Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Glory Be To Jesus Christ

Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

Advent is the season of the seed and the secret, the growth of Christ, Divine Love, in silence hidden within Mary. She had nothing to give Him but herself. He asked for nothing more. Working, eating and sleeping, She was forming His body from hers. If we have truly given our humanity to be changed into Christ, it is essential to us that we do not disturb this time of growth. It is a time of faith. We do not see Christ’s radiance in our lives yet, it is still hidden; nevertheless, we must believe that He is growing in our lives. We must relate everything to this incredible reality. When a woman is carrying a child, she is absorbed into the life within her and folds herself like a tent around the child’s frailty. It is a God-like instinct to cherish and to bring forth a life.

During Advent, let us contemplate the life within us. May our hands be Christ’s Hands in our life; that our service may let Christ serve through us; that our patience may bring Christ’s patience back into the world! By His own Will, Christ was dependent upon Mary during Advent. He was absolutely helpless; He could go nowhere but where She chose to take Him: Her breath was His breath; Her heartbeat, the beating of His Heart.

Today, Christ is dependent upon men. In the Host, He is literally put into man’s hands. A man must carry Him to the dying, must take Him to prisons and must carry Him into battle. During Advent, we must carry Him in our hearts to wherever He wants to go and there are many places He could never go unless we take Him there. Let us carry Christ to our work place, to the battleship, airfield or camp. It matters not that we are unable to say a word, but it is of great value, because we carry Him there with us. Christ visited this place, silent and helpless, dependent upon a creature and, but for us, Christ would not have been there. Our Lady’s Advent is clearly seen in the Visitation. Mary rising up in those days went with haste to the hill country. We can feel the rush of warmth and kindness, the sudden urgency of love that sent the Mother of God hurrying over the hills to help her cousin. If Christ is growing in us and we are at peace and recollected, it is because we know that however insignificant our life seems to be, from it He is forming Himself; if we go “in haste” to wherever our circumstances compel us, because we believe He desires to be in that place, we shall find that we are driven more and more to act on the impulse of His Love.

Pray without ceasing and contemplate with a growing awareness that Christ is being formed in your life. We must trust Him for this, as it is not yet time to see His Face; we must possess Him secretly and in a hidden way, fold our love upon Him, surrounding, holding and nourishing the Seed! We will feel the quickening of His own Life in our hearts. To all who are suffering, remember this is a time of growth, hiding and waiting. Trust that Christ is growing in your sorrow and, in due season, all will give place to splendor and peace. We must never forget that it is the Holy Spirit Who sows this Christ-seed in us, and the Spirit of Wisdom, Light and Truth is given in many ways. We live in an age of impatience. We ought to let everything grow in us, as Christ grew in Mary. There are some things that refuse to be violated by speed and that demand their proper time of growth.

Today in many souls, Christ asks that He may grow secretly and that He may be the Light shining in the darkness. During the Season of Advent, let our waking, working, eating, sleeping and whole life, be for us a formation into Christ.

Jesus living in Mary,
Come and live in me!

One of the saddest facts of life is that the living so soon forget the dead: We forget when we live; we are forgotten when we die!

This month of November, we are offering the thirty days of Requiem Masses for the reposed members of the Living Rosary Family. The suffering of the souls in Purgatory is so great that a single day seems like a thousand years. They need our help in order to obtain Heaven. May God bless you abundantly with many graces for arranging these Sacred Masses for them!

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace. Amen.

I impart to you all, my priestly blessing:

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

Byzantine Rite, Greek-Catholic Church, UKRAINE

Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Your overwhelming kindness to us for the great work of Ven. Pauline Jaricot, in the world today, is a dynamic force for the salvation of souls and restoration of the Reign of Christ the King.

We are deeply grateful for your sacrifice, apostleship and love. During the month of November, a special Novena of Holy Masses has been arranged for you. Time is dashing by so quickly now as Thanksgiving approaches, Advent and then Christmas. Let us keep focused and use every opportunity to thank God for all of the blessings He has bestowed upon us this year.

Sister Lucia told us that we are living in the End Time. Satan is doing all he can to hide this truth in order to drive us to despair or lull us to sleep. Better yet, if he can get us to doubt the providence and love of God, he scores a victory! We are at war. The battle in which we are engaged is a spiritual one. The only weapon left to us is prayer! Prayer is stronger than a nuclear bomb.

Never, for any reason, give up your Daily Prayers!

We witness today the dismantling of Christian values; the new morality tells us to be our own guide: if it feels right, do it. Youth have turned to witchcraft, Satan worship and drugs. One poor mother wrote to me that her son had always wanted to be a priest but, now, he is an addict of porno, bad video games and glued to his computer. Children are a burden instead of a blessing. Life as a family no longer exists; birth control and divorce are the norm. The battle at hand is cosmic; it is between Our Blessed Mother and Satan. Be alert for anything that lessens devotion to Mary. Satan fears Her more than Christ Himself. People who have lost their faith are much easier to seduce than those with strong devotion, those who pray! The fabric of society is the family. When the family goes, society can stand no longer. The main target is youth. Cartoons and movies have programmed our youth since they were old enough to sit in front of the TV. They are entertained to death and yet they are bored, and boredom is the basis of every sin and crime. The Church is a divine Institution and the gates of Hell will not prevail against Her. We must trust God unconditionally, obey Him promptly and love Him with all our hearts. Always be ready for death, pray the Rosary, and cease offending God Who is already too much offended.

Have great courage, God is with us!

Patti Melvin

TO LIVE FOR GOD ALONE!Pauline Jaricot insisted upon simplicity and her spirituality culminated in the true simplicity of a child and full union with God. In all the perfection of His Being and the enormity of His infinite perfections, God is simple. In God, nothing can grow, increase or change. All the perfections of God are actually nothing but one infinite perfection: THE DIVINE SIMPLICITY. To love God and everything about God, to wish all things for God’s Glory, such is genuine Christian simplicity. In human beings, this virtue of simplicity or childhood has been lost through original sin. Instead of innocence, we have inherited from our first parents’ self-love, a love that thinks only of itself. This selfish love turns one’s heart away from God and centers everything upon itself. Pauline recommended to all the simplicity of children to whom the kingdom of God has been promised. It is a way of life that includes one’s whole being: To go straight to God without detour, to walk through life putting one foot in front of the other, tracing the footsteps of Jesus Christ without becoming tired, without stopping and without looking to the right or to the left, behind us or ahead of us; sufferings, tests, temptations, nothing must deter us until we reach our goal.

The simplicity of heart toward God consists in searching for nothing but God, having the desire to please Him in all things, abiding always by His Will like a small child obeys his mother, loves her tenderly and reposes with absolute confidence clothed in her maternal affection. We should imitate children in their simplicity, their innocence and even their indifference to anyone who is not their mother. How loveable they are and how gentle to everyone yet, nonetheless, they never forget their mother!

The object of Pauline in settling in her home at Lorette was to have a house consecrated to Our Lady, which could serve as the Center of the Living Rosary and a refuge for every Catholic charity in distress. Pauline urged her Daughters of Mary to leave outside their own spirit as one discards an old garment, and to become as small children living in confident abandonment to their parents.

She required of them three dispositions:

  • The desire to be united with God alone;
  • The purity of intention that has for its sole aim nothing other than to please God alone;
  • Complete submission to the Will of God.

“Become as a child, born in a new life, laying in the cradle of the adorable Heart of Jesus and full of His Love for you. Sleep softly in your surrender to His good pleasure until the moment when He awakens you.” (L. 4)

The spirituality of the Living Rosary was also born of this great simplicity which leads to spiritual childhood. It is focused entirely upon God, rather than drawing God’s attention to us. It is the restoration of nature to the obedience of Grace. Ah! This is what made Mary, ‘Queen of all the Saints,’ the richness of Her intentions and Her perfect union of heart with Her Divine Son. Since the age of 20, Pauline had consecrated herself to the Virgin Mary, begging Our Lord to envelope her with His Holy Childhood. She longed to imitate the Child-Jesus, and placed her will in the hands of the Mother of God. She wanted us to love Mary as little children love their mother, without art, without pretension and with all simplicity. Is not this the simple and deep love engraved in the heart of every child for his mother? Mary will teach us to live in Jesus. She is the one who will hide us in Christ. She it was who dressed the Word of God in Her own flesh. It is because of Mary that Jesus dwells among us, that our least actions, even the most ordinary, will be penetrated by Christ’s merits and will have infinite value. It is not the deed which is great, but the heart full of great desires for the glory of God, which gives Him pleasure.

There are no small deeds nor great ones, but the great simplicity of heart that searches for God alone, that desires to please only Him, by spirit and by truth in the small and great things, for man of himself is nothing, but he becomes great and worthy of praise when His actions are united with Christ’s actions. The unique glory of man is to live with Christ and in Christ, to live no longer himself, but to make of his life the living Christ. Pauline was always most conscious of the nothingness of a creature in the face of the greatness of God, Who is immutable truth. Before Him, all things are as nothing. GOD IS EVERYTHING! The creature can do nothing on His own but is like a small child.

Pauline knew she was nothing of herself, but an instrument in God’s Hands to accomplish His merciful designs. Pauline rejoiced in her nothingness, in her great misery. Absolute self-sacrifice and devotion to others, founded on total oblivion of self and the deepest humility was her aim for the Daughters of Mary and for herself. In loving, serving, sacrificing and making Jesus Christ loved and served, she found the only genuine happiness man could taste upon this earth.

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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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