Deacon Ben Bray will be ordained to the priesthood in the Seattle Archdiocese this June. Please pray for him, and thank God for his vocation.
In the year and a half that I’ve been working on the editing of Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy, I’ve come to such a profound understanding of not only Saint Faustina’s sacrifice, but how it has transformed my inner life.
As I boarded the plane after the last Tolton tour, I was aching from head to toe. I just wanted to sleep. I sat next to the window, closed the shade, and shut my eyes.
When my son and daughter-in-law announced that they were expecting, I cried tears of joy. It was as if, after 18 years away from babies, I had begun to think of life as being about ending things: no more big dinners every night around a full table, no more soccer games, no more family prayers. So much of having adult children is fun, rewarding, and exciting, with all their adventures and achievements. But there is also a bittersweet nostalgia in this chapter of life.
During the scene where Faustina begs Jesus for the conversion of a soul for every stitch she makes, actress Jennifer Pagano crochets a little piece of needlework. After the show, she asks the Holy Spirit to show her someone to whom she should give it. Here’s what happened one night in San Clemente, CA:
Elena was not planning to come to see Faustina, but her boss had an extra ticket, so she agreed to go. She knew nothing about Saint Faustina or Divine Mercy, yet when the play began, she started to cry.