Rays of Merciful Love Summer 2022

“Mercy Unbound,” a series of weekly podcast and video interviews with priests, nuns, scientists, healthcare professionals, and laity with incredible stories, continues to grow! At the time of this writing, the series has more than 2,000 subscribers, a number that’s increasing rapidly. Visit DrBryanThatcher.com or TheDivineMercy.org to watch or listen to each episode. Subscribing on YouTube is free and helps our reach grow. The series has had many informative interviews with people like: ● The Very Rev. Fr. Kaz Chwalek, MIC, provincial of the Marian Fathers in the United States and Argentina, on the need for hope and where to find it; ● Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, on common misconceptions about Our Lady; ● Fr. Joe Roesch, MIC, on the Marians’ Founder, St. Stanislaus Papczynski (1631-1701); ● Msgr. Stephen Rosetti on his ministry as an exorcist; ● Sister Briege McKenna on the healing power of the Eucharist; ● Immaculee Ilibagiza on Our Lady of Kibeho; ● Stephen Mattingly, PhD, on the Shroud of Turin; ● Paul Zucarelli on his near-death experience. There are now more than 85 interviews posted covering a myriad of topics to help you understand and then live the great mercy of God. Consider continuing to support our work. The production costs for this series are significant, but we are reaching people all over the world, and we must continue to try to drive out darkness with the light of Christ. To donate, please call 1-800-462-7426. “Mercy is love that seeks to lessen the misery of others” — Bryan Thatcher, MD Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy Newsletter Summer 2022 RAYS OF MERCIFUL LOVE MERCY UNBOUND GROWS The Very Rev. Fr. Kaz Chwalek, MIC; Msgr. Stephen Rosetti; Immaculee Ilibagiza; and Sr. Briege McKenna are a few of the guests who have joined Bryan Thatcher, MD, on his podcast. By Bryan Thatcher, MD ARE YOU TUNING IN TO THE PODCAST?

2 C E N A C L E S U P D A T E The Divine Mercy Cenacle of the Church of St. Patrick was pleased to host Dr. Bryan Thatcher on the Tuesday prior to Divine Mercy Sunday. More than 100 people attended from St. Patrick and surrounding parishes. As a result of Dr. Thatcher’s spiritual talk, 10 additional people joined our cenacle, bringing the total membership to 36. Our cenacle is devoted to prayer and education. At our meetings, we deepen our spiritual lives by using the cenacle lesson books as a guide and by bringing in speakers to deepen our learning. We have hosted a parishioner who had studied theology to talk about Divine Mercy Sunday. Two of our members pray at the bedside of the sick and dying. We would welcome nearby cenacle groups to have a periodic meeting together. Although we pray the Chaplet daily, we are always looking for ways to deepen our prayer life. Our pastor, Fr. Paul Nguyen, was thrilled with the response from attendees to Dr Thatcher’s Day of Reflection, and we are exploring ways to keep that momentum going and spread and live His message of mercy. Thank you, Dr. Thatcher! SARASOTA, FLORIDA Anna Mae Paladina wrote and told us: Father Paul Nguyen at the Day of Reflections conference. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we have 12 active cenacles at St. Margaret Mary, and have plans to start more. Over the years, 13 English cenacles and 11 Spanish cenacles completed Book 1-3 and beyond. Many Austin EADM members encouraged their parishes to pray CEDAR PARK, TEXAS Roni Cook wrote and told us: Group 12 after their induction ceremony on Divine Mercy Sunday. the novena from Good Friday to Divine Mercy Sunday. Some members distributed the pamphlets; others displayed the novena on Facebook pages; and Carol from St. William’s led prayer by Zoom. It was wonderful to realize that Linda, our newest St. Margaret Mary facilitator, composed with her sister inspirational Lenten parish bulletin announcements weekly by phone. Preceding Divine Mercy Sunday weekend Masses, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy was prayed at St. Margaret Mary. After 10:30 a.m. Mass, Group 12 was inducted, led by Deacon Dave Montoya and aided by Roni Cook, ministry leader, and Gigi Bost, facilitator. Two of our inductees returned to the U.S. from living in Italy and Mexico to complete their 50th lesson with Group 12. What a joy! Following the induction, Bryan led a private retreat/reflection, and then we went full speed ahead to a two-hour celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday. Bryan spoke on “Divine Mercy as a Way of Life.” Our Holy Hour consisted of music, including a Divine Mercy composition by Deacon Paul. Alejandra and Claudia prayed bilingual Mercy Stations during Adoration, and we all prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Group 12 then had a wonderful dinner to celebrate. Anyone wishing to coordinate an informational meeting that shows participants how cenacles operate is welcome to contact [email protected] I would like to finish with a few words from the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: “May the light of Your love Enlighten the souls in darkness; Grant that these souls will know You And, together with us, praise your mercy” (1217). A note from Dr. Thatcher: Roni and Inez Reyes have been so active in helping spread the growth of EADM and God’s mercy in Austin for many years. I cannot give them justice in this short write-up due to space limitations. There is so much going on with Divine Mercy in the Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio areas. Roni Cook, center right, and Dr. Bryan Thatcher with Spanish EADM ministry leaders: Claudia Eshelman and Ana Silverio. Ana is with Spanish radio station Radio Encuentro, and interviewed Bryan during his visit. This is Juanita from the EADM cenacle at St. Mark in Plano, Texas. The Spanish cenacle started about 12 years ago, and currently we have 24 cenacles in the Dallas area. We have been having a Divine Mercy conference usually yearly, coordinated by Fr. Ernesto Torres from Divine Mercy church in Mesquite, Texas. The cenacle members pray at the local abortion clinic, visit the sick, visit families to pray the Chaplet, celebrate the Divine Mercy Feast at PLANO, TEXAS Juanita Palma and Melba Chan wrote and told us:

We have been active in spreading Divine Mercy across Nigeria, and fondly remember Dr. Bryan Thatcher’s visit nearly 20 years ago. On the Feast of Divine Mercy, my Deanery of Zaramaganda group of Divine Mercy Apostles from Jos, Nigeria, visited a rehabilitation home for juveniles for our work of mercy two days prior to the Feast. We gave the following items: one jumbo bag of black eye beans, one jumbo bag of maize, one jumbo bag of garri (cassava flour), and a pickup truck load of firewood for cooking. There is much turmoil and unrest in Nigeria. Please pray for us that we can radiate the Merciful Rays of Jesus to all those confused, hopeless, and in despair. 3 C E N A C L E S U P D A T E If you had sent a write-up and picture of your cenacle, I apologize. The ministry computer blew up and data was lost. If you are one of those cenacles, or you want your group featured in the next newsletter, please send a photo of the group in .jpg format and a 3-5 paragraph article on the group telling others whatever you feel led by the Spirit to say. Thank you! Bryan Thatcher, MD Bishop Martin Uzoukwu with Dr. Bryan Thatcher, taken in Abuja, diocese of Minna, years ago. church (praying the Chaplet before each Mass), and promote the devotion of Divine Mercy. When our church was closed for the pandemic, we prayed the Chaplet outside of church at 3 p.m. every Sunday. Father Marco Rangel, our pastor, knows that we are here to work for and build up the church, “todo para la gloria de Dios” (“all for the glory of God”). Melba Chan, who worked tirelessly and coordinated the visit of Dr. Thatcher to the Dallas and Ft. Worth area recently, added, “I am truly in awe with how Jesus is working in our midst guiding the reception and spiritual growth of the St. Mark Cenacle, St. Jude, and St. Joseph. I haven’t even followed up yet on St. Michael, but there were 60 attendees at their evening ‘Reflection on Divine Mercy,’ and many also attended the beautiful dedication of the Divine Mercy Image at the Main Sanctuary area.” The Image of Jesus, the Divine Mercy message, and EADM’s structured program of study, discipleship, fellowship, works of mercy, and evangelization are great tools for the spiritual growth of people in these dire, confusing, and chaotic times. The study of the Diary (Jesus’ instructions and reminders in modern day language) with the Scripture (teachings of Jesus) and Catechism (Tradition) are clear how we should be living our lives to find peace amidst tribulations and challenges of the times. The observable growth trends in the Cenacle that transcend age and race are very good signs indeed. These are some of the great things happening as of late: 1. Only a few weeks after Ofer Calilung joined the St. Mark Cenacle team, he obtained the approval of St. Jude’s pastor to start a cenacle at the parish, 2. St. Joseph is restarting its EADM Cenacle. Andrea and I were able to add at least eight members to the four who signed up during your Evening Retreat at St. Joseph. 3. In spreading the word about your events at St. Joseph and St. Mark, we signed up nine members for the cenacle at St. Mark. Four attendees of the Day Retreat signed up during the event, 4. Nemie Cava, the person recording the Day Retreat and Evening Reflection, is an officer of the Missionary Family of Christ for North Dallas. We met two weeks ago about incorporating the EADM Cenacle program into their Ministry, and he is testing it out with his team leads. I looked at the MFC website and was amazed at the common missions and values of EADM and MFC. If the pilot is successful, it may be introduced to more than 500 members alone in the North Dallas area. Amazing things are happening through Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! JOS, NIGERIA Tonia Mafiana wrote and told us:

4 DIVINE MERCY AS A WAY OF LIFE Live the message daily through forgiveness, trust, and mercy. EV-DWLN $3.99 Spanish: EV-DWLS $3.99 LIVING THE MESSAGE OF DIVINE MERCY The role of suffering, humility, and spiritual poverty in our lives. EV-DWL2 $3.99 RACHEL, WEEP NO MORE Find healing from the aftereffects of abortion through Divine Mercy. EV-RWNM $3.99 PRAYING THE CHAPLET FOR THE SICK AND DYING How we can obtain grace for the dying souls most in need. EV-DMPBA $3.99 Spanish: EV-SDB $3.99 CENACLE FORMATION MANUALS Here are the official guides for prayer cenacles, using the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and integrating it with Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. By Dr. Bryan and Susan Thatcher. $13 EACH CENACLE OF THE DIVINE MERCY: EWTN PROGRAM SERIES I Join the cenacle members from around the country in discussing the impact of Divine Mercy on their lives. Free Companion Guide included! 4 DVDs. EV-CGDVD $39.95 CENACLE OF THE DIVINE MERCY: EWTN PROGRAM SERIES II Join Fr. Joe Roesch, MIC, and Bryan Thatcher, MD, in further exploration of the riches of the Divine Mercy message. Free Companion Guide included! 4 DVDs. EV-CG2DVD $39.95 Additional Companion Guides for each series can be ordered for group use. Call for quantity pricing; use codes EV-CGER and EV-CGE2. PAMPHLET FOR SICK & DYING: EV-CSDEA AT THE BEDSIDE OF THE SICK AND DYING: A GUIDE FOR PARISH MINISTRY, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS Mixing Divine Mercy spirituality with practical guidance, Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy founder Bryan Thatcher, MD, and Disciples of Divine Mercy in the Holy Face of Jesus founder Kathleen Wabick inform, encourage, and inspire you to take up this great work of mercy. A handy introduction to the grace-filled apostolate of praying for (and with) the sick and dying. EV-PMBK $3.99 MANUAL 1:EV-CFM1 MANUAL 2:EV-CFM2 MANUAL 3:EV-CFM3 3-BOOK SET:EV-SCFM ($35) ALSO AVAILABLE IN SPANISH To order: Visit ShopMercy.org/eadm or call 1-800-462-7426. THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY IN SONG This contemporary rendition of The Chaplet of Divine Mercy in Song seeks to bring together Christians of every denomination to implore God’s mercy for families and the world. EV-DMSCD2 $14.95 BLESSED HANNA CHRZANOWSKA, RN: A NURSE OF MERCY BY GOSIA BRYKCZYNSKA Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska, RN: A Nurse of Mercy was the first lay registered nurse to be beatified. This book recounts the extraordinary life of this holy, 20th-century woman. EV-HANBK $12.95 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION LAPEL PIN Measures ¾" x 1". EV-IPIN $5.00 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION POCKET-SIZE PRAYER CARD Immaculate Conception image with the Memorare prayer on the back. EV-ICBC DIVINE MERCY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION DOUBLE-SIDED KEY CHAIN Double-sided key chains featuring the Divine Mercy Image on one side and the Immaculate Conception image on the other. These handcrafted, high gloss epoxy images are very durable and are the perfect size for your pocket or purse. Small: 1 ½" x 1". Large: 2 ¼" x 1 5/8". Small: EV-SMKY $5.95 Large: EV-LGKY $7.95 Prayer cards: 10 FOR $1.20 100 FOR $10.00 • 1,000 FOR $60.00 DIVINE MERCY FOR AMERICA PRAYER GUIDE Use this Divine Mercy for America Prayer Guide to pray for our nation and the whole world. EV-DMAMC $1.00 DIVINE MERCY HOME ENTHRONEMENT & FAMILY CONSECRATION KIT Claim ground for Christ in a real way. This kit makes it easy to solemnly enthrone Jesus, the Divine Mercy as King of Home and Family. EV-HENT $5.95

5 14510011 The 10 evangelical virtues of Our Lady When the Archangel Gabriel told Zechariah that his wife, Elizabeth, would bear him a son, he doubted and asked for proof: “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years” (Lk 1:18). Yet, since he was a learned and devout priest serving in the temple, he knew this was not impossible, since God had blessed the Patriarch Abraham and his wife with a child in their old age. But he lacked faith. At this critical time in his life, he doubted and questioned God. How many times have I fallen into the same pattern and shown a lack of faith! Sometimes I feel like my faith and trust in God are like a small plant just out of the ground. It is fine as long as there is water and sunlight, but it sways in a light breeze and breaks in even the slightest storm of life. When Gabriel visited Mary, her response was different. When the archangel told her that she was to bear the Son of God and name Him Jesus, she only asked for clarification, “How can this be, since I have no husband?” (Lk 1:34). What was asked of Mary was the conception of a child without a human husband. How could that be? Once Gabriel helped her understand that the conception will be accomplished by the “power of the Most High,” Mary surrendered herself completely to God’s will: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38). Faith means a belief in God and complete trust in Him. But faith, as in Mary’s case, often requires a willingness to accept the unexpected detours along the winding road of life that God has planned for us. Mary, a lowly and humble handmaiden, could never have dreamed of God’s plans for her. Yet she surrendered in faith to God’s will. Was such acceptance of God’s will easy? Of course not! But Mary surrendered to God without knowing all the details or having her future events explained to her. For Mary, faith became a distinguishing part of her life, as it should also for ours. Let us pray for a stronger faith and the grace to be open to God’s will, and let us make Jesus the focus of our lives. By Dr. Bryan Thatcher Faith, as in Mary’s case, often requires a willingness to accept the unexpected detours along the winding road of life that God has planned for us. Mary, a lowly and humble handmaiden, could never have dreamed of God’s plans for her. Yet she surrendered in faith to God’s will. © 2022 Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. Most Sorrowful Most Merciful Most Patient Most Poor Most Pure Most Obedient Most Devout Most Humble Most Prudent Most Faithful Listen to the weekly Divine Mercy podcast “Pearls of Divine Mercy” is a new podcast of vignettes. You can listen to it at TheDivineMercy.org/podcasts. Each podcast is a three- to five-minute teaching on a variety of spiritual topics that will help you better understand various facets of Divine Mercy and how to better live the message of mercy. The topics include: the Image, the Chaplet, the Feast, the Eucharist, Reconciliation, forgiveness, trust, suffering, humility, the tongue, and more. The talks are designed to give you a taste of the sweetness of the Divine Mercy message. Check the website for a short lesson each week. I hope you enjoy them! Part 4

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