to evoke our love and gratitude. Those who come to realize what Christ suffered for their sakes yearn to give a return. They are so overcome by... Read More

Love and Kind Deeds

June 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Spiritual Direction

Love and Kind Deeds Love is the heart and soul of religion. God is love, and every kind deed is a step toward God. Life is a school in which you acquire knowledge regarding the means of making your life and the lives of your fellowmen happy. That education is founded on love. You cannot live without love, any more than a flower can bloom without sunshine. There is no power in the world so great as that of love which never loses... Read More

Mystical Contemplation and the Gift of Knowledge

June 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Books, Charlie McKinney, Prayer

Mystical Contemplation and the Gift of Knowledge     In mystical contemplation, the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding move the soul in delightful ways that it does not understand. Divine light and warmth enkindle the depths of the soul and completely captivate the mind. Reason does not lead the way but is led to silent surrender with great spiritual fruitfulness. Here, the limits of human intelligence are... Read More

Jesus Sleeps in Souls

Jesus Sleeps in Souls

Jesus Sleeps in Souls   Jesus lives mystically in souls, reproducing in them all the mysteries of His mortal life. With the keen in­tuition of her love, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus understood the mystery of this mystical sleep, expressing it with her inimitable language, full of ingenuous and truest poetry: “Jesus slept in my boat, as was His wont. But how rarely will souls allow Him to sleep in peace. Wearied with... Read More

Joy in Holy Communion

May 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Communion, Eucharist

Joy in Holy Communion

Joy in Holy Communion   Holy Communion is the feast of the soul — that is to say, a source of deepest joys. As bread imparts to the body strength and a feeling of contentment, so does the Bread of Life bring peace and joy to your heart because of the wonderful fruits of grace it produces in your soul. St. Thomas Aquinas says, “This Bread of Angels, containing in itself all delights, satisfies by an admirable virtue the... Read More

Cheerfulness Helps Cultivate Charity

May 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Spiritual Direction

Cheerfulness Helps Cultivate Charity   Cheerfulness is a very great help in fostering the virtue of charity. Cheerfulness itself is a virtue. Therefore, it is a habit that can and should be acquired. Cheerfulness is perhaps best represented in the word affability. St. Thomas Aquinas places affability under the general heading of the cardinal virtue of justice, the virtue that prompts us to give to others what is their due... Read More

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