Ed contacted me and told me he had to tell his story. After listening to him, I realized he was right! His story is amazing. It’s the story of a man who had everything the world said he needed. He lost it all, and discovered what he really needs. He spent 4 years in a private community, and finally found himself, and found God.
Ed’s story is one that has forced me to challenge my own view on the world. I think you’ll find it challenging too. This is the first of two interviews, and the first chance to get a glimpse into what community life is like.
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Episode 14: Interview with Edward Maher Part 1
Patron Saint of the Episode
St. Faustina Kowalska, saint of Mercy
Born in what is now west-central Poland, Helena Kowalska was the third of 10 children. She worked as a housekeeper in three cities before joining the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1925. She worked as a cook, gardener and porter in three of their houses.
In addition to carrying out her work faithfully, generously serving the needs of the sisters and the local people, she also had a deep interior life. This included receiving revelations from the Lord Jesus, messages that she recorded in her diary at the request of Christ and of her confessors.
At a time when some Catholics had an image of God as such a strict judge that they might be tempted to despair about the possibility of being forgiven, Jesus chose to emphasize his mercy and forgiveness for sins acknowledged and confessed. “I do not want to punish aching mankind,” he once told Saint Faustina, “but I desire to heal it, pressing it to my merciful heart.” The two rays emanating from Christ’s heart, she said, represent the blood and water poured out after Jesus’ death.
Because Sister Maria Faustina knew that the revelations she had already received did not constitute holiness itself, she wrote in her diary: “Neither graces, nor revelations, nor raptures, nor gifts granted to a soul make it perfect, but rather the intimate union of the soul with God. These gifts are merely ornaments of the soul, but constitute neither its essence nor its perfection. My sanctity and perfection consist in the close union of my will with the will of God.”
Sister Maria Faustina died of tuberculosis in Krakow, Poland, on October 5, 1938. Pope John Paul II beatified her in 1993 and canonized her seven years later.
O Jesus, You inspired Saint Faustina
with profound veneration for Your boundless Mercy,
deign, if it be Your Holy Will, to grant me, through her intercession,
the grace for which [we] fervently pray…for mercy for all us sinners……
Our sins render us unworthy of Your Mercy,
but be mindful of Saint Faustina’s spirit of sacrifice and self-denial,
and reward her virtue by granting the petition which,
with childlike confidence,
we present to You through her intercession.