Digital Marian Helper Magazine Spring 2021

AMH D irector /P ublisher : Fr. Chris Alar, MIC — “Father Joseph, MIC” E xecutive E ditor : Felix Carroll D esigner : Andrew Leeco W riters , assistant editors : Chris Sparks and Marc Massery, AMH G eneral P romoter : Br. Andrew R. Maczynski, MIC Vol. 78, No. 1 Spring 2021 P ope D eclares ‘ Y ear of S t . J oseph ’ 12 Page M ission S tatement M arian H elper is intended to serve members of th e Association of Marian Helpers ( AMH), a spiritual benefit society of th e Marian Fathers o f the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The magazine seeks to provide spiritual nourishment, education about the Catholic faith, and information about the mission and good works of the Marians. It also provides information about Association services and presents opportunities to support the mission and good works of the Congregation. M arian H elper is published quarterly by the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. It is sent free of charge to active members of the Association. Printed in the USA with ecclesiastical approval. Copyright © 2021 Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. All rights reserved. Send all correspondence to: Association of Marian Helpers, Editorial Dept., Eden Hill, Stockbridge, MA 01263. email: w ebsite: A moment of trauma, followed by transformation 26 For Christ and the Church 24 In a decision that brings enormous momentum to the Marian Fathers’ yearlong effort promoting consecration to St. Joseph, Pope Francis dropped a spiritual bomb on Dec. 8. Did Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, have something to do with this? 3 Father Joseph Writes 8 Father Joseph’s Picks 9 Notes from Rome 31 Outstanding Helpers 33 Graces Received 36 From the Vaults D epartments : Are you thinking to yourself, “Why should I choose to ‘suffer’ more, as a spiritual practice, when we’ve already suffered so much this year?” If so, here are some suggestions. How to observe Lent 10 The vaccines 4 Nations around the world are now in the midst of the largest vaccination effort in history. We provide you with a crash course on the COVID-19 vaccines and the Church’s stance on their use. Amidst a nationwide drought in religious vocations, the Marian Fathers continue to celebrate an increase in zealous men giving their lives to serve God and His people. On a remote military outpost in Afghanistan, United States Marine Lieutenant Matt Ingold authorized the bombing of a building that resulted in the deaths of eight innocent women and children. Here’s his story. The popularity of our livestreams has made it clear: There’s a hunger for rich, easy-to- understand teaching on our Catholic faith. So what’s next? Father Chris Alar, MIC, shares some Good News. Explaining the Faith 23