Archive for July, 2014

Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sunday, July 6th, 2014
Dear beloved Associates and Benefactors,The suffering in this world is greater every day. Our glorious mission and prayer of reparation is something very sweet and powerful with God. We must never be discouraged or downhearted. Each and every day, we raise your souls up to God at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and keep you daily in all our devotions and prayers.

Today, the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is insulted, spat upon and hated. He is surrounded by indifferentism, modernism and atheism. He has lavished goodness upon us, and we return to Him our hate. If all the world would return thanks to Him, if the whole world would sacrifice itself as a victim of praise, all this would still be very far from what He deserves. The divine Gifts He has given us surpass all that is human and finite. And yet, we thankless creatures are without feeling, without affection, and without gratitude. Man runs withersoever as his interests or passions impel him but, in order to visit Christ, he is unwilling to leave his house or turn aside from a program or forgo a nap. He so little esteems God’s Gifts, and turns from them with a cold heart. Holy Mass is too early and there is no time for vespers. To us, He is a stranger. So little do we think of Him; so little do we care for Him!

Man continues in his sins. How many, by look or gesture or dress, sadden the Angels who surround the Altar. Nowhere are more cruel affronts heaped upon Christ than in this Divine Mystery of the Holy Altar. Though these things are most grievous to His Sacred Heart, they are much less grievous and painful, than those who simply deny Him and blaspheme Him by receiving Holy Communion sacrilegiously. They approach Him while they possess the devil within themselves and cast Him, their God, at the feet of Satan who sits enthroned in their heart. What great consolation our sacrifices make to repair the Honor of God, so injured in many unworthy ways. The chief end of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is to atone, so far as possible, for the insults which His Heart receives in the Most Blessed Sacrament of His Love. If we are true disciples of Christ, we must burn with zeal for His glory.

Let us pray for those who wound His Heart. While we patiently await their return, endeavor to do everything possible to show Him honor and love in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. What more could His Heart have done to obtain for us solace in our pilgrimage upon earth and the abundance of all things good! May God forgive us the evils we have done, forget the insults we have offered to His Sacred Heart, and grant us purity of life, that we may repair the past! May He give us fervor of affections that we may return His Love, and persevering fidelity that we might delight His Most Sacred Heart!

Our humble and modest reparation to the Most Holy Eucharist will bring peace to the whole world; its expiatory value is Universal and Eternal!

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,We have just received your very generous donation, truly a gift from your heart! No words can express the life and hope your sacrifice gives to those needy souls in mission countries who are poor, sick, persecuted and dying. Their hearts are lifted to Heaven. The visible sky and earth where we live is no more than a passage, a mobile tent pitched for the day, in anticipation of the Hour we will be called from bondage and corruption, and enter into the glory and freedom of the Children of God. Your love makes this Truth a reality for them and instills in their souls a strong Hope, firm Faith and ardent Charity. May God reward you eternally!

We are told by Christ that our lives will be a series of tears, sufferings and of bearing the cross, while the rest of the world will rejoice and make merry. Of course, everyone will have troubles and sorrow, but the life of a good Christian is entirely different from other people; he must make up his mind to suffer and weep in this life, for his tears will earn for him joy and pleasure which are unlimited in extent and duration in the life to come.

From the moment we are numbered among the Children of God, we must take up our cross and never lay it down until the moment of our death. Leave the pleasures and amusements of this life to the children of the world. In our sufferings and persecutions, we will find the greatest means to atone for our sins and the sins of others. In these sufferings, our holy religion offers us consolation and grace that we might not give way to despair. As we travel from house to house, we see planted in each one the Cross of Christ. Some will suffer from the loss of earthly possessions, injustice, sickness or the sorrow of the loss of a loved one. If we feel our pain unbearable and we grumble and complain, we lose all the merit that is contained in the crucible of the cross. Our want of confidence in God, makes us so very unhappy. How unfortunate and full of despair is the life of him who forgets for what purpose God has sent him a cross to bear!

Let us look up to Heaven, withdraw our hearts from the mire of this life, lift up our eyes and see Our Good Father, Who holds ready for us a glorious mansion in His eternal Kingdom of Paradise!

God chastises only to heal;

He sends us suffering only to crown us with Everlasting Glory!

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

Let us pray for one another.


FR. MATEO ON THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS (continued)

THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF THE CHALICE

Now, let us ponder the saving mission of the Chalice, the Chalice of Salvation, which is offered for the redemption of many. Our souls have been redeemed at a great price. In the Eyes of the Father, we have cost the torrent shed on the Cross, the last drop of the Savior’s Blood: “Thou has redeemed us to God in Thy Blood.” (Apoc.5:9)

The redeeming Blood shed on Calvary is the Precious Blood in the Chalice of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Mass is the same redeeming wonder of Holy Thursday crowned by the miracle of Good Friday. Holy Mass embraces the drama of the cenacle and the divine tragedy of Calvary: The mystical immolation of Holy Thursday and the bloody sacrifice of Good Friday! But the celebrant and faithful can and should realize another marvel which is required of the priest in the Holy Sacrifice, and by those who offer the Divine Victim with him. This moral miracle consists in fulfilling and imitating the “total surrender of Christ to His Father” by a like surrender on their part to the Will of the Father. “Father, into Thy hands, I commend my spirit.” (Luke 23:46).

To surrender ourselves in this way is to die daily to ourselves, by a slow immolation of abandonment to the Father, to His Will, for His Glory, in union with the surrender of Christ on the Cross and on the Altar. This self-surrender on our part would perfect and crown the sacrifice with Jesus Christ, and like Jesus Christ, as “offerers” who give themselves up and as “victims” who immolate themselves.

There you have the complete celebration of Holy Mass. In effect, we add to the thrice-holy liturgical rite, the total and voluntary gift of ourselves to the Father, through Christ the High Priest, with Christ the Mediator and in Christ the Victim. This complete and integral celebration goes beyond the period of a half hour and extends through the whole day, permeating our very life. As a matter of fact, before, during and after the liturgical celebration of the Altar, we must offer ourselves with a tremendous love and generosity, unceasingly and unreservedly to the Father who has delivered His Son out of love, and to the Word, who out of love for the Father and for us has become a victim! Two Victims in one and the same immolation!

Priests and faithful alike should be firmly convinced that the sacramental rite, divine though it is, will not give us, of itself and with no activity on our part, that spiritual participation in the death of Christ which we assuredly will obtain by our self-surrender and our moral death. If we allow the Lord to offer Himself alone without giving ourselves with Him, we greatly detract from the accidental and exterior glory of the Father, and lose for ourselves an immense treasure that has been laid up for us.

Here, we can apply the axiom which says that while sanctity pre-supposes the prevenient love which we receive freely, in practice it consists in the generous love we give in return. To deliver oneself through Jesus Christ is, then, a greater love of sanctity than the mere acceptance of His gifts. Whoever sets about a life of full and complete submission to the will of God, particularly when it involves a crucifixion after the fashion of Gethsemane and Calvary, is a wise lover who knows how to surrender himself with complete abandon.

When a priest mounts the Altar with these sentiments, he offers the Holy Sacrifice completely, for he is actually living it. Similarly, when a fervent Catholic goes to the Altar rail filled with this spirit, He assimilates the grace of his own sanctification. The thoroughly Christian life is a living Mass!

Here is a great source of consolation for the many souls who sorrow as they yearn for the conversion of someone dear to them. And there are many Christian families with prodigals and publicans. The Christian wife, the model mother, the pious daughter, endure a noble and holy anguish at the sight of a husband, son or father, who being far from God, is nothing but a moral corpse. He works hard to earn money and enjoys life to the full, but he totters on the brink of hell. Death draws near, like a thief in the night, to take him by surprise. His spiritual accounts are far from being balanced!

How many holy souls, fervent religious, zealous priests, go through this same torment at the sight of souls in such danger! What can be done? What secret of mercy will bring about a moral resurrection which is harder to accomplish than the resurrection of Lazarus? To convert an ungrateful and hardened sinner is a greater feat than raising the dead. Can it be done at all?

Yes! With the merciful omnipotence of the Holy Sacrifice! In the balance of justice and mercy, one Mass weighs more than all the good works of the saints put together. We should indeed follow the example of the saints and perform good works, penances, almsgivings and prayers. But to give a miraculous efficacy to these good works let us put them as so many drops of water into the Precious Blood of the Chalice.


Hello Patti,Greetings in the name of Christ! Thank you for the wonderful power pack that I received. The box arrived safely.

On the 1st of June, we had our St. Philomena meeting. I am spreading the devotion of the Living Rosary and, yes, the Wonder Worker, St. Philomena, is doing a lot of miracles. I am sending you photos of the St. Philomena youth group in my parish after Mass. Please ignore the dates are not correct.

The number of enrollments has gone up from 50 to 100 especially the youths. We have our prayer meetings and workshops of the St. Philomena group here in our Kavieng Parish. Please send me the Newsletters, Sacramentals, St. Philomena cord and oil, prayer cards and literatures for my parish for the youth, women and men Catholic Ministry as well as for the Lemakot Parish who has two communities. From my heart, thank you!

Beverly
Kavieng Parish
New Ireland Province
PAPUA NEW GUINEA


This child is over two years. She has neither crawled nor walked. She just sits on one side. Her mother asked for the blessed oil of Saint Philomena and has been using it on her child for two months. By the help of God, as you can see, now she has started moving. Her mother is very grateful to God and Saint Philomena. She has added the name “Philomena” to her baby’s name. < Julianna – Sierra Leone, Africa >Glory and love to the Immaculate. May Saint Philomena be known to all the poor, so they can receive her powerful, tender help! Saint Philomena found me a little house to rent and cured my shingles. Please accept this check for a Holy Mass stipend wherever most needed, especially offered by the beautiful Priest in the Ukraine.
< Kathleen – OH, USA >

I am a long-time member of the Universal Living Rosary Association. I wish to report a favor received from Ven. Pauline-Marie Jaricot. I prayed to her for a clean bill of health for my daughter whom the doctors suspected may have a return of breast cancer. Following her tests, she was advised that there was no sign of return of her cancer. Thank you, Ven. Pauline Marie Jaricot, Patroness of Souls in Distress!
< Julie, NV – USA >

I wish to share this interesting miracle on the Brown Scapular: Miracles Do Happen

At StPetersList.com, a story was told by a priest in California who arrived at a BBQ with friends for a Youth Adult Ministry Home Mass, when his phone rang and everything changed. He had to drive about 10 miles to a hospital where there was an emergency call. “I drove quickly, thinking that the nurse in charge of the ER, Anne, would be waiting for me. I knew her and her husband and children from the parish. When I walked in, I could see paramedics at the foot of the only occupied gurney there, so I hurried and walked in. “Sorry, Fr. John, you’re too late. He’s gone,” Anne said. She had a lot of compassion, but also understood that I’d come as fast as I could. They were removing wires from an older man.

I noticed that he was wearing a Brown Scapular, one of the old cloth ones. I reached and said, “He’s wearing an old-fashioned Scapular.” When I touched it, there was a beep from a monitor, then another. The nurse, Anne, said, “What did you do?” I said, “Nothing!” She and another nurse jumped to work, reconnecting wires and calling for help. The paramedics stood with their jaws dropped. The patient opened his eyes and said (in an Irish accent), “Oh, good Father! I’ve been waiting for you. I want to go to Confession.”

I nearly fell over. I’d done nothing but seen and touched his Scapular. The next thing I knew, they were working on him. He didn’t get to go to Confession, but I gave him an emergency absolution as they worked. One of the paramedics asked if I was OK and sat me in a chair. A couple of weeks later, the man came to me for Confession and told me that the doctor couldn’t figure out what happened and had to tear up the Death Certificate he’d already started to fill out. The paramedics had come to see him in the hospital and shown him their notes. At the bottom of the page, they’d written the time and place of his death and then in big bold letters had added, “BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE BY GOD.”
< Mary, NY – USA >

Dearest Precious Friend Patti,

Thank you for the beautiful expedition dated June 6, 2014. The materials are so much welcome that you cannot imagine. Thank you for your wonderful prayers which were listened by Jesus and I had a BIG surprise. I read some short leaflets from you to my sick husband, Nick. He was very interested. I anointed him with the St. Philomena Oil because I was sure he can no more live until that morning. But in morning, Nick who did not walk for more than a month, told me, “I wish to go out! Call the doctor to tell her that I want to continue the treatment.” I was totally devastated thinking that I cannot carry him even from the room of our apartment to the taxi. I did not say anything to Nick. I just told to Jesus: “If You, dear Jesus, wish to give more time to Nick to be better prepared for his last confession, You know what to do. I just accept anything You decide and I am ready for anything.”

To my great surprise, Nick washed himself, shaved, asked for clothes and dressed himself and, then, he himself called a taxi. It is incredible! I was really shocked. Even on the stairs, it was not necessary to help him because he used the support of the stair-railing. From here, we have a distance and another 5 steps of stair and we are in the little street where it is impossible for the taxi to come in. So, I offered my arm to Nick and he accepted. He was trembling because of Parkinson and he does not take any treatment for this disease. We directed the taxi driver to the Oncology Clinic.

Nick was investigated. Some analysis was re-analyzed and the doctor was surprised to see a better result than the last month. Incredible!!! She decided to give him another whole week of cytostatic perfusions. (In fact, he was abandoned the last month.

I was permanently with him and I waited hours for the cytostatic treatment to be completed. After a week of treatment, today, Nick wanted to go to town with me to do the grocery. You cannot believe what happened to us! Even me, I think it is not possible but it is a reality! God has given Nick more time and we are very HAPPY for this miracle. Thank You, Lord! Thank you, St. Philomena! Thank you, Patti and all the ULRA members. You are all the hands of GOD. Now, I can understand better, the many precious leaflets you sent to us!

Nick and me, we thank you very much, dear Patti, for your effort in letting us know that we are not alone. YES! Jesus was here all time, exactly as you had written to me. It is true! Thank you for your love and all your attention for us. God reward you abundantly! Nick is very grateful to you!

About the leaflet, DO YOU KNOW, I can say that it is absolutely a great help, because people in this terrible life with so many difficulties, sometimes forget about this very important question. This short and concise leaflet is exactly what is needed in every home. Congratulations for all materials and for all you sent: Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, holy oil, etc. are all welcome as usually. God bless you! We continue to offer all our sufferings to Jesus for the ULRA and I will try to do all I can for this wonderful Living Rosary Family of sisters and brothers! Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!
< Monica Opris – ROMANIA >

I have some good news for a change. I have been blessed by this miracle. My mother-in-law regained her faith and was blessed with the Sacrament of Unction twice before she died on March 8, 2014, after a lengthy illness and many prayers.
< Mary, FL – USA >


Share Your Gift of Faith

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

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

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

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

Please Click here to Share Your Gift of Faith


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

FR. MATEO ON THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS (continued)

“HE DELIVERED HIMSELF FOR US.”

There is a scriptural passage which vividly describes the unity among the Mysteries of the Incarnation, the Redemption and the Mass: “He delivered Himself.” (Eph. 5:2). Let us consider its doctrinal import.

The Word of God, for the glory of His Father and the redemption of sinful men, delivered Himself up to death, to the death of the Cross and, in addition, to the immolation of the Divine Eucharist throughout the centuries. He is, then, the Victim of love for the expiation of our crimes and transgressions. At the Altar, He is the holocaust of expiation and propitiation, appeasing the wrath of the Father. His Heart vanquishes this wrath and keeps it captive forever.

During Mass, there is a transcendent and peculiarly priestly action the Consecration. When the priest performs this act, he partakes of the Priesthood of Christ, invested as he is with a unique power conferred by the commandment given by Jesus Christ Himself on Holy Thursday.

As He came into the world, Our Lord said, “Father, behold I come to do Thy Will, by dying a cruel and ignominious death.” This is the Innocent One, the Just, the Holy One who is speaking! That we might be less unworthy of celebrating with such a High Priest, and that we might participate more intimately in His Eucharistic Sacrifice, it is necessary that we know how to deny ourselves. It is thus that we adhere in spirit and truth to the Victim of the Cross and altar. We must never forget that it is in this daily dying to ourselves, in this abandonment of our will to the wisdom and love of the Father, that the most genuine and sublime celebration of the Holy Sacrifice consists.

In order truly to communicate with His Body and Blood, one should communicate in His Life and Death. He continually offers Himself. As it is for Him, so it should be for us in celebrating Mass with Him, an unreserved self-surrender. You cannot separate the Victim from the celebrant and keep the integrity of the Mass, for the celebrant must be like Jesus Christ, a victim. Let us not be deceived. Only a love as strong as death gives us a solution of this sublime Mystery. Only the heroes of love know how to die in this way, for they alone know the meaning of self-surrender. They alone, with complete understanding, desire to reproduce in themselves the “He delivered Himself” of Christ, His total surrender on the Altar.


Dear Sister Patti,

On my recent mission, I had a very tiring journey. The train was late and we reached Faisalabad at 1 a.m. At about 8 a.m., the train stopped at a small station and it was announced that the coach in which I was sitting had caught fire. We had to evacuate and I could hardly pull my bag out. The damaged car was removed and passengers had to find room in other coaches. For the next 38 miles, we had to travel standing. Then, we were given only seats and not the berths we had paid for. From Rohri to Karachi, I had to travel sitting still. It was very hot with bad condition of seats and I developed boils on my back. We reached Karachi at 8:30 p.m. on the 14th.

Thanks be to God, Fr. Ghulfam sent his driver to pick me up. There is not much room in the parish so I had to be in Fr. Ghulfam’s room in the same bed. We visited St. Michael Church, Catholic Church in Karachi and St Joseph Church. On the 11th, I visited the La Salette School. I have sent the pictures to share with you.

Afzaal – The Living Rosary – Pakistan


Dearest Patti Melvin,Happy Trinity Sunday! May the Most Blessed Holy Trinity bless and empower you and all your collaborators in all your endeavors as you strive to spread the Catholic Faith!

With heartfelt gratitude, I acknowledge the wonderful packet mailed on 6th May, which arrived on the eve of Pentecost. Thank you immensely for this gift of spiritual materials that came to us flooded with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit! May you and your Team be rewarded!

Thank you for the Dedicated Decades (which has my picture and the Christians of Shey, Cameroon), Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Sheltering The Divine Outcast, Miraculous Medals, Rosaries, Scapulars, St. Philomena Cord and Oils and Wrist Cords, Agnus Dei, and leaflets on Pray the Rosary Daily in French, Pauline Marie Jaricot, To Jesus through Mary, The Holy Sacrifice of Mass, Mary’s Miraculous Medals, The Future of the Church, Lukewarm Catholics and other wonderful pamphlets etc. We are most grateful to God for you, dearest Patti Melvin, for feeding us always spiritually. Yes, I also thought so, that so much evil in the world is as a result of the lukewarmness of some of us, Catholics. We, Catholics, can change the world to be heaven on earth if we were all serving the Lord zealously in Faith. We keep praying that we may cooperate with the Grace of God to work greater things in us and through us for His great Glory.

Please find attached some photos of the Children of Mary and St. Philomena’s Prayer Group taken during their dedication with Sr. Bernadette in Repaccol Nkar, Cameroon. They are very happy and grateful for the spiritual materials they get from you always for their spiritual growth. I am preparing seriously now for the pilgrimage. The day of departure is the 28th of June. Kindly pray for us. I hope to write again and to send you the registration forms before I leave. Thank you very, very much! We are united in prayers. God bless you all!

< Sr. Mary Florence Angwe, St. Joseph’s Convent Shisong, CAMEROON – WEST AFRICA >


Share Your Gift of Faith

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

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

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

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

Please Click here to Share Your Gift of Faith


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you for your very generous donation which comes at a most critical time. We are helping our suffering members in Nigeria and Sudan. It is unbelievable the loss of life and suffering they undergo every day. Their lives are surrounded with fear, poverty and death. Your donation enables us to send them the powerful and precious Sacramentals of Our Blessed Mother. Her grace is imparted, hope fills their hearts and joy enters their lives. They are keeping you and your family every day in prayer.

The Family is the basic unit of society and the Catholic Family is the backbone of the Nation and the cornerstone of the Church. It is in the Catholic Church that the family finds its support and safeguard. The Church teaches the sacredness of the family, the indissolubility of marriage and the sanctity of matrimony as an institution ordained by God, a religious contract and a Holy Sacrament. The family is the nursery of Christendom which fills the earth with true believers, one day to complete the number of elect in Heaven. The Sacrament of Matrimony imparts to the couple supernatural graces which no other contract does. Marriage is of the greatest importance to the whole human race. Married couples have many weighty duties and burdens and need the special graces of the Sacrament. The profanation and desecration of marriage by divorce and the moral decay of society are the evils of our present day. The family members
must maintain in their home the three conditions of peace: faith in the merciful providence of God, peace with God and hope of Heaven. They must believe in the Providence, Wisdom and Love of God. Even if they must suffer, peace remains in their soul. The bitterest sorrows of life are passing, while the joys of Heaven last forever. What great joy it is for a parent to have faithful sons and daughters who will not forget them after death, but will pray for the parents and sanctify themselves, so that they will one day follow the parents to Heaven!

Let us be keenly aware of the need to set a good example for our children and for the whole world. Good example is the best teacher. At times, prayer may be the only recourse that can be employed to save a child. Family prayer is most powerful! A family that prays together is a strong fortress against the hostile efforts of Satan which seek to destroy the family. We must pray fervently, regularly and with great confidence!

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

Let us pray for one another!



BERNARDITA – Escondida, Sencilla y Silenciosa!

Una de las apariciones más importantes de N. Santísima Madre en el Siglo XIX fue en Lourdes. Allí fue donde Ntra. Señora le dijo a Bernardita quien era, “Soy la Inmaculada Concepción.”

Bernardita era una niña ignorante, enfermiza: humilde, pobre y piadosa. Ntra. Señora le dijo que no la haría feliz en este mundo, sino en el siguiente. La Madre de Dios le pidió a Bernardita “¡PENITENCIA! ¡PENITENCIA!” Más allá de esto muy poquito está registrado.

Un bello libro nos fue enviado desde Lyon, Francia. Aquí encon- tramos el secreto real de Lourdes. Bernardita se encontraba siempre rezando su Rosario, el instrumento de su piedad, gracia, misión, santidad personal y apostolado.

Todo tomó su significado en la Señal de la Cruz, el Padre Nuestro, Ave María y Gloria al Padre repetidos incansablemente. Bernardita no iba a la escuela, no sabía leer. Su Rosario se convirtió en su misal y Evangelio. En el Rosario tenía todo lo que necesitaba para su tarea; llevaba dentro de sí todo el Cielo y la tierra con su Rosario. N. Sra. le enseñó a Bernardita la Señal de la Cruz con la que comienza todo Rosario. Tan bella, tan expresiva de su alma era su Señal de la Cruz que se convertiría en el sello distintivo de su vocación personal. La Madre de Dios le enseñó la belleza de la Divina Gracia y el horror del pecado.

Bernardita había sido llamada a una vida de penitencia, oración y amor y se le había dado el cargo de trans-mitirla al mundo. Ella haría esto con su Rosario en la mano. Solo hay un fin para las almas, pequeñas o grandes, Jesús y Jesús Crucificado; sin embargo, mientras que Él es el fin, Él es también el Camino. Bernardita fue llevada al más maravilloso de todos los mundos, el mundo de la Gracia – nuestra Divina Adopción por el Padre de Jesucristo, nuestra incorporación con Cristo por el Bautismo, la morada de la S. Trinidad dentro de nosotros, el crecimiento de la Vida Divina en nuestras almas por la oración y los Sacramentos; una transformación total de nosotros mismos según nos transformamos en los hijos de Dios.

La Virgen María está escondida, sencilla y silenciosa pero llena de gracia. ¡Ave a Ella como la Corredentora de la Raza Humana! Bernardita es hecha una confi-dente y ayudante, un instrumento de la ternura maternal de María y del Poder misericordioso de Su Hijo, para restaurar el mundo en Cristo por un nuevo y maravilloso derramamiento de Gracia Redentora. Bernardita deseó probar su amor por Jesús aceptando todo lo que le agradara a Él mandarle. En Septiembre 8 de 1858, Bernardita fue recibida como una Hija de María en Lourdes. Esta consagración la hizo profundamente feliz. Aún después de entrar al convento, le fue dado permiso de permanecer una Hija de María hasta la muerte.

Al entrar a su refugio en San Gildard, María fue la que la guió a Jesús. Ella escribió, “Déjame comenzar aquí en la tierra en unión contigo, a glorificar a Dios por el constante homenaje de perfecta sumisión … ¡Sí Jesús, Sí, en todo y en toda circunstancia, Sí!” Bernardita entró al convento en Nevers para esconderse. El obispo mismo inauguró una campaña desde el primer día de su entrada como postulante, advirtiéndo a la Madre Gral. y a la Directora de Postulantes ser vigorozas en escudarla de la soberbia. Las dos se superaron a través de los años en humillarla, insultarla y rechazarla, y ser severas en su tratamiento. Ella fue torturada por el sufrimiento interior, sin embargo sufrió todos estos insultos con obediencia, silencio y amor para agradar a Jesús y retornar amor por cada humillación. El Rosario pasó incansablemente por sus dedos. Bernardita se dió a escribir sus efusiones espirituales de amor ardiente en letra pequeña en pedacitos de papel. Cuando no estaba enferma, pelaba verduras y llevaba bebidas calientes a las inválidas. Cuando no estaba trabajando en el dispensario, era sacristán. Pasó su vida con Dios y con los enfermos, en quienes también encontró a Dios.

Nuestra Señora triunfó perfectamente en esconder a su Bernardita. ¡Nevers había de ser para su hija privilegiada un Nazaret con su silencio! Fue para ella un Jerusalén, Getsemaní y Calvario. Al corazón de esta humildad, habría una unión transformante, reparación, participación en los sufrimientos de Jesús, intimidad con Su Corazón; habría ¡AMOR! La manera de amar de Bernardita no fue extraordinaria, sino sencilla, común y ordinaria. “¡Para mi vivir es Cristo!” El Nuevo Testamento y la Imitación de Cristo fueron sus libros favoritos. Hacía diario el Via Crucis y mantuvo esto durante sus doce años de vida religiosa. Lo hacía de rodillas en la capilla cuando estaba bien o cuando estaba enferma, lo hizo en su cama de enferma mirando a una simple estampa de la estación. “Ponte en el Huerto de Getsemaní o al pie de la Cruz, y está allí calladamente. Nuestro Señor te hablará, y tú le escucharás.” La Santa Misa y Comunión fueton el punto culminante de la vida de Sor Marie-Bernard; ser privada de ellos durante su enfermedad le costó más que todos sus sufrimientos. Bernardita permaneció atenta al más ligero llamado de gracia dentro de ella y temía descuidar cualquiera de las inspiraciones del Espíritu Santo.

A un sacerdote incrédulo, Santa Bernardita dijo simplemente:

“La tarea que Ntra. Señora me dió fue decirle a la gente el mensaje, no hacerlos creerlo.”

“Sí, Dios mío, SÍ … En todo y en toda circunstancia, ¡SÍ!”

A través de su vida, su pequeño Rosario se deslizó entre sus dedos durante sus largas vi-sitas a la capilla. Mientras estaba enferma decía el Rosario todo el día y durante las noches dolorosas y sin sueño. Su vida en Nevers fue una conti-nuación de Lourdes. “Jesús, mi Dios, te amo sobre todas las cosas.” Las palabras de Ntra. Señora a ella volvían una y otra vez. “Haz penitencia, reza, mortifícate y sufre por los pecadores.” Su vocación fue amor en toda su plenitud. Bernardita tuvo una gran obra dada directamente por Dios, y fue la única obra de su vida religiosa: ¡la obra de un alma víctima por la expiación del pecado y el Triunfo de la Santa Madre Iglesia!

“Obedecer es amar. Sufrir cualquier cosa de las creaturas, para agradar a Jesús, es amar. Sufrir todo en silencio para agradar a Jesús, es amar.”

¡Sor Marie-Bernard era un fuego! Era como un pedazo de madera que la llama envuelve y devora; desde el primer instante que la madera se vuelve fuego, se consume más y más. Al fin, es imposible distinguir el fuego de la madera – enseguida no hay nada sino fuego. ¡Tal fue el amor de Sor Marie-Bernard por Jesús! El crecimiento en santidad de Bernardita no proviene de luces interiores o conversión de corazón o intervenciones sobrenaturales, sino del amor y semejanza a y unión con Jesucristo. El Espíritu Santo estaba activo en ella y era el Don de su fortaleza, el fuego de su amor. “El que no está listo a sufrir todo por su Amado, y a hacer Su Santa Voluntad en todas las cosas, no es digno del dulce nombre de amigo. Aquí abajo, no puede haber verdadero amor sin sufrimiento.”

Sta. Bernardita siempre tuvo el hábito cuando escribía de poner las dos letras, “p.p.” antes de su nombre: “¡Reza por mí! ¡Reza por mi pobre alma! ¡Tengo gran necesidad de tus oraciones” Era un grito por oraciones para poder soportar sus sufrimientos interiores y martirio del corazón. Anhelaba la Cruz y el Calvario, pero la meta de su amor era el Cielo y la unión que encuentra su consumación en la visión de Dios cara a Cara. Pongámonos en el Corazón de María y permanescamos allí. ¡Allí es donde encontraremos nuestro Hogar en la Tierra!

Bernardita vivió en sufrimiento perpetuo. El Papa Pío IX le mandó un Crucifijo a Bernardita. Ella escribió, “Con mi Crucifijo, soy más feliz en mi cama que una reina en su trono” Este Crucifijo y su Rosario fueron sus últimas posesiones en la tierra. Su agonía duraría 20 días.

“No pido consuelo, ¡sino fortaleza y paciencia!”

Ser un cristiano significa ser un amante y un pacificador. Primero que todo, debemos estar en paz con nosotros mismos estando unidos con la Divina voluntad de Dios y, enseguida, debemos tener suficiente sabiduría y humildad para llevar paz a las vidas de otros. Bernardita hizo esto de una manera singular a través de sus sufrimientos. En un mundo donde el placer es el bien más alto y el sufrimiento el mayor mal, puede parecer irracional llamar benditos a los que sufren adversidad y persecución. Pero, no hay medida terrenal del amor del hombre por Cristo excepto la cruz llevada alegremente. Todos nosotros debemos de sufrir pruebas ineludibles, separaciones, enfermedades y rechazo, tentación de la carne y la burla del mundo anticristiano en el que vivimos. Como Bernardita, llevemos estas pruebas con amor y fortaleza alegre. Vivimos para un propósito: ¡hacernos santos! Bernardita nos enseña el misterio de santidad. Lo que importa es nuestro amor de Dios de todo corazón. El mundo está lleno de sufrimiento, pero no de santos. Dolor, intenso dolor, sin amor es estéril. Si solo pudiéramos amar bastante y abrazar con amor todo el dolor y sufrimiento que Dios nos manda, nosotros también, podríamos ser santos. El amor da nobleza al sacrificio voluntario, vuelve la obediencia en una expresión de generosa abnegación; toca el más pequeño y más trivial regalo, envuelto en papel barato y oropel, en una cosa de belleza eterna. Si permitimos que el amor penetre todo lo que hacemos y somos, entonces nada de lo que nos pase será sin significado eterno. Si amamos a Dios y nos amamos uno a otro, entonces todo lo que hacemos será en dulce conformidad con la Divina Voluntad. A través de la santificación de nuestras familias, podemos alcanzar con el abrazo de Cristo a toda la raza humana.

Sobre esta realidad Bernardita vivió su vida entera. Como Bernardita, hemos sido enviados a este mundo no para condenar su mal sino para corregir el mal, no para gritar impuro sino para lavarlo limpio, no para maldecir sino para salvar. Cristo vino a este mundo no para llamar a los justos, sino a los pecadores. No es de nuestra incumbencia probar que estamos en lo correcto; nuestra incumbencia es predicar a Cristo y Él Crucificado, dejar a la Verdad conquistar por su propio derecho. No necesitamos reprobar el error de los fámulos, sino prodigarles el Pan de la Vida, el Amor mismo del Corazón de Dios. Ellos, entonces, serás alimentados hacia la vida perdurable. Nadie creerá lo que decimos, a menos que seamos amorosos y pacientes con ellos. ¡SOLO EL AMOR IMPORTA! Cristo falla en la medida que fallamos en ser como Cristo. En todo lo que ella dijo e hizo, Bernardita exhaló este amor a todos.

Como Jesús en la Cruz, ella extendió sus brazos y dijo, “Tengo sed.” Una hermana le dió algo de beber. Y, por última vez, hizo la bella Señal de la Cruz que Nuestra Señora le enseñó: la Señal de la Cruz del Rosario. Inclinando la cabeza le entregó su alma a Dios a quien amó tan tiernamente aquí abajo. ¡El Amor fue cumplidó! ¡Gloria al Padre, y al Hijo, y al Espíritu Santo!

El pecado es el único mal real en el mundo y debe ser evitado y reparado. ¡Cuando rezamos el Rosario, caminamos en la luz! Dios te Salve María, llena eres de gracia … ¡ruega por nosotros los pecadores! Dios es sencillo y, para entrar en intimidad con Dios, el alma debe recobrar esta sncilléz. ¡La Inmaculada Concepción: ¡Qué silencio! ¡Qué humildad! ¡Qué gran Misterio escondido en Dios!

En Lourdes, Nuestra Señora nos reveló a través de Bernardita, que Dios ha obrado en Ella, todos los Misterios de nuestra Fe y toda la esperanza del mundo:

“¡Yo soy la Inmaculada Concepción!”

Respondamos hasta el fin del tiempo:

“Dios Te Salve, María, Llena Eres De Gracia…”

Nuestra Señora de Lourdes, Reina del Rosario,
Inflama nuestros corazones con el amor de Reparación.

“La Eucaristía baña el alma atormentada en luz y amor. Entonces, el alma aprecia estas palabras:

Venid todos los que estáis enfermos, yo restauraré vuestra salud.”

“¡TODAS NUESTRAS MISERIAS VIENEN POR NO AMAR A LA CRUZ!”

Oh Inmaculado Corazón de María, Reina del Santísimo Rosario, enséñadnos a amar esas cuentitas. En toda prueba, tribulación y pena, han sido causa de consuelo para todos los que en vos confían. Somos felices con la posesión de nuestros Rosarios. Que vuestro Rosario, O Inmaculado Corazón de María, nos fortalezca siempre en nuestras flaquezas, sea nuestra paz en tiempo de aflicción, consuelo en toda duda, valor en la tentación, y una fuente de consuelo en todos nuestros días en la tierra! ¡Que sea una fuerte influencia en nosotros en el éxito y en el fracaso! ¡En todo, que vivamos en unión apacible con vos por la oración del Rosario! Amén.

“¡Por favor Padre, Rece por la Conversión de mi Ser Querido!
¡Rece porque mis Hijos retornen a los Sacramentos!
¡Rece porque nuestros Nietecitos sean Bautizados!”

Progreso es la máxima de nuestros tiempos modernos. Progreso debe ser igualmente la máxima de nuestro avance espiritual: progreso en hacer uso de los medios de Salvación que Dios nos ha dado para estos tiempos peligrosos. Nuestras familias están plagadas de oportunidades para pecar, que son innumerables y divisivas. Peligros que son increíblemente amenazadores, atractivos y seductores, nos rodean por todos lados. No podemos vencerlos por nuestra propia fuerza. Sin la ayuda de Dios, nos ahogaremos en el lodazal. Brujería y Satanismo abundan, drogas y alcohol, pornografía y desnudez han hallado su camino a nuestras escuelas y hogares.

Hemos sido engañados por el diablo. Poniendo nuestras esperanzas en comodidades materiales, posesiones y seguridad futura, hemos perdido a la familia, la fe y la beatitud eterna. ¿Cómo podemos apelar mejor a los Corazones de Jesús y de María? ¿Cómo podemos obtener la salvación de nuestras familias? ¿Cómo podemos ayudar a los que han perdido la fe y se han abandonado a este vacío de codicia, soberbia y odio?

Nuestra Señora de Fátima vino a traer paz al mundo. El fundamento de la Paz es la posesión de la Gracia. El hombre debe cesar de ofender a Dios. La Gracia Santificadora es la Vida de Dios Mismo impartida al alma, por la cual el hombre es elevado al nivel sobrenatural y se convierte en amigo e hijo de Dios, y un heredero del Cielo. La presencia o ausencia de Gracia Santificadora en nuestras almas, al momento de la muerte, decidirá nuestra salvación o condenación eterna. Por el Sacramento de Confesión, todo es ganado y salvado y el pecador arrepentido es restaurado a la amistad de Dios. Lavado en la Preciosa Sangre del Cordero de Dios, él recibe la fuente de vida, la medicina de salvación, la fuente de curación y el principio de todo lo que es bueno. No hay medio más eficaz de protección contra los peligros de tentaciones que acosan a las familias que la unión frecuente con Nuestro Señor en la Sagrada Comunión.

Engañados por falsos maestros, muchos han abandonado la Fe, Amor y Esperanza de Cristo. Debemos de volver a Dios por quien somos amados tanto. Cuando el hombre restaure a Dios en el templo de su alma, María recompensará al mundo con paz perdurable.

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FR. MATEO ON THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS (continued)

EUCHARISTIC COMMUNION AND ITS SUPREME END

Take another morsel now of that which is flavoured with the Blood of the Lamb! Next consider Holy Communion, which according to theology and liturgy is the consummation of the work of Jesus, that is, the mystical completion of the Sacrifice: its end and its crown. As we have mentioned above, the Mass is not complete without the Communion of the celebrant; but according to the rules of the liturgy and the nature of Sacrifice, there can be no Communion without a Mass.

What can we say, theologically, is the supreme end of Eucharistic Communion? What should be our strongest wish, our great ideal, when we receive Jesus in the Host?

Without question, the supreme end of Holy Communion is essentially connected with that of the Holy Sacrifice, namely the glorification of the Blessed Trinity! This is evident when we consider the fact that Communion is essentially of the same nature as the sacrifice: liturgically the sacrifice is a banquet, of which Communion is an integral part.

Holy Communion, then, should be received with the same motives with which we offer the Holy Sacrifice, that is, to give glory and praise to the Blessed Trinity. In effect, Holy Communion finishes what the sacrifice has begun, that is why the supreme end of both is the same: Glory to the Father, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Therefore, according to this beautiful doctrine, when the celebrant consecrates a large ciborium with five hundred hosts, it means that five hundred happy communicants wish to give the same glory to the Trinity at the altar rail that the celebrant gives at the altar. So, Sacrifice and Sacrament are identically the same hymn of divine praise, same hymn of glory to God!

Here, we must add that Holy Communion has another purpose, and one which concerns us all personally. According to the formal teaching of Christ, Holy Communion is by divine institution a heavenly food. The author of grace Himself is given and Jesus the Victim then becomes the food of our souls in Holy Communion.

The “Manna” of the Altar, the Bread of Angels, is then a masterpiece of our Saviour’s Love, in which we obtain a food which is the source of life and strength for us mortal wanderers in our exile. We go to Holy Communion to obtain supernatural life and to get it more abundantly. We go to Communion to sanctify ourselves through sacramental union with the Holy of Holies.

Holy Communion is a sacred duty. Our Saviour declared, “Except you eat the flesh of the Son of Man. and drink His Blood, you shall not have life in you.” (Jn. 6:54). When the priest distributes Holy Communion, he says, “May the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ keep your soul until eternal life.” In truth, a fervent communicant may say with St. Paul, “For to me, to live is Christ.” (Phil. 1: 21)

To this end, it will be observed that the communicant who appreciates the scale of spiritual values will know from that how to increase grace and merit for himself. In other words, whoever makes the intention when receiving Holy Communion, primarily to give glory to the Blessed Trinity, will discover that this good disposition will cause him to be spiritually nourished with a hundredfold increase of graces. It is quite certain that whoever gives first place to the honour due to the Trinity, not only loses nothing, but has his treasures multiplied and made marvelously efficacious.

For example, suppose that a king were to invite two men to a banquet. One of those invited goes principally to enjoy the meat and drink of the royal table, while the other intends first of all to pay honour to his host who has honoured him with the invitation, that is, he goes to pay respect to his king and to show his loyalty. Such intentions do not prevent him from enjoying the banquet as thoroughly as the first, but his enjoyment has more dignity and is more admirable.

Lovely as it is, like all other comparisons this comparison must fall short. In the case of Holy Communion, the king who issues the invitations, and the banquet, are one and the same! Therefore in receiving Holy Communion, we should seek first of all to give glory to the Blessed Trinity and then seek our own spiritual profit, uniting both ends with our faith and love.

Finally, when a servant of God, pursuing his own personal profit, gives to the Lord the first part of his attention, he is certain to receive the rest with the Kingdom of God and its justice, and to receive it more abundantly. He has found the philosopher’s stone; the secret of turning good alloy into perfect gold.

In conclusion, Holy Communion is essentially a sacrificial banquet which holds itself to the Sacrifice as a part to the whole. The Sacrifice requires the consummation which is the Holy Communion of the celebrant. Therefore, it is most suitable for the faithful to receive Holy Communion during Mass, although it is not absolutely necessary.

For a long time the question had been mooted whether or not it was necessary for the faithful to receive Communion during Mass in order that they might participate in the Sacrifice. His Holiness Pope Pius XII ended this discussion in his Encyclical on the Liturgy, Mediator Dei: “There may be a reason,” he says, “and that not infrequently, why Holy Communion should be distributed before or after Mass… in these circumstances… the people duly take part in the Eucharistic Sacrifice. Still, though the Church with the kind heart of a mother strives to meet the spiritual needs of Her children, they for their part should not readily neglect the directives of the liturgy, and as often as there is no reasonable difficulty should aim that all their actions at the Altar manifest more clearly the living unity of the Mystical Body.”


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Sunday, July 6th, 2014

BERNADETTE – HIDDEN, SIMPLE AND SILENT!

One of the most important apparitions of Our Blessed Mother in the 19th Century was at Lourdes. It was here that Our Lady told Bernadette who She was, “I am the Immaculate Conception.”

Bernadette was an ignorant, sickly child: humble, poor and prayerful. Our Lady told her that She would not make her happy in this world, but the next. The Mother of God asked Bernadette for “PENANCE! PENANCE!” Beyond this, little else seems to be recorded.

A beautiful book was sent to us from Lyon, France. Here, we found the real secret of Lourdes. Bernadette was found always praying her Rosary, the instrument of her piety, grace, mission, personal sanctity and apostleship.

Everything took its meaning from the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be to the Father, repeated untiringly. Bernadette did not attend often school, she could not read. Her Rosary became her missal and her Gospel. In the Rosary, she had all she needed for her task; she bore the whole of Heaven and earth within her, with her Rosary. Our Lady taught Bernadette to make the Sign of the Cross which begins every Rosary. So beautiful, so expressive of her soul was her Sign of the Cross that it would become the hallmark of her personal vocation. The Mother of God taught her the beauty of Divine Grace and the horror of sin.

Bernadette had been called to a life of penance, prayer and love which she had been charged to transmit to the world. This she would do with her Rosary in her hand. There is only one end for souls, little or great, Jesus and Jesus Crucified; yet, while He is the end, He is also the Way. Bernadette was brought into the most wonderful of all worlds, the world of Grace – our Divine Adoption by the Father in Jesus Christ, our incorporation with Christ by Baptism, the indwelling of the Blessed Trinity within us, the growth of the Divine Life in our souls through prayer and the Sacraments; a total transformation of ourselves as we become the sons of God.

The Virgin Mary is hidden, simple and silent but full of grace. Hail to Her as the Co-Redemptrix of the Human Race! Bernadette is made a confidante and a helper, an instrument of Mary’s motherly tenderness and Her Son’s merciful Power, to restore the world in Christ by a new and wonderful outpouring of Redemptive Grace. Bernadette wished to prove her love for Jesus by accepting all that it pleased Him to send her. On September 8, 1858, Bernadette was received as a Child of Mary at Lourdes. This consecration made her deeply happy. Even after entering the convent, she was given permission to remain a Child of Mary until death.

Upon entering her haven at St. Gildard, it was Mary who led her to Jesus. She wrote, “Let me begin here on earth in union with you, to glorify God by the constant homage of perfect submission … Yes Jesus, Yes, in everything and in every circumstance, Yes!” Bernadette entered the convent at Nevers to hide herself. The bishop himself inaugurated a campaign from her first day of entry as a postulant, cautioning the Mother General and Postulant Mistress to be vigorous in shielding her from pride. The two outdid themselves through the years to humiliate, rebuff and insult her, and to be severe in their treatment of her. She was tortured by interior suffering, yet she suffered all these insults with obedience, silence and love in order that she might please Jesus and return love for every humiliation. The Rosary passed tirelessly through her fingers. Bernadette took to writing down her spiritual outpourings of burning love, in tiny writing on bits and pieces of paper. When she was not sick, she would peel vegetables and carry a hot drink to the invalids. When she was not working in the infirmary, she was sacristan. She spent her life with God and with the sick in whom she also found God.

Our Lady succeeded perfectly in hiding her Bernadette. Nevers was to be for her privileged child a Nazareth with its silence! It was for her a Jerusalem, Gethsemane and Calvary. At the heart of this humility, there would be transforming union, reparation, participation in the sufferings of Jesus, intimacy with His Heart; there would be LOVE! Bernadette’s way of love was not extraordinary, but simple, common and ordinary. “For me to live is Christ!” The New Testament and the Imitation of Christ were her favorite books. She made daily the Way of the Cross and kept this up through the twelve years of her religious life. She made it in the chapel on her knees when she was well and when ill, she made it from her sick bed looking at a simple picture of the Station. “Place yourself in the Garden of Gethsemane or at the foot of the Cross, and stay there quietly. Our Lord will speak to you, and you will listen to Him.” The Holy Mass and Communion were the culminating point of Sister Marie-Bernard’s life; to be deprived of them during her illness cost her more than all her sufferings. Bernadette remained attentive to the slightest call of grace within her and feared to neglect any of the inspirations of the Holy Spirit.

All through life, her little Rosary slipped between her fingers during her long visits to the chapel. While she was ill she said the Rosary all day long and all through the painful and sleepless nights. Her life at Nevers was a continuation of Lourdes. “Jesus, my God, I love you above all things.” Our Lady’s words to her came back again and again, “Do penance, pray, mortify yourself and suffer for sinners.” Her vocation was love in all its fullness. Bernadette had one great work given to her directly by God, and it was the only work of her religious life: the work of a victim soul for the expiation of sin and the Triumph of Holy Mother the Church!

“To obey is to love. To suffer anything from creatures, in order to please Jesus, is to love.
To suffer everything in silence to please Jesus, is to love.”

Sister Marie-Bernard was a fire! She was like a piece of wood which the flame envelopes and devours; from the first instant the wood becomes fire, it becomes more and more consumed. In the end, it is impossible to distinguish the fire from the wood – then there is nothing but fire. Such was the love of Sister Marie-Bernard for Jesus! It is not from interior lights or conversion of heart or supernatural interventions that the growth in holiness of Bernadette stems, but from love and likeness to and union with Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost was active in her and was the Gift of her strength, the fire of her love. “He who is not ready to suffer everything for the Beloved, and to do His Holy Will in all things, is not worthy of the sweet name of friend. Here below, there can be no true love without suffering.”

“All our miseries come from not loving the Cross!”

Saint Bernadette always had the habit when writing to put the two letters, “p.p.” before her name: “Pray for me! Pray for my poor soul! I have great need of your prayers!” It was a cry for prayers that she might endure her interior sufferings and martyrdom of the heart. She longed for the Cross and Calvary, but the goal of her love was Heaven and the union which finds its consummation in the face to Face vision of God. Let us place ourselves in the Heart of Mary and remain there. Here it is, we will find our Home on Earth!!!

Bernadette lived in perpetual suffering. Pope Pius IX sent Bernadette a Crucifix. She writes, “With my Crucifix, I am happier in my bed than a queen upon her throne!” This Crucifix and her Rosary were her last possessions upon earth. Her death agony was to last 20 days.

“I do not ask for consolation, but for strength and patience!”

To be a Christian means to be a lover and a peacemaker. First of all, we must be at peace ourselves by being united with God’s Divine Will and, then, we must have enough wisdom and humility to bring peace into the lives of others. Bernadette did this in a singular way through her suffering. In a world in which pleasure is the highest good and suffering the greatest evil, it might seem insane to call those blessed who suffer adversity and persecution. But, there is no earthly measure of man’s love for Christ except the cross cheerfully borne. All of us must endure inescapable trials, separations, illness and rejection, the pull of the flesh and the ridicule of the anti-Christian world in which we live. Like Bernadette, let us carry these trials with love and cheerful fortitude. We live for one purpose: to become saints! Bernadette teaches us the mystery of sanctity. What matters is our whole hearted love of God. The world is filled with suffering, but not with saints. Pain, intense pain, without love is sterile. If only we could love enough and embrace with love all the pain and suffering God sends to us, we too, could be saints. Love gives nobility to voluntary sacrifice, turns obedience into an expression of generous self-giving; it touches the smallest and most trivial gift, wrapped in cheap paper and tinsel, into a thing of eternal beauty. If we allow love to penetrate everything we do and are, then nothing that happens to us will be without eternal significance. If we love God and love one another, then everything we do will be in sweet conformity with the Divine Will. Through the sanctification of our families, we can reach out with the embrace of Christ to the whole human race.

Upon this reality, Bernadette lived her entire life. Like Bernadette, we have been sent into this world not to condemn its wrongs but to make the wrong right, not to cry unclean but to wash clean, not to damn but to save. Christ came into this world not to call the just, but sinners. It is not our business to prove we are right; it is our business to preach Christ and Him Crucified, to let Truth conquer by its own right. We need not reprove the error of the starving, but lavish upon them the Bread of Life, the very Love of the Heart of God. They will, then, be nourished unto life everlasting. No one will believe what we say, unless we are loving and forbearing with them. LOVE ALONE MATTERS! Christ fails in the measure that we fail to be Christ-like. In all that she said and did, Bernadette breathed forth this love for everyone.

Like Jesus on the Cross, she stretched out her arms and said, “I thirst.” A Sister gave her something to drink. And, for the last time, she made the beautiful Sign of the Cross that Our Lady taught her: the Sign of the Cross of the Rosary. Bowing her head, she gently gave back her soul to God whom she so dearly loved here below. Love was fulfilled! Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost!

“The Eucharist bathes the tormented soul in light and love. Then, the soul appreciates these words:
Come all you who are sick, I will restore your health.”

Sin is the only real evil in the world and it must be avoided and repaired. When we pray the Rosary, we walk in the light! Hail Mary, full of grace … pray for us sinners! God is simple and, in order to enter into intimacy with God, the soul must regain this simplicity. The Immaculate Conception: What silence! What humility! What a great Mystery hidden in God!

At Lourdes, Our Lady revealed to us through Saint Bernadette, that God has worked in Her, all the Mysteries of our Faith and the whole hope of the world: “I am the Immaculate Conception!”

Let us reply to the end of time: “Hail Mary, Full of Grace …”

Oh Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, teach us to love those little beads. In every trial, tribulation and sorrow, they have been a source of comfort to all who trust in thee. We are happy in the possession of our Rosaries. May thy Rosary, O Immaculate Heart of Mary, ever strengthen us in our weaknesses, be our peace in time of affliction, comfort in all matters of doubt, courage in time of temptation, and a source of consolation throughout all our days on this earth! May it be a strong influence on us in success or in failure! In all things, may we live in peaceful union with thee through the prayer of the Rosary! Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Queen of the Rosary, Inflame our hearts with the love of Reparation.

“Please Father, Pray for the Conversion of my Loved One!
Pray that my Children will return to the Sacraments!
Pray that our Grandbabies will be Baptized!”

Progress is the watchword of our modern Day. Progress should be likewise the watchword of our spiritual advancement: progress in making use of the means of Salvation God has given us for these perilous times. Our families are plagued with opportunities for sin, which are innumerable and divisive. Dangers, which are so incredibly menacing, attractive and enticing, surround us on every side. We cannot overcome them by our own power. Without God’s help, we will drown in the mire. Witchcraft and Satanism abound, drugs and alcohol, pornography and nudity have found their way into our schools and homes.

We have been deceived by the devil. Setting our hopes on material comforts, possessions and future security, we have forfeited family, faith and eternal beatitude. How can we best appeal to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary? How can we attain the salvation of our families? How can we help those who have lost the faith and abandoned themselves to this vacuum of greed, pride and hate?

Our Lady of Fatima came to bring peace to the world. The foundation of Peace is the possession of Grace. Man must cease offending God. Sanctifying Grace is the Life of God Himself imparted to the soul, whereby man is raised to a supernatural level and becomes a friend and child of God, and an heir to Heaven. The presence or absence of Sanctifying Grace in our souls, at the moment of death, will decide our eternal salvation or damnation. Through the Sacrament of Confession, all is gained and saved, and the repentant sinner is restored to the friendship of God. Washed in the Precious Blood of the Lamb of God, he receives the source of life, the medicine of salvation, the fount of healing and the beginning of all that is good. There is no more effectual means of preservation from the dangers and temptations which beset our families, than frequent union with Our Lord in Holy Communion.

Misled by false teachers, many have given up the Faith, Love and Hope of Christ. We must turn back to God by whom we are loved so very much. When man restores God to the temple of his soul, Mary will reward the world with a lasting peace.

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FR. MATEO ON THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS (continued)

THE DIVINE REALITY OF THE MASS

Suppose movies, the radio and television, had already been invented during the times of the Roman Emperors, Augustus and Tiberius, and were even more greatly developed than they are now. Suppose also that when Caesar had been told of the effect of the preaching of Jesus on the people of Palestine, and how the Sanhedrin had brought about His execution, the Emperor sent orders to Pilate to forward to Rome the proceedings of the trial together with a film record of the drama of the execution of the “so-called” King of the Jews.

How moved we would be at witnessing this sound-picture of the deicide of Good Friday, should it be shown in our Churches as a preparation for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass! This moving picture would be somewhat of a natural and scientific perception of the divine drama on our Altars. We would be able to hear the Seven Last Words of Jesus, the blasphemies of His enemies hurled at the divine Victim. Like Mary, John and the Magdalene, we would be eye-witnesses, and like them watch Calvary’s scene through three hours: from noon until three o’clock of that First Good Friday.

But, the Faith that cannot deceive presents for us a far greater reality than that picture could ever be. An intelligent and pious assistance at Mass leads us through the veil of mystery to perceive the reality. The film would be like the Holy Shroud of Turin, an historical monument. The Mass is a present reality.

For nearly twenty centuries, Mass has been offered uninterruptedly in the Catholic Church. It is the same sacrifice as that of Good Friday when Jesus crucified was both Priest and Victim. This Mass which has been renewed, reproduced and prolonged through all these ages, is our daily Mass. It is not a beautiful religious pageant, nor a marvellous picture taken, let us say, by the angels; no, it is the amazing divine reality of Calvary in exact reproduction on the altar, with only the Suffering and shedding of blood left out. The Eucharistic Victim is now glorious and can suffer no more.

On the basis of these principles, the Council of Trent declares that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is above all a work of strict justice, which pays the price of our sins with the “Blood of the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.” It is a truth of the supernatural order that the Holy Sacrifice saves us by appeasing the divine justice when the same price that was paid on Calvary is offered again in the Chalice. Without this ransom, which alone is sufficient, there would be no remission of sins. Happily, Jesus died crying out, “Father, forgive them.”

Once the work of strict justice has been accomplished, mercy shines forth like a burning sun. Heaven and rebellious earth are reconciled. But God demands that we continue to apply the Precious Blood of our Redeemer to the wounds of our sinful souls. That Blood, shed on Calvary, now fills the Chalice of the Mass.

There is a difference, however, between the Golgotha of Jerusalem and the Calvary of our altars. Even though bathed in the Precious Blood, the latter is a glorious Tabor. I say glorious, for the Victim there immolated is the risen God-Man Who conquered death on Easter Sunday. While the altar is a Tabor, it is also a Calvary radiant in the splendours of the Resurrection.

So wonderfully brilliant is the High Priest’s glory hovering over the altar, but visible only to the bewildered eyes of the angels, that even the saintly Curé of Ars would not have dared to celebrate Mass, nor the Little Flower to approach the Holy Table, were it not for the veil of mystery that conceals that tremendous glory from the eyes of the celebrant and the faithful. But, thanks to the shadow of mystery, the Altar is not only accessible, but even attractive, in spite of the fact that it brings us nearer Heaven than Moses was on Mt. Sinai.

Seen in this light, the official prayer of Christ the Mediator during Mass is the only one which can pierce the clouds, touch and ravish the Heart of the Father. His appeal is omnipotent, springing as it does from the Heart of the all-powerful Mediator. He tells us Himself that the Father always hears Him (Jn. 11: 42). When He prays, it is a command: His word affects what He asks, for He is God!

Therefore, when we visit the Blessed Sacrament, make our Eucharistic Adoration or our Night Adoration at home and, above all, when we assist at Mass, our prayer should always be the Canon of the Mass. This liturgical formula is sanctified and venerable from its dogmatic content as well as its antiquity. At any time of the day or night, we can unite ourselves to thousands of priests who at that moment are elevating the Host and the Chalice, like a bow in the heavens. By this simple elevation of our hearts, we may renew the Christmas song of the angels, Glory to God in the highest.


Dear and Loving Sr. Patti,

I received a box with a note to take care of the requests of people from India. Yes, I shall.

I have been to Hubli just to convey my condolence to a young Goan lady, Celia, a committed promoter. Her husband was murdered by a gang of five men, only three months ago in Goa. I attach her photo. I travelled up and down 1778 Kilometers in all. Left Chennai on the 2nd and returned home on the 4th night. I invited a young Malaysian promoter who is doing his Doctorate in Medicine at Belgaum, near Goa (2 hours journey from Belgaum to Hubli) to join me in order to strengthen him as to how our Promoters in spite of setbacks in their lives, are loyal to the ULRA mission in their total consecration.

Celia has two young children. She was able to gather 42 members on the 3rd evening for my meeting and we gave encouragement to them to persevere in their vocation in the ULRA pious exercises. Please pray that God may stay with her always and she may continue her ULRA mission with courage in addition to caring for her young children.

May I humbly request you to ask Fr. Ivan to offer a Mass for her family! Thank you for all your help and support!

K. Joseph Roche, National Animator

The Living Rosary INDIA


Dear Mrs. Melvin,Thank you very much for your generous gift of religious items and booklets for our faithful here in South Africa, which we received a few days ago.

Today is the Feast of Pentecost and I offered the Mass in our mission in Soweto. This is the same township where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to 1962. We do not yet have a permanent chapel there and so we offer Mass in a public school along with many Pentecostal type religions in the other classrooms. The singing and preaching from other groups can be
heard throughout the Mass. I told our faithful about your organization of the Living Rosary and your gifts, some of which I would give them after the Mass. They knew about St. Philomena and were asking for more holy cards of her. I said that we would give more to them next week. I left some items here in Roodepoort for the faithful to get from our “free table” which is put out on Sunday. One lady had been asking the lady who runs our bookstore for a St. Philomena cord, but she is currently out of them. So when I told the lady in the bookstore about your items, she told me about the request for a St. Philomena cord which, thanks to your assistance, I was able to fulfill. I told the lady that there was no charge but she wanted to give a small donation regardless which helped to pay for the 38 Rand tariff charge on the package at the Post Office. This same lady had visited the relics of St. Philomena and had obtained oil from there. So she was happy to get more of St. Philomena’s oil from your parcel, since she had used up all that she had. She is an elderly lady.

After the Mass in Soweto, some of the smaller boys distributed the miraculous medals to each person and they knelt for the blessing of them. I also enrolled several faithful in the Brown Scapular. I was surprised that these people had not yet been enrolled because I had enrolled a number of them twice after Mass during the past year. They wanted more medals to give to others who were not there.

I also distributed holy cards, etc. today also after Mass in Bredell, north of Johannesburg which is our district headquarters and I enrolled members in the Living Rosary. Most of the faithful from Zimbabwe and Malawi are poor. I baptized the maid’s son in the hospital the day before he died in Harare in October. He was only 35 years old and died from meningitis, which really was the result of his having HIV. Zimbabwe has the lowest life expectancy in the world. For women the average age of death is 34 years and for men 37.

(See http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/41339.php) Half the population is of school age.

Next Sunday, I will be offering Mass in Cape Town and will distribute more items there. Most faithful are Europeans but we also have some young men from the Republic of Congo who had been in a seminary there and discovered the traditional Mass after they left. They would now like to become priests or brothers. There are five in total, but only three are now in Cape Town. There is also a poor African family from Zimbabwe, who cleans our rectory and does gardening or painting, since the father who is a non-Catholic is out of work. I am teaching two of their sons the catechism in preparation for Baptism. They will profit from the literature. The white people are more able to read the booklets since the natives often speak English as a second language. The Africans here speak Zulu with clicking sound from time to time in Cape Town Xhosa and in Zimbabwe Shona.

So your gifts are being spread at this far corner of the world. May Our Lord reward your charity a hundredfold for spreading the faith, devotion to our Blessed Lady and St. Philomena!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

< Fr. Paul Kimball, Our Lady of Sorrows Priory – ROODEPORT, SOUTH 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.

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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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