In the Mailbox — June 2021

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The power of prayer
I would like to help give hope to anyone who may be trying to have a baby. With prayer to Almighty God and the Blessed Virgin Mary, miracles can happen.

I was told I would be unable to have children because of polycystic ovary syndrome. My husband, Patrick, and I are now 32 years married and have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Thanks be to God, the Blessed Mother, and all the angels and saints. Amen.

— Mary Mcdonnell

In her last hour
My mother came into the Catholic Church when she was married to my father in 1940. Years later, she fell away from the Church and was very vocal and hostile about the Catholic religion.

Fast forward to her last days, suffering from severe dementia in an assisted living facility where she was spewing out disoriented, angry thoughts, even swearing at a visiting pastor from hospice. My sister and I decided to start praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for her as she was nearing the end of her life. Another sister who was visiting my mother at the time witnessed her exclaiming, out of the blue, "Hail Mary, full of grace."

I feel our prayers were heard and that this was a sign that Jesus was there as Merciful Savior in her last hour.

— Pat Antonick

We need a song
While waiting for Mass to begin at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, in Orlando, Florida, on Divine Mercy Sunday, I was inspired to send you a message. Prior to coming to Mass, I listened to Fr. Chris Alar's hour-long YouTube video, which was given on the day that one of your employees lost his life. The message I received in my heart was: "Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could have a song that directly honored Divine Mercy Sunday that could be as popular as the Leonard Cohen song 'Hallelujah'?"

"Hallelujah" is sung by both believers and nonbelievers and is one of the most popular songs in the world. Maybe there's a song already out there that honors the Divine Mercy that has not taken fire yet. I am asking that you ask the Marian Helpers around the world to inspire someone to compose such a song, if it does not already exist. I believe the right song will be blessed by our Savior, and it will help inspire and remind people of this most important day of the year in the Church.

— Lew Seward

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Angie Howe - May 25, 2021

I askd you to pray for my daughter Stephanie who is in need of a drug not covered costing $100,000 yr. She went in to Emergency a few months ago in critical condition and should have died. She asked her doctor who those people were and he said doctors coming to see the miracle. She is home now and just found out she has been accepted for the drug and will be on it soon after training. Thank You God! Thank you all for prayer it keeps me sane. I am in B.C and she is in Alberta.