Mercy Meditations

In Advent, Shine like the Son

By Chris Sparks

What does strength look like to you?

Does it look like fierce competition, swift athletes and strong players fighting for the prize?

Does it look like large guns, powerful ammunition, and an arms race between nations?

Does it look like boasting, like gold that glitters and an active public relations offensive announcing to the world that I and my team, my family, my nation, mine are the biggest, the best, the greatest the world has ever seen?

We Are Our Fathers’ Keepers

The following is the cover story in the latest issue of Marian Helper magazine. Order a free copy.

By Terry Peloquin

If you’re angry with the Church, good. If the clergy abuse scandal and its aftermath has you fed up, good. If you’re distraught by divisions within the Church, good. You should be.

Pope Benedict XVI once said that “nothing makes the Church, the Body of Christ, suffer more than the sins of her pastors.”

Here's to a Holy Oil Change!

By Marc Massery

When Mary Valek of Albany, New York, found out her good friend Heidi Black, also of Albany, had been diagnosed with Stage 2 cervical cancer, she took her to a place she knew would bring her comfort and healing — the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

After their pilgrimage, every day from July through September of 2018, Heidi underwent radiation treatment. She also endured chemotherapy once a week and five internal radiation treatments. “I had a tumor about 5 centimeters. It was scary,” Heidi said.

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