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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

Bridge Building in the Eucharistic Prayer

Why is the Eucharistic Prayer one of the most active times during the liturgy? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss how the faithful become bridge builders along with the priest to offer up our sacrifices during the Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What do the faithful misunderstand most about participating in the Eucharistic Prayer? How is... Read More

Holy Communion Creates True Fellowship

June 6, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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Holy Communion Creates True Fellowship Communion is the condition of fellowship among those who share a covenant relationship with one another. In Hebrew the word for this bond is chaburah. In Greek it is koinonia. Communion is a kind of friendship, but it is more than that. It is more like a family bond; and both Hebrew and Greek usage, in the time of the Apostles, suggested a religious dimension... Read More

The Beads and Repetition of the Rosary

May 30, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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The Beads and Repetition of the Rosary We should begin with what is most obvious in the Rosary. An aid is used in this prayer: a string or a chain of beads. Some of these beads are larger or are marked apart from the others by a greater distance. Ten smaller beads follow a larger one and form a decade. The whole chain has five such decades. The decades taken together are preceded by a sort of preface,... Read More

In The School of the Holy Spirit

May 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Holy Spirit, Nancy HC Ward

The Holy Spirit's School Nancy HC Ward Reviews Fr. Jacques Philippe's Book “In the School of the Holy Spirit”   Are you Pursuing a Plan for Holiness? In his book, In the School of the Holy Spirit, Fr. Jacques Philippe writes, “Holiness is not a program for life, but something obtained from God. We all have the power to become holy, simply because God lets himself be won over by the... Read More

Why Catholics Honor Mary

May 23, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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Why Catholics Honor Mary All relationships, of course, are a two-way street. They require something from us — phone calls and visits, acts of thoughtfulness, time spent together. They demand that that we give something of ourselves to the other. In our relationship with Mary, she helps give new life to our souls, prays for us, and provides us with what we need to grow in grace. In return, she deserves... Read More

The Holy Spirit is God’s Gift to You

May 16, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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The Holy Spirit is God's Gift to You Not only to possess us does the Holy Spirit live in us, but also to be possessed by us, to be ours. For love must possess, as well as be possessed. He is the Gift of God Most High — Donum Dei Altissimi. Now, the gift that belonged to the giver becomes the possession of the one who receives it. The Gift of God is ours through the stupendous prodigy of love. Almost... Read More

Living with Sure Hope

May 9, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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Living with Sure Hope Humility is a liberating virtue, for it takes away from the soul the burden of any injustice. It gives us the freedom to leave everything in God’s hands and the contentment to be satisfied with His plan in our lives. Humility is an exhilarating virtue that keeps us from dis­couragement at the sight of our frailties. It is coupled with Hope in an indissoluble union, and together... Read More

Our Lord Turns Defeat Into Victory

May 2, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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Our Lord Turns Defeat Into Victory Christ turned defeat into victory The world was wrong, and Christ was right. He who had the power to lay down His life had the power to take it up again. He who willed to be born, willed to die. And He who knew how to die knew also how to be reborn and to give to this poor tiny planet of ours an honor and a glory that flaming suns and jealous planets do not share:... Read More

Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Altars

What was Catholicism like in colonial America? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Fr. Charles Connor about his book Pioneer Priests and Makeshift Altars, to unveil the plight of Catholics who ventured to the New World. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What was the religious climate like in England and America during the founding of the 13 colonies? Why does Maryland have a Catholic... Read More

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