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FATHER JOSEPH

WRITES

M

arian

H

elper

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inter

2015-16

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We will send all the petitions to

the Holy See sometime in 2016.

If you haven’t done so already,

please sign the petition by visiting

thedivinemercy.org/doctor.

It’s

our prayer that, by declaring

St. Faustina a Doctor of the

Church, the Holy Father would

further amplify the message of

Christ’s merciful love

to a world

wandering in the darkness of sin

and suffering.

Most of us are familiar with

the seminal words of John F.

Kennedy: “Ask not what your

country can do for you; ask

what you can do for your coun-

try.” We Marians have an “ask

not” equivalent in the words of

our Renovator

, Blessed George Matulaitis (

1871-1927), who

said, “If I may ask, Lord, let me be

but a dishrag in your Church …

so that your house may be a little

cleaner and brighter. And after-

wards, let me be thrown away

like a dirty, worn-out dishrag.”

Look around the world today.

We need to get to work. We need to ask what we

can do for our families, neighbors, country, world,

and Church. In light of the upcoming extraordinary

Jubilee Year of Mercy,

which begins on Dec. 8, what

can we do to bring Christ into all things and all plac-

es? What can we do to, in Blessed George’s words,

“enkindle our hearts with the fire of this zeal”?

With this issue of

Marian Helper

, we are mak-

ing a call to action, which comes down to this: Turn

t

o Our Lady t

o guide us on our path to holiness (see

pages 8-9);

affirm the family

as the very foundation of soci-

ety (se

e pages 10-17);

follow

Pope Francis’ call to be united

in

extending mercy to the poor, the sick, immigrants, prisoners,

an

d human beings in all stages of life;

preach peace;

safeguard the environment; stand up for religious freedom;

an

d eschew a Christianity that “does little in practice.”

(See our coverage

of the Pope’s visit to the United

States,

pages 19-21.)

And to that last point, in this

issue I am calling upon you to

follow the Lord’s demand that

we engage in

works of mercy.

We want to hear your stories!

So much so that we are holding

a Works of Mercy Contest (see

pages 22-23).

Indeed, mercy is the very

foundation of the Church’s

life, as Pope Francis said in

his

announcement for the Jubilee Year:

“The Church’s

very credibility is seen in how

she shows merciful and compassionate love.”

Let’s be that dishrag. Let’s see what we can do to

brighten the world with the light of our faith.

Saint Faustina, pray for us!

“Father Joseph, MIC,” is the honorary title of the director of

the Association of Marian Helpers. The current director is

Fr. Chris Alar, MIC.

W

e asked, and we received! In the

Fall issue of Marian Helper ,

we launched

a petition drive to help declare

St. Faustina

a

Doctor of the Church.

Thanks be to God, we’ve received more than 10,000 signatures — and

counting — through both our printed petitions and

online petition.

‘… BUT A DISHRAG’

Incoming! We’re getting boxed in, but in a good

way. Petitions to help declare St. Faustina a

Doctor of the Church are starting to stack up.

Please keep them coming!

OnOct. 7, I led a Eucharistic Procession throughout

theMarianHelpers Center and consecrated our work

here to the SacredHeart of Jesus, the Immaculate

Heart of Mary, and St. Joseph. We are blessed!