Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, August 13, 2014

(Extract from TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY)The Apostolate of “True Devotion to Mary” begun by St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort at the turn of the 18th century, is reaching its full flowering in our days when Mary is voicing Her appeal and holding forth Her maternal arms to a world badly in need of Her powerful assistance. True Devotion so warmly advocated by this Saint is a genuine pearl which, if regarded with the eyes of Faith, surpasses all the treasures of the world; it is an excellent means which the Most High taught him, as he himself says, and which he was not able to find in any book, old or new.

“For,” he says, “as there are secrets of nature by which one is enabled to obtain wonderful effects in a short time and with little cost, so also there are secrets in the order of Grace to perform in a short time, with sweetness and facility, which empty us of self and by which we achieve perfection. The practice which I am about to disclose is one of these secrets of Grace, unknown to many Christians, and practiced and relished by a still smaller number.”

De Montfort was not inclined to teach this True Devotion or Mary’s Secret, as he terms it, to all without distinction, but only to zealous Christians, to those who specially venerate the Mother of God and, in general, to all who are of good will, and who are earnestly striving after sanctity.

To impress upon us that we cannot hope to understand and fully comprehend this True Devotion by reading it just once, its saintly author adds that, on account of the multitude and grievousness of our sins and our secret attachment to self, we will at first but imperfectly appreciate it. The more, however, we make use of this devotion in our daily lives, the better we will understand its value and excellence.


Jesus, Our Savior, came to us through Mary, His Mother, and through Her hands are given to us all the Graces that we receive – Graces merited by His Passion and Death. Through Mary’s hands, therefore, we may well offer to Jesus all that we are and all that we possess, so as to belong, through Her, entirely to Him. Such is the Montfort way: To Jesus through Mary! The manner of offering is given in the Formula of Consecration which he composed (see page 22 – Booklet available at the Living Rosary Association). It begins with profound adoration of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, thanksgiving for the benefits of Redemption, contrition for sin and hope for pardon. It acknowledges the sublime dignity and power of Mary, the Virgin-Mother, in the work of our salvation and, then, proceeds to offer everything to Jesus through His holy Mother.


Testimonies from Stephen, TANZANIA:

1. Brenda was a student at St. Pius boarding Primary school in Rombo, Tanzania. Last January, she suddenly had a severe problem with her vocal system. She failed completely to speak. She was sent to several hospitals, but their effort to help her was fruitless. Her head teacher gave the advice to transfer her to a special school for the dumb. The parents had no funds and they failed to do this. Instead, they took the child to live with her grandmother in Moshi. Brenda’s grandmother was a ULRA promoter. She introduced the child to me, the diocesan chairman, and I provided her with the holy oil of St. Philomena. Her grandmother put a drop of the oil on her tongue. It was the evening hours. The next morning when Brenda awoke, she shouted out! It was miraculous that she received her speech again. Thank you St. Philomena!

2. Raymond was suffering with diabetes and heart disease. He was in a serious condition and admitted in the hospital for 7 months. We brought the St. Philomena oil to him and put a couple drops in a cup of fresh milk. After he swallowed it, he began to get well. By the third day, he was completely recovered. Doctors were amazed. He went for his check up and it was found that he had neither heart disease nor diabetes. He was discharged from the hospital. Till now, he is without symptoms.

3. Tommy is a student at St. John Bosco Seminary. He was clothed with the Scapular by a priest on June 2013 with other ULRA members at the Cathedral. In September, Tommy left for classes and he forgot his Scapular. In that very day while the students were in class, their dormitory caught fire due to a short circuit. All the students’ possessions were burnt except the Scapular of Tommy. The bed upon which it lay was not touched by the flames. The rector was amazed. Thank you, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel!

Thank you for the holy oil and other Sacramentals you sent to us. We had a baby here who did not move his bowels for many days. The parents brought her to the doctor but nothing would help. When I heard about it, I gave the father the blessed oil of Saint Philomena and instructed him what to do. It worked, the parents were so grateful and the baby is doing well.
< Sr. Maria – TX, USA >

A woman from Kasanga Catholic Parish had been bed-ridden for a very long time and was sent home by the doctors to await the time of death. She was anointed with St. Philomena oil and she vomited a small rat, which showed that she was under witchcraft. Today, she is well and living a life of devotion
< Abraham, Kasese – AFRICA >


There is not one among the Angels and Saints in Heaven whose heart is capable of compassionating our sufferings like the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary! Children of Mary, you who suffer illness and affliction, do not confide them to creatures, entrust them to the compassionate Heart of your Mother. All you who are afflicted and suffering, go to Our Lady and tell Her of your distress. Weep, if you will, and She will console you! Her Soul was transfixed with a sword; She understands full well your grief. Mary is the Health of the Sick. From the cradle to the grave, tears and sufferings are man’s inheritance. From the Heart of Mary goes forth the saving virtue which cures all our ills. Yes, by the intercession of Our Queen, the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, the paralyzed recover the use of their limbs and the dying return to life! The walls of Her sanctuaries are covered with votive offerings, silent witness to the gratitude of those She has miraculously cured. Our Lady draws, as She wills from the Heart of the Divine Physician, the balm which cures our bodies and souls. Mary feels great compassion for the diseases of our souls. How many sick Christians there are whose souls are weak in faith, in piety and in fervor! Mary loves to listen to their sighs and answer their prayers. If Mary has healed bodies, how much more She delights in helping the spiritually blind regain their vision, paralyzed souls walk with strength, and lukewarm Christians regain their earlier fervor and walk courageously.

Let us bring them all: those in their last agony, those on cots and in wheelchairs, the sick, the weak, and the dying, to the Queen of Heaven, Help of Christians: Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope, and place them before the Sacred Tabernacle, wherein dwells the Divine Physician. We allow ourselves to be operated on by a man who may easily make a mistake which could cost us our lives. But, we protest when God sets to work on us. The chalice of suffering He offers us may be a bitter one, but has He not reddened it with His own Blood? We must not be grieficken that God is sharing with us the greatest mark of His favor, The Cross!

During the Month of October, as we celebrate the great victory of Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Lourdes over suffering and sickness, let us bring our sick, our suffering and our dying to the foot of the Holy Altar to be bathed in the Most Precious Blood of Jesus through a Holy Mass Bouquet spanning the 31 days of October. Please list your loved ones who are suffering physically, spiritually or emotionally, so they may take part in this Holy Mass Bouquet. A lovely Mass card will be sent out to you for each one you enroll.

SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $5.00 each for Enrollment in the OCTOBER Bouquet of 31 days of Masses for your Sick and your Suffering: PRINT VERY CLEARLY EACH NAME!

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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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