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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

Holy Communion Creates True Fellowship

June 6, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

fellowship

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 Purpose of the Offertory of the Mass

What is the purpose of the Offertory during Mass? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss how we can unite our hearts to God's during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the Offertory? How do we prepare our hearts to offer them as a sacrifice to God? What is the common misconception of “sacrifice”? Pope... Read More

Let Us Prepare for Union

Let Us Prepare for Union   Presence of God – O Jesus, grant that I may derive great profit from the grace of union with You, which You offer me daily in Holy Communion. MEDITATION The Eucharist unites us to Christ directly; this physical union is the same for all who partake of His Body and Blood. However, it does not produce the same effects in everyone. This is so true that the Sacrament... Read More

Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi Presence of God – “The eternal tide flows hid in living bread. That with its heavenly life too be fed …” (John of the Cross, Poems). MEDITATION We have gone, step by step, in the course of the liturgical year, from the consideration of the mysteries of the life of Jesus to the contemplation of the Blessed Trinity, whose feast we celebrated last Sunday. Jesus, our Mediator,... Read More

The Sign of the Cross

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Christopher Carstens to discuss participation in the liturgy and the meaning and significance behind making the sign of the cross. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What three events happen during the liturgy? How do we understand the sacramental principle? What is mystagogy? What does it mean to make the sign of the cross? How can the faithful... Read More

Devotional Journey Into the Mass

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Christopher Carstens about his book A Devotional Journey into the Mass to help us discover the meaning and beauty of the liturgy. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What are the major themes of the book? Why is active participation in the Mass so important? What does “active participation” in the Mass mean and how can... Read More

Participating in Holy Mass

Participating in Holy Mass Presence of God – O Jesus, immolated at every moment of the day on our altars, let me share in Your Sacrifice. MEDITATION The Encyclical Mediator Dei exhorts all the faithful to “participate in the Eucharistic Sacrifice, not passively, carelessly, and with distractions, but with such ardor and fervor that we shall be closely associated with the High Priest.” It is... Read More

Participation in the Mass

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with John Johnson, Associate Director of the Avila Institute, about the importance of our participation in the Mass and how if affects not only us but all of those around us. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What effect does the Mass have on the souls of the faithful? What does the Old Testament say about disobediently making an offering to God? What... Read More

Communion Reveals God’s Love for You

April 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

communion

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

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