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In Darkness, Light

By Chris Sparks

The following quote may seem shocking, at first - that's why it's important.

Afraid to Die?

By Marc Massery

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

I must … act in all matters now as I would like to do and act at the hour of my death (226). 

Are you prepared to die? 

‘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.”

Becoming a Christian

By Chris Sparks

I accept joy or suffering, praise or humiliation with the same disposition. I remember that one and the other are passing. What does it matter to me what people say about me? I have long ago given up everything that concerns my person. My name is host — or sacrifice, not in words but in deeds, in the emptying of myself and in becoming like You on the Cross, O Good Jesus, my Master! (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 485)

Do you know where you’re going? Do you know how you’ll get there?

Urgent Prayers for the Injured and Dying in Lebanon

Marie F. Romagnano, MSN, RN, CRC, founded Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy in the wake of 9/11. Here, she calls us to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for those injured and dying as a result of the recent explosion that rocked Beruit, Lebanon.

In the wake of a massive explosion on Tuesday in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed more than 100 people and injured thousands, we encourage everyone to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for those who have lost their lives and for the injured and dying in the debris and rubble. 

When You Talk Too Much

By Marc Massery

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

God does not give himself to a chattering soul, which, like a drone in a beehive, buzzes around but gathers no honey. A talkative soul is empty inside — it lacks intimacy with God. (118)

Do you talk too much?

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.

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:

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.

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