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The Cries of Jesus from the Cross

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Allen Smith about his book, The Cries of Jesus from the Cross for insight into the life and works of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What inspired Al to compile these particular writings of Archbishop Sheen? Why are the writings of Archbishop Sheen important in our current time? Is there any update on the cause... Read More

The Miracle of John Paul II

October 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED

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

Is salvation possible outside of the Catholic Church?

Forty Anti-Catholic Lies Part 7 Are Catholics obligated to believe in apparitions? Is salvation possible outside of the Catholic Church? Join Dan and Stephanie Burke in part seven of a series of interviews with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies, to shed light on these questions about the Faith. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Are Catholics required to believe... Read More

Forgiveness and Contemplation in Prayer

October 10, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED

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

Are Catholics cannibals?

Forty Anti-Catholic Lies Part 6 Why do Catholics focus so much on the crucifixion instead of the resurrection? Why do they claim to eat Jesus' body and drink His blood during the Mass? Join Melissa Elson in part six of a series of interviews with Dr. Gerard Verschuuren about his book, Forty Anti-Catholic Lies, to shed light on these questions about the Faith. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Why... Read More

The Crucifix Speaks to Francis

October 3, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED

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  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED, Mary, Prayer, Prayers, Priests

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

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

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

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