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North American Sanctity: Blessed Sebastián de Aparicio

Have you every heard of Blessed Sebastián de Aparicio (1502-1600)? He is the patron saint of travelers and hailed as the “Angel of Mexico.”  A handsome, smart, affluent man, he lived a life of ascetism and service to others. Later in life, he became a Franciscan friar. We celebrate his feast day on Feb. 25.

The War in Ukraine, Two Years Later

Two years ago, on Feb. 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. The war drags on, and ordinary folks continue to suffer. But the prayers and financial support of Marian Helpers have given hope to those caught in the crossfire.

It's not just a chair, but a teaching office

"The Catholic Church has a feast day to a chair?" you may ask. Yes, and we should remember to be grateful, particularly on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle on Feb. 22, for Christ's loving protection of His Church.

A life of heroic virtue: St. Peter Damian

He was a monk, cardinal, and Doctor of the Church. He confronted kings and clergy, lived a life of heroic virtue, and was a prolific writer for the Church. He is St. Peter Damian (feast day: Feb. 21), known for his Church reforms, diplomatic ability, holiness, and great theological mind. 

Remembering the Marians martyred in World War II

On Feb. 17 and 18, 1943, two Marian priests chose to die rather than abandon those in their care. They are Blessed Anthony Leszczewicz and Blessed George Kaszyra.

Resting with Jesus

"Father Thad has been teaching our community about poverty in religious life," says Brother Josh, "and for me, poverty is tied to peace, freedom, and simplicity. My mind feels tranquil when I have very little."

Valentine's Day is Ash Wednesday. What to Make of That?

This year, one of the most austere observances on the liturgical calendar coincides with a holiday synonymous with fancy dinners, fine wine, expensive jewelry, and rich chocolates. Ash Wednesday falls on Feb. 14 - Valentine's Day.

Meet the new 'Fr. Joseph': Fr. Mark Baron, MIC

Every few years, a new “Father Joseph, MIC,” is appointed, the titular head of the Association of Marian Helpers. This January, Fr. Mark Baron, MIC, took the reins from the Very Rev. Chris Alar, MIC, to become the 21st Fr. Joseph.

North American Sanctity: St. José Sánchez del Rio

Martyred for his refusal to deny Christ, 14-year-old St. José Sánchez del Rio (feast day: Feb. 10) was a member of the Cristeros, a group of landowners, ranchers, and sharecroppers who revolted against the anti-Catholic government of Mexico in the 1920s. The first article in a new series on saints and future saints from Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Public speaking

Brother Josh, MIC, is asked to speak in front of a parish congregation about his vocation and the charisms of the Marian Congregation. "When I got to our charisms, I made another mistake," he admits.

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