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Divine Mercy and the Commandant of Auschwitz

By Marc Massery

This Jan. 27 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. With that in mind, we have a powerful story to share.

Though the infamous commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, Rudolf Höss, oversaw the murder of millions of innocent people during World War II, in the end, even his horrific sins weren’t bigger than the mercy of God. 

Beyond Mount Doom

A Tale that Has a ‘Ring’ to It

By Fr. Andy Davy, MIC
Have you ever found yourself in prayer sheepishly wondering: “Hey God, that’s wonderful that you gave Mary that amazing gift of never having any spot of sin, but, uh … what does that have to do with my life?” 

You wouldn’t be alone. Many Catholics have at one time or another felt disconnected from the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. As in, “Great for you, Mary, but what about us?”

Speak Up for Life

By Marc Massery

Though the landmark bill Roe v. Wade legalized abortion more than 47 years ago, the legal debate over the right to life still continues in this country, most recently in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, home state of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy. 

When Mercy Meets Addiction: A St. Patrick’s Day ‘Miracle’

By Kaitlyn Clare Mason

I buckled our children into their car seats after a lovely field trip to the apple orchard in the fall of 2017 and stepped over to my friend Serena Boykin’s van to talk.

At that same moment, my brother Jordan was traveling with my mom from Charlotte, North Carolina, to a rehab center in Tennessee. I had just learned that Jordan was battling a severe heroin and inhalant addiction.

Playing Peek-a-Boo with God

By Chris Sparks

O living Host, my one and only strength, fountain of love and mercy, embrace the whole world, fortify faint souls. Oh, blessed be the instant and the moment when Jesus left us His most merciful Heart! (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 223)

Is it too late to suggest to you a New Year’s resolution? I hope not. Forgive me if it is; but I'm certain Faustina would want me to share this one with you.

It is simply this: Make time this year to adore the Eucharistic Lord.

A Ministry that ‘Never Stops’

Parishioners at a Midwest Marian parish have a rejoinder to the lurid headlines generated by the small percentage of clergy whose grave sins have rocked the Church and shaken the faith of many. 

These parishioners have no intention of wallowing in disillusionment, no intention of leaving the Church. Instead, they gather weekly specifically to pray for priests.

Ask For A Lot!

By Marc Massery

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

[Jesus said], “I rejoice that [souls] ask for much, because it is My desire to give much, very much. On the other hand, I am sad when souls ask for little, when they narrow their hearts” (1578).

Did you know that God rejoices when you ask Him for a lot?

‘Brethren All are We’

Catholic Social Teaching on our Common Humanity

By Chris Sparks

Catholic social teaching is one of the great treasures of the Church, and yet all too often, it’s neglected or overlooked entirely. We continue our exploration of the Church’s social teaching, this time focusing on race, nationality, and our common humanity.

Joseph Pearce is one of the best-known Catholic converts writing today. A noted literary biographer, Pearce may seem like  he must have always been dedicated to peaceful scholarship.

A Child’s Costume, Big Faith, and No Small Coincidence

She didn’t have money to buy a costume. She didn’t know how to sew. What she did have was a grandson with a school assignment to dress up like his patron saint: St. Stanislaus Papczynski (1631-1701), the Founder of the Marian Fathers.

She also had determination and faith.

More than a year ago, Marilyn Motley of Columbus, Nebraska, got a request from her then 7-year-old grandson, Stanley.

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