Consider yourself an earthen vessel filled with oil infused with the Holy Spirit. It’s possible, though you are so uniquely and expertly crafted, and your contents so precious, that you can be of very limited use to God if, your entire life, you are indifferent to your holy purpose.
In order to avoid a life on the shelf, there are some elements that you must add to your vessel by means of a child-like faith, daily prayer, humility, frequent sacramental Confession, the Mass and Holy Communion, fidelity to the teaching of the Church and a deep love for the Blessed Mother. These things are essential, along with your yes – your fiat - if you intend to be opened and poured out to anoint the Body of Christ.
As for my holy purpose – second to being the best husband and father I must be – I am blessed to write this column on CatholicMom.com. I also plan, promote and host “faith-raising” events through my local parish. I cherish the trust of Lisa Hendey and my pastor, Msgr. Patrick McCormick, and the loving support of my family that enables me to fulfill my purpose so freely. God has poured out abundant blessings and grace upon others by divinely blending the oil of my little yes with the aromatic fruit of genuinely inspiring Catholic artists, authors and speakers, among them, Mark Mallett.
Canadian, Mark Mallett, is not a manufactured entertainment “product”. In fact, he walked away from an award-winning career in secular television journalism more than twelve years ago to follow Christ and be a fisher of men. Matthew 4:19
Mark is a loving husband and father of eight beautiful children. He’s an extraordinary and soulful Catholic singer, songwriter, author and a truly gifted missionary and evangelist. The power and brilliance of Mark’s message is found in the absence of his personal opinion and in the clear presentation of the teaching of the Church Fathers, Holy Scripture, the contemporary Popes and the approved apparitions and messages of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Spreading the Gospel of Life
“Given such a grave situation, we need now more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and to call things by their proper name, without yielding to convenient compromises or to the temptation of self-deception. In this regard, the reproach of the Prophet is extremely straightforward: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness” (Is 5:20) - Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae “The Gospel of Life”, n. 58
Evangelizing With Fortitude and Liberating With Truth
“Do not be afraid to throw open the doors of your heart to Jesus! To expose your past, your misery, your weakness, your poverty, wretchedness, and darkest moments. The very first truth which sets us free is the truth about ourselves.” - Mark Mallett, The Final Confrontation
Inspired by The Gospel of Life, Mark speaks boldly of disordered premarital sex, the evil of abortion, the sin of contraception and, cohabitation outside of marriage.
Mark speaks of shopping malls bursting at the seams on Sunday. He speaks of family entertainment media and retail outlets that are saturated with near-pornography.
He speaks of Satan, a liar and murderer, who wants nothing more and will settle for nothing less than our eternal damnation and separation from God in the unquenchable fires of a very real Hell.
A Voice For Our Times
Mark echoes the words of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict the XVI and speaks with urgency of this present darkness.
“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine providence. It is a trial which the whole Church… must take up.” August 13, 1976
Pope John Paul II
"We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the "culture of death" and the "culture of life." Evangelium Vitae “The Gospel of Life”, n. 28
“The real problem at this moment of our history is that God is disappearing from the human horizon, and, with the dimming of the light which comes from God, humanity is losing its bearings, with increasingly evident destructive effects.” March 10, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI, Easter Vigil Homily
“The darkness that poses a real threat to mankind, after all, is the fact that he can see and investigate tangible material things, but cannot see where the world is going or whence it comes, where our own life is going, what is good and what is evil. The darkness enshrouding God and obscuring values is the real threat to our existence and to the world in general. If God and moral values, the difference between good and evil, remain in darkness, then all other “lights”, that put such incredible technical feats within our reach, are not only progress but also dangers that put us and the world at risk.” April 7th, 2012
Mark speaks of the power of God, who is Love, Who, as Perfect Love, heals our wounds, relieves our pain, and washes away our addictions, our destructive habits and every stain of every sin in the ocean of His mercy.
“What is so remarkable in this culture of death is that Jesus comes to us once again, not to condemn, but to offer us eternal life, to show us a way out of darkness into the light. That way is His mercy.” – Mark Mallett, The Final Confrontation
[Let] the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy. My daughter, write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy. – Diary of St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, n.1146
The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1324
The only hope for humanity is Jesus Christ – the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He is truly and really present among us in the Holy Eucharist - the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.
Mark Mallett, following in the footsteps of John the Baptist, is a herald of our only Hope. He is a herald of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Eucharistic reign of Jesus Christ in the heart of every man, woman and child on the face of the earth. His is a tender and courageous voice singing out “Behold, the Lamb of God” as he leads us toward an Encounter with Jesus in the Real Presence.
"And they shall make me a sanctuary, and I will dwell in the midst of them" Exodus 25:8
Copyright 2012 Brian K. Kravec
About the Author
Brian is a cradle Catholic, husband and father. He's the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Possibility Productions, a 501(c)(3) faith event evangelization apostolate in service of the Body of Christ. Brian has proudly served the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno on the Board of Directors for KNXT Catholic Television, is the Steward of St. Patrick’s Faith Event Ministry for his local parish and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Brian and his wife are consecrated members of the Militia Immaculata. For information on the MI and Total Consecration visit Consecration.com.