Archive for September, 2013

Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Week of Sunday, September 15, 2013

Friday, September 20th, 2013

THE LANCE OF FEAR OF GOD

“The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.” (Ps. 110:10) How shall we be confirmed in this holy fear of God? We have the voice of the Holy Spirit in Scripture exhort us concerning it, “In all thy works, remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin.” (Eccl.7:40) What is so fearful about death is not its uncertainty, for we know we will die, but we do not know when, where or how we shall die. When and where matter little, but our Eternity depends on how we will die. Will we be in the Grace of God or die as His enemy in mortal sin? We know that, as long as there is a spark of life in us, we can correspond to the Grace of God and save our soul. The whole of our Eternity rests upon courage and self-conquest. It is wise for us to pause and reflect on Hell, which is a land of misery and darkness. Everlasting fires of Hell torment the damned but more than any physical suffering is the overwhelming despair that seizes their soul, knowing that they will never see the Face of God and His Heaven of everlasting happiness and joy. Let this thought help you courageously to take a stand for Christ while you still have life in you. Millions of Christians have shed their blood and undergone the most cruel tortures for Christ rather than deny Him before man. Frequent the Sacraments! Daily, make your spiritual meditation. Never omit your prayers. Fear not, for the Lord is with thee in all things. “If God be for us, who can be against us!” (Rom. 8:31)

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, world without end. Amen.


AN OCEAN OF MIRACLES

In her book on the Eucharist, Pauline Jaricot exalted God’s Sacrament of Love. She told how It was an ocean of marvels without bottom or shores, that Christ was truly present under the appearance of the Host. He veils His size, sheds endless charity, dwells in incomprehensible patience, deepest humility, perfect obedience, and all the while is enormously rejected. He is hidden underneath the forms of bread and wine. In this way, He presents Himself to our senses, as bread that He may be our life, as wine that He may be our strength. Christ came to establish His reign in our souls, but nothing brilliant announces His presence. His triumph is to defeat man’s senses by conquest of his heart, not to defeat his heart while dazzling his senses. He remains always hidden from our senses.

The Holy Eucharist is a masterpiece of God’s Love. By means of this Sacrament, God found a way to unite Himself to man so intimately that they become one. God’s Heart becomes the principle of both our temporal and spiritual life. Through this wonderful union, man lives in God and God lives in man, whose being is renewed and absorbed in Him.

Pauline offered herself in sacrifice to the merciful love of God with an apostolic vision: to save France and the world! It was in transforming herself through the Eucharist she would become a living Eucharist, a living ‘Tabernacle’ inside of which Christ would hide Himself and live in her His life, renewing His Passion. She was one with the feelings that Christ had for His Father in the Eucharist, and united with Him, she offered the Son to the Father for His Eternal Glory. Making Himself host, Jesus is delighted to repair the insolence of proud and ungrateful sinners. Pauline felt overwhelmed by the mysteries contained in the Eucharist and united her worship with that of the Heart of Mary, His Mother.

Keenly aware of the intense bitterness of the Heart of Jesus wounded by the outrages given Him in the Holy Eucharist, Pauline founded a group of workers under the name of “Neglected and Forgotten Repairers of the Heart of Jesus.” They devoted day and night to prayer and penance. Then, she set about to organize perpetual adoration in parishes. She saw the devastations and profanity of so many in France who offended God deeply, and yet she saw in God’s Heart infinitely more mercy, love, and power than all the iniquities which existed on earth… “This is why I hope beyond all hope!” (V t 1 p 259) All I know, I have learned at the foot of the Cross, in the presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament. O Jesus, God of all Love, how much You have loved us!

The priest is the reservoir of all good things, spiritual and temporal, that God has poured out upon the universe. The Most Blessed Sacrament is like the Sun of the moral world. Pauline envisioned Christ crucified like a fountain of life placed atop a hill, from whence grace and salvation bursts forth. These waters form an immense reservoir, the Eucharist. So effulgent are they that they naturally overflow watering the whole earth. This is a picture of Christ Our Savior who floods the earth by His Eucharistic Being. Not only does He bless mankind, but also conserves their health and their lives. He gives them all the fruits of the earth. He assures fertility of the lands and prosperity of the cities. If we but had faith, we could see in every step the footprint of God.

The center of the universe is God, the Incarnate Word. He gave us His Eucharistic Body. He gave us His Heart. Christ is the Sun of the moral and the material world. He is before all things, and everything subsists in Him. He is the Principle! Every man must know this and receive the benefit of this knowledge. This is the very realization that gave Pauline the vision to launch her ardent missionary initiative. Christ came to bring happiness and true life to men; therefore, we must collaborate with Christ!

It is vital to help missionaries spread His knowledge and love. It is urgent that we cooperate with the mission in the Church. This will be the core of the zeal of Pauline’s life’s work, which took possession of her soul. This vision is the profound cause of her deeds, to spread the Love of Christ over the whole earth. The Propagation of the Faith finds its source in the Eucharistic adoration and in the Living Rosary. In her vision, Pauline saw a second tank, which received the waters that flow from the first tank, which represents the Eucharist. Christ in person renders Himself present and gives Himself to us through Love.


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

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

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

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Week of Sunday September 8, 2013

Friday, September 20th, 2013

A DIVINE WORK:

The Propagation of the Faith

The French Revolution had wrought havoc and destruction to the missionary effort. The entire attitude of the Church towards the missions was undermined. There existed no viable initiatives, collections or organized work to help the missions. Every Friday, Pauline visited the factories of her brother-in-law at St. Vallier. She prayed about this needed mission and had a sudden inspiration… the plan of the Propagation of the Faith by ten, then one hundred and one thousand became clear in her mind. Put to pen, it seemed too simple. She could not explain how it came to her mind without effort or calculation on her part. It was the work of charity, given by God, the fruit of her gift of immolation. The work of God is always simple and efficient. It is a kind of intrusion, clean and precise. Abbey Wurtz, upon learning of this discovery, strongly advised Pauline that it was from God and for her to put it into execution. (V. t, J. p. 187)

Pauline at once began to execute her plan. Every person must find ten other persons, and they in their turn, ten more, thus forming hundreds of thousands of associates. The wonderful secret of all of Pauline’s successes was that she individualized each one! She herself in person gathered the alms; 78 Francs, then 300 Francs, then 1800, etc. Pauline’s brother, Fr. Phileas, encouraged Pauline to speak about her plan to the clergymen in Paris. Pauline interested many in her project for the missions. Naturally, opposition arose. But single-handedly the work remained hers alone for three years. The focus for her funds was the missions of Asia. It was at this time that a group of distinguished persons of Lyon made some queries for the missions in America. They inquired about the plan used by Pauline and they adopted it in its entirety! Their design was to use her organization to unite the whole world that it might become the beneficent branches of a huge tree upon which would rest the missions of the whole world. Pauline hesitated. Then, she prudently abandoned the work to others. She kept her groups of 100 and focused on the missions in Asia. Her work of the Propagation of the Faith developed quickly and universally. Pauline kept silent for 30 years, until the day that Cardinal Villancourt would require of her that she lay claim to the founder’s title of this monumental work.

Pauline proclaimed strongly: “My rank in the work of the Propagation of the Faith is unique and it will remain always so. I am the real founder of this work. To my founder’s title, I add without deceit, my work as nurse of this labor for the three years, when I sustained the zeal of my partners.” (V t 11 p. 377)

Mystically speaking, the Propagation of the Faith is the Blood of Christ spilled out upon the whole earth!

The Propagation of the Faith is the mission of Christ upon earth, born of His merciful Heart crushed by the sins of mankind, yet burning with love for sinners. This Love of Christ’s Heart was poured into the Heart of Pauline. ‘I wish to make your heart a vessel of My Blood that It may be spilled out upon all who will beseech your help.‘ The divine inspiration of the Propagation of the Faith had its origin in God. Pauline was given the first impulse to work it, develop it, shelter it as an immolation and return it to the Church fertile and abundantly fruitful. All this was accomplished through the sacrifice of herself for Merciful Love. Pauline was the first match to light the Fire, which now burns brightly in over 115 countries today.

“You must be permeated with the deep reality of Our Father in the Eucharist to be yourself a living Eucharist.” ADL 1,5,16

Devotion to the presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist was the pivotal axis of Pauline’s spirituality. At 23 years of age, Pauline wrote a small book on THE INFINITE LOVE OF THE DIVINE EUCHARIST. Many times, this book has been republished. In the book, Pauline spoke of the Eucharist as the principle of the spiritual life of mankind, the heart of man, the very core of life and love. It is the heart which irrigates our whole being. Life and death depend upon it. In the spiritual realm, there is no difference. All depends upon Christ. The presence of Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament is the seal of His Love for us. He ascended into Heaven 40 days after His Resurrection, but He left with the Church His Sacramental Body. “HE IS THERE!” St. Jean Marie Vianney would say pointing to the Tabernacle, “It is Him indeed!” It is God’s Heart on fire with love that invented this extraordinary miracle; it is His Heart, which divinizes every man through the Holy Eucharist. During all her life, Pauline never ceased singing the praises of Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. She was drawn to Him irresistibly. She spent hours in conversation with Him many times passing the entire night at the foot of the Altar in the church of St. Nizier. During those times, Our Lord heaped His graces upon her soul. Pauline lived in the presence of God and chose always those positions, while at work or rest, would place her in the closest proximity to Him. She secured permission while at her residence of Lorette to keep the Most Blessed Sacrament present in her home. She lived at Lorette from 1833 until her death. It was here that she established perpetual adoration. At night, she would settle herself in a small room adjacent to the chapel. All ordinary human life loses its imperfections and becomes super-naturalized when exposed to the God-Man whose every human action was divine.


THE SWORD OF RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY

Direct your glance to Nazareth and contemplate the Holy Family. See what a splendid example of obedience the Divine Redeemer gave to all and to young people especially. Jesus was subject to them. Jesus became for us the model of respect for authority and the virtue of obedience. Obedience is order, and order must exist wherever God rules and reigns. “Disobedience, the offspring of pride, kindles the flames of Hell. Take away self-will and Hell would cease to exist.” (St. Bernard)

Obedience springs from humility, faith sanctifies it and love lightens its yoke. In an Age when respect for divine and human authority appears to be vanishing from the earth, the example of childlike veneration for parents is a singular blessing and a victory. God did not say, honor a good father and a good mother, but Honor thy father and thy mother! Be generous to them in their old age and sickness, pray daily and fervently for your parents. The respect, honor, love and obedience you show your mother, is the characteristic virtue of a good Christian. However, you have three mothers: your earthly mother, your heavenly Mother – the Blessed Virgin Mary, and your spiritual Mother – the Holy Catholic Church. If you have the good fortune to love and honor all three, happiness and wellbeing will perpetually encompass your path in this life, and a rich reward will await you in Eternity! You will be welcomed in Heaven with these words, “What you did to your parents, you did to Me. Come ye blessed of My Father; possess ye the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” God has given us the truly remarkable freedom to do what is right. The freedom exercised by those who rebel against God’s Law – the freedom of sinners, the freedom of evil and the flesh, of passions and lust, is not freedom but bondage itself which makes us servants of sin!


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 September 1, 2013

Friday, September 20th, 2013

GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST

Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

We often hear of man’s search for God. It is a noble phrase, but it is misleading. The truth is that God is searching for man. God always takes the initiative and, far from passively waiting for man to turn to Him, God is the Hunter, for God has loved us first. The life of a Christian is a life of love, an effort to a deeper union with God Who both desires and makes possible this union. We move towards God through prayer and humility, and the love and service of our neighbor. Grace is God’s gift of Himself to us. To love God is to receive the gift of His Love. God sends the cross to those He loves, for it transforms them entirely. When we receive His gift, we are emptied of everything; nothing remains but the joy of abiding in the Will of God. We desire nothing but to see His Will accomplished in us, everything in us is pliant to His Will; it is not simply that we know He desires our good, but something much truer and more profound:

God’s Will is our only good and
Our only joy lies in surrendering ourselves to it entirely.

To obtain God’s Love, we must simply desire it. We will be judged on the strength of our desire. When we appear before Him, God will greet us not as a severe Master demanding a strict account, but as a Father Who wants only to give to each one of us what we ask. The important consideration in this is not so much to find God or to think we have found Him – but never to grow weary of seeking Him!

Desire for God is our most precious good for it is, so to speak, a magnet in our soul which attracts Grace. Our love is accepted by the Father, because it is His Love in which we have a part. To the sufferings which Christ offered for our sake, we join our own and His merit becomes ours. The whole of mankind must make this response. Mary is present in all the mysteries in which God reveals Himself and gives Himself to us. She is the pledge of the boundless generosity with which He bestows the gifts of His Love. Through humility and simplicity, we open ourselves to God’s Love. LOVE IS PEACE: a peace made of gentleness, patience, renunciation and humility. Faithfulness and forgetfulness of self will obtain God’s victory. Never give up praying! Never allow yourself to be discouraged!

The Cross will purify every soul who yields to it with docility. We must penetrate the mystery of the Cross. Suffering brings us to the heart of things; it forces us back towards God. Sanctification is difficult and austere. It cannot be achieved except by sacrifice. We must welcome with simplicity what God sends us. The struggle in which we are engaged is the redemption of the world! It is a difficult one which requires of each one of us much hidden patience and humility. Christ acts on our behalf, but He also wills that we should act for one another. The poverty and infirmities we see in others are our own. Had we been more faithful to Grace, they might not be what they are. The more generously this redemptive Grace is granted to us, the more responsible we are for It. We become more obligated to make Grace effective in this world which God wills to save.

The Cross of Christ is the sole source of life; from It flows every Grace by whatever channel it comes down to us. Our whole existence should be a participation in the Death and Resurrection of Christ. This is the daily bread of Christian life. It is a mystery of humiliation and obedience. “Here I am, O God, I come to do Thy Will.” (Heb. 10, 7)

Obedience is the supreme proof of love. The Christian cannot live for himself. He is engaged in a work that surpasses him – the work of Christ Himself, the redemption of the world in which there is a job for him to do. The gift of self is an unconditional surrender of ourselves into the Hands of God. All suffering and trials borne in a Christian way – in a true Christian spirit of poverty, gentleness and peace, make us share in the Mystery of the Cross and thereby, through this very humility which expands into confidence, we are brought to the joy of the Resurrection, the Life of God with Christ, in His Everlasting Love!

Personally, I thank you for your generous stipends as they help so much our poor village priests to heat the chapels, pay for medicines and put food on the table. The sacrifices of our priests to serve the faithful are hard for you to imagine, but they make the offering of their lives with joy and generosity.

All the grateful members of Living Rosary join me in praying for you and your loved ones, daily, during every Sacred Mass and Rosary prayers. I wish you courage, strong health, protection from evil, happiness and joy. May Saint Philomena, who helps so many people in Ukraine and other countries of East Europe, always help you in every possible way! I assure you that you and your intentions are remembered in my personal prayers and Sacred Masses each day.

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


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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