Archive for May, 2013

Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Week of Trinity Sunday 2013

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

THE VOICE OF THE HEART OF PAULINE!

One day, a holy card of Pauline-Marie Jaricot was sent to Dickinson by a member. This card contained the name and address of the Secretariat of Pauline’s work and cause in Lyon, France. We wrote at once to share with this office the revival of the Living Rosary in Texas.

Father Georges Naidenoff, S.J., offered us strong encouragement. Through the years, we kept Father abreast of the work, its growth, the joys as well as the trials. In 1988, Father sent to us a First Class Relic of Ven. Pauline Marie Jaricot, which contained this inscription:

“You will find with this letter a precious Relic of Ven. Pauline-Marie Jaricot. Until now, NO ONE has ever received a Relic of Pauline; you are the first and only ones. Guard it as a great treasure!”

The words Father wrote to us, through our years of sharing, encouraged us that we were, indeed, doing the work of Pauline:
“Pauline will help you from above. May God and Our Immaculate Mother give you the strength to struggle against the difficulties and crosses with the same energy and uprightness of our saintly friend, Pauline Marie! I encourage you in your beautiful work. The Living Rosary, of which you are the animator, is blessed by God. My Mass on the Feast of Pentecost is special for me, as it is my assigned Mystery in the Association. May you be given the health to continue with magnificent courage, your spiritual combat!”

In 1994, Père Naidenoff suffered a stroke and was partially paralyzed. Thus ended the beautiful labor in which Father had been engaged of compiling and editing the complete life and works of Pauline on the basis of 25,000 pages of written material. With profound patience and love, he embraced his life of suffering and total dependence. During that time, through the help of his dear secretary and friend, Simone Boudoin, he wrote to us:
“We are constantly astonished by the growth of the Living Rosary; you walk in the footsteps of Pauline who must be very pleased with you; we are so happy that many people pray to Pauline Jaricot through the Living Rosary because she is entirely forgotten by her beloved France; we express again our deep affection for you and our union with you in prayer; your two important letters were received by Father with much joy and which made us realize the difficulties you encounter for the development of the Living Rosary in your country and in the world.”

Father was a man of few words, but his direction and support to us came straight from the heart of Pauline! Thanks be to God, I had taken time to share with Father news and photos of Pauline’s Press and the scope of her work just shortly before his last letter arrived.
“Today, I write to you after the departure of Père Naidenoff for Heaven: Three years and four months of paralysis and 11 days of Calvary at the hospital, Hotel-Dieu, where Pauline used to visit the sick. Toward 7 a.m. on August 19, the Feast of St. John Eudes, he departed this world and was laid to rest on August 22, Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! These are several lines dictated by the Père a few days before his death. This was Father’s last letter.”

“Dear Patti, I was able to read your last letter, so confiding, so simple, so near to God. Your letter is to me a very precious celestial souvenir.”

It seems to me that this was Father’s last will and testament to me and, through me, to all of you members, in which he imparted his blessing to us, which is and always was for us, the very blessing of the heart of Pauline! From his place close to God, he is surely praying for each and every one of us: the Family of Pauline. Let us with fervor and perseverance, remember our dear Father Georges Naidenoff. May he rest in peace!

I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race…
I have kept the Faith.
(2 Timothy 4:7)

PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA
Patti Melvin
Please pray for me


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 $77.95. 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, Week of Pentecost Sunday 2013

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Cast Your Cares On God!

Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

It is with great sorrow that we watch all that is taking place in the government and Church, today. Much suffering lies ahead for all of us. We are profoundly grateful for your prayers and all your gifts! What great confidence we must have in Our Blessed Mother and what love! How greatly we hasten the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart by our DAILY DECADE! Life is but a stepping stone to Eternity. Now is the Hour! We must have courage!!!

When we meditate on Christ in the Garden of Olives, we realize that He was truly man. In His agony, He underwent the very human fear of suffering and death. In His humanity, He experienced the burden of discouragement and needed an angel to comfort Him. St. Paul was tempted by depression and, often times, discouragement weighed heavily upon him. We, who carry on the work of Christ and St. Paul, cannot hope to escape an occasional sense of failure. These bleak periods in our life are moments of truth. We realize our utter helplessness against the powerful empire of Satan. After a life-time of service, we may see very little fruit has come of our efforts in God’s service. We feel like Peter, James and John who labored all night and caught nothing.

Discouragement is at once an insight, a crisis and a challenge. We hear a voice which opens to us an unseen path and calls out, “Launch out into the deep!” A special grace reveals to us our own insignificance and utter helplessness. We can give up the fight and admit that we have been working for ourselves and relying on our own strength; or, we can turn to Christ and listen to His voice, “Do not be afraid, I am with you.” Without God, we can do nothing; with His help, all things are possible. Pride and self-sufficiency are the only things that can hinder His action in us and through us. When we submit entirely to Him, keenly aware of our nothingness, then His Divine Power will transform us.

Here I am Lord, speak!

PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA
Patti Melvin
Please pray for me

Come, Holy Ghost, kindle in us the Fire of Divine Love!


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.


PRAYERS TO THE HOLY GHOST

FOR LIGHT AND LOVE

Come, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy Love. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray: O God, Who hast taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the Gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolations, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Short Act of Consecration

O Holy Spirit of God, take me as Thy disciple: Guide me, illuminate me, sanctify me. Bind my hands that they may do no evil; cover my eyes that they may see it no more; sanctify my heart that evil may not dwell within me. Be Thou my God; be Thou my guide. Withersoever Thou leadest me, I will go; whatsoever Thou forbiddest me, I will renounce; and whatsoever Thou commandest me in Thy strength, I will do. Lead me, then, unto the fullness of Thy truth. Amen.

Warm my Heart, Spirit of Love and of Light, Third Person of the most happy Trinity, One God with the Father and the Son in all eternity, behold Your Jesus within my heart, and possess me utterly for the sake of this divine and most dear Guest. Warm my cold heart with the flames of pure love, cleanse me of every stain, make my soul beautiful with every virtue that I may be less unworthy to be the tabernacle of this august Sacrament.

What can You refuse me, my God, Who hast given me the most precious of all gifts? I ask with the greatest confidence, for every grace and blessing for myself, for all who are mine, for Thy holy Church, for all the faithful and for all mankind. I grieve with deep confusion for all the sins and infidelities of which I have been guilty toward Thy Divine Majesty and for the sins of the whole universe.

In atonement, I offer to Thee this spotless Victim whom I possess through Thy kind love. I desire to partake in all the merits of the Saints, in the praise of all the Angels, in the good works of all the holy souls on earth, and to offer them all to Thee in thanksgiving and supplication, in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Thus, may I deserve most Holy Spirit, to live forever with Thee in the peace and happiness of that heavenly Home where Thee, with the Father and the Son, are the delight of all the Blessed, One God, world without end. Amen.

FOR WISDOM AND TRUTH

Holy Spirit of Truth, Lord of Light, have mercy, we beg of Thee, upon all the blind of heart. Their souls, dear Spirit of Love, are overcast and clouded with self-sufficiency and pride or blinded by the allurements of this world. They have forgotten Thy judgments, have wandered far from the way of Thy Commandments, have despised and rejected Thy graces; and now their conscience, grown dull and hard, no longer gives them warning of the danger to their soul.

Have pity, dear Lord, and forget the many times they have abused Thy graces, refused Thy consolations and Thy Divine Majesty by their sins. Stir them once more, by Thy almighty power, out of the sleep of indifference and sin. Bid the scales fall from the eyes of their souls, as of old they fell from the eyes of Saul, the persecutor of Thy people, when he became Paul, the Apostle of the Gentiles, full of Thy Spirit of Wisdom and of Truth.

Through the intercession of that mighty Apostle, who has known what it means to be blind of heart and has experienced in his own person the power of the Holy Spirit, help all the blind of heart. And, as we ourselves share, alas, to some degree, in this blindness of soul, open our eyes also, to see and to realize what we now know and believe, so that we may put off all sin and affection to sin and may serve God faithfully with a loving heart. Amen.


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 $77.95. 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, Sunday within the Octave of Ascension  2013

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

DOUBLING FOR THE MOTHER OF GOD

God, in His goodness, gives us the particular grace that is suited to the hour. We need to know that God is near us and that we are of infinite worth. WHY? Because modern writers and thinkers have made us little more than animals whose destiny is the grave. From the professor’s chair and the ever reeling press, we are told that life is hardly worth living. But, then, out it comes, from 19 hundred years in the past, the voice of St. Paul, the voice of John the Baptist and the voice of Jesus Christ that man has a divine destiny and we learn to lift up our hearts, our heads and our eyes. They tell us we are the branches of the Vine, members of the Mystical Body of Christ. This truth changes the whole universe for us. Life and living take on a fuller more sacred meaning. This is a dogma that not only dignifies but actually divinizes us. I am quite convinced that when this doctrine has become known and loved and lived, the world will be saved! Mary, who is a member of the Mystical Body of Christ, is also It’s Mother. The proofs for this doctrine are in Scripture, Tradition and Reason.

How wonderful if you and I could reproduce perfectly in ourselves the motherhood of Mary! St. Paul says that he “fills up in his flesh the things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ.” Although the great drama of Redemption is ended, the great drama of redeeming goes on. Christ made satisfaction for our sins and He did it superabundantly. But that satisfaction must be applied to souls! The great drama of redeeming is now going on in the soul of every baptized person who has his or her particular role to play. Many motherly things you do now for the Mystical Body of Christ, Mary did for the Physical Jesus. There are many modern ‘Bethlehems’ today of closed doors and crowded inns, a world of human cruelty, with heart-wrenching anguish. In crowded hospitals and nursing homes, we find a double for Mary, bending over the beds of pain, soothing bodies and comforting souls.

How like Mary are the Contemplative Orders, those silent souls behind cloister walls and heavy grills. The Mother of God watched and wept and lovingly adored the broken Host of Calvary at the first Mass. The Poor Clares, Carmelites, Trappists and Orders of Perpetual Adoration do what Mary did 19 Centuries ago: they watch, weep and lovingly adore the outraged God in the Tabernacle of His Love. Our great work in life is that Christ be formed in us. This is the summation of the whole Spiritual Life. In Mary, this work began with her “FIAT!” We must make our fiat to everyone and everything in our lives. This is the whole secret of sanctity and the deepest foundation of a spiritual life. If you fail to see Jesus in the bright eyes of the children you know, the wife or husband you have been given, colleges of eager students, your workplace or shop, you have missed a vital part of your formation. It is not humanity that you serve. NEVER! It is divinity in humanity! And that combination is found only in Jesus Christ and the members of His Mystical Body. What you are doing for the young, the sick, the old and discarded, Mary did for the Physical Jesus. In doing these things you do, you are doubling for the Mother of God! This concept makes every life very worth living and it brings Heaven right to your door. You are taking care of Jesus, for there is only one Christ – the Whole Christ!

This concept of doubling for the Mother of God is not a passing fancy, it needs to become for you a pulsating, palpitating part of your life. You will see that your attitude towards everybody and everything will change. Can you not see how easy this will make the spiritual life for you? No matter what his or her character may be, every single person may be looked at as a member of the Mystical Body of Christ, either actual or potential, and thus he or she can be seen as Christ.

At an early age Mary spoke five words, “Be it done unto me” according to Thy word. She meant every one of those words. They brought God into her womb. Some years later, she spoke another five words, “Do whatever He tells you.” Other than these words and the glorious hymn of the MAGNIFICAT, Mary was silent. It hurts to be misunderstood; it hurts not to be trusted; unkindness and rebuke are hard to take. But remember that it was God’s way of fashioning the soul of His Mother. He has only one pattern and one ‘plan, it is the Cross! He traced it on the soul of Mary Immaculate from the moment of her conception until the day of His Crucifixion. He will do the same on yours.

Sorrow is Sanctity’s Sculptor!

Sorrows will come but, when they do, remember that God is putting on the finishing touches to the saintly soul of His Mother’s double. When they come, seek Jesus. You will find Him in the temple and He will wipe away your tears. There are times when our whole world goes black, our hearts are sore and our minds are sick, we stagger and grope and sway along the way in the dark. We have to go on! For 33 years, Mary went on pondering what Simeon has said. in the temple. Not until Calvary did she clearly understand. You will understand it one day too, if not on Calvary, then in Heaven! The great drama of the Redemption was planned to be a Divine Romance, but if you fail in your role of doubling for the Mother of God, it could end an Eternal Tragedy.

Walk like, talk like, think like, act like, live like, be like Mary!
Be Generous! Be Sacrificial!

Heaven or Hell can depend upon how you double for the Mother of God. Study closely the Maid of Nazareth. You must know Her Heart, Her will and all Her ways. You must know Mary more intimately than yourself. To insure perfection in your portrayal of Mary, live her character, submerge yourself in her, concentrate with a fierce intensity on being like Mary the woman you represent. Then, never step out of character! In all things you will respond to God with Mary’s tremendous words, those which embodied the contract between the Holy Spirit and the Mother of God: ‘Be it done unto me’ according to Thy Will. Learn Mary’s words perfectly; then live them with all your heart!

There is but One Sorrow and that is
The Loss of God!


MEDITATION ON THE HOLY GHOST

In his Encyclical on the Holy Ghost, Pope Leo XIII strongly urged the faithful to have a special devotion to this Divine Spirit and exhorted all Bishops and priests to preach this sanctifying devotion with a new and burning zeal. His Holiness pointed out that the Holy Ghost is constantly at work in the Church, which undertakes nothing of importance without invoking His aid in the solemn hymn, Veni Creator.

The words of the Holy Father were most timely, for many of the faithful seem to have forgotten the important role which the Holy Spirit plays in the life of the Church and of the individual. He is the guide and the sanctifier of both. Indeed, He is the very soul of the Church.

Shortly before His Ascension into Heaven, Jesus commended this devotion to the Apostles and promised to them the coming of the Holy Ghost. “But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost,” He said, “whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you.” (Jn.14:26)

In order to understand the powerful influence exercised upon the Apostles, consider how timid they were when they assembled in the cenacle after the crucifixion of their Divine Master and Leader, Jesus Christ. They undertook no missionary work: they remained in prayer, awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit who would transform them into intrepid Apostles, proclaiming the Gospel of Christ in all lands.

“And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished,” relates the Acts, “they were all together in one place and, suddenly, there came a sound from Heaven, as of a mighty wind coming and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And, there appeared to them parted tongues, as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with diverse tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak.” (2:1-4)

Not only did the Apostles receive the gift of tongues but they received the courage, strength and fortitude to use that gift and, thus, to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to friend and foe. They became valiant and fearless men: instead of fleeing danger, they esteemed it a privilege to face perils of all kinds and even to die for the Faith of Christ.

Before ascending into Heaven, Christ instituted a Sacrament through which the Holy Ghost comes to us in a special way and enables us to profess our Faith as strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ. That is the Sacrament of Confirmation: it is so called because it confirms and strengthens us in the Faith. The Acts relates two incidents of the Apostles administering this Sacrament.

“When the apostles in Jerusalem,” Acts says, “heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John. On their arrival, they prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost for, as yet, He had not come upon any of them, but they had only been baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus.” (8:14-16)

Equally explicit is the second case related in Acts: “On hearing this, they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus; and when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they began to speak in tongues and to prophesy.” (19:5-6)

What a pity it is for a person seeking to advance in holiness not to go to the Holy Spirit, the source of holiness, light, strength and consolation! Pray to the Holy Ghost and He will multiply His holy inspirations in your soul; He will pour His gifts into it and He will take up His dwelling within you.

RESOLUTION:

I shall cultivate a special devotion to the Holy Ghost and come to Him for light to know my duty and strength to fulfill it. Every day, I shall say some prayers in His honor.


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 $77.95. 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, Fifth Sunday After Easter 2013

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
May 2013 GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST!

Dear Apostles of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

From Genesis to the Apocalypse, Mary’s life runs through Scripture as a theme in a symphony. The Holy Spirit speaks of Her through the Prophets, proclaims Her through the Patriarchs and prefigures Her through Queens and Apostles. Mary is the promised Woman who will crush the serpent’s head, encompass man and a gate that is to remain closed through which only the Lord shall pass. She is the Tree of Life, the Ark of Noah, the Rainbow of Peace and the Olive Branch. Mary is the Ladder of Jacob, the Flowering Rod of Jesse and the Tower of David. Jesus and Mary cannot be separated for a moment. During their quiet life at Nazareth, Christ was almost lost in Mary’s shadow for a full thirty years: Was He not subject to Her? Mary Herself is the summary of all the Scriptures. She contained not the written word or the spoken word, but the uncreated Eternal Word of God and She gave Him to the world for all to read with their own eyes. At the end of His life, Mary is where we would expect Her to be – by the Cross of Jesus. Later, She stays on to nurse the Infant Church: the Mystical Body of Christ. To that Church and all Its children, She is the Mother. We need Mary; Our Lady’s place in the early Church was to educate souls in the knowledge of Christ.

Those early followers of Christ were doubting, quarrelsome, ambitious, jealous and cowardly. They greatly needed the refining influence of a good woman in their lives. Mary occupied that place, refining, pacifying, influencing those disciples of Christ as Mother of the Church. Our success in the battle at hand against those powers which would destroy our lives and the faith of our children, is assured if we are closely allied to Mary! She is more terrible than an army in battle array. Thank God for giving us such a conqueror as Mary! O Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us, defend us and rescue all those under the power of Satan!

Let us strive to live in absolute dependence on Mary! O Mary, you are my strength, my hope, my peace and my salvation! Yet, Mary depends upon us to help save Her children: the children of Her tears and Her sorrow. It is the duty of Her sons to compassionate their mother in her trials and her sorrows. Immense is the charity of Mary. Forsake Her not and She shall keep thee; love Her and She shall preserve thee. Seat of Wisdom, save us from sin and self! Prepare a Marian altar in your home during the month of Mary and show her your reverence, love and gratitude.

I will remember you and your family at the Sacred Altar throughout this beautiful month dedicated to the Mother of God. May you be blessed with unity, peace and strong health of body and soul!

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


Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you for your wonderfully generous donation in support of our missionary efforts in the world. Your gift will help us reach souls with the Sacramentals of Our Blessed Mother and beautiful Catholic literature which teaches Her devotion. The gift of Hope will be planted in despairing souls through your sacrifice! May God reward you!

Solitude hovers over the disabled soul like a big black bird that silently waits to swoop down on its victim the moment he is left alone. Loneliness breeds boredom, anxiety and restlessness. When illness strikes, we must give up the terrific pace which filled every hour of our day. With little or no warning, our life abruptly changes. The world stands still. A small panic starts within. A chilling, stark, silent aloneness is felt and our hearts shrink into a corner as fear moves in. Pain, at first, is often severe and totally occupies our concentration, making ruthless demands. The only thing that seems important is to drive out this bold intruder. When the pain finally stops, we realize that our life has changed and we must admit to certain alterations in our activity. Most importantly, we must realize two important facts: this physical illness, whatever it may be, is no mere accident and that it is part of God’s plan for us from all eternity. God does not make mistakes. This cross with which we have been blessed is our Key to Heaven! None other will open the gate for us!

With the help of Our Blessed Mother, we will find the courage to enter this strange and beautiful world of solitude prayerfully and with peace of soul. We must set a time for prayer and meditation every day and keep to it religiously. These moments of our aloneness will be time spent with Christ. We must place ourselves in God’s presence, blot out the sounds and objects around us and invite the Holy Ghost to be present to us that we might have the ability to love, contemplate, trust, praise and thank God as we have never done before. We must beg Our Lady for the Grace to neither waste nor reject our cross, but instead to will and cooperate to the fullest with this privilege which is our Key to Heaven! By offering this cross in reparation to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we can turn our existence into a life completely devoted to Love!

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

We do not know, O God, what awaits us today; we only know that nothing will happen to us except what Thou, from all eternity, hast foreseen, arranged and ordained. It is enough, O God, for us to know this. We adore Thy eternal and inscrutable dispositions and submit ourselves entirely to them. May Thy most Holy Will, worthy of eternal adoration and exaltation, be done in all things! Amen.


THE GREATEST PRIVILEGE IS REAL AND IT IS OURS!

Heaven and Hell are locked in mortal combat and the earth shakes from the shock of the encounter; but no one feels it, no one sees it, no one hears it… no one cares! The salvation of my soul is the most imperative and most urgent objective of my life on earth. It is the greatest and grandest occupation that I can engage in. In fact, I am here for no other purpose.

The Scapular was given to Saint Simon Stock, Prior of the Carmelite Order in England, in the year 1251. On 16th July, Our Lady held out the Brown Scapular to St. Simon Stock and promised, “Whoever dies piously wearing this Scapular will not suffer eternal flames.” Through a Papal Bull on 3rd March 1322, the Sabbatine Privilege was given to the Church and this great privilege has been confirmed by nine subsequent Popes. The Brown Scapular is the Sacramental of the Church; it is a gift from Heaven and a symbol of salvation ~ for a true child of Mary is never lost! Those clothed in her Garment of Grace will be protected and sanctified. It is a safe-guard in danger, whether physical or moral; it invites its wearer to penance and purity while shielding him from Satan and sin!

The Brown Scapular marks the militia of the Immaculate One. Before God’s holy angels, it designates those who wear it as servants and slaves of Creation’s Queen, as specially beloved sons and daughters of the sun-robed Virgin who has crushed the serpent’s head. To serve the Mother of God is the highest privilege and, truly, our pledge of eternal peace. The Brown Scapular is the garment of Mary Immaculate and, as such, it is a constant call to modesty in dress and conduct; a silent protest against present-¬day permissiveness and a hidden appeal to reparation for the insolent nakedness of proud neo-paganism! The Brown Scapular is much like a miniature hairshirt and a mild reminder of the need for constant mortification.

The Brown Scapular is like swaddling clothes in which Our Heavenly Mother wraps her spiritual infants to protect them from the coldness of sin, to adorn them with the beauty of virtue and to warm them with God’s Love. No matter how advanced we may be in years or learning or social standing, we are all but infants in virtue, helpless as babes in the woods of this bleak world. We stand in dire need of our Mother’s constant care.

The Brown Scapular is a vital part of the Fatima message. Sr. Lucia told us we cannot separate the Rosary and the Scapular; both are essential to our life of grace in bringing about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and subsequent Reign of Christ the King.

LETTER OF POPE PIUS XII

“Truly, the Holy Scapular, being the habit of Mary, is a sign and pledge of the protection of God’s Mother, but those who wear it, must bear in mind the words of the Apostle: In fear and trembling, work out your salvation. To all Carmelites, belonging as they do by a special bond of love to the family of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let this reminder (the HOLY SCAPULAR) be a mirror of humility, and chastity; let its unpretentious form be for them an epitome of modesty and simplicity; above all, let this garment which they wear day and night, be for them an eloquent symbol of the unceasing prayer by which they ask for God’s help and, finally, let it be for them a consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary! Our good Mother shall most certainly see to it that, by her intercession with God, all her children who go to Purgatory to expiate their sins shall reach Heaven as quickly as possible, according to that tradition called the Sabbatine Privilege…” Given at St. Peters, 1950

Our conflict today is not for land or national rights, it is for the souls of men; a conflict between the absolute who is God-man, and the absolute who is man-god: God who became man vs. man who has made himself God! The religion of the man-god is a new religion without a Cross, a liturgy without a world to come, a religion to destroy all religion. The forces of evil are united; the forces of good are divided. We cannot unite at the cost of TRUTH, but what is needed is a unity of prayer. We may not be able to meet in the same pew ~ would to God that we could ~ but we can meet on our knees! To a faithless deadlocked world, Our Blessed Mother comes offering us a choice: Death in Life OR Life after Death!

RECEIVE THIS GARMENT

We have all been invited to the Wedding Feast of the King. Will we beg to be excused due to lack of interest, the demands of our manifold duties, a new bride? And, if we do appear at the Feast, will we be clothed in the wedding garment? God forbid that, through ignorance, pride and disobedience, we will appear before the King naked, only to be cast into the darkness outside where there will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth. Through our beloved Spiritual Director, Fr. John Luke of the Holy Ghost, Our Lady is reaching out to each one of us to become members of the Scapular Confraternity of Mount Carmel and obtain the blessings and protection of the Sabbatine Privilege.

Write to us today, giving your Christian name, address, and country. Include a small donation to help cover the cost of Scapular materials, your Confraternity card and the monthly Masses for members. More than ever before, we must redouble our missionary efforts, if not to convert the world, then at least to salvage as many souls from materialism and the aggression of socialism as possible. Every conversion is a matter of efficacious grace and apostolic activity. The suffering, which awaits us, is almost without limit. Let us fortify ourselves wisely for the trials ahead by putting on the armament of the Immaculate One!


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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 $77.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragements for our Promoters.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Fourth Sunday After Easter 2013

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Your generous donation and spirit of sacrifice reaches out to the missions, radiating the depth of the Love of Christ! Their suffering hearts rejoice and they are filled with gratitude and hope! May your family be blessed and your soul be filled with celestial peace!

In order for a husband and wife to obtain firmness of character, strength to fulfill their arduous duties and endurance during a life time of self-sacrifice, they will need a true religious spirit and genuine piety. Saint Joseph and Mary Immaculate are their models. Look to Nazareth! Devout and God-fearing spouses preach without words and with a gentle force that draws all those who are around them to God. True piety gives them strength to face all opposition, the power of endurance which shrinks from no difficulties, a sweetness which makes bitter things pleasant and causes their hearts to become fountains of gladness. Marriage is a most difficult vocation. The spouses must have an abundance of virtues: Docility to their spouse, allowing them to supply for the other’s deficiencies and helping them without assumption or dictatorial authority. Patience is a precious virtue in the married state. They will avoid quarreling, seek peace and harmony, and take care not to do things which irritate their spouse. With patient wisdom and wise patience, all things will work unto good. If the spouse is lazy, selfish and irresponsible, they will never weary praying for their conversion.

Where God sets up an altar in the hearts of a man and wife, the whole house becomes a temple dedicated to His service. It naturally falls to the parents to train their children. He has adorned their hearts with Parental Love. The love of parents must be like the sun, to warm the hearts of their children causing them to open their minds and drink in all that is good, true and beautiful. A child’s education is nearly complete in the first five years spent at the parents’ knees. Prayer, cleanliness and order should prevail in the home and God will have His rightful place as King, and Mary as Queen and Mother.

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


THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE POWER OF THE MOTHER OF GOD

“God trusted Her with His Own Son,
Who clung to Her till Life was done.
Through sorrow none can comprehend,
She mothered Jesus to the end.
And, if you think Her love may fail,
you thrust within Her Heart a Nail!”

The Most Holy Virgin Mary is an ocean which we have no imagination to measure and no possible words to describe; She is a universe where the sun and galaxies roll and shine in the depths of space, far out of reach to mortal powers of sight or search. If love and worship of God is the end and perfect work for which our hearts are divinely fashioned, then affectionate nearness to Mary is the most precious of graces that can be given to us. Mary is a spiritual universe: a great world of dominion, of gifts and of perfections, which sends up to the Heart of Jesus an endless song of praise and adoration. She is a world of transforming power, influencing mind and will, imagination and desire. Mary has the gift to draw men from the fog of error to the serenity of Faith. She can lift men up above this world that they may live for God alone! Mary can pierce with a celestial spear the very life of self-love setting man’s spirit free to belong to God and to Him alone. Her pure hands shower on weak men and women the mystical graces gathered at the foot of the Cross, which turn pain into heroic love; and it is Mary’s example, Her divinely made stainless Heart from which we learn the loving worship of the Most Blessed Trinity. If, hitherto, your prayers to Mary have been few and cold, let them during this month of May be made frequently and with great fervor.

The glorious title of Immaculate Conception brings singular joy to the Children of Mary. In the midst of universal ruin, one creature stands alone and this privileged creature is the Blessed Virgin, who rises as a lily without spot in the midst of thorns. Hers is an unchangeable glory. All in Her is holy and perfect; She was resplendent in sanctity at Her birth, during Her life, at Her death and She will ever be without sin or fault. Incomprehensible Glory! Mary conceived without sin! Through this invocation, souls have triumphed over temptation: afflicted souls have been consoled, troubled hearts have found peace, weak hearts ready to give up have found strength, the inhabitants of towns under siege have been preserved, houses on fire and persons near death have been saved. The Miraculous Medal has filled the world with wonders! Do we need more proof that the Mystery of the Immaculate Conception is a Treasure of Grace in which we should have total trust! Children of Mary invoke confidently and often Mary Immaculate. In times of weakness and depression, and in affliction and danger, raise your eyes to this Sweet Queen and say to Her, with faith and love, “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us!” Joy, peace, strength and hope will at once be revived in your hearts!

The name of Mary is powerful indeed! Each time the serpent tries to spread over the whole world the poison of error, the Church has invoked the all-powerful name of Mary Immaculate, and all Heresies have been destroyed. The name of Mary will be our shield in battle against temptations, our protection in perils, our light in doubts, our support in life and our hope at the hour of our death! MARY! MARY! Mary is the name of the Mother of Jesus Christ and of our own Mother. Remember, dear Children of Mary, your names are written in the folds of Mary’s Immaculate Heart.

To all the praises bestowed upon Mary, She had but one response: “Behold the Handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy word.” May the example of Our Mother convince us that humility is the source of all graces and the best disposition for receiving the Holy Eucharist! God withdraws from the proud, but He gives Himself to the humble. Glory be to God, love to Mary and peace to earth! The moment the Virgin gave Her decisive consent at the Incarnation, She already carried us in Her heart. We must think often of the immense love Mary has for us and determine to avoid all that could displease Her. Love is repaid only by love. It was on Calvary, the boundless love of Mary received into Her heart the whole human race. “Woman, behold thy son.” Mary has both the power to help us and the will to do so. Let us have great confidence in Mary, Our Mother! She is the universal advocate who rejects no one and She receives all who come to Her. The more desperate and hopeless our cause, the more interest and care She will give to it and we will be saved.

The Heart of Mary is not only the most perfect heart, but it is also the most tender, compassionate and merciful of hearts that ever came from the Hands of the Creator. Mary had the faith of the Patriarchs, the zeal of the Apostles, the constancy of the Martyrs and the purity of the Virgins; the most ardent charity, profound humility, courageous patience and perfect resignation. The most pleasing homage we can offer the Blessed Virgin is to imitate Her virtues. We do not go beyond the practice of common virtues while we should be aiming at perfection. We weary of placing one foot on the bottom of Jacob’s ladder and we do not seek to ascend. To apply ourselves unceasingly to the attainment of perfection is our duty. Mary saw Jesus born in a stable, poor, suffering and abandoned; nevertheless, She believed He was the Creator of the world. She saw Him exiled into Egypt, fleeing from the wrath of Herod and She believed Him to be the King of kings. She saw Him labor as a poor artisan in the carpenter’s shop and still She believed Him to be the Master of the Universe. She saw Him die on the ignominious cross between two thieves and, even when the Apostles abandoned Him, Mary believed Him to be Immortal God and that He would rise again. O MARY! How great is thy faith! Children of Mary, remember that faith is the foundation of all religion and the groundwork of all virtues. Mary was resigned to all perils, calm in weariness and strong in sorrow because She had firm Hope in God. “Although He should kill me, I will trust Him.” (Job xiii 15) After the Ascension of Christ, Mary animated the faith of the disciples, fortified the courage of the martyrs, and supported the Infant Church in Its struggles and combats. And, for this reason, She is called, Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope! “We are saved by hope,” says St. Paul, “without it our hearts could not live.” Be comforted, the Heart of Mary is always open to you. She is the Harbor of the Shipwrecked, the Refuge of Sinners, the Salvation of the Agonizing and the Shelter of the Repentant. Do you not know that hope never dies in the heart of a mother! Banish, then, all discouragement and despair. Whatsoever may be the state of your soul, confidently throw yourselves into the arms of Mary!

The entire life of Mary was an act of love of God. She shared His labors, His sufferings and His humiliations. Children of Mary, does your love for God resemble Mary’s? Is it tender, ardent and supreme? If we wish to prove our right to the title of Children of Mary and to merit Her love, we must animate ourselves with Her feelings of love for our neighbor. Let us love all in Jesus Christ. Let us above all love the weak, the little ones, the afflicted, the infirm, the sick, the poor and those who love us not!

By Her virginity, Mary pleased God, by Her humility She conceived Him! The sufferings of Mary were continual and excessive. The sword pierced Her heart without reprieve and the bleeding tragedy of Calvary was continually before Her eyes and present in Her mind. Mary is the Queen of Martyrs. When we have crosses to bear, let us unite them with Hers and tread courageously in Her footsteps. Mary was never known to murmur or yield to discouragement, for She esteemed herself happy to drink with Jesus the chalice of betrayal and suffering. Oh, how little we resemble this perfect model! A single interior trial, affliction or the slightest suffering is sufficient to dishearten us and cause us to murmur and complain. If we thought often on the sufferings of Christ, we would be stronger to bear our own trials. Having known suffering, we will have compassion for the distressed. How often, we confide our sufferings to creatures who cannot help us, when we might have entrusted them to the compassionate Heart of Our Mother! Go, then, all who are afflicted and be comforted by Mary, your Mother. Oh, what love and tenderness is found in the Heart of our beloved Mother! By the intercession of Our Queen, the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, the paralyzed recover the use of their limbs and the dying return to life. The walls of Her sanctuaries are covered with votive offerings, silent witnesses to the gratitude of those She has miraculously cured. Children of Mary, behold yet another motive for confidence in Our Mother. Through Her intercession, weak and lukewarm souls have been changed into courageous and fervent Christians. Let us not be indifferent to God and His Holy Mother. Mary, melt our frozen hearts and renew our souls in the fervor of thy service. We will live henceforth in the spirit of sacrifice and generosity which will be the proof of our love for thee.

How terrible is the moment of death! If we have Mary for our Mother in life, She will stand at the foot of our sick bed, as She stood at the foot of the Cross to soften the agony of Jesus and receive His last sigh. A mother will pass through fire and water to save her child. Mary is truly Our Mother and the sure refuge of sinners. How many unrepentant souls have, at the approach of death, called upon Mary and found mercy! Mary is the Mother of Mercy, the hope of those who have no hope, the help of the abandoned. Behold, the heart of the dying man is softened and changed, and he dies calmly pronouncing the sweet name of Mary. How many thousands of souls lie in the state of mortal sin! Pray for them: they are your brethren in Jesus Christ, perhaps even relatives and friends or benefactors. Pray for them and pray especially for all sinners who are now in their last agony.

“Immaculate Heart of Mary, visit today, we beseech thee, those souls who are in the cold sweat of death and at enmity with God. Bathe them in the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, breathe into them the very life of God. Obtain for them the Grace to make perfect Acts of Faith, Hope and Divine Charity that they may be snatched from the very abyss of Hell to glorify God for all Eternity and add to the luster of thy Triumph!”

SWEET HEART OF MARY, BE MY SALVATION.

(300 days Indulgence)

Where is the mother who would not rush to the rescue of her child if she saw it falling into a fiery furnace and had the power to help him? Will Mary, the most tender of mothers, be indifferent to the torments of Her children plunged into the expiatory flames of Divine Justice? OH, NO! Mary is full of compassion for these souls and is ceaselessly engaged in procuring their relief. Mary herself visits the Holy Souls in Purgatory and She hastens the termination of their sufferings by inspiring the living to help them by their prayers, good works and Holy Masses.

And a Great Sign appeared in the Heavens; a Woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under Her feet and a crown of twelve stars on Her head; and God Himself, Her God and Creator, subjected Himself to Her!

At the Annunciation, Mary’s FIAT gave Her power over God Himself. With Her words, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy Will,” God became Man. At twelve years of age, when Christ was lost to Joseph and Mary for three days, they searched for Him in suffering and sorrow. They found Him in the temple preaching to the scholars and teachers. Mary lovingly shared the grief He had caused them, “Son why hast Thou done so to us; Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing.” Christ spoke plainly of the plan of the Eternal Father, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” Yet, in response to Her words of pain and love, He went down to Nazareth and was subject to them for the next 21 years. By choosing Her for His Mother, He rendered Her almighty in and through prayer. This humble submission of the Divine Child to Mary was an indication of how much Jesus intended ever after to be subject to the bidding of Mary which would be expressed by Her supplication on behalf of Her children. God cannot refuse His pleading Mother a single request as Her will is always in perfect union with His!

WHAT MARY ASKS, SHE ALWAYS RECEIVES!

Our Savior wanted to honor Mary by working His first public miracle at Her request. All the circumstances of this miracle were to set the stage for Her impact in the Heart of the Church. Mary was invited to the wedding feast at Cana, Christ attended as a guest. Mary noticed that the bride and groom had run out of wine. Christ must have noticed this too, but He wanted to be solicited by Mary to work the miracle in order to expose Her resistless power over Him on behalf of Her children. Christ stated that He was not ready to work His first public miracle. The mission given Him by His Father did not call for it until a later hour. Christ throws the divine spotlight on Mary so all of mankind is forced to notice and admire, and be ravished by Her. “Woman, what is it to Me and to thee? My hour has not yet come. We cannot but marvel at the unexpected magnitude of Mary’s power. A mere hint from Her is sufficient to prevail upon Jesus and, through Him, His Heavenly Father to anticipate His Hour and to advance the schedule of the manifestation of His divinity to the world. What a Mother She is! Mary instructs the waiters, “Whatsoever He shall tell you, do ye.” (Jn. 2-5) It was God’s Will to set the stage for this exhibition of Mary’s power over Jesus.

This leads us to the LAST HOUR. Elevated on the pulpit of the Cross, Christ gave His most profound sermon. After having given us Himself, He could give us nothing more precious and profitable than the possession and patronage of His own dear Mother. He had taught us by His own example how we should reverence, love and honor His Mother. Now, He gives Mary to us, as our very own Mother! Mary’s intercession is real, actual, effective and infallible in its beneficent application. To confer this title on Mary in its marvelous force and blessed extent, Jesus shed the last drop of His Blood.

“Woman, behold thy son!”

“SON, BEHOLD THY MOTHER!”

… Take Her to your home, press Her to your heart; do whatever She tells you! She is My dying gift to you. She will be your Life, your Sweetness and your Hope!

SALUTATION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Hail Mary! Daughter of God the Father.

Hail Mary! Mother of God the Son.

Hail Mary! Spouse of the Holy Ghost.

Hail Mary! Temple of the Divinity.

Hail Mary! Immaculate Lily of the resplendent and ever-peaceful Trinity.

Hail Mary! Radiant Rose of heavenly fragrance.

Hail Mary! Virgin of virgins; Virgin most faithful, of whom the King of Heaven did will to be born.

Hail Mary! Queen of Martyrs, whose Soul was pierced with a sword of sorrow.

Hail Mary! Queen of the Universe, to whom all power has been given in Heaven and on earth.

Hail Mary! Queen of my heart, my Mother, my life, my consolation, and my dearest hope.

Hail Mary! Mother most amiable.
Hail Mary! Mother most admirable.
Hail Mary! Mother of Mercy.
Hail Mary! Full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women.
And blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
And blessed be thy spouse, St. Joseph.
And blessed be thy father, St. Joachim.
And blessed be thy mother, St. Anne.
And blessed be thy adopted son, St. John.
And blessed be thy angel, St. Gabriel.
And blessed be the Eternal Father Who chose thee.
And blessed be the Divine Son Who loved thee.
And blessed be the Holy Ghost Who espoused thee.
And blessed be forever all those who bless and who love thee. Amen.

(St. John Eudes recommended this prayer for the conversion of sinners and advised his children to say it at the bedside of the sick. The Blessed Virgin promised him that “all who say it with devotion or at least good will, if they are in the state of grace, receive an increase of divine love in their hearts at each of the twelve salutations or benedictions contained in it; if they are in mortal sin, She will knock at the door of their hearts with Her own sweet virginal hand to urge them to open it to grace.” And, She added that, when persons are found steeped in sin and difficult to convert, it would be well to encourage them to say this salutation or, at least, to consent to having it said for them.)


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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 $77.95. 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, Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

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

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

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

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

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

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

E-Mail: February 15, 2012

Dearest Patti,

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

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

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

< MONICA – ROMANIA >

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


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Third Sunday After Easter 2013

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

CHILDREN BLESSED BY PARENTS ARE BLESSED BY GOD!

The parental blessing is as old as humanity. Priests have the authority to bless all the faithful; thus, too, parents have the right to bless their children. Dear Parents, every time, you raise your hands in benediction over your children, you draw down upon them the blessing of God for the good of their bodies and souls. The early Christians, daily, blessed their children with the Sign of the Cross. Your happiness and joy does not consist in wealth, but in having good children. The Sign of the Cross which you make upon your children’s forehead will never be effaced. The blessing will never be lost. No passion will be able to obliterate it completely. The parental blessing effects another great good; it is a sacred bond which unites the father and mother in everlasting fidelity, in perfect love and harmony. The Sign of the Cross, daily, reminds them of the solemn obligation taken before the Altar to remain faithful even unto death.

THE BLESSING: Have your children kneel before you; place your right hand on the head of each as you repeat: GOD BLESS YOU, MY CHILD! Then, you may take holy water, and with the thumb of the right hand, make the Sign of the Cross upon the forehead and lips and breast of the child, saying: “IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY GHOST.” The child may answer: “GOD REWARD YOU!”

You may send your blessing to those away from home. The parental blessing may extend over hill and vale, and will rest on the children wherever they may be. Post your blessings in a letter: “Your father and mother bless you.” The blessing maybe given in the evening after night prayers. It may be given oftener; when the child leaves the house for school or on a journey. It should be given solemnly on the day of First Holy Communion, on the wedding day, on a child’s entrance into religion or to a son about to ascend the Altar for the first time. Finally, dear parents, bless your children when lying on your deathbed. You may not be able to bequeath any great possessions to your children, but one thing you can give them: the heritage of your blessing. It is better to be blessed than to be rich!

Fathers! Mothers! Bless you children daily, most especially in these present times when the dangers surrounding the youth threaten their innocence and their Eternal Salvation! I BLESS YOU, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY GHOST, THAT GOD MAY BLESS YOU!


COME, Thou, Father of the Poor!
COME, with Treasures which endure!
COME, Thou, Light of all that live!Every good prayer increases a man’s riches in Christ. It is through the Holy Spirit that the blessings of Redemption can be brought to the world and the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus realized. Devotion to the Holy Ghost fills one of the greatest needs in the life of the faithful today. Our times are times of unbelief, in which the father of lies celebrates triumphs in godless, hell-inspired philosophies; but the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth! He can convict the world of sin and justice and judgment. These are times in which infernal hatred separates Nations and classes of men. The Holy Spirit, Who is the Spirit of Love, unites all men as members of the great family of God. Ours are times of unprecedented destruction of spiritual and material values. But, the Creator Spirit Who brought order and beauty into the universal creation at the beginning, Who called into existence the supernatural order of life and light, of love and harmony and peace, can reconstruct the world! He can kindle the Light of Truth in the darkness of ignorance and sin; He can call life out of death. He can spiritualize the minds of men and direct them to divine and heavenly things.

The world desperately needs the Holy Ghost today. We need His Sanctifying Grace that we may live. Do we have family that has wandered from the Church or is in danger of doing so; someone who has not received the Sacraments for many years, or who lives in an invalid marriage, someone whose children need to be baptized? Do we know souls who are infected with the false ideas of modern materialism? Are these not excellent reasons for us to turn to the Holy Spirit for help? The spiritual fruits of a Novena to the Holy Ghost are an increase of Grace, the very life of the soul.

“Seek ye, therefore, first the Kingdom of God and His justice,
And all things shall be added unto you.”

We have prepared a beautiful, full color, 16-page Novena booklet to the Holy Ghost which is truly a spiritual treasure in our day and should be found in every Catholic home. For every offering of $25 made to the ULRA for our missionary work, we will send you, free of charge, this powerful prayer booklet. We pray, it will be the foundation of daily prayer in your home to the Spirit of Truth!

GRACE IS THE FOUNDATION OF PEACE!


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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 $77.95. 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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