Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Week of November 25, 2012

O Mary Conceived Without Sin, Pray For Us!Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

May God reward your great generosity to the missions! It is absolutely miraculous what is being done by our representatives and your gift will be a great source of hope and strength to them. May God bless you!

Only suffering will save us. Things that are happening now are unbelievable: earthquakes, bombings, sickness and despair. Still, we must believe and trust with all our hearts, and continue to do everything we can to love God and care for our families.

Paradise has disappeared from the earth, which has clearly now become a vale of tears. Combat and sufferings have become our hard lot. It is now that the Christian heart turns to the Hill of Calvary where gleams the Cross in the splendor of victory, as a mighty lighthouse whose far-flung rays fill the voyager with courage and hope. Mount Calvary stands out to us in the storms of life! On Calvary, the heart learns to separate itself from the earth and to soar aloft to God; there it learns to break with everything sinful, imperfect and faulty.

Our earthly life is not a life of rest, it is not a time of happiness; no, it is a period of ascent, of constant and tireless labor. We press forward, ever forward, and upward on the path of virtue and perfection: higher, ever higher, onward to Heaven! It is necessary for us to elevate our souls above the wearisome emptiness of everyday existence, to forget the world for a little while, to loosen the bands wherewith it binds us, and to lift up our hearts on high, far beyond the stars, even to the dazzling white throne of God. The earth may promise and give what it will, but it can never satisfy the human heart – that heart cries for God and will not rest until it rests in Him. We must arise from our sleep and, in earnest, begin our journey to the Father’s House. Golgotha promises the soldier of Christ a glorious victory. Wield well your heavenly weapons, battle bravely, and never take your eyes off the Son of God on the pulpit of the Cross, where He delivers His greatest sermon. Here and here alone, we learn how to love God, how to trust God and how to lift our hearts up to Him.

Please pray for me.

Patti Melvin, ULRA Director
Patti Melvin
Queen of The Most Holy Rosary, Please pray for me.

The Family That Prays Together Stays Together

Many of us find our days are overcrowded with business, deadlines, sports, meetings, doctors’ appointments, endless shopping, sickness and family crisis. We find ourselves entirely spent in taking care of the urgent in our lives, while the important matters of life and family are neglected. There is, today, a grave disorder in our daily lives. The gathering each evening of the family for a meal had been called the liturgy of civilization. It was an image in daily life of the great liturgy of the Mass. Family dinner makes a most suitable prelude to the family Rosary. In this way, the evening becomes a sacred time to God and to the family alike.

The Holy Rosary is the highest and most effective form of family prayer. As a private devotion, it found its center not in the church but in the home. The family Rosary was usually the way the children learned the Church’s basic vocal prayers and the key mysteries of Christ’s Life upon earth. When the family gathers at the end of the day’s labors and prays the Rosary, Our Lady is delighted with their faithful and unanimous homage. She is ever near them as a loving mother encircled by her children, distributing to them the blessings of domestic peace, the foretaste of the peace of Heaven.

No one should be forced to pray the Rosary and no one should be excluded, who wishes to take part. A special place should be prepared with a statue, Crucifix and holy water; and fresh flowers are a sign of your living devotion. If there is no time to pray the whole Rosary, kneel at least for one DECADE.

We are richly blessed to have this precious gift from the Queen of Heaven in these terrible days of war, hate and division. Our families are weak and divided. Let us try, at least, to pray one Decade of the Rosary after an evening meal as a family. The many blessings obtained will be internal, external and ETERNAL!

We Must Sacrifice Ourselves for Sinners!

In 1919, one person died every second. Today, that number surely has doubled. Every hour, 10,000 deaths! Every day, nearly a million dead! At every moment, someone is dying and is, perhaps, in the greatest danger of being lost forever. What is needed now is an army of souls to pray for the dying. My Jesus, have mercy on the poor dying sinners!

We can make our whole lives a constant pleading before the throne of mercy for the Salvation of the Dying. The more souls we save, the more certain is our own salvation. Dying sinners are more in need of our prayers even than the Holy Souls in Purgatory who are assured of Heaven. Dying sinners face death without God; they are quite often alone, sick, exhausted, and taunted by fierce temptations of the devil. The hour of death is the most important moment of our lives, for our never-ending Eternity depends upon it.

We can show no greater love or mercy to our neighbor than by trying to procure for him the grace of a holy death. How many Holy Masses are offered for the Souls in Purgatory but, alas, how very few Masses for the Salvation of the Dying? St. Joseph is the patron of a happy death, dying as he did in the arms of Jesus and Mary. Let us make our families missionary by encouraging our children to pray for dying sinners! Their innocent hearts and the purity of their prayers will obtain great graces of infinite mercy for these poor souls.

We may feel totally helpless when seeing death in the mission field and news of our own impending death may cause us great despair. God is in control. The offering up of our suffering for dying sinners will save their poor souls and will secure for us a blessed Eternity.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, visit today we beseech thee, those souls who are in the cold sweat of death and at enmity with God. Bathe them in the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. Breathe into them the very Life of God. Obtain for them the grace to make perfect Acts of Faith, Hope and Divine Charity, that they may be snatched from the very abyss of Hell to glorify God for all Eternity and to … add to the luster of thy TRIUMPH!

(300 days Indulgence)

Sheltering The Divine Outcast

The one and only reason of our existence on earth is to die with Christ that we may live in Him. This is our life’s work: We, emptying ourselves of self, and Christ filling in the gaps until we become other Christs. Now, in the physical world, we cannot do this of ourselves, any more than the invalid can perform her own operation. The surgeon must do it. In the spiritual life, these operations are almost continual. They are not always done by the Head Surgeon, Jesus Christ. NO! He gives the instruments to His apprentices who do the work rather awkwardly at times and, perhaps, make mistakes but, if we are of good disposition, the wounds heal and do not fester. Provided there be room for Christ, what else matters? Separations, uncongenial surroundings, want of consideration, painful remarks, seeming injustice, loneliness, disappointments and a thousand other things are the instruments that cut away SELF, little by little, in order that Christ may increase. The more Christ grows in us, the less importance we attach to the irksomeness of affairs; the more beauty we find in individuals, the more loving and kind are we in our interpretation of everything about us; in essence, the more we strive to be holy.

We often deceive ourselves regarding genuine union with God! Souls, who think they have reached it because they enjoy sensible consolations, are like children playing with ashes that the wind carries away. NO! NO! True union does not consist in delights, but in privations! The sign that God dwells in us and that we are possessed by His Love is that we take what hurts, not only patiently but also gratefully, saying:

“I thank Thee, My Loving Father, but I am not worthy of it. I do not deserve that
Thou treat me as Thou treated Thy Divine Son, Jesus.”

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