very grateful for ear protection. The process is pretty much: Cut,
join, rip, glue, cut, sand, carve, sand, paint, sand, glue, peg,
sand, finish, sand, finish. So it’s mostly sanding. Like life, most
of the work is subtle and repetitious — like praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet
In all, it takes 20 hours to make
a single casket.
Why, specifically, “Jesus, I trust in You”?
It cuts to the chase. For a guy like me, just the simplicity of that
prayer: It’s a short tether to God. I love that prayer.
Is it safe to say that casket making is as much a ministry for
you as it is anything else?
Yes. The business has provided me with many opportunities
to witness to people who are away from God and maybe wor-
shipping material goods rather than our Father in heaven. I
can intersect with them at this very profound moment: death.
UnlikeSt. John Paul II,
many of us don’t always live so obvi-
ously for God. But upon our deaths, here’s a chance to say
who we are, and
we are is directly related to
And, hopefully, for the person who dies and also for family and
friends who might not go to church at all, God can use this
time as an opportunity to pour out his love for them when their
hearts are cracked.
I hope that people will see in my caskets an opportunity to
share their faith and their trust in God’s mercy in a very per-
sonal way. I’ve tried to find a way to put everything I believe into
these caskets. I believe beauty can save the world. I believe the
truth will set us free, even when we fear it will crush us. And I
believe that goodness is ultimately our best defense against the
onslaught of absurdity so tirelessly trying to scramble our spiri-
tual GPS as we make our way through this earthly pilgrimage,
home to our Heavenly Father.
On a different level, most caskets are expensive. Mine are not.
I hope to ease the financial obstacles preventing people from
choosing traditional Christian burial.
You say funerals are “important checkpoints.” Explain.
We are confronted with the ultimate questions: “Do we
know where we’re going? Do we know the way? Are we on
the right path?”
Anything else you wish to say?Be not afraid!
I’ve had hundreds of encounters now with people
who were dying or who had recently lost someone they loved. God
will be there. Acknowledge your failings, trust in his mercy, and,
in gratitude, try to show mercy to everyone around you.
For more information, call 1-877-280-6268 or visitMarianCaskets.com.
— Felix Carroll
a 90-year-old parishioner
in the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin,
wrote to us expressing gratitude for the
work of David Came,
the former editor
who retired in June.
Dan said that when he learned of Dave’s
impending retirement last spring, he
was inspired to pray theChaplet of Divine Mercy
for 40-plus days in a
row. He said he believes the fruits of his
prayer were that his parish, following a
merger, changed its name to St. Faus-
tina Parish, effective July 1. Dave, we
know you’re reading this (hopefully on
a sunny beach in Florida). Your legacy
* * *
Together, let’s turn our prayers to a
Marian Helper named
wrote to us in May. She said, “This is
something I have been in agony over for
many years now. I had two abortions
when I was younger, and I’m having a
hard time forgiving myself. Jesus says
he forgives us for our sins when we
repent, then why can’t I forgive me?
So if anyone would like to pray for me,
I would be thankful.” We will, Robin.
In addition, we extend the followingadvice from our friend Dr. Robert Stack- pole, STD,
to those struggling to forgive
themselves: “Don’t focus on your own
feelings. Just think about Jesus’ feelings
about you.” He points to St. Faustina’sDiary
entries 1487 and 1489 in which
Jesus shares his feelings about each of
us. “What joy fills My Heart when you
return to Me. Because you are weak,
I take you in My arms and carry you
to the home of My Father. ... In a soul
that lives on my love alone, I reign as in
heaven. I watch over it day and night.
In it I find my happiness.”
Have you got news you wish to share with
your fellow Marian Helpers? Email us firstname.lastname@example.org.