THE ANGEL OF PORTUGAL
‘Neath St. Michael’s Shield
Lucifer has placed his stamp upon the present Age. Open and secret revolt against God and His Church, the spirit of criticism, unbelief and immorality are spreading like a cancer. The arrogant boast of Lucifer rings out: “I will be like unto God!”
Men loudly proclaim their self-sufficiency and deny the existence of a Supreme Being. Government and secret societies plotting against God, strive to blot out from homes, schools, offices and society, all traces of Christianity. All these frightful events convince us that we must turn to St. Michael, the Archangel, that glorious prince of Heaven who rendered all honor to God, conquering Lucifer and casting him into the abyss. It is time for Christians to rise from their sleep and to offer vigorous resistance to the enemies of salvation. The weapons in this conflict are not the arms of civil warfare, but the spiritual weapons of prayer, penance, increased fidelity to God’s Commandments and frequent reception of the Sacraments.
The Church invokes St. Michael the Archangel as an Angel of superior rank, the Prince of Angels, who has supreme command over all the heavenly hierarchies. This position of honor was merited by St. Michael in the battle he waged against Lucifer and the rebellious angels before the creation of the world. St. Michael and his faithful followers won a glorious victory. With the swiftness of lightening, Lucifer and his companions were transformed into hideous demons and cast into the abyss of eternal torment and darkness. In reward for his zeal and fidelity, he was made prince and commander-in-chief of all the Heavenly Legions. He is the “first lieutenant” of Jesus Christ, for he was the first to lead the faithful servants of God to victory against the enemy.
St. Michael is the Guardian Angel and protector of the Catholic Church. The Fathers of the Church agree on this unanimously. St. Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, who in the 15th century saved France, ascribed her vocation and victories to St. Michael. Pope Leo XIII, realizing by divine enlightenment the present and future struggles of the Church against the powers of Hell, composed a prayer in honor of the warrior Archangel. From his time to the present, the prayer was offered after every Low Mass. In 1960, in the wake of Vatican II, this prayer was discontinued.
Saint Michael is the protector of every individual Christian and all Christian Nations. It is our duty to be faithful Catholics, to profess our Faith openly and energetically, and to preserve a glowing, invincible love for Jesus Christ. St. Michael is the conqueror of Satan. In a thousand different ways, Satan plots and wars against God and tries to usurp His throne.
The early Christians invoked Saint Michael for the cure of the sick. During the pontificate of St. Gregory the Great, a terrible pestilence depopulated the city of Rome. The Pope ordered a penitential procession under the patronage of Our Lady and St. Michael. St. Michael appeared above Castel Sant’Angelo holding a sword in his right hand which he thrust into the scabbard. At the same moment, the pestilence ceased. Many miracles have taken place at the Sanctuary of Mont-St.-Michel in Normandy, France.
Not only during life does the glorious Archangel Michael defend and protect souls, but he is their special advocate and counselor at the hour of death. When the final hour of our earthy career draws near, and we are confronted by that awful moment in which our soul must leave the body which it has loved so much, satanic hosts, like ravaging lions, will make their last attack on us. If we have had devotion to St. Michael during life, he will assist us at the critical hour of our death. St. Michael is the advocate and incontestable helper of the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
St. Michael is the Guardian of the Most Blessed Sacrament. As such, he sees that thousands are given the grace to embrace Christ sacramentally. When the end of the world draws near, he will wage a final battle against the Antichrist, who by false miracles will endeavor to seduce even the Elect. Let us pray often with great confidence to St. Michael, champion of the Cause of Christ.
|Fr Paul O’Sullivan, EDM
Fr. Paul O’Sullivan was born in Tralee, Ireland in 1871 and died in Lisbon, Portugal in 1958. At the age of 16, he entered the Dominican Novitiate and, then, he went on to Rome to complete his priestly studies and be ordained. His health failed him and he was a broken man. He was sent to Lisbon for a period of convalescence. The moment he set foot on the soil of Portugal, his health improved and he undertook an apostolate, the likes of which is rarely the part of a single priest’s accomplishment.
At the time of his arrival in the country, religion was at a very low ebb indeed! Masonic persecution which began after the Civil War of 1834, left the Church nearly abandoned. Few went to Church or received the Sacraments. There was little or no Catechism or religious instruction. Few Catholic books were published though vile literature was broadcast all over the country. Things dragged on like this until 1910 when the anti-God Republic rang out their cry: NO GOD! NO RELIGION! Alfonso Costa declared: “In two generations, the Catholic Church will be extinct in Portugal.”
It was a dreadful time. Revolution followed revolution. Corruption was rife. Paper money took the place of gold and silver currency. In 16 years, there had been over 40 administrations and twenty revolutions. Father Paul grieved over these tragic happenings. He befriended the rich and the poor. Soon, he learned that many Catholics longed for the old days when the Faith was practiced and widespread over the land. When he spoke to the faithful, he referred with deep feeling to their outstanding devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Portugal was the Land of Holy Mary as nearly all the cathedrals were dedicated to the Assumption. Fr. O’Sullivan peered through the darkness that surrounded the Nation and beholding the glories of its religious past, he was fired up by apostolic zeal to devote his life and all his energies to the work of restoring the Faith in Portugal. All through his publishing career, he used the initials EDM or Enfant de Marie, Child of Mary! What more glorious title can there be!
Catechism classes were organized on a larger scale than usual, conferences and retreats were multiplied. In 1907, Fr. Paul began to publish a monthly magazine which he called, O Rosario. He succeeded in having it published all over the country. Embolden by this first venture, he founded another monthly magazine in 1916 entitled, Cruzada do Rosario. These two monthly magazines are still flourishing today and have done a great service in keeping the Rosary devotion alive throughout the country. In 1922, he established a Catholic Press and began to publish Catholic magazines, books, pamphlets and instruction. The output was enormous. Through the years, he wrote on nearly every subject, The Wonders of the Holy Name, How to be Happy – How to be Holy, The Life of St. Philomena, AII About the Angels, The Secret of Confession, Visits to the Blessed Sacrament, Read Me or Rue It, and many more.
At an early period in his life, Father developed a devotion to St. Philomena through reading the Life of the Curé of Ars. He wrote her life story, made frequent pilgrimages to Mugnano and had her statue erected not only in Corpo Santo but in many churches throughout the world as well. On the 11th of every month, he gathered the devotees of the Saint to Corpo Santo for Mass and a sermon. During the sermon, he would read the list of favors granted through her intercession since the last meeting. As director of souls, he was much in demand. Nuncios, bishops and many in high estate as well as the poor sought his advice and administration. He was inflexible and unyielding once he had his mind made up, and he could attract and dominate people. His devotion to the Mass was most edifying. It seemed as if he made a resolution to hear every Mass celebrated in our church. He would leave any occupation to hear the Mass of a visiting priest who came at an odd hour.
Surely, our dear Fr. Paul O’Sullivan was an instrument used by Our Blessed Mother to prepare the hearts of the faithful for her visitation at Fatima. This was done by his powerful effort to restore the prayer of the Holy Rosary throughout the country.
What great similarities there are between Father O’Sullivan’s days and our own! The governments are godless, their goal to destroy religion is nearly accomplished and family life is all but non-existent.
The American Humanist Association (AHA) produces a bi-monthly journal and was given legal status by the U.S. Supreme Court. Their goal is to free one’s philosophy from the traditional constraints of theistic belief. Organized in 1867 under the leadership of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the AHA appealed not only to those theological reformers within the Unitarian Church but also to non-Christian liberals. It is sometimes referred to as a “New Religion” which incorporates naturalism, materialism, rationalization and socialism: A New Faith for a New Age!
It was designed to be ever evolving and compatible with the social schema of our present day humanity. It was the AHA who argued that Bible study in public schools violated the separation of Church and State. The Supreme Court upheld this policy of religious neutrality. They defend the right to abortion and it is they who did much to popularize cremation and humanistic memorial services. In 2003, they secured a religious tax exempt status, as a non-profit, publically supported educational organization. Their goal is to promote the spread of Humanism and refine its philosophy.
In their self-definition, God does not exist and it is a destructive illusion to believe in Him. Man marks the highest point to which nature has evolved and he must rely entirely on his own resources. They decry creation and have worked very hard to promote the theory of evolution. They believe that everything changes, so there can be no enduring or permanent values. John Dewey, probably the most influential American philosopher in the field of education, is the author of the first Humanist Manifesto in 1933! Forty years later, a second Humanist Manifesto was issued. Among its major tenants are these: “… traditional dogmatic or authoritarian religions that place Revelation, God, ritual or creed above human need or experience do a disservice to the human species. Humans are responsible for what we are and what we will become. No deity can save us; we must save ourselves. The right to birth control, abortion and divorce should be recognized.”
The members of the AHA are placed strategically in highly sensitive areas, and are internationally funded. They have key positions to influence public opinion. While they say, “Let us do away with all forms of intolerance,” they are adamantly intolerant of all religion. Up until the 1960’s, Christianity, with a unanimous voice, had taught an ethic of self-control, self-denial, encouraged reparation, sacrifice and prayer.
The great religious upheaval of the 16th Century contributed to the long term decline of religion and the rise of secularism in the West. In the midst of continually multiplying numbers of groups claiming to have the truth, it becomes difficult for people to believe that any faith can be true. Another cause of the fragmentation of Christianity was the growth of science. Religion was perhaps not openly attacked, but it was disbelieved. It ceased to be important. The dramatic success of the new scientific discoveries gave man an exhilarating sense of self-confidence and self-importance. If it could not be proven by science, then it did not exist. In the 18th Century, the intellectuals began to advocate religious tolerance. In part, they said it was out of respect for the individual’s conscience. In part, however, it was out of the conviction that all religious beliefs were equally false and, thus, all should be equally tolerated. Voltaire rejoiced that, in a society where there were many religious groups, all of them would be weak. The French Revolution of 1789 accomplished many of its goals of enlightenment, sweeping away by violence all the social institutions to which the intellectuals objected, including the Church! Their goal to remake the world in the name of humanity gave birth to a murderous and destructive fanaticism. It was the “Committee of Public Safety” which implemented the Reign of Terror in the name of humanity.
The 19th Century gave birth to three new revolutionary systems of thought, those identified with Karl Marx, Charles Darwin and Sigmund Freud. Although different in many aspects they all were based on materialism. Human existence was described, by economic necessities, biological evolution, and sexual urges. These three gave great impetus to Secular Humanism and all three dispensed with God. Atheism came into its own during that Century. “If God did exist, he must be destroyed!” The new Humanism embodied a demonic urge to negate and destroy. Once God had been denied, man could achieve true freedom by denying all moral constraints on himself and invent his own morality. Mass communications came into full swing. Books filled with this propaganda flooded the cities, schools and homes. Compulsory education was established and all the youth would be impregnated with Secular Humanism.
All these forces, plus the prosperity of the masses, transformed personal values and beliefs of countless Americans. They proved less and less able to say ‘NO’ to themselves and did not want others to say ‘NO’ to them. Spouses divorced, pregnancies were aborted, people of all ages made free use of drugs merely to experience something new and thrilling. The world was experienced as man’s own creation. Belief in God would continue in some general way, but His existence made little or no difference in their lives. They became Secular Humanists in practice, whatever they might have called themselves. Automobiles gave people a great sense of self-reliance. There was little room for God, prayer or obedience to God’s divine Law. Young people rebelled against established authority and all rules and demands for obedience. Students gained the right to cohabit in dormitories, use drugs and all rules pertaining to personal behavior and dress, were abolished. Sadly, most parents were living a compromising life of self-indulgence feeling that, after years of hard work, they deserved it. The obvious result was the breakdown of families. By the late 1970’s, this reached epidemic proportions. The number of divorces equaled that of marriages, and single parent families were countless. In over three-fourth of all households, both parents worked outside the home. The upbringing of the children was given over to schools, the very breeding grounds of secular humanism. Values clarification is a teaching technique in the schools to undermine the values children have learned at home from their parents who are the chief means by which religious belief is handed down.
Self Reigns As God!
Catering to the whims of self has become an obsession. Self is entitled to do whatever it wants and restraints on those desires are almost always unjust and unhealthy. The revolution goes deeper still. It amounts to a repeal of the entire Christian ethic of unselfish love and self-denial. The family is seen as the bastion of Christian values and, as such, it is under ferocious attack. Woman’s liberation is a deadly blow to family and religion. Life is reduced to an endless quest for personal fulfillment. Some clergy have even taken up the new religion of Enlightenment. Liberalism in religion has never been a way into the Faith; it has always been a way out of the Faith!
Pope Saint Pius X in 1907 condemned liberalism in the name of Modernism. It is the way by which secularism enters the Church. They are apostles of unbelief, endlessly telling believers that they should no longer accept this or that teaching of Christianity. In the end, all of them are negated! Christians trust in God. Humanists trust in themselves. Secular Humanism promises earthly happiness. Totalitarianism is a system which seeks to shape and control every aspect of people’s lives in the interest of creating a perfect worldly society. Religion in the modern world has been the strongest and most tenacious bulwark against both. In the end the humanist system betrays man. The Humanist’s acts of defiance and heedless disregard end by enslaving the individual to his passions. Since man was created by an all-wise and all-loving God, he cannot be free or truly happy except in loving obedience to His Creator’s Will.
“You shall know the Truth, and the Truth will set you Free!”
|From the ULRA Mission news:
Recently, we had a letter from Doctor Alberto of Guatemala sharing his situation:
“You must wonder what I tell you of our special needs regarding our humble struggle for the Catholic Faith in Guatemala. You know perfectly well that we do not fight against human forces, but supernatural enemies of our souls. We are confident that the Immaculate Conception will crush the serpent’s head. We are committed to spreading the Living Rosary in this land. We are aware that Our Lady gave to St. Dominic, through the Rosary, the power to convert heretics and preserve the True Faith. We trust in her powerful intercession. We trust in our dear St. Philomena. Nevertheless, the holy Rosary is today completely forgotten! Right now, we are totally committed. We would like to share materials for the spreading of this devotion to villages and distant areas. Can you help us? We can reach many! You can count on us!
We have been praying with our sick brothers spreading the Living Rosary and St. Philomena’s devotion in our city’s hospital and surrounding areas. Deo Gratias! St. Philomena has been a wonderful help and she has never let us down anytime we ask her intercession! Now, we renew our commitment to help the suffering get closer to God and we offer our prayers for all our benefactors.
Urgent actions must be taken. The Protestant sects are taking over our Catholic families. Drugs, violence and impurity are taking over God’s place. Many priests have modernist and Communist ideas. We need the Rosary so much! We will continue our struggle as the Rosary is the perfect remedy to bring back to God His social reign in Guatemala.
To Jesus, through Mary!
God bless you all!”
Cordial greetings from the new Catholic Diocese of Bo in Southern Sierra Leone!
I have been in touch with Ms. Juliana Tommy. I acknowledge and appreciate the spiritual work she is engaged in, that is, of promoting the praying of the Rosary in our country which is largely Moslem. I would like to express my gratitude to you and your organization for the gifts of Rosaries, Chalice, Holy Oils, etc. that I received from Juliana after my Episcopal Ordination on 7th May this year.
Our diocese is the newest and youngest in Sierra Leone. We hope to build it up on a very solid spiritual foundation. We, therefore, kindly ask you to keep us in your prayers and help us form the people of God in this new diocese in deep spirituality.
May Mary, Our Mother,
“MAY WE ALL BE ONE!”
Thank you so much for the package you sent me. St. Philomena’s cord is unbelievable! l wear it all the time. It is like my own umbilical cord that connected me to my mother! I am overjoyed with it. It is part of me now and will be forever! < Teyo – UK >
Thank you so much for your parcel. May God reward you 100-fold! Great numbers have benefited. I encourage all my students to enroll in the Living Rosary. We pray for all of you and we thank you! I treasure everything you send for it gives strength to our people.
Thank you for your gift of Rosaries. Today, we have many faithful who come to pray the Rosary. They live under the firm confidence in Mary and the power of the mysteries. Countless numbers convert. The simplicity of this devotion makes it perfect for children and persons of every walk in life. Forgive my delay to send my thanks along to you. I work alone as Prior of our Dominican Mother House, Director of a school and representative of the Dominican Order in Quito. When I distribute the Rosaries you send to our people, before we begin the Holy Rosary, we pray for you first.
I mailed you 720 members and here is another photo of new members from the Madeleine Academy and our feast day celebrations for St. Philomena. Your FOREX boxes are such a support for the spread of this devotion among the suffering and poor. God bless us all!
We gather all our youths for 2 weeks out of the year and we invite speakers, resource people from the Church and government, to give guidelines to the youth. During this time, we have sports activities, Bible studies, the Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration, fund raising and a social night. We are happy to learn about your Youth for Purity Crusade and are eager to be a part of this work.
I greet you on the Eve of St. Patrick, our patron. May St. Patrick along with St. Philomena bring you and all your staff many graces and blessings! I am hoping you can send me some medals of St. Philomena. I work as a hospital chaplain and I give out the medals. I place the children under her care. Prayers are answered in abundance! I know she is a powerful Saint. Also, I place couples who have suffered miscarriages under her protection to help them conceive. May God reward you!
Thank you for accepting our sincere request to join full membership in the ULRA. Many will be willing to join the group. I enclose a photo of our new members. We appreciate your concern for us and pray that this communion may shine forth toward accomplishing the desired mission before us, which is the salvation of the whole world.
I have presented the framed photo of St. Philomena to his lordship Most Rev. Dr. Camilus Elukudo (SP) while the members look on. I intend to build a shrine for St. Philomena in the Port Harcourt diocese. We will need your help and prayers. Yours faithfully,
I have enrolled these young seminarians in the ULRA. I could not include everyone as many were writing their exams. Please we need more materials for the large number of new members.
I am officially continuing to assist the youth in our parish to take part in the Living Rosary. It is my hope that you have received the enrollment forms I sent and more materials will be coming to us. I am sharing photos of the youth just enrolled. < Fr. Joachim-MALAWI >
Please find 26 completed forms for membership. We are patiently waiting for more Rosaries. We thank God for the good works you do in His name.
Many are interested in taking part in the Living Rosary. The young generation and our whole community wish to be involved. Distant villages are asking to take part. Please send us more materials to help spread the devotion. God bless all of you!
I wish to thank you and all your members for your tireless support of my missionary work by providing me with Sacramentals. We are very grateful as it is an important part of what we do here at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Heart of Mary.
Thank you for the DVD on the Eucharist. I am one with you in prayer that through the example of St. Philomena, every family may cultivate a great love and devotion to the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother! I am so grateful to receive materials from your Association.
Thank you for the Rosaries, Medals and all the materials you send. I am very happy because our congregation is growing in great numbers not only in this parish but also in other parishes the priests invite me to share with them the life of St. Philomena. Then the bishop has invited me to teach the people about the Living Rosary and St. Philomena. We continue to pray for all of you. Please do not forget us.
“In my suffering from kidney failure and dialysis three times each week, your parcel and kind words are a great consolation. The road of pain leads to Heaven. I have to suffer. Please pray for me and know that you are remembered in my prayers.”
Please pray for the repose of soul of Father James. His Archbishop continues his Decade in the Living Rosary.
Pray for the Conversion of my Loved One!
Pray that my Children will return to the Sacraments!
Pray that our Grandbabies will be Baptized!
Progress is the watchword of our modern Day. Progress should be likewise the watchword of our spiritual advancement: progress in making use of the means of Salvation God has given us for these perilous times. Our families are plagued with opportunities for sin, which are innumerable and divisive. Dangers, which are so incredibly menacing, attractive and enticing, surround us on every side. We cannot overcome them by our own power. Without God’s help, we will drown in the mire. Witchcraft and Satanism abound, drugs and alcohol, pornography and nudity have found their way into our schools and homes.
We have been deceived by the devil. Setting our hopes on material comforts, possessions and future security, we have forfeited family, faith and eternal beatitude. How can we best appeal to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary? How can we attain the salvation of our families? How can we help those who have lost the faith and abandoned themselves to this vacuum of greed, pride and hate?
Our Lady of Fatima came to bring peace to the world. The foundation of Peace is the possession of Grace. Man must cease offending God. Sanctifying Grace is the Life of God Himself imparted to the soul, whereby man is raised to a supernatural level and becomes a friend and child of God, and an heir to Heaven. The presence or absence of Sanctifying Grace in our souls, at the moment of death, will decide our eternal salvation or damnation. Through the Sacrament of Confession, all is gained and saved, and the repentant sinner is restored to the friendship of God. Washed in the Precious Blood of the Lamb of God, he receives the source of life, the medicine of salvation, the fount of healing and the beginning of all that is good. There is no more effectual means of preservation from the dangers and temptations which beset our families, than frequent union with Our Lord in Holy Communion.
Misled by false teachers, many have given up the Faith, Love and Hope of Christ. We must turn back to God by whom we are loved so very much. When man restores God to the temple of his soul, Mary will reward the world with a lasting peace.
Thirty days of Sacred Liturgies will be offered by Father Ivan Kolodiy in the Ukraine during the month of August for our loved ones who have fallen away from the Sacraments, for grandchildren who need to receive Baptism, and for the conversion of those you entrust to God. The names of those enrolled will be placed on the Altar during the entire month of August.
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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 encouragement for our Promoters.