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The Best Way to Thwart Divine Mercy

April 5, 2016 by  
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The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 8 of 8) So we prepare for the Lord’s coming not by being consumed with fear but by following the message of Divine Mercy. Of course, this is not some new Gospel. Rather, it brings us to the heart of the Gospel, which tells us to repent of our sins and then ask for, trust in, and receive Gods’ mercy. The main refrain, as we see in the image of Divine Mercy,... Read More

Surprised by Our Lady of Guadalupe

March 29, 2016 by  
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The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 7 of 8) Once again, I find myself “blaming” — err, giving credit to — Mary. Many things of the last 15 years of my life are her “fault” — maybe even going so far as to say that I’m Catholic because of her. I spent a great deal of time trying to put all the puzzle pieces together, and at some point, life took over. I started... Read More

Prepare for War … Prepare for Paradise

March 15, 2016 by  
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Prepare for War … Prepare for Paradise The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 6 of 8) So what made the Poles so extraordinarily great in the midst of their suffering? Fr. Lucian gave the answer with one simple statement: “Father Maximilian prepared us for the war” Yes. The Pole’s heroic goodness was Kolbe’s doing. Or, more accurately, it was Our Blessed Mother’s doing. She used... Read More

The Power of Human Freedom in Changing the Course of History

March 8, 2016 by  
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The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 5 of 8) …paying attention to the Fatima message is not like going to a psychic or a palm reader. (By the way, please don’t ever do that!) One of the great dangers of such people, whose powers often come from demons, is that they erroneously present the future in a fatalistic, “irrevocably fixed” way. They make it seem as if what they... Read More

Jesus, I Trust in You – Living Water for Parched Lips

March 1, 2016 by  
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The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 4 of 8) How many souls have been consoled by the prayer, “Jesus, I trust in you,” which Providence intimated through Sr. Faustina! This simple act of abandonment to Jesus dispels the thickest clouds and lets a ray of light penetrate every life. Jesus, I trust in you. — The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, p. 74-75 (Quote from Pope [Saint] John Paul... Read More

Polish History and Divine Mercy and Fun Reading, Oh My!

February 23, 2016 by  
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The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 3 of 8) How do Polish history and Divine Mercy tie in with fun reading? Well, I never thought I’d find it, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Fr. Gaitley. Given that I have complained and bemoaned nearly every book I’ve read here, probably to the detriment of everyone who reads along with us (please forgive me, dear patient readers!),... Read More

Five Ways to Trust God – From People Who Did

February 16, 2016 by  
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The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (Week 2 of 8) Truly, sin begins with a lack of trust: “Man let his trust in his creator die in his heart.” Sure, pride was there, too. But the starting point, the origin of sin, is lack of trust in God. And this applies not only to the first sin but to “all subsequent sin.” Indeed, every one of our sins involves “lack of trust” in God’s goodness.... Read More

Faith Like Mary & a New Book: The Second Greatest Story Ever Told

February 9, 2016 by  
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Note: This week, we are pulling double-duty with our book club post. This is the final week of “The Church of Mercy” AND the first week of the “Second Greatest Story Ever Told”. The Church of Mercy (Week 6 of 6) Lately, I’ve been struggling to pray a rosary. It’s partially a time thing and partially a motivation thing: my standing excuse is that I lack both. However,... Read More

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