Shrine

Meet Max

Max Boehme climbed up the stone steps and entered the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy with the same degree of excitement that most kids have when they arrive at Disneyland.

"He could not wait to be here," said his mother, Emily.

With a wide smile and eyes beaming, he took it all in - the statuary, the stained glass, the image of The Divine Mercy, people praying, all the details he's seen on television each morning.

Trust Jesus? Roger that!

Jesus assures us our prayers will be answered. "And to the one who knocks, the door will be opened," He says (Mt 7:8). But Michael Kushner didn't know that 23 years ago. Desperation, not faith, prompted him to knock.

It was around midnight. He was barreling down a desert road in California in his 18-wheeler, heading toward San Diego. He rounded a bend just before a bridge and saw a sight that would change him forever.

"God, help me!" he cried.

'Alive with God'

The normal or "worldly" sense of the word "encounter" is a brief, sometimes hostile confrontation between people. Think the polar opposite, however, to understand the sense of peace, harmony, and love evident on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy on Eden Hill (Stockbridge, Mass.), for Encuentro Latino 2006.

The Marians Welcome a New Brother

He gave up plans of marriage. He gave up a lucrative career as an electrical engineer. All for one reason: He was called by Our Lady to the priesthood.

Jim McCormack took a major step toward the priesthood and religious life by becoming a vowed member of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception during a ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 15 - on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

He is now Brother Jim, MIC!

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