Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Fifth Sunday After Easter 2013


Dear Apostles of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

From Genesis to the Apocalypse, Mary’s life runs through Scripture as a theme in a symphony. The Holy Spirit speaks of Her through the Prophets, proclaims Her through the Patriarchs and prefigures Her through Queens and Apostles. Mary is the promised Woman who will crush the serpent’s head, encompass man and a gate that is to remain closed through which only the Lord shall pass. She is the Tree of Life, the Ark of Noah, the Rainbow of Peace and the Olive Branch. Mary is the Ladder of Jacob, the Flowering Rod of Jesse and the Tower of David. Jesus and Mary cannot be separated for a moment. During their quiet life at Nazareth, Christ was almost lost in Mary’s shadow for a full thirty years: Was He not subject to Her? Mary Herself is the summary of all the Scriptures. She contained not the written word or the spoken word, but the uncreated Eternal Word of God and She gave Him to the world for all to read with their own eyes. At the end of His life, Mary is where we would expect Her to be – by the Cross of Jesus. Later, She stays on to nurse the Infant Church: the Mystical Body of Christ. To that Church and all Its children, She is the Mother. We need Mary; Our Lady’s place in the early Church was to educate souls in the knowledge of Christ.

Those early followers of Christ were doubting, quarrelsome, ambitious, jealous and cowardly. They greatly needed the refining influence of a good woman in their lives. Mary occupied that place, refining, pacifying, influencing those disciples of Christ as Mother of the Church. Our success in the battle at hand against those powers which would destroy our lives and the faith of our children, is assured if we are closely allied to Mary! She is more terrible than an army in battle array. Thank God for giving us such a conqueror as Mary! O Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us, defend us and rescue all those under the power of Satan!

Let us strive to live in absolute dependence on Mary! O Mary, you are my strength, my hope, my peace and my salvation! Yet, Mary depends upon us to help save Her children: the children of Her tears and Her sorrow. It is the duty of Her sons to compassionate their mother in her trials and her sorrows. Immense is the charity of Mary. Forsake Her not and She shall keep thee; love Her and She shall preserve thee. Seat of Wisdom, save us from sin and self! Prepare a Marian altar in your home during the month of Mary and show her your reverence, love and gratitude.

I will remember you and your family at the Sacred Altar throughout this beautiful month dedicated to the Mother of God. May you be blessed with unity, peace and strong health of body and soul!

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

Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you for your wonderfully generous donation in support of our missionary efforts in the world. Your gift will help us reach souls with the Sacramentals of Our Blessed Mother and beautiful Catholic literature which teaches Her devotion. The gift of Hope will be planted in despairing souls through your sacrifice! May God reward you!

Solitude hovers over the disabled soul like a big black bird that silently waits to swoop down on its victim the moment he is left alone. Loneliness breeds boredom, anxiety and restlessness. When illness strikes, we must give up the terrific pace which filled every hour of our day. With little or no warning, our life abruptly changes. The world stands still. A small panic starts within. A chilling, stark, silent aloneness is felt and our hearts shrink into a corner as fear moves in. Pain, at first, is often severe and totally occupies our concentration, making ruthless demands. The only thing that seems important is to drive out this bold intruder. When the pain finally stops, we realize that our life has changed and we must admit to certain alterations in our activity. Most importantly, we must realize two important facts: this physical illness, whatever it may be, is no mere accident and that it is part of God’s plan for us from all eternity. God does not make mistakes. This cross with which we have been blessed is our Key to Heaven! None other will open the gate for us!

With the help of Our Blessed Mother, we will find the courage to enter this strange and beautiful world of solitude prayerfully and with peace of soul. We must set a time for prayer and meditation every day and keep to it religiously. These moments of our aloneness will be time spent with Christ. We must place ourselves in God’s presence, blot out the sounds and objects around us and invite the Holy Ghost to be present to us that we might have the ability to love, contemplate, trust, praise and thank God as we have never done before. We must beg Our Lady for the Grace to neither waste nor reject our cross, but instead to will and cooperate to the fullest with this privilege which is our Key to Heaven! By offering this cross in reparation to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we can turn our existence into a life completely devoted to Love!

Patti Melvin
Please pray for me.

We do not know, O God, what awaits us today; we only know that nothing will happen to us except what Thou, from all eternity, hast foreseen, arranged and ordained. It is enough, O God, for us to know this. We adore Thy eternal and inscrutable dispositions and submit ourselves entirely to them. May Thy most Holy Will, worthy of eternal adoration and exaltation, be done in all things! Amen.


Heaven and Hell are locked in mortal combat and the earth shakes from the shock of the encounter; but no one feels it, no one sees it, no one hears it… no one cares! The salvation of my soul is the most imperative and most urgent objective of my life on earth. It is the greatest and grandest occupation that I can engage in. In fact, I am here for no other purpose.

The Scapular was given to Saint Simon Stock, Prior of the Carmelite Order in England, in the year 1251. On 16th July, Our Lady held out the Brown Scapular to St. Simon Stock and promised, “Whoever dies piously wearing this Scapular will not suffer eternal flames.” Through a Papal Bull on 3rd March 1322, the Sabbatine Privilege was given to the Church and this great privilege has been confirmed by nine subsequent Popes. The Brown Scapular is the Sacramental of the Church; it is a gift from Heaven and a symbol of salvation ~ for a true child of Mary is never lost! Those clothed in her Garment of Grace will be protected and sanctified. It is a safe-guard in danger, whether physical or moral; it invites its wearer to penance and purity while shielding him from Satan and sin!

The Brown Scapular marks the militia of the Immaculate One. Before God’s holy angels, it designates those who wear it as servants and slaves of Creation’s Queen, as specially beloved sons and daughters of the sun-robed Virgin who has crushed the serpent’s head. To serve the Mother of God is the highest privilege and, truly, our pledge of eternal peace. The Brown Scapular is the garment of Mary Immaculate and, as such, it is a constant call to modesty in dress and conduct; a silent protest against present-¬day permissiveness and a hidden appeal to reparation for the insolent nakedness of proud neo-paganism! The Brown Scapular is much like a miniature hairshirt and a mild reminder of the need for constant mortification.

The Brown Scapular is like swaddling clothes in which Our Heavenly Mother wraps her spiritual infants to protect them from the coldness of sin, to adorn them with the beauty of virtue and to warm them with God’s Love. No matter how advanced we may be in years or learning or social standing, we are all but infants in virtue, helpless as babes in the woods of this bleak world. We stand in dire need of our Mother’s constant care.

The Brown Scapular is a vital part of the Fatima message. Sr. Lucia told us we cannot separate the Rosary and the Scapular; both are essential to our life of grace in bringing about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and subsequent Reign of Christ the King.


“Truly, the Holy Scapular, being the habit of Mary, is a sign and pledge of the protection of God’s Mother, but those who wear it, must bear in mind the words of the Apostle: In fear and trembling, work out your salvation. To all Carmelites, belonging as they do by a special bond of love to the family of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let this reminder (the HOLY SCAPULAR) be a mirror of humility, and chastity; let its unpretentious form be for them an epitome of modesty and simplicity; above all, let this garment which they wear day and night, be for them an eloquent symbol of the unceasing prayer by which they ask for God’s help and, finally, let it be for them a consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary! Our good Mother shall most certainly see to it that, by her intercession with God, all her children who go to Purgatory to expiate their sins shall reach Heaven as quickly as possible, according to that tradition called the Sabbatine Privilege…” Given at St. Peters, 1950

Our conflict today is not for land or national rights, it is for the souls of men; a conflict between the absolute who is God-man, and the absolute who is man-god: God who became man vs. man who has made himself God! The religion of the man-god is a new religion without a Cross, a liturgy without a world to come, a religion to destroy all religion. The forces of evil are united; the forces of good are divided. We cannot unite at the cost of TRUTH, but what is needed is a unity of prayer. We may not be able to meet in the same pew ~ would to God that we could ~ but we can meet on our knees! To a faithless deadlocked world, Our Blessed Mother comes offering us a choice: Death in Life OR Life after Death!


We have all been invited to the Wedding Feast of the King. Will we beg to be excused due to lack of interest, the demands of our manifold duties, a new bride? And, if we do appear at the Feast, will we be clothed in the wedding garment? God forbid that, through ignorance, pride and disobedience, we will appear before the King naked, only to be cast into the darkness outside where there will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth. Through our beloved Spiritual Director, Fr. John Luke of the Holy Ghost, Our Lady is reaching out to each one of us to become members of the Scapular Confraternity of Mount Carmel and obtain the blessings and protection of the Sabbatine Privilege.

Write to us today, giving your Christian name, address, and country. Include a small donation to help cover the cost of Scapular materials, your Confraternity card and the monthly Masses for members. More than ever before, we must redouble our missionary efforts, if not to convert the world, then at least to salvage as many souls from materialism and the aggression of socialism as possible. Every conversion is a matter of efficacious grace and apostolic activity. The suffering, which awaits us, is almost without limit. Let us fortify ourselves wisely for the trials ahead by putting on the armament of the Immaculate One!

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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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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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