What that means is that those who take him up on
his suggestion will proclaim their intentions to fight
discouragement; be merciful in deed, word, and prayer;
keep before their eyes their own weakness and sin, trust-
ing that contrite hearts please the Lord; and declare their
belief that the Lord can transform them into saints.
The tool with which to do so is the33 Days to Merciful Love retreat program w
ritten by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC,
which incorporates the spirituality of St.
Thérèse of Lisieux.
“There’s hope. You can make a difference in your
family, your communities, your country, the world,”
says Fr. Gaitley, the priest in the video. “How? By becom-
ing saints, and it’s not so difficult.”
Not so difficult? As day turned to night on Tuesday,
Oct. 11, Fr. Slezak welcomed his parishioners into the
since-shuttered school of Holy Trinity Parish in the city
of Cohoes to find out.
Not so crazy
Alice Benamati left work early to be here. An hour’s
pay forfeited. She’ll do so each Tuesday for the next
four weeks until she stands in Albany’s Cathedral of the
Immaculate Conception with hundreds from around the
diocese, including Bishop Scharfenberger, to recite the
prayer of consecration from33 Days .
Self-effacing and clearly relishing the fact she success-
fully goaded her husband, David, into joining her, Alice
shrugs, saying, “This is not one crazy church lady with
the idea to get people to pray. This is coming from the
In the most ‘post-Christian’ region
a diocese gets down to business