Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Holy Week 2013

Christ Has Risen! Alleluia!

Beloved Family of the Living Rosary,

What joy it gives me to congratulate you on keeping faithfully your holy vigil during the penitential season of Lent, so that your Easter Sunday may be all the more glorious! What incredible gratitude we would have for any man who would give his blood for us, and what if he carried his love to the extreme limit and gave his life for us that we might be saved from the danger of death? Our gratitude would be infinite. Just imagine that Jesus Christ has shed the last drop of His Precious Blood that we might have Eternal Life! The Blood of Christ extinguishes the fire of Divine Justice. It is the price of our Redemption. Each drop of His divine Blood cries out in our behalf for mercy. Although a single drop of It would have sufficed to wash away the sins of a thousand worlds, Jesus Christ gave the whole of It not only once, but many times: at His Circumcision, in the Garden of Olives, at the flagellation, the crowning of thorns and the opening of His Sacred Side, and He offers it every day at a million Altars, in all the Tabernacles of the world, unto the end of time. Our confidence in the Precious Blood of Jesus should be infinite and our gratitude for this Divine Gift, constant.

God gave us not only the Holy Eucharist on the eve of His Crucifixion, but He also established the Priesthood with all the Sacraments, the Holy Church and infallible authority with the power to teach, govern and rule. The echo from the Cross rings out to the whole world: Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. Father, by these wounds of Mine, forgive them! By this unspeakable torture of My Hands and Feet and My whole Body: Forgive them! By all the shame, ignominy and anguish of My Heart and Soul, Father forgive them! By this, My Blood, covering My Body and trickling down to the earth:

“Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do!”

The Church will triumph over heresy and scandal. Oh, what a marvel for Our Holy Mother: the One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, the gates of Hell shall not prevail against Her!

We deliver ourselves up for the salvation of souls. These sacred months of Lent have been dedicated to all our members and our Easter Masses will be offered for you in petition and in thanksgiving. We must increase and multiply.

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, UKRAINE

Oh my Soul, why art though afraid to take up thy cross, which leadeth to the heavenly Kingdom? In thy Cross is Salvation; in thy Cross is Life; in thy Cross is Protection from thine enemies; in thy Cross is Infusion of heavenly sweetness, strength of mind, joy of spirit; in thy Cross is the Way to the Height of Religious Virtue, and the Perfection of Sanctity to which thou hast been called!


Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

The Cross admits us into the intimacy of God, of Jesus Christ His Son, of all the angels and all the saints. Is it not incomparably glorious? Let it be welcomed every time it presents itself! All honor to crucified souls! They are the favorites of God. The most cruel torments which the Martyrs endured are as nothing in comparison with the anguish which Mary suffered. Her very Soul was transpierced with the sword of grief, without the alleviation of any consolation. She beheld Jesus dragged through the streets of Jerusalem, everywhere insulted, scoffed and despised; She beheld Him scourged, crowned with thorns, beaten and spit upon. Mary practiced unalterable patience. She stood up in the midst of the most horrible tempest like a rock surrounded by waves which beat against it, without causing it to fall. Neither the abyss into which She was plunged by Her grief nor the spectacle of death, nor the fury of man, nor the rage of demons was able to cast Her down. Her demeanor was full of resolution and courage. Without allowing any complaint to escape from Her, She adored the designs of God in silence and submission. She was a Mother who was not afraid to stand by Her Son amidst insults, contempt and injustice. With Jesus, She drank to the dregs the chalice of humiliation.

What a lesson for us! Mary teaches us the spirit of sacrifice. Knowing that the design of God is that Jesus should die to save the world, She enters with Her whole Soul into the divine decree. Jesus gives Mary to us as our Mother. What confidence, what hope, what consolation, what happiness is ours! Mary, thou art my Mother! I no longer fear, I am happy and I hope!

Christ’s adorable Face was wounded with blows and His flesh lacerated with scourges, His Head crowned with thorns, His Hands and Feet pierced with nails. He is Our King, Our Lord and Savior, Who leads the way for us to our Eternal Home. Yet, we love pleasure so much; we are afraid of suffering and discomfort. How dare we call ourselves Christians! Oh, Sacred Cross, whatever you may be: sufferings of the body or sufferings of the soul, come, come to me; I accept you cheerfully; I will bear you henceforth with courage and resolution!

The Resurrection of Our Savior is a guarantee to us of His divinity and, thereby, the complete guarantee of all our beliefs for, if Jesus Christ be God, His Religion is divine; the Gospel, which is His Word, is divine; the Sacraments which He has established are divine; the Church which He has founded is divine and, in believing it, I am certain not to be deceived. In following our Faith, we are following an Infallible Guide. In vain do the infidels attack our beliefs, in vain do nations rage: Jesus Christ Risen replies to all. There is not one single objection which does not fall to pieces against the stone of the sepulchre. What a consolation! What a triumph for the Faith!

The Resurrection of Our Savior is the assurance of our own resurrection. We are destined to rise with Christ. He, who listens to the Church, listens to Christ and cannot be deceived. What a great consolation for us all! United with Mary at the Foot of the Cross is our most pivotal position. We are surrounded with Her love, inflamed by Her charity, guided by Her wisdom, and infused with Her courage and fortitude.

We extend to each and every member of the Living Rosary Association a warm blessing and great encouragement to extend this devotion to the far ends of the earth!

Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
Patti Melvin
Please pray for me


The Battle won’t last long,
And the End will be Everlasting!”

St. Teresa of Avila

The enemy is within our gates. We must identify him and recognize him for what he really is, and strive with all our might to crush and expel him from our hearts and our homes. Some feel the enemy is only political or merely an economic system. Be not mistaken that the enemy of your family, Holy Mother the Church and our country, is atheistic materialism, secular humanism, Communism! It stalks our cities, community housing, residential neighborhoods and country villages. Its tools are terror, murder, lies, deceit, oppression, cruel suppression of governments, enslavement of millions, separation of families, crisis, unrest, conflict and destruction. It is a revolution against the established order which has at its heart to silence moral authority and enslave the world.

Archbishop Fulton Sheen spoke courageously and tirelessly exposing the fundamental nature of Communism and our duty to use all our resources and energy to oppose it. Every member of the Communist Party has pledged to commit treason against the USA and help to overthrow our Constitution by duplicity and deceit. The Communist Party is the largest atheistic organization in the world. It is determined, dedicated, well organized and deadly! We must use all our resources to stop this lethal foe. If we do not win, the rest of the world will be swallowed up by this satanic force and we will lose all our freedoms. Their goal is to subjugate, dominate and remake the entire world, by subversion if possible and by force if necessary! Rome is the big prize for Communism. Our Lady of La Salette forewarned us in 1846, Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. Our Lady of Fatima mentioned 1960 as being critical in the battle for souls. Sister Lucia later lamented that neither the good nor the bad have taken to heart or heeded Mary’s pleas.

We could not realize the implications of Our Lady’s Message at that time but, as we look back, it is painfully clear. We view woefully the Vatican-Moscow Agreement of 1962 in which Vatican officials formally pledged to Soviet counterparts that the Church, henceforth, would refrain from any condemnation of Communism! This pledge has been honored without exception to the present day. As such, it constitutes TREASON! Failure to oppose the satanic force of Atheistic Communism can hardly be short of sin! Archbishop Sheen was called to Rome in 1963 and ordered to be silent against Communism by the Holy Father. The great foe of Communism was silenced and Pope Paul VI publicly proclaimed the United Nations to be the hope of the world! THIS IS HISTORY. Please God, we can learn from it.

We are on the battlefield and need some deadly serious guidelines to help us win this war. Satan is a deceiver for he is the father of lies and there is no truth in him. If he can get us to believe his lie, then he can begin his work in our life. He questions God’s word and His goodness. He is a rebel against God, “You will be like unto God,” he tells Eve. God accomplishes His work through Truth, Satan through lies, but he always masquerades his lies as God’s Truth. His target is our mind and his goal is to divert us from doing God’s Will. God’s Will is not our duty, but our delight; it is our nourishment! Beware, we cannot reason or dialogue with Satan. Man’s wisdom is no match for Satan is cunning. We must study our Faith, understand our duty to God, and make time for prayer, without which we will be easy prey for the devil.

Be Sober! Be Alert! Be Prayerful!

The Devil, our adversary, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

If Satan cannot attack our mind, he is happy to attack and destroy our body which is God’s Temple, the tabernacle of the Most Holy Trinity. Christians can be seen and it is our conduct in the body that glorifies and exalts Our Blessed Lord. The members of our body are tools in the Holy Spirit’s Hands to help build the Church. The various trials we encounter are simply a test of our faith and they produce in us endurance. Impatience is a mark of unbelief. Patient endurance is enriching. The only way to learn patience is to go through the suffering that God has assigned to us. Satan is proud, critical, unbending, stubborn, a gossip, jealous and a braggart. Pride glorifies man and robs God of the Glory He deserves. The essence of sin, is to be independent of God. Beware if you feel important! Remember in this battle against Satan the only way to conquer is to surrender,


Humility is not thinking meanly of ourselves; humility is not thinking of ourselves at all! We must know our enemy and put on the Armor of God: truth, humility, faith and absolute confidence in God. Satan is a destroyer, he is well organized and his first attack is against the home. Let us give him some resistance!

Our vast physical resources and our masterly technical skills will avail us nothing unless we are a people strong in Faith which gives purpose to our action, and fosters discipline and courage. The true strength of a Christian Nation is the power of God which outweighs all force of arms! The fortress of our Catholic Families has been gravely undermined. Lustful self-indulgence, divorce and birth prevention and have broken the lives of our youths rendering them delinquents!

Victory will come, only with obedience to God’s Love!

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