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About Ariel McKinney

Ariel is an undergraduate student working towards her bachelor's degree in music, with a minor in theology. She plans on continuing her studies with a master's degree in classical voice performance. Besides blogging, she enjoys photography, poetry, reading, and hiking. You can visit her blog www.wearehealed.wordpress.com for her writing and photography. She is also the daughter of RCSD founder, Dan Burke.

Learning to Let Go

March 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, God's Will, Prayer

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I am a list-maker, an excessive post-it user, an organizational app connoisseur. I love the stability that organization provides. It’s really the only way I can keep track of all of my commitments. This aspect of my personality, although wonderful for an ordered, balanced secular life, creates little stumbling blocks for me in my spiritual life. Learning to “let go and let God” is... Read More

When Faith and Music Collide

February 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Featured, Music

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There’s something about the way God created us, that we need music in order to fulfill our being and truly understand what beauty and goodness really are. My studies in music have really refined my personal aesthetic tastes over the past few years. Sure, I still love a good musical number and practically anything written in the 70′s, but for the most part, my heart is happiest when I’m... Read More

The Wounds of a Savior

February 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Prayer, Rosary, Suffering

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I was resting my head on the stiff airplane seat, exhausted from having woken up so early to get on my flight. As my New Year’s resolution, I had decided to initiate a strictly spiritual commitment, having felt the urge to jump-start my prayer life. I promised myself to recite the rosary once a day, in honor of my consecration to Mary, as well as to meditate on the mysteries of the rosary. I... Read More

My Faulty Imagination and the Infinite God

January 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Meditations

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Many times, I unknowingly think about God’s fullness in incomplete terms. I forget just how glorious, rich, and deep His divinity is. Of course, I know that He is so much greater than my heart could ever fathom, but since He appears to us in the New Testament as the Word Made Flesh, He always appears in my mind as Christ in his human likeness, rather than as Lord of all, with both human and divine... Read More