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The Christmas Cards You Send to Us

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By Peter J. Markavage

What happens when you send a Christmas card to Fr. Joseph, MIC, and the staff at the Marian Helpers Center? Here's a word of acknowledgement from Peter Markavage, Executive Assistant, Office of Fr. Joseph.

Every year at the Association of Marian Helpers Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, we receive many beautiful expressions of love in the form of Christmas cards from members and friends.

And every year, I am always in a quandary: How will people know we read their Christmas cards?

Whenever members of the Association of Marian Helpers come to our administrative offices in person, we show them around our office building and print shop because this place is really their place. Without their love, support and generosity, we would not be where we are today, advancing the cause of the Kingdom of God in the spreading of the message of God's mercy.

But when it comes to the Christmas cards they send, I always wonder: How will the people know we received and loved their Christmas cards, since it is not customary to return 'thank you' notes for those cards?

Over the years, my solution has been to take these beautiful Christmas cards and showcase them on our employee bulletin board in the Center. I want everyone who works here to know how loved and appreciated they are, but — even more importantly — how much impact Christ's Incarnation has on people all over the world. He did not simply come to be a cute baby in a manger for us to fawn over. He entered the human experience to live and breathe as we do. He knows exactly what it is like to live in a fallen world with its various temptations and tests (Heb 4:15). Then, He died for our sins, tasting death for every man because of His infinite mercy! And then — in a triumph over death — He was raised on the third day so that we, too, might have the newness of His life! Without His death and resurrection, the story of Christmas is simply not complete.

Every card we receive is an expression of this complete story and a testament to Christian love that makes life worth living.

Thank you to all of our members for your love and support. Pictured here is just a small portion of the cards that have been given to us this Christmas season. Please know that each and every card has been read, and each and every card is immensely treasured. You have kept "mercy" in Christmas!

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Laurie Garrow-Harris - Dec 26, 2017

Thank you for all you do to spread the beautiful message of Divine Mercy - it has changed my life, and the lives of those who I meet and share it with too. Thank you, Merry Christmas, and many blessings to you and all the work you do in the coming years!

Donna DiMichele - Dec 26, 2017

Know you are loved and appreciated. Prayers especially for seminarians - who will continues our Lord's work on earth! Merry Christmas.

Jane - Dec 25, 2017

Many thanks for your beautiful commentaries and love for us. A very Merry Christmas to all the fathers and workers. God bless you!

Linda - Dec 24, 2017

Thank you. Peace, Love, Joy and Mercy fill your lives always.

Cathy - Dec 24, 2017

May God richly bless all the priests and staff at Stockbridge and all over the world. Have a Blessed Christmas!

Maria Christina - Dec 24, 2017

Merry Christmas to the Marian family. May the Christ child bless the world with peace and joy.

Goretti - Dec 24, 2017

To all the Reverend Fathers, Merry Christmas 2017, and thank you for caring about us and our needs during the year, God bless you all with good health and the will to continue in His work.

Maggie - Dec 24, 2017

Merry Christmas to all the Marian priests, seminarians and helpers. May this Christmas season fill your hearts with peace, joy and love. Praying for you all and for vocations to the priesthood during this year of vocation in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Felicia - Dec 24, 2017

Merry Christmas and thank you for all the prayers and Mass’s said for my family members. God Bless youvand fill you with Peace Hope and Love

Phyllis - Dec 24, 2017

Merry Christmas to each and everyone of you.

Gary - Dec 24, 2017

Merry Christmas to all thank you for all the hard work you do for our LORD

Ed Moroz - Dec 24, 2017

Merry Christmas to all the Fathers and Helpers.

Debbie - Dec 24, 2017

Merry Christmas to all of you. Please pray for my brother-in-law BARRY who is recovering from kidney transplant surgery 3 weeks ago. He is in the hospital.

Ada - Dec 24, 2017

Thank you Peter for another mercy full act and thank you for all the work that you do! God's choicest blessings for you all at the Shrine and all your families!

j - Dec 24, 2017

Merry Christmas, all Fathers!

Back ground on what happens to Cards. - Dec 24, 2017

Thank you for informing the world what happens to ALL the cards it's very comforting to "me" Glory be Merry Christmas "ALL" Samantha Villagomez

Carolyn - Dec 24, 2017

Thank you for sharing this. We do so appreciate the work that you do. This story makes you "more real," so to speak, to us. A Holy and Merry Christmas to you.