Thanksgiving Message – Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

We are deeply grateful for your timely and generous support of our missionary work throughout the world. How urgent it is to reach souls with the Holy Rosary and Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart! As we witness the rampant spread of materialism, we must pray, labor and sacrifice to restore the Kingship of Christ in our hearts, homes and Nation today. Tomorrow will be too late! Special Masses have been arranged for your dear family.

It is a wonderful thing to trust God. If only we trusted Him, we would find joy, confidence and peace of soul. How very often, we are so busy planning God’s agenda and anxiously waiting for Him to attend to our wishes, that we fail Him in both gratitude and trust! When one trusts, he is then grateful. When one is grateful, he views life as a grace, an undeserved and unearned gift from the Father’s Hands. The grateful heart cries out in the morning:

“Thank you, Lord, for the gift of a new day!

Thank you for the gift of loving and being loved!

Thank you for the four seasons!

Thank you for the gift of Thy Son,
Who by His Death and Resurrection
has set us on the road to glory!”

It is curious that in studies of financial giving, the poor give a larger proportion of their income to charity than the rich. Being surrounded by misery, they see opportunities to help on every side. To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy. To be grateful for the moments of sorrow, pain and uncertainty, requires hard spiritual work. When we are inwardly dissipated through business, obsession, addiction, sports, gossip, TV, movies and internet, we cannot be attentive to the gifts that arrive each day. Gratefulness is born of prayerfulness which makes us aware of the presence of God, which is manifested in a sunset, the song of a meadowlark, symphony, a word from a friend and the smile of an infant child. Gratitude is contagious. Grateful people are a delight to be around and their spirit is catching. It is not joy that makes us grateful, but gratitude that makes us joyful. The highest form of giving is “Thanksgiving”. Ingratitude is the most abominable of sins. Those who grumble forget the graces, benefits and blessings they have received from the Hand of God. To trust in the Love of God amidst sufferings and setbacks, is one of the highest forms of Gratitude.

Just for today, my Sweet Jesus,
Let me live, and love and trust Thee completely!
With all my heart, I confidently place every tomorrow In Thy most Sacred and Loving Hands.

Please, pray for me.

Patti Melvin
Patti Melvin
Director of the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA).

Dear Members and Benefactors,

We thank you for the great zeal you have shown in remembering your departed loved ones at the Sacred Altar. We will continue these 30 days of Masses for them, all through the month of December too. May their eternal union with God be accomplished

Fast approaching is the holy Season of Advent in which we prepare our hearts for the coming of Our Divine Infant King. God’s Eyes rest upon our Catholic homes with special love and benediction. Christ longs to flood these hallowed walls with His presence and lavish graces. In Baptism, we became other “Christs”, cherished members of His Mystical Family and sharers in His work of Redemption. We became the Tongue and Hands and Heart of Jesus in the world. Himself invisible, He must reach others through you and me, or not at all. To make Jesus better known and loved, this is our mission. As we journey to Bethlehem, leaving the world behind, silent and unseen will be the transformation that is wrought within the sanctuary of our souls. Believe me, through our detachment and sacrifices, ills will be cured, our lives will increase in vigor and miracles of health will take place at every moment of the day and night.

Take, O Lord, all that we are and all that we have; only give Thyself to us and that will suffice!

Sacrifice is the fuel of love. Let us count our sufferings as great blessings. Perfection is to put God first in everything! May our union of prayer be made fruitful during this Advent Season so that, through our charity, sacrifice and love all souls who do not yet know our Sweet Infant Savior will come to Bethlehem and find him in the stable in the arms of His Immaculate Mother, and ours! With God’s Grace, all things are possible!

I impart to all of you my priestly blessing:

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

Byzantine Rite
Greek-Catholic Church

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