Amidst the Chaos, Go to God

By Marc Massery

Are you worried about the state of the country and the world lately? 

What Are We to Do?

By Chris Sparks

2020 just doesn’t let up, does it?

This year has been marked by so much turmoil, so much division and acrimony, that it’s hard for me to even describe all the many challenges we face in this nation and around the world without sounding like I’m taking sides, like I’m saying faithful Catholics must prioritize one set of issues or respond to one set of injustices rather than another.

And that’s not a Catholic way to respond at all.

'Explaining the Faith'

Watch the weekly series by Fr. Chris Alar, MIC:

Explaining the Faith — Mary: The Gift of Mercy

Explaining the Faith — Catholicism: The Fullness of the Truth

Shrine Reopens!

Up and over the hilltop, in the shadow of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, a sight to behold: 200-plus socially distanced worshippers celebrating Holy Mass together.

On Pentecost Sunday, May 31, the Marians Fathers at the National Shrine welcomed the public for the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic 11 weeks ago. 

“It’s good to finally see people!” said Shrine Rector Fr. Anthony Gramlich, MIC, at the beginning of Mass.

The crowd, all wearing masks and spread out across the Shrine’s south lawn, gave a hearty round of applause.

The School of Charity

By Chris Sparks

Catholic social teaching on marriage and the family
Catholic social teaching is one of the great treasures of the Church, and yet all too often, it’s neglected or overlooked entirely. In this issue of Marian Helper, we continue our exploration of the Church’s social teaching, this time focusing on marriage and the family.

The Stigmata, Intercession, and Sacrifice

The following is an excerpt from the Marian Press book 52 Weeks with St. Faustina by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle:

“Jesus, You know how weak and little I am, and so from today on, I am entering Your novitiate in a very special way. I continue to be a novice, but Your novice, Jesus, and You will be my Master to the last day.” — Diary, 228

Week 33

A Message of Comfort

By Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC

I have to admit — I’ve been a bit depressed lately. 

And maybe you’ve been down, too. 

How could we not be? After all, the news since mid-March has been a steady stream of bad. And I bet you have as many friends as I do who have lost jobs or even loved ones amid this crazy pandemic. 

Or maybe you’ve lost your job or loved one. 

If you have, I am so sorry — and please know I am praying for you.

Am I really praying for you?

Yes. At least, I’m trying. 

Our Feelings Can Lie

By Chris Sparks

I love "Star Wars." George Lucas seasoned the whole series with hope, steadfast and sure. His stories succeed at what Chesterton considered the whole reason for fairy tales: “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

And yet, for all that, there are some things that Lucas got wrong.

One thing is the central piece of advice to Luke Skywalker: Listen to your feelings. Let your feelings guide you.

For What Shall We Pray?

By Marc Massery

Turn to any page of St. Faustina’s Diary, and you’ll find spiritual gems. Like this one:

I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it … In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking (Diary, 1572).

Who Do You Rely Upon?

By Marc Massery

Turn to any page of St. Faustina’s Diary, and you’ll find spiritual gems. Like this one: 

Do not rely on creatures, even in the smallest things, because this displeases Me. I want to be alone in your soul. I will give light and strength to your soul, and you will learn from My representative that I am in you, and your uncertainty will vanish like mist before the rays of the sun. (295)

Signs of Trust

By Terry Peloquin

At Sharon Scanlon’s three-story house in Little Falls, New York, every window had a Divine Mercy Image in it.

Then, on March 25, Sharon was given another idea. “I was on when Fr. Chris’ video popped up,” Sharon recalls. In the video, Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, asked Marian Helpers to put the Divine Mercy Image on their front doors, facing outward, to ask for the Lord’s protection and to show trust in His promises of love and mercy.