Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday February 11, 2015

Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Your wonderfully generous donation is a great boon for our missionary work in the world today. The Spring Newsletter is nearly completed and we feel that its message will be a healing balm for those who receive it. Rest assured of our prayers for you and your family. May God richly bless you!

Our modern world has developed the philosophy of pleasure, luxury, comfort and delight as never before in history. It has fabricated synthetic needs which years ago did not exist. Much of our daily tension is caused by the fast pace of life and the passions of men which have become almost an obsession of our Age.

What can bring peace to our souls? St. Therese of the Child Jesus has the answer for us. We must distrust our knowledge, our views and our methods, and live in simplicity and love. We must cherish the knowledge that we are loved by God. In spite of our sin, unworthiness and poverty of spirit, God loves us. Christ thirsts to love and the creature thirsts for love!

Infinite Love thirsting to give Himself, and poor nothingness thirsting to be filled!

We must turn our eyes away from self and gaze upon the Face of God! The Love of God flows freely into the heart that surrenders itself to Him. Sanctification of a soul is God’s work alone. The soul has only to surrender itself, in all simplicity, to His action.

God has complete control of all the world and absolutely nothing can happen without His all-wise and all-loving purpose. All our trials and sufferings have a purpose. They are meant to produce virtue, increase our love and merit, and to allow us to atone for our sins. When we have done all that we can to prudently help ourselves, then we can renew our faith in the Wisdom of God, which is Infinite! We can renew our faith in the power of God, Who holds the entire universe and everything that happens in it, in the Palm of His Hand. We can renew our faith in the Goodness of God Who never asks a sacrifice of us that He does not intend to reward a thousand times over. In the spirit of humility, trust and love, from the depths of our hearts, let us say: THY WILL BE DONE!

One with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.

The Good God does not need years to accomplish His work of love in a soul; One ray from His Heart can, in an instant, make a soul bloom for eternity!

~ St. Therese of The Child Jesus ~


ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

CHAPTER VI

NEW SHRINES! NEW MARVELS!

1824: It was now nearly twenty years since the figure containing the relics had come to Mugnano. The first temporary altar had been changed for the famous marble one, the gift of Don Alessandro Serio who had been cured. With the intense heat of Neapolitan summers, the constant traffic of pilgrims and the passage of time, dust from the roads had shifted into the frail glass shrine. The movement of the figure had worn the silk of the dress, and the sun had faded everything. Philomena herself drew attention to this. During the week before Pentecost, her garments were found in pieces. The blue scarf, which went around the neck and over one arm, was torn into little pieces and thrown about inside the glass. When it became clear to the least credulous that it was not the sun which had rotted the stitches or insects which had demolished the scarf, everyone enjoyed the joke!

“Bless her, la Santarella wants a new dress! Wasn’t one new dress in twenty years a modest request? Ah, Philomena, it is just like you, concerned that you will be beautiful and fine before your next feast! But, darling, after you had shown so much ability to do things for yourself, we could not open the shrine and touch you without your asking!”

Don Francesco would not even have it opened when measurements had to be taken for the new dress. It had to be done outside the glass. He noticed, to his distress, that the hair on the left side was deficient and scanty. He pondered what to do. There would not be time to get silk hair from Naples before the date fixed for the Archbishop’s coming. Yes, all those concerned agreed that it was a great pity this had not been noticed before because, once sealed up in the new shrine, nothing could be done for perhaps another twenty years.

Philomena understood. Next time the shrine was uncovered, her hair seemed to have been freshly washed and combed. Shining and beautiful, it flowed down so that it covered the left shoulder which had formerly been bare.

On the 5th of July, the Archbishop came with his Vicar-General, numerous clergy and the key which had been sent from Naples. The seals were then broken. With reverent emotion, the figure, which had so constantly been animated by the heavenly life of the virgin-martyr, was dressed in the finest silk and velvet that could be found. She looked as bright as a Neapolitan heart could desire. The chestnut hair was arranged again just as Philomena herself had arranged it. The figure was given back to the Archbishop to be placed in a new shrine – nine inches longer than the old one.

The Archbishop, having inspected everything and his notaries having done the same, the shrine was once more sealed up. It was remarked that although the new shrine was larger than the old, still the figure seemed quite as much pinched for room as in the other. No, there had been no mistake in the measurements. The people of Mugnano said, “The Saint is larger and more beautiful in her new dress.”

One of the characteristics of the devotion to St. Philomena has been the way that her name is linked with that of the Queen of Virgins and Martyrs. She has shrines in the Basilica which contains the Holy House at Loreto and in the sanctuary of Our Lady of Good Counsel at Genazzano.

Those who have made the oblation of themselves and all their goods, spiritual and material, into the hands of Our Lady, may hesitate one moment to ask for anything they need from a little girl of thirteen instead of from their Queen and Mother. Still, on second thought, they will find this a new way of giving pleasure to their Queen by allowing her to grant the requests Philomena will make for them.

In June of this same year, 1831, a large party of nobles from various places in Italy, came to Mugnano. When the shrine was uncovered, they could not keep back their exclamations, so beautiful and heavenly did she seem to them. They could not gaze at her enough. Don Francesco told them that Philomena’s look was very severe compared to what it usually is. As a child smiles on guests to please its father, Philomena’s face suddenly became rosy and friendly. After a short while, to everyone’s astonishment, it clouded up again and the severe look returned. One among the party wept aloud and confessed that he had hardly any belief in his religion and it was his fault that she had looked severe. He went away a happy and converted man, having left generous alms behind in thanksgiving for this grace.

In 1826, Don Francesco had published a second edition of his book, THE STORY OF THE MIRACLES OF SAINT PHILOMENA. Seeing that this was being sold out very rapidly, he bought up all the remaining copies and stored them on a table in his room. There were five piles of them, each containing forty-five copies. He kept all but one pile covered with a cloth because of the dust. When any were asked for, he took them from the uncovered pile.

Being a busy man, it did not occur to him that he had been doing this for a long time. On the 15th of November of that year, some distinguished visitors came to the shrine wanting some copies. Although, they asked the price, Don Francesco, with Neapolitan courtesy, begged them to accept as many as they wanted.

Times were hard. When the cavalcade had driven off, the parishioners told Don Francesco he ought to let the rich folk pay for what they had received, since it made little difference to them and so much to Philomena’s coffers which were never very full. That evening, Don Francesco had to go out. Finding that all the members of his little household had also gone out, he took with him the key of his sitting room, where the books were. He came back after dark. His servant met him at the door with a lamp and led the way to his room. To their amazement, the floor was covered with copies of his book, heaped right up to the door.

After all these years of her daily acquaintance, Don Francesco knew Philomena’s doings when he saw them. Being a humble man, the only thing the sight of the books suggested was that Philomena thought he had written it badly and was displeased. He was so unhappy at the thought of having displeased and served her badly; he turned the key in the lock again and went away to his lonely supper. Next morning, he faced the matter bravely and went to tidy up the room. In daylight, he saw that the store of books on the table was untouched and the cloth which covered them was sealed by that useful witness, the thick dust of Mugnano. Far from being displeased, Philomena had multiplied the books to make up for those which had been given away.

The four piles of forty-five each under the cloth were intact; the pile from which Don Francesco had been taking books from June to November still contained nineteen. The books on the floor numbered sixty-two. They added up how many had been sent away since June, amounting to five hundred, not counting those which had been given in twos or threes. Five hundred persons, in other words, had received one or more. The miraculous books were picked up and put carefully aside. Those who had reproved Don Francesco for giving away the books the previous day felt that, in future, they would know Philomena’s mind on the matter.

Philomena was not tired of the joke. In the following March, Don Francesco and his brother were alone in the house when they heard a noise coming from the office which sounded like feet stomping and chairs being thrown about. It was dark; they could not imagine who had gotten in, thieves or dogs. They found a light and commended themselves to Saint Philomena; only then, did they venture to open the door. The room was dark and quiet. There were 19 copies of Don Francesco’s book about Philomena, balanced on the backs of chairs or on the rungs of them or arranged in a neat row, in all sorts of comical positions. It was only Philomena, showing Don Francesco she liked his book. The store on the table remained intact, not one copy missing. At another time, a later edition was multiplied. Two hundred and thirty copies were found, over and above the original number.

When the largest bell of the church broke, money was collected for a new one. It was decided to impress a figure of Philomena on the new bell. The bell was cast and the metal left to cool. To universal dismay, the metal was found not to have filled the mold completely and no handle had been formed at the top. Those who knew Philomena went to her shrine and said. “Philomena, what were you thinking of? What about your honor as a virgin-martyr? Wasn’t your picture on the bell? What will be said of you?”

All that the bell founders thought about was the public fury. You will remember that Neapolitans are explosive! They went off to an inn and hid there for the rest of the day fully expecting a furious mob to pursue them. With great fervor they recommended themselves to Our Lady of Grace and St. Philomena.

At ten o’clock that night, when everything was silent and they decided it was safe to slip off, pebbles were thrown up at their window. This meant one thing: the villagers were going to settle the score! They were stiff with fright. Again the pebbles rattled on the window. They recommended their souls to God Who knew that it had only been a mistake! At that moment, the foreman heard an interior voice say, “Go and see, the grace is granted, the bell is finished.” As no other sound followed the rattle of pebbles, he dared to believe it was only Philomena. Leaving his terror-stricken assistants, he crept out of the house and made his way to the foundry. There was the bell, not only completed, but with a mass of metal left over. He could not believe his eyes and he burst into cries of joy. Off he ran through the streets shouting. When his companions saw it, they shouted too. The whole of Mugnano poked their heads out of the windows to learn what the noise was about. When they heard, they had to come down to see the wonder. Nobody wanted to sleep that night, but spent it thanking God and Our Lady and Philomena. The metal that remained was taken in procession to the church, a perpetual token of what had happened, though it may look a very odd decoration!


Dear Mother Patti,

I left our Center this morning at 5:30 a.m. to visit St. Mark’s Catholic Elementary School, to distribute about 400 materials to school children since the school assembles at 7:30. I attended Mass there which started at 6:30 a.m. Thereafter, all the enrolled pupils received their Decade cards, Rosaries, Miraculous Medals and Rosary leaflets. It is worth mentioning that many of the teachers enrolled and some enrolled their family members. They expressed their joy on the simplicity and powerful devotion of the ULRA. Besides, 11 Crucifixes were given to 11 classes that had none in their classrooms and one in the office of the director who was thankful to you and the ULRA for your outreach program.< PAUL – CAMEROON >


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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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