Amidst the Chaos, Go to God

By Marc Massery

Are you worried about the state of the country and the world lately? 

Shrine Reopens!

Up and over the hilltop, in the shadow of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, a sight to behold: 200-plus socially distanced worshippers celebrating Holy Mass together.

On Pentecost Sunday, May 31, the Marians Fathers at the National Shrine welcomed the public for the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic 11 weeks ago. 

“It’s good to finally see people!” said Shrine Rector Fr. Anthony Gramlich, MIC, at the beginning of Mass.

The crowd, all wearing masks and spread out across the Shrine’s south lawn, gave a hearty round of applause.

For What Shall We Pray?

By Marc Massery

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

I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it … In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking (Diary, 1572).

Our Feelings Can Lie

By Chris Sparks

I love "Star Wars." George Lucas seasoned the whole series with hope, steadfast and sure. His stories succeed at what Chesterton considered the whole reason for fairy tales: “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

And yet, for all that, there are some things that Lucas got wrong.

One thing is the central piece of advice to Luke Skywalker: Listen to your feelings. Let your feelings guide you.

Signs of Trust

By Terry Peloquin

At Sharon Scanlon’s three-story house in Little Falls, New York, every window had a Divine Mercy Image in it.

Then, on March 25, Sharon was given another idea. “I was on when Fr. Chris’ video popped up,” Sharon recalls. In the video, Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, asked Marian Helpers to put the Divine Mercy Image on their front doors, facing outward, to ask for the Lord’s protection and to show trust in His promises of love and mercy. 

Who Do You Rely Upon?

By Marc Massery

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

Do not rely on creatures, even in the smallest things, because this displeases Me. I want to be alone in your soul. I will give light and strength to your soul, and you will learn from My representative that I am in you, and your uncertainty will vanish like mist before the rays of the sun. (295)

Shrine to Reopen with Outdoor Public Masses, Drive-Thru Confession

STOCKBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — Following 11 weeks with no public Masses due to the coronavirus, the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy will begin celebrating daily public outdoor Masses and providing opportunities for Confession on Pentecost Sunday, May 31.

The Power of the Chaplet

By Marlys Floyd

I want to tell you about the prayer and study group we have formed at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We have named our group "Friends in Faith" and have met weekly for approximately 10 years. We have studied many books about St. Faustina, many of the books by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, and videos about Divine Mercy.

Receiving the Eucharist More Worthily

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

My daughter, write that it pains Me very much when religious souls receive the Sacrament of Love merely out of habit, as if they did not distinguish this food. I find neither faith nor love in their hearts. I go to such souls with great reluctance. It would be better if they did not receive Me (Diary, 1288).

Sons of Poland, Sons of Our Lady

By Chris Sparks

Two great Polish saints. Both born on the same day, though several hundred years apart. Both born in the month of Mary, and outstanding in their Marian devotion.

It’s one of the curious God-incidences of Catholic life that both St. Stanislaus Papczynski, Founder of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, and St. John Paul II, the first Polish Pope and the Great Mercy Pope, were born on May 18. This year marks the 100th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s birth, and the 350th anniversary of St. Stanislaus’ founding of the Congregation of Marian Fathers.