Archive for February, 2012

Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

It is, with deepest sorrow, we pen these lines to you today. One of Our Blessed Mother’s indefectible apostles has been called Home. Lawrence Esiangu was not a man who spoke about himself. His goal was to preach the precious Catholic Faith in all Her purity, glory and compassion. He did this by his example, by his words and through his incredible zeal. We met Lawrence when he was teaching in the school system and he offered to help spread the Living Rosary in all of Uganda. He wished to translate the materials into the local language and this he did tirelessly for over 15 years. He would translate the Scapular leaflet and send it to us. We would then work it up … then he would send us yet another translation, and another and another. We were baffled until he told us that, in Uganda, there are five dialects being used! He was doing them all!

Lawrence realized how important this good Catholic literature and devotion was to the faithful, their families and to the priests. He was so eager to build up a lending library with precious Catholic books which contained the pure doctrine and teachings of Holy Mother the Church. This he did. I remember a time when he wrote to share he had been issued an ultimatum by the school at which he taught. They took offense at his spreading the Living Rosary and challenged him that, if he continued, he would have to step down from his post. Lawrence did not hesitate; the work for Our Lady would go on!

I know very little of this dear man, as he never spoke of himself. We grieved with him last year when he lost his young son. Both son and papa had a winsome smile and happy heart. In spite of the great work load and lack of supplies, everything we sent was utilized for souls. Even during the months that our communications would be slow and supplies lacking, Lawrence was at work, reaching out and reaping a harvest of souls. His passing is a sudden and unexpected blow for us and for his family. There is no question that, from his place close to God, he will continue working tirelessly to bring to Uganda, the Church and all our members, the many special blessings and graces of which we are urgently in need. Perhaps, most importantly, Lawrence had a deep and clear vision of the pure doctrine and devotion which makes Holy Mother the Church, the guiding light for us all in these days of incredible darkness.

Let us take heart and learn from this man filled with zeal and on fire with love for family and for God. We pray someone will step forward to take over his work with the great zeal, sacrifice and love with which he gave to it for nearly 20 years. Do not let his legacy die. We embrace his family with deepest love and ardent compassion. Through the love which burned in the heart of Lawrence, we will be united with you unto Eternity.

MY GOD, I PLACE MY TRUST IN THEE
Patti Melvin
Patti Melvin, ULRA Director

Please pray for me as I will pray for you all the days of my life!

E-Mail: February 15, 2012

Dearest Patti,

We have an extraordinary heavy winter. Many villages are “buried” in snow. That means, the people are closed inside their houses without a possibility to go out, to breathe fresh air and to fetch water. They are closed indoors in a grave of snow and they do not know if it is day or night, with no electricity, no heating, no bread, no medicine and no doctor. The dead people cannot be buried, and those who want to help, cannot make their way as the roads are totally blocked. In our country, we have the toilette outside the house on the land in a wood cabin. The snow has covered the whole area and we cannot get to it. We are trapped within our homes, Mary help us!

What devastation for us, Romanians! 413 trains cancelled, 8000 schools were closed, 259 localities are blocked and isolated, 400,000 people alerted (victims of calamity), 80 dead persons dead because of the frost, but who knows how many are stranded in the blocked localities.

Can you imagine when the snow melts? Terrible flooding would occur and the whole country can be flooded like a sea

 < MONICA – ROMANIA >

Snow causes havoc in Romania, Moldova, Albania By Alison Mutler – Associated Press / Feb. 14, 2012
BUCHAREST, Romania – Snow as deep as 15 feet (4.5 meters) isolated areas of Romania, Moldova and Albania on Tuesday, and helicopters and army trucks were used to deliver food and medicine, and to transport sick people to hospitals… Officials said 5 Romanians died in the past 24 hours due to frigid temperatures, bringing the total to 79 weather-related deaths since the nation's cold spell began. Neighboring Moldova also has been hard hit by snow, and both countries have seen schools, borders, highways and train services shut down in some areas as temperatures plunged to -9 Fahrenheit (-23 Celsius) overnight.


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

The Many Sides of the Miraculous Medal

“Have a Medal struck on this model!All who wear it, will receive great graces.”

“Have a Medal struck on this model!All who wear it, will receive great graces.”
Our Lady’s Promise to
St. Catherine Labouré

THE HISTORICAL SIDE
Apparitions are unusual. And, yet, they are dramatic reminders of what is going on all the time. About midnight on July 18, 1830, Catherine Labouré (a novice with the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul) was led to the chapel of the Rue du Bac in Paris and there spoke with the Mother of God. In a dramatic way, she experienced the care and affection which Our Lady has for everyone but, especially, for those who bear the Name of Her Son and call themselves Christians.

The Mother of God gave Catherine a mission and She revealed to Catherine the trials that she would undergo in its performance. On November 27, the Mother of God showed Catherine the design of a Medal that would remind the world of Her love and protection. Mary assured Catherine that she would receive all the strength and consolation necessary to bring this mission to a successful completion. Our Lady promised that all those who wear the Medal will not see eternal damnation.

For 46 years, Catherine lived an ordinary, obscure and laborious life as a Daughter of Charity and no one, except her confessor, knew that it was she who had received from Our Lady the request to have the Medal made and distributed. In their various apostolates, the Daughters of Charity and the Vincentian Fathers have since then publicized and promoted the Medal and its message to the world.

Here, we see a Woman, the Mother of God, encircled by a short and famous prayer: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." Being conceived without sin, often referred to as Her Immaculate Conception, means that, from the beginning, this Woman was Full of Grace. Mary stands on a globe, the world. Around Her feet is a twisted serpent, the devil, who struggles for mastery. It is a conflict between good and evil. Satan’s world is one of darkness and disgrace, Mary’s - a world of Light and Grace. But, Hers is the victory won by Christ - the Light of the world. So, we see the Light and Grace of Christ flowing from Her hands; and those who choose Grace rather than darkness turn to Her for help: “Pray for us who have recourse to thee."THE FRONT
Here, we see a Woman, the Mother of God, encircled by a short and famous prayer: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” Being conceived without sin, often referred to as Her Immaculate Conception, means that, from the beginning, this Woman was Full of Grace. Mary stands on a globe, the world. Around Her feet is a twisted serpent, the devil, who struggles for mastery. It is a conflict between good and evil. Satan’s world is one of darkness and disgrace, Mary’s – a world of Light and Grace. But, Hers is the victory won by Christ – the Light of the world. So, we see the Light and Grace of Christ flowing from Her hands; and those who choose Grace rather than darkness turn to Her for help: “Pray for us who have recourse to thee.”

On the back of the Medal, we see a large letter “M” with a Cross above it. “M” is for Mary and Mother because She is indeed the Mother of God’s people, a people founded on the twelve Apostles, signified by the 12 stars arranged around the side. God’s people have learned to turn to their Mother, knowing She will listen with a mother’s sympathy and affection.THE BACK
On the back of the Medal, we see a large letter “M” with a Cross above it. “M” is for Mary and Mother because She is indeed the Mother of God’s people, a people founded on the twelve Apostles, signified by the 12 stars arranged around the side. God’s people have learned to turn to their Mother, knowing She will listen with a mother’s sympathy and affection.

The two Hearts are those of Jesus and Mary. God’s message for Mary was one of suffering: ‘a sword will pierce your heart too’ just as the Heart of Her Son would be pierced by a soldier’s lance. The picture of the two Hearts is a reminder of God’s love for us: Mother and Son united in the work of Redemption. Christ offers Himself on the Cross and Mary stands by that Cross assenting in Faith so that the world might be saved.

The Medal, then, is a summary in itself of the Church’s teaching on Our Lady, as well as a personal message to each one of us: MARY IS OUR MOTHER, MEDIATRIX and CO-REDEMPTRIX.

Suffering, in one form or another, comes to all of us as we travel along life’s road. When we meet suffering, it is difficult for us to accept that God is a loving Father. Our Lady will help lighten our darkness for She brought forth Him, Who is “the Light of the world.”The Spiritual Side
Suffering, in one form or another, comes to all of us as we travel along life’s road. When we meet suffering, it is difficult for us to accept that God is a loving Father. Our Lady will help lighten our darkness for She brought forth Him, Who is “the Light of the world.”

Here, in St. Catherine’s own words, is a description of the apparition of November 27, 1830, when Our Lady showed the Medal to her:

“Her feet rested on a white globe … I saw rings on Her fingers; each ring was set with gems, the larger gems emitted greater rays and the smaller gems, smaller rays. I could not express what I saw, the beauty and the brilliance of the dazzling rays; a frame formed round the Blessed Virgin. Within it were written in letters of gold, “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” At this instant, the tableau seemed to turn and I beheld the reverse of the Medal: a large “M” surmounted by a bar and a Cross: beneath the “M” were the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the one crowned with thorns, the other with a pierced sword.

Then, a voice said to me: “Have a Medal struck after this model! All those who wear it, will receive great graces.”

When Saint Catherine related the vision to her confessor, Vincentian Father Jean-Marie Aladel, he asked her whether she had seen any writing on the back of the Medal. She answered that she had seen none at all.

“Ah,” he said. “Ask the Blessed Virgin what to put there.” The Sister obeyed and prayed to Mary a long time for this information. One day, during meditation, she seemed to hear a voice saying:

“The “M” and the two Hearts express enough.”

In 1832, the first Medals were made in accordance to Our Lady’s design. They were freely circulated and, in a short time, were worn by millions. Innumerable wonders followed: health was restored, bad habits broken, dangers averted until the little Medal of the Immaculate Conception soon became known by the name it bears today, the Miraculous Medal.

Interestingly, it was not until the year of her death in 1876, St. Catherine revealed that she had received the Medal from Mary. She had kept the secret for 46 years.

In 1832, the first Medals were made in accordance to Our Lady’s design. They were freely circulated and, in a short time, were worn by millions. Innumerable wonders followed: health was restored, bad habits broken, dangers averted until the little Medal of the Immaculate Conception soon became known by the name it bears today, the Miraculous Medal.

“In obedience to The Immaculate
Conception, I command you
every unclean spirit: to depart,
cease your attacks on us, our family,
our business, our surroundings,
all those for whom we pray and all those with whom we are united in prayer.
In the Name of Jesus Christ,
I command you into the deep pit.”
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee! (Three times)

NOVENA PRAYER
O Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Mother, penetrated with the most lively confidence in thy aIl-powerful and never failing intercession, manifested so often through the Miraculous Medal, we thy loving and trustful children implore thee to obtain for us the graces and favors we ask during this Novena, if they be beneficial to our immortal souls and the souls for whom we pray. (Pause) Obtain for us, O Immaculate Virgin Mary, a deep hatred of sin, and that purity of heart which will attach us to God alone so that our every thought, word and deed may tend to His greater glory. Obtain for us also a spirit of prayer and self-denial so that we may recover by penance what we have lost by sin; and, at length, attain to that blessed abode where thou art the Queen of Angels and of men. Amen.

Restore the FAMILY to CHRIST through the

IMMACULATE HEART of MARY!

O Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Mother, penetrated with the most lively confidence in thy aIl-powerful and never failing intercession, manifested so often through the Miraculous Medal, we thy loving and trustful children implore thee to obtain for us the graces and favors we ask during this Novena, if they be beneficial to our immortal souls and the souls for whom we pray. (Pause) Obtain for us, O Immaculate Virgin Mary, a deep hatred of sin, and that purity of heart which will attach us to God alone so that our every thought, word and deed may tend to His greater glory. Obtain for us also a spirit of prayer and self-denial so that we may recover by penance what we have lost by sin; and, at length, attain to that blessed abode where thou art the Queen of Angels and of men. Amen.

THE UNIVERSAL LIVING ROSARY ASSOCIATION
UNIVERSAL CENTER
P.O. Box 1303, Dickinson, TEXAS 77539, USA
Fax: 281-337-3722 / 281 309 9821
E-mail: filomena@philomena.org Web: www.philomena.org

O Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Mother, penetrated with the most lively confidence in thy aIl-powerful and never failing intercession, manifested so often through the Miraculous Medal, we thy loving and trustful children implore thee to obtain for us the graces and favors we ask during this Novena, if they be beneficial to our immortal souls and the souls for whom we pray. (Pause) Obtain for us, O Immaculate Virgin Mary, a deep hatred of sin, and that purity of heart which will attach us to God alone so that our every thought, word and deed may tend to His greater glory. Obtain for us also a spirit of prayer and self-denial so that we may recover by penance what we have lost by sin; and, at length, attain to that blessed abode where thou art the Queen of Angels and of men. Amen.


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

The Universal Living Rosary Association

The Living Rosary Association was founded by Ven. Pauline-Marie Jaricot in 1826 at Lyons, France, at the age of 27. She first founded The Propagation of the Faith, at the age of 20. Pauline was a close friend of St. Jean-Marie Vianney, the Curé of Ars.

Total Consecration

OUR MOTTO:
“To Conquer the Entire World,
All Souls for Christ through
The Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

FOUNDATION
The Living Rosary Association was founded by Ven. Pauline-Marie Jaricot in 1826 at Lyons, France, at the age of 27. She first founded The Propagation of the Faith, at the age of 20. Pauline was a close friend of St. Jean-Marie Vianney, the Curé of Ars.

The Association of the Living Rosary was formally approved and richly indulgenced by Pope Gregory XVI, and accorded official canonical status on January 27. 1832.

The following is the solemn declaration of the Holy Father: “We live under the firm confidence of God’s help. One great advantage of this devotion is that it is simple and makes us turn often to honor the Holy Mother of God, in every place and at every time. The union of many souls raised in prayer together creates a great force and inclines God to clemency towards us. For this reason, we do not hesitate to address this practice by our pontifical authority, always remembering the great advantages that have resulted to the whole Catholic Church due to the faithful commu-nication with, and imploring of the Holy Virgin by the practice of the recitation of the Rosary instituted in her honor.” Pope Gregory XVI,
1839 Imprimatur. N.S.P. iI Pontefice

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Living Rosary is to appease the wrath of God through the intercession of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in order to preserve and revive the faith in the souls of the faithful, and to obtain the conversion of sinners and the exaltation of Holy Mother the Church.

MEMBERSHIP ENROLLMENT
The Living Rosary is not a new devotion, but a continuation of the Rosary preached by St. Dominic and announced by Our Blessed Mother for centuries. In these days of evil, confusion and chaos, division and modernism, the Living Rosary will be a mighty force in every family, parish, diocese and country. The Holy Rosary is a gift of the Queen of Heaven. If prayed faithfully and strengthened by the unity of association, it will render all the attacks of Satan impotent. The Living Rosary is endowed with great power before the throne of God through the union of charity which flows through its members. Immense are the graces and merits obtained by each and every member, daily, when united and animated by the Fire of Divine Love in the Immaculate Heart of Mary. One who prays the Rosary alone receives the grace and merits of one Rosary, but if he/she is united with TWELVE million members, he/she gains the graces and merits of the whole.

HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?
PRINT CLEARLY your name and full mailing address, and post this information to us. You may enroll family members and friends but always secure their permission before sending us their name for membership. Members in the USA, Canada and England are enrolled individually and will receive a regular mailing of the beautiful newsletter, the Dedicated Decades, at no cost. All other members are enrolled in groups of 15, and their Promoter coordinates the mailings and helps to supply materials, Sacramentals and newsletters, as is made possible by the donations of those who are able to contribute for the growth and support of this Apostolate. The entire work is made possible through the voluntary donations of our members, and by the fruit of the prayers of those who are not able to donate financially.

Your personal address and records are held here at the Center, and never released to any individual or organization without your explicit written per-mission. Should you decide, at any time, that you wish to terminate your membership, or you have a change of address, please write and let us know. Your assigned Mystery is a perpetual and personal commitment and cannot be carried by or terminated by another. In the event of death, please arrange for a relative or friend to notify us of your demise. We will see that your Decade is reassigned and the Holy Mass offered for your departed soul.

TO BECOME A MEMBER ONLINE, CLICK HERE

OUR COMMITMENTS:

  1. DECADE:
    1. One OUR FATHER
    2. Ten HAIL MARY
    3. Meditation on your Mystery
  2. THE INTENTION:
    1. The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
    2. Honor of Saint Philomena
  3. THE HOUR:
    Any time of the day or night and in any place.
    There is no necessity to gather in a group.
  4. THE Duration:
    Daily until death!
  5. Voluntary Donation each month:
    A voluntary donation of $1.00, sent each month to the Center, will help us with the expenses we incur when providing Sacramentals for our foreign missionaries since more than three-fourth of our membership lies in Third World Countries. Your Dollar will also help to defray the operational expenses of the Association. All donations are gratefully received but, if you are financially unable to donate, please pray for the relief of our material needs.
  6. Spread the Devotion:
    Bring in new members.
  7. One Decade for Each:
    List your Baptismal Name.
  8. Pray for One Another:
    Pray for our members, living and deceased.

CARDINAL POINTS
Our devotion, commitment and success depend upon our fidelity to the rules and faithfulness to the prayers. The Petit Manual of the Living Rosary Association may be obtained from the Universal Center in Dickinson, Texas.

The mission, heart and center of the Living Rosary is FATIMA. Let us fulfill the requests made by Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary: (1) cease offending God Who is already too much offended, (2) pray the Rosary every day, (3) make fervently your Morning Offering, (4) wear the Brown Scapular as a sign of your consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and offer the penance of (5) DAILY DUTY in reparation to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary!

We show the greatest love for Our Immaculate Mother when we share our love for her with others. Mary is our Mother, the Mediatrix of all Grace and Co-Redemptrix with Jesus Christ in our redemption. Her part in our salvation was essential and our devotion to her is essential if we are to fulfill God’s Holy Will during out earthly sojourn. What a privilege! What a joy! What a blessing to dwell in Mary! WE MUST defend her rights, fight for her glory and attract the whole world to her service … for this is the Will of God!

INDULGENCES
The Living Rosary is a canonically instituted Society. The privileges and indulgences obtained by the members are much too numerous to be listed here, but may be obtained by request from our Center.

CONCLUSION
In the first three centuries of the Church, the blood of Martyrs was the seed of the rapid extension of Christendom. This shedding of the blood of Martyrs increased the strength of the Church rather than crushing it. We face an entirely different situation today! Persecution is coming to us from those who once embraced the Catholic Faith and who were a part of the Mystical Body of Christ. These apostates and heretics, now, make war against the Spirit of Truth from within the bosom of the Church. Persecution from ignorant pagans who never possessed the Truth, is totally different than the suffering we undergo, today, from those who once embraced Truth and were temples of the Holy Ghost. Their hate knows no bounds, their pride is unequaled and their method of operation is impurity, lies and deceit. God has set enmities between them and us; the Immaculate Conception has crushed the head of these revolting angels. Our victory lies in our surrender, total and complete, to Jesus Christ through the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

ALL FOR THEE,
O MY JESUS,
THROUGH THE IMMACULATE
HEART OF MARY!

The paper you hold is for your information and guidance towards promotion of the Living Rosary Association in your family, parish, diocese and country. Kindly make copies of it and circulate it to all who will receive this gift which issues forth to the world through the love in your heart, that souls may be saved and Holy Mother the Church may triumph over the colossal evil of our day.

THE UNIVERSAL LIVING ROSARY ASSOCIATION
UNIVERSAL CENTER
P.O. Box 1303, Dickinson, TEXAS 77539, USA
Fax: 281-337-3722 / 281 309 9821
E-mail: filomena@philomena.org Web: www.philomena.org


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Monday, January 30, 2012

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
“My Immaculate Heart Will Be Your Refuge And The Way That Will Lead You To God!”

“I will put enmities between thee and the Woman, between thy seed and her seed. She shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.” (Gen.3-15)

Our ultimate enemy today is not anti-Christ but anti-God! The battle at hand is between Satan and the Mother of God, “his seed and the seed of the Woman.”

Our Lady came to Fatima to convince the world of sin. Her revelation, explicit and emphatic, was the reality of Hell – not just at the end of the world, but its reality now, for each one of us at the hour of our death! This is the secret of Fatima. To a world and, especially, to the Christian world for whom hellfire has faded into a myth, Our Lady shows the existing reality and imminent possibility of eternal damnation. More important than the end of the whole world at the end of time, is for us to know, He is coming “soon” and, therefore, we must “watch and pray.” (Lk. 21:36)

“PENANCE and PRAYER”
This is the message of the Mother of God.

Her reminder is our best and only hope.

Sin is an evil which far surpasses all other evils united, for it destroys the union between God and man. All miseries endured in this world: poverty, shame, disgrace, suffering, sickness and death, are but the effects of sin. Sin reigns everywhere, defiling every age. Sin is our positive refusal to submit to God’s authority, “I WILL NOT SERVE THEE!” It is contempt of divine authority and the blackest ingratitude. “If I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And when He is come, He will convict the world of sin and of justice, and of judgment.” ( Jn. 16: 7- 8 )

The treason of Judas was preceded by his contempt of the penitent Magdalene for her act of love in anointing the Feet of Jesus with costly spices. Jesus knew perfectly well that one of His Apostles would betray Him to His enemies for money. He lovingly washed the feet of Judas and longed to be allowed to wash his soul. The betrayal of Christ and the love of money are inseparably joined in our sacred history. If Judas sells Jesus, will I buy Him? He has loved me and delivered Himself up for me. Will I give all I have and all I am? Will I make Him mine at the expense of my pleasure and temporal happiness?

In the Agony of Jesus in the Garden, He sweat blood. Raising His Eyes to Heaven, He prayed: “Father, behold the witness of my entire obedience to Thee, and of my devoted love for Thy children and My brethren.” Victim and Martyr, His Blood speaks louder than words.

And Pilot said to them, “I find no guilt in Him” Yet, he chastised Him to satisfy the people. It was a brutal flogging, unlimited both in number and the severity of the stripes inflicted. As the steel strikes fire out of the flint, so did the whips spark the fire of Love from the Heart of Jesus. The harder they struck Him, the more He loved them, and loved all sinners. He answered the whips with darts of Love. Through this particular suffering, He was atoning especially for our sins of impurity. Let no Christian who has studied Christ’s scourging at the pillar ever again pamper his miserable flesh! Let him chastise his body and bring it into subjection by continually practicing, at least, some little acts of bodily self-denial.

The soldiers crowned Jesus with thorns out of contempt for His divine sovereignty. The sin-infected earth brought forth thorns and briars, and sinners more savage than the earth crowned their Monarch with the sharpest insults. Let us love the crown of thorns because it plainly tells that, after obtaining forgiveness of his own sins, the chief glory of every Christian is to bear the shame of his neighbor’s sins. Christ’s coronation with thorns is a splendid victory over our pride, leading us to be subject to one another in all humility. Both the Cross and Crown He committed to us as a special heirloom of self-sacrifice and self-abasement.

Jesus and the Cross are together at last. He must have affectionately pressed the Cross to His Heart and kissed it. Jesus received the Cross from the Hand of His

Father. To Him, it was not a shameful gibbet, but the chosen symbol of His tenderest Love. Still, it was hard for Him to carry this crushing load for His Body was totally spent through the terrible scourging He underwent. His physical strength might fail, but not His determined purpose. His courage never faltered. No matter how heavy our crosses, let us never lose courage. Let us say with the Apostles, “I can do all things in Him Who strengtheneth me.” Patience in affliction and under adversity brings peace in strife, solace in pain and, above all else, secure hope of the pardon for our sins.

Pride is the root of all sin and by the public humiliation of Christ upon the Cross, He made the most fitting reparation. He paid the price in full; Christ is made a dreadful spectacle. A great crowd was near at hand looking at “Him Whom they had pierced,” gloating over His sufferings and eagerly awaiting His gradually approaching death. He was pleased with so great a throng, and glad they saw Him so miserably broken and ruined that they would never forget the sight. We know not what place self-love can find on Calvary. The only real glory the world has ever known is to share in the Cross and Passion of Jesus Christ won by patient endurance of injuries, loving atonement to God for sin, our own and that of our neighbor. The best word of encouragement that can be spoken to one in distress is this:

BEAR YOUR CROSS BRAVELY IN UNION WITH JESUS CRUCIFIED.

Christ is our Teacher and our Pattern. His Example is the known and approved reasonableness of a mortified life. Oh, how many virtues flow into our soul ‘by looking upon Him Whom we have pierced: humility, patience, self- denial, obedience to the Divine Will and sacrificial love.

Jesus kept Himself alive on the Cross by a miracle of fortitude. His Face lifted upward, and His fading Eyes gazed into the darkened Heavens, “Father, into Thy Hands, I commend My Spirit.” Jesus died.

From the turmoil of Calvary’s horrors, the Soul of Jesus thus passed into the tranquility of the Godhead. Christ died for sinners, of whom I am the greatest. To care not why the Son of God suffered Himself to be put to death, is for the Christian a capital sin of sloth. The charity of Christ presses every love into its service, and places itself at the service of every love. The Son of God died for my salvation!

JESUS CRUCIFIED,

I commend my spirit, unreservedly and forever, to be owned and ruled by Thy Spirit in all things.

O, what in all life is so precious as the privilege of bowing down one’s head and dying for sinners!

If the disciples of Christ preach rigors, it is no compliment to their Master Who preached pardon. From among all actions calculated to win souls, Christ chose to die for men that they may have life everlasting.

Mary, John and Magdalene and the other faithful women stood alone at the foot of the Cross of Christ. A party of soldiers from the city was sent by Pilot to break the legs of the convicted and remove them from their crosses. Jesus was obviously dead but a soldier pierced Him with a lance. It struck Him hard and made a great wound clean to the heart, wide as a man’s hand. After that stroke, no hand touched Jesus but in love. Jesus suffered in all His bodily frame; His Feet were pierced that blood might mark His tracks as He searched zealously for our souls; His brain was tortured by a thorny crown that His thoughts might trickle blood as they ached and throbbed for us, and now His Heart, the very organ of love, receives the deepest cut of all, drained so generously in atonement of our sins. If our gaze upon the Crucified Savior can put a touch of pain in a sinner’s heart, He has won that heart. The gaping side of Christ is that open door from whence the Sacraments of the Church flow forth, without which there is no entrance to true life.

“Son, Behold Thy Mother.”

O God, Who guidest that which is gone astray, and gatherest that which is scattered, and keepest that which is gathered together, we beseech Thee, mercifully pour forth upon the Christian people the grace of Thy unity, that they may reject the spirit of dissension and unite themselves to the True Shepherd of Thy Church, and may thus be enabled to serve Thee worthily. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

(An indulgence of 3 years. A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if this prayer is said with devotion every day for a month – Roman Missal 576 S.P. Ap., Nov. 22,1934)

Have you Loved Ones who have strayed from the Sacraments, a spouse who is unfaithful, children who are abusive and disobedient, sick ones who are in anguish, crushing financial worries or unbearable burdens at the workplace? Make haste to bring them to the Fountain of Life, and bathe them in the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ!

During this Holy Season, enrich your family spiritually by enrolling your parents, spouse, children and friends in the Lenten Mass Bouquet we are privileged to offer to you.

The Holy Mass Is Your Life!

The rational man needs the Mass to pay Almighty God the debt of homage and adoration he owes Him. The grateful man needs the Mass to pay his debt of thanksgiving. The sinful man, and who among us is without sin, needs the Mass to propitiate God’s justice and to pay his debt of satisfaction.

The needy man needs the Mass, that praying with Jesus Christ and through Him, he may offer a prayer that is worthy of being heard and, thus, discharge his duty and debt of petition.

At the hour of death, the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon. At every Mass, you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins. Assisting devoutly at Mass, you render the Sacred Humanity of Jesus, the greatest homage. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions. He forgives you all the venial sins you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all the unknown sins you have never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.

By hearing Mass, you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief. One Mass heard by you, during life, will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after death.

Holy Mass preserves you from many dangers and misfortunes that would otherwise befall you. You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass. You win for yourself a higher degree of glory in Heaven. At Mass, you kneel amidst a multitude of angels who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe. You receive the priest’s blessing which Our Lord Himself ratifies in Heaven. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

“If you ask the Father anything in My Name, He will give it to you.” John 16-23

Nihil obstat: P. L. Biermann, Censor Librorum. Imprimatur:  George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago

The names you send for individual enrollment for the Sacred Masses during the Lenten Season and Easter Octave will be placed upon the Altar. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy and all the priests you have helped in Ukraine will offer these Masses. Mass cards will be provided for the persons enrolled.

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