Mark Mallett





DEAR brothers and sisters, since writing Under Siege in early August imploring your intercession and prayers, the trials and financial crises literally multiplied overnight. Those who know us have been left as breathless as us at the scope of inexplicable breakdowns, repairs, and costs as we try to cope with one trial after the next. It seems beyond the “normal” and more like an intense spiritual attack in order to not only discourage and dishearten us, but take every waking minute of my day trying to manage our lives and stay afloat. That’s why I have not written anything since then—I simply have not had time. I do have many thoughts and words I could write, and hope to, when the bottleneck begins to open up. My spiritual director has often said that God is permitting these kinds of trials in my life in order to help others when the “big” Storm hits.

And how close it is. To watch in real-time the collapse of Western civilization is a remarkable and stunning thing. The rapid abandonment of Christian principles, the nose dive into paganism, the disarray of the Catholic Church and the hierarchy, the utter corruption in economics and politics, the hedonism saturating the media, and the shocking embrace of socialist/communist ideology after a century of bloodshed of Marxist experimentation…. all of it, all of it, was predicted by Our Lady. But so too was her Triumph, and it is getting nearer every day, though we have much to suffer yet.

So no, I have not abandoned my readership! Nor, do we see, from the letters I’m receiving and even spontaneous donations, that you have abandoned us. Satan wants us to lose our faith. He wants us to believe that there is no God, that everything is random, that there is no hope—save taking matters into our own hands. But with tears in my eyes and with what breath I have left in my lungs, I declare again that Jesus is Lord. I declare again that “I believe” every tenet of the Apostle’s Creed and my Catholic Faith. And I renew my baptismal vows, particularly renouncing Satan and the glamour of sin, self-determination, and worldliness. We are living in that time prophesied by Ezekiel where the flock is shepherdless. But that does not mean we are without the Great Shepherd. To whom shall we go, Lord, You have the words of eternal life!

I am still praying for all of you, of course, and beg you to be patient a little bit more. Another week, maybe two, and I can begin to start writing again if God wills it….

Last, we are delighted to share with you a happy moment emerging from this summer of trials—the birth yesterday of our first grandson, Gabriel John Paul, to our daughter Nicole and her husband David:

In the meantime, here is a conference announcement. I will be speaking along with two other fine souls, John Labriola and Christine Watkins. Bishop Robert Barron will be saying the Saturday vigil Mass as well. I believe this is going to be a very, very powerful conference in order to equip those who are still clinging to the Barque of Peter:



October 18, 19, and 20, 2019

John Labriola

Christine Watkins

Mark Mallett 
Bishop Robert Barron

Saint Raphael’s Church Parish Center
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Santa Barbara,CA 93111

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Thought for the day…


Introductory Prayer: Lord, thank you for coming into my house. I am honored that you wish to stop by even when I don’t call for you. I am extremely grateful for the personal attention that you give me, especially when I am ill and in need of your grace.

Petition: Lord, cure me of my spiritual ailments so I may serve you in others. 

  1. Christ Raises Us Up: There is a certain matter-of-factness about the cure in this Gospel passage: no special words of Jesus, no words of thanks, no reaction of the people. It is as if Jesus simply and routinely entered a home and helped a very sick woman up and out of bed. Not your typical miracle that draws a lot of attention. While we hope for that long-awaited miracle in our lives, we might be overlooking one of these very ordinary cures that Christ often offers us. In the spiritual realm, it may be a good confession, receiving him in the Eucharist, spiritual guidance, or a regular examination of conscience. In the physical realm, it may be just taking good care of my health by eating or sleeping properly. We don’t need to demand a special cure. Rather we must be encouraged that Christ has directed his gaze towards us. 
  1. He Helps Us to Our Feet: Notice how quickly everything happens in today’s Gospel. Christ helps Simon’s mother-in-law to her feet immediately. She cooperates without skepticism or words of protest. She believes in Christ. His grace is effective. The cure is complete and instantaneous. He allows us to stand up on our own and resume our duties. 
  1. He Cures Us So That We Might Serve: We are very good about pleading to Christ for cures, yet frequently hassled when he sends us the “bill” — namely that of serving others. Simon’s mother-in-law immediately begins to serve Christ, who has put her back on her feet. She immediately forgets about herself –– her problems, how she feels, how much time her sickness has set her back –– and instead focuses on the needs of others. Jesus raises up Christians from the death of sin and calls upon them to serve. Christians are risen people whose vocation is to serve. 

Conversation with Christ: Dear Lord, everybody is looking for you. You have put me back on my feet and have asked me to imitate your life of service. Help me to be generous with the life you have restored in me so that I, too, might put the interests of your Kingdom above my personal plans.

Resolution: I will earnestly ask Christ to cure me of my most dominant defect, taking one concrete step in acquiring its opposing virtue

Jon Leonetti


Today, God is proposing to us a new way, His way, which is Heaven.
He’s on his knee right now.
“Will you deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow me?”
That’s the proposal, you know.
It’s not easy. And it’s going to be difficult along the way.
What will you choose today?
PS––Currently I am in Rome leading the Great Saints of Italy Pilgrimage. I promise to remember all those signed up for this weekly devotional (that’s you) in prayer!
Friends, be confident in Christ’s mercy and love.
“Real love is demanding. I would fail in my mission if I did not tell you so. Love demands a personal commitment to the will of God.” (Pope John Paul II)
Jesus, help me to know of your love. Amen.

Scott Hahn….


Counting the Cost: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Paul Writing His Epistles, attributed to Valentin de Boulogne, c. 1618-1620
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Wisdom 9:13–18
Psalm 90:3–612–17
Philemon 1:9–1012–17
Luke 14:25–33

Like a king making ready for battle or a contractor about to build a tower, we have to count the cost as we set out to follow Jesus.

Our Lord today is telling us up front the sacrifice it will take. His words aren’t addressed to His chosen few, the Twelve, but rather to the “great crowds”—to anyone, to whoever wishes to be His disciple.

That only makes His call all the more stark and uncompromising. We are to “hate” our old lives, to renounce all the earthly things we rely upon, to choose Him above every person and possession. Again He tells us that the things we have—even our family ties and obligations—can become an excuse, an obstacle that keeps us from giving ourselves completely to Him (see Luke 9:23–2657–62).

Jesus brings us the saving wisdom we are promised in today’s First Reading. He is that saving Wisdom.

Weighed down by many earthly concerns, the burdens of our body and its needs, we could never see beyond the things of this world; we could never detect God’s heavenly design and intention. So in His mercy He sent us His Spirit, His Wisdom from on high, to make straight our path to Him.

Jesus Himself paid the price to free us from the sentence imposed on Adam, which we recall in today’s Psalm (see Genesis 2:72:19). No more will the work of our hands be an affliction; no more are we destined to turn back to dust.

Like Onesimus in today’s Epistle, we have been redeemed. We have been given a new family and a new inheritance, made children of the Father, brothers and sisters in the Lord.

We are free now to come after Him, to serve Him—no longer slaves to the ties of our past lives. In Christ, all our yesterdays have passed. We live in what the Psalm today beautifully describes as the daybreak, ready to be filled with His kindness. For He has given us wisdom of heart and taught us to number our days aright.

Yours in Christ,

Scott Hahn, PhD

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Thought for the day…


Every moment comes to you pregnant with a divine purpose; time being so precious that God deals it out only second by second. Once it leaves your hands and your power to do with it as you please, it plunges into eternity, to remain forever whatever you made it.

—Ven. Fulton J. Sheen

from Go to Heaven

Thought for the day…

I look to all of you, brothers and sisters of every state of life – to you, Christian families, to you, the sick and elderly, and to you, young people: Confidently take up the Rosary once again. Rediscover the Rosary in light of Scripture, in harmony with the Liturgy, and in the context of your daily lives. May this appeal of mine not go unheard!

—Saint John Paul II
from The Rosary of Saint John Paul II


Thought for the day…

Just as two friends, frequently in each other’s company, tend to develop similar habits, so too, by holding familiar converse with Jesus and the Blessed Virgin, by meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary and by living the same life in Holy Communion, we can become, to the extent of our lowliness, similar to them and can learn from these supreme models a life of humility, poverty, hiddenness, patience, and perfection.

—Saint John Paul II
from The Rosary of Saint John Paul II


Thought for the day


When faith becomes the force that supports a person and the person relies entirely on God, then faith automatically becomes love. The great figures of faith—from Paul via Francis of Assisi down to Maximilian Kolbe and Mother Teresa—show us this. Where faith deteriorates, love also grows cold and selfishness increases.

—Benedict XVI

from Teaching and Learning the Love of God