Just Off a Retreat

I haven’t written lately because I was on retreat. It was a retreat that looked more closely at our founder, Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski. His life really is quite amazing to learn about, but we need better texts (and to reprint an old text that is quite good).

The charism of the Marians was brought out more clearly in what Fr. Founder wanted. Our devotion to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (corresponding to the Church Triumphant), our prayer for the Poor Souls in Purgatory (corresponding to the Church Suffering), and our work to assist pastors (corresponding to the Church Militant). We’re involved in all of the “places” of the Mystical Body of Christ.

In all of these “places,” it is the Paschal Mystery that is central and essential. Our promotion of the Divine Mercy message is a promotion of the furthering of the effects of the Paschal Mystery (i.e. Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins, and those of the whole world–offering the Sacrifice).

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