Ariel McKinney

Ariel holds a master’s degree in vocal performance and opera. She is a fervent Catholic who enjoys all that is artistic and beautiful. Ariel also has her own film photography business, Song of Songs Photography. She’s been featured in Alabama Weddings Magazine and Wedding Sparrow. www.songofsongsphotography.com

Articles By Ariel McKinney

Gentle Evangelization

Ariel McKinney reflects on a gentle evangelization, beauty, photography, marriage, and the Song of Songs in Scripture.

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Learning to Let Go

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.

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When Faith and Music Collide

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

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Come Holy Spirit! — Solemnity of Pentecost

Solemnity of Pentecost Come Holy Spirit! Prayer to the Holy Spirit Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. R. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray. O, God, who

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Saint Athanasius, Doctor of the Church, Pray for Us!

Saint Athanasius Doctor of the Church Pray for Us! Saint Athanasius was born at Alexandria in 294. He accompanied Bishop Alexander to the Council of Nicaea, and succeeded him as bishop of Alexandria. He fought courageously against the Arian heresy. For this he suffered many hardships and was exiled several times. His writings are outstanding

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Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church, Pray for Us!

Saint Catherine of Siena Doctor of the Church Pray for Us! Saint Catherine was born at Siena in 1347. While still a young girl, she sought the way of perfection and entered the Third Order of Saint Dominic [the branch open to women, known as the Mantellate]. On fire with love of God and neighbor,

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Saint Mark the Evangelist, Pray For Us!

  Saint Mark the Evangelist, Pray for Us! This feast day celebrates Saint Mark the Evangelist, wrote the Gospel on or before the year 60 AD in Rome. He is usually identified with the Mark in Acts 12:12.  His gospel is the shortest of the four gospels, and scholars have determined that it is is

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The Annunciation of the Lord

Solemnity of the Annunciation The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she

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Jesus I Trust in You!

Jesus I Trust in You! Divine Mercy Sunday Jesus I Trust in You!  In 1931, Jesus appeared to Saint Faustina Kowalska and instructed her to paint an image according to the pattern she saw, with the words inscribed “Jesus I Trust in You!” on it.  He promised that whoever would venerate this image would not

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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord: He is Risen!

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord He is Risen! On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple

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The Crucifixion of Our Lord

Timeline of Jesus’ Final Hours Preceding Events The Last Supper €¨(Matthew 26:20-30; Mark 14:17-26; Luke 22:14-38; John 13:21-30) In the Garden of Gethsemane €¨(Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-45) Jesus is Betrayed and Arrested €¨(Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-53; John 18:1-11) The Religious Leaders Condemn Jesus €¨(Matthew 27:1-2; Mark 15:1; Luke 22:66-71)  6:00 AM

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Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday “The Last Supper” The Institution of the Eucharist When the day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread arrived, the day for sacrificing the Passover lamb, he sent out Peter and John, instructing them, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” … When the hour came, he took his place at

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Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday)

How does a Russian painter picture the triumphal entry into Jerusalem? Find out here in today’s Passion (Palm) Sunday artwork provided for meditation.

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Saint Joseph Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pray for Us!

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary Solemnity Prayer to Saint Joseph Spouse of the Virgin Mary O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.  Please assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from

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