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This WaysideAudio file relates the events leading to the discovery of the remains of the child martyr Philomena in the catacombs of Rome. A vile of dried blood is discovered which to the amazement of all present, transforms its appearance to that of sparkling diamonds. So begins a series of events.
The relics of the child martyr, now clothed in fine silks and honored in the parish church of Mugnano, become the centre of many miracles. One miracle bears special significance however, that of the cure of the now venerable, Pauline Jaricot.
Following the prayers of a holy nun, Saint Philomena reveals the details of her martyrdom. Her imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Emperor Diocletian, and of her final demise.
The fourteen Holy Helpers lead us to the children of Fatima and on to the present day. We hear from Father Luke, Spiritual adviser to the Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena. We hear some of the testimonies of those who's lives have been touched by the child martyr, Saint Philomena.
Part IThis WaysideAudio file, about Pauline Marie Jaricot was born in Lyon on July 22nd 1799 to a profoundly religious family of silk merchants. Her entire life was given completely to God and her Holy Mother, the church. From her conversion at the age of 16, she devoted herself to a life of prayer and as a contemplative wrote many great works including The infinite Love of the Divine Eucharist.
Had Pauline not been withdrawn from the activity of the world she would never have fully understood the importance and necessity of prayer. However, having given up the world, she dedicated herself to works of charity. She found that to serve the poor and afflicted was to serve Christ himself, thus she rushed to help the unfortunate. Sharing her time between helping others and her life of prayer, she soon realized that to truly help others, she must bring them to God.
The French Revolution had wrought havoc and destruction to the missionary effort. The entire attitude of the church towards the mission was undermined. There were no viable initiatives or collections to help the missions. Pauline prayed much on this and had a sudden inspiration, thus The Association of the Propagation of the Faith was born from God, for her to spread across the world.
Pauline’s apostolic soul longed to bring the knowledge and love of Christ to the whole world. Never did she cease to sing the glory of God and give him thanks. She says Receive us in thy embrace as we are, and give us all that thou hath, so that disappearing in thee, an ocean of love and perfections, nothing will remain of us any longer but thyself wherein we are hidden.
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