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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.

Mary’s Innocence is the Help of Sinners

August 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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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  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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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

Your Spirit Finds Joy in Communion

August 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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Your Spirit Finds Joy in Communion God desired to nourish our spirit, so He gave it His Bread, the Eucharist, announced by Holy Scripture: “He will feed them with the Bread of life and understanding.” Now, there are no greater joys on earth than the joys of the spirit. Contentment of heart is less lasting because it is based on feeling, and feeling is apt to be inconstant. True joy is of the spirit... Read More

A Clarion Call to the Ministry of Intercession

July 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Spiritual Warfare

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A Clarion Call to the Ministry of Intercession  The Ministry of Intercession “Ministry” is the English translation of the Latin word ministerium, which means “service.” In its sociological usage, it is applied to institutions or establishments that give aid and services to people. Its Christian understanding is defined by the manner in which Jesus exercised His mission among men: He “came... Read More

You Shall Be Holy: Peter Kreeft on the Four Marks of the Church

July 18, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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You Shall Be Holy: Peter Kreeft on the Four Marks of the Church The Nicene Creed identifies the Church of Christ by four marks: she is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. Only one Church fits that description. The description in the Creed is a description of our true home. It is a lighthouse, a roadmap, a clear marker for searchers and travelers. One. Is any other church so one that all schisms... Read More

Spiritual Warfare and the Church: Equipped to Conquer

July 11, 2018 by  
Filed under Charlie McKinney, Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare and the Church: Equipped to Conquer Equipped to Conquer The Church is the Body of Christ, instituted by Christ as a means of assisting souls to be saved. Christ Himself is the head of this Body, and all the baptized are the members. It was founded to continue the mission of Christ, the hope of the sinking world and of battered humanity. It is for this reason that the Catholic Church... Read More

Holy Communion Nourishes Your Supernatural Life

July 4, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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Holy Communion Nourishes Your Supernatural Life Holy Communion preserves and increases the supernatural life of your soul. In the Holy Eucharist, Christ becomes present so that He may abide bodily among us by His Real Presence in our tabernacles, renew the Sacrifice of Calvary in an unbloody manner on our altars, and nourish our souls in Holy Communion. The Eucharist is not only a sacrifice, but... Read More

Saul the Persecutor, Paul the Apostle

June 27, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

Saul the Persecutor, Paul the Apostle Stephen died at the hands of a mob — men who were “enraged” (Acts 7:54) by his accusations. His murderers were many, but we know the name of just one of them: Saul. St. Luke tells us: “Saul was consenting to his death” (Acts 8:1). Members of the mob left their cloaks with him as they took up stones to kill Stephen (Acts 7:58). That day marked the beginning... Read More

Forgiveness of Sins: The Ministry of John the Baptist

June 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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Forgiveness of Sins: The Ministry of John the Baptist “Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered and she gave birth to a son. And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her” (Luke 1:57-58). True gatherings of the friends and families of Chris­tians should have for their object to celebrate the mercy that God has shown to us.... Read More

Let the Eucharist Lead You to the Sacred Heart

June 13, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

Heart

Let the Eucharist Lead You to the Sacred Heart Devotion to the Sacred Heart, as we now know it, began about the year 1672. On repeated occasions Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary, a Visitation nun in France, and during these apparitions He explained to her the devotion to His Sacred Heart as He wanted people to practice it. He asked to be honored in the figure or symbol of His Heart of flesh; He... Read More