Saint Faustina Kowalska is the saint of Divine Mercy. Today we beg for mercy for the Church. Further, we take courage from Faustina who knew that the Lord is never more intimate with a soul than when that soul is suffering, and it is indeed in suffering that we come to purity before God. As Faustina herself says:
After sufferings the soul finds itself in a state of great purity of spirit and very close to God. God is nearer than ever to the soul which is suffering…God is closer to the soul at such moments than at others, because it would not be able to endure these trials with the help of ordinary grace alone. God’s omnipotence and an extraordinary grace must be active here, for otherwise the soul would succumb at the first blow (Diary, 59-60).
- Protect: Men are called to protect their families, friends, community, and in our case the Church. The essence of protection is the “need to establish and defend boundaries.” Boundaries create a sense of identity and trust. Should that line be crossed, men will spring into action (cf. Art of Manliness). Out of a desire to protect the Church, we encourage you once again to petition your bishop for a transparent and lay-influenced investigation of the global church. Some men associated with Catholic Men United have started a website to catalog where our bishops stand concerning an investigation. If you don’t know where your bishop stands, you can find out more at https://churchtransparency.com/. Please share this website with your social networks.