We will send all the petitions to
the Holy See sometime in 2016.
If you haven’t done so already,
please sign the petition by visitingthedivinemercy.org/doctor.
our prayer that, by declaring
St. Faustina a Doctor of the
Church, the Holy Father would
further amplify the message ofChrist’s merciful love
to a world
wandering in the darkness of sin
Most of us are familiar with
the seminal words of John F.
Kennedy: “Ask not what your
country can do for you; ask
what you can do for your coun-
try.” We Marians have an “ask
not” equivalent in the words of
our Renovator, Blessed George Matulaitis (
said, “If I may ask, Lord, let me be
but a dishrag in your Church …
so that your house may be a little
cleaner and brighter. And after-
wards, let me be thrown away
like a dirty, worn-out dishrag.”
Look around the world today.
We need to get to work. We need to ask what we
can do for our families, neighbors, country, world,
and Church. In light of the upcoming extraordinaryJubilee Year of Mercy,
which begins on Dec. 8, what
can we do to bring Christ into all things and all plac-
es? What can we do to, in Blessed George’s words,
“enkindle our hearts with the fire of this zeal”?
With this issue of
, we are mak-
ing a call to action, which comes down to this: Turn
to Our Lady t
o guide us on our path to holiness (seepages 8-9);
affirm the family
as the very foundation of soci-
ety (see pages 10-17);
Pope Francis’ call to be united
inextending mercy to the poor, the sick, immigrants, prisoners,
and human beings in all stages of life;
preach peace;safeguard the environment; stand up for religious freedom;
and eschew a Christianity that “does little in practice.”
(See our coverage
of the Pope’s visit to the United
And to that last point, in this
issue I am calling upon you to
follow the Lord’s demand that
we engage inworks of mercy.
We want to hear your stories!
So much so that we are holding
a Works of Mercy Contest (seepages 22-23).
Indeed, mercy is the very
foundation of the Church’s
life, as Pope Francis said in
hisannouncement for the Jubilee Year:
very credibility is seen in how
she shows merciful and compassionate love.”
Let’s be that dishrag. Let’s see what we can do to
brighten the world with the light of our faith.
Saint Faustina, pray for us!
“Father Joseph, MIC,” is the honorary title of the director of
the Association of Marian Helpers. The current director isFr. Chris Alar, MIC.
e asked, and we received! In theFall issue of Marian Helper ,
a petition drive to help declareSt. Faustina
aDoctor of the Church.
Thanks be to God, we’ve received more than 10,000 signatures — and
counting — through both our printed petitions andonline petition.
‘… BUT A DISHRAG’
Incoming! We’re getting boxed in, but in a good
way. Petitions to help declare St. Faustina a
Doctor of the Church are starting to stack up.
Please keep them coming!
OnOct. 7, I led a Eucharistic Procession throughout
theMarianHelpers Center and consecrated our work
here to the SacredHeart of Jesus, the Immaculate
Heart of Mary, and St. Joseph. We are blessed!