New on EWTN: “Living Divine Mercy” Weekly!

By Chris Sparks

Beginning Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. (EST), Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, will host "Living Divine Mercy," a brand new 30-minute program on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). Join him each Wednesday as he and other members of the Congregation of Marian Fathers present teaching on the Divine Mercy message and devotion, as well as stories about Divine Mercy “miracles” in the real lives of Marian Helpers. Tune in to learn how you can begin living Divine Mercy in a whole new way!

In light of the state of the world today, including such extensive political and social unrest, the message of the show is critical for our times. This whole show is based around the Marian Fathers’ new methods of evangelization that they adopted when COVID hit, forcing the cancellation of many of their parish missions, conferences, and other forms of witness.

Early in the pandemic, the Marian Fathers began livestreaming Masses, devotions, and talks. “We wondered what was going to happen to our Divine Mercy ministry,” said Fr. Chris, “and thank God, He brought a greater good out of the evil of the pandemic. And the response we’ve seen has been amazing — people joining our ministry in record numbers through becoming Marian Helpers.”

But why is God now bringing this message to the forefront like never before? In the 1930s, Jesus described the Feast of Divine Mercy and told St. Faustina that she was going to help prepare the world for His final coming. Jesus also told St. Faustina that Divine Mercy is mankind’s last hope of salvation.

“Our last three popes have been mercy popes,” continued Fr. Chris. “Pope Francis declared the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Benedict XVI established the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy. Saint John Paul II beatified and canonized St. Faustina, and put Divine Mercy Sunday on the universal liturgical calendar of the Church. Saint John Paul also said that Divine Mercy is the most important message of our times.

“Why all this now? Because man has lost his way, and the only way back is going to be asking for mercy for what we’ve done,” stated Fr. Chris, author of the bestselling book Understanding Divine Mercy. “We are so far gone right now that only God’s mercy is going to allow us to be reconciled back to Him. We can never justify ourselves — only God’s mercy can do that. This is why Scripture says, ‘Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more’ (Rom 5:20).

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“Well, this is a time of sin, as Pius XII said, noting that mankind’s more sinful today than he was even at the time of the Flood,” Fr. Chris continued. “What is God’s answer to that? Well, if mankind’s more sinful now, he needs more grace than ever. And so that’s why God is giving us this time of unprecedented mercy.

“This is the heart of the show. Please, we beg you — if you do nothing else in your life, seek God’s mercy. Ask for God’s mercy because He’s offering it to us right now in a way that is overabundant, undeserved, and unconditional. But Jesus said, after the time of His mercy will come the time of His justice (see Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 848, 1146), so let’s not be unprepared,” Fr. Chris said.

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