Archive for May, 2014

Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Friday, May 16th, 2014
Dear Mrs. Patti Melvin and all the members of the Living Rosary,

Thank you for your prayers and concern for the members of the Living Rosary in Ukraine. The political situation in Western Ukraine, where the Center of the Living Rosary is situated, is peaceful and quiet. The area of turmoil is on the Russian border in Crimea. We are seeing refugees arrive here from Donetsk and Luhansk regions. It has been a very busy Holy Week and Easter. I have been hearing many confessions and visiting sick people who are calling for a priest. Huge crowds of people waited hours to confess their sins and receive Holy Communion. This revolution in Ukraine has made a big impact on our people. Many are turning to the Virgin Mary and have started praying the Rosary. Our people understand that the Virgin Mary and Almighty God alone can protect us from Russian occupancy and persecution. During the Easter Vigil, we had a big scare as there was a rumor that Russia would attack again on that night. Enemies of the Divine Name have scorned the Eternal God and spread snares for the Catholic Faith. They continue to make war against divine and human rights. The Holy Rosary will overcome God’s enemies and spur us on to practice evangelic virtues. From it, the young will draw fresh energy to control their passions, the old will find repose, relief and peace from their anxious cares. To the dying, the Holy Rosary will bring comfort and increase their hope of eternal happiness. The Center is very busy distributing materials and enrolling new members. Due to the revolution, people are very receptive. Now is the time to act. Your love, prayers and support make this possible for us.

The Mystery of the Incarnation is real; it is the foundation of all our hope. How wonderful is the plan of salvation! The Condescension of the Father, the Incarnation of the Son and the Indwelling of the Holy Ghost are the Mysteries of Grace by which the fallen race of Adam is brought back to God. Christ in His humanity came to bear our burdens, to heal our disorders and, by His Blood, to expiate and wash away our sins. Love is the fulfilling of the Law and the bond of perfection. The indwelling of the Holy Ghost steadily guides us onward to the end. With divine patience and all-healing tenderness, He will lead us to our heavenly Home. Keenly aware of our weakness, we must strive to give God that which we owe Him: our love, worship and obedience!

The May Bouquet of 31 Masses is just beginning and, each day, we remember all those who have requested these Masses and all the Sacred Liturgies which have been arranged through the Living Rosary. May your hearts and homes be sanctified, protected and preserved in the days of uncertainly which lie ahead!

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 Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

What joy and hope face each one of us as we begin the glorious Month of Mary with great solemnity and spirit! May Our Immaculate Mother be praised, loved, revered and honored during these special days dedicated to Her devotion and glory. Surely, there can be nothing more pleasing to Her than to see us reach out to others and share Her love, Her protection and Her solicitude, that they may know their Mother in Heaven.

Thank you for your generous donation which makes this outreach possible for us. May God reward you eternally! We pray you will make an effort this May to reach out and introduce souls to the Living Rosary, Her Family of predilection!

THE GOLDEN KEY TO PARADISE IS A PEARL OF GREAT PRICE!

Contrition is a pain of the soul and a hatred for sins committed. It must come from the depths of our heart and be universal, that is to say, a sorrow for all the sins we have committed. Contrition must come from God and His Grace. Perfect contrition is based on the motive of pure love of God. Imperfect contrition is based on the fear of God and thinking about the evils sin brings to us. In perfect contrition, we are thinking of God, His Greatness, His Beauty, His Love and His Goodness. He has submerged us in the ocean of His Goodness and Divine Love and He wishes to crown all these graces by placing us near Him and making us eternally happy.

Have we responded to the Love of a God so loveable? How often do we fail in gratitude to Him by sinning? Do we burn with a desire to make amends for our ingratitude? Yes, without doubt, we do long to make amends for it by limitless love. At this moment of perfect contrition, which is based on the Love of God, our soul is transformed. There is no one who, with God’s Grace, cannot obtain perfect contrition provided he desires it sincerely. Contrition is in the will, and not in the sentiment. A firm resolution to confess sacramentally must be made when it becomes possible to do so. Every time an act of perfect contrition is made, the pains of Hell are immediately remitted, all past merits are recovered, and we turn from an enemy of God to being His son by adoption and a co-heir of Heaven. Perfect contrition is important during our life and especially at the moment of death. We do not know the hour of our death but, by the frequent practice of Perfect Contrition, we will be ready to give up our soul into the Hands of God. Nothing is more important! Should we come upon a dying person, let us repeat from the depths of our soul, an act of perfect contrition, the Key to Heaven! We will hear from the echo of the Cross, “This Day, thou shalt be with me in Paradise!!!”

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

I remain, one with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another!


FATHER MATEO ON THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS (continued)

WHO OFFERS HOLY MASS?

There are three who offer the Sacrifice, but each in a vastly different way.

First there is the adorable Pontiff, Christ Jesus, the "High Priest according to the order of Melchisedec” (Heb. 5:10). He is at the same time the Celebrant and the Sacramental Victim, thrice sacred.

Next, through Him, with Him and in Him, the priest, that Alter Christus, is the official minister who has been ordained for the express purpose of offering the Sacrifice of the Mass! In the performance of this supreme act, the minister is invested with the Priesthood and Power of Christ, in virtue of the words of Our Lord at the Last Supper, "Do this in commemoration of me.” (Luke 22:19).

Thirdly, by a kind of spiritual concomitance, the faithful offer the Sacrifice with the priest, but with limits. Their part is only in the Offertory and Communion. This participation is pointed out by the insistence of the Church that there be present at Mass a representative of the people, in the person of the Mass-server or altar boy; for the Mass is essentially an act of public social worship. In his capacity as official deputy of the people, the server offers the wine and water to the priest and answers the people's part in the dialogue of the Mass, the liturgical form established in the early centuries of the Church.

There are many good Catholics to be found wanting in a knowledge of their catechism. We are still far from the ideal sought by the Church. They come to Mass with hardly any other thought in mind but the reception of Holy Communion. The last thought they would ever have would be to take an active part in the Sacrifice and thus give glory to the Blessed Trinity. There are many pious souls for whom the Holy Eucharist is merely consecrated bread distributed at the altar rail.

For such as these, the Mass is a beautiful liturgical ceremony during which it is customary to receive Holy Communion. They fail to see the Mass as the great act of Sacrifice, the true centre of the Church. It has become the golden key which unlocks the Tabernacle for them, when out of private devotion they wish to receive Holy Communion. That is why they read novena prayers or say their rosaries during Mass, never giving a moment's advertence to the divine drama being enacted on the Altar. These souls separate Sacrifice from Sacrament.

A great theologian has justly made this observation: "He who does not appreciate the Mass will never be really a Eucharistic soul; He will never appreciate Holy Communion, even if he receives daily…" In fact, ignorance, coupled with routine may bring harmful results. The Blessed Sacrament then becomes an insipid, unsubstantial devotion – like skimmed milk, with the body gone.


Dear Mother,

I received a box this morning from the post office. Thank you so much. May the Good Lord bless you for your good work!

I visited Father Michael at the Holy Cross Parish this morning. He was very happy to receive the Sacramentals. He promised to write and thank you.

On Saturday, 3rd May, we had a meeting with all the elderly members of the St. Philomena Prayer Group in my parish. The purpose of the meeting is how to spread the devotion and make the Saint be known in this country, as she is not well known everywhere, except among the members of the prayer group and some people who are in contact with the members. The members of the prayer group suggested that we should have a learning center wherein we can teach the people, especially the youth, about the Saint, and ask them to read more about her and spread the devotion. The other suggestion was to broadcast the Program twice a week. Attached are the pictures of the meeting. After the meeting, we prayed the Rosary and the Litany of St. Philomena. Ave Maria!

Juliana – SIERRA LEONE

 


My dear Patti,

I hope you saw my email in which I apologized in advance for late sending of enclosed lists. The lists are enclosed: (a) 11th February (Our Lady of Lourdes) = 12 lists, and (b) 25th March (Annunciation of Our Lady) = 55 lists.

Also enclosed are pictures from St. John's Complex – run by the Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Convent. The school has a Pre-Nursery, Nursery, Primary, Secondary and High School sections. I am yet to finish with the Secondary / High School due to lack of materials. There are many Catholic Schools in Kumba Town, who are anxiously waiting for me. The authorities of the schools think this devotion by the students (youths) will go a long way to control their lives positively. To this my dear Patti, I am anxiously waiting for thousands of Rosaries, Miraculous Medals, Scapulars and other Sacramentals, pictures of Ven. Pauline Jaricot and Saint Philomena, and other booklets.

While waiting anxiously for the above mentioned items, I extend my greetings to you and your staff, and thank you very much for your support. I hope your mother is doing fine. Happy Easter!

Cletus Oben – St. Anthony of Padua Parish CAMEROON, W. Africa


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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.

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

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Friday, May 16th, 2014
Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you for your sacrificial offering which reaches out to souls around the world who are in the depths of persecution, poverty, disease and martyrdom. Through your love, their suffering will be animated by a vital hope that God has not abandoned them. We remembered you and your family during this Sacred Season of Holy Week and Easter Sunday. May Glory be to Jesus Christ!

Who can understand sin? No mere human mind, even the best of minds raised and enlightened by grace, can fully comprehend what it is we do when we sin. Sin is a willful violation of the Law of God, Who is our Creator and Maker, Who upholds us in existence from moment to moment and Who supports us even in the very act of our defiance of Him. The average modern, secular man has lost all conception of sin as sin, because he has so little understanding of God as God.

God’s Laws are the Maker’s instructions. It is the wildest folly to attempt to flout the Maker’s instructions in anything. God created and designed us for an unending life of goodness and beauty, truth and love, with a glorious destiny ahead of us. Certain things are ruinous and destructive to us and are therefore wrong. Stealing, for example, is not evil because it is forbidden. It is forbidden because it is evil, because it degrades and destroys us. We die and that is not the end of it. Indeed, it is the beginning of our life eternal! Sin is a violation of God’s Law.

In the Gospels, we hear of Our Blessed Lord weeping. What does this mean? What terrible vision did He have which made His tears flow? It was the vision of sin. Our willful blindness, perversity and hardness of heart have again and again frustrated God’s designs for us. Religion is not only a matter of doctrines, practices and laws, but also Infinite Love pursuing us, each of us, every moment of the day, seeking a way into our hearts! When we sin, we reject and cast out Love! Sin is a profound mystery, the mystery of the free will of men! The damned are lost because they do not want to be saved. God has made us freely and we go to Him freely.

Will we cry out, “Crucify Him!” or will we echo the words of the Good Thief, “Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom!” Mercy is offered to us, every day, at every moment. Only in Hell, when the human heart has finally chosen the eternal ‘NO,’ not even Infinite Love can reach it.

Mercy is now being offered to us. Let us respond immediately to God’s voice as it calls to the depth of our soul.

I remain, one with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another!


FATHER MATEO ON THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS (continued)

THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS

THE ONLY ONE WORTHY OF THE BLESSED TRINITY

The Mystery of the Holy Eucharist comprises two wonderful chapters: the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the divine and inexhaustible source of Grace; and the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, which theologically is the liturgical consummation of the Sacrifice.

Normally, these two parts are spiritually one. However, it is unfortunate that sometimes one is separated from the other, and that without good reason, nor without some harm coming to the Eucharistic, and even the spiritual life.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the well-spring of divine life, from which the Sacrament flows as a sacred torrent. Hence, Holy Communion and the Sacred Species reserved in the tabernacle become veritable torrential streams rushing from the Sacrifice. Without further delay, then, we will mark two distinct and doctrinal points of difference between the Eucharist as a Sacrifice and as a Sacrament.

The Sacrifice is the offering which the Word makes of Himself to the Father, saying, "Behold, I come to do Thy Will, O God." (Heb. 10:9) "He humbled Himself becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the Cross." (Phil. 2:8) "I have glorified Thee on earth…" (Jn. 1 7:4).

The Sacrifice of Calvary and that of the Altar is an ineffable realization of the words of St. Paul: "Christ… hath delivered Himself for us". (Eph. 5:2). For the Glory of the Father and the Redemption of sinful man, the Son of God offered Himself as a holocaust to His Father. This is a sublime self-surrender which words cannot render, "Father, since it is Thy Will that I die: Thy will be done! Yes, behold Me incarnate to die on the Cross. I wish to be for Thee a Victim of praise and propitiation. It is My wish to glorify Thee, O Father, as much and infinitely more than sin has outraged Thee."

THE BLESSED SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR

Now, what is the Sacrament? After offering Himself to the Father, the Son turns to us, His "little children", and says: "The banquet of the King is ready. Come, eat My Flesh and drink My Blood. Out of the Eternal Love I have for My Father, I now give Myself to you… Come, I am the Manna from above. I am your food, your bread. I will be Jesus the Victim, entirely yours, until the end of time."

In the Sacrifice, the Word made Flesh offers Himself to the Father as Victim. In the Sacrament, ever as Victim, He offers Himself to the Church and to the faithful. Let it be well understood then, that Jesus is the same Victim in Sacrifice and Sacrament. However, the Victim of the Sacrifice is offered only to the Father, while the Victim of the Sacrament gives Himself to the faithful.

Although the Divine Victim of the Sacrifice is the same as the Victim of the Sacrament, yet those who receive what is offered are worlds apart. In the Sacrifice, the infinitely perfect Father receives Jesus the Victim. In the Sacrament, we, who are nothing but sin, receive the same Jesus.

Holy Communion is the liturgical completion of the Sacrifice. So much so that, in the words of His Holiness Pius XII, in his Encyclical MEDIATOR DEI, "the Communion of the priest is absolutely necessary." But without the Mass, there would be no Holy Communion, no Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, no Exposition and no Benediction, for the Mass brings the Real Presence to our Altars.

In the Liturgy of the Mass, there are three principal parts: the Oblation, or Offertory; the separate Consecration of the Species, the centre and essence of the Sacrifice, and the Communion which completes the Sacrifice.


Hello Patti,

I greet you in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His beloved Mother of Fatima, Mother of the Living Rosary and Our Lady of Perpetual Help. I can call the Virgin Mary with so many names, because She has done so much for me.

I am already a member of the Living Rosary; my name is Keneuoe Agnes Lepota from Maseru, capital city of Lesotho. I am a devoted Catholic at the Mission called Our Lady of Victories and I attend daily Mass at 6:30 a.m. before I go to work. I joined the Filomena Prayer Group in 2012 when Sister Clara at Emmanuel Hostel, Maseru, assigned the third Joyful Mystery, the Nativity, even though I do not remember the number that was given to me.

I am writing this mail because I want to tell this, holy Family of the Living Rosary how my beloved Pauline Marie Jaricot helped me. Last year, I was in so many debts and one member told me about Pauline’s story and encouraged me to pray to her so that she could help me to come out of the situation. She gave me the pamphlet, “Ven. Pauline Marie Jaricot, Mother Of Souls In Distress.” I am even looking at it now because it is always in my handbag. I LOVE HER SO MUCH!

I started the Jubilee Prayer for Debtors; I prayed it every day asking Pauline to help me. I had so many debts that my salary could not even cover. One day, I decided to do this prayer as a novena for 9 days, because on the 9th day, I wanted to go to the bank to ask for a loan though I knew very well that I will not qualify but, with faith, I asked the Virgin Mary that I needed the money and also asked Pauline Jaricot.

On the 9th day of my novena, I went to the bank and asked for the form; the consultant opened my account and said, “You don’t qualify, you are supposed to come after 4 months.” As usual, I was praying the Rosary silently because I know all the Mysteries by heart and I pray it all the time. I prayed fervently and said, “Pauline, you were in so many debts because you wanted to help the poor; I don’t want to steal, I just need this money to pay my debts and to help my family. Therefore, please help me and ask the Virgin Mary to help me.”

I sat there looking at the consultant in tears and said, “If you only knew how desperate I am.” She replied, “Let me see if I can help you, maybe by calculating some figures here.” She was typing on the computer at the time and I was still praying the Rosary. After 20 minutes, she said “It looks like you will be able to get some money.” I didn’t believe my ears. I cried tears of joy. I thanked the Virgin Mary and Pauline. I always refer to her as my MOTHER because I am a double orphan, so she has been my beloved and trusted mother.

I got the money after three days. I went to my church and paid the stipend for a Holy Mass in thanksgiving to God, His Mother and Ven. Pauline Jaricot. I was able to pay some of my debts and helped my family. I have so many stories to tell and I will write to you again.

Thank you in Jesus’ name!

Yours faithfully,

Agnes – Maseru – LESOTHO


Dear Mrs. Patti Melvin,

Our Rev. Bishop Otto Separi from the Diocese of Aitape gave permission to start the Junior Philomena Prayer Group in 2012. It was not easy to start this group. I went through rough seas. The Parish Stirring Team (PST) went against me, but I did not lose hope.

I am a Nursing Officer by profession. My colleagues often troubled me with my duties. I kept on praying to Our Blessed Mother and St. Philomena to overcome it. Also I asked Claries and other members to help me by their prayers. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matt. 7:7)

On July 21, 2012, Fr. Bruno Amanos saw me so troubled. I told him everything. He said to me: “Fear not! Have courage and faith!” Start your new journey with the Junior Philomena Prayer Group. Now, there are 45 members in our prayer group and I receive assistance from three members: Lucy Asuman, Caroline Kilip and Scholly Ares of the Senior St. Philomena Prayer Group.

Thank you and God bless you all!

ALBINA KAKA
JUNIOR SAINT PHILOMENA PRAYER GROUP
Saint Francis Sub Parish – Raihu District Hospital
Aitape, Sandaun Province – PAPUA NEW GUINEA


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

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

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

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Friday, May 16th, 2014
THE INFINITE LOVE OF THE DIVINE EUCHARIST (concluded)

ALL IS IN HIM!

Oh, Infinite Love, settled on our Altars, be always my hope, my consolation, my strength and all my happiness! Oh, that I might render worthy homage to Thy goodness! At least, I will do what my weakness permits and I will loudly declare that I have never presented myself before Thee without receiving some particular good. The fire of Thy Tabernacle has always consumed my most violent passions. Thy Heart, living and pure, has revealed to me my misery and my helplessness and hast made a success of my undertakings. My baseness has been rewarded a thousand times by Thy most signal favors. Thy gentle lessons have always crushed my pride without discouraging me. I am able to raise myself up by the assurance of Thy Love. It is at the foot of Thy holy Tabernacle that my heart, hardened by the harshest trials, has constantly found the necessary strength to bear their rigors. It is at Thy Feet that my struggles were changed into victories, my feebleness into courage, my lukewarmness into fervor, and my uncertainties into lights. At Thy feet, my sadness is turned into joy, my obstacles into success, my desires into willingness; my antipathies, my jealousies, and my resentments against my neighbor, into the most ardent charity.

All that I know I have learned at Thy Feet, Lord. Receive, then, the homage of all that I am, of all that I possess, of all the good that I will ever be able to think, say and do. Receive, in particular, the homage of this little work, which I believe to be Thine. Bless it! Bless all those who will read it with a virtuous heart so that in the end they will understand, O Infinite Love, that Thou art the source of all light and life of the Church, of society, and of the world!

“O my Jesus, I love Thee with all my heart. With the help of Thy Grace, I will avoid sin and the dangerous occasions of sin. I will live only for Thee and with Thee through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen.”

 


EXTRACTS FROM THE LETTER OF POPE PIUS XII

To Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey on 2nd July 1948, on the Fiftieth Anniversary of his Priesthood

Dear Son: We send you our Apostolic Benediction.

It will soon be the fiftieth anniversary of the glorious day when, invested with the priestly dignity, you offered for the first time the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We want send you our congratulations and best wishes from our paternal heart, as it has come to our attention that you are in a hospital, not because of advanced age, but because of a very serious disease, which leaves you unable to continue working with that dedication and enthusiasm, with which you have always devoted to the work of the Consecration of Catholic families to sweetest Heart of Jesus.

But what you cannot do through the apostolic work or preaching and apostolic journeys, you can replace with ardent prayers addressed to God our Lord, as well as the anxieties and sufferings resignedly accepted in a spirit of reparation.

….The consecration of Catholic families to the most tender Heart of Jesus… corresponds to our most cherished desires, as it did to those of Predecessors. We long for the return to the private life of men and the public life of peoples of the love of Jesus Christ, which springs from His Divine Heart. In this way alone will it be possible to console the many who are afflicted and in misery, to strengthen the many who are weak and wavering, to arouse effectively the many who are negligent and lukewarm, and finally to induce everyone to the fervent practice of that Christian virtue which gave to the primitive Church its greatest glory, that of sanctity and martyrdom.

Let the Divine Redeemer reign once more in civil society and in family life, by His Law and His Love, and then without any doubt will be rooted out entirely those vices which are the source of human unhappiness and human misery…

However, there is one thing we desire in a special way and which is moreover the principal goal in the work which you have propagated so long and so diligently namely, that Christian families consecrate themselves to the Sacred Heart "in such a way that His image being installed in the place of honour in the home, as on a throne, Christ the Lord is seen to reign truly within the Catholic family." (A.A.S. 1 91 5, vol.7, p. 203). This consecration is not a useless and empty ceremony, but requires of everyone that their lives be in harmony with Christian precepts, that they burn with an ardent love for the Holy Eucharist, and that they share in the Heavenly Banquet as often as possible: and that they strive by humble prayers addressed to God, and by works of holy penance to provide by all means in their power not only for their own salvation but also for the salvation of others.

FOREWORD

There are few names in our generation that carry with them the very aura of sanctity as does that of Father Mateo Crawley-Boevey. For many years now, priests and people in all parts of the world have been drawn closer and closer to the Sacred Heart of our Divine Lord by the moving words and inspired writings of this twentieth century St. Paul. It is surely an event of high religious significance each time we are able to present some new thoughts from his grace-full mind. This present meditation studies in his characteristic way the Sacrifice and the Sacrament of the Mass, exploring at once the very heart of its meaning and exposing this most complex of subjects in words of utter simplicity.

No one will come from reading these words without a fuller knowledge of his own unique participation in the central act of our worship. No one however learned but will find here some new thoughts which have come out of the probing meditations of the saintly mind of Father Mateo. "The thoroughly Christian life" he says, "is a living Mass" and each one must abandon himself priest and people, in a complete self-surrender which makes him one with the very Victim Himself. It is only by this intimate union with the Sacrifice and the Sacrament that the complete riches of the Mass are made available for a redeemed humanity, adoring, praising and blessing the undivided Trinity through the person of Jesus Christ.

I can commend this latest work of Father Mateo only by expressing the wish that it be accepted by the untold numbers who have been his readers for so long and that his sublime words continue to move the hearts of all men everywhere. I commend it especially to priests whose life is so intimately bound up with the Sacrifice which these pages so gloriously describe. For them, as for the generation that will follow, these words of Father Mateo are sources of lasting inspiration and sanctity.

+ Richard J. Cushing, Archbishop of Boston


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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.

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

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Friday, May 16th, 2014
CHRIST IS RISEN!

Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

We greet each of you with respect, gratitude and filial affection. Together, we have borne the hardship and burden of the Lenten Season and, now, enter into the glory of Our Father’s House.

On Palm Sunday, Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. He is the true and real King, who has proved His supremacy over nature and man in an unmistakable manner. The tempest roared upon the sea and the frail boat which held the apostles was in danger of sinking. Yet, with one word, He commanded the wind to abate. Where sickness, even the most terrible, seeks and finds its victims, there He halts its progress with one word. Thousands had witnessed His miracles. A most highly esteemed Jew, a friend and follower of Christ, lay dead in the tomb for three days. Jesus simply called upon Lazarus to rise from his grave and he did. Jesus was Master over the decay which had already set in. He must be Master over the whole of creation. He must be Divine. He does not enter Jerusalem like earthly kings, appearing in a golden chariot with prancing steeds, dragging the vanquished foe in chains behind Him, surrounded by the treasures He has amassed. All this is wanting in His triumphal entry this day. He is seated on a borrowed ass, meek and humble. Pride, ambition and avarice are not represented, but humility, mortification, and self-denial, total unselfishness and unworldliness surrounds Christ the King. His path is strewn with palm branches and olive leaves. The people cry out in reverence, “Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” These are the same people who, in a few days, will cry out, “Let His blood be upon us and our children, Crucify Him!”

Dear members, let us rejoice and triumph with Him on Easter Sunday. We look back to Holy Week and behold Jesus trodden upon like a worm; we saw Him drag His Cross to the place of execution; we heard the dull blows of the hammer which fastened His hands and feet to the cross. Holy Mother the Church wishes to give expression to Her mourning, the Altar is stripped, the Tabernacle empty, the bell is silenced, there is deathlike stillness. On Easter Sunday, our mourning turns into joy. The seal of the grave is broken, no stone or lock could withstand Him; HE IS RISEN! What joy for the poor disciples who had fled in every direction! JESUS LIVES! What joy for us who are baptized in the name of Jesus, for we live in the blessed hope that we, too, will one day rise again to a better life!

When Christ said He had come to found a kingdom which was not of this world, He was denounced as a seducer of the people and an enemy of Caesar. Falsehood struggled against truth, and it had seemed as if His enemies had really triumphed when Jesus hung bleeding upon the cross. Everything appeared to be over, the world seemed to conquer. Do not tremble. Christ has proven the glory of His divinity and placed the seal of completeness upon the work of Redemption. As Christ has risen, so we shall arise and enter upon a new life. Christian parents remain faithful to your marriage vows and bear one another’s burdens in peace. Bring up your children in the fear of the Lord. Christian sons and daughters, arise from the grave! Love your parents, be obedient and bring honor to your household, guard yourself from sin, make firm resolutions to walk in the path that will bring you blessings in this life and in the life to come.

When crosses and sufferings come upon us, let us likewise kneel in the Garden of Olives; let us drain the chalice of suffering and look up with courage and holy zeal. Good Friday is followed by the joy of Easter Sunday. If we are suffering with Christ, we will be glorified with Him! Our cross will be for us Jacob’s ladder upon which we will ascend from earth to Heaven, where there shall be no more weeping, no more pain, but where eternal joy, eternal peace and eternal rejoicing will reign. If, in our days, we look sorrowfully to the future as the enemy presses hard upon our Mother the Church, She, too, will arise from the grave of oppression. Every century testifies to this reality; the deeper they dig Her grave, the tighter they seal and close it, the more gloriously She has arisen from the grave, and the more victoriously does She unfurl Her flag: “The gates of Hell shall never prevail against Her!”

Peace be unto you, dear brethren! Let us break the bonds of sin and live in God. Let us stand fast in the Faith! One day, we shall be transformed and possess the Kingdom which has been prepared for us from the beginning.

Our Lenten Novena of Masses is ended and, now, begins the glorious Masses of the Octave of Easter. I carry each of you to the Altar with me and remember your personal needs and those of your family, living and departed. We are so grateful for the prayers and gifts you have showered upon us during these days of turmoil and persecution.

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 Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you for your very generous donation in support of our missionary work in the world today. So many are suffering physical illness, persecution and the threat of martyrdom at each moment of the day. Ukraine, Sudan, Liberia, Myanmar, Albania, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Mexico and the whole world is in travail. Soon it will be at our own doors. Let us do all we can to help these suffering souls while it is still possible. May God give us courage and strength!

We pray your Easter be filled with
God’s Holy Blessings, Peace and Joy!

Oh, the Glory and Wisdom of God Who knows how to order all things so that they fulfill His eternal designs! Wisdom is concerned with decisions, made with a definite object in order to reach a particular end. Without end or purpose, there is no wisdom. We consider a man wise when he has before him a noble and sacred end which he reaches by just means. The man who works hard, denies himself, and puts forth the effort to bring his family up in the fear of God for eternal life, shows great wisdom. God can call out of nothing what is necessary to Him. His ends are the holiest and all means to accomplish them are at His command.

God’s Wisdom is evident in all His creation, its constitution, its preservation and its disposition, in the workings of nature as well as Grace. It behooves us to imitate Divine Wisdom by setting before ourselves a worthy end of life, toward which to direct all our efforts and labors. What is our ambition: to pass our lives as happily and comfortably as possible? Ah! What folly! Some may plan to acquire riches and, in their old age, be free from care. Fools! Some want to travel as pilgrims through this world to their heavenly home. This is wise. The end is right, but how to reach it? Seize hold of and employ the means which will lead you to it: horror of sin, fear of the occasions of sin, the practice of prayer, and absolute confidence in the wisdom of the guiding Hand of God

I remain, one with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another!


THE INFINITE LOVE OF THE DIVINE EUCHARIST (continued)

THE PRIESTS’ MISSION

You, the priest, have been drawn out of the world, as Moses was from the waters of the Nile, to guide and govern the people of God! We hear you also say: “All is well." A thankless people has forgotten its King! It has dethroned the altar of Jesus Christ in its heart. After having chased Him away, it has made of itself a god. You say: “ALL IS WELL" while your people prostitute themselves to idols of flesh, gold and silver. They incense with their love the shiny phantoms of pleasure, ambition, pride and voluptuousness. ALL IS WELL! It is to these gods of the earth that your people sacrifice its health, its rest, its youth, its honor, its works, its thoughts, its desires, its projects, its entire life: conscience, religion, salvation and eternity. O leaders of the Basque! Permit me to tell you what the apostles said to Jesus Christ Himself: “Awake, we are perishing!” A torrent of scandals has entered into the temple. It has inundated the nave. It has jumped over the barriers to the sanctuary. It threatens to carry away with it all those who will not take refuge on the steps of the Altar, at the feet of Our Crucified Savior. It is here alone that we will find salvation, here at the foot of the Infinite Victim immolated on our Altars.

O Priests of the Living God! Do not imitate the apostles who slept while Judas remained awake. Ah, would that I could with the price of my blood, prevent you priests from sleeping in the presence of the serpent. He is already conquered and eagerly awaits every occasion to sacrifice new victims to his fury! I would voluntarily consent to be beaten, ground like wheat, to be devoured like a piece of bread by the most cruel torments if, by this, I could preserve you from the dangerous stupor that “ALL IS WELL.” Oh, that I could awaken your solicitude for the cause of Jesus Christ and make you feel keenly the obligations which, at this moment, His Love imposes on you. But, Lord, I am not worthy to die for Thy priests. It belongs only to Thee to be their Victim. Ah, at least awaken them Thyself! Make them hear Thy complaints. Call them to be witnesses of Thy abandonment on our Altars and the anguish of Thy Heart so cruelly torn by the malice and indifference of Thy children. Make known to Thy ministers the peril which surrounds us so that they will abandon the ravings of human politics and attach themselves once again to Thy Cross.

It seems to me, O Lord, that Thy crown of thorns intertwines itself around my heart and that Thy adorable Heart pushes me aside and calls me at the same time. Thou dost keep a silence which astounds me and grieves me. I sense the deep suffering of Thy wounded Heart, and I beg Thy relief. My God, the sufferings of Thy Soul in the Garden of Olives have renewed themselves? Will Thy Passion begin again? Alas, I see it and understand it too clearly. Thou art condemned to death by the great majority of the men. And this, more severely than Thou wast formerly condemned by Pilate himself. At least, Pilate recognized Thy innocence while the men of our day judge Thee truly guilty. Thy law displeases them mightily and they have sworn to wipe it out. It is against Thee and against Thee alone that all the conspiracies of the evil one are directed. They are resolved not to rest until all Thy true worshippers have become secular. From time to time, it seems that we make laws which favor Thee. But these are full of weaknesses and compromise and serve only to impede Thy worship, to bind and to disarm Thy priests.

Yet, there is a hidden wound which is more bitter. A thick veil hides this secret of Thy Heart from me. My heart is torn and I follow Thee every-where to partake of Thy sorrow. I hardly dare to speak to Thee of my suffering. I am like a weak child who, unable to explain, receives many confidences from Thee. If I ask Thee for explanations, I fear Thou would judge me to be too weak to receive them. Consider only my tears and show me all the fire of Thy Love. Yes, I feel it. Thy concern is for priests. They are a thousand times dearer to Thy heart than the dearest wife is to her spouse. Nothing consoles a wounded love. It cannot make its mind up to punish and no sort of compensation will suffice.

SALVATION

Oh, dear priests, I dare to entreat you: Go to the Tabernacle to hear there the tender complaints of Jesus Christ! There, you will learn that He is your most faithful Friend. His Heart ardently desires that you go to Him with a sweet abandon, with a complete and perfect confidence. Do not come with cold and fearful respect which considers only the severity of His judgments without consideration of the proofs of His Love. No doubt, you hear Him telling you that all the treasures of His goodness are for you; that He awaits only a sign of your will to open them, that you must address yourself directly to Him, to experience immediately the effect of your petitions. No doubt, this tender reproach will show you the power you have over His Heart. It is you He obeys without delay and without restrictions. You will understand that, abandoning Himself into your hands, He will not resist you if you pray to Him for the salvation of your people, for the triumph of justice and for the deliverance of the Church.

Is your soul still dear to you? Take on the care of our souls without fearing anything. It is in your bosom where reposes the sacramental Life of Our Savior. We hope for all from you if you will show total confidence in your Master. It is in your bosom, as in the Heart of Jesus Christ Himself, that we come to take refuge. May you take up our defense against the fury of the godless! Do you fear them who are the subjects of your Sovereign Master – their sarcasms, their senseless discourses, their fleeting powers, their inflated pride? How could they intimidate you when the Conqueror of conquerors is at your head? Fear not! Jesus Christ, the all-powerful God is at your side and He is daily obedient to you at the Altar. He has given His promise to do battle with you. Fear not!

O kings! Your presence alone would turn back the Philistines’ army if you had the confidence which merits the King of kings. Consider, then, what you are and what the godless are. What are we all to become if Jesus Christ does not show Himself? Recognize and acknowledge your faults toward Our Savior, Who has given so much and, from Whom you have hardly asked anything. Cease to hope in man no matter what his power or talents be. Stop depending on yourself! Hope only in God Who has saved the world and Who alone can save it again. Hasten to knock at the Tabernacle door. Say to Jesus, “Arise! Render justice to Thyself!" Oh, Priests! Do not delay any longer the deliverance of God's people, the consolation of the Church, the salvation of our nation. Do not force Jesus Christ to hold back the greatness of His merciful justice.

What good does it serve to always be saying to Him: “Lord, give us good magistrates, good deputies, good ministers?" Say instead, “Lord, come Thyself to our aid. Thou alone art the Savior. There is no other than Thee. It is by the Cross that Thou hast confounded what was most vile in the universe. It was by the Cross that Thou didst confound all of hell. Dost Thou have need of greater instruments today? Only make a sign and all the earth will tremble. Make a sign and all the godless will bite the dust. Make a sign and all God's children will rejoice."

How long, O my great King, wilt Thou allow the enemies of Thy Name to insult piety? Oh, my priests, my priests, pardon a miserable creature, who dares to speak to you with so much confidence and abandon. Attribute it only to the lively interest which I take in the cause of Jesus Christ and your cause. I would rather suffer a thousand deaths than to stray from the filial piety which fills my heart for you. In gratitude and by your rights over me, I entreat you to recall the power and the rights of Jesus Christ over you. He knows to what extent I honor you. At your sight, my heart throbs, my body bows, and my spirit feels a new impression of faith. I adore Jesus Christ in your priesthood. All my being is penetrated with the most lively gratitude towards my Savior Who, by means of you, makes Himself visible to my gaze. I feel that the sacrifice of my country, of all that I possess, of my life, of all that I hold most dear, would cost me nothing if you demanded it. Do not question my deep respect, my perfect submission, my limitless obedience to all of you! Priests of my Mother, the most Holy Catholic Church, since I have dared to pour out my heart in your presence, I am the lost sheep of your flock. I do not fear ever to be confounded. You will not find one sheep more devoted than I am to all legitimate pastors.


SHELTERING THE DIVINE OUTCAST (concluded)

ALONE WITH GOD!

What volumes of spirituality are summed up in these words! What visions of generosity and heroism! What stretches of self-abnegation and of detachment! What boundless love for the Hidden God! What unlimited trust in His Word!

But, how are we to accomplish this? It is no easy task. How can we live a hidden life, united with God, in the midst of all our activities and cares? “Who shall separate me from the Love of Christ? Shall tribulation, distress, danger or persecution? Neither life, nor death, nor angels, nor things present, nor things to come, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate me from the Love of God which is in Christ the Lord.” (Romans. VIII: 35)

With this goal in mind, we will examine these makers and destroyers of sanctity:

SHALL TRIBULATION?

Shall the petty annoyances that daily blow across my path make me irritable, make me impatient? Do I say a quick word? Do I sulk? Do I allow my work to suffer? Do I murmur? Or do I steady myself so that there shall be no wavering from the determination to make use of everything to strengthen and beautify my soul?

SHALL DISTRESS?

Shall anxiety or uncertainty unsteady me, or make me preoccupied: forgetful of sweet thoughtfulness for others, unmindful of the cheerful smile to passers-by, neglectful of the kind word to some hungry little heart? Or, shall I lay my care in the lap of my dearest Lord, and let not distress break in upon my life of charity?

SHALL DANGER?

Shall fear of criticism make me yield to compromise, to double-dealing, to disloyalty, to courting favor, to neglect of those to whom I owe gratitude and love? Shall the danger of selfish aims frighten me into paying homage to anything unworthy of my calling?

SHALL PERSECUTION?

Shall persecution make me cry out for mercy? Shall I then, when misunderstood, misjudged, humiliated, scorned, reviled, persecuted by those who are nearest to me ¬ impaled by the sword of unkindness – persecute others in turn, thrust the sword of unkindness into the hearts of those who are unkind to me? Will I succumb to the human desire to do such as this to those who thwart, or even hurt me?

SHALL ANGELS … NOR ANY OTHER CREATURE?

In a word, when all the wealth of intellect is mine, when the applause and fame that follow in its wake are mine, shall I then carry within me the heart of a child, and be ready at any given moment to lay these God-given gifts upon the Altar of Sacrifice, to be consumed to the honor and glory of Jesus, my Beloved Spouse?

Every created thing – esteem, applause, appreciation, position and the like – taken away from us, can never deprive us of Christ. On the contrary, the absence of them very often helps to purify us, so that Christ Himself stands out more clearly. There is nothing, therefore, that can cheat us of intimate friendship with God, unless we will and allow it, which, of course, we do not will, and shall not allow.

The art of living with God entails more effort, and more concentration of purpose in the midst of activity and external work than it does in the surroundings of prayer and silence. So, we can see how necessary it is to merely lend ourselves to external occupations, and give ourselves to God. But this is a gradual and difficult thing to do. It is the step-by-step approach to God. It is the continuous determination to let nothing usurp His claim upon us.

Our Goal is Sanctity! Let us never Forget!

Live with your eyes fixed on Him! Be ever on the lookout for His least desires, and carry them out with love and joy. Be like a little child whose mother adorns her with many beautiful things. But this child, instead of noticing the gifts, notices only the Giver of the gifts. Such a soul has reached close union with God. She is the resting place of the Holy Trinity.

O my Loving God, O Most Blessed Trinity, Divine Guest of my soul, my Tremendous Lover, my All! You know my heart. You know my longing to sacrifice all for You. Do take the whole of my heart’s love, the full surrender of myself.

Take all – my love, my interests, my reputation, my life! I surrender myself so completely as to become purely Your instrument. Please Yourself in me by directing my life according to Your Own Holy Will, so as to give joy to Your Sacred Heart. Use me as You like! Call on me for anything You want, for strengthened by Your grace, I will die for You. At every instant, both outwardly by the course of events, and inwardly by the promptings of Your grace, do with me whatever You wish, even though self must bleed, must die.

Yes, take all You know I would not have the courage to give. Take everything, take my ALL. Release me from bondage, and make me free to embark on the Ocean of Union and Prayer, there to live silently and holily, with Mary, Your Beloved Mother, as my Guide through the dark hours of trial and purification; for with You, O my Beloved Jesus, strengthened and upheld, as You were, by Your Dear Mother, I am nailed with Thee to the Cross.

Live Your Own Life within me, dear Jesus, Think, speak, act, pray, suffer, and love in me. Use my heart, so that in me and through me, in a life of close and intimate union, You may love – or, rather, WE may love the Father tenderly. Use my lips that together, WE may sing His praises! Use my mind, my eyes, my hands, my whole being!

Merge my will so completely into Yours, my Loving God, that there will no longer be any trace of me, no longer two, but one, so that I may truly say, “I live now, not I, but Christ liveth in me.” (Galatians, II, 20) Passion of Christ, strengthen me!

O Mary, my dearest Mother, Remember I am your child! Help me in this desert land, and uphold me in all my weakness. O most loving Mother, when my hands grow tired, when my work is spoiled and blurry, strengthen my weak love and help me to cling to Jesus!

You know my desire to sacrifice all for Him, so take possession of my heart, and make for Jesus a lovely Home within me – a Home from which no one will ever dislodge Him. Adorn it with your own adornments – love, humility, simplicity, hiddenness, detachment, selfless consideration, and kindness for others – so that Jesus will delight to dwell with me! Never let me leave Him alone, but help me to live with Him always, and love Him with a personal and childlike love. Give me your blessing, so that I may be strengthened during life. Defend me at the hour of my death, and lead me straight to eternal happiness. Amen.

Pray for me, O Holy Mother of God, that I may be worthy of this promise of Christ.

“If anyone loves Me, My Father will love him, and We (the Blessed Trinity) will come to him, and make Our abode with him." (St. John. XIV, 23)

O God, faithful and true, abandon me not, but give me Thy Divine Wisdom that it may be with me, and may teach me what is pleasing in Thine Eyes. I fully realize I am unworthy of the place I occupy, having of myself no strength and no virtue, but I rely upon Thy assistance. Inspire me, enlighten me, guide me! Be it Thou alone Who thinks, speaks and acts ever through me!

O JESUS, MEEK AND HUMBLE OF HEART, MAKE MY HEART LIKE UNTO THINE!


Dearest Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

“May Grace and Peace be yours in full measure” (1 Peter 1:2)

With great joy, I am delighted today to share with you, dear members, what your prayers and your help means to our work here at the Sisters formation. This is the second time I have received literature, books, prayer cards, Rosaries and the DVD and I thank you very much for the holy oil of St. Philomena. Together with the Community of the Religious Congregation of the Sisters who are under the Patron of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, we appreciate very much the generous help during this year for evangelizing this sacred work we been entrusted.

The mission of this Congregation of Sisters is mainly to spread the Gospel to all people aiming at the growth of faith, family apostolate, accountability and self-reliance, that all may embrace human dignity and promote integral development of an individual and the diocese as the whole.

Presently, the Congregation has 76 nuns and the young novices are 46 in number. This year in November, they will have their general chapter; it will be a time for them to elect their mother superior. Let us pray for this historical general meeting. May the Holy Spirit be their Guardian and Protector!

We have great work to evangelize the youth in our diocese. The Sisters, Catechists and Priests work together especially with this large group of Christians giving them catechetical instructions on their Faith and various devotions. The Living Rosary will have the main task of helping the Christians to live their faith in Mary as a shortest way to reach Her Son, Jesus Christ.

Dear Director, I promise to send you the forms with names once it is completed. I will send them through Post Office by registered mail. I have observed our young Christians especially in Secondary Schools do not have Rosaries, so I beg for more Rosaries, booklets and prayer cards. These will be of great help to the beginners.

I eagerly look forward to hear from you soon. Here are some photos taken at our place.

Sincerely yours in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Rev. Fr. Scharion Rugambwa
Chaplain – RCAULS
Kayanga Catholic Diocese
Bushangaro Parish
Karagwe-Kagera, TANZANIA


PILGRIM IMAGE OF THE VIRGIN OF FÁTIMA IN VISIT TO ALBANIA

In an unprecedented initiative, implemented in response to the request made to the Shrine of Fátima by the president of the Bishops’ Conference, Albanian Archbishop Angelo Massafra, OFM, a Statue of Our Lady of Fátima made a trip to Albania.

The pilgrimage began on January 18, 2013 and Archbishop Angelo tells us the main purpose of the trip:

“We want to put under the protection of Mary throughout the world and in particular to Albania, a land and a people who have already suffered so much and that continues to suffer, and not just with Communism, but by ‘Revenge of blood’, forcing many families to remain trapped in their homes.”

“We want to entrust to Mary all people more weakened, in particular the children, the old and the sick, the poor and immigrants all over the world and, especially, (we) the sanctification and the reconciliation of families,” announced also by the metropolitan Archbishop of Scutari-Pult.

For Archbishop Angelo Massafra, this pilgrimage that will culminate in April is important because “it is necessary to offer powerful experiences to the people of God, encouraging those (experiences) that help them to live better the pilgrimage of faith.”

Of several events that connect the country to the devotion to Our Lady of Fátima, Archbishop Angelo Massafra highlights the existence at the present time, a pastoral center dedicated to Francisco and Jacinta Marto and a Church dedicated to Our Lady of Fátima, both in Oblike.

 


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

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

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

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Friday, May 16th, 2014

THE INFINITE LOVE OF THE DIVINE EUCHARIST (continued)

LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST

Let our senses be vanquished by His Heart and our heart, in its turn, be conquered by the Infinite Love of Jesus Christ! Without this, it will be impossible for us to understand the mystery of a God crucified. Are not His humiliations, His wounds, His crown of thorns and His annihilation in the Divine Eucharist enough to render us sensitive to His Love? It is to conquer our heart that this generous God, in these Last Days, shows us His own Heart, vanquished by His charity for all men. He wishes to awaken our sensibilities by His tenderness, placed alongside our indifference. He wishes to confound our ingratitude by our remembrance of His blessings. Devotion to the Sacred Heart is principally established to help us triumph over our senses and to break their shameful chains. The genius of godlessness understands this well and, for that reason, it has not ceased to manifest its rage against this pious devotion. The faithful must understand this better and show great eagerness and steadfastness in making reparation to Jesus Christ. If this last attempt of His goodness does not succeed, He will be reduced to proving to us, in a terrible manner, that Infinite Love is outraged. This Infinite Love will then be changed into indignation. Let us hasten to recognize that the Divine Heart of Jesus, adored on our Altars, is the sole sign of salvation.

Let us address ourselves to Him with tender confidence. By the ardor of our vows and our honorable intent to amend our ways, we will do violence to His mercy and obtain the miracle of deliverance. Let us entreat Our Savior to show Himself to His Church. Let us surround His Tabernacle and speak to Him of our sad situation. Let us have no doubt that He Who changes bread into His Body and wine into His Blood at the words of the priest, will have no difficulty in working a prodigy in our favor, equivalent or perhaps even greater than this.

Let us cease to delude ourselves. The dangers are great. The godless have joined together by a most horrible means. Iniquity has made a pact with iniquity to dethrone Jesus Christ. Hell has extended its empire. The moment has arrived when the irreligious do not cover up or hide their evil designs. Already, they make immense sacrifices to accomplish their evil ends. Nothing will make them renounce their resolutions – not fatigue, danger or even the outpouring of their blood. They will pursue Our Lord until the time when He, in turn, forces them to recognize Him as their liberator, or to lament the rigorous blows of His justice. Impious ones, even if you had the most numerous and valiant armies, all the gold and all the silver in the Universe, the greatest dignitaries, generals and even emperors, one breath from the mouth of Jesus Christ, whom you pretend to conquer, would suffice to extinguish you. Mock me, if you wish, for my simple faith. As for me, I take the lead and laugh at your enterprises, your reasoning and all your power. No, however feeble I may be, I do not fear you. I believe in Jesus Christ. He is the King of my heart. He will vanquish you on the day He has marked for His triumph.

This speech, which I daringly make to the impious, will appear presumptuous to those who are accustomed to judge according to appearances. Hurry Lord, Thyself, to justify me! It is time to arise and to pass sentence on Thy cause. Thou must urge the impious to advance, in spite of their prudence to hide their fury. It is necessary. Each day is a horrible outrage. None of Thy adorers feel competent to defend Thy rights. Fear, stupor and, even more, indifference have paralyzed the small number of subjects who have remained faithful to Thee. Each one passes to another the obligation to declare war against Thy treacherous enemies. The simple faithful depend on their pastors; the pastors recognize themselves powerless, and nobody devotes himself to Thy glory. While they wait, Thou art abandoned by the whole universe which seems to cry out: “Christ, defend Thyself!"

Thy friends dare not offer Thee their arms, nor do they stand in the front lines to attack and curb the insolence of Thy enemies. Fear and human respect prevent them from marching courageously into this spiritual battle. They persist in considering themselves incompetent. Show us, O Lord, that Thou hast need of no one! O, hidden Jesus, interrupt Thy long silence! O King of Glory, make Thy power shine. O Eternal Priest, give us proof that Thy powers are not suspended. O Eternal Word! O First Cause! Give a lesson to Christians of all circumstances. Teach them, it is not secondary causes in which their trust should be placed, but in Thee. Do not suffer any longer by allowing them to speak incessantly of worldly powers without mentioning Thee. Tolerate no longer their saying: “All is well," while Thou art forgotten, insulted and considered the last among Thy people.

ALL GOES WELL

All goes well! O my Jesus, is it possible to hear such talk? I wonder! Does it matter to Thy people that while the exterior state of society appears prosperous with increased temporal advantages abounding … men have become hardened in their malice and have entirely lost sight of their immortal destiny? The earth is peopled by apostates and daily gives birth to new crimes and new impieties. The Church, our tender Mother, bewails the loss of Her children, who abandon Her one after the other. They are insensitive to Her tears. Many rejoice at Her sorrows and would not be upset to see Her succumb beneath the weight of Her sufferings. All is well! Woe to me, if I would participate in this cowardly manner of reasoning! Woe to me, if the sight of Jesus forgotten, belittled and persecuted by His own people does not disturb my sleep and plunge me into an irremediable sadness!

Woe to me, if I cease to long for the glory of the Church, my most tender Mother, with a less lively ardor than a babe in the cradle longs for the breast that feeds it! Woe to me, if all that tends to tarnish the shine of its beauty, to desolate its tenderness, to tear out its heart and, to rob it of its glorious privileges, does not cause my soul a suffering more acute than the bite of a scorpion to my body!


SHELTERING THE DIVINE OUTCAST (continued)

SEEK ME ALWAYS WITHIN THY HEART!

It is only after Christ has taken – has been given – full control of our hearts that, often times, He allows darkness to enter into our souls. Such was the case with our dear Saint ‘Little Thérèse.’ Our Lord allowed her soul to be overwhelmed with darkness, and the thought of Heaven, which had been her consolation from her earliest childhood, now became the subject of temptations to doubt, bringing her conflict and torture. They were never to leave her. Assailed by them, yet sustained by the grace of blind faith, she persevered heroically to the end. Her trial was so mysterious, her doubts so dark, and her desolation so extreme that she frankly says, it is beyond her power to explain what she went through. Yet, she was content to relinquish the joy of Jesus’ Presence in order to give Him the whole of her love.

We must keep in mind that the Road of Pain is the way to Heaven and, consequently, that the hurtful things are the most divine blessings, and should be embraced as God’s greatest gifts. The Cross makes us like unto Jesus. It is the pledge of union with His adorable Heart. There is no real love, no real holiness, without having to pay for it at its own price. Therefore, take every trifling cross as a fragment of the Sacred Host, in which, in spite of its littleness, you find your God, whole and entire.

For sanctity, it is necessary that you should, at all your duties, abide as much as possible in the Presence of God, cultivating His Divine Presence in your soul. Turn your thoughts upon yourself and look within. There, you will find your Master and Bridegroom, Who ever dwells within you and Who will never forsake you.

Saint Teresa of Avila says, “Oh, if only I could describe how the soul holds communion with this Companion, with nothing to intrude on the solitude of itself and its Spouse, whenever it seeks to retire within itself into this private heaven, shutting its door against all the world!

I say, ‘the soul seeks’ because you must understand that this is NOT a supernatural state but something which, with the grace of God, we can desire and obtain for ourselves. This grace is always implied when I say that we are able to do anything for, without it, we can do nothing – nothing – nor could we, by any strength of our own, even think one single good thought.”

St. Margaret Mary once described her prayer thus, “I generally finish without any other request or offering other than that of offering My Jesus to His Eternal Father in this manner:

“My God, I offer You Your Well-Beloved Son in thanksgiving for all the benefits You have conferred upon me and, for my request, my offering, my adoration, all my resolutions. Finally, I offer Him for my love and for my all. Receive Him, Eternal Father, for all that You wish of me, since I can offer You nothing worthy of You except Him Whom You give to me to enjoy with so much love.

Don’t worry in the least over the trouble you feel about a drooping life. Join yourself as much as you possibly can to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ Our Lord – first, to acquire the necessary dispositions and, finally, for atonement. Can you, for instance, achieve nothing at prayer? Do not worry. Be content with offering that which your Divine Savior offers for us in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. He offers all His ardor in reparation for our lukewarmness.”

“I will glory in my infirmity that the power of
Christ may dwell in me.”
(II Corinthians, XII: 9)

The more we advance in the spiritual life, the more we become conscious of our own powerlessness and nothingness, and of our inability in and of ourselves to do anything worthy of God. This forces us to have recourse, in the most immediate and direct way, to our Divine Intercessor “ever pleading for us.” A very good thing for us to say is this: “My God. I love Thee in union with all the infinite love being offered to Thee at this moment in all of the Masses which are now being said.”

Infinite Love thus infuses into our own tiny love and, so, great acts of love may be accomplished in the small cell of the heart. Jesus will have become for us the principle of our thoughts, will, happiness and strength. The heart of the true servant of God is His sanctuary, where He constantly dwells.

We cannot always be kneeling before the Altar, so He makes His Tabernacle in our hearts. But, it is not with Jesus only that the soul dwells and communes unceasingly. United to Him and in His Holy Name, she speaks constantly to the Father and to the Holy Ghost. She does this quite simply without any noise of words. It is like a loving glance, a silent turning of the soul toward God.

She offers to the Father the actions, the prayers, the sufferings, the aspirations and the desires which Jesus produces in her. She offers herself unceasingly in union with the Heart of Jesus, Who is Himself the source of her love. She offers in turn His incomparable and unbounded devotion, His unfathomable humility, and all His infinite perfections to the Eternal Father, to repair and drown in these abysses, the sins of the whole world.

“My God, I wish to make reparation to Thee in union with the infinite reparation being offered to Thee at this moment in all the Masses being said at this time.”

Above all, the interior soul delights in offering to God the love of Jesus dying on the Cross, the supreme act of sacrifice. In essence, the day of the soul who is identified with Jesus is more than a continual prayer, it is an offering more like a continual Mass. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass itself is the culmination point, and the most solemn moment of the soul’s continual sacrifice of itself.

“Put ye on Christ, Our Lord; be ye souls of Prayer. Build all on this, not here alone or there, but moving whatsoever path be trod, with your heart and mind uplifted to your God."

“ABIDE IN ME.” (St. John, XV: 4)

Abide in me! What an unusual invitation! What a plea for sanctity! What a call to intimacy! What an assurance of God’s thirst for our love! Shall we accept this invitation, respond to this call? Or, shall we let ‘well-enough’ alone and refuse to make so hazardous a venture? We already live with God, why do more? We have joined His forces. We spend our lives for Him. What more can we do? Can we do more than live with God? It would seem that we could, since God is inviting us to do more.

God first invited us to dwell with Him; now He invites us to dwell in Him, in God! The words are so baffling that they bewilder us! To dwell in God! To bury ourselves in the Divinity! To live a life within a life! Is this not far beyond the hopes we cherished when we surrendered all to God, or thought we had surrendered all to Him? Is it beyond our comprehension?

Yes, it surely is. But He Who invites us will make all perfectly clear. It is within the sanctuary of our soul, where God resides, that He begs us to abide in Him. This intimate life in God is offered to all, but it is forced upon no one, and it is accepted by few. Many attempt it, but they soon turn back to the sociability of the world. Few sufficiently penetrate it to find the joy of hiddenness. Few are brave enough to give up all for God. Few trust Him so unreservedly as to part completely from self. Few are willing to die for Him.

ABIDE IN ME!

This is a mysterious call. Its fulfillment, too, is a mystery. It is the soul’s highest possible achievement. It is the human merging into the Divine.

Our Divine Lord says, “You shall know the Spirit of Truth because He shall abide with you, and shall be in you. If anyone love Me, My Father will love Him, and We will come to him, and take up Our abode with him,” (St. John. XIV, 17: 23)

We must turn our gaze inward to catch a glimpse of Him Whom we know not, but to Whom we have given our lives. He invites us to abide with Him, to withdraw within the soul that we may live hidden lives within Him.


Dear Mrs. Patti Melvin,

Thanks for your last mail. Here are the testimonies I promised to send you for the miracles performed by Saint Philomena’s holy oil and Our Lady’s Brown Scapulars.

1. Raymond Massawe is a Living Rosary promoter in Moshi. He visited the maternity ward in Kibosho Hospital; there were fifteen women waiting their time to give birth. He gave them St. Philomena’s small pictures. Fourteen of them took the pictures but the last one refused; Miraculously, that night, all fourteen women gave birth safely. It was only the one who refused to take St. Philomena’s picture who remained. The next day, the woman looked for the man so that he could give her St. Philomena’s picture; she succeeded to receive the picture. The doctor told her that she must go for an operation. She kindly asked the nurse to take the picture of St. Philomena into the operating theatre. The picture was kept under her head in the operating theatre; before the operation started, she gave birth safely. The surgeon and the nurses were amazed. Thank you Saint Philomena!

2. A mother was appointed for operation because of problems with her pregnancy. One of the family members gave her a picture of St. Philomena. She went for a check-up. The doctor found there was no need for operation. The mother gave birth safely. The baby was born with arms folded across her chest as St. Philomena does. Thank you, St. Philomena, Wonder-Worker!

3. Brigita is a mother who was suffering with an ear disease for long time. Her ears were aching and giving out pus. She joined the ULRA and applied St. Philomena’s holy oil. She was cured completely. Thank you, St. Philomena!

4. Brenda was a student in class five at St. Pius Boarding Primary School at Tarakea in Rombo. Tarakea is about 120 km from Moshi town. Last year 2013, in January, she suddenly had a severe problem with her vocal system. She failed completely to speak. She was sent to several hospitals but their efforts were fruitless; there was no medical help. From January 2013 to June 2013, she was attending school. Her head teacher advised her parents to transfer her to the special school for the dumb. The parents failed to do so for they did not have funds. They took her to her grandmother who lives in Moshi. Her grandmother decided to transfer her to the nearby common day school to save the cost. Brenda’s grandmother is a ULRA promoter. In July, as she was in a monthly diocesan meeting, she introduced her granddaughter’s problem. As a diocesan chairman, I gave her Saint Philomena’s oil for Brenda. Her grandmother took the holy oil and put a drop into the water and let her drink it in the evening hours. The next morning, when Brenda woke up, she shouted out in joy. Miraculously, Brenda received her speech again. Thank you, St. Philomena!

5. Tommy is a form two student at Don Bosco Seminary in Mafinga-Iringa, Tanzania. From Moshi to Iringa, it is about 175 km. Tommy was clothed with the Brown Scapular by a Priest in June 2013, along with other ULRA members at Moshi Cathedral. On September 2013 in the morning, Tommy left for the class; he forgot his Scapular which was on his friend’s bed. On that very day, about 10 a.m., while the students were in their classes their dormitory caught fire due to a short circuit. All the students’ possessions were burnt out except the only bed with the Scapular on it. The bed with its mattress, bedcover, bed sheet, blanket and a Scapular on it were not touched by fire flames. All the students and the people who came to stop the fire were amazed. The Rector said, “I know that the Scapular does miracles!” Thank you, Our Lady of Mount Carmel!

6. Lusia had problems with her pregnancy. She was in the clinic where she was told by the maternity specialist that there was complication in her pregnancy. She was told to go for an operation. She applied St. Philomena’s holy oil around her stomach. When she went for a check–up before operation, the specialist found that she had no longer any complication and she could bear without operation. Lusia gave birth safely. Thank you, Saint Philomena!

7. Raymond was suffering with diabetes and heart disease; he was serious and admitted to the hospital for seven months. Because he could not help himself, he requested the St. Philomena’s holy oil. He put a drop of the holy oil into a cup of fresh milk and drank it. After he had taken it, he started getting well slowly. On the third day, he recovered completely. The doctors were amazed. He went for a checkup. He was told that he has neither diabetes nor heart disease. They discharged him from the hospital. Till now, he has no symptom of diabetes or heart disease. Raymond used to wear glasses as he was suffering from short sightedness. He applied Saint Philomena’s holy oil on his eyelids. He is completely cured. Now, he does not use glasses for he is no longer short sighted. Thank you, St. Philomena!

< STEPHEN – MOSHI, TANZANIA >


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

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

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

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Friday, May 16th, 2014
Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Your overwhelming kindness to us for the great work of Ven. Pauline Jaricot in the world today, is a dynamic force for the salvation of souls and the restoration of the Reign of Christ the King. We are deeply grateful for your wonderful outreach in this urgent need. You are enrolled in a Novena of Holy Masses being offered this month in Ukraine.

WITH MARY, EVERYTHING! WITHOUT MARY, NOTHING!

The Cross is a great Mystery which is central to our salvation. It would make us faint from grief if we realized the small number of souls willing to be made conformable to our crucified Christ by embracing the crosses they are given with humility and gratitude. That man who climbs up to Calvary and allows himself to be nailed to the Cross with Jesus, is a hero! He must resolve to relinquish all things, to undertake all things and to suffer everything for Jesus. If anyone wishes to follow Christ, annihilated and crucified, he must deny himself and take up his cross, which is carved from a section of the very Cross borne by Christ on Calvary. The Cross is the grandest of all the gifts God has for His chosen ones on earth; let us carry it with patience and without complaint, not drag it, nor hide it, for it is our weapon of victory and the sceptre of God’s empire. We must carry our cross for there is nothing more necessary, more useful, more agreeable and more glorious than suffering for Jesus Christ.

We must strive to yield to the chisel that is shaping us, otherwise we would remain an unpolished stone, of no value at all, to be disregarded and cast aside. God loves us. He really loves us. He knows what He is doing. Love is behind every one of His telling strokes. Not a single stroke will miss its mark, unless our impatience deflects it. Consider, there at the side of Jesus is Mary, His Mother, who had never known sin, yet whose tender and Immaculate Heart was pierced with a sharp sword even to its very depths. Our sufferings are nothing compared to hers. Who can dare exclaim exemption from the Cross! If we suffer as we should, our cross will be a sweet yoke for Christ will share it with us. Our soul will be borne on it as on a pair of wings to the portals of Heaven.

Dear Friends of the Cross, be prepared to suffer every kind of Cross without any exceptions: poverty, injustice, temporal loss, illness, humiliation, contradiction, calumny, spiritual dryness, desolation, persecution, hunger, poverty, nakedness, exile, imprisonment, the gallows and all tortures. This is the summit of divine glory and true happiness for a real Friend of the Cross.

I remain, one with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another!


INFINITE LOVE OF THE DIVINE EUCHARIST (continued)

SLAVES OF THE SENSES

Woe and thousand misfortunes to we who live beneath the reign of the senses! We must hasten to reduce our slavery to them by restoring to our heart all the control which it has lost. Deceived by their insatiable greediness, they misjudge for noble and virtuous, what is nothing more than seduction for pride and prestige. From the desire of material possessions flows a self-love which is forgetful of the Creator. God forgotten, the sacred Fire will be extinguished on the scented Altar and our hearts will burn only from the impure and vulgar flame of worldly loves. Apostolic men appear in a region where the Word of God has not been announced with splendor. And soon the churches are filled with an immense crowd of faithful; enclosures destined for the Divine worship become too small. Sacred archways resound incessantly with chant of hymns and the eloquent voice of the missionary. Religious enthusiasm heightens. The Penitential tribunals are congested with sinners striking their breasts. Brilliant and multiple conversions are proclaimed. Wonderful reports are circulated everywhere and virtuous hearts rejoice. The planting of the Cross offers a marvelous spectacle.

In time, the apostles move on or die and, lo, the conversions worked by their divine ministry disappear. Why? It is the senses which have drawn their hearts and nothing more. The eloquent voice of the preachers, the harmony of the sacred chants, the pomp of the ceremonies, the immensity of the congregation, these are what struck the people. As soon as all this ended, the senses, meeting only the objects of human passions, return to the love of profane things. Their noble resolutions and virtuous promises are forgotten. A man who speaks loudly in an anteroom finds his voice resounds in the ears of those who are inside the chamber even though he, himself, does not enter it. This is an image of the effect which the missionaries work upon large numbers of sinners. Jesus Christ has entered into the exterior vestibule of the senses wherein resides the carnal man. From here, His strong voice has penetrated the interior quarters of the soul, wherein resides the spiritual man. Due to the allurement imprinted upon the senses of man and lack of true compunction of heart, the door remains closed to Him. In two words, it is not the heart which has triumphed over the senses, but it is the senses which have subjugated the heart. It is not surprising that the salutary impressions disappear with the exterior show. Who will make our century understand that it is not the carnal man who rules, but spiritual man? It makes no difference that we have allowed Jesus Christ to enter the ante-chamber, if we close the entrance of the drawing-room to Him.

To what a deplorable state the senses have reduced us! In the primitive Church, where the heart and not the senses ruled, the faithful were accustomed to give the most heroic proof of devotion. It was, in a way, a game for them to despise the ferocity of tyrants and to confront the most cruel torments. They marched to their deaths as if to a feast. Today, all that is needed to conquer the fidelity and constancy of Christians is the allurement of a passing joy, the attractions of corruptible beauty, a miserable flattery, or the most scornful of worldly things. Unfortunate Age of the senses! Your children have forgotten Jesus; poor and crucified, Jesus crowned with thorns, dying amid torments; Jesus immolated and always offered in sacrifice in the Sacrament of Love. They have forgotten Him and given themselves up to feasting and to the most unbridled luxury. All their conduct announces that they desire to annihilate the works of a God become Man.

Yes, my Jesus, Thou wast born in the obscurity of a stable to teach us to throw at our feet all perishable vanities. Our Age works to beget a thousand victims to the demon of pride, to the demon of greed and to the third demon whose name is horrendous. These three disgraceful passions have become the only divinity for most men of our day. My God, Thou didst live for thirty years in the humble home of Nazareth, occupied with the most servile work and ignored by the world, to teach us to sanctify the sorrows of our state of life, to inspire in us the love of work. Thy poverty has served to ennoble our poverty. Men of our century, on the contrary, detest poverty and by their insolence and their vanity, coax out innocence from its obscurity, in order to adorn it with blazing vice. They have confused the necessity of working with an irresistible greed to enjoy the goods and pleasures of this world. All this, while Jesus, Victim of His Love, is hidden beneath the most humble appearances, annihilated and cast out. Luxury makes scandalous progress and we excuse ourselves on the vile pretext of the nations’ prosperity and the well-being of the working class.

Since when, O blind and incredulous man, do we see nations become rich by destroying religion? Where is the necessity of trampling the Gospel to favor the class of men who live by their work? Does a world of luxury, prosperity and pomp render man happier?

With the Gospel in one hand and the Cross of Jesus Christ in the other, and eyes raised to Heaven, we should not hesitate to sacrifice the miserable advantages of a perishable life for eternal happiness. In order to walk in the footprints of the Savior God, faith is necessary. Vanity is condemned by both His words and His example.

If we have the misfortune to manifestly contradict God, how can we flatter ourselves that we are on the path of salvation? The gates of Heaven will never open to the children of vanity. I do not agree that luxury is necessary to the happiness of peoples. On the contrary, the fall of empires is preceded by indolence. We have much to fear for our country if we do not bring a cure to this evil which is so profoundly implanted; yes, each and every one of us! It is not the business of the civil powers – it is our business. It concerns us personally: Let us return to the maxims of the Gospel, to Jesus Christ. By doing this, our insolent and unrestrained luxury, so injurious to the welfare of our brethren, will soon be abolished of itself without the need of laws.


SHELTERING THE DIVINE OUTCAST (continued0

THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE!

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” ( St. John, III:30 )

Christ builds His sanctuary on the ruins of self-love. Therefore, merely to decrease is not enough, self must disappear, in order that, “I live now, not I, but Christ liveth in me.” (Galatians, II: 20)

There are thousands of small sacrifices, so be loving and generous, for it is Love that gives value to sacrifice: whenever you deny yourself anything at all … however small, perhaps checking an impulse of curiosity, not eating an extra mouthful, drinking a refreshing drink slowly, not showing that you feel the heat or cold, or refusing self some small comfort or desire. Each time, you deprive yourself of something for Jesus, you are thinking of Him and loving Him. All the more, when you deprive yourself of something more costly to self!

Disappointments, separations, uncongenial surroundings, seeming injustice, painful remarks, want of consideration, loneliness, and a thousand other things are the instruments that cut away, little by little, the self in order that Christ may increase. The more Christ increases in us, the less importance we attach to irksome affairs of life, the more beauty we find in individuals, the more loving and kind we are in our interpretation of everything about us; to be exact, the more we strive to be holy.

And, yet, how often we deceive ourselves regarding true union with God? Many souls, who are merely enjoying the sensible consolations that God has sent them, are like children playing with ashes that the wind soon will carry away. God does send us consolations, but the proof of His Love lies in the fact that He trusts us enough to ask anything at all of us. If we desire true union with Him, we must always give to Him whatever it is that He asks.

True union does not consist in delights, but in privations. The sign that God dwells in us and that we are possessed by His Love is that we take what hurts, not only patiently but gratefully saying: “I thank You, my Loving Father, but I am not worthy of this. I do not deserve that You should treat me as you treated Your Dearly Beloved Divine Son, Jesus.”

“Be ye holy because I, the Lord Your God, am holy.”
(Leviticus, XIX: 2 )

Holiness is a hidden treasure, an intimate reign – the reign of God within us. Holiness is nothing but love for God Who is Charity. Sanctity consists essentially in union with God, and in the love with which we perform ordinary actions.

Yes, the great secret of sanctity consists in loving much, but this love presupposes an interior and daily warfare — a warfare against our unruly appetites and our self-will, a warfare waged by prayer, which softens the heart and, by its sweetness, compensates for the bitterness inseparable from mortification.

We are sure to become Saints if we are in earnest about it. We must empty the soul, and do away with all that impedes close union with God. We shall be astonished at the progress achieved by the acceptance of petty hurts that come into daily life. Countless annoyances, frustrated plans, unpleasant circumstances – all these hammer us into shape, if we but see them in the “shade of His Hand outstretched caressingly.”

Under the repeated doses of disappointment, sorrow and misfortune, the soul’s vision is being cleared. We are largely indebted to the human forces about us for the degree of Sanctity we acquire. Wrapped in God’s Will, the clumsy blows of humanity will produce in us divine and perfect work.

The calm dignity of Our Loving Lord under the lash of scorn proves how untroubled the soul can be, as the lights of human praise and honor snuff out. As each one burns low, flickers and dies, the anguish of the heart intensifies. If we could but peer through the gloom, we would see Our Loving Lord, reaching out His Hand to extinguish them, one by one, in the proportion of our love for Him, and of our courage to do without them!

Each struggle means a bit more of death to self and an increase of Christ until, if we will it, all of self dies and Christ reigns supreme. But, we must never lose sight of the fact that: God reigns in us only in the same proportion as He is the Master of our will.

This requires great generosity on our part, and a constant awareness of the indwelling of the Divine Guest of our soul: “My God, my Guest, is here! I must be charitable, prudent, patient and meek. Whatever it is He expects, this will I give.”

Our perfection, that is, our practical love for our Divine Guest, consists in doing prescribed daily actions wholeheartedly and well. These actions of our state in life are what God wants of us, for it is by His Grace that we are in that state of life. Therefore, the smallest act done within our profession is highly meritorious, for it is always in the performance of the most common of our duties that we are to find perfection. This implies exactness, fervor and perseverance.

I must give myself to souls generously, with joy and without self-seeking, without seeking anything in return. God sees me! I am His privileged child. May He make of me His little victim of Love!

“I can do all things in Him Who strengthens me.” (Philippians, IV:13)

Only one power is necessary – the power of Grace, but also a docile soul is needed. What treasures we will find in Heaven if we are only faithful! Struggle … Yes! Effort … Yes! But, at the same time … happiness. Holiness is the only real happiness, and the reality of holiness is self-sacrifice, for sacrifice is that which really brings forth fruit.

Your favorite virtue will be neither humility nor mortification, nor any other in particular. It will be the virtue which includes all others — a loving docility to the Divine Guest of your Soul.

Oh, Blessed Trinity, You dwell in my heart such as You dwell in Heaven, though hidden under the veil of Faith. If Your dwelling in me were, in my own eyes, an event of the highest importance, should I be so forgetful of You so frequently, and for so long an interval?

Do I ever ask myself these questions:

1. Do I retire from time to time, if only for a few seconds, into the inner sanctuary of my heart?

2. What would Our Lord do now?

3. What answer would He give to this question?

4. How would He behave in my place?

5. What does He ask of me at this moment?

6. How far removed am I from those souls who, while continuing their work or their conversation, return many times in their day to visit a moment with their Divine and Beloved Guest!

Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

O Virgin Mother of Perpetual Help, I know that it has never been heard that anyone has called upon you in vain. I invoke you now with childlike confidence. Look down on me, O dearest Mother of Perpetual Help, and obtain for me the grace to make real efforts toward holiness, to make my soul a living Tabernacle where Jesus will ever dwell, to care for nothing but His Holy Will, to be a devoted apostle of His Loving Sacred Heart, to be humble and to love intensely. Love is proven by sacrifice. Do obtain for me, my dearest Mother, the true spirit of self-denial, but let all my sacrifices be humble, hidden, and true – without harming my health or drawing the attention of others. Help me to cover all my sacrifices – the ones God sends, as well as freely chosen mortifications – with a veil of smiles and cheerfulness which will keep them unknown.

Obtain for me the special grace to shelter Jesus by suffering, by voluntary penance, and by the practice of charity. 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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