Archive for August, 2014

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

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST!Dear Benefactors and Family of the Living Rosary,

Through your great help, the Living Rosary in Ukraine is flourishing in a special way during the wake of the Revolution which continues to this day. Many souls have been awakened from a life of ease centered in self and materials goods, to realize that all of these things can vanish in an instant. People flock to the churches to make their peace with God. We have personally been asked to “BEHOLD, THY MOTHER!” by Our Savior as He hung on the Cross. We do this best by studying St. Louis Marie de Montfort and living his way of Total Consecration to the Mother of God.

Essential to evangelization is the Mystery of the Cross. St. Louis de Montfort’s spirituality gives great emphasis to the Cross. Like a golden thread, it was woven through his life, preachings and writings. One of his most powerful works was entitled: “Letter to the Friends of the Cross.” Eternal Wisdom (Jesus Christ) has fixed His abode in the Cross, so firmly we will not find Him anywhere else in the world. Wisdom is the Cross and the Cross is Wisdom! Many people living in this world do not understand the mysterious language of the Cross. Being fond of pleasures and comforts, they drag their crosses along with reluctance, impatience and protesting. An event of cosmic proportions began to unfold when Pilot handed Jesus over to be crucified. Infinite Holiness embraced the Cross and took on the damnation of us all: Not reluctantly, but with Infinite LOVE! The Cross is the instrument of the Death of Our Savior and, thereby, the instrument of the victorious Redemption of all mankind. Jesus is beaten, crowned with thorns, and falls under the weight of the cross of our rebellion.

The consolation of His Mother’s bravery along the Via Dolorosa is great indeed; greater still, is the suffering that overwhelmed her at the terrible sight of the Child she bore. The sword of dying with Christ, as Simeon prophesied, pierced ever more deeply into her Immaculate Heart. Jesus stumbled and fell three times under the weight of the Cross.

Three times, He began again the journey to Calvary, no matter the pain! Upon reaching Golgotha, the place of the skull, Jesus was stripped of His garments. As the soldiers tore away His clothes, every wound was reopened. Crowned with thorns, blood pouring forth from His wounds, the eternal and incarnate Wisdom was displayed before a mocking world. He was stripped of everything! Only those who surrender all can share in the cross.

Poverty is a keyword in the Gospel. Anyone or anything that separates us from our union with Christ is to be considered diabolical. Yet, how tenaciously we grasp our idols, how fearful we are to let go of our treasures. Nations and individuals will even destroy each other in order to retain the golden calves of pride, prestige and wealth. The wealth of doing their own thing, demanding their own way, of using others and trying to possess others, of seeking pleasures no matter how repulsive they are to the Law of God: all these must be stripped away. Otherwise, we cannot be crucified with Christ. And, if we are not crucified with Christ, we cannot reign with Him. The Cross is essential to Christianity. “If any man would follow Me, he must take up the Cross daily and follow Me.” The Cross is precious because, when it is carried, it is the source, the food and the proof of love. The Cross enkindles the fire of Divine Love in the heart by detaching us from creatures. As wood is the food of flames, so the Cross is the food of love.

St. Louis de Montfort was expelled from one diocese after the other because of His fidelity to the Church and his unconditional living of the Gospel. He saw these DEFEATS as privileged crosses bringing him the conquest of souls for Christ. Although he suffered unjustly, he never complained. “WHAT A CROSS, TO BE WITHOUT A CROSS!” became his repeated motto. Far be it from us to glory, except in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Easter does not come after Good Friday; the Resurrection does not take place after Christ’s Death on the Cross. Rather, it is THROUGH the Cross that Jesus enters into His Glory. It is THROUGH the Cross that we share in the Glory of Christ’s Resurrection!

The Cross is our Emblem! The Cross is our Flag! The Cross is our Standard! It precedes us in every liturgical procession for It leads us on life’s pilgrimage to our Eternal Home!

We remember all of you as your carry the heavy crosses that God has chosen for you, and we pray that you will have the courage to bravely and lovingly unite yourselves with the Cross of Christ, in order that you might reign with Him for all Eternity.

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

+ In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.


Fr. IVAN KOLODIY
Byzantine Rite, Greek-Catholic Church, UKRAINE


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

THE MISSION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Often, as I preached, and again in this little book, I have mentioned that the reason for our ignorance of so many simple and sublime truths in the mystery of the Altar, is that the Holy Spirit is not loved. With the exception of the most fervent Catholic circles He is scarcely invoked. How few are they who habitually have recourse to the Paraclete, substantial light and uncreated love! Nearly everywhere the sun of Pentecost is shrouded in a deep fog of cold indifference. The Paraclete is an unknown God. Yet. at the same time, the Paraclete alone has been given the mission in the Church to enlighten souls, to enkindle and sanctity them. He alone is the “sanctifier.”

It is not at all surprising, then, that the Mass is so little appreciated after twenty centuries of Christianity. The greater part of the faithful, while they might be in “good” faith, have not the “full” faith, the true faith.

The seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost are so many candles for us to keep burning before the Altar, that the celebrant and the faithful may enter the Holy of Holies filled with the sweet majesty of the Lord. Since the veil of the Temple was rent from top to bottom on that first Good Friday, all of us have the right to enter therein: the Son of God calls us and waits for us there! Now, with the protecting influence of the Holy Spirit, let us discover how we can enkindle in ourselves and others the flame that should consume us with the most holy Victim of the Mass.

In the first place, resolve to make a thorough study of the Holy Sacrifice. This is a thesis of the greatest theological and spiritual value. There are so many works on the subject that a choice is difficult. However, a “must” in our study is the Canon of the Mass itself. The prayers contained in the Canon form a mosaic of the most ancient prayers of the Church. We are told that it contains the gold dust of the Mass of the catacombs, and that some parts go back to St. Irenaeus. (Mgr. Lepin – Lyon).

Secondly, do not be satisfied with mere bodily presence at Mass. Take an active part in the Mass, offering it with the priest by following the liturgical prayers and ceremonies with a Missal. Your own private prayers would be satisfactory as long as they are in the spirit of the Holy Sacrifice.

There are private devotions which do not blend with the doctrine contained in the official liturgy. These can cut you off from the concert of the Church. We should adore, praise and implore the Most High, through Jesus Christ our Lord, in perfect union with Holy Church.

Offer the Holy Sacrifice through Him, with Him, and in Him! In His arms and on His adorable Heart mount to the Father. At the time of Holy Mass, the Father finds all His pleasure in the Son who pontificates at the Altar.

Finally, promise sincerely never to miss a single Mass through your own fault. Make a resolution to go to daily Mass and Communion, in so far as your duties will allow. Christ the Mediator is the ladder of Jacob by which we go to the Father, for no one goes there except through the Son.


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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, July 23, 2014

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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

“LOVE AND YOU WILL UNDERSTAND.”

This is the place to appreciate a saying popular among the saints, “love and you will understand.” If you really wish to penetrate the obscurity of this great mystery, to contemplate the incomprehensible in the drama of the holy Altar, then, love, love, love passionately, and you will understand! In the divine light kindled by an immense love, you will see what Mary, the Queen of Sorrows, saw on Golgotha.

How calm Mary was! How full of a sweet and unchanging peace as She watched the deicide accomplished by the executioners. She neither cried out nor made indignant protest. Yet, She suffered an agony, for She is the Mother, a unique Mother in the sublime nobility of Her divine and virginal motherhood. See how she stands fearless in the midst of unutterable suffering, yet filled with unchangeable peace. Her weeping is like a wounded dove, and her moaning like the strains of a hymn, a MAGNIFICAT, enrapturing the angels!

How can we explain this incomprehensible attitude of Mary on Calvary? Her peace comes from the depth of her heart, for she loved as no other here below has ever loved. Love leads her to penetrate the mystery of the wisdom and folly of the Cross! She is undisturbed and calm because she sees!

Yes, she sees and wonderfully comprehends the mystery of Calvary because she loves with the heart of a queen, a virgin and a martyr. She is the Mother of fair love!

Let us pray to her that she may obtain for us, together with a light of great understanding, a fire of immense love. Then, like her we will penetrate the mystery of the Cross and the Altar! Love and you will understand! Saints like the Curé of Ars, Philip Neri, Vincent de Paul and John Bosco, certainly possessed this science of charity; they loved with a love as strong as death. That is why they are the “Specialist-Saints” of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

How many great masters in theology would receive a high rating were they to submit to an examination on this thesis given by the Curé of Ars? We have floods of electric light, but it is cold and harmful to the eyes of the soul. Such is the electric brilliance of a student who reads much but prays little. He keeps his eyes open, for he would see. But unconsciously he suffers a spiritual cataract, for he has no time for meditation. He is unfortunate in not loving with a great love.

The Altar is the height which attains the throne of the Most High. Only those learned men reach this height who are saints — Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, Bellarmine, Contardo Ferrini. For Holy Mass, as someone has said, is the official ecstasy of the Church; a higher degree of contemplation than that of St. Paul.

Yet withal, there are many humble little people who can relish with pleasure the mystery of the Holy Sacrifice. They truly have the privilege of lifting the veil, and should we ask them how they explain Holy Mass relative to God’s glory and the salvation of souls, we would indeed be greatly astonished at their answer. And as you listened to them with wonder, you would appreciate with deep feeling why the Saviour, trembling with joy, cried out: “I give thee thanks O Father, because thou hast hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to little ones.” (Luke 1 0:21)

Let us then love Jesus Christ. Let us love Him with a heart ablaze with a holy joy. Then, to reward us for our love, He will lead us into the sanctuary of His Heart, there to tell us the secrets which the Father confided to Him, the Splendour of His Majesty and His well—beloved Son. Let us love, and He who called Himself “the light of the world,” He who is the mediator and High Priest of the Holy Sacrifice, will give us the key of understanding which He reserves for His friends, like St. John, the privileged Apostle of the cenacle and Calvary.

If we love with an immense charity, as the saints alone know how to love, we will then understand even as they understood the precious and delightful fruit of their love. Love and you will understand! During the adoration and prayer of the faithful, while the celebrant offers the Divine Victim to the Father in this, the greatest of actions, the angels and saints of heaven sing out with, “God so loved the world that He gave His only—begotten Son” (Jn. 3:1 6). Contemplate Him at the Altar. He is indeed a Victim of His love for the Father, but also the Victim of the love which moves Him to give His whole self to us creatures with no grateful return.


Dearest Patti,

May Almighty God bless those who help the poor souls to find Jesus in their life! You are all remembered in our prayers. Thank you so much for the box of sacramental materials that you have sent. They have become our weapons to fight all kinds of evil in our places. The poor souls shown in the photos below hardly find a word to appreciate you for the gifts they received. They say many times, “Thank you! Thank you!” God will bless you more in your life. You have a wonderful place in Heaven. I have sent the lists of those who taken a Decade, through the post office mail.

< James Wau – PAPUA NEW GUINEA >


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

TRUE LOVE IS GIVING ONESELF

We are coming towards the close of this meditation and I hope that it has acted as a beautiful sun to enlighten and warm your hearts. It is necessary in this place to dwell on a point of doctrine found in every page of the Gospel and the Epistles of St. Paul. It is what St. Paul calls the “science of the charity of Christ,” the charity that “presseth us.” (2 Cor. 5:1 4)

It is too bad that there are so many who hesitate to speak on this subject simply because they are afraid of love. In excusing themselves, they openly try to keep us from the danger of what they call fantastic and poetic “sentimentality,” “affectedness”, and “fancies,” as though the first Commandment: Thou shalt love, were an error of heaven and the spirit and fiery style of St. Paul weakness or dreaming! Love is decidedly not mere sentiment nor poetry! Love is the giving of oneself!

The sublime donation of self to God and the good of souls always has been and will ever continue to be the basis and essential element of all Christian virtue. Divine love is the great secret — the only secret of all heroism. “Love is the fulfilling of the Law.” (Rom 13:10). To love is to possess God in the depth of our souls. But God is love! Thus, whoever loves truly is either a saint now or well on the road to sainthood.

It is easy to pride oneself on being a thinker or intellectual, for this costs nothing in the way of moral consequences. Such pretense is often nothing but self-inflation, happily painless. But to love has always been exceedingly arduous! In fact, to give oneself, to surrender oneself in imitation of Jesus Christ, so far from being a sentimental love, is an interior martyrdom. True love is always a noble tyrant.

Yet, “love is the first and the greatest commandment.” Since it is so easy to believe and to be called a thinker and intellectual, believers and thinkers abound. But cowardice keeps many of them from giving themselves, from loving with their whole heart, and the result is that there are few saints. Ask the martyr of the lepers, the celebrated Father Damien, whether love is a sentimentalism, a weakness … or rather a sweet and terrible tyrant!

The Holy Sacrifice is above all the Mystery of Faith and Love. We find its supernatural explanation in these words, as solemn as they are divine and strong: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” (Jn. 3:16) These are the words of the Holy Spirit. Further comment is useless.

Yes, the Love of God the Father, and of God the Son, Incarnate and Victim through love, gives us the key of this ineffable Mystery! Just as the beatific vision resolves itself in an endless ecstasy of love, so here below the Mystery of the Holy Sacrifice is revealed in the light which pours forth from the flame of a burning love.


Dear Director Melvin,

Ave Maria!

It was already eight months after the super typhoon Haiyan hit in our place. In God’s grace we are now in the recovery stage and start again our new life after the deadly storm. We pray for all the members of the ULRA who died, particularly in the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Palo. MAY THEY REST IN PEACE! AMEN.

Here are the current updates about my works regarding our mission and apostolate:

Last July 13, 2014, we were blessed to have an official audience with His Excellency Most Rev. Filomeno G. Bactol, DD, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Naval. He is a pious devotee of our beautiful Saint Philomena and a ULRA member. He gave his blessing and permission to spread the ULRA in his entire diocese. And the good news to us, he accepted our request to him to become our Spiritual Director for the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Palo which comprises of one Archdiocese and four Dioceses in the Island of Leyte in the Philippines. By the way, bishop asks me to retrieve his assigned Decade because he forgot. May I request also to send an official communication to the Bishop thanking him for accepting our request to be our Spiritual Director. As soon as we receive the Endorsement Letter from the office of the bishop, we will immediately begin our mission to the Diocese of Naval. I also request you to send us mission materials intended for the Diocese of Naval.

You can address your letter to the Bishop: MOST REV. FILOMENO G. BACTOL, D.D., Roman Catholic Diocese of Naval, Chancery Office, Corvera St. Naval, Biliran Province, Philippines.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Palo is the “Metropolitan See” in the island of Leyte, where our operation center is located. They have 76 parishes in the entire archdiocese of Palo but not even one parish is dedicated to Saint Philomena. Therefore, last July 19, 2014, I was blessed to talk with Archbishop John F. Du, D.D., and told him my plan and intention to build an official chapel for the Living Rosary Association in his diocese. He grants a positive response on this matter. I conveyed this plan to the Parish Priest of the area to discuss and make necessary agreements to avoid any conflict of interest in this regards and he pledged to help us. What we have now is the lot for the chapel donated by the anonymous St. Philomena Devotee. It is just a small area enough for the chapel and office of ULRA, about 111.8 square meters. Please pray for our financial needs to build the Shrine of the Blessed Mother and Saint Philomena. I am also awaiting his new Endorsement Letter for his Archdiocese for the continuation of the ULRA mission.

The 2014 ULRA feast day of Saint Philomena will be held at Saint Francis Xavier Parish at Palompon, Leyte. We will celebrate the feast day with solemn simplicity and we will offer this celebration in remembrance of all our brothers and sisters who were victims of typhoon Haiyan.

The new registration forms will be mailed to you. We are still gathering the lists from different promoters. We need more materials for the mission for these two dioceses. Hope you will provide us before the mission starts. As of now, that is all the activities we been doing besides the promotion of the ULRA. Please continue to pray for us! We too pray for you and the rest of the Philomenian Family in the world. Thank you so much for all your support. May God bless us always!

In Mary and St. Philomena:

Bro. Gelson Abecia
ULRA Philippines

Picture taken after our meeting at Bishop Bactol’s office in Naval.


Share Your Gift of Faith

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

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

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

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Friday, July 18, 2014

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST!

Dear beloved Associates and Benefactors,

It gives me great joy to salute you and thank you mightily for your loving concern for our country and the Church in Ukraine. The revolution on our soil has been a miracle in the making. Souls estranged from God are flocking to the churches to attend to their Confession in order to regain strength to make their peace with God. The war has been a reminder to them that our life here upon earth is passing and the solemn and most important work at hand is to prepare for our journey Home to the Father.

The Eucharistic Heart of Christ which we possess in the Most Blessed Sacrament is the pledge of our future glory. This Heart has a human nature and can therefore feel for us in a human manner; but It is hypostatically united with the divine Nature, and is at the same time the Heart of a Divine Person. Behold the fountain of blessings, always accessible, always gushing, from whence we can ever draw, but which we can never drain. If we have offended God, here we will find mercy and forgiveness, and regain our peace. If we are languishing from weakness, here our strength will be restored. If we need counsel, courage or assistance, here we will obtain it in abundance. Whatever is conducive to our real happiness, we will secure at any time, in any place, in health and in sickness, in life and in death.

Heart of Jesus! Heart of my God! True and Everlasting Heaven,
Repose of all the Elect, may I always dwell in Thee!

Behold the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, filled with love for us! Look at the magnitude of It’s kindness, gentle and meek towards all! Look at It’s piety! Look at It’s poverty! See It’s purity and obedience! See It’s prudence, fortitude, zeal, generosity, perseverance and holiness! His Heart is the most safe Way to follow, for by following It, we cannot error; It is the shortest, most easy and pleasant Way, because It is the Way of Love. In the Heart of Christ, we will find all things. Take care then to repose on the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and He will take us up with Him to the everlasting abode of our Heavenly Home.

During this month of July, we are remembering all of your departed loved ones at the Holy Altar in the 31 days of special Masses arranged for this intention. By praying for one another, we change every prayer into excellent alms for the salvation of suffering souls and those estranged from God. Those most in need of our alms are sinners. United our prayers have double and triple value for souls.

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

+ In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.


Fr. IVAN KOLODIY
Byzantine Rite, Greek-Catholic Church, UKRAINE


Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you for your generous support of our missionary efforts throughout the whole world. We are keeping you and your family most especially in our prayers. We beg God to bless and protect you from every evil and all harm.

In a world in which materialism has come strangely to dominate the lives of millions, the dignity and apostolate of the Christian Mother is tragically obscured. Domestic society is being attacked by political systems which, with false arrogance, claim authority over all social relations and by ‘WOULD-BE’ educators who seek to destroy the natural and divine rights and functions of the family. The Good Shepherd elevated marriage to its pristine purity and sanctified it with sacramental graces. The apostolate of the Christian Mother has grave responsibilities, with holy reaches and sublime dignity. Reverence for the dignity of motherhood is the foundation upon which nations rest. The unfathomed mystery of life has been placed in woman’s hands. Man is influenced by truth, but woman is guided by her heart. At the core of a woman’s soul is motherhood. It is her greatest happiness and, for this new life, she is ready to make stupendous sacrifices. Gentle compassion is the duty of woman whose hand causes the works of charity and mercy to grow immeasurably. Florence Nightingale was the guardian angel of the sick. Ven. Pauline Jaricot was the heroine of social service. Woman is the only one who gathers and holds together life’s broken pieces. The more mankind withdraws from God, the more difficult it becomes to comprehend and justly evaluate the proper worth of woman.

The ideal must be upheld that the married woman’s first priority is her family. To them, she must give her love wholly and entirely. Whatever she accomplishes outside the home, can never counterbalance the loss sustained in the home by her absence. Modern woman has taken up every field of man’s endeavor but, in the meantime, she has forgotten how to be a wife and mother. A mother’s quiet labor in the home radiates out upon the entire Nation. Without her, there can be no family and no home. Without her, goodness, love and mercy vanish. Marriage IS the greatest adventure any young couple can undertake. They conquer life by the power of love, and in the fire of love fuse two hearts into one: seeking each to sanctify the other, they walk together on the road to Heaven. Death alone can break their sacred bond.

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)

TRUE LOVE IS GIVING ONESELF

We are coming towards the close of this meditation and I hope that it has acted as a beautiful sun to enlighten and warm your hearts. It is necessary in this place to dwell on a point of doctrine found in every page of the Gospel and the Epistles of St. Paul. It is what St. Paul calls the “science of the charity of Christ,” the charity that “presseth us.” (2 Cor. 5:1 4)

It is too bad that there are so many who hesitate to speak on this subject simply because they are afraid of love. In excusing themselves, they openly try to keep us from the danger of what they call fantastic and poetic “sentimentality,” “affectedness”, and “fancies,” as though the first Commandment: Thou shalt love, were an error of heaven and the spirit and fiery style of St. Paul weakness or dreaming! Love is decidedly not mere sentiment nor poetry! Love is the giving of oneself!

The sublime donation of self to God and the good of souls always has been and will ever continue to be the basis and essential element of all Christian virtue. Divine love is the great secret — the only secret of all heroism. “Love is the fulfilling of the Law.” (Rom 13:10). To love is to possess God in the depth of our souls. But God is love! Thus, whoever loves truly is either a saint now or well on the road to sainthood.

It is easy to pride oneself on being a thinker or intellectual, for this costs nothing in the way of moral consequences. Such pretense is often nothing but self-inflation, happily painless. But to love has always been exceedingly arduous! In fact, to give oneself, to surrender oneself in imitation of Jesus Christ, so far from being a sentimental love, is an interior martyrdom. True love is always a noble tyrant.

Yet, “love is the first and the greatest commandment.” Since it is so easy to believe and to be called a thinker and intellectual, believers and thinkers abound. But cowardice keeps many of them from giving themselves, from loving with their whole heart, and the result is that there are few saints. Ask the martyr of the lepers, the celebrated Father Damien, whether love is a sentimentalism, a weakness … or rather a sweet and terrible tyrant!

The Holy Sacrifice is above all the Mystery of Faith and Love. We find its supernatural explanation in these words, as solemn as they are divine and strong: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” (Jn. 3:16) These are the words of the Holy Spirit. Further comment is useless.

Yes, the Love of God the Father, and of God the Son, Incarnate and Victim through love, gives us the key of this ineffable Mystery! Just as the beatific vision resolves itself in an endless ecstasy of love, so here below the Mystery of the Holy Sacrifice is revealed in the light which pours forth from the flame of a burning love.


ALMS DELIVER FROM SIN:

What is almsgiving but an act of trust! We have God’s promise that all is to come back to us in abundance. Instead of lending our money to a banker or a broker, we lend a little to Our Lord Who is in sore need of it for His poor. This small act of trust and mercy console Him ineffably. We cannot call it giving, when we are to receive all back with interest.

Oh, how I have wronged the holy and patient Souls in Purgatory by forgetting and neglecting them in their distress! I could have so easily given them unspeakable relief. I have wronged many others by making salvation more difficult for them: by bad example, by bad advice and by hindering good.

What reparation shall I make? Many there are who leave this great debt to accumulate, and all through life it weighs them down and acts as a barrier between their souls and God. Zacchaeus teaches us to give half of our goods to the poor. Abundant almsgiving will not only wipe out the debt left by past sins, but give us the grace to resist future temptation and sin. Alms have, then, against sin the same power as water against fire. One or two small alms that cost us little, may not suffice, just as one or two small pails of water may not extinguish a raging fire; but if we pour enough water, at last it prevails over the fire.

Our condemnation will be pronounced for our neglect of works of mercy. “I was hungry and you gave Me not to eat.” (St. Matt. 25) The terrible doom which came upon Judas was due to the lack of mercy he showed. Our Blessed Lord called His disciples round Him to notice the alms of the poor woman, which gave great consolation to His Heart. We also need to do works of mercy which cost us a great deal.

Alms given out of our abundance are good, but they are only Copper Alms. Alms given out of money that is not over-abundant or quite superfluous, but still sufficient and even more than sufficient for our maintenance, are Silver Alms. The alms given in the presence of our own want are Golden Alms.

Too often, the rich are unwilling to give of their abundance. The more self-sacrifice our alms represent, the more precious they are in God’s sight. Hence, those who have no silver or gold, but give their toil in the schoolroom or by the sick-bed, and those who give out of tears and fastings for sinners, may be giving alms more precious than gold or silver.

Alms deliver us from all sins and from death, as they will not suffer the soul to go into darkness. Alms shall be a great confidence before the Most High, to all them that give. (Tobias 4:11-12) It is impossible for one who does his works of mercy well to be lost. If a man dies in sin, he will be lost. But, if he has been rightly merciful, he will not die in sin. He will have the grace given to him during life to live innocently or, if he has sinned, to break the chains of sin, to make a good confession and to reform his life.

If we are merciful during life, God pledges that He will help us in the evil day and on our bed of sorrow. If during life we have formed the habit of almsgiving, that is, of loving our neighbor and helping him in his wants, we shall go on to our last illness loving and giving alms. Christian parents by prayers and alms avert calamity for their offspring. Fathers, who like Tobias, give alms abundantly, win graces for their children.

“Come ye blessed of My Father, for I was hungry and you gave Me to eat … Depart from Me, yet cursed, for I was thirsty, and you gave Me not to drink.” (St. Matt. 25)

No sick persons, no starving poor, none of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, are in such need of alms as those who are in sin. We must arouse ourselves to say for poor sinners Our Savior’s dying prayer: Father forgive them! By praying for others, we change every prayer into excellent alms; or rather, we add a tremendous almsgiving to prayer. We double and triple the value of our prayers and win far more grace for others than when we pray for ourselves. Christ died for all and desires that all be saved. Unless we desire our neighbor’s salvation, our desire for our own cannot be genuine. God is OUR Father. If I do not wish blessings to His other children, He will not be disposed to be generous to me. Let us remember Our Lord’s contentment because of our acts of hospitality to a stranger show proof of our reverential gratitude to Him. What delight will burst upon our souls if Our Savior at Judgment is able to say to us the words He so longs to say: “Come ye blessed! For as long as you did it to one of these My least brethren, you did it to Me.”

O Lord, help my unbelief, that I may realize this wonderful Truth!

Some will grumble and resist when asked to give, or exhort the petitioner not to come again after the gift has been given. Some will give more promptly when asked, with outward civility, though inwardly they give with reluctance. Others give with better charity when asked and give willingly.

Charity and kindness are still more perfect when we do not wait to be asked, but look for opportunities of giving. Better still, like the disciples, some will not take a refusal, They lovingly and with charitable tact, constrain those in need to accept help and make them feel they are doing a charity to the giver by receiving their gifts. They give, at times, while concealing who it is who was the benefactor, so that no return or thanks need be given.

(Extract from The Watches of the Sacred Passion
by Fr. P. Gallwey, S.J., 1930)

Mother of God, pray for us sinners that we may draw from the Heart of thy Son, some share of His Charity. Let man go forth to do his work till evening comes. For the night cometh when no man can work. We must work until God calls. Let us strive to save our souls, by helping save others!!!


Dearest Patti,Greetings of Love and Peace in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary!

Attached are the photos of our chapel, when it was being built after Super Typhoon Yolanda. We are grateful to you and to the ULRA for the financial help for the rebuilding of the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart Chapel here in Bantayan Island, Cebu. We are happy to let you know that our chapel now has a roof and the monthly Mass in our chapel has resumed.

With the financial assistance from the Living Rosary, we were able to pay all our debts for the construction materials and we were also able to have a Mass celebrated in our chapel on May 31, and on June 26 and 27, 2014 (the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus).

Almost all who attend the Mass in our Chapel are members of the Living Rosary and some of them are promoters. On my next email, I will send you more photos of our activities.

May Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph bless and protect you, always! Love and prayers,

< Teresita – PHILIPPINES >


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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, July 9, 2014

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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

THE CONVERSION OF PRODIGALS

Sometimes, you hear mention of souls who are “impossible” to convert. To convert souls who seem un-convertible! How great a miracle is necessary to bring a poor sinner to tears of repentance who has been away from the Sacraments and who has led a scandalous life for many years! Yet there he is, cleansed by a sincere confession. Look at him receiving Holy Communion as though for the first time. And, indeed, it is practically the first time, for he has been away from the Sacraments for forty or more years! It was not really impossible after all. The miracle happened!

These wonders happen often enough, and it is always at the behest of the Victim of our Altars. The Father cannot refuse this glory, this victory to His beloved Son whose last breath was spent in asking pardon, in offering paradise and an infinite mercy. Still, Heaven always demands the payment of the debt owed in justice. The miracle takes place when justice is perfectly satisfied. Then, it is that mercy opens the graves and puts a song of love on the lips of the risen dead!

There are devotions enough, but the queen of them all, the Mass, is very often neglected, which answers the question of why there are so few conversions. I would like to stir up a strong reaction on this important point among good Catholics. Like John and Magdalene, let us stand at the foot of the Cross with the Queen of Sorrows, praying and weeping before the Calvary of the Altar. Let us do violence to the Divine Victim on behalf of the dear prodigals of our homes. Let us wrest these miracles with the omnipotence of the Mass.

This has been the classical approach to breaking the rocks of the greatest sinners, since Good Friday. It is my conviction that the home which shelters a fervent soul devoted to the Mass, has one who pays the price and saves those who are in danger of hell. This soul is a great apostle because he carries the chalice of salvation in his heart, and his heart lives in this chalice.

In this way, my own mother was the happy instrument before God for the salvation of my Protestant father and brother, and for my own vocation as well. For the most part, I am speaking from happy experiences. I place my hand on the gospel and on the Altar to witness the truth of what I say! I am certain that if you are faithful and docile in following this good advice, you will one day bless me together with the souls you have converted and saved through the apostolate of the Mass!

I hope that my colleagues in the priesthood will lend a kindly ear, and that preachers and missionaries and all the apostles of Catholic Action will read attentively. When I speak thus, I am only calling your attention to the prayer of the Church at the offertory of the Mass: “Accept, O Holy Father, this spotless
Host … beseeching Thy clemency … for our salvation and that of the whole world.”

While on the subject of the merciful mission which is necessary in order that wanderers be brought back to the fold, it is most opportune to call to mind here that the best prayer for helping the poor souls in Purgatory, always has been and always will be the offering of Holy Mass. Every morning, Holy Mother Church lets fall drops of the Precious Blood like a shower of refreshing dew, and often this is the price of final liberation for souls who have been purified and have done penance in that place of torment.

I like to think that thousands of souls fly off to paradise praising the Divine Mercy, while priest and faithful pay the last penny of their debt at the Altar. Never forget the poor souls in the offering of Holy Mass. In a most special way, we should remember the souls of priests in Purgatory. They have renounced the right to create their own homes and thus, without a family, they are often the most abandoned souls in Purgatory!

Blessed are the merciful, for they will obtain mercy!


Dear Benefactors of the Living Rosary,Greetings from the Catholic Diocese of Bo and, in particular, St. Theresa’s Parish! With great pleasure, I acknowledge, on behalf of the Parish Community, receipt of your wonderful parcel. We are very glad to be part of the ULRA. Our parishioners are very grateful to you. The people have heard a lot about the ULRA ever since we launched a special devotion to St Philomena and are greatly inspired by the heroic life of this Saint. Once more, I thank you so much for this parcel of Sacramentals. We need the holy oil of St. Philomena and more parcels to reach our various outstations.

Fr. Emmanuel Beecher, Catholic Diocese of Bo
St. Theresa’s Parish, Sumbuya Lugbu – SIERRA LEONE


My dear Patti,

I hope you saw my e-mail in which I apologized in advance for late sending of the attached lists which carry two dates. (11th February – Our Lady of Lourdes = 12 lists and 25th March – Annunciation of Our Lady = 55) Also enclosed are pictures from St. John’s Complex run by the Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Convent. The school has Pre-Nursery, Nursery, Primary, Secondary and High School sections. I am not yet finished with the Secondary / High School due to lack of materials. There are many Catholic Schools in Kumba Town. The school authorities are waiting for me. They think this devotion by the students (youths) will go a long way to control their lives positively. To meet their needs, I am anxiously waiting for thousands of Rosaries, Miraculous Medals, Scapulars and other Sacramentals, along with leaflets on these Sacramentals and flyers on Total Consecration, One Day through the Rosary and Scapular, I will save the World, Posters of St. Philomena and Ven. Pauline, booklets etc.. I extend my greetings to your entire staff. I hope your mother is doing fine. Happy Easter!

Cletus – Cameroon


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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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