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Five Profess First Vows

Aug. 15, 2019, Stockbridge, Massachusetts - How has God been blessing the Marian Fathers? Let's count the ways.

1. Five men professed their first vows as members of the Marian Fathers today at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.

2. Another 13 men in Marian religious formation renewed their vows.

3. Last evening and today a total of six men entered the community, either as novices or postulants.

4. Tomorrow morning, Br. David Smith, MIC, and Br. Matthew Tomeny, MIC, will profess perpetual vows.

Part Three: The Precepts of St. Paul

The following is the third in a seven-part series.

In several places in his epistles, St. Paul clearly implies that only men should serve in the pastoral leadership ministry of the Church, including the official preaching and teaching role of that ministry.

Silencing Satan

View the previous Discovering the Diary.

Turn to any page of the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and you find spiritual gems. Like this one:

 

A New Friend of Mercy Introduces Himself

By David Hill

I became aware of Divine Mercy, St. Faustina, and the Marian Fathers several years ago and became a Marian Helper. It has been a most fulfilling experience. Now, to join with Friends of Mercy in spreading the message of Divine Mercy and serving our Lord is the next progressive step and an honor for me.

I can attest to the power of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. I serve as an extraordinary minister of the Holy Eucharist at our local hospital one day a week. I've seen the Chaplet bring peace to those who suffer physically and emotionally.

Part Two: The Example Set by Jesus Himself

The following is the second in a seven-part series.

It is a remarkable fact that Jesus chose only men to be apostles. If He had intended women to serve in the apostolic ministry someday as bishops and priests, wouldn't He have signalled this intention by choosing at least one woman to join the Twelve?

Encuentro Latino 2019

On Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, thousands of men, women, and children of Latino heritage descended upon the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy for the annual Encuentro Latino (Latin Encounter) to celebrate God's mercy.

Jesus said to St. Faustina in a series of revelations in the 1930s, "I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My merciful Heart" (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 1588).

A Matter of Trust

This is part four of a series, 'God's Love is the Flower - Mercy the Fruit.' View part three.

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). We continue our series on this poem, studying it line by line that we might become more trusting of Jesus, the Divine Mercy.

By Melanie Williams

Part One: The Church and the Priesthood Belong to Jesus

The following is the first in a seven-part series.

Men and women were both created in the "image of God," right?

And the Church teaches that men and women are of equal value in the eyes of God, right?

Then why does the Church still say that only men are called by God to the Catholic priesthood, and therefore that only men can be ordained?

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