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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

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

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

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

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