Her World, in His Hands

Her name is Pauline Di Pietro. She could be mistaken for easygoing, but that wouldn't be a sufficient description.

So how else to describe her attitude amidst the unexpected turns her life?

For instance, as a young woman she wanted to be a nun. That didn't happen. Her father got wind of it. He made sure he got her involved in square dancing in hopes that she would meet a young man who would charm her and change her mind.

Are You Full of Hope?

We live in a world of violence, corruption, gloom, and doom. Many are living without hope and surrounded by violence, poverty and despair. Yet we know that God does not make junk. We need hope, and we must have something to hope in. We must have something upon which expectations are focused. Divine Mercy is infused in our souls at Baptism and grows in our hearts. We need the Lord!

We need the grace of God as we seek purity of heart and intention. Divine Mercy helps purify our intentions. Everything is a gift from God and is ours for the taking, but we must ask!

Planting Seeds

Over the last 15 years, in my work with Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM), I have sent many packets of Divine Mercy materials to many people in numerous countries. I know I'll never be able to meet the people or visit the countries, but I have never hesitated in sending the packages because I know personally the power of the message of Divine Mercy. I realized that if I trusted and did my small part, the Holy Spirit would work within the hearts of the recipients and that they would be the vessels of mercy in their local areas.

Come to Me As Little Children

Recently, our daughter Elizabeth Rose had her dance recital, and as a tribute for Father's Day, she and I danced a waltz and foxtrot combination with several other fathers and daughters.

I had to go to several evening practices with Elizabeth, and I truly enjoyed the time with her. We laughed and joked and had many memorable experiences trying to get the dance steps down. I will never forget the look in her eyes when we danced. It was as if she were saying, "I love you Daddy, and there is nothing greater than being close to you."

Air Power!

The set quiets down, and cameraman Jason Addington zooms his lens to frame the face of Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC.

"All right, stand by," Jason says. "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 ..."

And so it begins.

"Welcome to the 'Cenacle of The Divine Mercy, Series 2.' I'm Fr. Joseph Roesch, from the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, and with me once again is Dr. Bryan Thatcher."

Simon, Mercy and the Big Picture

"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren" (Lk 22:31).

Those words shook me when I heard them at Mass on Palm Sunday. Tears welled up in my eyes. No matter how many times I had read that particular passage, I failed to notice the when.

This Sunday I heard it.

"...And when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren."


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