Civility and Citizens of the Kingdom of God

By Chris Sparks

Put no trust in princes,

in children of Adam powerless to save.

Who breathing his last, returns to the earth;

that day all his planning comes to nothing (Ps 146:3-4).

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched their “Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate” campaign this month, “a year-long initiative that invites Catholics to model civility, love for neighbor, and respectful dialogue” in this forthcoming election year.

Consoling Christ Consoling Us

By Marc Massery

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

Lie down and take your rest. I have let you experience in three hours what I suffered during the whole night. … My host, you are refreshment for My tormented Heart (1054, 1056). 

Striving for Sanctity

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

“The more I come to know Him, the more ardently, the more fiercely I love Him, and the more perfect my acts become.” — Diary, 231

'Let the Doubting Soul Read'

This is part seven of the series. View part six.

In her Diary, on Feb. 12, 1937, St. Faustina wrote a beautiful poem entitled “God’s Love is the flower — Mercy the fruit.” Saint Faustina wrote, “Let the doubting soul read these considerations on Divine Mercy and become trusting” (949). The following is the last in our series in which we consider this poem line by line that we might become more trusting of Jesus, the Divine Mercy.

By Melanie Williams

Living Mercy in November

Photo by Erik-Jan Leusink on Unsplash

By Chris Sparks

I love November.

I mean, clearly I’m biased — I was born in November, on Thanksgiving Day, as a matter of fact. So I have many happy memories of birthday parties and family Thanksgivings, of turkey and stuffing and presents.

But I would argue that November is a blessed month for everyone. It’s the culmination of harvest time, after all, a time for grain to have been scythed and gathered in, for fruit to be canned, produce pickled, barns and cellars packed full, and for all to take stock of their preparations for winter.

Praying for Priests

By Marc Massery

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

“[Y]ou yourself offered to undertake these sufferings. Know that what you have taken upon yourself for that soul is only a small portion. He [Father Sopocko] is suffering much more,” (Diary, 596). 

Are you praying and sacrificing for your priests?

With an Eye on Paradise

By Marian Friedrichs

Early in the morning of Nov. 8, 2018, a wildfire started in the hills surrounding Paradise, California. With high winds and peak dryness, area conditions were perfect to create a firestorm of nightmarish proportions. 

It's November. You Are Called to a Work of Mercy.

There are souls in need, and you can help.

November is the month of remembrance for Holy Souls in Purgatory. The basis for this special month of remembrance is that many souls, on departing from the body, are not perfectly cleansed from venial sins, or have not fully atoned for past wrongdoing. To quote the Catholic Encyclopedia, they "are debarred from the Beatific Vision," that is, from Heaven, until their souls become purified in Purgatory.

The Biggest Comeback in History

By Marc Massery

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

I see your love, so pure and true that I give you first place among the virgins. You are the honor and glory of My Passion. I see every abasement of your soul, and nothing escapes my attention. I lift up the humble even to My very throne, because I want it so (Diary, 282).

Have you ever felt like you were too miserable, too weak, too defective for God?