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142. The Courage of Love (Mark 14:53-65)

“He came therefore of his own set purposes to his passion, rejoicing in his noble deed, smiling at the crown, cheered by the salvation of mankind; not ashamed of the cross for it was to save the world.” – St. Cyril of Jerusalem Mark 14:53-65  They led Jesus off to the high priest; and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes assembled there. Peter had followed him at... Read More

The Origin of the Wood of the Cross

February 21, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Lent, The Cross


When the world rang with the news that the Holy Cross had been discovered, and everyone was asking for details, according to the working of each individual mind, there arose these questions among others: Of what wood was it made? Where did it grow? In which locality budded forth that plant that, when matured, was to become the instrument of torture and the crude deathbed of the Son of God, the Son... Read More

The Value of Suffering

The Value of Suffering   Presence of God – O Jesus Crucified, teach me the Science of the Cross; make me understand the value of suffering. MEDITATION The Passion of Jesus teaches us in a concrete way that in the Christian life we must be able to accept suffering for the love of God. This is a hard, repugnant lesson for our nature, which prefers pleasure and happiness; however, it comes... Read More

To Be Hidden with Christ in God

To Be Hidden with Christ in God Presence of God – O Jesus, help me to hide from creatures in order to enter into intimacy with You. MEDITATION When we speak of the hidden life of Jesus, we do not mean only His self-effacement in the eyes of men, from whom He concealed His divinity, thus avoiding their praise. Besides these exterior relations with creatures, we must penetrate into the secret places... Read More

Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday)

March 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Holy Week, Liturgy

Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) Jesus proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem. As he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples. He said, “Go into the village opposite you, and as you enter it you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. And if anyone should ask you, ‘Why are you untying it?’... Read More