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No Amount of Bad News can Beat God’s Mercy

By Marc Massery

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

Write, My daughter, that I am mercy itself for the contrite soul. A soul’s greatest wretchedness does not enkindle Me with wrath; but rather, My Heart is moved towards it with great mercy (Diary, 1739).

It happens every now and then. A terrible tragedy makes headlines, like a school shooting, and we can hardly bear to read the details. 

Mercy in the Time of COVID-19

By Chris Sparks

Every day, it seems, we have more news of the spread of a strange-sounding disease. Every day, news of quarantines, of schools shut down, of increasingly larger disruptions in the ordinary workings of the world.

It’s enough to alarm the most sedate soul — but we’re called to something different. As Catholic Christians, we are called to virtue. More specifically, we’re called to live the cardinal and theological virtues, both in good times and in bad. Those virtues are:

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‘Why Not Me?’

By Marc Massery

Despite the tragedy of losing one of his limbs, Al Kresta, the president and CEO of Ave Maria Radio, says that he has come to experience the power of God’s Divine Mercy. 

“In the Providence of God, these kinds of things come our way, but they’re used by God to equip us for wider service,” Al said. 

It started back in 2003 when Al, a pioneer of Catholic radio, found himself in the midst of a spiritual trial. In fact, during a visit, Al told a friend, “I think it’s going to take some real serious suffering to break this spiritual logjam.”

Confess Your Sins and Fight the Devil

By Chris Sparks

It’s easy for those of us who are actively practicing Catholics to forget how hard it is to come back to Confession if you’ve been away for a while.

After all, how often are you expected to be completely honest with someone, to lay bare all your deepest, darkest secrets, to frankly confess the worst actions of your life?

‘Because He’s Outside of Time’

By Marc Massery

On Mother’s Day in 1996, Bette Harrison received word that her younger brother Ricky had passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at age 46. 

“Truly, in that moment, I felt as though I had been stabbed by a sword and went down on my knees,” she said. As a Catholic convert from Judaism, Bette, of Irvine, California, worried about her brother’s salvation. He died without any faith. 

All about Mary and Divine Mercy

By Br. Jason Lewis, MIC
Traveling for Divine Mercy missions and to give talks on our new book, After Suicide: There’s Hope for Them and for You, Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, and I make every effort to visit members of the Association of Marian Helpers along the way. We treasure their company. They all bring us joy. 

A Different Picture of Fatherhood

By Terry Peloquin

Homer Simpson. Al Bundy. Dan Connor. Ray Barone. Tim “The Toolman” Taylor. You might know these fathers from popular television comedies in recent decades. 

Images of their TV families were set on a poster board in a comparison with more wholesome shows from the 1950s. This display stood in the front of the Saint Faustina Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where 18 participants gathered on Saturday, Nov. 9, for a roundtable intended to foster authentic Christian fatherhood.

Pray Persistently for Peace

By Chris Sparks

One of the hardest parts of the Christian life is simple persistence.

After all, we’re human, living in a fallen world. We exist in time, which at times can seem nearly unbearable.

Sick in bed without entertainment, pleasure, or visitors? Each second lasts a miserable eternity.

Harried by too much to do in far too little time? Each hour passes like a second.

'You Are Dust'

Lent, which begins today - Ash Wednesday - is not supposed to be easy.

Right away, we confront an uncomfortable truth: "Remember, you are dust, and to dust you will return."

That's what the priest tells us as he smears the burned residue of palm fronds upon our foreheads. Not exactly the feel-good sentiments that inspire merriment. (Hallmark doesn't make Ash Wednesday greeting cards.)

But, of course, Lent's arduous, 40-day journey leads to the greatest of all possible rewards: our salvation.

Patience and Perseverance

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

“At this very moment the superiors are deciding which sisters are going to take perpetual vows.” — Jesus to Sr. Faustina (Diary, 165)

‘The Pinnacle of All Other Freedoms’

Catholic social teaching is one of the great treasures of the Church, and yet all too often, it’s neglected or overlooked entirely. In this issue of Marian Helper, we continue our exploration of the Church’s social teaching, this time focusing on religious liberty.

By Chris Sparks
Christians are the target of roughly 80 percent of all religious persecution around the world.

The ‘Noble’ and ‘Precious’ Work

As the Marian Fathers’ healthcare apostolate prepares for its 16th Annual Divine Mercy Medicine, Bioethics & Spirituality Conference this spring, they are doing so during a year of special significance. 

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife.”

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