Marian Helper Spring 2024

Walk Lent Faithfully Learn more at ShrineOfDivineMercy.org Visit our life-sized Stations of the Cross at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart (Heb 4:12). Every renewal in the history of the Church has had some connection to Sacred Scripture, the Word of God made text, or breath, or memory. During Lent, we are especially reminded that, here on earth, we are on pilgrimage toward our heavenly home, traveling through a vale of tears. Transformed by the Word, the 2024 Lenten devotional from the Marian Fathers, will equip you to make your Lenten pilgrimage a truly transformative experience. Be strengthened and encouraged for your Lenten pilgrimage with these easy-to-read, brief meditations for each day from Ash Wednesday through to Divine Mercy Sunday. Steeped in Scripture We all stand in the light of Our Lady, who pondered in her Heart the Mysteries she lived through, and the Scriptures of her people. We know she was deep in Scripture by her Magnificat, the sort of prayer that could only have been created by someone who’d been steeped in the psalms, the prophets, and the prayers of the Jewish people. We are a people who ponder, who read the Word of God again and again in our Liturgies and our prayer, who meditate on the Mysteries of the Rosary, drawn from the lives of Jesus and Mary, and depend on the faithful transmission of the inspired, inerrant Word of God to hand on our faith to future generations. Our saints include many whose lives were redirected by the Word of God. Saint Anthony of Egypt, for example, walked into a church and heard Matthew 19:21 being read: “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to [the] poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” That passage changed his life. He did exactly what he heard, and became the father of monasticism. Saint Augustine of Hippo heard a voice calling out, “Tolle! Lege!” (“Take up and read!”) He took up the Scriptures near to hand and read: “[N]ot in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and licentiousness, not in rivalry and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh” (Rom 13:13-14). That marked the great conversion of his life. Treasure in Heaven Saint Francis of Assisi, when other men came to him to join his way of life, turned to the Scriptures for guidance on how they should live. Saint Francis went to the Church of St. Nicholas with Brother Bernard, and opened the Bible three times, first to Matthew 19:21, then Luke 9:3 (“He said to them, ‘Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic’”), and then Matthew 16:24 (“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me’”). That became the basis for the Franciscan way of following Jesus. This is a mere sampling of the saints sanctified by the Scriptures. Why not join their number during the holy season of Lent? Be ‘Transformed’ this Lent To order Transformed by the Word (Product code: B61-LD24), visit ShopMercy.org or call 1-800-462-7426.

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