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The following first appeared in our Spring 2016 issue of Marian Helper magazine. Order a free copy.

By Fr. Joseph, MIC (Feb. 3, 2016)

Do you want to help save the world? Do you want to help bring the world back to God?

Do you want to cause an ocean of mercy to overwhelm the raging inferno of hatred, violence, and war that have engulfed the world at this time?

Well, you can. Better yet, we can.

But before I tell you how we can do this, let me first give you some background.

The First Call
In the fall issue of Marian Helper magazine, I wrote a cover story entitled, "Mary is the Answer." In it, I called on all our Marian Helpers to join me in making a Marian Consecration on Dec. 8, 2015, the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy — and the response was amazing. So many of you took me up on my offer to receive Fr. Michael Gaitley's preparation for Marian consecration, 33 Days to Morning Glory, by making a voluntary donation (yes, even $1). More importantly, so many of you joined me as we prayerfully prepared with that book for 33 days and consecrated ourselves on Dec. 8.

On that day, which was also the Solemnity of Mary's Immaculate Conception, we truly became Mary's army. (If you missed out on that experience, don't worry, because you can still join our ranks, as I'll explain.)

Now, one of the reasons I wanted all our Marian Helpers to formally join Mary's army was so she could use us as a force for good to change our deeply troubled world. In fact, it seems that the world needs it more than ever.

I say that because, since the fall issue, things seem to have steadily gotten worse. For instance, in October, an airplane full of more than 200 Russian men, women, and children was shot down in an ISIS terrorist attack. Then, in November, Islamic terrorists massacred more than 100 civilians in Paris in what people are calling "France's 9/11." Finally, this past December, shortly before our consecration, the United States suffered its worst terrorist attack since our own 9/11 in the form of a merciless shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California.

So, things are getting worse. But just six days after the California shootings, we consecrated ourselves to Jesus through Mary. We joined Mary's army. And now she wants to use us to help save the world through the power of Divine Mercy. It all fits together.

Alright, but if you didn't hear the first call, don't worry, because now I'm making this second call. Please hear it. In fact, I'm pleading with you. I truly believe this is a matter of life and death for the world and especially our nation. I firmly believe that if we respond wholeheartedly in this time of mercy, together, we really can help save the world through the might of God's mercy. Alright, so what am I inviting you to do? How can we save the world? Well, let me begin by telling you a story.

Overwhelmed at Mass
About a year and a half ago, I was offering Mass at our Marian Helpers Center when suddenly, in the middle of the prayers, I became overwhelmed by a grace that I can hardly describe. In fact, I've never felt anything like it.

It began slowly and then gradually intensified as I came to the moment of Consecration. I remember pronouncing the words, "This is My Body, which will be given up for you." And then, as I elevated the Host, it was as if I could feel the rays of Divine Mercy coming out of the Host and filling my heart. More specifically, I clearly felt the Lord put on my heart that we need a consecration to Divine Mercy.

So, after Mass, I immediately went to Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, and asked him, "Do we have a consecration to Divine Mercy?"

He said, "No. At least I don't think so."

I asked him, "Do you think you could write one?" Father Mike explained that he was too overwhelmed with work to take on such a project. Because the inspiration had been so strong, I couldn't give it up. So I told Fr. Mike, "Well, I really think you're the one who should write it, but if you don't, then I'll have to do it. It's got to be done."

In the meantime, on the very day that Fr. Mike was finishing another book, a college friend called him on the phone out of the blue — a friend that Fr. Mike hadn't heard from in years. Father Mike had to tell him that he couldn't talk long because he was trying to meet an urgent book deadline that very day. His friend then replied, "No problem. But that's why I called."

Confused, Fr. Mike asked him what he meant. His friend continued, "Well, I was just praying, and I felt an inspiration to call you, because I know what your next book needs to be." He then proceeded to tell Fr. Mike that the book needed to be a preparation for a consecration to Divine Mercy. Specifically, he said, "You need to do for the Offering to Merciful Love of St. Thérèse of Lisieux what you did for Marian consecration. That's all I wanted to tell you. Talk to you later." (The Offering to Merciful Love of St. Thérèse, who is a Doctor of the Church, is perhaps the highest form of consecration to Divine Mercy.)

Father Mike felt that this conversation was no coincidence, and so he asked me if I still wanted him to write a consecration. I said, "Yes!" So Fr. Mike got to work this past November and finished the book in less than a month. He believes it's his best book — and so do I. Why? Because I believe the consecration he describes in it really can help save the world, which brings me to my second invitation to you, our Marian Helpers.

The Second Call
Attention all Marian Helpers: I am going to do something I've never done before. I am going to offer you Fr. Mike's brand new book, 33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy, for free (with any donation of your choosing — yes, even $1 again).

As you may recall, I gave you a similar opportunity to get his other book, 33 Days to Morning Glory, in the fall issue of Marian Helper magazine. But that book came out in 2011. This is a brand new book that is being released this February, and I want every Marian Helper to have it because I want each and every one of you to join me in making the consecration to Divine Mercy on Divine Mercy Sunday this year. Think about it. There's no more perfect time to make a consecration to Divine Mercy, and here's why.

First of all, as I shared in the fall issue, Pope Francis has said, relying on the testimony of St. John Paul II, that now is the time of mercy in the whole Church. But then he also declared that this year is the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Well, I'm inviting you all to join me in making a consecration to Divine Mercy this Divine Mercy Sunday — April 3. In other words, I'm inviting you to consecrate yourselves to Divine Mercy on what will probably be the greatest Lent to the great Divine Mercy Sunday of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. And I have a special surprise for you on that day.

On Divine Mercy Sunday this year, I'm going to be hosting our live EWTN broadcast from the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy beginning at noon (EST). I will have Fr. Mike as a guest, and during the show, we're going to consecrate ourselves to Divine Mercy live on the air. We want you to join us by making this consecration together! We're convinced it will be the largest personal consecration to Divine Mercy ever.

Will you join us? Will you help us save the world? I firmly believe that if we all consecrate ourselves to Divine Mercy, especially on that great day of mercy, it will bring down from Heaven an ocean of mercy for the whole world. You'll see what I mean when you read the book. I promise that you won't be disappointed.

Here's What to Do:

I want each and every one of you to join me in making the consecration to Divine Mercy on Divine Mercy Sunday this year.

• Get the consecration book 33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy. Price: Your donation, plus $5.25 shipping. Offered until March 1. Call 1-800-462-7426 or visit marian.org/merciful and use Product Code: B29F-33DML. (One per household. Continental U.S. only.)

• To order the book from outside of the continental U.S., visit our online book store.

Begin the consecration on March 1 so that you can complete the consecration on April 3 — Divine Mercy Sunday!

"Father Joseph, MIC," is the title given to the director of the Association of Marian Helpers. The current Fr. Joseph is Fr. Chris Alar, MIC.

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Alicia - Feb 21, 2016

Is it possible to share the 33 Days to Merciful Love in Laudate..God bless you all.

Brian - Feb 20, 2016

I will be at the National Shrine on Divine Mercy Sunday. I'm assuming I can participate in the consecration there and I don't have to be home and watching it on tv. Very much looking forward to it. Should be a special day!

Editor - Feb 12, 2016

Kristen, the live coverage on EWTN begins at noon. You can expect the consecration to occur between noon and 1 p.m. (EST).

Anne, the image is of St. Therese. The painter was Edgar Maxence (1871-1954).

Kristen - Feb 10, 2016

Father, can you give us an idea of what time you will be doing the Consecration on Divine Mercy Sunday. I usually go to Mass at my parish from 11-12 CST and wondered if I would be home in time for the consecration or if I should try to go to an earlier Mass. I could tape EWTN and watch later but then wouldn't be doing the Consecration at the same time as the rest of you. Thanks and God bless you.

ANNE - Feb 10, 2016

From where is the beautiful cover artwork of the Virgin taken from?

Kristen - Feb 9, 2016

I am so excited about this opportunity and can't wait till March 1. I went back to "Consoling the Heart of Jesus" and reread St. Therese offering on p. 405-407. That made me even more eager to begin this consecration. I know Fr. Gaitley didn't have much time before this year's Divine Mercy Sunday, but I hope that sometime in the future he will do a DVD set and a participants manual like he did for 33 Days to Morning Glory. Also, I am having a Mass said by the Divine Word Missionaries every day beginning March 1 and going through Divine Mercy Sunday for the intentions of everyone making this Consecration to follow through, grow in holiness by the Consecration, etc.

Sylvia - Feb 9, 2016

Only Our Holy Lord Jesus can save the world! And I too believe in the power of the intercession of Our Blessed Mother Mary. Remember the Words of Jesus to St. Faustina, "Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My Mercy". Let's believe in the power of prayer for Jesus will answer us. I invite you to join a global peace movement that is uniting in prayer daily at the time Our Lord Jesus died for us, 3pm, in our local time zones. At this time we pray for the mercy of Our Lord upon all as we contemplate His Passion. Remember the Words of God: "“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 More info at https://passionofchrist.ca/the-hour-of-mercy/

From the Marians - Feb 8, 2016

Hi all. I believe the following addresses all of your questions:

• For those outside of the continental U.S., to order the book, click on the book advertisement located up top, just to the right of the opening of the story.
Or, please visit:

• charlene — all your questions regarding Divine Mercy Sunday are addressed on our web page: www.thedivinemercy.org/celebrate

• mrs peters — absolutely, you can still do the consecration. In fact, we have heard from many Protestants who have done Fr. Michael's earlier consecration, "33 Day s to Morning Glory." 

God bless.

Debra - Feb 8, 2016

Please guide me, but I'm not seeing how to order the book from outside of the continental U.S., even when I visit shopmercy.org. Sorry for my ignorance.

JMJ - Feb 6, 2016

At Fort Bragg, we did a parish-wide Consecration to Jesus through Mary on December 8th! Even our Senior Catholic Priest made the Consecration. Last year, a group of us completed the Hearts Afire Parish Program. Now we're beginning to spread the word about this Offering to Merciful Love. Thank you, Marian Fathers, for your work to promote Marian Consecration and Divine Mercy!

Charlene - Feb 5, 2016

I have just been reading about how to consecrate to to God. I am divorced and not in a state of grace.
I will still make my confession on Holy Mercy Sunday and then ask if I can take communion. Bright blessings for you.

Laurie - Feb 5, 2016

Such great news! Thank you, Fr. Chris!! I just ordered my book. Jesus gave you such a great grace to have the vision of this consecration to His Divine Mercy. Having been a promoter of Divine Mercy since St. Faustina's Beatification in 1993, I could not be more thrilled with this grace-filled opportunity the Lord is presenting to all of us! I heard you speak over 10 yrs. ago now when you were "Brother Chris" and you encouraged us to pray for Larry Flynt's conversion! Such a powerful Day of Mercy retreat you gave us that day. I attended Fr. Michael's retreat last July and am trying to promote his upcoming retreats in the various states. I had asked then if he had an Enthronement to Divine Mercy available (like they have for the Sacred Heart) so I'm just so thankful that he was able to get this new book quickly written! I leave on a pilgrimage of prayer to Rome today where I will closely and faithfully remember to hold up in prayer the Assoc. of Marian Helpers, the MMDM, all the priests, brothers and laity up at the Shrine and all the intentions before Sts. Padre Pio and Leopold. I am invited to the Papal Mass on Ash Wednesday and will unite my prayers for you all up there on Eden Hill. I just think this opportunity for the Consecration to Divine Mercy is such a gift the Lord is giving to humanity at this time and I cannot wait to see the awesome work of God's mercy and grace pour forth on this coming Divine Mercy Sunday! May abundant blessings continue to pour forth and thank you so much for being such a faithful St. Joseph by promoting the message of Divine Mercy!

Frances - Feb 5, 2016

I consecrated myself on December 8 along with all who completed the Marian Consecration. I am from Canada. How do I get the book for Consecration to
Divine Mercy? I always pray the Divine Mercy Novena from Good Friday to Divine Mercy Sunday. On Divine Mercy Sunday we gather at our Parish for 3:00 p.m. For Divine Mercy Celebrations. We also have a second class relic of St. Faustina in our prayer room before our reconciliation room. Am I able to join with you in this way?

mrs peters - Feb 4, 2016

I am not allowed to receive the sacraments as I am remarried outside the church. I say daily the Divine Mercy and follow it closely. Can I still do consecration without the sacraments. ?

H.I.G.S. - Feb 4, 2016

Father over 30 years ago I had a revelation in the Church. I have felt this great Love which cannot be put into words. What I saw was when the priest
Was reading the Word a light like lightening encompassed him and was moving. When Imreceived communion thHost was like lightening. I changed that day. God wants us to know he loves us.

charlene - Feb 4, 2016

I am not in a state of grace, may I still consecrate and Confess and commune on the Feast of the Divine Mercy? Or should I confess and commune before the Feast? I am a very big fish and need so much to do this right at least once in my lifetime. Please advise me. (I live in a french community so I may not make my confession in my mother tongue.I will do as you say. Thank you for your attention. Bright blessings(red & white,) for you!

Nancy Revilla - Feb 4, 2016

I live in the Phils. and i want to get a copy. But how?