Archive for November, 2012

Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Venerable Pauline-Marie Jaricot – HEART ON FIRE!

“I have loved Jesus Christ above all the earth. And, for His Love, I have loved more than myself, all those who are in travail and pain.” Ven. Pauline-Marie Jaricot

Pauline’s soul lived within the frame-work of these words. The Love of Christ was the mainspring of her life. Christ, to Pauline, was not an idea or abstraction; He was someone, a living person, whom she loved and Who loved her. The divinity of Christ is an abyss of light which would totally blind mankind; thus, He covered Himself by the veil of His humanity. On account of the incarnation of Christ in Mary, we see Mary, virgin-mother and Christ, God-Man, perform these wonders that we may become real children of God. What marvels lie in this mystery! Do we understand what Jesus is to us? What we are to Him? Do we realize what we owe Him? Christ was not content to give us part of what He had received from the Father: His graces, His merits, His Life, His very Body and Blood, but He gave to us His rights as a Son. These rights rendered us children of the same Father Who is God, and of the same mother who is Mary!

Pauline never wearied contemplating Christ. By her vow of perpetual virginity, pronounced at Christmas in the year 1816, in the Basilica of Fourviere, she bound herself to Christ forever. Pauline became His bride. Communication with her Spouse was the top priority of her life. Our Lord longed to reveal to her the secrets of His Sacred Heart, symbol of His Love, source of His mercy. The Holy Eucharist was His gift to her heart. Pauline heard the complaints of the Heart of Christ: “I have loved mankind and they love me not.”

Christ revealed to Pauline the abyss of the pain of His Heart, which was torn open. She was made to feel His great tenderness for sinners. He revealed to her everything from His conception to His death on the Cross. It was the very passion of His Heart that He wanted to make flow through the heart of Pauline.

The Love of Christ which animated Pauline materialized into action. Her immense desire to love and her thirst to possess God inspired her to act for His glory. Christ spoke to the heart of Pauline sharing the designs He had chosen for her to achieve. During her life, Pauline carried out with tireless zeal and every resource of her creative genius that which led to the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Contemplative that she was, her vision was universal! Pauline embraced the whole world! Pauline was a beggar of the mercy of God for those who were starved for His mercy. Daily, she prayed at the chapel of Our Lady of Grace located in the Church of St. Nizier. It is here that she was granted the most singular grace of her life. It is here that Pauline is buried and here that her heart is encased in the reliquary over the Altar. On Palm Sunday, 1817, she heard the voice of Christ speak to her:

“Do you want to suffer and die for Me?” Her reply was immediate and total. Pauline offered herself to Christ as a victim soul of His Divine Mercy. Her oblation was accepted, and Christ replied, “Prepare yourself for death”. Christ instructed her that He would use the Eucharist to transform her into Himself absorbing her into His Infinite Being. Through long hours of adoration, Pauline discovered the mystery of God’s greatness, His perfections and love.

By an inward light, Pauline saw the evils of society grow visibly. Impiety, rationalism and naturalism were at the root of this evil — in one word: ATHEISM. The volcano of impiety would act as a tomb for mankind, which would ultimately destroy it. The final consequence of man’s impiety would be the annihilation of the human race.

Pauline offered herself as a living sacrifice thereby averting God’s anger on the world. She offered her life that Christ might be merciful. Pauline sacrificed her life for the glory of God. She took upon her shoulders the weight of the world. Christ would live in her through the Most Holy Eucharist and enable her to accomplish her mission. Now, she was anxious that her sacrifice might be accomplished. Pauline set out for Calvary; she gave Him her all. Her life was strongly ascetic with penances and deprivations. In advance, Pauline made the sacrifice of her health, reputation, affection and her whole person. Having read the lives of the martyrs, she imagined a triumphant and glorious martyrdom of blood. Pauline did not realize that Our Blessed Lord was asking something quite different, a martyrdom of heart, which would be even more painful. To sacrifice oneself suddenly is more comfortable than to immolate oneself in detail day-by-day, hour by hour, every moment of one’s life. Having made this total sacrifice of self, its fruit was born in time, as Pauline clearly conceived in her mind the designs of the Propagation of the Faith and the Living Rosary. Both are divine works, through which the Blood of Christ is spilled out upon the whole earth!

HOLY MOTHER THE CHURCH, MY MOTHER,
HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU!

Pauline united the two most powerful weapons with which to conquer the Heart of God and that of man: unlimited self-sacrifice and ardent charity! Christ came to set the earth on fire. Our Blessed Lord transmitted this fire to Pauline that it might embrace the hearts of all mankind. The Church is the second glory of Jesus Christ; the FIRST glory is MARY, HIS MOTHER! Mary and the Church receive their beauty from Christ, as the moon receives the clarity of its rays from the sun. Putting her hand in the Hand of God, Pauline reached out beyond self and sacrificed her whole being that all might be animated and illumined by the divine light of Christ.

Ven. Pauline-Marie Jaricot, pray for us, the children of thy Living Rosary!

PAULINE’S OFFERING

My hope is in Jesus Christ! My only Treasure is the Cross!
I seek nothing but the Will of God, and aspire for nothing, save its perfect accomplishment!
I place my hope in Thy mercy, which surpasses all Thy works

MARY, O MY MOTHER, I AM THINE!


Lonliness

No human creature need ever be lonely, because no human creature is ever alone. The Father is always with you! He is inside every bit of you, supporting you in being. If He took away His support of you for an instant, you would not only die, you would return to the nothingness from which He drew you by His creation. You wouldn’t be even a grain of dust or a trail of light smoke that drifts into the air and fades away.

Try To Cultivate An Awareness Of His Presence!

If He is to be your only source of happiness in the life to come, isn’t it wise to get acquainted with Him here? Don’t pass Him over as an impersonal thing, merely an answer to a question in a Catechism book.

The FATHER is a PERSON!

A Person Who loves you and Who has an undying interest in you! Talk to Him anytime, in a loud voice, in a soft voice, or with no voice at all, but the SILENT cry of your heart, He hears all. HE UNDERSTANDS ALL! Every beat of your heart, every twitch of a nerve, every least thought, every heartache, He feels with you! When you fall asleep from sheer fatigue, He doesn’t sleep or go away. He stays awake, watching over you. You are carried upon His shoulder in your sleep, as a small child’s body lies limp over its father’s shoulder after a strenuous day.

If you are lonely, it is because you do not know Him, or you have forgotten Him, or you do not understand that He is your first Lover, your only Eternal Lover! You should try to understand the warmth of His Love for you, the infinite loveableness of His own sweet personality and beauty.

No man or woman has ever been loved by a Prince as He loves you. No other can give you the lasting happiness that He alone can give. The feelings of desolation He allows you to have are really GIFTS! He gives you these to wean you from false loves, from trivial loves that would waste your heart’s energies when you could get a renewal of life and joy by turning to His embrace.

It is a mistake to give your heart to any creature. You were made for ONE Love alone! And, until you give the whole of your heart to Him, you will be sad, unquiet, lost! He made you for Himself, and He is a jealous Lover. He put a craving for love in your heart and soul that will never be fully satisfied until you pass the brief test that is this mortal life and see Him face to face as He really is, in the Beatific Vision.

You are making your eternity now, every minute, every moment, with every thought and every impulse of your heart. You have only one chance to make it as you will want to have made it when your soul stands before His judgment seat.

COME BACK! COME BACK! COME BACK!
To the God Who has loved you from all Eternity!
The only One Who can give you peace, rest and
An Ecstasy of Love that can never be taken away!


A Christmas Bouquet For Your Loved Ones!

We wish to give you the greatest gift possible during this Advent and Christmas Season to help in a special way to prepare your hearts and souls for the momentous event which we anticipate: God with us!In reality, the first coming of Our Lord in the stable at Bethlehem occurs again and again. It is a merciful reality not only at the feast of Christmas, but in the hearts of each one of us at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – the Church being the stable of Bethlehem, and the altar and our hearts the crib. The Church celebrates not only the first coming of Christ upon earth as Our Redeemer, but also the merciful reality of His second coming on earth as our Judge! By His first coming, Our Lord redeemed us from sin and obtained the resurrection of our souls to the life of Grace. With His second coming, Christ will heal us of all our frailties and will bring resurrection to our bodies. We shall reap the harvest of complete happiness with God even as we have served Him in this world with our whole being, body and soul. Christ desires to be born in us that we may live new, purer and more perfect lives.

Thirty days of Sacred Liturgies will be offered for all those who enroll in the Christmas Bouquet of Masses offered by Fr. Ivan Kolodij and the good priests in Ukraine. Your spiritual and temporal needs and your family, living and dead, will be remembered at the Holy Altar every day during December. The Christmas Mass Bouquet will be crowned with a solemn High Mass on the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ and during the Christmas Octave. There could be no more precious gift you can give at Christmas time. Each person arranging these Masses for their loved ones will be sent a beautiful Mass card which may be mailed to the person enrolled. We will mail the Mass cards directly to you. These may be sent in your Christmas greeting cards or placed inside your gift packages. This is a wonderful way to keep Christ in Christmas!!!

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

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Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

The generous help you have sent to us makes this beautiful work for souls possible and we are profoundly grateful to you! One might become discouraged when seeing the great evils which surround us. We want to be sure our focus is sharp so that our efforts will be effective. Mary shows us clearly the nature of the enemy of our souls: everything that does not lead to God, that is not love, that offends Truth, and She gives every soul the powerful remedy for these evils: PRAYER, SUFFERING and TOTAL CONSECRATION to Her Immaculate Heart. Do not be afraid, we have much work to do!

We may ask ourselves, “How can God permit the great evils of our day? Why would God allow this suffering?” Sufferings are a prelude to glory! The Cross is a gateway to the Resurrection, death a condition of Eternal Life. He who would save his life must lose it, but he who loses his life for God’s sake, will find it. We are living at the end of an era of revolutions which are not so much the beginning of a New World Order, as the dying gasps of an old one. Instead of our society being based on endless protests, its regeneration must be founded on the renovation of the spirit of man and a return to the Cross of Christ. The greatest tragedy of our day is that we have so few saints. As we approach the last hour, Our Blessed Savior pleads with us as He did with the chosen twelve, “Could you not watch one hour with Me?” Do we understand what is at stake? It is time to keep an unbroken hour of prayer and meditation, uniting our hearts and souls with His, asking Him what He wishes of us, telling Him of our love for Him, sharing our needs and weaknesses, and throwing ourselves into His loving arms!

A holy hour in the presence of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament carries with it a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions. Our Sweet Savior is under attack in many countries: desecrated, profaned, denied, condemned and crucified again and again. THIS DEMANDS REPARATION! Who will make it, if not you and I? There can be no victory without battle, no peace without sacrifice and no day of rejoicing without that hour of watching in prayer. Calvary is at our very doors! We are all asked by Our Savior to go forth to the hill of battle and stand with Mary at the Foot of the Cross. Either we are with Him or against Him. Pray for the fullness of trust and the Gift of Fortitude! Our Blessed Lord is waiting for you!

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good.

Patti Melvin, Universal Director
Patti Melvin


Sin and its consequences
(by Cardinal Henry Manning)

“It is expedient that I go; for if I go not, the Paraclete will not come unto you; but if I go, I will send Him to you; and when He is come, He shall convince the world of sin.” (John 16:7-8)

I choose this subject severe in all its parts, but vital to everyone for salvation because there is none other that can be so necessary as this one and because it is a precept of the Church, binding us all to Confession and Holy Communion at Easter.

Sin is any thought, word or deed contrary to the Will of God. The malice of sin consists in this, that an intelligent creature deliberately and consciously opposes the Will of its Maker, choosing over it, his own will. When man was created by God, he had three perfections: a natural perfection of body, a supernatural perfection by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, and a preternatural perfection of immortality. All of these by one act of disobedience he lost. When he sinned, the Spirit of God departed from him; his Soul died because it was separated from God, his immortality was forfeited and the harmony of the Soul was lost: passions rebelled, the will weakened and the intellect became confused. These three wounds we have all inherited. Every sinner is an enemy of the Cross of Christ. (Phil. 3: 18)

We know that the end of man is God; that God made man for Himself; that He made him to His own likeness; that He made him capable of knowing, loving and serving Him, and of being like unto God. In the likeness of God, the love and service of God, is man’s bliss. Therefore, our conformity to the Will of God and union with God is eternal life; but deformity, or departure from the likeness of God, is sin, separation from God and eternal death.

The Seven Capital Sins, which are the source of all human failings, are these:

1. PRIDE, which separates us from God;
2. ENVY, which separates us from our neighbor;
3. SLOTH, which is a burden pressing down the powers of man so that he becomes weary of his duty to God and forsakes Him;
4. AVARICE, which plunges man into the deep mire of the world;
5. GLUTTONY, which makes a sensual fool,
6. ANGER, which makes a man slave to himself, and
7. IMPURITY, which makes man a slave of the devil. In these seven ways are the seven routes to eternal death.

THE EFFECTS OF MORTAL SIN

It strikes the Soul dead, separating the Soul from God. By one mortal sin, all the merits of a whole life time are cancelled. If we fall from God, as we easily may do, we shall go down alive into Hell, for what is Hell but eternal separation from God, with endless night, misery, hate, and pain by fire. God has declared it. Live then as you wish to die, because as you die, so shall you live for all eternity.

There is only one sin that is not pardonable: the sin against the Holy Ghost. These sins are six in character: Ultimate despair of his salvation, presumption of God’s mercy, resistance of the known truths of the faith, envy of another’s spiritual good, obstinacy in sin and impenitence. These embody resistance to the inspirations of the Most Holy Ghost and contempt for His Gifts. Although no sin is unpardonable, those who commit these sins resist Grace and do not repent.

Venial sin is a transgression of the Law of God, in thought, word or deed, in a matter that is not grave, or in a grave matter but without full consent of the will. While mortal sin is the death of the Soul, venial sin is the disease of the Soul.

The consequences of venial sin are great and many:

1. It diminishes the Grace of God in a Soul. Not the quantity of Grace, because Grace of God is like life. We are either dead or alive. Life remains but the vigor and health of the Soul is diminished. The facility of prayer and self-denial become complicated. Regularity, punctuality and exactness in fulfilling our duty to God are performed only with great effort.

2. By the faults of self-indulgence, worldliness, fear of man and human respect, we bring a film over the eyes of our intellect and conscience. Our faculty of discernment is dimmed. We mistake light for darkness and darkness for light.

3. Venial sin disposes the Soul for mortal sin. Think of it; every sin we commit, we commit to God. It is in God; for in Him we live and move and have our being; the very power we abuse when we transgress His Law, is the power He has lent us. That is, God is physically united with us in the very action we do against Him. We use the powers of nature against the Will of God in His Grace.

4. Venial sin displeases God; and can any sin be small which displeases God! We displease God and grieve the Holy Ghost by things we deem noble: vanity, pride and detraction are the vermin of the human Soul. They are the worms of death.

5. Venial sin weakens our will and disposes it to mortal sin. Thus to expose ourselves to mortal sin, is a mortal sin in itself. This is why nearly every sin against purity is a mortal sin.

Those things which are lawful, I cannot forbid; but those things, although not forbidden, I counsel you with all my heart to renounce: the theater, certain books and bad company. If there is anything in the world which causes deterioration of character, manifold temptation, darkening of the heart and mind, it is dangerous friendships. Choose your friends from among the friends of God.

There was a time when you … every one of you … were white as snow; in your baptismal innocence, you were spotless, you had not a stain on your Soul. What are you now? Where is the white robe of your Baptism? You have a debt of pain to pay for your sins. Unless you live a life of penance, self-denial and generous sorrow in this life, there remains but one way those sins can be expiated, the fires of Purgatory.

SINS OF OMISSION

If we leave undone the good or duties to which we are bound, we commit sins of omission. I will show how the sins of omission lead to commission and, at last, terminate in the mortal sin of SLOTH. Prayer is the breath of the Soul for it is the sign of the life of the Soul, just as breathing is a sign of the life of the body. Let us suppose that due to business, pleasure, financial demands or worldly distractions we begin to break the habit of prayer. If we omit our recollection, our daily spiritual reading, and our minds are crowded with a multiplicity of thoughts, we are in a state of distraction. The next step is that we begin to talk much and fail to weigh our words with consideration. Naturally, then, we shorten our prayers and, in time, omit them entirely. The man of prayer is a man of silence, living in the solitude of his heart before God, keeping three lamps always burning before the altar of his heart: faith, hope and charity. The man, who talks much, is not at home in the presence of God and his three lamps burn but dimly. He puts off morning prayers, forgets them at noonday, at night he says them with an uneasy conscience. Then comes irregularity and, finally, he lives by the rules of the world. What follows naturally after he has abandoned his duty to God? He fails in charity toward his neighbor. And, lastly, there comes a certain animosity toward those who love God. We can tolerate anybody as a companion who is less pious than we are, but we cannot tolerate easily one who is more pious. The Soul declines into despondence and, instead of turning toward God by repentance, it turns recklessly away from God and plunges further into sin. So long as there is hope of pardon, man is sustained. Once hope is dead, what can remain? The Soul that loses union with God through prayer may fall into the bottomless pit.

God has called us all to be saints and He has promised to give us grace sufficient to be faithful to His calling. Let us become penitent and through penitence become saints. If we will but take up our cross boldly and follow Jesus Christ without compromise or reserves, He will do the rest. He has given us three powers to benefit from the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. The Precious Blood of Jesus is the remedy for sin and its application is found in Baptism, the Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Penance. We enter now into the region of peace, of grace, of pardon and of healing… SIN IS MADNESS!

We find three excellent examples of the restoration of man to God’s Grace in the Bible: the Prodigal Son, who through self-knowledge, self-condemnation, sorrow for the past and willingness to amend his life, is restored to the favor of the Father. We read of Mary Magdalene whose sins were of scarlet, but who obtained full absolution for them in a moment, and was given the coveted place by God’s Immaculate Mother at the foot of the Cross. And look upon Peter, first of all the Apostles because of the illumination of his faith, and who denied Christ three times but, through bitter tears of sorrow, obtained perfect absolution and was made head of the Mystical Body of Christ upon earth. Our Lord instituted the Sacrament of Penance in which He gives the absolution of His Most Precious Blood to all who accuse themselves of sin.

We are bound to confess all mortal sins, but it is good to confess venial sins in order to promote humility, self-accusation, sorrow and the grace of perseverance, and to renew our peace with God. Without sorrow for our sins, we violate the Sacrament. It need not contain emotion, but a firm determination to avoid that sin and its occasion in the future is essential to our sorrow. The Sacrament of Penance takes away our sins and the guilt of our sins; if we are absolved of mortal sin, it cancels the penalty of eternal punishment in Hell and infuses grace into our Souls. So, then, these things are necessary: we must be sorry for our sins; we must come to God in the confessional; we must accuse ourselves honestly, truly and sincerely; we must make a steadfast resolution to avoid the sin and the occasions of sin. Lastly, there must be a willingness on our part to make satisfaction to God for the offense we have committed. The priest gives us a penance to perform and we may add other acts of penance and reparation on our own. Christ is seated in the Confessional as on His throne of mercy. Go to Him! Do not say, ‘I must wait,’ just come as you are, the Holy Spirit will deepen your sorrow. Come as you are, and do not lose time. Time and grace are God’s gift; we do not know how long they will last. Every Soul washed in the Most Precious Blood is a joy to the Good Shepherd. Do not resist Him!

How long, O Lord, Thou hast waited for me!

Temptation is inevitable due to the three wounds of man’s fallen nature. To be tempted is simply to be man. God speaks of us being tried by Satan who is never more completely master of man than when man ridicules his existence. We hear in these days, men saying “there is no devil”. Satan is laboring day and night, without ceasing, to destroy those who are the heirs of salvation. Our Lord called him the “Prince of this world”. (John 14:30) At Baptism, we renounced “the world and all its pomps”. We wrestle not with flesh and blood, “but with principalities and powers.” (Eph. 6: 12) The blasphemer is not temped to blasphemy, why should he be? The unbeliever is not tempted to unbelief, for he has already lost his faith. But, if anyone strives to return to God from a life of lukewarmness and sin, he will become for Satan the object of a twofold temptation. Satan follows up every deserter who leaves his camp, and he follows him with an intensity of redoubled malice. But, he is very subtle; and when men break off sins of one kind, he will leave them perfectly quiet on that side, and will tempt them to another sin. If you finally mortify yourself against sins of gluttony, he might tempt you with the sin of anger. Or, he may change himself into angel of light and try to tempt you to pride, in seeing yourself better than other men. Satan has no power to enter our Soul against our will. All he can do is to stand without, and watch at the windows, casting in the ‘fiery darts’ of temptation through our senses, passions, disordered affections and lack of discipline. Have we girded our loins with the Word of God? Do we wear the armor of prayer? Or, do we open the door and throw open the window and invite him to come in and dwell?

God uses temptations to try us and increase our merit, and to sanctify our Soul. He who resists temptations to sloth, indulgence and pleasure, shows himself to be a friend of God. Every act of resistance to temptation is an act of faith and love of God. Excessive indulgence in food or drink blunts the intelligence, unnerves the will, relaxes the habits of life, deadens the heart, extinguishes the spirit of piety, and disturbs the peace of homes. Idle books, theater and bad company — GIVE THEM UP! Put them far from you. Prayer, piety, watchfulness, self-denial and purity of heart will keep your will firm and, if your will be firm, it can expel every temptation that enters through your senses.

It is love that awakens love; it is friendship that kindles friendship. The great sin of the world is that it does not trust in the Love of God. It is the power of the Word of God to convince you of the Love of Jesus Christ. He is all day long saying these words to you,

“O my friends, it was for you I was crucified! O my beloved, it is you I have loved even unto death! O my children, it was for you I shed My Precious Blood! What more could I have done that I did not do? If it were necessary to die again for you to save you, I would die again!”

And, yet, we live all day long as if Christ had never died for us. By the Cross, He tests our love and purifies it that He may cleanse it of self-love, self-indulgence and our dwelling upon our wounded self. Unite your suffering with Christ. Put the world aside, you cannot serve two masters. Be generous with God! He is a loving Physician come to heal your wounds and firm your will, so that it may always choose Him. Those who suffer and sorrow the most shall be the most consoled and fullest of joy in His Kingdom. There are only two Centers, God and ourselves; and we must rest on one or the other. The providence of God has ordained our lot – what we shall have and shall not have, and we must be content and grateful, satisfied and rejoice in His Will.

If we be the children of the Resurrection, Heaven is ours and Heaven is near; we know not how long or how soon our day may be. What matter, then, a little pain, a little sorrow, a little penance, a few crosses, if after a little while, there be an inheritance of Eternal Joy!

“GO AND SIN NO MORE!”

O Lord, My God! Infinite Wisdom and Mercy! What thanksgiving couldst ever equal the favor Thou hast wrought for me? My life Thou hast spared! My life, therefore, I give solely into Thy service, for the fulfillment of the desires of Thy Most Sacred Heart. I seek nothing other than that I should feel burning within me leadings of Thy Holy Will and, by Thy Grace, through Mary, Thy Mother, willingly and humbly carry them out to fruition, that I might please thee and serve thee; that I might love Thee, honor Thee and thank Thee for all the days of my life!


A Christmas Bouquet For Your Loved Ones!

We wish to give you the greatest gift possible during this Advent and Christmas Season to help in a special way to prepare your hearts and souls for the momentous event which we anticipate: God with us!In reality, the first coming of Our Lord in the stable at Bethlehem occurs again and again. It is a merciful reality not only at the feast of Christmas, but in the hearts of each one of us at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – the Church being the stable of Bethlehem, and the altar and our hearts the crib. The Church celebrates not only the first coming of Christ upon earth as Our Redeemer, but also the merciful reality of His second coming on earth as our Judge! By His first coming, Our Lord redeemed us from sin and obtained the resurrection of our souls to the life of Grace. With His second coming, Christ will heal us of all our frailties and will bring resurrection to our bodies. We shall reap the harvest of complete happiness with God even as we have served Him in this world with our whole being, body and soul. Christ desires to be born in us that we may live new, purer and more perfect lives.

Thirty days of Sacred Liturgies will be offered for all those who enroll in the Christmas Bouquet of Masses offered by Fr. Ivan Kolodij and the good priests in Ukraine. Your spiritual and temporal needs and your family, living and dead, will be remembered at the Holy Altar every day during December. The Christmas Mass Bouquet will be crowned with a solemn High Mass on the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ and during the Christmas Octave. There could be no more precious gift you can give at Christmas time. Each person arranging these Masses for their loved ones will be sent a beautiful Mass card which may be mailed to the person enrolled. We will mail the Mass cards directly to you. These may be sent in your Christmas greeting cards or placed inside your gift packages. This is a wonderful way to keep Christ in Christmas!!!

Please click here to request Christmas mass online

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Godlessness… The First Step to the Gulag!
(By Alexander Solzhenitsyn 1983)

Long ago, I remember the older people offering an explanation for the great disasters which had befallen Russia: “Men have forgotten God, that’s why it happened!”

Today, if I were asked to formulate, as concisely as possible, the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some sixty million people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat, “MEN HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD!” This, too, is the principle trait of the 20th Century. A defect of consciousness lacking all divine dimensions! The demon of evil, like a whirlwind, triumphantly encircles all five continents of the earth. Transformations which favored economy, the State and the military at the expense of the religious spirit and national life, have been imposed by Czars and governments. The French Revolution was just such a holocaust. Seething with hatred for the Church, the lesson that was learned is that “Revolution necessarily begins with Atheism.” This is absolutely a truth!

In Russia, despite the Communist steamroller, Christian tradition survived. Millions of believers persevered in the faith, in spite of the horrible persecution and infinite number of martyrs. Christianity will not be vanquished! The West has yet to experience a Communist invasion, but it is coming. The West gives overwhelming evidence of the death of consciousness, the divine dimension of a nation. Atheist leaders in the West are bringing up the younger generation in a spirit of hatred for their own society. Christianity itself has become fragmented. It seems more and more apparent that, even with the most brilliant political manoeuvres, the noose on the neck of mankind draws tighter and more hopeless with each passing decade. Are not the ideals of our Century false? And, what of the remedies offered to us through medicine, politics and material success?

Our entire earthly existence is but a transitional stage to something higher. We must not stumble and fall, nor dare we linger foolishly on one rung of the ladder. We must remember God and be lifted up by the Divine Spirit in this dark and terrible hour.

“The ROSARY is what sustains the little flame of Faith that has not yet been extinguished in many consciences. Even for those souls who pray without meditating, the very act of taking up the Rosary to pray is already a remembrance of God, of the Supernatural. A simple recollection of the Mystery of each DECADE is one more ray of light to sustain in souls the smoldering wick.

This is why the devil has made such war against the Rosary. And, what is worse is that he has succeeded in deluding and deceiving souls who have great responsibility because of the positions they occupy … They are the blind leading the blind” Sister Lucia of Fatima, 9/16/1970


“I am the Vine, you are the branches.
He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much Fruit!”

By virtue of our Baptism, we are already in the harvesting field; the plot of land to which God has assigned us to live, play and worship. Very many Catholics, today, are standing in the shadows of Christ’s vineyard for they have discovered that following Christ has turned out far differently than they expected. Their emotions span from disappointment to doubt and even to anger. The secrets of the vineyard are not yet known to them.

The branches are the focus of the vinedresser for it is they who produce the fruit. Each branch is cultivated lovingly so that its yield will be abundant. The fruit represents the good works by which the Father is glorified. When branches grow too close to the ground and become mildewed with sin, they do not bear fruit but become sick and useless. They must then be washed off, lifted up and wrapped securely around the trellis. When we let sin block our ability to bear fruit, God intervenes – first gently and then more firmly. When we respond to God’s discipline of us in a docile and positive way, immediate are the benefits we reap. The fruit we bear is our permanent deposit in the bank of Heaven. Our dreams are much too small. Set them aside! We are here to fulfill God’s dream of all that will bring Him glory through an abundant harvest.

Do you feel you do not make a difference for Him in this world? Are you feeling that God is always unhappy with you? Millions of Christians are caught in an invisible net. They experience pain. They feel like failures. Their lives show little merit. Branches languish and no fruit develops when the Christian lives in the state of sin. The Father then steps in and lifts us away from our destructive and unfruitful pursuits. Through love, He chastiseth that we may reunite with Him. God always acts out of love.

Satan would love to persuade us that God is dealing with us in this manner because we are worthless, unlikable and a loser. The opposite is true. If you never received a discipline from God, you SHOULD doubt His favor.

Every branch that bears fruit, He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Pruning is how God answers our prayers that our life may be more pleasing to Him and have greater impact for all Eternity. He will cut away parts of our lives that drain precious time and energy from what is truly important. Let us ask God to show us clearly what He wishes of us; then, let us trust Him completely. Emptied of self, God can prune and perfect us, forming us into the image of His Divine Son.

We must abide in Him. To do this, our role is to respond. To abide, we must act. Unless my friendship with God becomes my first priority, I will never fulfill my true destiny as a child of God. If you are in the season of discipline, the Vinedresser is kneeling beside you in the cool of the morning. He is reaching down to intervene in your life, to lift you up and bring you back to fruitfulness. The look on His Face conveys concern and sadness, not disgust, not irritation, not even anger. He looks upon you as a chosen branch that is capable of a richer existence.

If you are in the season of pruning, the Vinedresser is standing beside you in the sun of midday. He is wielding some rather serious-looking shears, but He is not unhappy. In fact, the look upon His Face conveys delight and expectation.

If you are in the season of abiding, I see the Vinedresser leaning against a nearby trellis as the sun is going down, his hat pushed back. He is looking at your branch with pleasure, satisfaction and joy. Just being near you, enjoying your beauty and abundance, is His favorite moment of the day. The huge clusters of grapes crowding your branches are exactly what He has had in mind for you since your branch first sprouted.

MY GOD AND MY ALL!


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A Christmas Bouquet For Your Loved Ones!

We wish to give you the greatest gift possible during this Advent and Christmas Season to help in a special way to prepare your hearts and souls for the momentous event which we anticipate: God with us!In reality, the first coming of Our Lord in the stable at Bethlehem occurs again and again. It is a merciful reality not only at the feast of Christmas, but in the hearts of each one of us at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – the Church being the stable of Bethlehem, and the altar and our hearts the crib. The Church celebrates not only the first coming of Christ upon earth as Our Redeemer, but also the merciful reality of His second coming on earth as our Judge! By His first coming, Our Lord redeemed us from sin and obtained the resurrection of our souls to the life of Grace. With His second coming, Christ will heal us of all our frailties and will bring resurrection to our bodies. We shall reap the harvest of complete happiness with God even as we have served Him in this world with our whole being, body and soul. Christ desires to be born in us that we may live new, purer and more perfect lives.

Thirty days of Sacred Liturgies will be offered for all those who enroll in the Christmas Bouquet of Masses offered by Fr. Ivan Kolodij and the good priests in Ukraine. Your spiritual and temporal needs and your family, living and dead, will be remembered at the Holy Altar every day during December. The Christmas Mass Bouquet will be crowned with a solemn High Mass on the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ and during the Christmas Octave. There could be no more precious gift you can give at Christmas time. Each person arranging these Masses for their loved ones will be sent a beautiful Mass card which may be mailed to the person enrolled. We will mail the Mass cards directly to you. These may be sent in your Christmas greeting cards or placed inside your gift packages. This is a wonderful way to keep Christ in Christmas!!!

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