Archive for August, 2013

Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Week of Sunday August 25, 2013

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Afzaal joined the Living Rosary on October 7, 2000. At the time, he was working at the local hospital as an orderly. He began at once to help with translations realizing the value of the ULRA work for the faithful in Pakistan. Later, he was “dismissed” from his job because of his Catholic Faith. Having time on his hands, he began translating all our materials for spreading the devotion. He traveled throughout the country to give seminars in parishes and schools. We set him up with a computer and built a small chapel in his home. During the following years, he worked tirelessly with no thought of himself, against the most terrible odds, physical and political, and is responsible for enrolling hundreds of thousands of members in the Living Rosary. He survived the spinal TB which nearly killed him and, now, he is battling the deterioration of his spinal nerves. Time is urgent! The hospitalization and surgery will cost over $5,000. God love you for anything you can give. Please keep Afzaal in your prayers. Thank you!

Click here to see photos of his mission in Pakistan

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA


Dear Patti,Subject: Afzaal Khokhar, Promoter of the Living Rosary In Pakistan

I had sent a note earlier but my computer malfunctioned and I had to send it again. I think your idea about raising money for Afzaal is wonderful. I think, it will provide a great deal of help to him. This is the third time I have rewritten this e-mail, as there was a terrible lightning storm last night and I think it struck my computer.

Brother Afzaal was treated a little more than two years ago for tuberculosis of the spine. This is a dangerous condition that is not often successfully treated and can be fatal even with the medicines of our modern day. He took a total of four different medications for a year. He was cured and we believe that the Lord’s Hand was in this, because even the best of treatments is not often successful. He was riding a motorcycle to take devotional materials and to speak to a group about the Lord and His Mother (as well as having materials on Saint Philomena), when he had an accident and hurt his neck and back severely. He is now developing weakness in his foot (called FOOT DROP) and weakness in his fingers. This is because the material between the bones of the back (which are called vertebra) is protruding out of its proper position. This material is commonly called the DISCS. It is crushing the nerve roots coming out of the spine which move the fingers and the feet. There is no medical treatment for this. Only a surgical procedure can relieve the pressure and save the nerves. A surgical procedure will prevent the permanent and progressive damage which will occur if this is left without surgery. Once the damage is there, it will not reverse, even with a surgical procedure. We can prevent it from becoming worse. Brother Afzaal will lose the ability to hold things in his hand if this is not done. He will lose the ability to walk without a crutch or cane if the FOOT DROP is allowed to continue without intervention.

Brother Afzaal has endured much personal tragedy with family relationships through this trying time with his health. He also lives in an Islamic country that actively persecutes Christians. Christians are 15% of the population and are the poorest group economically in that country. There is no Medicare or Medicaid. There are no social “SAFETY NETS” to assist when one needs intervention for a serious illness. Please take to heart what you can do for this brother and help with the most generous gift that you can. Consider the possibility of what you would pray and hope for, if you were in his shoes.

Brother Afzaal, you are in our prayers.

Blessings,

DR. DEBRA, BLUE ARMY – USA


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Week of Sunday August 18, 2013

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you for your wonderfully generous donations in support of our missionary effort in the world today. What a glorious blessing for all those who receive the precious Sacramentals of Our Immaculate Mother through your sacrifice and love! Daily, you are remembered in our every prayer.

Self-esteem is hateful in God’s Eyes. The Publican was laden with iniquities but he humbled himself and was pardoned. The Pharisee was an exact observer of the law, but indulged in self-esteem and he was condemned. God has chosen for the performance of His greatest works the most incapable of men that human pride might never be able to attribute to itself the glory that belongs to God. From the first moment of His Incarnation to His last sigh, Jesus Christ taught us humility by His example. Humility is the foundation and guardian of all virtues! Self-love can produce nothing but sin. Humility is the true seat of grace and the seed of glory. True Charity suffers everything from others without making anyone suffer; it does not allow itself to be irritated and it is never embittered against or annoyed with anyone, no matter what manner of ridicule it may receive. Charity always excuses and forgives.

“MASTER, WHAT MUST I DO TO POSSESS ETERNAL LIFE?”

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, with thy whole soul,
and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.”

The Good Samaritan is our prime example: he is on his knees before the wounded traveler, dressing his wounds, conveying him to the nearest inn, laying him on his bed as a mother would her child and providing for the cost of his care during his absence. Humility is the remedy for all our miseries and the key to all graces. He who has high esteem of his own virtue puts it to death; he who has a high opinion of his own piety, kills it! He who takes pleasure in the good works he does, spoils his harvest, throws down his edifice and destroys his work. We must prefer that which causes us to be hidden. We have faults which shock everyone and, yet, we alone do not even suspect them or allow ourselves to hear of them. We fancy we are laboring for God when we are laboring only for ourselves. We flatter ourselves to be exempt from the faults we censure in others. The proud man is ready to believe that which is evil and slow to believe that which is good. Having sinned, we deserve to suffer.

O Lord, have pity upon me, for I am proud!
Save me from myself and sin!

PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA
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Patti Melvin
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“WILL YOU SUFFER AND DIE FOR ME?”

Pauline prayed daily at the chapel of Our Lady of Grace located in the Church of St. Nizier. It is here, she was granted the most singular graces. Since 1935, her body rests in the chapel of Notre Dame of the Graces of St. Nizier. On Palm Sunday (1817) while at this chapel, she heard a voice, the same one that had spoken to her earlier. The voice said: “Do you want to suffer and die for Me?” It was then that she offered herself as a victim of Divine Mercy, not without shaking in fear, but depending entirely upon God’s Grace. Christ then said, “Prepare yourself for death.” He told her that, if she wanted to be faithful and obedient, He would use the Holy Eucharist to transform her into Him and He absorbed her into His Infinite Being. (V tl. P 181) During the long hours of adoration and intimacy spent before the Most Blessed Sacrament, Pauline discovered the Mystery of God’s greatness, perfections and love. By an inward light, she saw the evils of society increase visibly. Humanity had despised the Mysteries of God and His Covenant. At the root of this evil were impiety, rationalism, and naturalism — in one word ATHEISM. The volcano of impiety will act as the tomb of mankind, which ultimately will destroy it. The final consequence of man’s impiety will be annihilation of the human race. (ADL 1.9.5.8)

Our Lord made Pauline feel His just indignation against His people. His Hand was raised in justice to them that they might return to His merciful Heart. He assured Pauline that the power of prayer would disarm Him. The Bible is replete with the threats of Yahweh against His disobedient people and full of His promises to be merciful if they are faithful. Our Blessed Lord asked Pauline if she would offer herself for the conversion of sinners, and the redemption of the world. Would she compensate for the refusal of the world to accept His Love and for their revolt against their Savior, thereby averting His anger on the world? If she would do this, He promised to pour out upon France abundant graces of mercy. Would she offer her life that He may be merciful? She consented without hesitation! Pauline offered herself as a living sacrifice to the merciful Love of Christ that God might be glorified. To carry the weight of the sins of the world, she made the sacrifice of her own life.

Christ would transform her into His being if she will be true to her “YES.” It is Himself who will live in her through the Holy Eucharist, thus enabling her to accomplish His mission. Pauline understood well just what Christ was asking of her. It was a privilege and a sign of predilection. She sensed its grandeur. “I am nothing, a weak reed upon which rests the building of the salvation of many souls.” (ADl 1,8,19)

God chose Pauline to pour out His mercy upon the world. From that moment, she lived with an intense desire that it be accomplished. It was her mission of which she often spoke: “my sacrifice.” She was haunted by the desire to shed her blood for the love of Christ. His sorrows imprinted upon her heart, she longed to die for Him. Our Lord had promised to accept her sacrifice for the salvation of the world, especially for France, and she was anxious for the moment of its realization… she set out for Calvary! Wishing to imitate Christ in His Passion, with generosity, she gave Him her all. Her life was strongly ascetic with penances and deprivations. In advance, she made the sacrifice to God of her health, reputation, affections and her whole person. (AAL 3,7 58)

Our Lord warned Pauline that she must undergo a terrible test. “They, who are angry with your tears, will pour out your blood and Heaven itself will be armed against you.” (AAL 3,7,66) Having read the lives of the martyrs, Pauline imagined a triumphant and glorious martyrdom of blood, but did not realize that Our Lord was asking of her something quite different, a martyrdom of heart which would be even more painful. To sacrifice oneself suddenly is more comfortable than to immolate oneself in detail day-by-day, hour by hour, every moment of one’s life. Having made this total sacrifice of self, its fruit was born one evening in the corner of her home. Pauline clearly conceived in her mind the design for THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH!


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 Sunday August 4, 2013

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST!

Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

During the month of July, we celebrate with great solemnity the Sacred Heart of Jesus and His Most Precious Blood. So very central to the Most Sacred Liturgy are these great feasts. Swiftly approaches the month of August, when we remember in a very special way the glorious Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven body and soul, and the great feast of our beautiful St. Philomena who is our patroness and protectress. Our Divine Savior says: “He that fights and perseveres to the end of his life, without being overcome or, when he has fallen, rises up again and perseveres, he shall be crowned.” We are beset by dangers on every side, and weighed down by our faintheartedness and weakness. To persevere means to be ready to make any sacrifice, loss of wealth, liberty and even life itself, rather than offend Almighty God. I want to suggest things that will help you persevere and attain eternal life.

When you rise in the morning, turn your thoughts to God, give Him your heart and offer up your day to Him with all its sufferings, labors and joys, by kneeling down and saying your prayers. Hear Mass as often as possible, give alms, and each and every day make time for good spiritual reading. Serve God faithfully; never separate yourselves from Him, no matter what it may cost you. You will have enemies who persecute you and strive with all their power to make you forsake God and His Sacred Laws. Take courage, have confidence in God, fly from the occasions of sin, take refuge in prayer, receive the Sacraments frequently and remain very close to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Then, penetrated with the feeling of hope and deepest gratitude, you will form a firm resolution never to offend God again. Armed with prayer and the Sacraments, the enemy will flee at the very sight of you. If you should lay aside these weapons, the enemy will fall upon you and crush you. This is one reason the devil works so tirelessly to prevent us from attending the Sacred Mass and praying our Holy Rosary. If we remain faithful to prayer and the Sacraments, we will persevere to the end.

It is my privilege and joy to hold in my heart your family, your sufferings and needs, your weaknesses and strengths, and all that is dear to you, each morning at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I pray for you; please do remember me, my family and my country in your worthy prayers.

I impart to you all, 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 so very much for sending your generous donastion to help our foreign missionaries. What a great blessing is your gift for the whole Church! To bring the Immaculate Conception to souls is to bring them health, courage and eternal life. You and your family are being remembered in a Novena of Holy Masses being offered this month in Jerusalem.

When a soul is on fire with zeal for the apostolic life, its very desire to win other souls for God impels it to devote itself with great generosity to prayer, mortification and the practice of virtues, urging it on to union with God, to perfection and to sanctity. The dogma of the Communion of Saints tells us precisely that the grace and holiness of one of Christ’s members necessarily redound to the advantage of all the other members. Charity gives a soul a twofold impetus: toward God and toward its neighbor: if either one is repressed, charity is stifled in its very essence. The interior apostolate is the foundation of the exterior apostolate. If prayer does not ascend to the throne of the Most High, Grace will not be granted. There is no substitute for prayer accompanied by sacrifice. Not all of us can be preachers, not all of us have the duty to admonish sinners, but there is no one who cannot contribute to the spiritual good of his neighbor by giving the example of a life which is fully Christian. A good
Christian life speaks for itself; it has an authority and attraction greatly superior to that of words.

Jesus Himself spent thirty years in prayer and retirement before plunging into His three years of exterior apostolate. The apostle is sent to give not to receive. In hours of abandonment and trial, the apostle must continue to give himself with constancy, generosity and cheerfulness. Where can the strength be found for this complete and continual gift of self, if not in the Holy Eucharist? Jesus gives Himself to us, putting Himself at our disposal, even to the point of allowing Himself to be consumed by us. Despite our abilities, talent, brilliant style, conversation, titles and success, we must recognize our nothingness. Too often, we rely upon ourselves and as a result bear little fruit. We must remain united with God plunged into profound humility, realizing that, without His help, we can do absolutely nothing. The Holy Ghost is within us. If we allow Him, He can transform us into chosen instruments for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

HAVE COURAGE!
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA
Patti Melvin
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O God the Holy Ghost, give me light to contemplate the Love and the Passion of Jesus Christ that I may be changed into love and patience. Take from me selfishness, softness, delicacy, cowardice and fear. Give me a spirit of endurance, of firmness and courage, a love of labor and the cross, of silence and charity that I may be willing to spend and be spent for the sanctification of souls. Amen.


PAULINE’S VISION OF THE WORLD

“The world is a book composed by God to teach mankind not only of His existence, but His perfections, His attributes, His Love and its duties toward Him. All of nature has a significant meaning for our soul. If we hold this book closed the marvels of nature remain hidden from us and we will never penetrate their deep spiritual significance. A map is useless to a peasant who does not know his destination.” (AAL 8,4)

Pauline opened wide the book of nature. Her writings are strewn with examples of it: flowers, trees, landscapes, and petit fourmi (little ants). And, from them all, she drew spiritual lessons. God’s graces are similar to the public fountains that give water to all those who come and turn on the faucet; it is enough to bring them to God with confidence and to petition Him with fervor. Religion is similar to a chestnut which protected by its hard shell, repels those who know nothing of it, or fail to practice fully its obligations. The one who cracks the shell finds inside the most excellent fruit, consolations and unimaginable delights. (AAL 3,10,31)

Pauline’s nephew had shared how his aunt took advantage of every opportunity to turn the hearts and thoughts of those who surrounded her to God. Once, when returning from a visit to the poor, she plucked a flower blooming on the roadside and exclaimed, “It is the Good God, Who has made this flower open today right as we were passing by. He did so to help us think about Him. He filled this flower with grace and beauty so that it might touch our hearts and teach us of His goodness and love. Through it, He is telling us how much He loves us and desires to give us joy.”

THE POOR SILK WORM

Had Pauline not been withdrawn from the activity of the world, she would never have understood the power and necessity of prayer. Having given up the world, she dedicated herself to works of charity. The Lord had lit the fire of His Love within her soul and, immediately, she burned with a desire to pour out upon her neighbors the effusions of this charity, which had invaded her heart. Pauline read again the Gospel. Now, she understood more clearly that to serve the poor, grief stricken and afflicted was to serve Christ Himself. Thus, she rushed to help the unfortunates!

Pauline’s day began at 4 a.m. Her hours were divided between prayer and caring for the sick and infirm. She embraced, with eagerness, the most loathsome tasks. Seeing Christ in their infirmity, the repugnance of nature was counted for nothing. Her strong new faith made it possible for her to love these poor suffering souls and their wounds were to her now as jewelry had been to her in the days of her worldliness.

There can be no mistake; Pauline took it one step further. She wanted to transmit to others the love of Christ, which had conquered her soul. Her zeal for the suffering poor, in no time, led her to discover a poverty from which they suffered that was far greater than that of the body. She longed to bring the wounded back to God! The misery they suffered devoured society. By her understanding of this moral misery, Pauline was able to penetrate deeply the painful mystery of evil in the world which caused the death of Christ on the Cross. She was able to feel the bitterness of sin and understand the dangers to which these suffering souls were exposed. Ever more, she climbed higher. She sympathized with the Sorrowful Heart of Jesus, wounded by so many outrages, indifferences and ingratitude from mankind. This would be for her entire life the primary object of her contemplation and reparation.

True to her heart, Pauline acted! She united the poor workers and trained them to lead a life of prayer, sacrifice and action for the relief of the poor, the conversion of sinners, and especially to repair the outrages made to God in the Most Blessed Sacrament. She called them “the Repairers.” She then determined to reach the 200 workers at her brother-in-Iaw’s factory. They led a less than exemplary life. She spoke to them of God. Pauline completely transformed the atmosphere of the factory by radiating the fire within her soul to each one of them. They all became members of her Repairers! She then opened a workshop to make artificial flowers in order to help the young ladies whose families were ruined by the Revolution. It was a lucrative work but, at the same time, Pauline helped form their lives into deeply Christian ones. During this time, she visited the prisoners and aided many in an anonymous way. For a period of three years, Pauline continued this very active life of charity.

It was at this time, her confessor told her that she should stop the life of active charity and service, and devote herself wholly to prayer. Following his direction cost her a great deal. Pauline was extremely dynamic and gifted with common sense. She had become very involved in the factories, hospitals and in serving the beggars. Father Wurtz perceived that she possessed a gift for a contemplative vocation. His goal was to help her develop her interior life. Pauline likened herself in this new state of life to be as a poor silk worm, which had worked in the greenery of the branches and was now locked in the tomb of the dry heather. Still, since it would be beneficial to her soul, she obeyed. This new life of contemplation allowed Pauline to look deep within herself and not abandon the ‘best part’ of Mary, seated at the feet of Christ. She would be more than the girl in the King’s barnyard; she would be His wife, to whom He reveals His secrets and His Love.

Pauline confided to a friend, “There was a time that I was totally occupied with charity to my neighbor but, in confidence, I share that, if I had not withdrawn from this active life, I would never have understood the strength and necessity of prayer; I would not have written the work of THE INFINITE LOVE OF THE DIVINE EUCHARIST and I would probably never have acted as God’s instrument in founding the Propagation of the Faith and the Living Rosary.” (L, 63) During all her life, Pauline never abandoned concrete service of her neighbor. She was always helping poor souls bear their sufferings and giving of herself to compassionate the most abandoned. Pauline’s house would always be a meeting place for the poor suffering. Still, she understood that she must never abandon prayer: that time set apart for God alone!


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.

Please Click here to Share Your Gift of Faith


NOVENA TO SAINT PHILOMENA – August 3 to 11

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

THE LEGION OF SAINT PHILOMENA

The most solid yet least used practice of showing honor and devotion to the Saints is that of imitating their virtues, thereby rendering ourselves worthy of their intercession and favors, and of the enjoyment of eternal good. We wish to share in their joy without sharing in their suffering. Being most anxious to interest St. Philomena in our cause, let us meditate on her life, contemplate her sufferings and reflect on the heroism of her death. Beg of her the light and grace to apply to our state the virtues which she championed. Let us take courage and uproot from our hearts the vices and defects which oppose her virtues, while practicing the habits which perfect them, and for which she is eternally honored.

NOVENA TO SAINT PHILOMENA – August 3 to 11

FIRST DAY
St. Philomena lived in the world. I also live in the world. Ah, but what a vast difference between my life and her life! She was entirely detached from the world; I am chained to its maxims, its laws and its impure and ridiculous usages. Am I not anxious to please worldlings, to acquire their esteem? Let me resolve then to give up all pleasures which are a danger to my soul, and make the sacrifice today of some lawful pleasure.

*** PRAYER: Hail, O holy St. Philomena, whom God glorifies by so many miracles, whom the Vicar of Jesus Christ has named the “Protectress of the Living Rosary and the Children of Mary,” manifest more and more plainly from the heights of Heaven, that a voice holy as thine cannot be denied and that we have the right to rely upon thine aid. Obtain for us the grace to remain faithful to Jesus Christ, even unto death. Amen.

SECOND DAY
I have a thousand means of sanctification of which Saint Philomena was deprived, in order to render more easy the practice of virtue. Can I bear the comparison between myself and the Saint? May God forgive me the abuse of so many graces! How often have I questioned the Will of God, His Providence and even His personal Love for me? How weak is my faith and absent my trust and confidence in God! How often have I failed to be grateful for His blessings and His favors? Saint Philomena obtain for me the singular grace to have absolute trust in God. Let me resolve today and every day to thank God over and over, for the small details of life. *** (PRAYER)

THIRD DAY
Saint Philomena made a vow of virginity. She annihilated the pleasures of the flesh and the hopes that flatter. This vow stripped life of its brightest jewel for her, a royal crown. “But what does it matter,” she reflected, “the whole world is nothing compared to one degree of perfection that my soul will attain through this sacrifice. It is better always to belong entirely to God?” What generosity, what sacrifice, what nobleness of sentiment! Do I realize the valuable treasure of purity? Am I still a virgin? There are so many enemies of this virtue, visible and invisible, that seek to deprive me of it. Have I made for it a rampart by humility, by modesty, by prayer and by frequenting the Sacraments? If I have entered the sacred union of marriage, have I due respect for the august elevation of this Sacrament? Today, I will redouble my watchfulness of this virtue through modesty of dress and custody of eyes. I will offer three Hail Mary and ask Our Lady to keep me pure in body, heart and soul. I will examine my wardrobe for any fashions which offend against this virtue for which Saint Philomena gave her life. *** (Prayer)

FOURTH DAY
Saint Philomena renounced the most attractive advantages of the world. She truly comprehended the words of Solomon, “Vanity of vanities!” Not satisfied with comprehending it, she reduced it to practice at the most difficult but most glorious moment of her life. My God! How she confounds the maxims of the world. By sacrificing all, St. Philomena obtained EVERYTHING! How miserable I am! By seeking after all, I have deprived myself of the good things which alone deserve to be esteemed. I have believed that the world, poor as it is, has wherewithal to enrich those who serve it and that its ignominy can lead me to honor. I have believed that satisfying my senses can bring me true happiness. Foolish being!

My error exposes me to the greatest danger, for is it not written that the friends of the world are the enemies of God? It is time to change my dark vision and see the world for what it is, to use it as if I use it not, to despise what it esteems, and attach myself to nothing it loves. Forgive me, O my God, my past folly! Help me, St. Philomena, to rectify my judgment, to break off my attachments and even to consent cheerfully, to sacrifice everything, if God should be pleased to demand so much from me. Practice, today, patience in all that frustrates your desires and disrupts your schedule. Take a minute to help someone in need. *** (prayer)

FIFTH DAY
St. Philomena suffered cruel torments for God. She was young, delicate, of royal blood and exempt from suffering of any kind. She had only to conceal her religion and break a vow made in youth in order to preserve her life and be protected from the rage of Diocletian; her life, that of her parents and their kingdom would have been spared through this denial of God. What do I think of heroism like hers? Have I even a germ of it in my heart? Perhaps, I am obedient to God now because it costs me little. When the price I must pay for this obedience becomes great, will I rationalize by creating a delusion that I can compromise? And, can I really believe that conducting myself in this manner, I shall come to a happy end? Such a thing is impossible. If I am a Christian, I must appear so; and I can neither be nor appear to be a Christian, if I do not faithfully follow Jesus Christ, bearing my cross as He carried His. Let me then willingly suffer; let me fulfill my daily duties no matter how disagreeable they may be; let me trample on human considerations; let me show myself, always and in every place, a generous and faithful Child of Mary! Today, I will make a public profession of my faith by doing one or all of the following: Openly making the Sign of the Cross, speaking of God to a stranger or a friend, visiting and praying with the sick, wearing openly and devoutly my Holy Rosary, a chain or Crucifix. Grant me, O my God, I beseech Thee, through the merits of Saint Philomena, the grace to accomplish my resolution. *** (Prayer)

SIXTH DAY
St. Philomena remained unshaken under the fiercest tortures. Many begin but do not persevere. Saint Philomena pursued her course to its termination. She had no concern for self, no hesitation; she had neither regret, complaint nor reproach. It was the Fiat, “Let it be done” of Our Lady at the Annunciation and her Savior in the Garden of Olives. This it was that secured forever her election and her vocation. Am I constant in my plans of sanctification, or am I of the number that live an hour for God and a day for the world and myself? If I do not persevere, my combats will not be followed with victory. A thousand times I have begun with the spirit, and as often ended with the flesh. The moment I bid adieu to the world, I have stretched out to it again my hand; and almost as soon as I have trampled on its vanities, I have bound myself again in its chains. Deplorable inconsistency! Worthless desire! O my God, remove from me this fickleness of heart! St. Philomena, obtain for me perseverance in good. Today, I will make a resolution to refrain from one word of complaint about anything or anyone. I also resolve to find something good to say of one whom I have injured in the past. *** (Prayer

SEVENTH DAY
St. Philomena was powerfully aided by God in her combats. God will help us in our temptations and difficulties if we ask. He will send Jesus Himself, in the arms of His Mother, Mary – the holy Angels – and the Spirit of Strength, into our hearts that we might conquer all of His enemies and our own selves. Though, I shall see whole legions united against me, I will still hope. Saint Philomena passed with fearless courage through torments and death. Am I not God’s child? Will God not do for me what He did for Saint Philomena? Alas, why do I have such doubts, why do I fear to be abandoned? Has not God said: “Ask and you shall receive!” Do I believe that, morning after morning, God gives me His own Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist, and then fail to trust and hope in Him when I ask a small favor? Away then with these unjust fears! In my tribulations, I will call upon God with unshaken confidence. O, holy Protectress, St. Philomena, strengthen me in these sentiments. Beg God today for every grace you need to attain eternal salvation and be at peace! *** (Prayer)

EIGHTH DAY
St. Philomena withstood the attacks made upon her. It was death to self on the battlefield that procured for her eternal blessedness. She overcame shame and suffering: both of which united in vain to subdue her. Glory covers her like a garment. Raise thy voice, O illustrious Martyr! Reproach now thy proud enemies. What has become of their sting! St. Philomena died and now she lives; she was conquered and now she triumphs; she was dragged to the scaffold and now, behold, she is glorified in Heaven! Humiliation is the forerunner of glory; the cross our pledge of eternal happiness. Have I comprehended this? Do I wish to come to the practice of it? If I had to engage the most terrible enemies and offer myself in a combat of blood, how long would I last? What sort of fight would it be? A moment, a slight contest, almost nothing and then a weight of glory and a boundless eternity of beatitude and happiness! O my heart, expand thyself at this hope! Not only will this make me resigned in my different trials, but also I will carry them with joy. Let my tears flow since to them is promised so valuable a consolation. Sorrows avoid me not as after you, the sweetest joys will come! Yes, I desire to suffer in order to enjoy; I wish to fight, in order to conquer. I wish to humble myself and to be humbled, that my God may exalt me; I wish to die to the world, to sin and to myself, that I may live in God and with God for all eternity. St. Philomena draw me after you and aid me by thy intercession. Animate and enlighten me by your example. Obtain for me the grace to follow it. Make the sacrifice today of one meal or at least a cup of water when you are hungry or thirsty. Mortify your flesh in some small way in reparation for choosing self in place of God so often in the past and in preparation for death. *** (Prayer)

NINTH DAY
St. Philomena is the New Light of the Church Militant. She exercises today a glorious apostolate. The works of the just do not perish; they are seeds that remain buried for a time. The winter is past, the lovely brilliancy of her virtue we behold and proclaim. Come, come, O holy and dearly beloved soul! Take thy place in the midst of us. God shows forth His gratitude by a marked abundance of new graces through thy intercession – a dew as it were, of visible and invisible benedictions. Are not thy merits still living, though many ages have passed? What has St. Philomena done to acquire this glory? She has loved justice and hated iniquity. Her heart, filled with love for the “Law of God,” was fed with it, day and night. Everything she undertook was crowned with success. Let me begin at last to follow her. I will now set about sowing my ground with acts of virtue. The more abundant the seed, the greater will be the harvest. I will endeavor to obtain the treasures of piety, patience, charity and obedience, and of all Christian virtues. I will seek only God in my actions. I will not let any opportunity for grace to be ignored. With thy help, O Princess of Paradise, Virgin and Martyr, I will amass treasures for the Church Suffering, the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant! What I do for God, I do for myself, for the Angels, for the Saints, for the just and for sinners. Let me make haste; let me not lose a moment. Aid me, O St. Philomena, be my anchor of Hope! Thou who has been given the most glorious title of PATRONESS OF THE CHILDREN OF MARY by Pope Pius IX, obtain for me a tender and true devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary. *** (Prayer)

Faithful Virgin and glorious Martyr, whose faith triumphed over all the attacks of the world and of Hell, I bless God for thy triumphs! I praise Him and I give Him glory for the victorious strength He communicated to thee. Blessed be Thou, O Holy God! O God admirable in Thy Saints! O Just God! O Powerful God! O God of Infinite Mercy! Amen.

St. Philomena illumine, defend and preserve us this day and always.

Lead us with thee to the joys of Heaven.

PRAYER
O most pure Virgin, glorious Martyr, Saint Philomena, whom God in His eternal power has revealed to the world in these unhappy days in order to revive the faith, sustain the hope and enkindle the charity of Christian souls, behold me prostrate at thy feet. Deign, O Virgin, full of goodness and kindness, to receive my humble prayers and to obtain for me: that purity for which thou didst sacrifice the most alluring pleasures of the world; that strength of soul which made thee resist the most terrible attacks; and that ardent love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, which the most frightful torments could not extinguish in thee. So that wearing thy holy cord and imitating thee in this life, I may one day be crowned with Thee in Heaven. 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.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Week of Sunday July 28, 2013

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

TO LOVE WITHOUT MEASURE!

Pauline-Marie Jaricot wrote a great deal during her life. Among her writings, she left us the “Story of Her Life” which she wrote at the request of her confessor Abbe Wurtz when she was not yet 25 years of age. She spoke at length of her conversion. Young, intelligent, pretty, rich and having an ardent and passionate heart, she was caught up in the easy life and attached to the things of this world. A high spirit, who had never known or loved anything but God, she was taken in by the illusions of the world. She allowed herself to be snagged and sank into a state of mediocrity from which she could not escape. Slacking in her duties, she was seduced by a world that flattered her, and vanity took hold of her heart. Pauline was divided. She did what the moral law strictly required without thought or regard for the love of God. Her faith became shallow, and she remained outside of the dimension of God’s Love which is below the surface and its very foundation, the spring-board from which a living relationship developed with the One who loves us. As long as it was not forbidden by law even though it caused the cooling of her spirit and was to be a source of temptation, she did not give it up. This resulted in the thickening of her tender spirit and it became hard for her to distinguish vice from virtue. Moreover, she abandoned prayer. Oh! If one could open the gates of hell and interrogate the reprobate, how many souls would be found to be there precisely because they had ceased to pray. (HV p.13)

Deep in her heart, she was not happy. The life of ease and luxury, idleness and self, did not satisfy her heart, which was made for God. Pauline’s poor heart was not happy. It possessed a thirst which could not be quenched. Nothing pacified the boredom and anxiety which followed her at all times. She found no pleasure from the world, nor any consolation from God. She was neither of the world nor of God. “I desired nothingness and damned my existence.” With hunger, she searched for something that could fill the immensity of her heart. (HV p 45)

God pursued her unceasingly. She fled from Him without repenting. Pauline was confused by her infidelities, yet she continued to elude His Love. He sent signs of His love, but she would not surrender. A warning was given to her at her First Communion ~ her portrait fell from the wall and was shattered. She recognized this as a sign, but it was not enough to bring her back to a life of fervor. God sent her a grave sickness but that was not enough to bring her back to Him. However, God did not tire of her resistance. She continued to escape from Him, but He did not tire of seeking her. Pauline asked herself, “Why do you waste your time dancing? Who will return that time to you? You shall die”, said the voice of Truth, “and if you die, what will be your eternal destiny? Where will your immortal soul be found?” She was tortured. The decisive stroke which established definitively her destination was a sermon preached by the Abbe Wurtz on vanity.

It was on Sunday in the season of Lent 1816 that the Rev. Father Wurtz, Vicar of the parish, spoke on the subject of vanity. Pauline was overtaken by this sermon and at once made a holy confession. Overcome by the force of love, her despair changed into conversion and everything in her life was seen in a different light. She saw God everywhere. The spirit of Pauline was totally engulfed by this supernatural light. Her heart was purified and changed. She felt her heart, once so immense that all the creatures of the whole world could not fulfill it, had become too narrow, too much limited in its ardor to love by its own will, to be filled with infinite love of God. (HV p 66)

In finding God, Pauline found true happiness. She was 17 years old and, from then on, her life became an infinitely agreeable ascent towards God. Immediately after her conversion, with unequalled generosity, she broke with her old habits. Pauline put on the clothes of a poor worker. “I took the extreme position because it was so terribly hard for me to break with my old habits of luxury and wealth.” During the first months, I suffered cruelly to appear in public in rags. My brother Philias, told me, “You take the soup too hot Pauline, go forward with more moderation.” But, NO! Nothing is too difficult or too big for the One I love!

Oh, My Beauty, Oh Jesus, Oh Love!
While losing myself, I found Thee!
While forgetting what is temporary,
I tasted the very Eternal! (ADL 1 2, 4)

Soon after her conversion, Pauline’s eyes were opened. She could find and see God the Creator everywhere. God had not changed but it was Pauline who had changed. As soon as Pauline had given up the pleasures of the world, the scales fell from her eyes. “I saw God everywhere, in the trees, in the stars, in the moon. It is our sin, which impedes God’s penetration. Faith is not an abstraction but the revelation of God speaking to us of the universe which carries within it the imprint of His mystery. Called from the deep out of nothing, clothed in God’s rare beauty, a mirror of eternal life, we are joined one to the other, a reflection of the imprint of God’s eternal mystery.”

Pauline wanted to kiss the leaves of the trees as she saw them as coming from the Creator’s Hands. The holy Bible inspires us to contemplate the Infinite Love with which God shaped the earth and forecasted the coming of His own Divine Son to the Virgin Mary. “God saw that it was good!”


THE GIRDLE OF SELF-CONTROL

Behold, two rival hosts who are opposed to one another are engaged in war. The one, which by superior courage and bravery destroys the other, will be the victor. “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself. No man can serve two masters.” It is impossible to be zealous and faithful in the service of Jesus Christ and to indulge the flesh and serve the maximums of the world. We must renounce what God forbids. Three things which bring about moral ruin are: inordinate love of pleasure, lust of the flesh, and greed for money: renounce them all! A universal longing after luxury, immoral reading and movies, dread of work, and idleness are frequently fatal to the soul. Conquer yourself! Without constant self-denial, no other virtue and no true happiness can be attained. There is no other way to life and true internal peace but the holy way of the Cross. No mortal can avoid the cross. With great humility, accept the cross which Our Lord has destined for you; desire no other, learn to bear it from your youth and, gradually, it will become light and sweet. Never allow yourself to be drawn into quarrels and strife. When you are irritated, hold back that angry word. Learn to be silent, gentle and forgiving.

Resist the evil, do no wrong; learn to suffer and be strong!
Unless the passions be restrained, abiding peace cannot be gained!


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.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Week of Sunday July 21, 2013

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

PAULINE-MARIE JARICOT WAS A SOUL ON FIRE!

In her daily life, Pauline longed to give Jesus Christ to those who knew Him not, or to reawaken love for Him in those whose hearts had grown cold. She wanted to communicate to all souls the interior flame that burned so brightly within her own heart. Born at the dawn of modern times, Pauline Jaricot gave a missionary boost to the Church in France, which was left in ruin after the wake of the French Revolution. Animated by the Holy Spirit, she took up the great work of evangelization. An apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she proclaimed the infinite mercy of Our Blessed Lord and, at the same time, she offered herself as His victim for the salvation of souls. Pauline dispelled the austere code of the Jansenists, which was transforming religion into a scarecrow and portraying God as a severe Judge, by proposing the path of spiritual infancy, the little way, giving to us God as Our Father.

Pauline was a soul of prayer and, through prayer, she was in constant union with God. What is praying? Prayer is union with God, receiving His Life, which, in turn, transforms us that we may be and act as children of God. Prayer is a communication of love. Man sees God, his Father. God sees man, His child and the summit of Himself. Daily prayer was the food of her every day; the light to recognize the Will of God which, at times, was obscure and to submit to His Will with love and strength, and to carry daily her cross, without discouragement, in the face of the humiliations and contradictions of life. Prayer communicated to her the Presence of God, which transformed all in love even that which appeared to be opposed to human wisdom. Pauline showed to us how much prayer elevates our present life to the divine. It gives to each work and movement of the heart a divine value, which unifies us by a love worthy of Jesus Christ. We will see to what extent she was enveloped in prayer and how this was the focal point of the source of her prodigious works. Pauline was inhabited by God, driven by Him and did everything with Him. It was Christ that lived in her. He is the source of all her good works. She was a docile and obedient instrument in His Hands. The strength in her life was love ~ love for God and love for the Church, for the love of God. Through prayer, her soul was strengthened in this love, sustained and comforted. Burning with this love that consumed her, she became with God a creator.

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

Pauline-Marie Jaricot was born at Lyon on July 22, 1799, to a profoundly religious family of silk merchants. Her life was spent at the feet of Our Lady of Fourviere. Her entire life was given completely to God and Holy Mother the Church through the glory of the Cross. We know her universally as the foundress of the Propagation of the Faith, but she was so much more than that. Pauline founded many other works for the Church, remarkable for their diversity and copiously fertile propagation. At heart, Pauline was a contemplative, a very great contemplative! Her union with God was the source and great secret of her influence upon souls.

God is Creator, but creation does not fully define God nor complete our knowledge of Him. In the same way, all the exterior works of Pauline do not define or exhaust the spiritual richness of her soul. Her works are only the exterior outpouring of her profound inner life. To understand this great soul, we must go to the source of her greatness; we must comprehend the fire that burned within her soul.

The famous formula of St. Thomas Aquinas: “Deliver to others the fruit of contemplation,” expresses beautifully the life and mission of Venerable Pauline Jaricot. All that she has given to spiritually enrich the whole world is but the fruit of her union with God in prayer.

After a childhood impregnated by the affection and living faith of her parents, while not turning completely away from God, during her adolescence, her heart became lukewarm and she was seduced by the glittering illusions of the world. She took the easy road of life but it did not give her heart happiness. She struggled with “self” and ultimately obtained victory. Grace triumphed in her soul. From that time on, she gave herself without reserve to the way of perfection and love of God.

From the time of her conversion at the age of 16 years, she gave herself over to a life of prayer. How many hours she spent in the presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament at the Church of St. Nizier, her parish church! In 1822, she wrote the beautiful manuscript: “The Infinite Love of the Divine Eucharist” which has been many times reproduced. It is as profound in its depth as it is singular in its simplicity. The Holy Eucharist was the center of Pauline’s spirituality. In one of her great meditations, she saw the whole earth penetrated by the Presence of the Divine Savior in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

While deeply meditative, she, at the same time, took decisive action. Pauline visited the poor, the bedside of those sick in hospitals and took personal care of poor beggars. At eighteen years of age, Pauline founded an association for young workers in her district, who after her example, threw themselves into a life of prayer and zeal for souls. They were the sacred battalion for the Divine Master, the Reparatrices who offered to God marks of their love and profound veneration. With infinite tact, little by little, Pauline led them all to God.

THE HARVEST IS GREAT BUT THE LABORERS ARE FEW!

At twenty years of age, Pauline elaborated her vast plan for the conservation and propagation of the Faith. She hesitated at no personal sacrifice to sustain the work. Her plan succeeded beyond all hope. At the age of 27, Pauline conceived a plan to aid her contemporaries to enter a life of prayer. She founded the Living Rosary Association, a group of 15 people, each committed to reciting a Decade of the Holy Rosary while meditating on his assigned mystery. The 15s increased with incredible speed. Pauline’s fervor did not stop there. At thirty, she was intent upon helping the working class. So very distressed was she by their slavery to the industrial age that she turned over her fortune to those who promised to establish a knitting factory, which would allow families time to practice their faith and which would be founded upon Catholic principles. Betrayed by a treacherous thief who absconded with her fortune, she was left destitute, calumniated and in ruin. Pauline died bankrupt and abandoned by all on January 9, 1862. Stripped of everything, she had followed Christ to whom she vowed herself as a victim for souls to the end. The strength of her soul in suffering and total abandonment attracts to this day admiration on the part of the Church and is the divine seal of the holiness of her life.

Pauline-Marie Jaricot was a great soul, a soul on fire. Christ’s Love imparted to her a knowledge of Himself that was as large as the universe and it is this, which gave to her works that spiritual dimension which is universal. Everything she did was His work of love.

Introduction of the cause of Ven. Pauline-Marie Jaricot for beatification was officially begun in 1930. Anyone who will receive a sign of favor from this great daughter of the Church should write of it to:

Œuvres Pontificales Missionaries
Coopération Missionnaire
12 rue Sala
69002 Lyon Cedex 02
http://mission.cef.fr

Feb. 15, 1963, Pope John Paul XXIII signed the decree, which proclaims the heroism of her virtues. By this fact and document, Pauline is declared to be “venerable”.

Pope Paul VI, in 1972, at the time of the celebration of the 150th birthday of the Foundation of the Propagation of the Faith adds, “This authentic daughter of the Church deserves new and legitimate praise”.

John Paul II at the time of his journey to Lyon in 1986 recalled her title “Mother of the Missions”.

Cardinal Tomko, Prefect of the Community of the Evangelization of the Peoples, came to Lyon on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Pauline-Marie Jaricot in 1999 greeting her as a “Great figure for the Universal Church and for Lyon, who founded a missionary work of world dimensions”.


The Breastplate of Justice

We are not created for this earth; our end is life everlasting! Happy is he who lives with eternity always in view. We must give ourselves over to prayer, which is the breath of the soul, the elevation of memory, understanding and will to God. Daily meditation is a great means of salvation and, along with frequent reception of the Sacraments, provides us with the necessary graces to cope with temptations, control our passions and lead a holy life. Frequent prayer helps us to live in the Presence of God. The Sacrament of Penance derives its excellency from the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. It is a wondrous fountain of life, medicine of salvation, death of sin and healing for souls. The seductions of the world, bad books, bad example, evil companions, pride and false shame cause man to be indifferent to religion. Have no apprehensions about Confession, speak without reserve and confess your whole guilt. The priest answers you in the person of Christ, with Fatherly love and words of mercy and pardon. To receive the Sacraments of Penance and the Blessed Eucharist only at Easter Time is to reduce our Catholicity to a minimum, to hang on, as it were, by the last thread. This world is a place where truth and falsehood dwell, side by side. The watchword of these modern times is progress, which ought to reign in the domain of piety, holiness, grace and sanctification. Work diligently and daily to increase your prayer life and receive the Sacraments more frequently!


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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, Week of Sunday July 7, 2013

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

VENERABLE PAULINE-MARIE JARICOT

HEART ON FIRE!

The compilation of this work on Ven. Pauline-Marie Jaricot is something we have longed to set forth for many years. Through a singular impulse of petition to St. Philomena, the devotion of the Living Rosary was set ablaze in the 21st Century. Nothing has been changed from the original constitution with the exception of the rotation of Decades. One by one, the prayer took life in the Heart of the Church, and the fire spread with singular speed. This came at a time similar to that of the French Revolution in Pauline’s own day, when the Rosary had fallen into disuse, except for the old and unlearned, and the fire of faith had once again been nearly extinguished by a secularism which griped the whole world.

One small family took up this crusade and drop-by-drop its saving balm was poured into the hearts and souls of all mankind. During the ensuing years, communications with Fr. G. Naidenoff who had been entrusted with the works of Ven. Pauline-Marie Jaricot and her cause for beatification, guided and fed this fire. We begged Father for prayers to Pauline, and he encouraged us to compose them. The Litany of Pauline was composed and approved to be accurate by Father, and then published as a private litany in her honor. The prayer for Debtors arose from the hearts of those who identified with Pauline’s deep understanding of the suffering of all those in debt. Knowing the Heart of Pauline, Father guided us, sent us Pauline’s circular letters, the manuscript of her book, ‘Infinite Love of the Divine Eucharist’ and the very Relic of the blood of her heart, that organ which she exchanged with the Heart of Christ. Father Naidenoff took a Decade in this Living Rosary, which he perceived to be the very conception of salvation founded by Pauline. To this day, it has increased and spread through the whole world. Many Archbishops, Bishops and thousands of religious throughout the world are members if not animators of this beautiful work flooding the whole world with the Fire of Christ’s Sacred Passion poured out upon the earth through the Daily Decades united for the Triumph of Our Eucharistic King.

This little book is taken in part from the Circulars sent to us by Fr. G. Naidenoff, in large part from the beautiful new book recently published by Sr. Marie Monique in the French language, the lovely old manuscript on ‘The Life of Pauline’ by Maria Perrin and enriched by our own work with the Living Rosary carried on for nearly 27 years. Its primary end is to honor our saintly foundress, set forth the virtues of her victim heart and ignite all souls with her missionary spirit, the fire that burned within that magnificent heart, immolated completely for the glory of God. We encourage everyone to reproduce and share this poor work in every language in the whole world.

Patti Melvin, Universal Director
Patti Melvin
Please pray for me


“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, they will be satisfied!”
(Matt. 5:6)

As I listen to this beatitude in prayer, I often see the vision of Pauline-Marie Jaricot. What is the secret of that inner flame which burned in her heart and which she so longed to communicate to others? It is the fire of charity, a love of God so intense that it can only be reflected to us in her love of mankind, particularly the poor.

At seventeen years of age, Pauline had forsaken a life of ease and luxury, which left her heart thirsting for love. Pauline encountered God! It was a sudden meeting that drastically changed her life. Henceforth, Jesus Christ would be her EVERYTHING! Through daily prayer, she opened her heart to the God Who dwelt within her soul. “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Gal. 2:20) Pauline lived to be 63 years of age. She passed through difficult and cruel times with an absolute confidence, abandoning herself to the love of One Who loved her more than anything. Through all her sufferings, she was always conformed to the Will of God: “My heart is ready, O my God, my heart is ready!” One could say that she had known a martyrdom of the heart. This non-bloody martyrdom she lived every day of her life that Christ might live in her and, through her, in all souls.

“The Love of Christ was the great well-spring of her life,” confides the author of this book. This Fountain of Life she discovered through the Virgin Mary. We recover in her spiritual life and in her work of the Living Rosary the invitation to contemplate Jesus through the eyes of Mary, His Mother. The “poor one of Mary” as she so loved to sign herself, wanted to make known and loved the merciful Heart of Christ in every country of the world. This will be the great work of her life then, which she began at a young age, the foundation of “The Propagation of the Faith” which flowered from the Church in Lyon and of which Pauline is the true Foundress, “The First Match that lit the Fire.”

Pauline-Marie Jaricot was a woman of action, an untiring apostle but, first of all, she was a contemplative. It was in prayer, the daily intimacy of her union with God, that she drew her missionary zeal and the strength to undertake this labor of enormous dimensions. Her sole desire was to do everything for the Glory of God. “What does it matter, humiliations and suffering, if I find the hidden fire of my Divine Love?” This flame, which lived within her, was contagious. Pauline’s great attachment to the mystery of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist is an invitation to us all to turn to God and become like Jesus, “A living offering to the praise of His Glory.”

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin
President of the Papal Missionary Works
Archbishop of Lyon France


THE CROWN OF PERFECTION

Perfection is to put God first in everything; never, even in good things, to seek one’s own will and pleasure before Our Lord’s. We cannot expect the grace of perseverance unless we prepare ourselves for it by prayer and generous self-denial. The constant aim of life should be indifference to all but the Will and interests of Our Divine Master. True detachment is a separation from the world and self. If, in Heaven, we wish to follow the Lamb withersoever He goeth, we must on earth tread closely behind the Bleeding Footprints of the Gentle Lamb, up the sharp, steep, brambly mountain to the very summit where He awaits us on the Tree of Crucifixion. We are children of a Crucified God; our one goal is to be conformed to His image. He has signed us with the Sign of the Cross: the pledge of His Love! And, our response must be a loving acceptance of that pledge. During all our life, let us keep our gaze fixed on Him, Our Master and Our Model. Joy has its domain chiefly in the soul and pleasure chiefly in the senses. Joy is Christian and pleasure pagan. To secure true JOY which has its source in God, we must be willing to pay the price. The soul who serves God is always cheerful. A word or a smile is often times enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul. Let us not do things for the sake of receiving, but simply to give joy to the Heart of God. I serve Thee, O my God, not for the reward that I might receive, but solely for the sake of saving souls.

“Go sell all thou hast and give it to the poor,
and come follow Me!”


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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Week of Sunday June 16, 2013

Thursday, August 1st, 2013
Dear Child of Mary,You have been given charge of both lives and souls, and your energy must be expended completely in prolonging these lives and rendering them more fruitful, more Christian. In imitation of Mary, you must be more than kind: You must be compassionate and your patience must be inexhaustible. In giving yourself utterly and completely to everyone, you must be a reflection of Jesus Christ Himself.

Morality is the science by which we learn how to regulate our conduct. It teaches us our duty that we may love it and practice it; and it inspires within us a horror of evil, that we may avoid it. What a grand thing it is to be able to serve and to be of use to someone! It completely transforms our lives. And that someone we must always remember is Jesus Christ Himself, “As long as you do it to one of the least of these, My brethren, you do it to Me.”

Your vocation requires certain qualities, which are tantamount to your duties:

  1. The just man is in possession of his soul. Thus, you must acquire the habit of self-control. Listen carefully to others, remain calm, act wisely and swiftly. Be prepared to forget yourself and give yourself to others from morning till night and from night till morning. If your efforts are not rewarded with success, it does not matter! Go on devoting yourself to others. If you feel you are being treated unfairly, forget it and think only of others! At times, you feel worn out, physically and mentally, or you are indisposed. Give your family and friends the merits of the suffering which you bear in silence and even with joy. Your vocation is lofty and arduous, the work is exhausting, and you are everlastingly subject to others. Shall you give way to depression or indifference, or even to disgust? NO, NEVER! God has given us something glorious which always can, and always should, win the day: our WILL. This is the most beautiful, most noble faculty of your soul and can triumph over every discouragement. It is not what you feel that is important, but what you will!
  2. Be generous! Do not be self-seeking. Let your love go unnoticed, but be content with doing good. A radiant soul seems to share in the Light of Our Lord; her mere presence is a reassurance and source of joy. Above all, be good natured. This is a basic virtue, giving rise to all others. Be consistently even, peaceful and radiant, free from any sort of hardness or malice. It ought to be the overflow of all that is best in you, poured out upon your neighbor and, especially, your afflicted and suffering brethren. Your kind-heartedness will act as a sedative on the sufferer. You must belong entirely to others, forgetting self and all that self-demands. You must be kind, therefore, at all times and in all circumstances, and thus bring joy to the Heart of Jesus suffering. Prepare yourself to rise to the highest acts of self-sacrifice.

    To dedicate yourself, to spend your time, strength and life in the service of another, without the slightest desire to profit, is to LOVE. The sick and the suffering bestow upon us a great favor by allowing us to perform an act of charity, to add to our store of merits. “We do not ask a sufferer what his nationality is, or what is his religion. He suffers – that is all we need to know! He belongs to us and we shall give him relief.” Louis Pasteur. With courage and will-power, the humblest of us can do great things! Every day, the suffering and wounded, in body and soul, depend upon us as an infallible source of strength. Our sacrifice and selflessness gives them courage. We must help them understand that to die is to fall into the arms of Him Who has loved us most; it is to enter into the joy of the Lord. To all those who reach out to you, give your courage, that they may suffer, endure, act, struggle, persevere and raise up; support them, wait on them and pardon them. When you are rich in courage yourself, you will radiate it to all around you. Do not worry who is for you or against you. Remember, your Catholic duty is the expression of God’s holy Will. In every circumstance, let that Will be your guide and motivating force.

  3. Patience must be your chief virtue. You must be so penetrated and so saturated with patience that it never deserts you, however disturbing and unexpected the provocation may be. Patience is perfect self-possession in every conceivable circumstance. It is a calm and peaceful attitude towards everybody and everything. Life has not to be lived, but conquered! Conquest implies struggle. For this struggle, one of the weapons which we must have is patience, wherewith we may endure, suffer, hold our peace and recommence. Patience, always patience! Seek the Will of God in everything and you will bend your neck more easily under His yoke. It is impossible to serve suffering humanity without making a complete and total sacrifice of self.

Never make, provoke or listen to criticism in any shape or form. It undermines the whole edifice!!! Be good natured, be optimistic, always look on the bright side of things and suffer joyfully. Hide, support and sympathize, rather than correct and reprimand. This good spirit creates an excellent atmosphere. Optimism is confidence in God! Suffering will make no difference to cheerfulness. When you are with those who are suffering, your cheerfulness will forge a bond of union between you both, and your calm and joy will strengthen them. Watch and pray; and by your works of charity, spread the truth. Nothing you do, will go unnoticed.

Those upon whom God has struck down by suffering are receptacles of His Love. They have been chosen by Him to become, in a special sense, saviors and redeemers with Him completing in their members the Passion of Christ, their Head! God created man for the noblest ends: to know Him, love Him and to serve Him. Constant vigilance is necessary. You must perseveringly inspire the poor, wounded and mangled souls with courage, bidding them again and again to ‘Lift up their hearts!’ You must make them realize the profit that the supernatural world of souls derives from their life of martyrdom! If you cannot bring a body back to this life, you can show the soul the way to the next. Never be ashamed of what you ought to be most proud of:

You are a Child of the Universal Mother, the Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church!

One with Mary, let us sacrifice all to save souls! Bon Courage!

PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA
Patti Melvin
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INTIMATE PRAYERS TO THE HOLY GHOST

Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee my body with its senses and I beg of Thee to employ them for the greater glory of God. Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee my eyes that they may look only on my Jesus. Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee, my ears, that they may be attentive only to Thy divine inspirations. Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee all my senses, that they may serve me only to love Jesus and to sacrifice myself for Him. Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee my soul with all its faculties, that it may be Thy temple and Thy oasis.

Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee my memory, that it may be mindful only of Thy beauty and of the words, acts and passion of my Jesus. Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee my heart with all its affections, that captivated alone by the charms and the delights of Thy love, it may ever find in Thee peace, love, strength, light and all Thy Gifts and Fruits, and that loving Thee every day more and more, and making Thee loved by many souls, and by the whole world, were it possible, Thou mayest also love me more and more, and make me holy with all those that I love. Amen.

FOR OUR COUNTRY

O Holy and most Beloved Spirit of God, to Thee do we commend all the needs of our dear country, confident that, in Thy mercy, Thou will hear us and deliver us from all evils which afflict or threaten us.

Come, Divine Fount of all happiness, and pour down Thy holy Peace upon our dear land, and maintain it in peace in spite of all enemies, whether from within or without. Thou who art the Soul of the Catholic Church, Thou who does shed abroad divine charity, Thou who art the Light of the understanding and the Divine Fire that inflameth the heart, draw to the fair bosom of the Spouse of Christ all Her erring children, giving the priceless gift of Faith to those who possess it not, and confirming us all in loving service and obedience to our Holy Father the Pope and to the Bishops and Pastors of the Church.

Behold our miseries, O Divine Spirit! Look upon the countless offenses committed, in public and in private, against the Divine Majesty. Certain it is that we have merited naught except castigation at the hands of God, but have we not Mary, our Mother and Thy Immaculate Spouse, and have we not Thee Thyself, O Spirit of Consolation, to save us from enemies and from the effects of our offenses!

We implore Thee, then, to send forth Thy vivifying breath to renew the face of our dear land! Who, O Divine Spirit, can triumph as Thou can, against the powers of Hell itself! For, art Thou not the Fire that consumeth all sin, Essential Purity, the Bond of brotherhood that we so yearn for, Truth infallible, and Love, oh yes, Love Divine that unites all, reconciles all and purifies all!

Save us, then, for we perish! Fortify, preserve and extend the reign of Thy Church in our beloved land; allay all strife, political, social and domestic; enlighten, guide and possess our rulers, through the merits of Christ Our Lord and the intercession of Mary, Thy Immaculate Spouse.

St. Michael, Archangel, who has so often been sent to combat for us against Lucifer and his vile followers, deliver us from the wiles of that evil spirit, and grant that our holy religion may triumph over the enemies who blindly oppose or persecute Her. Amen.


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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.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Week of Sunday June 23, 2013

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

THE TREE OF EVIL

“The change and overthrow of reverence for divine laws, disregard for the authority of rulers, lawlessness, unbridled sedition, total lack of restraint of the passions – this is a combination that will result in the overthrow of all things. This change and overthrow is deliberately planned and put forward by many associations: Communists, Socialists and Freemasons.” Pope Leo XIII, 1884

Every conspirator has two things in common with every other conspirator: He must be an accomplished liar and a far-seeing planner. To achieve his goal of establishing a Socialist dictatorship of the proletariat, three things will have to be accomplished:

  1. The Elimination of All Rights to Private Property
  2. The Dissolution of the Family Unit
  3. The Destruction of Religion

The Church has been accused of silence when She should have spoken out. St. Paul admonished us to: “Preach the word, be urgent in season, and out of season.” (2 Tim. 4-2) Today, we cannot be silent in the face of a persecution of religion – the cruelest and most widespread in history! The devil goeth about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour souls. Watch and pray, lest you be overtaken! Be on the alert when you hear the promotion of social justice, secularized education, moral permissiveness, divorce, abortion, contraception, euthanasia, homosexuality, sexual license, alternative families, freedom of conscience and integral humanism! The enemies of Holy Mother the Church seek to de-Catholicize the world and destroy the Natural Order.

Freemasonry is a secret Society and its true purpose is hidden. Socialism is the bait and excuse to establish a dictatorship of the elite. If we will study Masonry’s world-wide revolutionary activity since 1717, it will be evident to us that their agenda remains the same today as it was then.

We will try to expose the evils of the system of Communism by presenting it as a Tree. How do we know that it is an evil tree? We know this by the fruit which it bears. Christ told us, we could recognize the goodness or badness of a tree by the fruit which it produces. Communism has very bad fruit; hatred of God and hatred of one’s fellow man. It brings into use falsehood, cheating, and disloyalty. It is an artificial tree. A tree planted in human blood, nourished by human blood and forever dripping in human blood! We do not want that tree planted in America. It is the Tree of Death! Guard yourself against it and do not let it poison you, your family or God’s Nation: One Nation under God with Liberty and Justice for All!

The roots of this evil tree are four-fold:

Atheism, Dialectical Materialism, Naturalism and Class Struggle.

Communism says, “There is no Law Giver, Creator or Designer.” Religion must be uprooted! Their control over those they desire to rule must be complete. Our soul comes straight from the Hands of Almighty God. We are made in the image of God. Our goal and hope is to be one day present to God, face to face, for all Eternity. This incarnation of Evil sees the U.S.A. as the last major obstacle to its universal dominance. It has infiltrated our country to the very top.

Sixteen of the Presidents of America’s Republic have belonged to the Order of Freemasonry. Rationalism and occultism are a vital part of its fabric. Naturalism takes the place of supernaturalism. Only the morality created by man himself is recognized. The Masonic method to question all that is regarded as truth, is carried on continuously. There must be no absolutes. There are no images, no sacrifices, no prayers, no Sacraments, no graces, no priesthood and no worship. Freemasonic Society is not a church. It believes only in Reason and in Humanity.

“The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion.” Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger CDF – November 26, 1983

One of the most cunning tools put into use is “criticism,” criticism of all that is established: truth, tradition, dogma, family, morals, dress, behavior, modesty, culture and beauty. This is all replaced by free speech, free love, body mutilation i.e. tattoos, piercings, ugliness, greed, welfare, lust and self. A culture of godliness, hard work, family and self-sufficiency is replaced by a ‘share the wealth’ program which is strictly a confidence game to get people to surrender their freedoms to an all-powerful collectivist government. Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely! This is not a movement of the downtrodden masses, but it is a movement created, manipulated and used by power-seeking billionaires in order to gain control over the world.

America’s graduated income tax and central banks are two powerful tools for socializing this country. The Federal Reserve System controls our money supply and interest rates, and can thereby manipulate the entire economy. Nothing runs up a National debt like a World War. The conspiracy has been planning our wars for over five decades. Assassinations, bombings and the manipulations of Wall Street, all make the world safe for international bankers. Financial dynasties establish the Economic Policy of the world. For a hundred years, the USA has been financing and equipping both sides of the war, killing our own soldiers by proxy. Does it make any sense to spend $75 billion a year on National Defense and, then, to deliberately increase the war-making potential of an avowed enemy? It does to the “Insiders”! When egotism and atheism, for the two are identical in the last analysis, dominate a majority of people in the world, war results! When charity, justice and truth prevail in hearts, the danger of war is greatly diminished. A time of deep trouble lies directly ahead. In every period of history, between the fall of one civilization and the rise of another, there is always an interregnum of barbarism. From a political point of view, the war is between the East and the West. From a moral point of view, the danger caused by the common hatred of the West is drawing Islam and Communism together to unite in a war against Christian civilization. What we are witnessing is the Communist tactic from above, and pressure from below: radicalized mobs in the streets below and a giant financial pincer to control the American middle class which is being squeezed to death. Change is the key word; by change these groups mean Socialism! Radical students are not going to take over the government; what they are going to do is to provide the excuse for the government to take over the people. More repressive laws will be passed to “keep things under control.” Socialism is not a movement of the downtrodden masses but of power hungry elitists.

Revolutionaries target the youth! The tools being used by the Craft in our Public Schools are many; sex education being the leader. Parents are often times designated as ‘Enemy #1’ – Report them! Don’t listen to them! Disobey them! Freedom of thought and conscience prevail. Their view of the Universal Republic or World Government will not come as a surprise to anyone. The League of Education is Masonic; most fraternal organizations are essentially Masonic. The hour of Freemasonry has tolled! From afar, they recognize no tradition, experience or social stability. Free thinking is their social model: Liberty, Equality and Fraternity! Have you not seen this on the most current USA Postal stamps? Liberty frees man from the authority of the natural and supernatural order. Equality frees man from authority for all are the consensus of religious, philosophical, moral and political truths.

“The chief dogmas of Freemasonry are so greatly and manifestly at variance with reason, that nothing can be more perverse.” Pope Leo XIII, Humanum Genus – 1884

This dark sect has infected our homes like a mortal germ which contaminates the wellbeing, fertility and very life of society. We see the permanent personification of revolution in a deep rebellion against the established order, against God and His Church. Every class in society is affected and the goal is the overthrow of the whole religious and political order of the world which Christian teaching has produced. Their goal is to make human nature and human reason mistress and guide. The authority which guides them does not come from God; it comes from the devil and therefore is illegitimate. Time and again, we see in its wake, bloody persecutions and the closure of religious schools and institutions.

Occult practices are adopted: Pantheism is directly opposed to the dogma of creation and substitutes for it the deification of man. Reincarnation is a new doctrine introduced which is incompatible with Catholic teaching. Spiritism is the occult science which suggests spirit mediums are the go-betweens of the living and the dead. All Spiritist practices are forbidden. Satan never appears as he is but always hides himself as an Angel of Light, as a Comforter or as the Spirit of Truth. This Father of Lies, in order to deceive, becomes an angel of Peace. Inter-religious relations and negotiations are his forte! Our society is pervaded with rationalism and a refusal to submit to natural and supernatural divine order. Occultism and witchcraft are gaining great popularity not only among our youth but also among business men and religious. Suicide is skyrocketing. Let us protect our souls from these dangers by avoiding all mediums, fortune tellers, ouija boards, magic, tarot cards and superstition.

The Freemasons codified the Declaration of Human Rights in 1789 which has replaced the Ten Commandments! The French Revolution was their masterpiece and the battlefield was the Catholic Church: Exterminate Her! Ven. Pauline Jaricot lived in those times and her answer to the Exterminator was the Rosary, the Eucharist, the Miraculous Medal, missionary zeal and St. Philomena!!!

The struggle today is between two camps: the forces of good and the forces of evil. We must take sides! Christ said, “He who is not with Me, is against Me.” The sons of light must match and surpass the fanatic enthusiasm of God’s enemies. We must, with a new and determined purpose, promote in every human heart the Reign of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom of Justice, Truth and Love. The pardon of Christ, the peace of Christ and the joy of Christ must be given to all men and to all nations, and God must reign over them. Any other plans for peace are futile. Our efforts, then, must NOT be spent in being anti-Socialist, anti-Communist or anti-Masonic, but we MUST become each and every day more and more pro-God! We must wear the identifying mark of those who belong to Him – LOVE. The poison of hate carried by the members of the city of darkness must never be ours. Love must be the instrument we use to reshape the world in the image of its Creator. We must win by the charity of God, by His justice and by His truth.

Amid the darkening clouds which gather ominously on our national horizon, a shaft of dazzling blue appears and offers us radiant hope for the future. This shaft of blue is Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God, to whom our country has been solemnly dedicated. Two thousand years ago, Incarnate Light dawned upon the pagan Roman world. Christ came through Mary! She is His gift of Peace to the world and this Peace is contained in her Immaculate Heart. She is the Woman clothed with the sun, the Woman strong as an army in battle array, invested with the mission to do battle against the powers of darkness. We, the Children of Mary, fight under the banner of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of all Graces. Her battle plan is undefeated and impenetrable. If we encircle this dark night of the 21st Century with the Light of Divine Truth, plunge it into the flames of Redemptive Love, and if we respond with total commitment, we can be infallibly sure of victory. Only then, we will be able to pass on to our children the noble Tree of Liberty that they may: Live in Freedom and for God!

(Excerpts from “AN EVIL TREE” by Agnes Murphy)


NOVENA TO THE HOLY GHOST

Those who devoutly assist at the public novena in honor of the Holy Ghost immediately preceding the Feast of Pentecost, may gain: (1) An indulgence of 10 years on any day of the novena; (2) A plenary indulgence, if they take part in at least five of the exercises on condition of Confession, Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff.

Those who make a private novena in honor of the Holy Ghost either before Pentecost or at any other time of the year, may gain: (1) An indulgence of seven years once on any day of their novena; (2) A plenary indulgence on condition of Confession, Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff at the close of the novena; but if a public novena is held, this indulgence is available only to those who are lawfully hindered from taking part in it. (Enchirdion Indulgentiarum No. 284)

FIRST DAY

Holy Spirit! Lord of Light!
From Thy clear celestial height
Thy pure beaming radiance give!

THE HOLY GHOST

Only one thing is important – Eternal Salvation! Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared – Sin! Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness and indifference. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation, we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit, daily, for “The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But, the Spirit Himself asketh for us.”

PRAYER

Almighty and Eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from Heaven upon us Thy sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

The Prayers below are to be offered, daily, after the Novena meditation.

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY GHOST

On my knees, before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body, to Thee, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice and the might of Thy Love. Thou art the strength and light of my soul. In Thee, I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee.

Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Thy light, and listen to Thy voice, and follow Thy gracious inspirations. I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee and ask Thee, by Thy compassion, to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus, and looking at His five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood, and adoring His opened side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee. Give me grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere: “Speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth.” Amen.

A Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into Heaven, didst promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of thy apostles and disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal; the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the Light of Thy Divine Truth; the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven; the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with Thee and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation; the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints; the Spirit of Piety that i may find the service of God sweet and amiable; the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of thy true disciples and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit! Amen.

(7 Our Father, 7 Hail Mary, 7 Glory Be)

SECOND DAY

Come, Thou Father of the poor!
Come, with treasures which endure!
Come, Thou light of all that live!

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The Gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of Hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from the worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. “They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts and, in His sight, will sanctify their souls.”

PRAYER

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart that I may set Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun all things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure Eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in Heaven, where Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God, world without end. Amen.

THIRD DAY

Thou, of all consolers best,
Visiting the troubled breast,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.

THE GIFT OF PIETY

The Gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect, for His sake, persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He, who is filled with the Gift of Piety, finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.
Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God that I may find satisfaction only in His service and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

FOURTH DAY

Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heart;
Solace in the midst of woe.

THE GIFT OF FORTITUDE

By the Gift of Fortitude, the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to undertake, without hesitancy, the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. “He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.”

PRAYER

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

FIFTH DAY

Light Immortal! Light Divine!
Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,
And our inmost being fill!

THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE

The Gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. “Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it.”

PRAYER

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the Will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.

SIXTH DAY

If Thou take Thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay;
All his good is turned to ill.

THE GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING

Understanding, as a Gift of the Holy Ghost, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion. By Faith, we know them but, by Understanding, we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and, through them, to be quickened to a newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to “walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

PRAYER

Come, O Spirit of Understanding and enlighten our minds that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee, and the Father and the Son. Amen.

SEVENTH DAY

Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour Thy dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away!

THE GIFT OF COUNSEL

The Gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must be done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. “Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy way in truth.”

PRAYER

Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all ways that I may always do Thy Will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy Commandments to that goal of Eternal Life for which I long. Amen.

EIGHTH DAY

Bend the stubborn heart and will,
Melt the frozen, warm the chill,
Guide the steps that go astray!

THE GIFT OF WISDOM

Embodying all the other Gifts, as Charity embraces all the other Virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the Gifts. Of Wisdom, it is written, “All good things come to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands.” It is the Gift of Wisdom that strengthens our Faith, fortifies Hope, perfects Charity, and promotes the practice of Virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which, earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Savior: “Take up thy cross and follow Me, for My yoke is sweet and My burden light.”

PRAYER

Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to attain them and possess them forever. Amen.

NINTH DAY

Thou, on those who evermore
Thee confess and Thee adore,
In Thy sevenfold gifts, descend:
Give them comfort when they die;
Give them life with Thee on high;
Give them joys which never end.
Amen.

THE FRUITS OF THE HOLY GHOST

The Gifts of the Holy Ghost perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Ghost, our service becomes more sincere and generous, and the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Ghost. These Fruits, in turn, render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God.

PRAYER

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly Fruits: Thy Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Benignity, Goodness, Longanimity, Mildness, Faith, Modesty, Continency and Chastity that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

O, Holy Ghost, I offer Thee the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, His most Precious Blood, the sorrowful, humble, pure, obedient and Immaculate Heart of Mary, to repair for all my offenses and negligences. I consecrate myself unreservedly to Thee. I place all my trust in Thee. Help me to make Thee better known and loved throughout the world. Give me an intense zeal for souls to console Jesus, strengthen my love and confidence in our Blessed Mother.


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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.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Week of Sunday June 16, 2013

Thursday, August 1st, 2013
Dear Child of Mary,You have been given charge of both lives and souls, and your energy must be expended completely in prolonging these lives and rendering them more fruitful, more Christian. In imitation of Mary, you must be more than kind: You must be compassionate and your patience must be inexhaustible. In giving yourself utterly and completely to everyone, you must be a reflection of Jesus Christ Himself.

Morality is the science by which we learn how to regulate our conduct. It teaches us our duty that we may love it and practice it; and it inspires within us a horror of evil, that we may avoid it. What a grand thing it is to be able to serve and to be of use to someone! It completely transforms our lives. And that someone we must always remember is Jesus Christ Himself, “As long as you do it to one of the least of these, My brethren, you do it to Me.”

Your vocation requires certain qualities, which are tantamount to your duties:

  1. The just man is in possession of his soul. Thus, you must acquire the habit of self-control. Listen carefully to others, remain calm, act wisely and swiftly. Be prepared to forget yourself and give yourself to others from morning till night and from night till morning. If your efforts are not rewarded with success, it does not matter! Go on devoting yourself to others. If you feel you are being treated unfairly, forget it and think only of others! At times, you feel worn out, physically and mentally, or you are indisposed. Give your family and friends the merits of the suffering which you bear in silence and even with joy. Your vocation is lofty and arduous, the work is exhausting, and you are everlastingly subject to others. Shall you give way to depression or indifference, or even to disgust? NO, NEVER! God has given us something glorious which always can, and always should, win the day: our WILL. This is the most beautiful, most noble faculty of your soul and can triumph over every discouragement. It is not what you feel that is important, but what you will!
  2. Be generous! Do not be self-seeking. Let your love go unnoticed, but be content with doing good. A radiant soul seems to share in the Light of Our Lord; her mere presence is a reassurance and source of joy. Above all, be good natured. This is a basic virtue, giving rise to all others. Be consistently even, peaceful and radiant, free from any sort of hardness or malice. It ought to be the overflow of all that is best in you, poured out upon your neighbor and, especially, your afflicted and suffering brethren. Your kind-heartedness will act as a sedative on the sufferer. You must belong entirely to others, forgetting self and all that self-demands. You must be kind, therefore, at all times and in all circumstances, and thus bring joy to the Heart of Jesus suffering. Prepare yourself to rise to the highest acts of self-sacrifice.

    To dedicate yourself, to spend your time, strength and life in the service of another, without the slightest desire to profit, is to LOVE. The sick and the suffering bestow upon us a great favor by allowing us to perform an act of charity, to add to our store of merits. “We do not ask a sufferer what his nationality is, or what is his religion. He suffers – that is all we need to know! He belongs to us and we shall give him relief.” Louis Pasteur. With courage and will-power, the humblest of us can do great things! Every day, the suffering and wounded, in body and soul, depend upon us as an infallible source of strength. Our sacrifice and selflessness gives them courage. We must help them understand that to die is to fall into the arms of Him Who has loved us most; it is to enter into the joy of the Lord. To all those who reach out to you, give your courage, that they may suffer, endure, act, struggle, persevere and raise up; support them, wait on them and pardon them. When you are rich in courage yourself, you will radiate it to all around you. Do not worry who is for you or against you. Remember, your Catholic duty is the expression of God’s holy Will. In every circumstance, let that Will be your guide and motivating force.

  3. Patience must be your chief virtue. You must be so penetrated and so saturated with patience that it never deserts you, however disturbing and unexpected the provocation may be. Patience is perfect self-possession in every conceivable circumstance. It is a calm and peaceful attitude towards everybody and everything. Life has not to be lived, but conquered! Conquest implies struggle. For this struggle, one of the weapons which we must have is patience, wherewith we may endure, suffer, hold our peace and recommence. Patience, always patience! Seek the Will of God in everything and you will bend your neck more easily under His yoke. It is impossible to serve suffering humanity without making a complete and total sacrifice of self.

Never make, provoke or listen to criticism in any shape or form. It undermines the whole edifice!!! Be good natured, be optimistic, always look on the bright side of things and suffer joyfully. Hide, support and sympathize, rather than correct and reprimand. This good spirit creates an excellent atmosphere. Optimism is confidence in God! Suffering will make no difference to cheerfulness. When you are with those who are suffering, your cheerfulness will forge a bond of union between you both, and your calm and joy will strengthen them. Watch and pray; and by your works of charity, spread the truth. Nothing you do, will go unnoticed.

Those upon whom God has struck down by suffering are receptacles of His Love. They have been chosen by Him to become, in a special sense, saviors and redeemers with Him completing in their members the Passion of Christ, their Head! God created man for the noblest ends: to know Him, love Him and to serve Him. Constant vigilance is necessary. You must perseveringly inspire the poor, wounded and mangled souls with courage, bidding them again and again to ‘Lift up their hearts!’ You must make them realize the profit that the supernatural world of souls derives from their life of martyrdom! If you cannot bring a body back to this life, you can show the soul the way to the next. Never be ashamed of what you ought to be most proud of:

You are a Child of the Universal Mother, the Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church!

One with Mary, let us sacrifice all to save souls! Bon Courage!

PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA
Patti Melvin
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INTIMATE PRAYERS TO THE HOLY GHOST

Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee my body with its senses and I beg of Thee to employ them for the greater glory of God. Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee my eyes that they may look only on my Jesus. Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee, my ears, that they may be attentive only to Thy divine inspirations. Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee all my senses, that they may serve me only to love Jesus and to sacrifice myself for Him. Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee my soul with all its faculties, that it may be Thy temple and Thy oasis.

Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee my memory, that it may be mindful only of Thy beauty and of the words, acts and passion of my Jesus. Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee my heart with all its affections, that captivated alone by the charms and the delights of Thy love, it may ever find in Thee peace, love, strength, light and all Thy Gifts and Fruits, and that loving Thee every day more and more, and making Thee loved by many souls, and by the whole world, were it possible, Thou mayest also love me more and more, and make me holy with all those that I love. Amen.

FOR OUR COUNTRY

O Holy and most Beloved Spirit of God, to Thee do we commend all the needs of our dear country, confident that, in Thy mercy, Thou will hear us and deliver us from all evils which afflict or threaten us.

Come, Divine Fount of all happiness, and pour down Thy holy Peace upon our dear land, and maintain it in peace in spite of all enemies, whether from within or without. Thou who art the Soul of the Catholic Church, Thou who does shed abroad divine charity, Thou who art the Light of the understanding and the Divine Fire that inflameth the heart, draw to the fair bosom of the Spouse of Christ all Her erring children, giving the priceless gift of Faith to those who possess it not, and confirming us all in loving service and obedience to our Holy Father the Pope and to the Bishops and Pastors of the Church.

Behold our miseries, O Divine Spirit! Look upon the countless offenses committed, in public and in private, against the Divine Majesty. Certain it is that we have merited naught except castigation at the hands of God, but have we not Mary, our Mother and Thy Immaculate Spouse, and have we not Thee Thyself, O Spirit of Consolation, to save us from enemies and from the effects of our offenses!

We implore Thee, then, to send forth Thy vivifying breath to renew the face of our dear land! Who, O Divine Spirit, can triumph as Thou can, against the powers of Hell itself! For, art Thou not the Fire that consumeth all sin, Essential Purity, the Bond of brotherhood that we so yearn for, Truth infallible, and Love, oh yes, Love Divine that unites all, reconciles all and purifies all!

Save us, then, for we perish! Fortify, preserve and extend the reign of Thy Church in our beloved land; allay all strife, political, social and domestic; enlighten, guide and possess our rulers, through the merits of Christ Our Lord and the intercession of Mary, Thy Immaculate Spouse.

St. Michael, Archangel, who has so often been sent to combat for us against Lucifer and his vile followers, deliver us from the wiles of that evil spirit, and grant that our holy religion may triumph over the enemies who blindly oppose or persecute Her. Amen.


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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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