Marie White of Piedmont, South Carolina, has been amember of the Association
for less than two years. She
55 friends and family members into
the Association so that they and theirintentions are remembered by the Marian Fathers in a Holy Mass
day here on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Her
frequent requests for enrollments even inspired her hus-
band, Nicholas, to donate to the Association through an
IRA charitable rollover.
But Marie does more than
prayers. Indeed, if you
happen to be in her presence as the clock strikes 3 o’clock,
you’ll probably hear church bells clanging from inside
her purse. It’s the alarm on her phone to remind her that
theHour of Great Mercy
has arrived, the hour that recalls
Christ’s Death on the Cross. Time to pray!
“In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes
a request of Me in virtue of My Passion,” Jesus tells St.
Faustina( Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska,
Daily, Marie prays the Chaplet of Divine Mercy,
intercessory prayer given to St. Faustina f
rom Jesus. What
a simple and effective way to remember to pray! Recently,
when I called Marie and Nicholas to thank them for a gift to
the Marian Fathers, which helps us to spread Divine Mercy
throughout the world, I could hear her church bells clang.
It was precisely 3 o’clock. How perfect is that?
Marie first learned about St. Faustina and Divine
Mercy from her parish priest, Fr. Dac Tran, when he
returned from a vacation in Vietnam and brought back
anImage of Divine Mercy.
He soon began spreading devo-
tion to Divine Mercy among his parishioners at Our Lady
of the Rosary Parish. He was so dedicated that, as he was
preparing to leave the parish for a new assignment, “he
made the new pastor promise to keep an Image of the
Divine Mercy somewhere in the church,” Marie said. The
new pastor, Fr. Dwight Longenecker, “now has quite a
devotion to Divine Mercy, himself,” she said.
And now, in keeping with the request Pope Francis
made that dioceses build a lasting memorial to God’s mercy
to mark the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Our
Lady of the Rosary is doing its part by constructing a new
church. The chapel on the lower level will be dedicated to
Divine Mercy. It’s all an answer to Marie’s prayers.
Marie’s daughter, Kristen— inspired by her mother
— also has a great devotion to praying the chaplet. And
whenever Kristen’s 6-year-old son, Preston,
hears those church bells clang, he knows
the hour is at hand. “It’s time to pray the
Divine Mercy,” he says excitedly.
The alarm has now resonated with
three generations. It’s an alarm that
reminds the Whites to
not be alarmed:
Our Lord is with us.
very day, I am blessed to speak with
Marian Helpers from all across the
country, and I’m inspired by how
they incorporate their faith into their lives,
sometimes without even realizing the
impact those actions can have on others.
Recently, I spoke with one Helper whose
devotion to prayer has already spread to
three generations in her family.
Ellen Miller is director for Special Gifts. To explore an IRA charitable rollover, contact her at:
Association of Marian Helpers, Stockbridge, MA 01263;[email protected];
or (413) 298-1380.
o learn more.
Marie White, with her husband, Nicholas; their daughter,
Kristen; and their grandsons Preston (center) and Joseph.