Passion of Christ and Beauty of the Cross

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

“When I see Jesus tormented, my heart is torn to pieces, and I think: what will become of sinners if they do not take advantage of the Passion of Jesus: In His Passion, I see a whole sea of mercy.”
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Staggering on the Way to Heaven

By Chris Sparks

There are great saints who keep their eyes fixed on Christ, who cling steadfastly to their crosses, who are bold and strong in their adherence to the moral law, who bear all things, believe all things, and hope all things (see 1 Cor 13:7). They are great-hearted, full of generous love of God, perfected in virtue, steadfast and strong.

Thank God they exist, but that’s not me. That’s not my path home to Heaven, nor is it the path home to Heaven for far too many of us.

A Night of Mercy

WATCH — Father Chris Alar, MIC, and his friend Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus Christ in the hit streaming series “The Chosen,” host a special program, “A Night of Mercy.” Brought to you by Catholify and Arise, the program includes discussions about Divine Mercy and a Q&A.

When Others Are Hard to Love

By Marc Massery

Is there someone in your life who is hard to love? 

Sometimes, God puts people in our lives with whom we have a hard time reconciling. Maybe we understand them but they just never seem to get us. But if they’re a family member, a friend, or a coworker, sometimes we have to withhold from them our anger and frustration in order to keep the peace. Saint Faustina knew this silent pain well. She wrote:

‘Only by the Grace of God’

By Marc Massery

Judy and John Baumann of Odell, Nebraska, met through mutual friends and were married in 1960. John had been the cause of many blessings for Judy, but of all the gifts Judy treasures from her husband, she believes her Catholic faith was the greatest gift of all.

“I was a convert [to Catholicism],” she said. “My husband was raised Catholic, and I was raised Lutheran.” Judy decided to convert to Catholicism before they wed. “My father initially exhibited a negative attitude toward my conversion, but once we became engaged, he was on board.”

It's All We Need

By Chris Sparks

[Jesus said:] “I do not reward for good results but for the patience and hardship undergone for My sake” (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 86).

God doesn’t need us.

It sounds harsh, but it’s true. God does not need us. He does not need any of us, anyone in history, any creature, anything created, anything outside Himself.

God is completely self-sufficient, perfect in and of Himself. He needs nothing and no one outside of Himself.

The Angels, God’s Messengers

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

“As the Sisters were making their vows, I heard Angels singing in various tones, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy,’ with chanting so delightful that no human tongue could ever match it.”

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A Novena for Thieves

By Olga McQuade

Eight years ago, my house was broken into. Thanks be to God, I was not home at the time.

The police responding to the break-in believed that, because the alarm went off as soon as the robbers came into the house, the only item they could carry off in that short amount of time was a television, which had been a gift from my daughter and her husband to me for Christmas.

I happened to have called the security company the week before about a problem that was happening with the alarm. The company found a flaw in the system, and they corrected it. Thank God.

Two Friends 'Chosen' to Host Special Mercy Event

Father Chris Alar, MIC, has friends in high places. That includes Jesus, Mary, and the saints. But it also includes a rising star in Hollywood, Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus Christ in the hit streaming series “The Chosen.” 

The two friends will host a special program, “A Night of Mercy,” on July 30, beginning at 6 p.m. EST, livestreamed on, and

Too Much Entertainment

By Marc Massery

Are you addicted to noise? Some of us are always streaming music, listening to podcasts, watching television, or browsing the internet. This is fine in moderation, but too much entertainment is not good for us.

In her Diary, St. Faustina writes:

The radio is always playing in the afternoon, so I feel the loss of silence. All morning long, there is ceaseless talk and noise. My God, I was looking forward to being in silence, happy that I should be talking only with the Lord. (837)