Catholic Exchange’s future is up to you

The world promises you comfort,
but you were not made for comfort.
You were made for greatness.
—Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict’s great call comes to my mind a lot around Christmas.

Mostly, as our readers might recall, I often turn my thoughts to St. Joseph and his greatness in the ordinary things. He was a husband, father, protector, and a worker.

In this, it doesn’t look like anything too impressive. However, St. Joseph changed the very course of the world and is rightly celebrated as a great saint because he did these things with a love that made him the great figure we know today.

Sainthood is like that in a lot of ways. Yes, some become saints while possessing great courage or intellectual capacity.

Many, however, are saints because they rejected the world’s offer for comfort and instead chose to strive after a life in Christ.

Echoing Pope Benedict, we have made a similar goal for Catholic Exchange: to make saints in our own time.

This seems so daunting, especially in a world where so much seems to be going wrong.

Yet, it is in these dark times that we need saints more than ever. We need men and women who go about their days shining with the love of Christ and bringing the illuminating love to so many who feel only the unloved darkness of the time.

In a world that so desperately longs to find the healing power of Jesus, it is the saints who will answer the call of greatness and bring that bright light to all the world.

This mission, this calling, is why we at CE work so long with such limited means. Catholic Exchange now reaches over 700k souls a month through our articles, as well as tens of thousands of listeners through our podcast.

In just one week, over half a million people will be touched by our work of encouragement through social media.

And we do all of this on a very small budget, delighted to be good stewards with the gifts we’ve received.

Still, while Catholic Exchange will always remain free for you and anyone who needs us, it is not free to produce.

We are still short of the $50,000 we need to keep going about our mission to make saints in our own time so that every heart who is longing for Christ might be reached.

Thus I am asking you to make a donation to support us financially while you continue to keep us in your prayers.

I get numerous emails and comments about how we have been humble instruments of the Holy Spirit to bring people to the Catholic Church, to offer hope to the hopeless, to encourage the faithful, and to contribute a small effort of healing to those who’ve come across our work.

Today, will you visit our secure online donation form and make a tax-deductible gift of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, or even a $1000 so that you and Catholic Exchange can continue in our joyful endeavor of inspiring countless people to become saints?

Much like that small candle in the darkness, right now there is no amount too small or too large that we will not be eternally grateful for.

Every last nickel we receive is a great encouragement to us and we praise God that we can continue in our apostolate.

No matter what you are able to give today, I thank you for it but, most of all, I thank you for your prayers.

Please, even if you can only donate a little or none at all, continue to pray for Catholic Exchange and all of us here and know of my continued prayers for you.

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Michael J. Lichens is the former editor of Catholic Exchange, whose writing has appeared in both Catholic and mainstream sources. With an M.A. from the University of Chicago of Divinity School, Michael spends much of his days editing, writing, and researching great works in Catholic literature and also shares a passion for the overlooked moments in faith. You can track his love of ossuaries and saints at or here on CE.

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