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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

Communion Reveals God’s Love for You

April 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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Communion Reveals God’s Love for You Not only does Communion enlighten our mind by a special grace, revealing to us, by impression rather than by reason, all that our Lord is, but it is also, and above all, the revelation to our heart of the law of love. The Eucharist is the sacrament of love par excellence. Certainly the other sacraments are proofs of God’s love for us; they are gifts of God.... Read More

The Spiritual Joy of the Servants of God

April 18, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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The Spiritual Joy of the Servants of God Spiritual joy is, as its name denotes, the joy that the heart of man experiences in the possession and enjoyment of spiritual gifts. He is joyful because he knows that God has deigned to call him His friend and His child, that he lives under the protection of the Most High, and that he hopes soon to be united to God his Father in eternal bliss. All those who... Read More

The Victory of Christ over Sin and Death

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The Victory of Christ over Sin and Death The Incarnation and the Resurrection I wish to clarify some fundamental truths regarding our Faith and the complex theme of evil spells. Even before speaking of these evils and their author, the devil, and in order to discourage the temptation of sensationalism, I shall put together two fundamental premises that regard Jesus Christ, the Master, the Savior,... Read More

God is With Us: How Jesus Opens to Man the Presence of the Father

April 4, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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God is with Us: How Jesus Opens to Man the Presence of the Father The Lord died and arose from the dead to a new life of an absolutely Godlike character. It was that life that was suddenly and mysteriously illuminated for a moment on Mount Tabor. When He was on His way to Jerusalem, where He was to suffer, this Godlike essence blazed up from hidden depths. True enough, it was only for one short... Read More

The Divine Blood that Purchased Our Salvation

March 28, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Holy Week, Lent, Prayer

The Divine Blood that Purchased Our Salvation Jesus, desiring to enrich us, first gave us his blood to purify us so that we might be able to receive the gifts he offers. O my dear Savior, you go out to the Garden of Olives, to the house of Caiaphas, to the praetorium of the Roman gov­ernor, and at last you climb Mount Calvary. Everywhere you go you pour out the blood of your new covenant, the blood... Read More

What Christ Saw from the Garden

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What Christ Saw from the Garden In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus knew perfectly just what it was for which He was to pay the penalty of death. He was to pay the penalty for sin — for all the sins of mankind, from the first to the last. Isaiah the prophet had cried out: “Woe is me, because I have held my peace; because I am a man of unclean lips, and . . . I have seen with my eyes the King,... Read More

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