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About Charlie McKinney

Charlie McKinney is the Publisher of Sophia Institute Press and President of Sophia Institute for Teachers, CatholicExchange.com, CrisisMagazine.com, and EpicPew.com. Charlie is a convert to the Catholic Faith and is a regular guest on Catholic radio and television. He and his wife have four children and they reside in New Hampshire.

The Miracle of John Paul II

October 17, 2018 by  
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The Miracle of John Paul II Moments after Pope John Paul II’s death on April 2, 2005, the chant “Santo subito! Santo subito!” “Sainthood now!” begins from the sad, but somehow exhilarated, crowd in St. Peter’s Square. Through all the events that are part of burying a pope, it continues. Through all this, in the south of France, Sr. Marie Simon-Pierre’s struggle with Parkinson’s is... Read More

Forgiveness and Contemplation in Prayer

October 10, 2018 by  
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Forgiveness and Contemplation in Prayer  One obstacle to beginning to pray and living within is the struggle to forgive. Whenever someone hurts us in a serious way, there is a spiritual wound that remains. As we begin to pray, we commonly find ourselves going back over these wounds again and again. What is most frustrating is that many times we thought we had already forgiven the person who hurt... Read More

The Crucifix Speaks to Francis

October 3, 2018 by  
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The Crucifix Speaks to Francis Particularly dear to Francis was an ancient chapel long allowed virtually to  fall into ruins, dedicated to  San Damiano. In it hung a Byzantine wooden crucifix, painted in red, gold, and blue. It did not represent the tortured Christ of later art; but the large, open, dark eyes of the Crucified looked down with a haunting vividness. It was a striking example of the... Read More

What Mary Does for Priests

September 26, 2018 by  
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What Mary Does for Priests   Most people are aware that Pope John Paul II credited Mary’s intercession for sparing his life when four bullets from a would-be assassin struck him while he was blessing pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square on May 13, 1981. A year to the day later, the pope placed one of those bullets in Mary’s crown at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima in Portugal. This leaves little... Read More

Jesus Chose Mary for Himself

September 19, 2018 by  
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Jesus Chose Mary for Himself  If there is nothing more touching in the Gospel than the way God treats his reconciled enemies — that is, converted sinners. He is not content to wipe away the stain of their sins. It is easy for his infinite goodness to prevent our sins from hurting us; he also wants them to profit us. He bring forth so much good from them that we are constrained to bless our faults... Read More

The Early Visions of St. Mother Teresa

September 12, 2018 by  
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The Early Visions of St. Mother Theresa After Mother Teresa died, officials preparing her sainthood cause discovered a small cache of letters written to her spiritual directors and superiors during her early years. She had long ago destroyed her notes and diaries from this period and had asked others to dispose of letters she had sent to them. “I want the work to remain only his,” she told them.... Read More

The Eucharistic Jesus: A Mighty Healing Force Against the Devil

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The Eucharistic Jesus: A Mighty Healing Force Against the Devil An arrow that should be found in the quiver of an intercessor is the Eucharist. Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food... Read More

Mary’s Faith – Sophia Institute Press Book Excerpt

August 22, 2018 by  
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Mary's Faith Such trials God prepares for holy souls! When Joseph thought himself obliged to abandon as faithless the one whom he had chosen as the purest of virgins, he was about to do what would be fatal both to the mother’s purity and the child’s life. He could not be unaware that the Blessed Virgin was with child, and what could he think but that it had come about naturally? For it would not... Read More

Mary’s Innocence is the Help of Sinners

August 15, 2018 by  
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Mary's Innocence is the Help of Sinners  There is nothing more touching in the Gospel than the way God treats his reconciled enemies — that is, converted sinners. He is not content to wipe away the stain of their sins. It is easy for his infinite goodness to prevent our sins from hurting us; he also wants them to profit us. He bring forth so much good from them that we are constrained to bless... Read More

Edith Stein’s Journey to Sainthood

August 8, 2018 by  
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Edith Stein's Journey to Sainthood At the end of her life, Edith Stein considered herself one of the countless “hidden souls” who are part of the invisible Church and who regularly remain hidden from the whole world. She was a contemplative nun, a member of the Discalced Carmelite Order. Yet, as Edith herself pointed out, throughout the history of humankind the visible Church has grown out of... Read More