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He Comes to Us

He Comes to Us

By Fr. Dan Cambra, MIC


In a time of pandemic, when the social and economic order has been upended, we need to be reminded what Jesus seeks to give to us and what He wants in return.

Feeling Isolated?

By Marc Massery

Are you feeling lonely lately? 

As human beings created in God’s image, we were made for union and communion with one another. Unfortunately, social distancing measures continue to make socializing difficult. Many in our country and around our world, especially those who are immunocompromised, have been forced by these circumstances into isolation. 

There are few things more distressing than being unable to visit family and friends. Thankfully, St. Faustina’s Diary gives us some perspective on loneliness. Jesus told her:

Spiritual Battle

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

“My daughter, I want to teach you about spiritual warfare. Never trust in yourself, but abandon yourself totally to My will. ... I will not delude you with prospects of peace and consolations; on the contrary, prepare for great battles.”
Diary, 1760

WEEK 35

‘I Would Probably Have Been Dead’

By Marc Massery

Since he grew up with an alcoholic father, Joe Avalos of Stamford, Connecticut, swore he would never drink. But at age 22, he started drinking with a friend. For the next few decades, he succumbed to alcoholism, falling further away from God and his Catholic faith.

“My life was a mess with alcohol and prescription drugs,” he said. “I justified everything by thinking that all my friends did it … . As long as someone I loved was doing worse than me, then I was OK.”

What Happened to the Bishop's Brother?

By Marc Massery

Mark Ricken of Dodge City, Kansas, died in 2014, but about five years before his death, Divine Mercy changed his life. 

Mark was the older brother of Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. “Before Divine Mercy, he had no real heartfelt connection to Christ,” Bishop Ricken said. “He went to Confession regularly. He lived a good ecclesial, spiritual life, but he never was impacted personally by that close, personal relationship with Christ. But Divine Mercy sealed the deal for him — I’ll tell you that.”

In Pandemic, ‘Prayer is Just as Powerful as Action’

Marian Helper Marie Romagnano of Charlton, Massachusetts, founded Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy in the wake of 9/11. Now, in the face of another large-scale tragedy, Nurse Marie has been doing all she can to help prepare healthcare professionals to bring the graces of the Divine Mercy message and devotion to patients isolated in ICU units, all too often cut off from family, friends, and even clergy in their final moments.

What makes this pandemic a unique challenge for our healthcare professionals?

‘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.

One of the Best Deals God Offers

By Marc Massery

Are you a bargain shopper? 

If you like good deals, then you’ll appreciate this quote from St. Faustina’s Diary. Jesus says to her:  

I desire to bestow My graces upon souls, but they do not want to accept them. You, at least, come to Me as often as possible and take these graces they do not want to accept. In this way you will console My Heart (367).

Nothing is more valuable on this earth than grace, and there’s plenty for the taking. 

Purification and Trials

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

“Mary, Immaculate Virgin, take me under Your special protection and guard the purity of my soul, heart and body. You are the model and star of my life.”
Diary, 874

Week 34

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.

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