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The Fire of Love in Purgatory

November 7, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED

The Fire of Love in Purgatory All these things, which I have securely in mind to the extent that in this life I have been able to understand them,are, compared with what I have said, extremely great. Beside them, all the sights and sounds and justice and truths of this world seem to me lies and nothingness. I am left confused because I cannot find words extreme enough for these things. I perceive there to be so much conformity... Read More

Faith and the Sacraments: Spiritual Weapons

October 31, 2018 by  
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Faith and the Sacraments: Spiritual Weapons The Sacraments In Latin, the word sacrament is composed of two parts: sacrum and signum (sacred sign). Unlike a sacramental (prayer, blessing) that expresses faith, a sacrament is the sacred sign of the presence and action of God. A sacrament works in the fullness of grace, obtaining for us communion with God in the truth and strength of the Holy Spirit, who is present in us... Read More

An Exorcist Explains Demonic Possession and Vexation

October 24, 2018 by  
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An Exorcist Explains Demonic Possession and Vexation Without a doubt, diabolical possession, the invincible influence of the devil on a person, is the most striking and serious form of the extraordinary action of the devil. When the demon is able to take possession of a person, he can make him say and do what he wishes. It is necessary to clarify that the devil is not able to take possession of the soul of a man (unless the person... Read More

The Miracle of John Paul II

October 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED

The Miracle of John Paul II Moments after Pope John Paul II’s death on April 2, 2005, the chant “Santo subito! Santo subito!” “Sainthood now!” begins from the sad, but somehow exhilarated, crowd in St. Peter’s Square. Through all the events that are part of burying a pope, it continues. Through all this, in the south of France, Sr. Marie Simon-Pierre’s struggle with Parkinson’s is not going well. For some time... Read More

Forgiveness and Contemplation in Prayer

October 10, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED

Forgiveness and Contemplation in Prayer  One obstacle to beginning to pray and living within is the struggle to forgive. Whenever someone hurts us in a serious way, there is a spiritual wound that remains. As we begin to pray, we commonly find ourselves going back over these wounds again and again. What is most frustrating is that many times we thought we had already forgiven the person who hurt us. But when the memory comes... Read More

The Crucifix Speaks to Francis

October 3, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED

The Crucifix Speaks to Francis Particularly dear to Francis was an ancient chapel long allowed virtually to  fall into ruins, dedicated to  San Damiano. In it hung a Byzantine wooden crucifix, painted in red, gold, and blue. It did not represent the tortured Christ of later art; but the large, open, dark eyes of the Crucified looked down with a haunting vividness. It was a striking example of the early painted crucifixes, and... Read More

What Mary Does for Priests

September 26, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED, Mary, Prayer, Prayers, Priests

What Mary Does for Priests   Most people are aware that Pope John Paul II credited Mary’s intercession for sparing his life when four bullets from a would-be assassin struck him while he was blessing pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square on May 13, 1981. A year to the day later, the pope placed one of those bullets in Mary’s crown at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima in Portugal. This leaves little doubt as to the real, practical... Read More

Jesus Chose Mary for Himself

September 19, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED, Mary, Saints and Blesseds

Jesus Chose Mary for Himself  If there is nothing more touching in the Gospel than the way God treats his reconciled enemies — that is, converted sinners. He is not content to wipe away the stain of their sins. It is easy for his infinite goodness to prevent our sins from hurting us; he also wants them to profit us. He bring forth so much good from them that we are constrained to bless our faults and to cry out with the Church,... Read More

Praise for A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness

September 18, 2018 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Books, Drafts, Mindfulness, Prayer

The work of author Susan Brinkmann to inform faithful Catholics about mindfulness has received an enthusiastic endorsement from a spiritual leader at EWTN. Mindfulness is an increasingly popular but dangerous Eastern meditative practice which is contrary to authentic Christian spirituality. Fr. Paschal Mary, MFVA is Vocation Director for the Missionaries of the Eternal Word and Administrator of the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament... Read More

The Early Visions of St. Mother Teresa

September 12, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, FEATURED, Saints, Saints and Blesseds

The Early Visions of St. Mother Theresa After Mother Teresa died, officials preparing her sainthood cause discovered a small cache of letters written to her spiritual directors and superiors during her early years. She had long ago destroyed her notes and diaries from this period and had asked others to dispose of letters she had sent to them. “I want the work to remain only his,” she told them. “When the beginning will... Read More

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