Let's Unmask the Real Halloween

EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's one from our Archives, definitely worth reposting.

By Chris Sparks
We celebrate the Feast of All Saints on Nov. 1 every year. You could say we're cheating a little bit by having one day annually when we celebrate everybody - every last person who's in heaven, every last child of Mary who has accepted Jesus's offer of salvation and triumphed over the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.

And the evening before, we celebrate the Vigil of All Saints, also known as All Hallows Eve - Halloween.

Thumbs Up! 'Love and Mercy: Faustina' Receives Rave Reviews

By Marc Massery

In the early 20th century, Jesus appeared to a simple, hardly educated Polish nun named Sr. Faustina in order to reveal to the world a message about His Divine Mercy. On Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, that message made its way to more than 700 movie theaters across the United States. It’s called “Love and Mercy: Faustina,” and it was produced by Kondrat Media, a Polish film studio.

‘We Need to Believe’

The following excerpt comes from the new Marian Press book After Suicide: There’s Hope for Them and for You by Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, and Jason Lewis, MIC.

Two years in the making, the book honestly and pastorally addresses the hard issue of suicide and draws from teachings of the Church, the message of Divine Mercy, and Fr. Chris’ own experience of losing his grandmother to suicide.

Pray, for Mercy's Sake

By Chris Sparks

One of my earliest memories is lying in my bed at night being led in bedtime prayers by my mom. She would show me how to make the Sign of the Cross, talk me through the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be, and then give me a kiss and say good night.

Part 6: God’s Love is the Flower, Mercy the Fruit

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

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). This month, we continue our series looking at this poem line by line so that we might become more trusting of Jesus, the Divine Mercy.

By Melanie Williams

Why God Rules

By Marc Massery

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

During my meditation, I heard these words: “My daughter, you give Me most glory by patiently submitting to My will, and you win for yourself greater merit than that which any fast or mortifica- tion could ever gain for you. Know, My daughter, that if you submit your will to Mine, you draw upon your- self My special delight. This sacrifice is pleasing to Me and full of sweetness. I take great pleasure in it; there is power in it” (904).

The End? Not Likely

By Chris Sparks

Recently, I’ve been engaged in a number of conversations on social media on where exactly we are in the grand scheme of things.

Some people have pointed to Marian apparitions as evidence that the times are dire, and that we are probably at the very end of history.

Now, it’s always possible. After all, Jesus was clear:

But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone (Mt 24:36).