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10 Things You May Not Know About Saint Faustina and Divine Mercy

October 5th is the feast day of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. Born Helena Kowalksa in Poland on August 25, 1905, she was the third of 10 children raised by a poor and devout family. After feeling the call to religious life at the young age of seven while attending the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, she …

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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Lessons on the Works of Mercy

You’ve rejoiced in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Puritan-bashing in “Young Goodman Brown.” You’ve reveled in his rejection of scientism and perfectionism in “The Birthmark.” You may even have shared some of Hester’s redemptive suffering in The Scarlet Letter. One of Hawthorne’s lesser-known works, however, takes on a whole different problem, one uncannily appropriate to our day. “The Procession …

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Strength in Troubled Times: 5 Quotes from St. Faustina’s Diary

Times are troubling. That’s not a political statement or thought, just a fact. There seems to be nothing but division, vitriol, spite, anger, and frustration – from every side of every aisle on every topic these days. Whether it’s rallies, Twitter wars, a 24 hour news cycle with no clear message, Facebook comment box debates …

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9 Ways Every Catholic Can Enjoy the Olympics in the Year of Mercy

The time for the olympics is close and there’s plenty for a Christian to do. Here’s a handful of suggestions for ways you can enjoy the Olympics and contribute your works of mercy.   1. Admire athletes who pray Admire those who are not afraid to display their faith in public.   2. Pray for the …

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