'Let Me Tell You ...'

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By Mary Flournoy (Sep 19, 2016)
The following first appeared in the Fall issue of Marian Helper magazine. Receive a free copy or read it online.

In this extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, I have been privileged to hear from many Marian Helpers who are taking Pope Francis' exhortation to heart to be "Merciful like the Father." That is the motto that our Holy Father chose for the Jubilee Year. (It comes from Luke 6:36, "Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.") Zofia Laux fits the bill!

"Let me tell you ..." is how most of Mrs. Laux's sentences begin. She has so much to share, and she wants to tell the world. "I talk to people about Divine Mercy in elevators. I talk to them about it in waiting rooms. I share Divine Mercy everywhere I go," she says. "I even talk about it to the nice young man who helps me to carry my groceries to my car! I always have Divine Mercy prayercards in my purse. I buy them by the thousands. And when I give them one, I make sure they are going to use it. I ask their permission to give it to them, very carefully. They always ask me for more!"

It is no surprise, after years of sharing the message of God's mercy with everyone she can, that Mrs. Laux also shares stories of the impact that the message of Divine Mercy has had on others. People, even strangers she does not remember, have come up to her years later to thank her and explain the impact that her "little conversation" has had on their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

She recently reminded me that when we meet our Lord, the first question He may ask of us is "Whom have you brought with you?" In other words, whose lives have we impacted from our living and sharing the Gospel?

She has good reason to believe in the power of Divine Mercy. She married a Lutheran who converted to Catholicism in part because of the Divine Mercy message of turning to the Lord with trust, receiving His mercy, and sharing that mercy with others. But she, like most of us, has those in her family about whom she worries. She has enrolled each member of her family in the Association of Marian Helpers, and she has requested a Novena of Holy Masses to be said for each one. She has also called our Divine Mercy Intercessory Prayerline when in need of specific prayers.

Beyond her evangelization work and her prayers, Mrs. Laux has also financially supported the Marian Fathers, including by donating stock. She earmarks her donations to go toward the Marians' work with the poor and for staffing of our prayerline, which receives more than 11,000 calls a month!

As our Lord told St. Faustina, "I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first — by deed; the second — by word; the third — by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me" (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 742).

Mrs. Laux is clearly committed to fulfilling all three of these demands. Recently, when trying to arrange a time to get together with her, we had to work around her Adoration and Mass schedule, as well as her prayer groups and charitable activities. Her schedule is so busy, you would never guess her age (86) or that she suffers from serious health issues.

She is an inspiration to us all!

When the day comes when our Lord asks her whom she has brought with her, I have no doubt she will say, "Let me tell You ... "

— Mary Flournoy is a donor relations officer for the Marians. Contact her at: Association of Marian Helpers, Stockbridge, MA 01263; helpers@marian.org; or (413) 298-1381. Visit our website: marian.org/plannedgiving.

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