Archive for January, 2013

Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, January 28, 2013

Monday, January 28th, 2013

The Sacred Heart Of Jesus And The Priest

God’s Mercy embraces the whole world and His Sweet Love is the reparation which ascends to Heaven at every moment of the day and night. The entire Life of Jesus Christ had no other object than the Redemption of the human race. Yet, the gift of the Death of Christ is beneficial only to those to whom the merit of His Passion is imparted. The Blessed Eucharist is the last and greatest expression of the burning Love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for mankind.

In the Most Blessed Sacrament, Jesus Christ is really and truly, substantially present, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. It is here in His poor little Tabernacle upon our Altars that He dwells amongst us with His Heart full of love: waiting, waiting, waiting for us to come. If we believe He is there and we do love Him, daily we will try to visit His House, avoid grieving Him by sin and make some reparation for our past sins.

Would to God, it were only heretics and infidels who wound the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament! But alas! It is Catholics, His special and privileged friends and chosen spouses, who offer Him a divided heart. Through the heresy of Modernism and Ecumenism, the very reverence that once surrounded the Altar is gone. The genuflection to show adoration and realization that God is present is no longer used. The silence of prayer and adoration has been exchanged for the din of talking and singing, clapping and shaking hands. Modesty in our dress, showing reverence for God Who is physically and truly present in the Tabernacle, has vanished. Suddenly, we realize there are no more outward gestures to express our interior belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Perhaps, we don’t believe! Perhaps, we have stopped praying! The gap between how we pray and what we believe is getting wider and wider. Sadly, we realize the great erosion that has taken place in our Faith.

The devil knows where the power lies. He knows his enemy. His end game is an attack on priests, so that reverence for the Blessed Sacrament having been removed, he might empty every Tabernacle and scatter the adorers who would gather there. This is no coincidence, it is his back door. Do you realize that a majority of Catholics no longer believe in the Real Presence?

THE EUCHARIST is the Source, Center and Summit of the Church’s LIFE!

If I am the enemy, I will strike at Her Heart. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the same Sacrifice Christ offered on Calvary but in an unbloody manner. His Presence is the Power! Satan knows that his worst enemy is Jesus in the Eucharist. If he can subvert belief in the Eucharist, the victory is his. If we don’t believe Christ is present, what will be our attitude at Mass? Who would make a holy hour? Strike the shepherd and scatter the sheep! The attack on the priest comes from without the Church and from within the Church. His morals are corrupted, his prayer life subverted, his breviary torn from his hands and he is enticed in a thousand ways to jump into the swamp of endless secular activities. He has taken off his cassock and cannot be distinguished as a man set apart from the world to live a life of sacrifice and total consecration to His Eucharistic King. The priest is a sacrificial lamb, offering and offered.

Everyone has a weakness. The devil finds a way to wound the priest and, then, he enters into his heart. Through this wound, whether it be alcohol, sex, drugs, whatever it may be, the devil seeks to destroy him.

The devil works hard to take down a priest for he knows if he strikes at the Heart of the Church, he can debilitate the priest and take away the Eucharist.

NO PRIEST, NO EUCHARIST!
NO EUCHARIST, NO POWER!

The Restrainer of Evil is removed and all manner of chaos erupts. We are gradually de-sensitized to it and people begin to accept it. They don’t realize their horrible loss.

Fewer priests mean fewer Masses. Power is drained out of the Church, Her strength is diminished, and She can no longer hold up the world in being. The world begins to sink into hell under the weight its own iniquity. Watch the 6 o’clock news. Attacks come from every side. Why? How? Because the enemy strikes at the very Heart of the Church and diminishes reverence for the Eucharist. Cultivate and nurture love of the Eucharist and respect for the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. Pray for your priests and love them as you have never loved them before.

Saint Peter Julian who, all aflame with faith in the Holy Eucharist, pleaded with the world, “Jesus is there, go to Him,” obtain through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, that this cry from the depth of his heart may re-echo in all the hearts and lead to a renewal and deepening of Christian life everywhere.

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“O Infinite Love, settled on our Altars, be always my hope, my consolation, my strength and all my happiness! May the fire of the Tabernacle consume my violent passions! At Thy Feet, O Lord, may my sadness turn to joy, my obstacles to success, my desires into willingness, my antipathies, my jealousies and my resentments against my neighbor, into the most ardent charity!

Cease to hope in man no matter what his power or talents! Stop depending upon yourself! Hope only in God Who has saved the world before and Who alone can save it again.”
by Ven. Pauline-Marie Jaricot

Eucharist Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come!


“The Art Of Suffering
(Fruits of Contemplation By Victorino Osende, O.P., 1953)

Many people are intent on probing into the causes of suffering and are assailed by temptations against faith when they see its extension and magnitude in the world. Suffering seems to us irreconcilable with our image of an All-Good and Loving God. For those who heed only the light of reason and consider the natural order as supreme, for those who regard the natural goods of this life as absolute, for such as these, pain has no possible explanation. Only in the light of the supernatural order do we find the key to the great mystery of suffering.

The natural order is not supreme and absolute; its goods have purely relative value, as do its evils. The very things we find to be evil may be valued as good, in as much as they may be the source of a greater good and an increase of glory to God. If we were to consider the infinite good we gain through suffering, we would change our lamentations into hymns of joy. After Christ died on the Cross and sanctified suffering, He infused divinity into it, so to speak, and made it a kind of sacrament by means of which the graces of Heaven descend upon earth. Suffering is the living cross on which and through which every man must be redeemed and saved. Every Christian is another Christ and, as such, must suffer and die in order to attain the glory of the Resurrection.

Through our suffering, all things are restored: justice is re-established, man is reconciled with God and he is reinstated in His friendship, grace is imparted to the soul and sanctification is achieved. Suffering is the singular agent of our purification and the eternal guarantee of our humility. Humbled and purified, we are restored to the image and likeness of God.

No one can enter into the possession of God without first detaching himself from all that is not God, and this is precisely what suffering effects in our hearts. However, we must bear in mind that these marvelous effects of suffering are produced only if the suffering is sent from God and not of our own making. It must be accepted with patience as coming from the loving Hands of Our Father in Heaven. We must suffer as Christians in union with the Spirit of Christ. It matters not if suffering comes as a consequence of our sins and in expiation of them. God never wills sin. He makes use of suffering to draw us to His Sacred Heart and keep us humble. Suffering is the most efficacious means for our redemption and our sanctification. Christian suffering sanctifies all things and Divine Love sanctifies all suffering!

Every new imperfection and misery we discover in ourselves is a new treasure of sanctity. How beautifully each and every such discovery serves to humble and unite us more closely with God! Pride is the ABSOLUTE evil; God therefore permits all other evils, even sin, in order to destroy PRIDE. Will to be humble if you do not wish to be humbled against your will.

While we are not asked to embrace suffering as such, we must embrace the Will of God which is manifested in the suffering. The art and science of suffering consists in suffering with and for the Love of God! In this is contained the Secret of Suffering. Suffer for the love of God and you will be blessed! One act of perfect union with the Will of God suffices to blot all the sins of a lifetime, all the sins of the world. One PERFECT act of love is enough to make us saints.

Nevertheless, it is necessary for us to learn how to suffer without causing others to suffer. Some sufferings are avoidable, others are unavoidable. What is most important is that we avoid fostering self-love in suffering by seeking abundant consolations, indulging in self-pity or by believing that our sufferings make us worthy of special consideration. The best way to suffer is in silence and alone with God, Our Divine Physician. To seek consolation outside of God is like seeking water outside of its fount. The majority of our sufferings arise out of PRIDE, repugnance to mortification, over-sensitivity and our immoderate desire for pleasure and recreation. Those who love vanity and lies often suffer much at the hands of others. Let us make every effort to have great compassion for our neighbor and patient acceptance of his defects.

Above all, trust God for the future. Do not torture yourself wondering what will befall you tomorrow. Do tranquilly today whatever is in your power and rest confidently in the Hands of God. Absolute faith and confidence in the bounty and love of God are and ever will be the immovable basis of life’s equilibrium and the only refuge and support of human frailty and misery.

Suffering is a miraculous wand which, by breaking the hard rocks of your cold heart, brings forth from it torrents of life and sanctity. It is suffering that makes you penetrate the profound secrets of the wisdom of God. Suffering sums up all the blessings of earth.

TO CONSOLE THE GRIEF-STRICKEN IS AN ACT OF MERCY;
FOR THE GRIEF-STRICKEN TO CONSOLE IS AN ACT OF THE MOST SUBLIME CHARITY!

Be patient with all, especially with yourself; for if you love sanctity, you yourself will be your greatest cross. Only victims are redeemers. What mortifies most is what sanctifies most! Do not ask God to relieve you of your cross but to give you the strength to bear it. God is everything! Die to all things, and you will find death sweet!


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Week of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, 2013

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Halfway to Heaven!

Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you for your lovely cards, warm wishes and generous donations. Each gift and prayer is the seed of hope for the New Year which lies ahead of us. Richard and I took time out to fly to Idaho and visit our families during Christmas week. The countryside was blanketed with snow and there were lots of darling little children whose laughter filled the air, brightened our hearts and gave us hope. Your dear family is remembered, daily, in our prayers and we beg God’s abundant blessings upon you throughout the New Year.

We face the New Year with the power of making the world a happier place in which to live. This power is called KINDNESS! Kindness adds sweetness to everything and is constantly winning souls back to God. It opens hearts that are closed, enlightens minds that have been darkened and gives hope to those who are on the point of despair. Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence or learning. Through kindness gloomy men smile, angry men grow meek, sick men cease to groan, hope is given to the dying, those who are bitter have their hearts sweetened and men turn away from sin. KINDNESS IS INFECTIOUS! One kind action leads to another. One single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions and fresh new trees spring up everywhere.

Every step taken on the road to kindness is a leap towards Heaven. Inward happiness follows kind actions. Proud men are seldom kind men. Humility makes us kind and kindness makes us humble. A kind man is never absorbed in self; he is sympathetic, genial and brave! If a man habitually has kind thoughts of others, he is not far from being a saint. Kind thoughts are more rare than kind words or kind deeds. CRITICISM IS DEATH TO KINDNESS! By sweetening the fountain of our thoughts, our bitterness in the judgment of others will disappear. At any risk, be it the loss of our lives, there must be an end to our unjust and ignorant judgment of others. No one can judge men but God and He does so with perfect knowledge, merciful ingenuity and undisturbed compassion. The habit of judging others is so nearly incurable; it is sure death to the soul. By cultivating kind thoughts of others, we are securing our place in Heaven. A kind man is an apostle and an evangelist: an apostle, because he brings men to Christ; an evangelist, because He portrays Christ to men. Do you wish to be happy? Be silent in suffering and radiate God’s Love to all men by Your KIND THOUGHTS, Your KIND WORDS and Your KIND DEEDS!

Patti Melvin, ULRA Director
Patti Melvin
Please pray for me.


Zeal For The Salvation Of Souls

“Zeal for the salvation of souls is of so great a merit before God, that to give up all our goods to the poor, or to spend our whole life in the exercises of all sorts of austerities cannot equal the merit of it. There is no service more agreeable to God than this one. To employ one’s life in this blessed labor is more pleasing to the Divine Majesty than to suffer martyrdom. Would you not feel happy if you could spend large sums of money in corporal works of mercy? But know that he who labors for the salvation of souls does far more; nay, the zeal of souls is of far greater merit before God … than the working of miracles.” Saint John Chrysostom

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee and for those who do not have recourse to thee, especially for the enemies of Holy Mother the Church!

His name is “LEGION” and always he is changing his label and face but his indelible sign remains the same: hatred of the Church, hatred of the just and hatred of the Immaculate Mother of God. The Holy Ghost is the active Principle of sanctification. The Church is the earthly manifestation of the Holy Ghost, its Living Soul. The Spirit animates the Body which is the Church. The graces by which we are elevated to supernatural life are wrought by the Sacraments which are the external signs of the action of the Holy Ghost. No power can quench its Life, and no force can prevent its living growth. Baptized into His Body and animated by His Grace, we are bound up in Him. How happy are we to bear our Paraclete within us, and how sacred the heart where He dwells! He that rejects Him shall find no comfort. He who grieves Him shall be eternally lost. The Holy Ghost is the principle of the life of the Church and, therefore, the source of Her unity. Thus, disunion from this Life is a contradiction and results in death.

Let us, at once, grasp that the war raging universally is a battle against the Holy Ghost! The Immaculate is so closely united with the Holy Ghost that She is called His spouse. She is, so to speak, the personification of the Holy Ghost! It is impossible to separate the Holy Ghost from Mary the Immaculate, since She is the instrument He uses in all He does in the order of grace. Clearly, then, this raging battle is most surely a war against the Immaculate Mother of God! It is a full attack on Truth, Unity and Love Itself! Arrogant and well-disciplined by an inhuman mystique, the enemy applies methodically, point by point, his plan of extermination. The greatest crime of this enemy is that it succeeds in the perversion of the very virtues of Christianity. Only Saints can resist this poison. How often do we not return hate for hate toward these ruthless criminals and butchers! We even justify our hatred toward them. When slapped on the right cheek, instead of turning the left, we return the slap with a resounding blow. Even if we gained a temporal victory, the enemy has succeeded in infecting us with his deadly virus. To live in an atmosphere of hatred and not be contaminated by that hate, is as miraculous as raising the dead to life.

Try to realize that, in Mary, there is a magnificent palace built of gold and precious stones, worthy of the great King Who dwells there, and try to realize what is true: that you are contributing toward His splendor and glory by honoring His permanent dwelling place – the Immaculate Heart of Mary! Through obedience, Mary was espoused by the Holy Ghost. By Mary’s Immaculate Conception, an implacable enmity arose between Her and the ancient adversary, the devil; thus, She was able to intimately join in Her Son’s mortal struggle against Satan, sin and death. Mary shares completely in both the victory of Jesus Christ and in the royal power won by right of conquest. From Christ, then, and through Her, all grace comes to us. Delegate of the Infinite Mercy, She is the crucible in which all our dross is consumed by the flame of sacrificial love and made into a worthy offering of purest gold. As Mother of Christ the Head, She is therefore Mother of the Mystical Body. Spouse of the Holy Ghost, She receives only to give and She takes only to transform. There is only one obstacle which is insuperably destructive of Her redemptory action – our voluntary refusal of it. All that matters is to surrender to Her sanctifying action and to be a ready instrument in Her radiant hands. She is the Immaculate, the direct way to Christ, the weapon of conquest with which to establish the reign of Jesus Christ universally from one end of the earth to the other! Nothing must sorrow the Holy Ghost quite as much as the mediocrity of souls avowed to the Blessed Mother. Let us sacrifice our lives a thousand times to sanctify them. There is not one single heroic act that we cannot accomplish with the help of the Immaculate! We live in a time of great penance. Let us, at least, know how to profit by it. Suffering is good and sweet to him who accepts it willingly. How eternally efficacious for the salvation of souls is this surrender of our wills to the Will of God!

The evil is very great and time grows short! Why have we not known how to save IN TIME the golden grain of truth stolen by the “Father of Lies”? It is all so simple. We must belong entirely to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, absolutely and unconditionally. Our sanctification is Her mission. Let us conquer for Christ all souls in the entire world to the end of time … through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Consecration, Our Anchor!

CONSECRATE YOURSELF voluntarily and completely to Mary Immaculate in order to belong to Her entirely. Wear the Brown Scapular as your breast plate and shield. Wear the Miraculous Medal, and pray daily the Holy Rosary which will be the source of your strength, inspiration and love.

LABOR FOR THE CONVERSION of sinners, heretics, schismatics, infidels, communists and all enemies of Holy Mother the Church. Strive to induce others to join the Militia of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Preach the Holy Rosary, teach others the value of the Brown Scapular, embrace and obey the Commandments of God, fulfilling perfectly the duties of your state in life.

BE A GREAT SAINT and instrument in the hands of Mary through perfect submission of your will to the Will of God, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Be solicitous for the glory and honor of your Immaculate Mother.

The Principal Dogmas of our Faith are from Mary, in Mary, with Mary and through Mary. Looking at Mary, these Dogmas are read, embraced, loved and believed. She contained and contains the Gospel which She offers to us all through the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary! True Christians can be recognized by this sign: LOVE FOR THE MOTHER OF GOD!


The Gold Of Consecration

“My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.” From the Heart of Mary flows the entire love-filled outpouring of the Trinity into souls. Mary draws mankind to Her Immaculate Heart (Consecration), leads them to God (Conversion) and calls them to participate in the building up of Christ’s kingly reign (Reparation). If I remain loyal to Mary, my faith will be safeguarded. By my consecration to Mary, I give Her full possession of my body and soul, and permission to do with them as She knows will be best for my salvation and the glory of God. Mary’s God-given mission is to make me a saint. “At this moment, on this day, I freely choose to give you my full permission to do your work in me.” As soon as Mary hears these words, She flies to us and begins working a masterpiece of grace within our souls. She continues this work for as long as we do not deliberately change our choice and take back our permission. Mary is a gentle Mother. She makes the lessons of the Cross into something sweet and She pours Her motherly solace into our every wound. Giving to Mary permission to do Her work is the surest, easiest, shortest and most perfect means of becoming a saint. What joy to be consecrated to Jesus through Mary! From this day forward, dear Jesus, whenever I embrace You, may it be with the arms of Mary. Whenever I kiss You, may it be with the lips of Mary. Whenever I sing to You, praise You and thank You, may it be with the voice of Mary. True Christians can be recognized by the love they have for the Mother of God. Mary will make of us God-Bearers. Like Mary, let us carry the divine presence of Jesus Christ into the whole world.


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Week of the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, 2013

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
Glory Be To Jesus Christ!Dear Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA) Members and Benefactors,

What profound happiness is mine to unite with you during these days in which we honor the Divine Infant Jesus and His Holy Mother! Hope swells in our hearts! The prayers of the Divine Liturgy contain all Marian theology: Her divine motherhood, Her perpetual virginity, Her holiness, Her queenship and Her mediation. The Sign of the Cross is an act of Faith in the three basic dogmas of our holy religion and an act of consecration of ourselves to God. Each morning at the Sacred Altar, you are with me. Many names are still pouring in for the Christmas Bouquet of Masses and I am happy to continue offering these Masses throughout the month of January.

Our Eucharistic Jesus offers Himself to us so often and so readily that we might begin to take His tender presence too much for granted. Have we reached the point where we accept this miracle as if it were routine and commonplace? Let us ask forgiveness if we have. We must not let the multiplicity of God’s favors dull our relish or make us careless. How many millions there are in the world who live in the shadow of paganism and have never heard God’s holy Name or looked upon an Elevated Host! With what great fervor and gracious love, God draws us to the Catholic Church and lavishes upon us the fullness of His treasury of Grace. How can we thank Him sufficiently!

With every Holy Mass, we remember the simplicity and mystery that is Christmas. It is the day when Our Savior came visibly to earth. It is the end of our loneliness and the beginning of God-with-us! He left the tabernacle of Mary’s womb, as He left the palace of His Father’s House, to take His place with us. This very wonderful thing happens every day at the Sacred Mass. God leaves the right hand of His Father to dwell with us in visible form. Had we lived during the time of the Holy Family, there is little likelihood that we would have ever seen or heard of the Savior. Thanks be to God, we have been born into the Faith and we have known, again and again, the wonder of Christ-Mass! Each day, we are able to hold Jesus to our hearts, just as truly as Mary held Him within Her arms. We can hold Him forever and carry Him back to our homes and our work place. He is not a loan, He is a Gift! Let us show our gratitude to God for this great miracle by making every effort to receive Him in Holy Communion that Christmas may live forever in our hearts!

I impart to all of you my priestly blessing:

In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Fr. IVAN KOLODIY, Byzantine Rite, Greek-Catholic Church, UKRAINE


Truth Is The Spirit Of God!

Tell The Truth! Act The Truth! Always Be True!

This seems strange counsel for us to offer to ourselves. We feel that it is something of an insult to urge ourselves to the practice of truth. We are willing to hear about suffering, humiliation, detachment and penance, but truth is a delicate matter. Each one of us believes that we possess it. And, we do possess fragments of it, but not one of us is perfectly true. Truth must be nourished and cherished, because it is upon truth that our spiritual and moral life is built.

If truth be our goal, there is much in life that must be ignored and must be sacrificed. If truth is to reign in all of the avenues of our activities, then there are many things which must not be sought, which must not be fostered and which must not be done.

Our sense of self-preservation is an endowment from God. It is a great gift but, when over-cultivated, it can easily betray us into falsehood. Fear, prejudice and favoritism are influences that tend to distort the truth. As human beings, we fear humiliation. We are prejudiced against those who deprive us of glory. We favor those who cater to our pride.

We cannot fail in charity to the slightest degree without failing against truth. Even if what we say is true and we fail against charity, we are being untrue to the person of whom we speak. Even if what we do is an indifferent act but if, by doing it, we deprive another of a fraction of his/her rights, we are not being true. We should be able to look everyone in the face, while acknowledging to all that we have been fair and true to all. We are seeking to weave for ourselves the garment of light, and this is none other than the Spirit of Truth, the Divine Guest of our soul.

Do we feel discouraged at the sight of so gigantic a task? We need not be cast down. Fear must not enter the lives of those who are sincere with God. He is with us always – all we must do is turn to Him, for He abides within us. Our lives are spent with Him and, thus, in close companionship with Truth, we grow sensitive to discord and to all that rings false. Our lives become true. Our thoughts become true. Our words and our actions have a directness and a singleness that inspire confidence and trust. It is not always easy to be true. Truth is infinite, entailing sacrifice. The Spirit of Truth abiding within us will teach us the art of being true. It is our desire to be worthy of God’s trust, and our prayer to be souls of fidelity, upon whom He can always rely.

It is our aim to be among those who, with singleness of purpose, seek God and His Holy Will. It is a great happiness to be worthy of trust. To live in such a manner as to merit trust is all that God asks of us. Only He can reveal the truth to us in its vastness, its depth, its breadth and its height. Only He can teach us and give us the courage to live a life of honor, sincerity and faithfulness.

Capacity for suffering is the measure of friendship. Only the intimacy, which has grown strong enough to forget self and suffer pain, can unite two hearts. I can do and ask of a friend what I could ask of no other and the closer the beloved, the more I may ask and never hear denial.

Thus, it is with friendship with Christ Our Lord. It is of His friends that He can, and does, ask sacrifices. Am I intimate enough with Christ for Him to ask any sacrifice of me? Am I one of His chosen few, from whom He knows no refusal will ever come?

Deep down in the soul of everyone who determinedly follows Christ, there is peace which the world is as powerless to steal as it is to give. Union with Christ cannot be accomplished except through our sufferings – intellectual, physical and moral. These, Jesus permits to cleanse our hearts and bring us to perfect purity of love. And, did not Mary, His own beloved Mother, and even He Himself have to undergo suffering? In the process of His Passion, Jesus was forsaken by His own Apostles, denied vehemently by St. Peter, betrayed by Judas and abandoned by His Heavenly Father as He hung upon the Cross. We, too, must abandon ourselves to God’s Will.

“Love Him and keep Him for thy Friend!
When all go away, He will not leave thee, nor suffer thee to perish in the end.”



Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Week of the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, 2012

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
December 28, 2012

Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

We meet the New Year with joy and gratitude. The primary end of the Incarnation is God’s Glory! He is the One absolute Good and cannot will anything, apart from His Glory! The work of creation glorifies God in His Wisdom and Omnipotence; the work of the Incarnation glorifies Him in His merciful Love. As Christians we are, of ourselves, proofs of God’s Glory. Our elevation to the supernatural state, our sanctification and eternal happiness have, for their supreme end, the Glory of Him Who has redeemed us. Christians and all consecrated souls, must act in such a way that their works and their whole lives may be a praise of glory to the Trinity and to Christ Our Lord. We cannot be too grateful to God!

What better way to begin the New Year, then, by counting the blessings of the year gone by: big or little, no matter how insignificant they might have seemed? Every time, we thank God for a blessing, it is the leaven of our lives. Doing this, keeps us whole and aware of the Kingdom of God truly within us. God is always in control, always acting for our greatest good.

A grateful person is a happy person. The key to a constant flow of grace is a constant flow of gratitude. Acts of gratitude will erase darkness from our mind, heart, body and soul, and fill our whole being with light. Gratitude is a source of energy; give thanks in all circumstances, in joy and in pain. Thankfulness is a builder and a healer! It is a lifter and life-giver, a fortifier and comforter! When praise is used, unexpected good happens in every corner of our lives. Look up to Heaven, look above your problems and thank God for His goodness and His Love.

Patti Melvin
Patti Melvin, ULRA Director

The Wise Men came and laid their Gifts before the Child that day; But greater than the Gifts they gave, were those they took away!


WITH MARY EVERYTHING! WITHOUT MARY, NOTHING!God brings creation into being out of nothing. His masterpiece, therein, after the humanity of Our Lord and Savior, is the Immaculata: Daughter of the Father, Mother of the God-Man, Bride and Sanctuary of the Holy Ghost. She has a position that far surpasses all the Angels and Saints. As Mediatrix of All Graces, Mother of Good Counsel and Help of Christians, She guides the soul that seeks and loves God to its eternal goal. Mary stands by Her children in battle; She defends the Church in Its warfare with the forces of darkness which, today, have assumed apocalyptic proportions. Blessed is the soul whom the Immaculata allows to see Her greatness and glory, and who She calls to serve Her unconditionally! Blessed be the man whom the Immaculata employs as an instrument in carrying out the plans of God for the salvation of the world!

“O Immaculata, we long to know you better and better, and to love you more ardently without any limit whatsoever. We desire to tell other souls who you are, that they might come to know you ever more perfectly and to love you all the more fervently. We yearn for you to become the Queen of all hearts that are beating on earth and that will ever beat, and for this to happen as quickly as possible.” … St. Maximilian Kolbe

Mary stands alone in Her perfection and power as God’s masterpiece. She is the great sign in the heavens, which leads the Christian army into combat against Satan. She is victorious in all of God’s battles.

God has given Her to us for these very days as the last means of salvation, the final refuge of His persecuted and oppressed children. Mary has a great role to play in the life of the Church and of every individual because God willed it so and not otherwise. The more deeply we penetrate into the mystery of Mary, the more we become inflamed with love for Her. When Mary proclaims that, in the end, Her Immaculate Heart will Triumph, then all who live in the Heart of Mary will win the victory. Those most especially consecrated to that Immaculate Heart will be an intimate part of Her Triumph!!!

God’s work of creation is a great movement of love which pours forth from Him and flows back to Him again. Just as the divine life descended from the Father through the Son in the Holy Ghost into the Immaculata and from there to creatures, so too this life returns through Mary in the Holy Ghost, to the Son, and from the Son back to the Father. She is the summit of creation and the bridge over which all the paths from Heaven and to Heaven travel, the nave which bridges the distance between God’s majesty and the guilty sinner.

“My Immaculate Heart will be your Refuge and the Way that will lead you to God!”

The Immaculata with Her radiant Heart touches the whole world. From Her flows the entire love-filled outpouring of the Trinity into souls. Mary comes to the aid of Christianity in its tribulations, draws men to Her Immaculate Heart (Consecration), leads them back to God (Conversion) and calls them to participate in the building up of Christ’s kingly reign (Reparation).

The time has come! Mary’s position as Mediatrix of all Graces is beginning: Creation returns Home to God! The significance of Mary is so great that She is drawn into the interior of the Life of the Most Holy Trinity. Mary becomes, through Her motherhood, a blood relative of the Trinity. Thus, no man goeth to the Father but by the Son, and no man goeth to Christ but by His Mother.

Mary becomes the life of the Priesthood of Christ and the dispensatrix of all the graces of His Sacrifice to mankind. Mary is the mother, bride and helpmate of the New Adam and completes the Priesthood. It is God’s Will that we should receive everything through Mary that Christ has done for us.

“Mary appears and accompanies Jesus to the place of suffering, is with Him at the moment of His death and receives His lifeless Body in Her arms when It is taken down from the Cross. Here, She is appointed by Him to be the mother of mankind; here She suffers with Him more than all other human beings together could ever suffer. Here, Her Heart is pierced. Here is accomplished Mary’s mission as Co-Redemptrix.” St. Maximilian Kolbe

Until the end of time, the Holy Spirit works in the Church as the “Soul of the Church” that fills everything with life and brings It to perfection: The Sacred Liturgy, the Sacraments, the sanctification of souls and the conferral of graces. However, the work of the Holy Ghost in its entirety takes place in the Immaculata and through the Immaculata. Mary is joined in an ineffable manner to the Holy Spirit because She is His Spouse; it is the union of Her very being with the being of the Holy Ghost. He Himself is love in Her, the Love of the entire Trinity, a fruitful Love, a conception. It is significant that Mary stated Her name to Bernadette at Lourdes, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” In the Holy Ghost, Mary is the source of the Incarnation. The conception of the Father and the Son, takes place in the inmost of Her being, in the Heart of the Immaculata. She is completely and utterly dependent upon the action of the Holy Spirit; yet Her action is real and, through charity, Mary is one with the Holy Ghost. Mary’s Heart is completely immersed in the Love of God, without any distance, shadow or hesitation whatsoever. She receives the entire fullness of God.

It is through Her compassion that Mary participates actively and concretely in the mission of the Holy Ghost. The union of the Holy Ghost with Mary unites all of Heaven with all of earth, all uncreated love with all created love; it is the summit of love, the Amen of the hypostatic union, the keystone of Christ’s entire redemptive work. The mission of God in the world must be visible since we are not angels. The Son took on a human nature and the Holy Ghost united Himself most intimately with the creature He had chosen to be His Bride. God-Who-is-Love willed to manifest His mediation between the Father and the Son through a visible sign. This sign is the Heart of the Immaculate Virgin. The Creator said to the serpent concerning the Immaculata, “She will crush thy head and you will lay in wait for Her heel.” (Gen. 3:15)

As Mother of Christ the Redeemer, Mary became Co-Redemptrix of the human race and, as Spouse of the Holy Ghost, She participates in the distribution of all graces. The manifestation of this fact is the Miraculous Medal in Rue de Bac and at Lourdes. Every grace for souls comes from the hands of the Mediatrix of all Graces and never a moment goes by in which She does not grant ever-new graces to each individual soul: Graces which enlighten the mind and strengthen the will.

There are two special Graces the Holy Ghost unceasingly sends us through the Immaculata:

1. The Grace of Conversion and

2. The Grace of Sanctification.

By Conversion, we are loosened from the shackles of the devil, whose head She continually crushes and, through Sanctification, She leads the soul closer and closer to God and unites it with Him.

If someone falls into sin, gives himself over completely to vice, despises God’s graces, and makes himself unworthy of grace, need he despair? NO! Not at all! For God has given him a Mother who observes all of his thoughts, words and deeds, and with Her compassionate Heart, She hastens to his side even without being called, to the place where the greatest misery prevails. She enters the soul befouled with sin and vices, and begs for it the grace of light and strength of will to be reborn in Christ. All conversions begin with the Mediatrix of all Graces. Mary is the mercy of God itself. An infinite mercy which longs to save, heal, restore and redeem.

Mary builds up the kingship of Christ in the world through Her queenship. Mary’s apostolic mission in the world is unique and universal. Nations who have remained faithful to Mary have also preserved the purity of their Faith in the divinity of Christ. Today, the great heresy is religious indifference, which allows the soul to become paralyzed in the stupor of egotism and to be swallowed up by passions. Mary will vanquish this heresy like all others. To Her is reserved the great victory for our days. To Her belongs the honor of saving the Faith from shipwreck.

What is needed is intensive apostolic life by Total Consecration to Mary. Through the holy Scapular of Mount Carmel, the Mother clothes Her child and protects it from the snares of Satan at the moment of death, so that it cannot be lost. The work of the Holy Ghost in the world for the salvation of souls is impeded the moment the greatness of Mary is obscured or people separate themselves from Her.

Our Duty as Christians to remain loyal to Mary will be for us the Guardian of our Faith.

Heresies are developing at a dizzying pace, the abomination of desolation is in the holy place and sects run rampant; truly, these are the last Days. And, it is precisely now that God has given to us a safe refuge: Mary’s Immaculate Heart. Let us make haste and go there! May it be our burning drive to open this refuge to all souls, and help them find their way to the interior castle therein which contains the fullness of the Trinity: God Alone! Mary is the spotless Bride of the Holy Spirit, His true instrument, and most sacred temple. Therefore, Mary is the crown, the very summit of the revelation of Divine Truth.

The Mystical Body of Christ belongs to Mary, “My beloved to Me!” By this is meant that the Church Triumphant, Militant and Suffering belongs to Mary, or better still, Jesus Christ combating against Hell on earth, Jesus Christ triumphant in Heaven and Jesus Christ suffering in Purgatory in His members, belongs to Mary because Our Divine Savior gave His holy Mother all things together with Himself.

Mary likewise belongs to the Church Militant, Triumphant and Suffering, “I to my beloved,” for this Son, Jesus Christ, has given Her to the Church Militant that She might be the general of Her armies. He has given His Mother to the Church Triumphant as a resplendent sun filling the hearts of the blessed in Heaven with incredible joy, second only to the joy they experience from the Beatific Vision of the Face of God. Christ has given Her to the Suffering Church as a Mother of Mercy and Comforter of the Afflicted, who is ever spreading comfort and refreshment among those scorching flames of divine justice. Mary must rule in our hearts. In the measure that we submit our hearts and the movements of our hearts to Her, and abide by Her decisions and yield to Her will, She becomes Queen of our hearts.

On the divine ladder leading from Heaven down to creatures, Mary is the final rung, the reservoir of all graces. From this perfect vessel flows the entire work of God into souls. On the ladder of our ascent into Heaven, Mary is the first rung. At the end of time, She will appear as the perfect Bride who contains within Herself the whole redeemed world. She is the New Jerusalem. In the end, Mary’s Immaculate Heart will Triumph, God’s work will reach its culmination and perfection, He will give Himself to His children for all eternity in the dwelling place that He has prepared, the tabernacle of God among men, in His Heaven, in the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

IN YOU, O MARY, MAY WE SHARE THE OCEAN OF GOD’S LOVE WITHOUT END!


Father Chad Partain, Director of the Children of Mary was the invited guest of the International Week of Prayer and Fasting and gave the following talks on Saturday, October 20, 2012:St. Philomena Youth for Purity Program – 1

St. Philomena Youth for Purity Program – 2


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Fourth Sunday of Advent, 2012

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

MANNA FROM HEAVEN

The Holy Rosary has never been tied to any time, place or people, nor did it arise from any human culture. Like all true liturgy, it had no earthly origin. He, who tampers with the Rosary, tampers with the work of God. Some try to modernize the Rosary, suppress it, change its form, mutilate it and denigrate it. Like the ancient Sacrifice of the Mass, it continues to live its own life, quietly and serenely amidst the turmoil of our day. We have called the Rosary, the Ultimate Liturgy and so it is. It is no sentimental paraliturgical practice developed over the centuries. It is Our Lady’s Psalter. Known through history as the Layman’s Breviary, the 150 HAIL MARY are said in lieu of the 150 Davidic Psalms of the Divine Office. Where the Office is the Opus Dei, the work of God, the Rosary may be called the Opusculum Dei, God’s little work. Like the Divine Office, it is rooted in the universal, divine injunction to pray without ceasing and was designed by Her to facilitate this duty for those unable for whatever reason to recite the Office. So well was that understood by the faithful when the Rosary was first propagated by St. Dominic, that for a long time its recitation actually began with the Aperies as does the Office. Even today, it still closes with the Hail Holy Queen – the Salve Regina with which the Office closes.

The Rosary is not just one devotion among many. It is a super devotion, the only one ever formally raised to liturgical status on par with that of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It has its own proper feast, October 7, instituted with a proper Office by Pope Gregory XIII. It was inserted into the Roman Martyrology by Pope Clement VII and later extended to the Universal Church by Pope Clement XI. Pope Benedict XIII added it to the Breviary, and Pope Leo XIII, the Pope of the Rosary, dedicated the entire month of October to the Holy Rosary. Pope Pius V, who for all time canonized the Order of the Mass by the famous Bull, Quo Primum in 1570, had already promulgated a similar Bull for the Holy Rosary entitled Consueverunt.

After reaffirming the tradition relating to St. Dominic and officially entrusting the propagation of the Holy Rosary to his spiritual sons, the document established canonically the form in which the Rosary was to be prayed; 150 HAIL MARY in groups of ten with the OUR FATHER in between, joined to meditation on the 15 mysteries of the Life of Our Lord. Nothing was created or changed; the devotion was merely codified with the full authority of his office defining the proper form, giving obedient testimony to the work of the Holy Ghost, Who is the Principal Author of all Liturgy. The devotion was not left open to possible variations.

The Rosary was not fabricated piece by piece like a machine, but grew organically in space and time. Under divine impulsion, it issued forth from the Archangel Gabriel’s greeting to Mary, as a living plant grows from seed, in accordance with both natural and supernatural laws. The HAIL MARY was given to the world even before the Lord’s Prayer. Certainly, it was no new practice which Our Lady brought to St. Dominic, but one perfected over the centuries by the Holy Ghost with Her cooperation for the special exigencies of the Latter Days.

There are those who say the Rosary is not sufficiently Christological, but it must be pointed out to them that the climax of every HAIL MARY is not Mary herself, but ‘the Fruit of Her womb, Jesus!’ No prayer is so firmly rooted in Apostolic tradition as the Rosary. The 15 principal mysteries of the Faith flow naturally from the meditation on the Psalms. Far from modern accretions, these meditations were among the Rosary’s most ancient elements. They reproduce the Church’s essential liturgical cycle, and carry the worshiper through the entire history of Redemption.

The Rosary is the most powerful weapon, the Ultimate Liturgy! At all times and in every place, it opens the graces flowing freely from the Divine Head of the Mystical Body through the mediation of His Mother, to us His members. The persecuted Christians of Ireland were on solid doctrinal ground when they resorted to the Rosary as their dry Mass. As the number of priests dwindles, churches close down and the Liturgy breaks down, it is good for us to remember this. Pope Leo XIII and Sister Lucia of Fatima have both attested that Our Lady invested the Rosary with special efficacy: the repetition of the AVE MARIA, PATER NOSTER and GLORIA PATRI is the chain that lifts us right up to God, unites us to Him and obtains for us a participation in His Divine Life.

The Blessed Virgin Mary recommended recitation of the Rosary with great insistence to Dom Umberto Pasquale, since it is: ‘After the Eucharistic Liturgy, the prayer most apt for preserving Faith in Souls.’

The Apocalyptic Mission of the Rosary was prepared from eternity and it seems always to keep pace with the surges of evil. Our Lady appeared to St. Dominic at the time of the Albigensian Heresy. The victory was decisive and the devotion spread like wild-fire! Swelling with the growth of Confraternities, the Rosary became the prayer of the whole Church. It was intimately associated with the discovery of America and all that followed upon it. The defeat of the Turks at Lepanto was a great Rosary victory!

A detailed history of the Rosary would fill volumes. Suffice it to say that it reached its climax in 1917 at Fatima, where the Mother of God proclaimed to the whole world, ‘I am the Lady of the Rosary.’ On October 13, preceding the great Miracle of the Sun, three extraordinary tableaux were shown in the Heavens: one of the Holy Family symbolizing the Joyful Mysteries, one of the Mother of Sorrows symbolizing the Sorrowful Mysteries, and a third one of Our Lady crowned and reigning in glory as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, symbolizing the Glorious Mysteries. Much as the apparition at Lourdes set the divine seal on Pope Pius IX’s promulgation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, the coming of Our Lady at Fatima ratified the teachings of Pope Leo XIII on the Holy Rosary. Of the 11 Encyclicals and one Apostolic letter he wrote on the Holy Rosary, none surpasses LAETITIA SANCTAE, given on Our Lady’s Birthday in 1893. It ranks among the great social Encyclicals in that it proposes a schema for curing the three principal ills of modern society in terms of the Rosary:

1. The distaste for simple labor characteristic of the industrial age must yield to the salutary precepts of the Joyful Mysteries;

2. The repugnance for suffering endemic to a pleasure-motivated society must be overcome by living the Sorrowful Mysteries;

3. The lethal forgetfulness of future life must be dispelled by ordering all human endeavor to the Glorious Mysteries.

Our Lady promised at Fatima, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will Triumph.” Continue to pray the Rosary! The Rosary is prophecy. The history of the Church from its beginning until its final triumph lies hidden in Its mysteries. Ever faithfully reproducing the Life of Her beloved Lord on earth, the Church has already left the Joyful Mysteries behind and is in the throes of the Sorrowful Mysteries. Sister Lucia told Fr. Fuentes, “The most Holy Virgin has made me to understand that we are living in the last times of the world. The devil is engaging in the decisive battle against the Blessed Virgin. Not to honor Mary is to dishonor her! False to her is false to Him! They who are against the Mother of Christ are against Christ Himself and His Holy Church. Of Mary, there can never be enough! Pray the Rosary every day!”

Excerpts from THE HOLY ROSARY – THE ULTIMATE LITURGY by Solange Hertz

“Do you object to the prayer of the Holy Rosary, feeling that the invocations are repetitious? Yes, it is like the Manna that fell upon the sand in the desert. The Hebrews became bored with it for the very same reason you point out…every day the same Manna, insipid and monotonous. And, yet, it sustained their lives!” (Excerpts from Ven. Pauline Jaricot on The Rosary — Jan. 1846 )


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Third Week of Advent, 2012

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

The Sacrifice Our Lord Asks Of You, Is The Sacrifice Of Daily Duty!

The right employment of time is of greatest importance in the spiritual life. Draw up for yourself a rule of order for the day, assigning each duty its proper time, and observe this rule punctually.

As soon as you awake, make the Sign of the Cross and say: “O my God, I offer Thee all that I am, and all that I have, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” Arise diligently and punctually at the appointed time. Dress with modesty. Kneel before a Crucifix or a picture of Our Lady, and say the Morning Prayers.

Attend daily Mass as often as you can. It is by far the best and most profitable of all devotions.

Seek always to live in the presence of God. Take great care to sanctify all of your actions by offering them to God. Give them into Our Lady’s care by praying the Hail Mary before, during and after each duty of your day.

Do all things in moderation, desiring always to please God, whether you are eating, drinking, sleeping, at work or in recreation. Say the Grace before and after meals faithfully.

Spend at least half an hour in good spiritual reading from the Gospels, Lives of Saints, and other spiritual works. Doing this, will nourish your faith and piety, and will serve to arm you in battle against the false maxims of the world.

Avoid those companions who are a danger to your soul. Keep a strict guard over all of your senses. Curb your tongue. Do not be idle.

Waste no time in profane or light reading, which too often is poison to the soul.

When tempted to sin, make the Sign of the Cross, and immediately call upon God to help you.

Do not be discouraged, if you have the misfortune to fall into sin but, quickly, cast yourself down in spirit at the Feet of Christ, and humbly beg His pardon. In the case of mortal sin, make an act of perfect contrition and, then, receive the Sacrament of Confession as soon as it is possible.

Try to make at least a quarter of an hour’s meditation each day. Think upon the Passion of Our Lord, the virtues or the sorrows of Our Blessed Mother, or the virtues of one of the holy Martyrs or Saints.

Accept all the trials and humiliations which God may send, humbly and with resignation, saying: THY WILL BE DONE!

Make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament during the day, if it is possible. Never fail to pray the Rosary every day, and meditate upon its Mysteries.

Finish the day as it was begun, by kneeling to say your night prayers. Make an examination of conscience, and humbly ask God pardon for the faults of the day.

Go to Confession and receive Holy Communion, at the very least, once a month and on principal feasts. If you can make a spiritual retreat each year, make every attempt to do so.

Offer your life in sacrifice to God, especially when you are sick. It is most important to prepare for your death during your Day of Prayer each month. When you are very ill, when death seems imminent, make haste to receive the Sacrament of Extreme Unction as soon as possible.

God to glorify, Jesus to imitate, the Angels and Saints to invoke,
A soul to save, a body to mortify, sins to expiate, virtues to acquire,
Hell to avoid, Heaven to gain, Eternity to prepare for, Time to profit by,
Neighbors to edify, the world to despise, Devils to combat, Passions to subdue,
Death perhaps to encounter and Judgment to undergo.


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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Share Your Gift of Faith

For centuries, our cherished Catholic faith has been passed from person to person, parent to child, etc. Each of us carries in our heart a special memory of how God first graced us with the knowledge of the faith and how Our Blessed Mother, Saint Philomena, Venerable Pauline Jaricot and other saints changed our lives and brought us closer to Christ.

In our work in the Universal Living Rosary Association, we see first hand how millions of souls are currently living without that knowledge of God and are living outside of His grace. We have been given a beautiful opportunity to carry out Christ’s work and pass on our faith and blessings to others who would otherwise never be introduced to Our Lord, the Savior of all mankind. Just as we pray for the souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them, we should also make it a part of our life’s mission to pass on our faith to as many souls as possible who have no one else to pass it on to them, who don’t know Our Lord and His promise of salvation.

This is the box we send out to the foreign Missions @ $53.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragements for our Promoters.

This is the box we send out to the foreign Missions @ $77.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragement for our Promoters.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Second Week of Advent, 2012

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

HEAVEN’S FORMULA FOR HOLINESS: THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY!

The Miraculous Medal of the Immaculate Conception may also be called the Medal of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The inner message of our consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is that we not only accept and offer up whatever God sends to us, but that we do this through the Immaculate Heart of His Mother. We recognize that our hearts are sullied by sin and, therefore, we ‘borrow’ as it were, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who was for our sake and in anticipation of the Redemption, ever completely pure before God. We avail ourselves of her purity.

In the beginning, many understood the Fatima message to be primarily for the conversion of Russia because of the promise of Our Lady, ‘In the end my Immaculate Heart will Triumph, Russia will be converted and there will be peace.’ But, the ultimate goal of the requests of Our Lady of Fatima is to bring about the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart. The Apocalypse describes the Triumph of Our Lady over the dragon. It is this same dragon which has established a base of militant atheism in one of the largest nations of the world. From Russia, this dragon set forth openly to drive from the hearts of man all belief in God. Our Lady has promised that She would save us from the dragon of militant atheism. If Her requests are not heeded, there will be further wars and entire Nations will be annihilated. There is a great deal of urgency as well as finality to the Fatima message.

MEN MUST CEASE OFFENDING GOD!

My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee. I beg pardon for those who do not believe, Do not adore, Do not trust and Do not love Thee.

O LADY’S PEACE PLAN FROM HEAVEN

“Dear Queen and Mother, you promised at Fatima to convert Russia and bring peace to all mankind. In Reparation to Thy Immaculate Heart for my sins and for the sins of the whole world, I solemnly promise:

1. Daily to offer up the sacrifices demanded by my Daily Duty,

2. To pray the Rosary daily while meditating on the Mysteries;

3. To wear the Scapular of Mount Carmel as a profession of this promise. It will be for me an act of my consecration to you.

I will renew this promise often, most especially in moments of temptation.”

Fatima’s Formula for Holiness was prepared by Sister Lucia and promulgated by the Bishop of Fatima in 1946. Each of its parts is closely related to the other. We can separate them only for discussion. Like four legs of a table, all are needed and it is useless to ask which one is more important or which takes precedence over the others. All four together make up a solid basis for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in each individual so that in the end Her Heart will triumph throughout the whole world.

The BROWN SCAPULAR is the devotion of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It creates the state of union with Her. It puts us in the atmosphere of holiness which greatly facilitates the keeping of the other elements of the pledge.

WHY THE SCAPULAR?

Our Lady held the Brown Scapular out to the world in the final vision of Fatima, just before the climax of the miracle of the sun. When Lucia was asked why Our Lady held the Scapular in Her hands, she said, “it is because everyone should wear it, for it is the sign of Consecration to Her Immaculate Heart.” Later, Sr. Lucia said, “the Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable.” Pope Pius XII and the Bishop of Fatima officially ratified this judgment. In his Encyclical in July 1951, Pope Pius XII said: “Let it (the Brown Scapular) be for all the sign of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” The Scapular brings to its wearer the constant moral presence of Our Lady and, at the same time, is an eternal profession of Consecration to Her. By uniting our hearts to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we are brought into intimate contact and union with the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The more we deepen our understanding of the Scapular as a sign of intimacy with the Heart of Mary, the more valuable it will be to us at every moment of the day in fulfilling the other requests She made at Fatima that Her Immaculate Heart might triumph.

THE SCAPULAR DEVOTION IS PROFOUND AND FULL OF MEANING!

Concealed beneath so simple a sign, no words or even paragraphs can amply describe or explain it. Often referred to as Our Lady’s Sacrament, it has been the vehicle of more numerous miracles and favors than any other sign the world has known. It has been the armor of Saints and was found incorrupt in the tombs of St. John Bosco, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Louis de Montfort and others. The Scapular is not a sign of some particular religious congregation; rather it is a sign of belonging to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to the universal Family of Her Heart.

Valid enrollment is required. This must be performed by a priest. Brown wool must be used and the Scapular worn over the shoulders with one part in front and one in back. Pictures on the Scapular are not necessary. The ritual of enrollment should be followed, and the name of the person enrolled should be inscribed in a register. Pope John XXII promulgated the great promise made by Our Lady known as the ‘Sabbatine Privilege’ and which was further confirmed by nine subsequent Popes. St. John of the Cross summed up the privilege in these words, ‘Blessed be God who permits that I part from this life on Saturday, the day that Our Lady frees Her special children from Purgatory.” Sabbatine means Saturday and the privilege is traditionally understood to mean that no one who obtains it will remain in Purgatory beyond the first Saturday after their death.

The Requirements for the Sabbatine Privilege are:

1. to wear the Scapular faithfully,

2. remain chaste according to one’s state in life,

3. to pray the Little Office daily. Fr. John Luke of the Holy Ghost, OFM, has obtained permission for the ULRA to substitute for the Little Office, our Decade in the Living Rosary. Registration list of all members in the Scapular Confraternity is sent each month to (1) Stella Maris Monastery, Haifa, Jerusalem, (2) Fr. Angelo Ison, OFM, St. Anthony’s Latin Parish Church, Tel Aviv, Israel and (3) Fr. Luke of the Holy Ghost, OFM, Our Lady of Victory Church, Archdiocese of Rhodes, Greece.

MORNING OFFERING

O MY GOD, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee, the Precious Blood of Jesus from all the Altars throughout the world joining with it the offering of my every thought, word and action of this day. I desire to gain every indulgence and merit I can, offering them together with myself to Mary Immaculate whom Thou has appointed the dispenser of the merits of Thy Precious Blood especially by means of this Scapular (kiss your Brown Scapular) that She may best apply them to the interests of Thy Most Sacred Heart.

TREASURE OF THE LORD

Some people lament that they do not love God more; all desire something for His glory: the spread of some good work, the success of some devotion, the coming of some better time. One man has been striving for years to overcome a particular fault and has not succeeded. Another mourns, and almost wonders while he mourns, that so few of his relations and friends have been converted to the Faith. One grieves that he has not devotion enough; yet another that he has a cross to carry which is a particularly impossible cross to him; while a third has some domestic trouble and unhappiness in the family, which seem incompatible with his salvation; and for all these things, prayer appears to bring so little remedy.

What is the remedy that is wanted? What is the remedy indicated by God Himself? If we rely on the disclosures of the Saints, it is an IMMENSE increase of devotion to Our Blessed Lady but, remember, nothing short of an IMMENSE one. Devotion to Mary is low, thin and poor. It is frightened out of its wits by the sneers of heresy. It wishes to make Mary so little a Mary that Protestants may feel at ease about her. It is not the prominent characteristic of our religion which it ought to be! It has no faith in itself. Hence, it is that Jesus is not loved, that heretics are not converted that the Church is not exalted; that souls which might be Saints wither and dwindle; that the Sacraments are not rightly frequented, or souls enthusiastically evangelized.

Jesus is obscured because Mary is kept in the background. Thousands of souls perish because Mary is withheld from them. It is the miserable, unworthy shadow which we call our devotion to the Blessed Virgin that is the cause of all these wants and blights, these evils and omissions and declines.

Oh, if Mary were but known, how much more wonderful would be our faith, and how different our Communions would be!

Oh, if Mary were but known, how much happier, how much holier, how much less worldly should we be, and how much more should we be living images of Our sole Lord and Savior,
Her dearest and most Blessed Son!
(Father F.W. Faber – November 21, 1862)

Our total consecration to the Blessed Virgin enables her to implant and foster within us the seeds of her own perfect response to God. We are all called to participate in the grace of Mary’s Immaculate Conception. This may, at first, sound profane or even revolutionary, but the truth of it is inescapable. God created man in His own image and likeness, and prepared him for a most profound union with the Most Blessed Trinity and with one another.

From the blood of martyrs and the humble trust and patient suffering of the Children of Mary, will flower the most glorious Triumph of the Blessed Virgin Mary upon the earth, binding the whole Catholic world. The Most Blessed Trinity with the voice of the Vicar of Jesus Christ will proclaim throughout the world the infallible dogma of Mary Mediatrix of all Graces and Co-Redemptrix. This, in fact, will herald the most glorious Triumph of Christ the King. A deluge of Sanctifying Grace will flood the face of the earth and the Peace of Christ, promised to us at Fatima, will reign supreme over all nations.

What a singular privilege for each of us in Mary’s Living Rosary battalion to have been part of the universal army commissioned to implant the truth of the Immaculate Conception in the souls of all men! It will be to our lasting glory to have served our Queen in this cause with our whole heart and all our treasure.

“In the end, My Immaculate Heart WILL TRIUMPH!

The whole world and everyone in it, consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, will be loving the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the only love befitting Him; for it will be the Love of the Most Blessed Trinity dwelling in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, breathing LOVE for LOVE: One God Loving Himself!

CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY

I, (name), a wretched sinner, today, renew and ratify in thy hands, my Immaculate Mother, the vows made for me at Baptism by my sponsors. I renounce forever Satan and all his pomps and works. I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, to carry my cross after Him, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before. I contemplate Him in His agony, and realize that it was to save me from Hell, to deliver me from the cruel slavery of the devil, that He suffered this indescribable agony. I offer myself to thy Immaculate Heart, which suffered so acutely for me at the foot of the Cross. I wish to honor that sorrowful Heart, which does so justly merit the love, the reverence and the gratitude of all mankind. My dear Mother, my loving advocate with Jesus, I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, my talents, my time, and even the value of all my good actions. I leave to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity. Amen.


THE SACRIFICE OUR LORD ASKS OF YOU, IS THE SACRIFICE OF DAILY DUTY!

The right employment of time is of greatest importance in the spiritual life. Draw up for yourself a rule of order for the day, assigning each duty its proper time, and observe this rule punctually.

As soon as you awake, make the Sign of the Cross and say: “O my God, I offer Thee all that I am, and all that I have, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” Arise diligently and punctually at the appointed time. Dress with modesty. Kneel before a Crucifix or a picture of Our Lady, and say the Morning Prayers.

Attend daily Mass as often as you can. It is by far the best and most profitable of all devotions.

Seek always to live in the presence of God. Take great care to sanctify all of your actions by offering them to God. Give them into Our Lady’s care by praying the Hail Mary before, during and after each duty of your day.

Do all things in moderation, desiring always to please God, whether you are eating, drinking, sleeping, at work or in recreation. Say the Grace before and after meals faithfully.

Spend at least half an hour in good spiritual reading from the Gospels, Lives of Saints, and other spiritual works. Doing this, will nourish your faith and piety, and will serve to arm you in battle against the false maxims of the world.

Avoid those companions who are a danger to your soul. Keep a strict guard over all of your senses. Curb your tongue. Do not be idle.

Waste no time in profane or light reading, which too often is poison to the soul.

When tempted to sin, make the Sign of the Cross, and immediately call upon God to help you.

Do not be discouraged, if you have the misfortune to fall into sin but, quickly, cast yourself down in spirit at the Feet of Christ, and humbly beg His pardon. In the case of mortal sin, make an act of perfect contrition and, then, receive the Sacrament of Confession as soon as it is possible.

Try to make at least a quarter of an hour’s meditation each day. Think upon the Passion of Our Lord, the virtues or the sorrows of Our Blessed Mother, or the virtues of one of the holy Martyrs or Saints.

Accept all the trials and humiliations which God may send, humbly and with resignation, saying: THY WILL BE DONE!

Make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament during the day, if it is possible. Never fail to pray the Rosary every day, and meditate upon its Mysteries.

Finish the day as it was begun, by kneeling to say your night prayers. Make an examination of conscience, and humbly ask God pardon for the faults of the day.

Go to Confession and receive Holy Communion, at the very least, once a month and on principal feasts. If you can make a spiritual retreat each year, make every attempt to do so.

Offer your life in sacrifice to God, especially when you are sick. It is most important to prepare for your death during your Day of Prayer each month. When you are very ill, when death seems imminent, make haste to receive the Sacrament of Extreme Unction as soon as possible.

God to glorify, Jesus to imitate, the Angels and Saints to invoke,
A soul to save, a body to mortify, sins to expiate, virtues to acquire,
Hell to avoid, Heaven to gain, Eternity to prepare for, Time to profit by,
Neighbors to edify, the world to despise, Devils to combat, Passions to subdue,
Death perhaps to encounter and Judgment to undergo.


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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Share Your Gift of Faith

For centuries, our cherished Catholic faith has been passed from person to person, parent to child, etc. Each of us carries in our heart a special memory of how God first graced us with the knowledge of the faith and how Our Blessed Mother, Saint Philomena, Venerable Pauline Jaricot and other saints changed our lives and brought us closer to Christ.

In our work in the Universal Living Rosary Association, we see first hand how millions of souls are currently living without that knowledge of God and are living outside of His grace. We have been given a beautiful opportunity to carry out Christ’s work and pass on our faith and blessings to others who would otherwise never be introduced to Our Lord, the Savior of all mankind. Just as we pray for the souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them, we should also make it a part of our life’s mission to pass on our faith to as many souls as possible who have no one else to pass it on to them, who don’t know Our Lord and His promise of salvation.

This is the box we send out to the foreign Missions @ $53.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragements for our Promoters.

This is the box we send out to the foreign Missions @ $77.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragement for our Promoters.

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