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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday April 15, 2015

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

With great solemnity and deep joy, we have celebrated the Resurrection of Christ from the dead. The Passion and Death of the Master had been a cruel disappointment to His followers. They had understood nothing of the Mystery of Redemption by the Death of Our Redeemer. Easter is the Feast of Feasts for all mankind. Liberation and Salvation had already been attained by the Savior’s Death, but it was His glorious Resurrection that set the crown and seal on His Victory over sin and hell. Now that the Master’s Victory is complete, the triumphal march of the Cross begins and will continue to the end of the world. The apostles chose death, that they might be sharers in the Resurrection. Christ died for all men; none is excluded from His Salvation. Even the heathen is called to the Church of Christ. The good news is for all peoples, without exception. God is rich in Mercy, and loves us with great excess. Let us show our gratitude to God by living according to our Faith and bringing others to the Love of Jesus Christ and into the Kingdom of Grace.

We may not stand idle and content ourselves with an easy going life, occupied with our small daily affairs. Each of us has a strict duty to help spread the Gospel over the whole world, a duty which comes from union with our Head. Each of us has his own personal responsibility for the welfare of the whole. Jesus continues to work in His Mystical Body for the salvation of souls; we, His members, complete it with Him. So long as all men are not in a state of Sanctifying Grace, our responsibility exists! Let us beg God for the Grace to be more conscious of our duties as His apostles. Our interests must be placed in the background and God’s interests and those of the Church must be our singular ambition. God is the end of all our seeking. To know God is eternal life. It is our glory to suffer for Christ! Our reward, honor and glory throughout Eternity will be the greater, as our martyrdom is more cruel and our labors and sufferings are heavier and more numerous.

Life is precious only because it prepares us for Eternity. Crushed by the yoke of the terrible war under which our Ukrainian faithful suffer at the present moment, know that our love, prayers and petitions for you and your family are constant and deeply felt. All our life we are pilgrims and strangers on our way to a better heavenly country. God Alone!

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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

With the prayers and respect,
 


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


MAY BOUQUET OF THIRTY ONE DAYS OF MASSES FOR YOUR LOVED ONES

THERE IS NO GREAT LOVE!

As we enter the Month of May, let us vie with one another to excel to the limit of our ability to honor, love, imitate and exalt the Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth. The practice of honoring Mary in the month of May comes to us from the Golden Age of Faith, the 13th Century, a time when great cathedrals were being built and most of them were dedicated to the Mother of God. The Jesuits established the Sodality of Mary as a Lay Order in the Church, promoting personal consecration to Mary by placing themselves under Her care and protection, that She might lead them safely to Her Divine Son.

The practice of keeping the month of May for Mary was granted an indulgence by Pope Pius VII in 1815 and, in 1859, Pope Pius IX granted a Plenary Indulgence to this practice. When the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Labouré in Rue du Bac, She asked that a special organization be founded in the Church for the very purpose of promoting the May devotions and spreading the Miraculous Medal.

The Children of Mary was founded by the Vincentian Order, and the Daughters of Charity spread the devotion primarily through the schools. The French Revolution took its toll and it was a long while before the devotion requested by Our Lady was once again revived. Today, the devotion flourishes throughout the world. During the month of May, let us enshrine Mary’s image, procure Her glory and extend the service of our Queen and Mother! In all the major apparitions of Mary, the Mother of God appeared to ask of Her humble seers the favor of having a church built on that hallowed ground where pilgrims would come to venerate and honor Her by their attendance at Holy Mass and the reception of the Sacraments, thus rendering to God the Father eternal glory, thanksgiving and reparation for the sins of mankind. “Build on this spot a chapel.” This is the cause most dear to the Heart of Our Mother. Listen to Her pleas and hasten to Her requests. She is our Patroness, Advocate, Mistress and Mother!

In honor and obedience, thanksgiving and petition, entrust all your loved ones to Mary through your gift of a special Bouquet of 31 days of Sacred Liturgies. Crown Her with the roses empurpled in the Precious Blood of Her Divine Son, the Source of all Salvation! A lovely Mass card will be sent out to you for each one you enroll.

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ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

NEW LIGHT OF THE CHURCH MILITANT!

CHAPTER X : Philomena in France

Meanwhile, Philomena continued her miracles in Italy. During the year which Pauline Jaricot spent in Rome, another famous miracle took place. The very swift flowing river Velino had been so flooded by incessant rain that it had risen fifteen feet above its usual height. A poor woman, washing linen, lost her balance and was swept away; other women who had been with her said that she invoked St. Philomena as she felt herself falling. They joined in this invocation, as did others who were brought to the spot by their shouts. They all saw the furious current turn back. She declared that as she felt herself drowning, she had prayed: “Most holy Madonna, by the intercession of St. Philomena, suffer me not to lose my soul!” She had not felt ready to die. Miraculously, she was saved. The water poured from her clothes as she stood on dry ground, but the little print of St. Philomena that she had carried was not even damp.

In 1837, Saint Philomena delivered Mugnano from an epidemic of cholera. In this year, the diocese of Nola was granted permission to say the Office and Mass of a virgin martyr, with a special lesson at Matins in honor of St. Philomena. Later, three proper lessons were to be granted, and permission was given to other dioceses to keep the feast. The feast was inserted in the calendar of the Roman clergy for August 19th.

Pauline Jaricot, on her return to France, gave a portion of the relics she had brought with her to a very simple, very holy village Curé. The name of his village was Ars. I cannot begin to tell the story of the Curé d’Ars – St. John Vianney. This has been told by Henri Ghéon so beautifully that one cannot do anything but quote from the English version. (The Secret of the Curé d’Ars, published by Sheed & Ward, London) Ghéon begins by saying that the story is so wonderful that he wants to write it like a fable. That will fit in very well with the rest of our “fairy story” – so let him tell it:

Once upon a time, there lived in France in the province of Lyon, a little peasant boy who from his earliest days, loved solitude and loved God. A clever gentleman in Paris made a Revolution which prevented people from praying. The faithful were forced to secretly attend Mass in a barn. The priests were in hiding. If they were caught, their heads were cut off with all available neatness. Jean Marie Vianney was determined to become a priest. He was much given to prayer, but he had no learning. He tended sheep and ploughed the fields. His was a late vocation and he failed nearly all his Seminary examinations.

At last, as vocations were scarce, it was decided he should be accepted. Once appointed to Ars, he remained there until he died; France’s least Curé in France’s least village. He was Curé with such thoroughness that France’s least village had France’s greatest Curé. The whole of France made pilgrimage to see him. He converted all who came to him; if he had not died, he would have converted the whole of France. He cured souls and bodies. He read hearts like a book.

The Blessed Virgin visited him. The devil actively tormented him. He was made a Canon, a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and, after death, was canonized. He well deserved this glory.

By the time, Philomena came to Ars, M. le Curé had converted the parish by his heroic poverty, faith and charity. He was working miracles. When a miracle happened, he gave the credit to the Saints.

And now, exactly at the right moment came a little Saint from Italy, who enjoyed an enormous reputation. The favor which surrounded her was all the greater because she was new. Saints get used up very quickly. In the eyes of the world, God unceasingly reveals to us new ones. It was upon St. Philomena the Curé placed the credit for all the miracles worked at Ars. He directed souls in this manner: “Go to Philomena; Whatever you ask of her, She will obtain for you.”

How charming! Abbe Vianney pointed out to Philomena that she could not suffer from pride by working miracles which would draw the admiration of crowds of people, thus she must take the blame! If she would do so, let there be as many miracles as possible: THE MORE, THE MERRIER! Philomena humbly agreed.

The Curé d’Ars never knew close friendship, even in the spiritual Order, with any woman. God had chosen for him a companion no longer of this world, a little maid of olden days, who was to be at once his lady, betrothed, sister and daughter – all in one! Speaking to her as a father, he might easily press her with his entreaties. There was no need to be on his guard with her. Now and then, he even gently scolded her.


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, Wednesday April 8, 2015

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Dear Mrs. Patti and all the Benefactors and Members of Living Rosary,

Best wishes from Ukraine! Now, all the members of the Living Rosary and our dear priests are preparing to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This year, we, Ukrainians, are celebrating Easter in a special way. Many of our men and women are away at war and they will celebrate Easter in the tanks and on the battle fields defending our country and our freedom. The Ukrainian Living Rosary members are preparing for the campaign to pray the Novena of the prayers for the conversion of Russia. At the present moment, the Center of the Living Rosary is going to publish the leaflets with Rosary meditations in order to encourage Ukrainians to join the prayer for the conversion of Russia. The Most Holy Rosary will bring us victory!

As you know, the Living Rosary Center is located at the church of Saint John the Baptist. Every day, we do observe as the workers are rebuilding the roof and continuing the renovation of the church. The Center is working very hard. In the morning, we do have the Sacred Mass and, then, we start working to send boxes to the local leaders and receiving visitors who arrive from different parts of Ukraine. They have many requests for the Sacramentals of Saint Philomena, Brown Scapulars and Rosaries. We offer them all these items, free of cost, because we do receive them from you. In Ukraine, there are many people who wear the Brown Scapulars but the Living Rosary Center is the only provider of Scapulars for the whole of Ukraine. Also, during Good Friday, our friends are going to distribute the Rosary leaflets to encourage people to pray. These will be distributed in front of the churches. This year, the Center of the Living Rosary donated 20,000 Rosaries to the military.

In April, in Ukraine, the prices for the natural gas, hot water and electricity are being raised up to 239% because the government does not have the money to sell the natural gas for half price. Instead of buying religious books, our members and the rest of the Ukrainian people will need to pay the power bills. Now, the inflation rate is very high in Ukraine. The average monthly take-home pay for a middle class worker in Ukraine is 142 USD. One Dollar is equivalent to 23 Ukrainian Hryvnas; a year ago it was 8 Hryvnas. Now, one gallon of petrol costs 5 US Dollars and a loaf of bread costs 0.20 USD. Facing such financial problems and military conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine, many Ukrainian people are moving to Western Europe to find jobs. Therefore, many of them are asking the Center of the Living Rosary to send them prayer books and Rosaries for free. All of us are praying to God and the Virgin Mary for peace in Ukraine. Thanks be to God, we do not face the war in our part of Ukraine, but we do pray for peace and for conversion of Russia.

Thank you for all you do for the Living Rosary Center in Ukraine. We keep you every day in our prayers! God bless you all!

With the prayers and respect,
 


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


Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you for your kind donation and request for prayers. We have enrolled you in the Novena of Holy Masses being offered during the month of April in the Holy Land. Your special intentions and petitions will be remembered throughout the month. May you receive strong health, protection from evil, courage, peace and joy!

We are living in an Age when faith is weak amongst the majority, even of them that believe, and it is one of the greatest dangers that could befall us in this world. When faith is weak, charity loses its fire. One day, Our Savior asked the disciples if they thought He would find faith upon the earth when He returned to judge mankind. We live in an Age when the want of faith has paralyzed men’s hearts. Faith comes from our will that is moved by the Holy Ghost. We believe in order to know that which, without faith, we could not know. God manifests Himself to the minds and hearts of those who believe.

Compromise and deplorable concessions are made when we have frequent dealings with those who are not of the faith. How difficult it is for couples united in mixed marriages to persevere in the Faith. Religious indifference soon takes hold and all efforts to convert the spouse are abandoned.

There is great ignorance in homes about holy practices recommended by the Church. How many Catholic houses never have a drop of Holy Water, or a blessed candle, or a Palm to be seen! The walls are empty of holy pictures and crucifixes, and other sacred objects given to us for protection, reverence, and as frequent reminders that our homes are a sacred dwelling shared with the Jesus and Mary, and the Angels and Saints. Faith longs to believe for believing is its life. Let us offer God our homage and dwell forever in His presence. Family Prayer is the heart and the hearth of the Catholic Home. No excuse suffices for us to omit daily Family Prayer. Begin today to make this heroic effort to offer daily Family Prayer: the benefits for your family will be EVERLASTING!

One with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA



MAY BOUQUET OF THIRTY ONE DAYS OF MASSES FOR YOUR LOVED ONES

THERE IS NO GREAT LOVE!

As we enter the Month of May, let us vie with one another to excel to the limit of our ability to honor, love, imitate and exalt the Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth. The practice of honoring Mary in the month of May comes to us from the Golden Age of Faith, the 13th Century, a time when great cathedrals were being built and most of them were dedicated to the Mother of God. The Jesuits established the Sodality of Mary as a Lay Order in the Church, promoting personal consecration to Mary by placing themselves under Her care and protection, that She might lead them safely to Her Divine Son.

The practice of keeping the month of May for Mary was granted an indulgence by Pope Pius VII in 1815 and, in 1859, Pope Pius IX granted a Plenary Indulgence to this practice. When the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Labouré in Rue du Bac, She asked that a special organization be founded in the Church for the very purpose of promoting the May devotions and spreading the Miraculous Medal.

The Children of Mary was founded by the Vincentian Order, and the Daughters of Charity spread the devotion primarily through the schools. The French Revolution took its toll and it was a long while before the devotion requested by Our Lady was once again revived. Today, the devotion flourishes throughout the world. During the month of May, let us enshrine Mary’s image, procure Her glory and extend the service of our Queen and Mother! In all the major apparitions of Mary, the Mother of God appeared to ask of Her humble seers the favor of having a church built on that hallowed ground where pilgrims would come to venerate and honor Her by their attendance at Holy Mass and the reception of the Sacraments, thus rendering to God the Father eternal glory, thanksgiving and reparation for the sins of mankind. “Build on this spot a chapel.” This is the cause most dear to the Heart of Our Mother. Listen to Her pleas and hasten to Her requests. She is our Patroness, Advocate, Mistress and Mother!

In honor and obedience, thanksgiving and petition, entrust all your loved ones to Mary through your gift of a special Bouquet of 31 days of Sacred Liturgies. Crown Her with the roses empurpled in the Precious Blood of Her Divine Son, the Source of all Salvation! A lovely Mass card will be sent out to you for each one you enroll.

SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $5.00 each for Enrollment in the MAY Bouquet of thirty one days of Masses for your Loved Ones: PRINT VERY CLEARLY EACH NAME!

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Make your payment online through PAYPAL / CREDIT CARD at: WWW.PHILOMENA.ORG

If payment by Check / Money Order / Cash, please mail it directly to the address below:

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ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

Arriving at the Sacred Heart Convent at the Trinita de Monti, she was so ill that Pope Gregory XVI, hearing of her state and heroic pilgrimage, and knowing her apostolic work, came privately to give her his blessing. He asked her to pray for him when she got to Heaven.

“Yes, Holy Father," said Pauline, “but, when I return from Mugnano and come on foot to the Vatican, will your Holiness deign to proceed without delay to the definitive examination of the Cause of Saint Philomena?"

“Yes, yes, my child,” the Pope replied, “for that would be a miracle of the first class.” He was perfectly certain she was dying. So, once again, the little party resumed their journey. When they arrived at Naples, she was so weak she could not even speak. They wished to halt, but she moved a finger to point ahead. They gave in to her last wish and drove slowly on.

When they arrived in Mugnano on August 8, they found preparations for the festival beginning. Pauline tells that, even then, her chief intention was not to obtain her bodily cure, rather graces for her soul and for her apostolic organizations. When the people of Mugnano saw her carried into the church on a chair, they were so struck with her dreadful appearance. They told their Saint roundly that such a heroic pilgrimage demanded the necessity of her cure.

Pauline, easily exhausted by the kindest of fine-mannered visitors at Lyon, hardly able to draw her breath, was surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd of self-appointed townsmen and women. They deafened her with their threats and coaxing to St. Philomena, and breathed garlic enthusiastically all over her. They knocked on the shrine saying, “Do you hear us, Philomena! If you do not cure her directly, we will pray to you no more! We will have nothing more to do with you! So much the worse for you, great Saint! If you do not do as we ask for, we shall keep our word!” They shouted so loudly that, if Philomena was not vanquished, Pauline was. They had to be told that the French lady begged them to pray in lower tones. Nothing happened that day or the next day.

The feast day arrived. At the moment of Communion, Pauline experienced a fearful anguish in her whole body. Her heart pounded as though it would break. She fainted with pain and appeared to be dead. This fact, which nearly broke the hearts of her fellow-travelers, did not upset the Neapolitans in the least. They knew how often Philomena had seen to it that the dead had come back to life. It merely exasperated them. They gave such cries of anger that the chaplain and servants, helpless in distress, tried to carry away Pauline’s invalid chair. But Pauline was not dead. By a supreme effort, she managed to signal to them she wished to be left where she was, that her last sight of the world might be the shrine which she had come so far to honor.

Her eyes were veiled in death. Tears began to creep under the lids, a tinge of color came into her cheeks, her icy hands and feet felt a new warmth stealing through them. A heavenly joy filled her soul which had been, for all its obedience and heroism, in desolation. She thought heaven had begun. It was then she knew she was cured.

Nevertheless, she was so worn out that she dared not make the slightest sign which would have told the watching Neapolitans that their prayers had been heard. She feared for the clamor of triumph that would result! She was carried out of the church and, next day, carried into it as though nothing had happened. She still felt very weak, mostly with the emotional reaction. That evening, after Benediction, she felt stronger and decided that, when the congregation had departed, she would attempt to walk to the door of the church. She walked to the door, out of it and as far as the house where she was staying. Up the steep staircase to her room, she went without feeling the smallest inconvenience.

There was no longer any doubt about the miracle. Old Don Francesco, venerable with thirty years knowledge of Philomena, came to find if he had heard right. The news which had spread like wild-fire was that the French lady was walking. Pauline could not deny it, terrified as she was of the excitement it would create! Poor Pauline! It was worse than anything she could have imagined!

The bells pealed out. Mobbed and embraced, she was the center of a whirlwind of gratitude which swept the whole populace to the shrine and around town. Don Francesco treated her as though she were a mere phenomenon, exhibited her, tested her, made her walk and kneel until she was fit to drop. She trusted that Philomena would not be angry with her for obeying Don Francesco. Indeed, it did not harm her in the slightest. In fact, the more she did, the more the last symptom – the palpitations – diminished. She was given back all the strength and vigor of her youth!

Pauline left the large armchair in which she had been carried into the church at the Shrine. She consecrated herself to Philomena, took her name, cut off her hair, and put on the habit of the Little Sisters of St. Philomena. On the stretcher of the carriage, she took back a figure like that of the Saint in the Shrine, enclosing a large relic which Don Francesco had given her. She would build a Shrine to her patroness in France. Additional relics for distribution in France were also carried home. Pauline made the trip home in comfort despite the rough miles and extreme heat of summer.

She was not prepared for the ovation which she received at every inn when the miracle was discovered and the figure of the Saint was seen. Postilions and innkeepers, villagers and beggars were wild with excitement. All demanded to be allowed to venerate the figure and to look closely at Pauline. Young girls offered themselves to join the Little Sisters of St. Philomena. Pauline provided them medals and pictures which had touched the shrine at Mugnano. She gave all away lavishly. A dying baby and a sick nun were cured before the journey was over!

The Holy Father could not believe his eyes. He made Pauline walk up and down in front of him, marveling at the change in her. He asked her to remain one year in Rome that her cure might be thoroughly investigated. Pauline stayed. During that time, she was stronger than she had ever been in her life. The Pope kept his word. On January 30, 1837, Pope Gregory XVI instituted a special feast in honor of St. Philomena, with a proper lesson inserted in the Breviary. Public worship of St. Philomena was officially authorized. Later, a special Office was composed in honor of Saint Philomena by order of Pope Pius IX. Pauline returned to France and built a chapel to the Saint on her property. It had a miniature reproduction of the church at Mugnano. She also established in her house a community of nuns under the patronage of St. Philomena. She lavished her great fortune upon the poor.

Philomena was not idle in her new chapel. The walls were soon hung with ex-votos, testifying to her power of miracles. Many came to this famous Chapel on pilgrimage. Philomena had come to France, but her work there only began at Lyon. It was elsewhere that she was to make herself still better known with the aid of a priest even simpler and holier than Don Francesco.


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, Wednesday April 1, 2015

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

Easter is the central point of all Christian doctrine: “If Christ has not risen, then our preaching is vain and our Faith is groundless.” (1 Cor. 15: 14) The Good News that the Gospel brings us is that God is Our Father and our Faith is based on the divinity of Him Who has said: “My Father and I are One!” and He proved it by rising from the dead. “I am the Resurrection.” There is no life but in Him and, therefore, no resurrection but His. It is by a life of constant death and resurrection in Him that we live. Every day for the Christian should be Easter Day; every event of our lives should be colored by the one event worth remembrance. We must rise, then, and lift our thoughts above. Our life is hidden with Christ in God! This thought must keep alive the flame of our taper, the fire of our joy, and light the way for others. Today, all creation is radiant: man is redeemed from the slavery of Satan and life returns to the mankind. Love and hate have met in single combat, and it is love that has conquered! Our Shepherd and Savior is never more loving and radiant than when He comes to meet us on Easter morning. He alone is Joy! He comes watching for us to bring to Him hearts full of gratitude for His Death has given us Life! His open Side is the Gate of Salvation: the passage leading to that Paradise which is Himself.

The pilgrims of Emmaus had created for themselves an image of Christ which did not, in any way, correspond to reality. When they saw Him die, something of their faith and confidence in Him died also. The same thing happens to us when we do not obtain that for which we pray. Many times, we expect something which God does not see fit to give us. In our troubles, we fail to see Christ walking beside us. Now, in the Joy of the Resurrection, we are made to realize the value of suffering – of God’s suffering and ours. We see that the radiance of a future resurrection lies over every pain or sorrow and we can see that our suffering united to His, makes us grow in Grace and gives us strength to leave self and enter into God, Who is our Resurrection and our Life. Suffering and death is the beginning of life everlasting, a rising from strength to strength and an absorption into Eternity! On Easter Day, Christ stands before us, inviting us to live, not merely close to Him, but in Him and by Him, in the wonder-working power of His Resurrection. By Thy Death and Resurrection, Thou hast led me into the fruitful Paradise of Thy Love! My God, I thank Thee! May we, one and all, live and die worthy of our sublime vocation as Children of God and heirs of Heaven!

Dear members, we place your daily needs, spiritual, physical and material, before the Altar of God. In doing this, may our mission in the bosom of Holy Mother the Church be strengthened and completed.

With the prayers and respect,
 


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

 


GOD IS WITH US JUST LIKE THE AIR WE BREATHE.
If He were absent, there would be no life!

MAN IS NOTHING OF HIMSELF;
Yet, he is filled with the pride of self-esteem!

Help me, O Lord, I beg Thee!

They stripped Him, put on Him a scarlet cloak, and made for Him a crown of thorns. While bending the knee before Him, they mocked Him, spit upon Him, and struck His Head with a reed. The sheer pathos and stark barbaric realism of this moment has never been equaled in recorded history. When the scourging was over, Christ was cut loose from the pillar, and fell into twitching and agonizing pain on the rough pavement. His executioners were not satisfied yet. Their brutal lust for torture devised the cruelest sport ever recorded. Christ is taken to a corner of the courtyard, and thrust down upon a mock throne. A scarlet cloak is placed on His torn and bleeding Shoulders. Strong thorny branches are gathered, made into a crown and thrust upon His throbbing Head, as His royal crown. This humble spectacle is not yet complete. The entire cohort is called together; each soldier is to outdo the other in coarse insults and obscenities. They kneel before Him and shout out:

“HAIL, KING OF THE JEWS!”

The whole courtyard resounds with laughter. They could not get enough. Taking turns, they strike His Head with a reed forcing the thorns more deeply into His Sacred Flesh.

Then, out of the vileness of their obscene minds, they devised a new indignity – they spit into His Face! In the midst of all this, Our Blessed Lord did not open His mouth. How the angels must have veiled their faces in horror at the unspeakable outrage perpetrated on the Son of God. Our Lord looked upon them with infinite pity, while His Heart begged for their forgiveness. He loathed and detested their sin with the full and vibrant, pulsating intensity of His Godhead, but He loved the sinners with an exquisite and tender Love. He forgave them and offered all the tortures that they inflicted upon Him for their salvation. Think of the humility of Jesus and, then, consider our unbridled pride.


Dear Mother Patti,

This morning, at about 7:30 a.m., I visited St. Joseph’s English Elementary School, Mvolye, and presented the Living Rosary to the pupils and teachers. The welcome was fantastic. They were very keen to listen to my explanation.

To my greatest surprise after the speech, one of the teachers thanked me and told me that she and her husband were enrolled in the Living Rosary about 10 years ago, but they lost their Decade cards. They remember their assigned Decades: Her Mystery was The Assumption while her husband’s Mystery was The Descent of the Holy Ghost. She then gave me the names of the children for enrollment. She shared her experience with other teachers and many of them gave the names to be enrolled. So, I collected almost 500 names.

Since the schools will be closed for the Easter holidays from April 2, I will be going back to distribute to the pupils their Decade cards and materials on Monday, March 30. Notwithstanding, I collected a box from the UPS and small box via post office yesterday. They are very helpful for the two schools that we have enrolled now. I am preparing their Decade cards so that they could receive them before they go on their holidays.

Thank you for the vestment. I will give it to a Bishop whom I will meet just after the Easter celebrations. Ave Maria!

Paul – Cameroon


Pray the Rosary for many reasons, especially during Lent, but defeating Satan is another very good reason to do so. We are locked in a spiritual combat. Our enemies are principalities and power, thrones and dominions, who in one irreversible, unimaginable act of pride rejected God’s Will and were cast out. If we receive the Sacraments (especially Confession) regularly, try to practice virtue, and avoid habits of sin, it is incredibly unlikely that demons or dark forces will gain any power over us. But for those who are lost in grave habits of sin, it is very, very possible.

We must do penance not only for ourselves, but for those lost in sin, too. It is a vitally necessary work of spiritual mercy.


THINKING WITH GOD!

“When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified Him there.” (Luke 23:33)

O God, how wonderful it is that Thou art always here. That whenever I desire it, I may speak with Thee. Thou art not as the great ones of the earth whom man cannot approach. Thou art always accessible because Thou art always LOVE! I have nothing to give Thee but myself; therefore, I shall offer Christ to Thee.

Some of the most moving events in history have been recorded in few and concise words. The greatest event of all times is recorded by St. Luke in these brief words: “They crucified Him!”

The contemplation, meditations and revelations of the Saints of all Ages have not begun to touch upon the real depths of that awful Mystery of God’s ineffable Love for man! Since the stark cross was thrust against the lowering sky on the first Good Friday, it has become the Focal Point of all History. Here, past and present, today and tomorrow, meet in an eternal NOW! All the problems of human destiny find their solution here! Those three short words, They Crucified Him, are not a doleful plaint of sorrow; they are a triumphant hymn of victory! For, by His Death, all mankind has been made to live. In His Sorrow, mankind finds its promise and pledge of everlasting joy.

When Pilate finally gave up his pretense and mockery of a trial, and sentenced Christ to death, he was setting in motion the Process formulated by God from Eternity, whereby mankind would be at last freed from sin, death and everlasting punishment. He spoke only a sentence of death but God uttered the wondrous Decree of Life!

When Pilate laid the Cross on the Shoulders of Christ that Good Friday, little did he dream how far that Cross would be carried down through the centuries, into Eternity itself! The drama of Life through Death began. The Cross was laid upon His Shoulders. His agony and pain were beyond telling, the last tragic chapter was about to begin.

Rough hands were laid on Christ, stripping Him of His garments. Wine with myrrh was offered to Him. He would not drink of it. He would suffer to the limit, and there would be no lessening or weakening of His faculties or of His senses. Each one would bear to the full, its own particular suffering.

Then, Christ was told to stretch out His Hands upon the Cross. Obedient as a lamb led to the slaughter, He meekly submitted and stretched forth His Hands. We do not need to wonder that the details of His agony have not been given to us. The Hands of God Who had tossed the stars in place and managed the flowers and fashioned the planets, are held rigid and helpless and are spiked brutally against the wood of the Cross. But, His torture was just beginning.

Slowly, His Blood oozed from countless wounds. A burning fever consumed His flesh and an agonizing thirst, swollen lips, a blackened, thickened tongue and, added to this, the nameless agony of slow strangulation. All the while, His enemies mocked and jeered at Him. His breaths became agonizing gasps, which thrust a knife-like blade into His chest. He offered then the final mercy to those who stood at the Foot of the Cross, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!”

His Mother He commended to St. John. He gave Paradise to the thief. He poured out the unlimited Love of His Heart beyond measure. “Greater love than this, no man hath, than that a man lay down His Life for His friend.” He came into the world to do His Father’s Will … and so He sighs, “It is finished!” Scripture has been fulfilled; the world has been made over again. The supreme moment for which all Time has groaned with expectation has come:

“Father into Thy Hands, I commend My Spirit.” Here is the Mystery. The Cross alone unlocks that Mystery.

Jesus, my King, I have crucified Thee!
Now, it is Thy turn to crucify me!

How badly we need to learn the lesson of submission to God’s Will, to realize that God’s Will is Love! Submission to Love is the only way in which we can fulfill the destiny of our being!

The Cross is not frustration; it is fulfillment!

The Cross is not chastisement; it is benediction!

The Cross is no instrument of death; it is the symbol of Life!

The Cross is not to be hated; it is to be embraced with Love!

We adore Thee, O Christ, and we Love Thee, because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world!

Jesus, Thou didst say:

“He is not worthy of Me that does not take up his cross and follow Me.”
(Matthew 10:38)

Life is a highroad that leads to Eternity, but no man can walk that road without the cross.

I do not understand why the cross must be, but Thou art Infinite Wisdom

And seest the farthest horizons and ultimate purposes of life.
Thou art Love, and there is no cruelty in Thy Being!

JESUS, MY GOD, TEACH ME TO LOVE THE CROSS!


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

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday March 25, 2015

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

CHAPTER IX – The Most Famous Miracle

About 1819, some Brothers of the Order of St. John of God were traveling through Brittany, trying to collect alms to revive their Order for the care of the incurables, the insane and epileptic. They had a great devotion to St. Philomena. Travelling through the south of France, they called at the door of the Jaricots, an extremely wealthy family renowned for their charity. Pauline Marie, Mr. Jaricot’s young daughter, suffered excruciating pains and was at death’s door. Every breath she took was a torture. Her limbs were icy. Palpitations visibly lifted her ribs and could be heard across the room. These traveling Brothers recounted the wonders of St. Philomena. Pauline began at once and offered a novena of prayers to St. Philomena. Her health improved immediately. Pauline was now able to sit up, take a few steps and do a little writing. Her friends declared that she was cured and proceeded to tire her out with many visits. Soon after, she suffered a relapse. The doctors cautioned her that she might die at any moment. Her dying wish was to be taken in the family carriage on pilgrimage to far away Mugnano or, at least, as far as Paray-le-Monial. She longed to set her spiritual affairs in order to begin her preparation for death.

Pauline was the Foundress of the Living Rosary and also of the Association for the Propagation of the Faith, that wonderful scheme whereby half-pennies collected from the poor financed the foreign missions. To quote from Alice Curtayne’s admirable essay on Saint Philomena: “In 1822, Pauline Jaricot founded in Lyon the Association for the Propagation of the Faith. In other words, by the particular slant of her genius, she had invented a method of financing missionary work; a method so simple that it was beyond belief how no one had thought of it before. The movement spread like a wind to every part of the Church. By a sort of decimal system, one promoter was charged in every parish with the collection of pennies contributed by ten of his friends.”

Within thirty-five years of its founding, the statistics show a colossal sum of twenty million Pounds had been collected and divided between needy foreign missions, with a corresponding immense increase in the army of recruits to the Church. As the movement was climbing to this spectacular point of success, its Foundress in Lyon lay dying of an obscure disease. After much prayer, Pauline consulted with her physician concerning the possibility of making the pilgrimage. He thought her suffering had affected her mind. She asked him to answer her honestly. His reply was, “Nothing, absolutely nothing whatever, has been effective in remedying your illness." He told her relatives, “You might very well satisfy her fancy of this pilgrimage without scruple. Let her do it. She will not go far. It is all over for her."

Speaking only of Paray-le-Monial, but determined to get to Mugnano, Pauline set out on the journey. She lay full length on a large easy-chair attended by her chaplain, maid and man-servant. Pale as death but still living, she arrived at Paray. She managed to spend the whole of the next day in the chapel of the Visitation Convent where Our Lord had made the revelations concerning His Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary. So far so good!

Now, she announced that she would go on to Rome to get the blessing of the Holy Father. She got as far as Chambery, where it seemed as though she were going to die. But no, she recovered and ordered the carriage to continue the rest of the journey. This was April, 1835. It would take weeks to get to Rome. Mass was heard every morning and a prolonged thanksgiving occupied her day. In an effort to conserve her strength, she spoke very little. They had to cross the Alps.

The Mount Cenis Pass was white with snow. It was here a strange thing happened – a child, whom none of the peasants had seen before, appeared and put a white rose on Pauline’s stretcher. Impossible! White roses were unobtainable at that altitude in April. Pauline called it, “a delicate attention of Providence.” It seemed to refresh her.

Once down in Italy, the heat was so great that they had to travel at night – a dangerous business in those troubled times when many found it easier to become robbers than make an honest living. The carriage was hung with medals of Our Lady and St. Philomena. One day saw them, at sunrise, outside the Basilica which enshrines the Holy House of Loreto, on that hilltop overlooking the Adriatic. They had come a great distance out of their way to Rome to salute Mary of Nazareth. Yet, far from curing or even relieving her, Our Lady allowed her to have one of the appalling heart attacks from which it seemed impossible that she should recover. Still, she went on to Rome, burning with fever, even more exhausted than before.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Dear Living Rosary Association,

Greetings from Sierra Leone with particular reference to St. Joseph’s Parish, Lungi! This parish is situated in the northern part of our country (Sierra Leone).

As a parish located close to the airport, we cater to different kinds of people from various back grounds and cultural set up. In addition, since it is mostly Muslim dominated, people are also influenced by their beliefs and practice. Therefore, in this frame of mind, as a parish priest, it is necessary to build up the spirituality of the people and to strengthen their belief in the use of the various Sacramentals of the Church, which will instill in them the Truths of our Catholic Faith.

In this regard, I humbly ask your Association to assist us, from times to time, with Scapulars, Rosaries, holy oil, literature, etc. These could be posted to the following Post Box address. As we wait on your response, I promise you of my prayers.

Fr. Dominic Arnold Johnson
University of Makeni
Makeni P.O. Box 1
Sierra Leone – West Africa


My most beloved Patti,

I have a lot to tell you. It is a pity that my English is not that good. I am working in the Social Media; through here, we have been getting all the promoters that we have. Mexico has 32 States. Our dream is to have one coordinator and many promoters in each State of the Mexican Republic.

Besides, we register all the people who cross our path. Thank God, we have complete distributed 880 Rosaries. I would love to have many more.

We are very grateful to you for your unconditional help and support. In Mexico, we have this dream which is kind of a hope: Mary’s victory in each and every heart.

Events in Mexico and in the rest of the world are becoming very difficult, but we are certain that the Rosary is the weapon and we have to win this battle.

Be reassured that all that you are sending us with love and kindness, we distribute among the members who take the commitment with Our Mother to serve the Living Rosary.

You are in our daily prayers. I send you a big hug and all my love. May God and Our Queen, Holy Mary of Guadalupe fill you with their blessings!

Your daughter < Elizabeth – MEXICO >

 


Dear Patti,

How are you? It’s very hot here in our country. But the heat of the sun cannot stop me from promoting the ULRA. Last Saturday March 21, I was able to give input, especially to the families, on the importance of our devotion to the Holy Rosary. After my talk, we distributed Rosaries to 60 parents who wish to have their children baptized.

Thank you, dear ULRA benefactors and Patti, for your generosity in shipping the FOREX boxes loaded with Rosaries, Scapulars, other Sacramentals, Decade cards, prayer books, holy cards, St. Philomena oil, cord and wrist cord, and newsletters. I am so tongue-tied of how to say “Thank You” to all of you! It is a great blessing for us. God bless all of you!

You know the testimonies about St. Philomena oil and cord, and the wrist cord is of great help to all who ask for it. She works wonders even out of town. I offered to give the wrist cords to all the mothers with infants attending the seminars for the Baptism every first and third Saturday of the month because St. Philomena also works wonders for the innocent through these wrist cords.

We have two St. Philomena groups. The visitation group always goes to the prayer meetings in houses. After the prayer meeting, they receive information about the location of the sick people. They were invited to visit the lady who has breast cancer. So the following day, they went to Toboso, miles away from San Carlos. They met the woman who was so weak with aching breast cancer. The family wanted them to pray for her. After the prayers, Saint Philomena oil was used on the whole area of her infected breast.

Each member of the family was advised to go for daily Mass, make their confessions and pray the Rosary daily. The member of the group visits them often. They observed that the sick woman is regaining her health. The family has asked for another vial of St. Philomena oil.

< Carmelita – PHILIPPINES >
 


Dear Mrs. Melvin,

I was in Lahore on the 14th and 15th. There was a program on Lent. After explaining about the Living Rosary, people were given Rosaries, Decade cards and many other devotional items. I was very busy the next day: I went to Holy Rosary Church, St. Thomas Church, St. Teresa Church and Sanda Khurd and Khokhar town. In the evening, I had a meeting with Mr. Azam, the catechist at Green Town. When I left for his place, it started raining. I reached there wet due to rain. I was with him for about two hours and left for Daska. It was still raining and the coach which I boarded bypassed Daska and went to Sialkot. It was very difficult for me at that time (1 AM) as there was no conveyance to go to Daska. The driver said if I could pay him extra, he could take me to my destination. Due to heavy luggage and bag, I had to accept his suggestion and I reached Daska after 2 AM. I have uploaded the pictures of all these visits. Tomorrow, early in the morning, I will leave for Wazirabad and Gujranwala.

You might have heard about what happened in Pakistan yesterday. There were two blasts in two Churches, killing about 25 people and more than 70 were injured. The first blast was in Christ Church and the second was in St. John's Catholic Church. The blasts were during the Sunday prayers but, thanks be to God, the terrorists could not cross the main gates. Christians all over Pakistan are very sad and are in great anger. Please remember the martyrs and their families, and all the Christians of Pakistan in your prayers. God bless you!
< AFZAAL – PAKISTAN >

15 killed in Taliban attack on Lahore churches

March 15, 2015

LAHORE: At least 15 people were killed and more than 70 injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked churches in Lahore on Sunday, sparking mob violence in which two other suspected militants died.

The bombings occurred during prayers at two churches located around half a kilometre apart in the city's Youhanabad neighbourhood that is home to more than 100,000 Christians, officials said.

Broken window panes, blood and shoes were scattered across the blast sites. Police spokes-woman Nabila Ghazanfar said two policemen guarding the churches were among those killed in the attacks, while two people were beaten to death by protesters who took to the streets after the blasts. “Policemen on duty at both the entrances tried to stop them but the bombers blew themselves up,” she told AFP.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction claimed responsibility for the attack.

Christians make up around two percent of Pakistan's mainly Muslim population of 180 million. They have been targeted in attacks and riots in recent years, often over allegations of blasphemy.

Sunday's attacks were the worst on the community since a devastating 2013 double suicide-bombing in Peshawar that killed 82 people. That attack came months after more than 3,000 protesters torched some 100 houses as they rampaged through Joseph Colony, another Christian neighbourhood of Lahore, following blasphemy allegations against a Christian man.

Sharif in a statement condemned the church bombings and “directed provincial governments to ensure the security of (the) public and their properties.” Zaeem Qadri, a spokesman for the provincial government, said efforts were being made to talk to the protesters to stop the rioting but “emotions are very high because their churches have been attacked.”

Sunday's attack was the first by the Taliban since three of their major factions said on Thursday they had reunited. The military has stepped up its fight against militants since Taliban gunmen massacred more than 150 people, most of them children, at a school in Peshawar in December.

A moratorium on executions in terror cases was lifted and the constitution amended to set up military courts for the speedy trial of terrorism cases. Later, the death penalty was reinstated for all capital cases.


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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 March 18, 2015

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

During the sobering season of Lent, it is good for us to consider the past years of our lives, before and after our First Holy Communion: the places we have lived, the sins we have committed against God and man, obligations of our vocation we have failed to perform, and the time that we have wasted. This sight should be enough to make us weep. For one single mortal sin, Adam and Eve and their posterity were condemned to death and eternal torments. How many motives we have to induce us to do real penance!

Each mortal sin is a three-fold injury to God, and its malice is monstrous because His Majesty is Infinite. We injure Him by insubordination and rebellion; God commands, and we prefer transitory pleasures to God and to His Laws. We injure Him by ingratitude, making use of His very Gifts to offend and insult Him. Each venial sin is also a three-fold injury; it is certainly of a slighter kind, but still the malice is great. If by a single venial sin, we could change all the lost souls into saints who would praise God eternally in Heaven, we could not commit it, for the praises of all the human race would not compensate God for the injury done by one venial sin. Venial sin is no minor thing and, if unchecked, it leads to mortal sin. Our Blessed Savior was bruised for our sins. It is my sins which have scourged Him, crowned Him with thorns, struck Him, spit upon Him, nailed Him to the cross and made Him to die upon it. I have cried out with the Jews, “Let Him be crucified!” Ah, but let me now console Him, make reparation for my past sins and offenses, distrust myself and ask for the Grace to sacrifice my life for souls, in imitation of Christ, my King. Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, let me take my place with thee at the Foot of the Cross.

Every day, at the Sacred Altar, we are remembering you, your families living and departed, and all those who are sick and tormented with grief and despair. Have Courage! God is with us! My God, I love Thee!

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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

With the prayers and respect,
 


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


Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thanks be to God for your generous donation in support of our missionary work throughout the world! The persecution of Christians escalates every day. Many cannot attend Mass for fear of losing their lives. Your help is timely and sacrificial. We remember you and your family each day in our prayers.

“Come apart into that desert place and rest a while.” Our Lord invites us each to step aside from the fast pace of our unparallelled, jet-propulsioned lives and take time for quiet, restful, tranquil prayer with Him. He set the example in His own Life when He would retire alone to the hilltops and, there, beneath the star-studded skies, He would spend the night in prayer. We need to take fifteen minutes each day to “think with God” in prayer. On Holy Thursday night after the Last Supper, He invited the Eleven to climb the eastern slope with Him. He bade them to sit down. He took Peter, James and John – the three who had seen Him in glory – further with Him for He yearned for the comfort and consolation of their presence in His desolation. He turned to them and said, "My Soul is sorrowful, even unto death. Stay here and watch with Me." Then, He went alone to the Garden of Gethsemane, a stone’s throwaway. He was deluged with each detail of His suffering, the bite of the scourge, the piercing torture of the thrusting thorns, the searing gouge of the nails, the revulsion of His nerves, muscles and flesh, and the final horror of death. There was no conflict between His Will and the Will of His Father. He had offered Himself to the Cross only because He willed it. His human nature shrank from it, and the struggle was so great that drops of blood began to ooze through the pores of His Body. Rising from His knees, gasping, almost tottering, He staggered to where He had left His three friends. If ever there had been a time in His earthly career when He needed the comfort and encouragement of His friends: it was now! His human Heart hungered for their friendship. But, He found them asleep! It was almost the refinement of cruelty that they could sleep when life was nearly crushed out of Him by a tidal-wave of sorrow!

O my suffering Savior, give me the strength, courage and loyalty to keep Thee company during the times in my life that are filled with suffering, abandonment and desolation. Help me, then, O Lord, to turn to Thee in prayer!

One with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.



ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

At last, Diocletian despaired of turning me from my decision and so he resorted to torture and threats in order to make me retract my vow of faithful virginity I made to my Spouse. When the forty days were fulfilled, he had me brought out of prison and bound to a pillar in the presence of many of his gentlemen at arms and other officers of his palace. He had me scourged, saying: “Since she obstinately refuses an Emperor, such as I am, for a malefactor condemned to death by His own countrymen, she deserves like Him to be treated to my justice.”
 

Then, seeing that my body was covered with wounds and blood, and life hardly remained in me, he ordered me to be taken back to prison to die. There, I awaited death. Two angels appeared, anointed me with a precious oil and healed me. The next morning, the Emperor was astounded on hearing the news. Seeing me in full beauty and health, he tried to make me believe that I owed this favor to Jove who had cured me because he destined me to be the wife of the Emperor. Filled with the devil, he gave me every honor and, with ardent caresses of impure affection, strove to draw me to my ruin. I remained firm, convinced that they were only the devices of the demon to take from me the most precious possession of my life, the lily of virginity which I had offered to my heavenly Spouse. He that strengthened me in this fight was the Holy Spirit!

Diocletian, not knowing how to answer the reasons I advanced in favor of our Faith, displayed the greatest scorn and, snarling like a lion, ordered that an anchor of iron should be fastened to my neck and I should be thrown immediately into the Tiber so that I and my memory would perish. But Jesus, to show His omnipotence, for the confusion of the tyrant and of the idolaters, sent again two most beautiful angels who severed the rope on my neck. The anchor fell into the depths of the Tiber, where it remains, covered with mud. Upheld by angel wings, I was brought back to shore without a drop of water having touched me. When the people saw me thus, in safety and glory, perfectly dry, they spread this news abroad and many were converted to the Faith of Jesus Christ.

The tyrant, in furious despair, shouted that it was all done by magic and, more obstinate than Pharaoh, ordered me to be dragged through the whole of Rome and then shot with arrows. When he saw me pierced with these shafts swooning and dying, he cruelly had me thrown again into prison so that I might die forsaken and without any comfort. In the morning, expecting to find me dead, he was stupefied to find me rosy and well, singing Psalms in praise of God. In the night, the Omnipotent One had given me a sweet sleep and my body had been anointed by an angel with a fragrant ointment.

This caused the Emperor to be in such a cruel fury that he ordered me to be shot through with arrows until I was dead. The archers bent their bows but the arrows would not move. The tyrant cursed me for a witch. Hoping that witchcraft would be unavailing against fire, he ordered that the arrows should be heated red-hot in a furnace. Again, my Spouse saved me from this torment. I was rapt in ecstasy. The arrows speeding towards my body turned back against the archers and six of them were pierced and died. At the sight of this new miracle, many more were converted and the people began to turn in favor of the Faith. Fearing more serious consequences, the tyrant ordered me to be beheaded without more ado. And so, my soul fled all triumphant and glorious to Heaven, to receive from my Spouse the crown of virginity which had cost me so much.

This happened on the 10th day of August, which was a Friday, at the hour which the Italians call nineteen and a half, which is half-past three in the afternoon. Therefore, as I have told you, the Most High caused my translation to Mugnano to take place on this day, with so many signs of heavenly assistance that the glory of it might be shown forth.

This was the chief revelation made to Mother Maria Luisa but, at other times, she received additional lights. Kneeling in front of the altar in church, she was thinking how much Philomena must have suffered, when the little Martyr said to her, “Meditate on the Passion of the Redeemer and compassionate Him Who alone suffered intensely. I only suffered a little because Jesus Christ had suffered for us.” One evening, she asked St. Philomena to teach her an efficacious devotion. She heard an interior voice say: “Recite three Creeds: one for the preservation of the just, one for the conversion of sinners and the third for the return of heretics and infidels to the Faith.”

Another day, St. Philomena told her: “When thrown in the Tiber and believing myself about to die, I embraced my anchor as Jesus embraced His Cross. Because my Spouse wished that I should not be satisfied to offer up one single life, I longed to have a thousand lives to offer Him. I was preserved from death even in the Tiber, and He has given me as much glory as though I had really sacrificed a thousand lives for Him.”

On one occasion, Mother Louisa asked St. Philomena the difference between essential glory and accidental glory of the Saints.

“We realize,” said Philomena, “that we are before God as so many vases of honor: some larger, some smaller. The vases of our souls expand according to our desire to love God during our life on earth. As soon as we are brought into the presence of God, each vase is filled to the brim with knowledge and love of Him. This plenitude is what is called essential glory and this, through all eternity, cannot be enlarged or diminished. God Himself can put in the hearts of the faithful to pray to Him through His Saints; and then grace descends from Him like crystal-clear water, falling on our vases. Being already full, they cannot contain it, wherefore the water splashes from them, falling upon the earth enriching you who are yet pilgrims. This is the glory which is called accidental glory, which can increase or diminish. But, in either case, we lose nothing. Always, we give glory to God.”

One night, Mother Luisa had a vision in which she saw Our Lady and Philomena. “Stand firm under the protection of Mary,” said St. Philomena, and placed her under the mantle of Our Lady. In another vision, she saw Our Lady clothed with the sun. Philomena laid down her own crown before the Immaculate’s throne and said, “Lady of Heaven. I am come to ask grace.” She demanded more than thirty graces for different persons. Our Lady replied: “To Philomena, nothing is refused. We concede to her all these graces.”

Then, she saw St. Gabriel writing the concessions with a gold pen, after which the saint turned to Mother Maria Luisa, and said, “Have you seen how this was done? I asked the graces from Mary and, through Mary, they were granted to me.”

These revelations have received the Imprimatur of the Holy Office, which means simply that the Church has pronounced them to be free from anything contrary to the Faith. Few are the things that are “of faith,” on which we must take our stand if we are not to be swept away by the first tide of thought. The private communion of those who stand with the Saints in Heaven above them, is not the business of the Church, unless it is offered as a matter of public interest. She then pronounces on it as being in accord with faith and reason, or against either of them. Her “Imprimatur” means no more than that it is harmless for a Christian to believe it on its own merits if he chooses to do so. Faint praise? What else would you have? The Church is concerned with the salvation of souls. There is no time, before the crack of doom, for anything else. There will be time in Heaven to see whether a holy woman’s vision was spiritual poetry or a revelation of fact.


Dear Mrs. Patti Melvin,

I received your letter and the box of printed Spanish materials and Sacramentals. Thank you very much for your kindness. May I ask a favor from you; I would like to be a part of your mission in spreading the Faith to the people throughout the whole world. Here in Spain, there are many young and old people who need spiritual healing but how can I help them as a Nun. I wish to join the Living Rosary Association. Thank you for your kind consideration. Praying for all of you!

Respectfully yours,

< Sister Thelma Calzado – SPAIN >


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, Wednesday March 11, 2015

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you enormously for your very generous donation to help with our missionary work in the USA and abroad. Our prayers are with you and our deep gratitude. The Spring newsletter will be ready in two weeks’ time, with the May Mass flyer. May God reward your great charity! Have a Holy Lenten Season and Glorious Easter!

Our absolutely vital mission today is to bring the Immaculate Heart of Mary to all men. There is no better way than to enlist them in praying a Decade of the Most Holy Rosary every day. Christ is the King of Kings, the ruler of all men. His Law is based on justice and charity. No man can escape its authority! Neither can any Nation. This thought should be remembered in our day of dictators and tyrants. Christ is the new Adam; Mary is the new Eve. We honor His Sacred Heart; we honor her Immaculate Heart. He is Our King and She is Our Queen!

After Mary’s assumption into Heaven, Christ crowned her Queen of Heaven. She was not queen because He crowned her; He crowned her because She was QUEEN! Mary is an army in battle array! When we succeed in bringing Christ to a soul, we have simply helped Mary in her mission of giving Christ to the world. It is not we who bring the grace of conversion to a family member or neighbor. It is Mary working through us! There will be defeats and disappointments, many of them, because things are not supposed to be easy for us in this world. But, in the end, working under Mary, Our Queen and Commander-in-chief, we can bring Christ back to the world!

She is Our Mother, Our Mediatrix and Our Queen! Of Mary, there is never enough!

We cannot be content to save our own souls. We bear the duty of apostles with a mission to teach and convert. If we shrink from this duty, our own faith will decline. We must do all we can to share our faith with others. The creeping paralysis of secularism has taken hold of men’s hearts. Never was the devil so active! Let EVERYONE take up a DAILY DECADE!

One with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.

“Father, the Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable. You cannot have one without having the other”
Sister Lucia of Fatima
 


Our Lady of Pochaev, Ukraine

The Miracle of the Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God
( August 5, 1675 )

This Icon draws us into the heavenly realm is miraculous enough; yet because of the faithlessness of people throughout history, God has continued to work miracles through material objects, including holy Images. This is just a story about one miracle, performed through one single Icon: the Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God.

The Pochaev Mountain is in western Ukraine and it is there in the 14th century that an appearance of the Mother of God with her Savior was granted to two monks and a nearby shepherd. After the vision, a single footprint remained in the mountainside, from which a spring emerged. The previously uninhabited mountain became the site of a monastery dedicated to the miracle. Over 200 years later, the monastery was visited by a Greek Bishop, Neophit, who left behind as a gift, an Icon of the Theotokos from Constantinople. This is the Icon which came to bear the monastery’s name: the Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God.

In 1675, a Turkish army made its way to the Pochaev Mountain, determined to expand the Dar al-Islam. The monastery, being a monastery, was incapable of withstanding an assault, and so despite the presence of armed defenders many gave up hope that Pochaev could survive.

On the morning of July 23 (August 5 in the modern, Gregorian calendar), Pochaev’s abbot instructed the monastics to ask for the intercessions of the Mother of God and Job, a previous monk whose relics were laid in the monastery. With the Turks massed at the foot of the mountain preparing their assault, the monks began their Heavenly petitions before the Icon of the Mother of God:

“O Queen of the Heavenly Hosts …”

With these words, a vision of the Mother of God appeared in the sky, with the monk Job beside her in prayerful petition, along with an army of angels, swords unsheathed. At this appearance, the defenders were over-joyed, whilst the besieging Turks were terrified. Such is the polarizing power of Heavenly Images.

In panic, the Turks fired arrows into the sky at the image but the arrows simply fell back to earth upon the attackers. Further panicked, the Turks turned to flee, trampling each other in the process. The defenders rushed out of the monastery to take prisoners from the routed army. These prisoners later found freedom in Christ, and many stayed on as monks at Pochaev.

The Icon above is a copy of the Pochaev Icon. The border of clouds represents the vision of Mary with her Child, Our Savior, being heavenly. Underneath is the footprint upon which the monastery (also shown) was founded.

The Pochaev Icon produced many other miracles over the years, and is still known as a wonder-working image to this day. Today is commemorated but one of these miracles.

Those who pray before your holy icon, O Lady,
Are vouchsafed healing and receive the knowledge of the True Faith,
And they repel the attacks of the Muslim horde.
Therefore, entreat remission of sins
For us who fall down before you.
Enlighten our hearts to thoughts of piety,
And raise a prayer to your Son to save our souls.
( Troparion (hymn) of the Pochaev Icon )


ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER – WORKER (continued)

There came the thirteenth year of my life. The Peace of Christ which, until that day had reigned in the household and kingdom of my father, was disturbed by the proud and powerful Emperor Diocletian who unjustly declared war against us. My father, realizing his inferior strength, decided to go to Rome to make a pact of peace with the Emperor. So great was the tender affection my father had for me that he could not bear me out of his sight for an hour, and so I went with him on his journey to Rome. Rather than be left without us, my mother came too.

Arriving in Rome, he asked an audience with the tyrant and, when it was granted, took me and my mother with him to the Palace of the Caesars. While my father pleaded his cause and pointed out the injustice of the war that was made on him, the Emperor kept looking at me, and finally interrupted my father, saying: “Do not distress yourself further. Your anxiety is at an end. Be consoled. You shall have all the imperial force for your own protection if you will but consent to a single condition: namely to give me your daughter, Philomena, for my wife.”

My parents accepted his condition and, on our return home, sought to convince me of my great fortune in becoming the Empress of the Romans. I rejected the offer without a moment’s hesitation, saying that I was already betrothed to Jesus Christ, as I had made a vow of virginity to Him when I was eleven. My father tried to persuade me that, as a child and a daughter, I had no right to dispose of myself and he used all his authority to make me accept the proposal. But, my Divine Spouse gave me the strength to persevere in my resolution. Then, my mother had recourse to caresses, begging me to have pity on my father, on her and on my country. I replied: “God is my Father and Heaven is my Mother.”

My parents were unable to do anything in the face of my refusal, which would be taken by the Emperor as a mere pretext of bad faith and the excuse of a deceiver. Diocletian ordered me to be brought into his presence. My father came for me but, seeing me unshaken in my resolution, he and my mother cast themselves at my feet and implored me to do as they wished, saying: “Daughter, have pity on us, your parents! Have pity on our country and our kingdom!” I replied: “God and virginity come first. My kingdom and my country are Heaven.”

Diocletian, at first, received me with every kindness and honor to make me accede to his request and to give him my promise. But, he obtained nothing from me. Seeing me absolutely firm and losing all hope of gaining his desire, he began to threaten me. He could not overcome me. Then, in a fit of fury, raging like a devil, he launched this threat: “If you won’t have me as a lover, you shall have me as a tyrant!” I replied, “I neither care for you as a lover, nor fear you as a tyrant.” The Emperor, visibly infuriated, ordered me to be shut up in a dungeon under the armory of the Imperial Palace. I was chained hand and foot, and fed once a day on bread and water. He came himself daily to renew his offer. My heavenly Spouse took care of me. I never ceased to recommend myself to my Jesus and His most pure Mother.

On the thirty-sixth day, there appeared to me the most holy Virgin, surrounded by the light of Paradise, with Her Little Son in Her arms and She spoke thus to me: “Daughter, you will remain three more days in this dungeon and, then, on the fortieth day of your imprisonment you will leave this place of sorrow.” At these words, I was filled with joy; but then she continued to speak: “When you leave your cell, you will be exposed to a great battle of atrocious torments for the sake of my Son.” Thereupon, I trembled and saw myself in the anguish of death, but the heavenly Queen gave me courage, saying thus:

“My Daughter, you are dearer to me than others because you have my name and the name of my Son. You are called Lumina and my Son is called Light, Sun, Star; and I am called Dawn, Star, Moon. I will be your helper. Now is the hour of human weakness which humbles you, but there will come the fortitude of grace which will assist you and you shall have, besides the Angel who guards you, the protection of the Archangel St. Gabriel whose name signifies the Strength of God. This Archangel was my protector on earth, and I will send him to help you as my Daughter, beloved among all Daughters. Gabriel will assist you and you shall be victorious.” These words revived my courage. The vision disappeared, leaving much fragrance in the prison, which consoled me.


  Dear Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

Thank you for your wonderful support which enables me to print these beautiful materials in my native language, Urdu. These materials are not available anywhere else in the country. The people love them and stand in long lines to receive them, free of charge, along with their assigned Decade.

I have visited St. Francis Xavier School, St. Theresa School, Calvary Model School, Cardinal Cordeiro High School and Good Shepherd School and enrolled the children and teachers in the ULRA and distributed the Sacramentals. I also visited St. Paul’s Church, Holy Rosary Church, St. Peter’s Church and two Catholic Churches in Korangi and Chanser, Karachi. After introducing the devotion of the Living Rosary, I enrolled new members, who happily received their assigned Decade and Sacramentals.

We keep you in our prayers. Thank you and God bless all of you!

< AFZAAL – PAKISTAN >


OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

The tragic hour the aged Simeon had foreseen in his terrible prophecy came to pass. The Cross stands out against a cloud-filled sky. A dreadful silence resounds through that city liable for the murder of its God. Jesus is expiring. At the foot of the gibbet whereon the great Victim is nailed stands Mary, motionless, silent, engulfed in untold grief, gazing upon her dying God. What created mind could fully understand her suffering? We are familiar with trials: loss of material goods is not fatal and bodily ills make our flesh tremble, yet our minds can remain at peace. Doubts, discouragement and despondency cast shadows on our lives and may make it unbearable, but the greatest suffering springs from the heart when love is wounded.

Mary suffered through the love she bore her Son. Hers was a martyrdom which surpasses that of the martyrdom of blood. To comprehend the intensity of her pain, we would have to comprehend the depth of her love. She gave herself unreservedly to her Son, for original sin had not tarnished her Immaculate Heart. Now, her beloved Son, endures before her very eyes the most cruel, the most unjust, the most ignominious of tortures. Step by step, She follows the somber procession wending its way up Calvary. She witnesses the horrible scene of crucifixion, hears the heavy hammer drive the sharp nails into the adorable hands and feet of her Child, tearing His Flesh as His Precious Blood spills onto the ground. The soldiers jeer and the high priests mock His goodness, His holiness and His very divinity. Not for a moment does She abandon Him, nor does She miss a single moment of His suffering. When Jesus dies, She is at His Feet. There is a phenomenon the medieval philosophers called ecstasy. Love takes the heart, so to speak, of the one who loves and exchanges it with the heart of the beloved. All of Jesus’ sufferings resonated in Mary’s Heart. When the soldier’s lance pierced His Heart, it simultaneously pierced the Virgin Mother’s Soul.

When a heavy cross is laid upon our shoulders, we accuse God of unfairness and uncaring cruelty, and we abandon our faith. “How could a good God do this to us!" Did the Father not love His only Son? Did God not love the purest Virgin whom He had made the Mother of His Son? Yet, God found no more precious gift for His Son and His Mother than suffering! Through suffering, the great work of Redemption is accomplished. God sends suffering to purify us and to save us. When suffering comes, we must trust God, lovingly receive the cross and know that the victory of Easter awaits us. With Mary, let us take courage. We will climb the steep hill of Calvary so that, one day, we may savor the joys of eternal Beatitude.

“The highest veneration, after God, is due to Mary because there is no other being in Heaven or on earth arrayed in so sublime a dignity and so near to God as is Mary, the Mother of the Most High, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. When Mary was on earth, She was exalted to the pre-eminent dignity of having the Son of God subject to her and, now in her full glorification, shall She behold her dignity lowered and the love of her Divine Spouse and Son, lessened? NO! On the contrary, She shall receive, as a reward for the love She bore her Divine Son on earth, the greatest participation in His Eternal Glory. She shall sit as His beloved Mother on the right Hand side of her Son, upon the throne of glory and majesty so that the whole heavenly court may offer to their Queen the eternal homage due her as the promised Victress over Hell by reason of the Fruit of her virginal body.”

Taken from the SERVITE MANUAL
Nihil Obstat: Rt. Rev. A. Hillebrand, V.G. Prot. Apost., a.i.p.
Censor Librorum, Portland, Oregan – February 2, 1925

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Make haste to enroll your family and friends in the forty days of Holy Masses which prepare our hearts for Good Friday only to open them to the Joys of Easter Sunday!

THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

The rational man needs the Mass to pay Almighty God the debt of homage and adoration he owes Him. The grateful man needs the Mass to pay his debt of thanksgiving. The sinful man, and who among us is without sin, needs the Mass to propitiate God’s Justice and to pay his debt of satisfaction. The needy man needs the Mass, that praying with Jesus Christ and through Him, he may offer a prayer that is worthy of being heard and, thus, discharge his duty and debt of petition.

At the hour of death, the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon. At every Mass, you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins. Assisting devoutly at Mass, you render the Sacred Humanity of Jesus, the greatest homage. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions. He forgives you all the venial sins you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all the unknown sins you have never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.

By hearing Mass, you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief. One Mass heard by you, during life, will be of more benefit to you than many offered for you after death. Holy Mass preserves you from many dangers and misfortunes that would otherwise befall you. You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass and win for yourself a higher degree of glory in Heaven. At Mass, you kneel amidst the multitude of Angels who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe. You receive the priest’s blessing which Our Lord Himself ratifies in Heaven. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

Nihil Obstat: P. L. Biermann, Censor Librorum.
Imprimatur: + George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago

The names you send for individual enrollment for the Sacred Masses during the Lenten Season and Easter Octave will be placed upon the Altar. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy and all the priests you have helped in Ukraine will offer these Masses. Suggested donation for each enrollment is $5. Mass cards will be provided for the persons enrolled. Please PRINT the names CLEARLY:

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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, Wednesday March 4, 2015

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

We have begun our Lenten Journey with the Suffering Christ and His Holy Mother. In His goodness, God does not allow us the vision of all the suffering our lives may hold as it might be more than we could bear. We are given the graces needed for each day as our lives unfold. We must be content with this arrangement of God whereby our trust in Him is deepened and our hope is animated. God shows forth His great mercy to us in His plan that we may bear our crosses more easily one by one. God’s suffering and that of His holy Mother, were ever held in their vision. The future they had to face was constantly before their eyes. At no time was hidden from them all that the prophets foretold, all that the wickedness of the world and of Hell was to attempt, all the horrid tortures for which the sins of mankind were crying out, all that insulted the Glory of Almighty God the Father. For them, Love rendered everything savory: labors and watchings, insults and mockeries, scourgings and thorns, the Cross, whatsoever was prepared by the Divine Will for the happiness of men. The chief disposition of their hearts was love of God and love of man. They possessed inexhaustible patience. Charity endures all things!

There is nothing whereby the true disciples of God’s Heart are better distinguished, than by their esteem and love of sufferings for His sake. What things Christ did suffer and with what pure love, all for us: to redeem us, to teach us, to console us and to unite us with Him by Love! Unless we be helped from above, we cannot with merit deny ourselves.

Let us go forward into the world, consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and with the courage, fortitude and humility demanded of Her True Children. “He must increase, I must decrease!”

All the dear souls united with the Living Rosary are entrusted daily at the Holy Altar to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and obtain a share in the Holy Masses offered for them in our parish, St. John the Baptist, during the Sacred Season of Lent and the glorious Easter Octave.

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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

With the prayers and respect,
 


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

 



Dear Mrs. Melvin,

Thanks for your encouraging mail which I found today in the spam folder.

Fr. Raphael O.P. at Sahiwal invited me to share the message of the Living Rosary with students of three different schools, three churches and the Dominican Sisters. The travel was not good as you know I am having a problem in my legs and back, and moreover I had to travel in a Toyota van which was troubling. After breakfast on 14th February, I went to Chak No. 148 to visit Bishop Paul High School. Sister Rubina, Principal of that school was with me. After explaining about the life of St. Philomena and the importance of the Daily Decade, we registered the students and teachers in the ULRA Family. I presented a statue of St. Philomena to Sr. Rubina.

Then, we hurried back to the city where the Principal of the Sacred Heart School, Sister Costanza along with the students and teachers were waiting for us in the Church. Again, I explained about the life of St. Philomena and the Daily Decade. Then, we registered the students and teachers in the Living Rosary Family. The next day, early in the morning, Fr. Raphael and I returned to the Sacred Heart Church and gave Rosaries after registering the people in the Living Rosary.

In the afternoon, Fr. Raphael, Brother Azhar and I went to the Dominican Sisters’ convent where they had gathered with their aspirants. I explained to them about the aim of the Living Rosary, gave them their Decade cards and large prints of St. Philomena to put in their rooms, and presented a statue of St. Philomena to Sr. Teresa Khursheed for the community.

Everything which I could print with the amount you had sent me has been printed. I will send you the account in two or three days. I am preparing to go to Karachi. I have to leave on Friday morning. The ticket has been reserved for this long journey. Please pray for my safety.

God bless you!

< AFZAAL – PAKISTAN >


ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

CHAPTER VIII

The Story Heard by Three

Three people, unknown to each other and living far apart, had what was a true revelation made to them about Philomena’s life. When compared, the three accounts were found to be identical. What could the explanation be if they did not come from Philomena?

The most famous revelation was made to the Foundress of the Oblates of Our Lady of Sorrows, Mother Maria Luisa di Gesù, a Dominican Tertiary, a mystic who wrote more than twenty books “of an ineffable wisdom, clearness and simplicity,” and who died in the odor of sanctity.

On the 3rd of August 1833, Mother Louisa knelt before a statue of St. Philomena, making her thanksgiving after Holy Communion. She felt a great longing to know the true day of the Saint’s martyrdom because, after all, August 10th was only the day the relics arrived in Mugnano – a great day for Mugnano, but of not so much importance to people who lived elsewhere. She had often thought of this but, suddenly, the desire filled her heart. Then, she felt that she must close her eyes as she could not open them to look at the statue anymore. A gracious and soft voice came from the direction of the statue, saying,

“Dear Sister, August the 10th was the day of my rest, my triumph, my birth into Heaven, my entering into the possession of such eternal goods as the human mind cannot possibly imagine. That is why my Heavenly Spouse disposed, by His most high decrees that my coming to Mugnano should be on the day which had seen my coming to Heaven! He prepared so many circumstances to make my arrival at Mugnano glorious and triumphant. All the people were joyful even though the priest who brought me was determined that my translation should take place on the 5th of the month very quietly in his own house. My omnipotent Spouse impeded him with so many obstacles that the priest, although he did everything possible to carry out his plan, could not do so. My translation was made on the 10th, the day of my feast in Heaven.”

The result of this happening was that Mother Maria Luisa was overwhelmed with sadness at the thought that she should fall so easy a prey to an illusion. She took refuge in the Sacrament of Penance, confessing the whole thing to her director. He was not so hasty in disposing of the matter. He tested it and wrote to Mugnano, asking Don Francesco whether it was true that he had originally intended to have the translation on the 5th and quietly in his own house. The reply came that, after twenty-six years, Don Francesco could still remember clearly how many obstacles prevented his innocent attempt to bring his present from Rome quickly and quietly into his own chapel!

At that, Mother Luisa’s director gave her an obedience to ask St. Philomena to tell her some more about her life and martyrdom. Mother Luisa went to her, begged her not to take any notice of her unworthiness, but to consider that it was a matter of holy obedience and to reveal a little more. One day, while praying in her cell, she felt her eyes being closed and heard a gracious voice. This was what Philomena told of her own story.

“I am the daughter of the king of a small Grecian State and my mother, too, was of royal blood. As they had no children, my parents continually offered sacrifices and prayers to the false gods to obtain a child. We had in our family a doctor named Publius who was a Christian. He pitied the blindness of my parents and, especially, he had compassion on my mother in her childlessness. Inspired by the Holy Ghost, he spoke to them of our Faith and made them this promise: ‘If you want a child, be baptized and embrace the religion of Jesus Christ.’ Grace accompanied his words. Their minds were enlightened and their hearts were softened. They did consent. They were instructed and were baptized along with a number of their courtiers who were in their confidence.

A year later, on January 10th – to be exact, I was born and I was called Lumina because I had been conceived and born in the light of the Faith, to which my parents were now truly devoted. Affectionately, I was called Filumena – Daughter of Light, of that Light of Christ which dwelt in my soul by the grace I received in Baptism. Because of my birth, many families in the kingdom became Christians. I grew up with the teaching of the Gospel printed more and more deeply in my heart. When I was five, I received for the first time Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist; and on that day was planted in my heart the desire to be united forever to my Redeemer Who is the Spouse of virgins. When I was eleven, I consecrated myself to Him by vow.”


OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

The tragic hour the aged Simeon had foreseen in his terrible prophecy came to pass. The Cross stands out against a cloud-filled sky. A dreadful silence resounds through that city liable for the murder of its God. Jesus is expiring. At the foot of the gibbet whereon the great Victim is nailed stands Mary, motionless, silent, engulfed in untold grief, gazing upon her dying God. What created mind could fully understand her suffering? We are familiar with trials: loss of material goods is not fatal and bodily ills make our flesh tremble, yet our minds can remain at peace. Doubts, discouragement and despondency cast shadows on our lives and may make it unbearable, but the greatest suffering springs from the heart when love is wounded.

Mary suffered through the love she bore her Son. Hers was a martyrdom which surpasses that of the martyrdom of blood. To comprehend the intensity of her pain, we would have to comprehend the depth of her love. She gave herself unreservedly to her Son, for original sin had not tarnished her Immaculate Heart. Now, her beloved Son, endures before her very eyes the most cruel, the most unjust, the most ignominious of tortures. Step by step, She follows the somber procession wending its way up Calvary. She witnesses the horrible scene of crucifixion, hears the heavy hammer drive the sharp nails into the adorable hands and feet of her Child, tearing His Flesh as His Precious Blood spills onto the ground. The soldiers jeer and the high priests mock His goodness, His holiness and His very divinity. Not for a moment does She abandon Him, nor does She miss a single moment of His suffering. When Jesus dies, She is at His Feet. There is a phenomenon the medieval philosophers called ecstasy. Love takes the heart, so to speak, of the one who loves and exchanges it with the heart of the beloved. All of Jesus’ sufferings resonated in Mary’s Heart. When the soldier’s lance pierced His Heart, it simultaneously pierced the Virgin Mother’s Soul.

When a heavy cross is laid upon our shoulders, we accuse God of unfairness and uncaring cruelty, and we abandon our faith. “How could a good God do this to us!" Did the Father not love His only Son? Did God not love the purest Virgin whom He had made the Mother of His Son? Yet, God found no more precious gift for His Son and His Mother than suffering! Through suffering, the great work of Redemption is accomplished. God sends suffering to purify us and to save us. When suffering comes, we must trust God, lovingly receive the cross and know that the victory of Easter awaits us. With Mary, let us take courage. We will climb the steep hill of Calvary so that, one day, we may savor the joys of eternal Beatitude.

“The highest veneration, after God, is due to Mary because there is no other being in Heaven or on earth arrayed in so sublime a dignity and so near to God as is Mary, the Mother of the Most High, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. When Mary was on earth, She was exalted to the pre-eminent dignity of having the Son of God subject to her and, now in her full glorification, shall She behold her dignity lowered and the love of her Divine Spouse and Son, lessened? NO! On the contrary, She shall receive, as a reward for the love She bore her Divine Son on earth, the greatest participation in His Eternal Glory. She shall sit as His beloved Mother on the right Hand side of her Son, upon the throne of glory and majesty so that the whole heavenly court may offer to their Queen the eternal homage due her as the promised Victress over Hell by reason of the Fruit of her virginal body.”

Taken from the SERVITE MANUAL
Nihil Obstat: Rt. Rev. A. Hillebrand, V.G. Prot. Apost., a.i.p.
Censor Librorum, Portland, Oregan – February 2, 1925

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Make haste to enroll your family and friends in the forty days of Holy Masses which prepare our hearts for Good Friday only to open them to the Joys of Easter Sunday!

THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

The rational man needs the Mass to pay Almighty God the debt of homage and adoration he owes Him. The grateful man needs the Mass to pay his debt of thanksgiving. The sinful man, and who among us is without sin, needs the Mass to propitiate God’s Justice and to pay his debt of satisfaction. The needy man needs the Mass, that praying with Jesus Christ and through Him, he may offer a prayer that is worthy of being heard and, thus, discharge his duty and debt of petition.

At the hour of death, the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon. At every Mass, you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins. Assisting devoutly at Mass, you render the Sacred Humanity of Jesus, the greatest homage. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions. He forgives you all the venial sins you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all the unknown sins you have never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.

By hearing Mass, you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief. One Mass heard by you, during life, will be of more benefit to you than many offered for you after death. Holy Mass preserves you from many dangers and misfortunes that would otherwise befall you. You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass and win for yourself a higher degree of glory in Heaven. At Mass, you kneel amidst the multitude of Angels who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe. You receive the priest’s blessing which Our Lord Himself ratifies in Heaven. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

Nihil Obstat: P. L. Biermann, Censor Librorum.
Imprimatur: + George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago

The names you send for individual enrollment for the Sacred Masses during the Lenten Season and Easter Octave will be placed upon the Altar. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy and all the priests you have helped in Ukraine will offer these Masses. Suggested donation for each enrollment is $5. Mass cards will be provided for the persons enrolled. Please PRINT the names CLEARLY:

1.                                                       7.

2.                                                        8.

3.                                                        9.

4.                                                        10.

5.                                                        11.

6.                                                        12.

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday February 25, 2015

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

Philomena takes particular care of priests. There was Padre Guida, a Lazarist Father, who came on pilgrimage to Mugnano and saw her face lose its whiteness and flush with so healthful a tint that it seemed as though her statue was alive. He returned the next year, was a witness of the change in its position and expression, and went back to his parish to spread devotion to her. In the Winter of 1833, he was dangerously ill. A novena was begun to ask Philomena for his cure but, by the end of it, nothing had happened. He understood that he was to prepare for death. He lay in a lethargy but, suddenly, he felt a hard blow on his right arm and two lighter ones upon his head. He opened his eyes and saw Philomena in a white robe embroidered with flowers standing by his bed. “How quickly you have given up hope!” she said. “Do you expect death? No, you are not going to die; you are going to labor for God’s Church. Look up and see what is prepared for you!” He looked up in the direction she indicated and saw a Bishop’s mitre. Philomena had disappeared. The good priest did not know what to make of it. Was it all a dream? Or the devil? Or what? He recovered his health. To his astonishment, he heard he had been nominated to the See of Oria. As soon as he was consecrated, he went in great style to Mugnano, walked barefoot to the shrine, offered Mass at Philomena’s altar and publicly told this story.

If you prefer a more modern witness, there is Fr. Paul O’Sullivan who went on pilgrimage to Mugnano in 1909, after which he wrote a book about Philomena. He saw many wonderful things at Mugnano, but here is his own story. “The marvel which made most impression on me during my visit was the following: On the ninth day, I was in a side chapel. The Rev. Mother was speaking with a contractor, higher up in the church, regarding some repairs that were necessary. The church was now cared for by the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. One of the Sisters approached me and said quite simply, ‘Father, have you seen the sign?’ ‘What sign?’ I asked. ‘I have seen so many wonders during the days I have been here.’ ‘Oh,’ she said, ‘you haven’t got THE sign?’ ‘If it is anything more wonderful than what I have already seen,’ I replied, ‘I would not dare to ask for it. It would be presumption on my part.’ ‘Oh, no, no,’ she answered. ‘You have come from a long distance and have remained here so many days. The little Saint must give you THE sign.”

Saying this, she pulled me gently towards the altar where the urn containing the miraculous image is placed. She had not given me the slightest idea of what this sign consisted. We knelt in front of the urn and began a short prayer. Suddenly, a sharp report rang out as if the crystal glass had been struck sharply by something hard. The little Sister jumped up, radiant with smiles and said to me, “Now, you have got it!”

The report was so distinct and sharp that the Rev. Mother, higher up in the church, ignorant altogether of what we were about, jumped around and asked, “Who is it for?” “It is for the Father,” replied the Sister. This knock is a well-known sign given, from time to time, to clients of the Saint and is, I am happy to say, looked upon as a special mark of her good pleasure. Surely, it was a harbinger of good for me. Arriving at Rome shortly afterwards, I had a private audience with the saintly Pontiff, Pius X, who manifested the greatest pleasure in hearing of my visit to Mugnano. He gave me several marks of his favor, one of which was the permission to say a votive Mass weekly in honor of the Saint.

We must keep in mind Philomena’s vocation because, far from ending with the life of the body, a vocation often only blossoms out fully after death. Saint Térèsa of Lisieux was a great missionary after her death. St. Francis Xavier’s earthly life was cloistered in failure, as St. Térèsa’s was cloistered in Carmel.

St. Philomena suffered martyrdom, then her work began. After a brief space of seventeen centuries, her particular spiritual genius was needed by the Church Militant. The inhabitants of our poor dusty earth, crippled by their fall from innocence, now stupid, peevish, frightened and quarrelsome, needed a Princess.

“Come, Philomena,” said God the Father,
“Go and do for them all they will allow you to do.”

Philomena returns to the world she once knew. She is a girl; she has never grown up; she is a virgin and a martyr; her vocation, one may guess from her work, is to help priests. She stands in the nineteenth century and looks around her. Scholars are solemnly dissecting historical evidence and coming to many conclusions which the next generation will find utterly worthless.

She came into Byron’s Italy, into the Europe of George Sand and Balzac, and preached virginity, the honor due it and its glories. She came, a realist among the romantics, pointing out that adventure is the privilege of man’s will, not of his body. She came before Victor Hugo and Dumas, before Alfred de Vigny and de Musset to live, after death, a life in the world more romantic, more marvelous than ever they devised. And her life is told with fireworks, not told with bombast. She is explosive like the Neapolitans, to attract necessary attention. You may accuse her, too, of tinsel, but never of pasteboard. She is not only real, she is eternal. She never found it necessary to counteract her laughter with sighs. The soul of a martyr does not bleed and the blood of Philomena’s little body was not a dull stain, but a Christmas tree sparkle.

It is impossible for me to write of her soberly. Must one be sober about Paradise? I try to write of her life at Mugnano and its effect on her times as I would write of any other happening, but she is so distracting. What can one do but laugh? I find her loyal to her adopted country, a Neapolitan among Neapolitans, yet so much more sympathetic with France than Vicenzo Monti could be. Just when France needed her most, she went to France. She had more humor than Manzoni. Philomena had something to say, not only to working men, but to poor mothers, lay-sisters, old priests, little boys who climb steeples and steal apples, and fall accidently down wells; in order to reach out to the whole world, she multiplied books, though she never published any.
No Books, Just Actions!

Philomena is a child among children, liking to have a new dress, to make people laugh, to be kind. She has a child’s dignity and purity. She scolds no one but the impure. Who can be happy when innocence is lost?

It may here be noted that Don Francesco found many girls in Mugnano who were drawn by Philomena’s virginal life to consecrate themselves to imitate it. He founded the Little Sisters of Saint Philomena, who were locally called the Monacelie. They lived under a strict rule, had a uniform habit and led the most holy of lives, not in the cloister of a monastery but within the bosom of their own families. They spread abroad their salutary example wherever they went: in church, in the streets or in the fields. Pope Leo XII was delighted and said these words spontaneously, “This miracle is greater than any other miracle worked by the Saint. In an Age of universal corruption, in a kingdom lately subjected to so many vicissitudes of religion, these pure souls have arisen to tread publicly underfoot the world and the flesh! I now bless them all.” And raising his right hand and making the Sign of the Cross, he repeated, “May they all be blessed!”

Consider for one moment the moral corruption for which these little nuns made reparation. Philomena’s character is based on the two heroic virtues of virginity and martyrdom. Without them, her playfulness would have no point. It is “the liberty of the children of God” that was her gospel. This liberty can only be possessed by those who put all their trust in God and lay up their treasure in Heaven. She pointed the bright but heroic way to regain innocence.

When older people read legends and fairy stories, they find in them clues to philosophy. Anyone who is not content to take Philomena as she is, may look for the theological content of her miraculous life and will find themselves very soon out of their depths. The Doctors of the Church, even Augustine and Bernard, are outstripped when it comes to the mystery of which Philomena is the evangelist. It is the mystery of God ludens in orbe terrárum. It sounds more acceptable in Latin. God playing in the world is a mystery before which the great and wise stand in awe and are afraid. But, Philomena runs to play with Him, beckoning the simple, the children, the Neapolitans to this way of union. And we, tainted with the vileness of self-importance and criticism, look on and hesitate.


Peace Be To You!

In our modern world, we are victims of worry, tension, frustration and nameless anxieties. Nervous tension is higher today than ever before in history. The rise in the number of mental problems today is phenomenal! Over half of the hospital beds in this country are occupied by mental patients. If we had a vibrant faith in the Providence of God and a willing acceptance of His plan for our lives, much of our stress and unhappiness could be eliminated. God’s laws of nature cannot be consistently violated without serious consequences. Disease, poverty, enmities and misery of soul follow the path of sin. One need only count his blessings honestly for the surprise of his life. We may list among them what the world calls misfortunes; sickness, financial loss, unemployment, and worry for these too can be blessings, if we but had the faith to see that whatever God allows has an infinitely wise and infinitely loving purpose. We could find such peace of heart if only we had a well-ordered submission to God’s dealings with us. The fast pace of modern life with its terrific appeal to all the senses and passions of men has become almost an obsession of our Age. In the olden days, people knew how to live quietly, in a relaxed way. They could be satisfied with the simple joys of life. Today, these simple joys are laughed at as ridiculous.

Our modern world has developed the philosophy of pleasure, luxury, comfort and delight as never before in history! It has fabricated synthetic needs which years ago did not exist. These are the source of much of our modern tension. Tremendous desires are built up and the world cannot fulfill them. What is to be done then? What can bring peace to our tortured souls?

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus has the answer for us as she teaches us her Little Way! Its characteristics are humility, trust, constant self-sacrifice, simplicity and love. She explains: We are so ready to think ourselves somebody! All our knowledge is nothing. We must distrust our knowledge, our views and our methods. If they give us any self-esteem or feeling of wisdom, we must put them aside. The indispensable condition for all real communion between the soul and God is to know we are loved by God and to believe unfalteringly in God’s Love for us. Even though God foresaw sin and all the miseries consequent to it, His Glory is manifest in the compassionate Love He gives us in the face of our utter misery. In the Gospel, Love calls to all those who have no love: the prodigal son, the woman taken in adultery, Mary Magdalene, and even those who crucified Christ: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Christ thirsts to love and the creature thirsts for love! Infinite Love thirsting to give Himself, and poor nothingness thirsting to be filled. Humility consists in turning our eyes away from self and gazing upon God. The Love of God flows freely into the heart that surrenders itself to Him. Holiness is a disposition of heart which places us in the Arms of God, little and humble, conscious of our weakness and trusting blindly in the Father’s Goodness. Love is everything. Love embraces all times and all places.

Love includes all vocations!

To please God must be our whole life. The sanctification of a soul is God’s work and His alone! Only He can fashion a Saint. All that the soul has to do is to surrender itself, in all simplicity, to His action. Picture yourself having climbed to the top limb of a large tree and, then, to your horror, you realize you cannot get a foothold to descend. The starless and black night engulfs you. Nothing can be seen, NOTHING! From below, you hear a voice. It is the voice of God. He beckons you to jump into His Arms. Pitch black and from such a height, have you the confidence and trust in God needed to make that leap into His Arms? Humble, simple and very little, we must make that leap into the loving Arms of Our Father.

God loves us individually with an Infinite Love and has countless ways of bringing good out of evil and balancing inequalities for all eternity! Without supernatural faith and a spiritual outlook, despair is an inevitable outcome.

Christ’s most favorite greeting was, “Peace be to you.” God has complete control and absolutely nothing can happen without His all-wise and all-loving purpose. And this God, Who has all things under His control, genuinely loves us and is concerned about our welfare. If we wish to face pain bravely and suffer with courage, this is the solid rock upon which we must stand: GOD LOVES US!

All our trials, sufferings and temptations have a purpose. They are meant to produce virtue, increase our love and merit, and allow us to atone for our sins. They all add up to a wonderful and gloriously happy ending, if we submit ourselves to the Will of God. When we have done all we can to prudently help ourselves, there is still something more we can do. We can renew our faith in the Wisdom of God, which is infinite!!! We can renew our faith in the Power of God Who holds the entire universe and everything that happens in it, in the Palm of His Hand. We can renew our faith in the Goodness of God, Who never asks a sacrifice that He does not intend to reward a thousand times over. In the spirit of humility, trust and love, we can say from the bottom of our hearts: THY WILL BE DONE!!!


OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

The tragic hour the aged Simeon had foreseen in his terrible prophecy came to pass. The Cross stands out against a cloud-filled sky. A dreadful silence resounds through that city liable for the murder of its God. Jesus is expiring. At the foot of the gibbet whereon the great Victim is nailed stands Mary, motionless, silent, engulfed in untold grief, gazing upon her dying God. What created mind could fully understand her suffering? We are familiar with trials: loss of material goods is not fatal and bodily ills make our flesh tremble, yet our minds can remain at peace. Doubts, discouragement and despondency cast shadows on our lives and may make it unbearable, but the greatest suffering springs from the heart when love is wounded.

Mary suffered through the love she bore her Son. Hers was a martyrdom which surpasses that of the martyrdom of blood. To comprehend the intensity of her pain, we would have to comprehend the depth of her love. She gave herself unreservedly to her Son, for original sin had not tarnished her Immaculate Heart. Now, her beloved Son, endures before her very eyes the most cruel, the most unjust, the most ignominious of tortures. Step by step, She follows the somber procession wending its way up Calvary. She witnesses the horrible scene of crucifixion, hears the heavy hammer drive the sharp nails into the adorable hands and feet of her Child, tearing His Flesh as His Precious Blood spills onto the ground. The soldiers jeer and the high priests mock His goodness, His holiness and His very divinity. Not for a moment does She abandon Him, nor does She miss a single moment of His suffering. When Jesus dies, She is at His Feet. There is a phenomenon the medieval philosophers called ecstasy. Love takes the heart, so to speak, of the one who loves and exchanges it with the heart of the beloved. All of Jesus’ sufferings resonated in Mary’s Heart. When the soldier’s lance pierced His Heart, it simultaneously pierced the Virgin Mother’s Soul.

When a heavy cross is laid upon our shoulders, we accuse God of unfairness and uncaring cruelty, and we abandon our faith. “How could a good God do this to us!” Did the Father not love His only Son? Did God not love the purest Virgin whom He had made the Mother of His Son? Yet, God found no more precious gift for His Son and His Mother than suffering! Through suffering, the great work of Redemption is accomplished. God sends suffering to purify us and to save us. When suffering comes, we must trust God, lovingly receive the cross and know that the victory of Easter awaits us. With Mary, let us take courage. We will climb the steep hill of Calvary so that, one day, we may savor the joys of eternal Beatitude.

“The highest veneration, after God, is due to Mary because there is no other being in Heaven or on earth arrayed in so sublime a dignity and so near to God as is Mary, the Mother of the Most High, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. When Mary was on earth, She was exalted to the pre-eminent dignity of having the Son of God subject to her and, now in her full glorification, shall She behold her dignity lowered and the love of her Divine Spouse and Son, lessened? NO! On the contrary, She shall receive, as a reward for the love She bore her Divine Son on earth, the greatest participation in His Eternal Glory. She shall sit as His beloved Mother on the right Hand side of her Son, upon the throne of glory and majesty so that the whole heavenly court may offer to their Queen the eternal homage due her as the promised Victress over Hell by reason of the Fruit of her virginal body.”

Taken from the SERVITE MANUAL
Nihil Obstat: Rt. Rev. A. Hillebrand, V.G. Prot. Apost., a.i.p.
Censor Librorum, Portland, Oregan – February 2, 1925

——————–

Make haste to enroll your family and friends in the forty days of Holy Masses which prepare our hearts for Good Friday only to open them to the Joys of Easter Sunday!

THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

The rational man needs the Mass to pay Almighty God the debt of homage and adoration he owes Him. The grateful man needs the Mass to pay his debt of thanksgiving. The sinful man, and who among us is without sin, needs the Mass to propitiate God’s Justice and to pay his debt of satisfaction. The needy man needs the Mass, that praying with Jesus Christ and through Him, he may offer a prayer that is worthy of being heard and, thus, discharge his duty and debt of petition.

At the hour of death, the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon. At every Mass, you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins. Assisting devoutly at Mass, you render the Sacred Humanity of Jesus, the greatest homage. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions. He forgives you all the venial sins you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all the unknown sins you have never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.

By hearing Mass, you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief. One Mass heard by you, during life, will be of more benefit to you than many offered for you after death. Holy Mass preserves you from many dangers and misfortunes that would otherwise befall you. You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass and win for yourself a higher degree of glory in Heaven. At Mass, you kneel amidst the multitude of Angels who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe. You receive the priest’s blessing which Our Lord Himself ratifies in Heaven. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

Nihil Obstat: P. L. Biermann, Censor Librorum.
Imprimatur: + George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago

The names you send for individual enrollment for the Sacred Masses during the Lenten Season and Easter Octave will be placed upon the Altar. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy and all the priests you have helped in Ukraine will offer these Masses. Suggested donation for each enrollment is $5. Mass cards will be provided for the persons enrolled. Please PRINT the names CLEARLY:

1.                                                       7.

2.                                                        8.

3.                                                        9.

4.                                                        10.

5.                                                        11.

6.                                                        12.

Make your payment online through PAYPAL / CREDIT CARD at: WWW.PHILOMENA.ORG

If payment by Check / Money Order / Cash, please mail it directly to the address below:

THE LIVING ROSARY, P.O. BOX 1303, DICKINSON, TX 77539, USA

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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 February 18, 2015

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

Our hearts are filled with gratitude and appreciation of all that you are making possible for our Living Rosary Center here in Ukraine. Our country is at war and all of us are affected. The natural response of our hearts to those who are causing us suffering and death, is hate, anger and revenge. The devil is so keenly aware of this that he feeds the fire of our pride and vanity. We must pray fervently to the Holy Ghost begging for His Gifts that our response to this evil will be His Humility, Forgiveness and Love. If we should respond with hate and anger, seeking revenge, we would be simply and clearly doing the work of the devil.

All of us are co-jointly children of the same Heavenly Father; all were ransomed by His Blood, and called to the same Kingdom of Heaven. We must carry one another’s burdens with a supernatural, universal and efficacious love.

If we love Christ, we will keep His Commandments. Whoever is angry with His brother is a murderer; anger kills the soul. He that forgives not, shall not be forgiven. We must remember that living among men cannot be without upsets and trials. Do we not have many faults which others must bear? Be animated by the Charity of the Heart of Christ, whereby He has endured and loved all, enemies as well as friends, even unto death. Hate the evil which is done, but beware that you do not hate the man who commits this evil. When you feel indignant at the faults of others and the feelings of anger rise up in you, keep silence. Pray for them in your heart and refrain from dwelling on their faults. Never grow weary of loving your neighbor. With a supernatural affection, pardon their faults. As God has forgiven us a debt ten thousand times greater than any debt a man might owe us, we must mercifully forgive the faults and failings of others. When we do forgive, a great peace will come over our hearts and this peace, in time, our brothers will feel in their own hearts. Often times, one struggles to forgive his neighbor because his love and esteem for self is too much. Ask the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus to infuse into your hearts the Humility and Charity of His Heart.

In the midst of our earthly warfare against Principalities and Powers, we remember you and your family, living and departed, and all your special intentions and needs at the Altar. We are praying very much for all those who are sick in body and soul. May the Heart of Jesus, grant to you everlasting beatitude!

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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

With the prayers and respect,
 


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


ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

CHAPTER VII

The Fairy Tale Comes True

In the last chapter, we reached the year 1831. We left Philomena in her fourth new shrine. By 1833, her hair had grown to 27 inches. She now looked, not like a child but a young woman. Yet still, or perhaps more than ever, she seemed something out of a fairy tale.

So many of Philomena’s miracles seem to have come straight out of a volume of Hans Christian Andersen! Take the story of the child who had treasured, as a relic, a bit of the paper which had covered the statue of St. Philomena. One day, he and his small friends were in a vineyard, helping themselves to grapes. They heard the owner coming and took wildly to their heels. Philomena’s friend did not look where he was going and fell head first down a well which was twenty-four feet deep. As he fell, he thought desperately of lovely Philomena and cried out to her. If you think Philomena replied that little boys who steal apples must be taught a lesson, you are mistaken. We are told that she pulled him out of the water, took him in her arms and, sitting on the water, held him up for more than an hour until help arrived.

His parents came, peered down and called to see if he was alive. To their perplexity, he called back to them quite cheerfully. They let down a rope, wondering how in the world, even with all their directions, so small a child could tie it round himself. In a very short space of time, he directed them to pull him up. He arrived serenely at the top. They found that the rope had been tied most ingeniously around his waist and under his arms, with two very strong knots at the back of the neck and a loop to support his feet. They were bewildered, knowing that no child could have done that for himself. “Oh, no!” he said, “It was St. Philomena who tied it.” He then told them all she had said and done for him, adding that she was beautiful and dressed in white, with color in her cheeks, light hair like gold, and was about as tall as his fourteen year old sister.

He was soaked and covered in mud from head to foot but uninjured. Inside his thin shirt was the piece of paper he had taken from the statue. It was found to be perfectly dry. What do you think of that?

There was another story of a boy who climbed the church tower to ring the bell on Philomena’s feast. He peered out and fell forty feet onto the cobble street. Though he was seen to fall on his head, he picked himself up, explaining that he had invoked St. Philomena as he fell and, proud as a peacock, he ran up again to ring the bell. There was Filumeno de Stefano, aged two, who was lying in the middle of the road very happily, when a carriage came dashing around the corner. The onlookers invoked his patroness. At the sound of her name, the horses reared up and stayed so until Filumeno had crawled out of the way. He was quite unperturbed and remarked, “Saint Mena brought me away.”

There was a Philomena, aged three, who was inordinately fond of bread and cheese. When she asked the members of her family for it without avail, she used to turn to the picture of her Saint which hung over her cot. In fact, she began the day by holding out her hands, as soon as she woke, asking for some. She was often seen to be eating. When asked who had given it to her, she would reply, “Santa Mena.” This was taken to be evasive. However, one day, when her grandmother was ill, she bothered her mother so perpetually for bread and cheese that the distracted woman gave her a good beating and shut her up in a room alone. The grandmother was distressed to hear her sobbing. After a while, no sound came from the room. The grandmother grew anxious and begged the mother to go and see. The culprit was perfectly happy munching on bread and cheese. Knowing very well, there had been none in the room, the mother demanded, “But who gave you that?” “Santa Mena,” was the satisfied reply.

The following is a charming story: A poor woman, Teresa Bovini, had no clothes ready for her baby who was soon to be born. She asked St. Philomena to let it be a little girl, who would be named after her if only she would provide some clothes for it. A little girl it was but, when it arrived, Philomena had still provided no clothes. The mother was so distressed that the nurse, to quiet her, took off her own white neckerchief and wrapped the baby with it. The mother said there might be a rag which would do for a girdle in a certain old trunk. When the trunk was opened, there was a complete layette, fine and beautifully folded, giving forth an unknown perfume which filled the hearts of the two women with heavenly consolation. The baby was carried triumphantly away in its celestial finery to be christened, Philomena.

The next night, Teresa was roused by her baby’s murmur. She put out her hand but the baby was no longer beside her. Anxiously, she moved. There was a light in the room. On a chair was a girl of about fourteen, dressed in white and all shining, holding the baby in her arms and caressing her lovingly. In confusion, joy and gratitude, the mother exclaimed, “O St. Philomena.” She could utter no more. Philomena kissed the baby, laid it beside its mother and disappeared.

Other stories, not concerned with children, have the same fairy tale manner. A woman had been given a print of St. Philomena and was just nailing it up above her bed when news came that she was accused of stealing money from a relative. In anger and grief, she accused St. Philomena of having brought ill luck to the house. About that time, another messenger ran in the house to say the money had been found. The woman turned around to beg pardon of St. Philomena. There was the print, which had by then loosened itself from the nail, slid to the floor and was making its way towards the door! In terror, the woman promised to send alms to Mugnano, and replaced the picture with much devotion.

Philomena has no objection to being scolded. The sacristan of a chapel dedicated to Philomena, prayed desperately to her for the cure of his son from cancer. Surgery had been scheduled. The old man begged and besought her to save the boy this agony and cure him. Philomena did nothing. At last, in a rage, he blew out the lamp before her statue and locked up the chapel, saying he would have nothing more to do with her. Philomena was not angry. When the surgeons came, the cancer had vanished.

The fact is, we do not get angry with someone for not helping us, unless we entirely believe in their ability to help.

A poor woman was suffering from grave pains and troubles. Not once, but many times, the picture of Philomena on her wall would come down and rest on her bed, always curing her pain and taking away her sorrow.


OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

The tragic hour the aged Simeon had foreseen in his terrible prophecy came to pass. The Cross stands out against a cloud-filled sky. A dreadful silence resounds through that city liable for the murder of its God. Jesus is expiring. At the foot of the gibbet whereon the great Victim is nailed stands Mary, motionless, silent, engulfed in untold grief, gazing upon her dying God. What created mind could fully understand her suffering? We are familiar with trials: loss of material goods is not fatal and bodily ills make our flesh tremble, yet our minds can remain at peace. Doubts, discouragement and despondency cast shadows on our lives and may make it unbearable, but the greatest suffering springs from the heart when love is wounded.

Mary suffered through the love she bore her Son. Hers was a martyrdom which surpasses that of the martyrdom of blood. To comprehend the intensity of her pain, we would have to comprehend the depth of her love. She gave herself unreservedly to her Son, for original sin had not tarnished her Immaculate Heart. Now, her beloved Son, endures before her very eyes the most cruel, the most unjust, the most ignominious of tortures. Step by step, She follows the somber procession wending its way up Calvary. She witnesses the horrible scene of crucifixion, hears the heavy hammer drive the sharp nails into the adorable hands and feet of her Child, tearing His Flesh as His Precious Blood spills onto the ground. The soldiers jeer and the high priests mock His goodness, His holiness and His very divinity. Not for a moment does She abandon Him, nor does She miss a single moment of His suffering. When Jesus dies, She is at His Feet. There is a phenomenon the medieval philosophers called ecstasy. Love takes the heart, so to speak, of the one who loves and exchanges it with the heart of the beloved. All of Jesus’ sufferings resonated in Mary’s Heart. When the soldier’s lance pierced His Heart, it simultaneously pierced the Virgin Mother’s Soul.

When a heavy cross is laid upon our shoulders, we accuse God of unfairness and uncaring cruelty, and we abandon our faith. “How could a good God do this to us!" Did the Father not love His only Son? Did God not love the purest Virgin whom He had made the Mother of His Son? Yet, God found no more precious gift for His Son and His Mother than suffering! Through suffering, the great work of Redemption is accomplished. God sends suffering to purify us and to save us. When suffering comes, we must trust God, lovingly receive the cross and know that the victory of Easter awaits us. With Mary, let us take courage. We will climb the steep hill of Calvary so that, one day, we may savor the joys of eternal Beatitude.

“The highest veneration, after God, is due to Mary because there is no other being in Heaven or on earth arrayed in so sublime a dignity and so near to God as is Mary, the Mother of the Most High, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. When Mary was on earth, She was exalted to the pre-eminent dignity of having the Son of God subject to her and, now in her full glorification, shall She behold her dignity lowered and the love of her Divine Spouse and Son, lessened? NO! On the contrary, She shall receive, as a reward for the love She bore her Divine Son on earth, the greatest participation in His Eternal Glory. She shall sit as His beloved Mother on the right Hand side of her Son, upon the throne of glory and majesty so that the whole heavenly court may offer to their Queen the eternal homage due her as the promised Victress over Hell by reason of the Fruit of her virginal body.”

Taken from the SERVITE MANUAL
Nihil Obstat: Rt. Rev. A. Hillebrand, V.G. Prot. Apost., a.i.p.
Censor Librorum, Portland, Oregan – February 2, 1925

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Make haste to enroll your family and friends in the forty days of Holy Masses which prepare our hearts for Good Friday only to open them to the Joys of Easter Sunday!

THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

The rational man needs the Mass to pay Almighty God the debt of homage and adoration he owes Him. The grateful man needs the Mass to pay his debt of thanksgiving. The sinful man, and who among us is without sin, needs the Mass to propitiate God’s Justice and to pay his debt of satisfaction. The needy man needs the Mass, that praying with Jesus Christ and through Him, he may offer a prayer that is worthy of being heard and, thus, discharge his duty and debt of petition.

At the hour of death, the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon. At every Mass, you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins. Assisting devoutly at Mass, you render the Sacred Humanity of Jesus, the greatest homage. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions. He forgives you all the venial sins you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all the unknown sins you have never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.

By hearing Mass, you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief. One Mass heard by you, during life, will be of more benefit to you than many offered for you after death. Holy Mass preserves you from many dangers and misfortunes that would otherwise befall you. You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass and win for yourself a higher degree of glory in Heaven. At Mass, you kneel amidst the multitude of Angels who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe. You receive the priest’s blessing which Our Lord Himself ratifies in Heaven. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

Nihil Obstat: P. L. Biermann, Censor Librorum.
Imprimatur: + George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago

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

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday February 11, 2015

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Your wonderfully generous donation is a great boon for our missionary work in the world today. The Spring Newsletter is nearly completed and we feel that its message will be a healing balm for those who receive it. Rest assured of our prayers for you and your family. May God richly bless you!

Our modern world has developed the philosophy of pleasure, luxury, comfort and delight as never before in history. It has fabricated synthetic needs which years ago did not exist. Much of our daily tension is caused by the fast pace of life and the passions of men which have become almost an obsession of our Age.

What can bring peace to our souls? St. Therese of the Child Jesus has the answer for us. We must distrust our knowledge, our views and our methods, and live in simplicity and love. We must cherish the knowledge that we are loved by God. In spite of our sin, unworthiness and poverty of spirit, God loves us. Christ thirsts to love and the creature thirsts for love!

Infinite Love thirsting to give Himself, and poor nothingness thirsting to be filled!

We must turn our eyes away from self and gaze upon the Face of God! The Love of God flows freely into the heart that surrenders itself to Him. Sanctification of a soul is God’s work alone. The soul has only to surrender itself, in all simplicity, to His action.

God has complete control of all the world and absolutely nothing can happen without His all-wise and all-loving purpose. All our trials and sufferings have a purpose. They are meant to produce virtue, increase our love and merit, and to allow us to atone for our sins. When we have done all that we can to prudently help ourselves, then we can renew our faith in the Wisdom of God, which is Infinite! We can renew our faith in the power of God, Who holds the entire universe and everything that happens in it, in the Palm of His Hand. We can renew our faith in the Goodness of God Who never asks a sacrifice of us that He does not intend to reward a thousand times over. In the spirit of humility, trust and love, from the depths of our hearts, let us say: THY WILL BE DONE!

One with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.

The Good God does not need years to accomplish His work of love in a soul; One ray from His Heart can, in an instant, make a soul bloom for eternity!

~ St. Therese of The Child Jesus ~


ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

CHAPTER VI

NEW SHRINES! NEW MARVELS!

1824: It was now nearly twenty years since the figure containing the relics had come to Mugnano. The first temporary altar had been changed for the famous marble one, the gift of Don Alessandro Serio who had been cured. With the intense heat of Neapolitan summers, the constant traffic of pilgrims and the passage of time, dust from the roads had shifted into the frail glass shrine. The movement of the figure had worn the silk of the dress, and the sun had faded everything. Philomena herself drew attention to this. During the week before Pentecost, her garments were found in pieces. The blue scarf, which went around the neck and over one arm, was torn into little pieces and thrown about inside the glass. When it became clear to the least credulous that it was not the sun which had rotted the stitches or insects which had demolished the scarf, everyone enjoyed the joke!

“Bless her, la Santarella wants a new dress! Wasn’t one new dress in twenty years a modest request? Ah, Philomena, it is just like you, concerned that you will be beautiful and fine before your next feast! But, darling, after you had shown so much ability to do things for yourself, we could not open the shrine and touch you without your asking!”

Don Francesco would not even have it opened when measurements had to be taken for the new dress. It had to be done outside the glass. He noticed, to his distress, that the hair on the left side was deficient and scanty. He pondered what to do. There would not be time to get silk hair from Naples before the date fixed for the Archbishop’s coming. Yes, all those concerned agreed that it was a great pity this had not been noticed before because, once sealed up in the new shrine, nothing could be done for perhaps another twenty years.

Philomena understood. Next time the shrine was uncovered, her hair seemed to have been freshly washed and combed. Shining and beautiful, it flowed down so that it covered the left shoulder which had formerly been bare.

On the 5th of July, the Archbishop came with his Vicar-General, numerous clergy and the key which had been sent from Naples. The seals were then broken. With reverent emotion, the figure, which had so constantly been animated by the heavenly life of the virgin-martyr, was dressed in the finest silk and velvet that could be found. She looked as bright as a Neapolitan heart could desire. The chestnut hair was arranged again just as Philomena herself had arranged it. The figure was given back to the Archbishop to be placed in a new shrine – nine inches longer than the old one.

The Archbishop, having inspected everything and his notaries having done the same, the shrine was once more sealed up. It was remarked that although the new shrine was larger than the old, still the figure seemed quite as much pinched for room as in the other. No, there had been no mistake in the measurements. The people of Mugnano said, “The Saint is larger and more beautiful in her new dress.”

One of the characteristics of the devotion to St. Philomena has been the way that her name is linked with that of the Queen of Virgins and Martyrs. She has shrines in the Basilica which contains the Holy House at Loreto and in the sanctuary of Our Lady of Good Counsel at Genazzano.

Those who have made the oblation of themselves and all their goods, spiritual and material, into the hands of Our Lady, may hesitate one moment to ask for anything they need from a little girl of thirteen instead of from their Queen and Mother. Still, on second thought, they will find this a new way of giving pleasure to their Queen by allowing her to grant the requests Philomena will make for them.

In June of this same year, 1831, a large party of nobles from various places in Italy, came to Mugnano. When the shrine was uncovered, they could not keep back their exclamations, so beautiful and heavenly did she seem to them. They could not gaze at her enough. Don Francesco told them that Philomena’s look was very severe compared to what it usually is. As a child smiles on guests to please its father, Philomena’s face suddenly became rosy and friendly. After a short while, to everyone’s astonishment, it clouded up again and the severe look returned. One among the party wept aloud and confessed that he had hardly any belief in his religion and it was his fault that she had looked severe. He went away a happy and converted man, having left generous alms behind in thanksgiving for this grace.

In 1826, Don Francesco had published a second edition of his book, THE STORY OF THE MIRACLES OF SAINT PHILOMENA. Seeing that this was being sold out very rapidly, he bought up all the remaining copies and stored them on a table in his room. There were five piles of them, each containing forty-five copies. He kept all but one pile covered with a cloth because of the dust. When any were asked for, he took them from the uncovered pile.

Being a busy man, it did not occur to him that he had been doing this for a long time. On the 15th of November of that year, some distinguished visitors came to the shrine wanting some copies. Although, they asked the price, Don Francesco, with Neapolitan courtesy, begged them to accept as many as they wanted.

Times were hard. When the cavalcade had driven off, the parishioners told Don Francesco he ought to let the rich folk pay for what they had received, since it made little difference to them and so much to Philomena’s coffers which were never very full. That evening, Don Francesco had to go out. Finding that all the members of his little household had also gone out, he took with him the key of his sitting room, where the books were. He came back after dark. His servant met him at the door with a lamp and led the way to his room. To their amazement, the floor was covered with copies of his book, heaped right up to the door.

After all these years of her daily acquaintance, Don Francesco knew Philomena’s doings when he saw them. Being a humble man, the only thing the sight of the books suggested was that Philomena thought he had written it badly and was displeased. He was so unhappy at the thought of having displeased and served her badly; he turned the key in the lock again and went away to his lonely supper. Next morning, he faced the matter bravely and went to tidy up the room. In daylight, he saw that the store of books on the table was untouched and the cloth which covered them was sealed by that useful witness, the thick dust of Mugnano. Far from being displeased, Philomena had multiplied the books to make up for those which had been given away.

The four piles of forty-five each under the cloth were intact; the pile from which Don Francesco had been taking books from June to November still contained nineteen. The books on the floor numbered sixty-two. They added up how many had been sent away since June, amounting to five hundred, not counting those which had been given in twos or threes. Five hundred persons, in other words, had received one or more. The miraculous books were picked up and put carefully aside. Those who had reproved Don Francesco for giving away the books the previous day felt that, in future, they would know Philomena’s mind on the matter.

Philomena was not tired of the joke. In the following March, Don Francesco and his brother were alone in the house when they heard a noise coming from the office which sounded like feet stomping and chairs being thrown about. It was dark; they could not imagine who had gotten in, thieves or dogs. They found a light and commended themselves to Saint Philomena; only then, did they venture to open the door. The room was dark and quiet. There were 19 copies of Don Francesco’s book about Philomena, balanced on the backs of chairs or on the rungs of them or arranged in a neat row, in all sorts of comical positions. It was only Philomena, showing Don Francesco she liked his book. The store on the table remained intact, not one copy missing. At another time, a later edition was multiplied. Two hundred and thirty copies were found, over and above the original number.

When the largest bell of the church broke, money was collected for a new one. It was decided to impress a figure of Philomena on the new bell. The bell was cast and the metal left to cool. To universal dismay, the metal was found not to have filled the mold completely and no handle had been formed at the top. Those who knew Philomena went to her shrine and said. “Philomena, what were you thinking of? What about your honor as a virgin-martyr? Wasn’t your picture on the bell? What will be said of you?”

All that the bell founders thought about was the public fury. You will remember that Neapolitans are explosive! They went off to an inn and hid there for the rest of the day fully expecting a furious mob to pursue them. With great fervor they recommended themselves to Our Lady of Grace and St. Philomena.

At ten o’clock that night, when everything was silent and they decided it was safe to slip off, pebbles were thrown up at their window. This meant one thing: the villagers were going to settle the score! They were stiff with fright. Again the pebbles rattled on the window. They recommended their souls to God Who knew that it had only been a mistake! At that moment, the foreman heard an interior voice say, “Go and see, the grace is granted, the bell is finished.” As no other sound followed the rattle of pebbles, he dared to believe it was only Philomena. Leaving his terror-stricken assistants, he crept out of the house and made his way to the foundry. There was the bell, not only completed, but with a mass of metal left over. He could not believe his eyes and he burst into cries of joy. Off he ran through the streets shouting. When his companions saw it, they shouted too. The whole of Mugnano poked their heads out of the windows to learn what the noise was about. When they heard, they had to come down to see the wonder. Nobody wanted to sleep that night, but spent it thanking God and Our Lady and Philomena. The metal that remained was taken in procession to the church, a perpetual token of what had happened, though it may look a very odd decoration!


Dear Mother Patti,

I left our Center this morning at 5:30 a.m. to visit St. Mark’s Catholic Elementary School, to distribute about 400 materials to school children since the school assembles at 7:30. I attended Mass there which started at 6:30 a.m. Thereafter, all the enrolled pupils received their Decade cards, Rosaries, Miraculous Medals and Rosary leaflets. It is worth mentioning that many of the teachers enrolled and some enrolled their family members. They expressed their joy on the simplicity and powerful devotion of the ULRA. Besides, 11 Crucifixes were given to 11 classes that had none in their classrooms and one in the office of the director who was thankful to you and the ULRA for your outreach program.< PAUL – CAMEROON >


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

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

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

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