Holy Souls Sodality

A Child’s Costume, Big Faith, and No Small Coincidence

She didn’t have money to buy a costume. She didn’t know how to sew. What she did have was a grandson with a school assignment to dress up like his patron saint: St. Stanislaus Papczynski (1631-1701), the Founder of the Marian Fathers.

She also had determination and faith.

More than a year ago, Marilyn Motley of Columbus, Nebraska, got a request from her then 7-year-old grandson, Stanley.

Lest We Forget

By Fr. Donald Van Alstyne, MIC

With war veterans, dignitaries, and members of many faiths gathered together this past Sept. 11, a veil was lifted on a 10-year dream of mine.

Gasps and applause resounded at the sight of it — a more than 20-feet-tall bronze statue. The Guardian of Defenders Memorial — that’s “G.O.D.” for short — is the nation’s first memorial honoring those who’ve given their lives in the global war on terrorism. I also pray it will help bring healing to those veterans struggling physically, emotionally, and spiritually following active service. 

Hop to it

A Jesuit formator who guided me in my spiritual journey before I joined the Marian Fathers had a favorite saying. It was, "HOP to it!"
By "HOP," he meant "humility," "obedience," and "poverty."


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