Dan Valenti's Mercy Journal

The Blueprints for a Lifetime

No aspect of God, including mercy, can be understood except in reference to sin. Sin estranges us from God, though even the sinner who is far off from God can be instantly brought back to Him by the power of His goodness, acting through forgiveness, as mercy. Sin makes mercy necessary.

The Widow's Dollar

The envelope addressed to "Fr. Joseph, MIC" had been slit open, just as the others in the pile. I emptied the contents: a short note from a woman apologizing that all she could spare was one dollar in support of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.

The dollar bill was enclosed in a homemade white envelope, crafted from a piece of 8.5"x11" paper, taped on all sides so that it could not escape. As I took the cutter across the tape seals, I had a feeling of awe. From the slits in the side, I could feel the Gospel come to life.

Laying It All On the Line

You live for your faith, but would you be willing to die for it?

To us, this is a hypothetical question. To Blessed George Kaszyra, MIC (1904-1943), and Blessed Anthony Leszczewicz, MIC (1890-1943), the question became horrifyingly literal. They both answered "yes."

On June 13, the Marians of the Immaculate Conception observe the 10th anniversary of the beatification of these two men of heroic virtue. Their story reads like gripping fiction.

'Bogged' Down in God's Mercy

I got to cross one off of my checklist of things to do before I meet St. Pete, an occurrence that doesn't happen every day.

Fly in a helicopter. Check.

The technical description in my logbook would read: "Fly in a helicopter on assignment. Check.

Why, in the name of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, would your fearless correspondent be flying 500 feet above Eden Hill?

In a word: stewardship.

Before Green Became Cool

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