R ays of M erciful L ove TheDivineMercy.org/eadm “Mercy is love that seeks to lessen the misery of others” — Bryan Thatcher, MD Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy Newsletter Spring 2018 M arian Press has a book that’s perfect for members of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM), titled Mary: Who She Is and Why She Matters . The author, Robert Stackpole, STD, is a long-time friend of mine and a fellow collaborator with the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. I strongly encourage all EADM members, including members of EADM cenacles, to get this book and delve deeper into the truths about Our Lady and her ongoing role in the Church today. In fact, Dr. Stackpole, the director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy, has written this manual with EADM members in mind. Each chapter ends with ques- tions for discussion that are ideal for the cenacle format. When asked what he was aiming for in writing this book, which was released last year, Dr. Stackpole said, “Many Catholics, including many members of EADM cenacles around the world, have a heartfelt devotion to Mary as their spiritual mother, but few are able to articulate the reasons why the Catholic Church believes what it does about her. Many just do not know (because they were never taught) why we give Mary titles such as Mother of God, Ever Virgin, New Eve, Mediatrix, and Queen of Heaven, or why we believe she was immaculately conceived and assumed, body and soul, into Heaven. “As a result, many are troubled and confused when their beliefs about Mary are challenged by non-Catholic Christians, especially Evangelical and Pentecostal Protestants. I wanted to equip EADM members — and other good Catholics around the English-speaking world — with a concise guidebook to the Church’s main teachings about Our Lady to help them deepen their own faith, and share it with others.” I hope this book will be some- thing that Catholics can share with their Protestant friends, to show what Catholic devotion to Mary really is, for it is not the mix of idolatry and superstition that they fear. And I hope Catholics themselves will read and ponder it (for example, in parish study groups and EADM cenacles) to strengthen their faith and open their eyes in wonder at aspects of the mystery of Mary, our true Mother, that they have never fully appreciated before. With EADM in mind, Dr. Stackpole and I worked together on the closing section of the book that covers the basic facts and message behind the apparitions of Mary at Guadalupe, Lourdes, Fatima, and Kibeho. “The world today has become dark with lack of faith,” said Dr. Stackpole, “and the hearts of many have grown cold. Why should we doubt that in this situation, the one who loves us as her own ‘offspring’ in Christ (see Rev 12:17) would hasten to help us in extraordinary ways, to bring us back to the Heart of her Son? That is what the approved Marian apparitions are all about, in a nutshell: the Mother of Mercy, leading a lost world back to the Merciful Savior.” Mary: Who She is and Why She Matters can be ordered at ShopMercy.org or by calling the Marian Helpers Center at 1-800-462-7426. (Product code: EV17- MBK). If you have any questions, please call EADM at 1-877-380-0727. Bryan Thatcher, MD, is the founder and director of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy. By Bryan Thatcher, MD D elve deeper into the truths about O ur L ady Relief for Puerto Rico In early January, EADM loaded and shipped a 40-foot container of donated medical and religious items to people in Puerto Rico still reeling from September’s Hurricane Maria. The container was originally destined for the Philippines, but at the last minute we diverted it to Puerto Rico because of the immediate needs there. Thank you to all who contributed in this effort!