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

April 4, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

Presence

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 Stillness and Silence of Mass

January 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Liturgy, Mass, Prayer, Silence

When Holy Mass is properly celebrated there are moments in which the voices of both priest and faithful become silent. The priest continues to officiate as the rubrics indicate, speaking very softly or refraining from vocal prayer; the congregation follows in watchful, prayerful participation. What do these intervals of quiet signify? What must we do with them? What does stillness really imply? It... Read More

The End for Which We Are Here and a Book Club Announcement

November 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The End for Which We Are Here The Lord (Week 23 of 23) A great white throne rises into view, and before the face of him who sits upon it “earth and heaven fled away” and there was no place found for them (Apoc. 20:11). It is the Judge. He summons the dead to life and judgment, and time comes to an end. The old passes; eternity is open. The new heaven and the new earth shine forth, and all that... Read More

Finding the Truth

November 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Finding the Truth The Lord (Week 22 of 23) It is a great mistake to believe that man can find truth in himself or in the things around him easily. It is not uncommon for someone particularly honored for his profundity and natural piety to suddenly break out with statements about God and Christ that are so false, so incomprehensibly distorted, that one is stricken by the heaven-shocking questionableness... Read More

How Does God Console?

November 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

How Does God Console? The Lord (Week 21 of 23) How does God console? Not by saying: Your trials are not really so terrible; they are terrible, and he sees them as terrible. Nor does God promise miraculous intervention. History has its time and its power, also history directed against God, and he does not cancel them. But over and above earthly reality, he gives us a glimpse of heavenly reality. Over... Read More

Love of Neighbor in Jesus’ Life

October 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

Love of Neighbor in Jesus' Life The Lord (Week 19 of 23)   The whole purpose of Jesus' life is to replace our human conceptions of God; not only the primitive, grotesque, but also the highest, purest, and most refined. These above all. Certainly, God is omnipresent, exalted over time and space; yet he also can come when it pleases him; can live among us, and when the hour has struck, can depart... Read More

The Eucharist Is More than Words

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

The Eucharist Is More than Words The Lord (Week 17 of 23) For almost two thousand years men have prayed and probed and fought over the meaning of these words. They have become the sign of a community that is holier, more intimate than any other, but also occasion for the profoundest schism. Hence, when we ask what they mean, let us first be clear as to how they should be taken. There is only one... Read More

Lingering on Mary in the Rosary

October 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Mary, Prayer, Rosary

The life of Mary, as the Gospel tells it, is as humanly true as it can possibly be, but in this human quality it is filled with a mystery of divine communion and love, the depth of which is unfathomable. The Rosary points in this direction. Jesus is the substance of Mary’s life, just as the child is the lifeblood of its mother, for whom it is the one and all. But, at the same time, He is also her... Read More

How to Be Humble

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

How to Be Humble The Lord (Week 15 of 23) But can sin hinder the all-powerful will of love? Can't God fill men with such horror of sin that they fly to him in contrition and love? Who is to say what is possible and what not? No, there must be something else in God that the word love does not cover. It seems we must say, God is humble. But first let us clarify the word. We use it to describe someone... Read More

I “Am” Not a Christian – Insight from Romano Guardini

September 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

I “Am” Not a Christian – Insight from Romano Guardini The Lord (Week 13 of 23) I “am” not a Christian; I am on the way to becoming one — if God will give me the strength. Christianity is nothing one can “have”; nor is it a platform from which to judge others. It is movement. I can become a Christian only as long as I am conscious of the possibility... Read More

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