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elper

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2015-16

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marian.org

A

s the Church prepares to celebrate the extraordi-

nar

y Jubilee Year of Mercy,

which begins on Dec.

8, we here at

Marian Helper

magazine are turning

our attention to Pope Francis’ call urging Catholics to com-

mit ourselves to th

e corporal a

nd

spiritual works of mercy.

“It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too

often grown dull in the face of poverty,”

Pope Francis said. “

Jesus introduces us to these works of mercy in his

preaching so that we can know whether or not we are

living as his disciples.”

With that,

Marian Helper

is looking to highlight out-

standing examples of works of mercy, which we will

feature in upcoming issues.

Do you know someone who has been merciful to you?

Have you witnessed inspiring works of mercy? Father

Joseph, MIC, and his staff encourage you to share your

stories with us as we challenge each other to live Divine

Mercy as the Lord himself demands. As you do, see the fac-

ing page for details about our “Works of Mercy” Contest.

Here are a few examples of people who live the faith:

S

haron, Susan, and Suzanne wanted to do something nice

for people in need.

Baking birthday cakes for the ill and elderly c

ame to mind. But their work of mercy is not all about

cakes. It’s about loving God and neighbor. So, behind each cake

is a prayer — a

Chaplet of Divine Mercy —

said for each cake

recipient. Each month a local hospice gives the Pennsylvania

women the names of patients who will celebrate a birthday.

The “cake ladies” take the list, pray the chaplet for each

patient, and the

n bake each a cake.

“We have people who are close to death, and we have this

unique opportunity t

o pray for them at that special time

when

maybe no one else knows how to pray, or maybe no one else is

there for them,” Sharon tells us.

Though cakes may merely be the icing on top of this work

of mercy, they can be a great comfort.

“The last birthday of a person’s life should not only not be for-

gotten,” says Sharon, “but it should also be an expression of the

same love that was shared on his or her very first birthday.”

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S

am, Jason, and Sam, three Connecticut high school stu-

dents, recently ran a fundraiser to purchase bicycles for

homeless and formerly homeless people who need transpor-

tation to jobs and appointments. They were able to purchase

nearly 140 bikes.

Their idea came about after they learned that a lack of

transportation was one of the biggest impediments that home-

less and formerly homeless people in their community face.

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M

ark, a Kansas police officer, was dispatched to a

local Wal-Mart earlier this year after a woman was

caught shoplifting. Instead of arresting the woman, he

engaged in a conversation with her. Turns out she is the

mother of six, and they were living out of their car. She had

been caught trying to steal baby wipes, shoes, and diapers.

Moved by the woman’s story, Mark went and purchased the

stolen merchandise for the family.

Mark spent $300 of his own money.

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Each and every day, our Heavenly Father calls us

into a deeper relationship with himself. Just like Sharon,

Susan, Suzanne, Sam, Jason, Sam, and Mark, we are

given opportunities to be merciful through our

deeds, words, and prayers.

During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, may St. Faustina’s

words in her

Diary

truly be our own daily prayer: “Help

me, O Lord, that my heart may be merciful so that I

myself may feel all the sufferings of my neighbor. I will

refuse my heart to no one” (163).

Share the story of someone you

know who lives Divine Mercy

Jesus said, “I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise

out of love for Me.”

Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska , 7

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eeds

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ords

, P

rayers

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