Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday March 4, 2015

Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

We have begun our Lenten Journey with the Suffering Christ and His Holy Mother. In His goodness, God does not allow us the vision of all the suffering our lives may hold as it might be more than we could bear. We are given the graces needed for each day as our lives unfold. We must be content with this arrangement of God whereby our trust in Him is deepened and our hope is animated. God shows forth His great mercy to us in His plan that we may bear our crosses more easily one by one. God’s suffering and that of His holy Mother, were ever held in their vision. The future they had to face was constantly before their eyes. At no time was hidden from them all that the prophets foretold, all that the wickedness of the world and of Hell was to attempt, all the horrid tortures for which the sins of mankind were crying out, all that insulted the Glory of Almighty God the Father. For them, Love rendered everything savory: labors and watchings, insults and mockeries, scourgings and thorns, the Cross, whatsoever was prepared by the Divine Will for the happiness of men. The chief disposition of their hearts was love of God and love of man. They possessed inexhaustible patience. Charity endures all things!

There is nothing whereby the true disciples of God’s Heart are better distinguished, than by their esteem and love of sufferings for His sake. What things Christ did suffer and with what pure love, all for us: to redeem us, to teach us, to console us and to unite us with Him by Love! Unless we be helped from above, we cannot with merit deny ourselves.

Let us go forward into the world, consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and with the courage, fortitude and humility demanded of Her True Children. “He must increase, I must decrease!”

All the dear souls united with the Living Rosary are entrusted daily at the Holy Altar to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and obtain a share in the Holy Masses offered for them in our parish, St. John the Baptist, during the Sacred Season of Lent and the glorious Easter Octave.

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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

With the prayers and respect,
 


Fr. IVAN KOLODIY
Byzantine Rite, Greek-Catholic Church, UKRAINE

 



Dear Mrs. Melvin,

Thanks for your encouraging mail which I found today in the spam folder.

Fr. Raphael O.P. at Sahiwal invited me to share the message of the Living Rosary with students of three different schools, three churches and the Dominican Sisters. The travel was not good as you know I am having a problem in my legs and back, and moreover I had to travel in a Toyota van which was troubling. After breakfast on 14th February, I went to Chak No. 148 to visit Bishop Paul High School. Sister Rubina, Principal of that school was with me. After explaining about the life of St. Philomena and the importance of the Daily Decade, we registered the students and teachers in the ULRA Family. I presented a statue of St. Philomena to Sr. Rubina.

Then, we hurried back to the city where the Principal of the Sacred Heart School, Sister Costanza along with the students and teachers were waiting for us in the Church. Again, I explained about the life of St. Philomena and the Daily Decade. Then, we registered the students and teachers in the Living Rosary Family. The next day, early in the morning, Fr. Raphael and I returned to the Sacred Heart Church and gave Rosaries after registering the people in the Living Rosary.

In the afternoon, Fr. Raphael, Brother Azhar and I went to the Dominican Sisters’ convent where they had gathered with their aspirants. I explained to them about the aim of the Living Rosary, gave them their Decade cards and large prints of St. Philomena to put in their rooms, and presented a statue of St. Philomena to Sr. Teresa Khursheed for the community.

Everything which I could print with the amount you had sent me has been printed. I will send you the account in two or three days. I am preparing to go to Karachi. I have to leave on Friday morning. The ticket has been reserved for this long journey. Please pray for my safety.

God bless you!

< AFZAAL – PAKISTAN >


ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

CHAPTER VIII

The Story Heard by Three

Three people, unknown to each other and living far apart, had what was a true revelation made to them about Philomena’s life. When compared, the three accounts were found to be identical. What could the explanation be if they did not come from Philomena?

The most famous revelation was made to the Foundress of the Oblates of Our Lady of Sorrows, Mother Maria Luisa di Gesù, a Dominican Tertiary, a mystic who wrote more than twenty books “of an ineffable wisdom, clearness and simplicity,” and who died in the odor of sanctity.

On the 3rd of August 1833, Mother Louisa knelt before a statue of St. Philomena, making her thanksgiving after Holy Communion. She felt a great longing to know the true day of the Saint’s martyrdom because, after all, August 10th was only the day the relics arrived in Mugnano – a great day for Mugnano, but of not so much importance to people who lived elsewhere. She had often thought of this but, suddenly, the desire filled her heart. Then, she felt that she must close her eyes as she could not open them to look at the statue anymore. A gracious and soft voice came from the direction of the statue, saying,

“Dear Sister, August the 10th was the day of my rest, my triumph, my birth into Heaven, my entering into the possession of such eternal goods as the human mind cannot possibly imagine. That is why my Heavenly Spouse disposed, by His most high decrees that my coming to Mugnano should be on the day which had seen my coming to Heaven! He prepared so many circumstances to make my arrival at Mugnano glorious and triumphant. All the people were joyful even though the priest who brought me was determined that my translation should take place on the 5th of the month very quietly in his own house. My omnipotent Spouse impeded him with so many obstacles that the priest, although he did everything possible to carry out his plan, could not do so. My translation was made on the 10th, the day of my feast in Heaven.”

The result of this happening was that Mother Maria Luisa was overwhelmed with sadness at the thought that she should fall so easy a prey to an illusion. She took refuge in the Sacrament of Penance, confessing the whole thing to her director. He was not so hasty in disposing of the matter. He tested it and wrote to Mugnano, asking Don Francesco whether it was true that he had originally intended to have the translation on the 5th and quietly in his own house. The reply came that, after twenty-six years, Don Francesco could still remember clearly how many obstacles prevented his innocent attempt to bring his present from Rome quickly and quietly into his own chapel!

At that, Mother Luisa’s director gave her an obedience to ask St. Philomena to tell her some more about her life and martyrdom. Mother Luisa went to her, begged her not to take any notice of her unworthiness, but to consider that it was a matter of holy obedience and to reveal a little more. One day, while praying in her cell, she felt her eyes being closed and heard a gracious voice. This was what Philomena told of her own story.

“I am the daughter of the king of a small Grecian State and my mother, too, was of royal blood. As they had no children, my parents continually offered sacrifices and prayers to the false gods to obtain a child. We had in our family a doctor named Publius who was a Christian. He pitied the blindness of my parents and, especially, he had compassion on my mother in her childlessness. Inspired by the Holy Ghost, he spoke to them of our Faith and made them this promise: ‘If you want a child, be baptized and embrace the religion of Jesus Christ.’ Grace accompanied his words. Their minds were enlightened and their hearts were softened. They did consent. They were instructed and were baptized along with a number of their courtiers who were in their confidence.

A year later, on January 10th – to be exact, I was born and I was called Lumina because I had been conceived and born in the light of the Faith, to which my parents were now truly devoted. Affectionately, I was called Filumena – Daughter of Light, of that Light of Christ which dwelt in my soul by the grace I received in Baptism. Because of my birth, many families in the kingdom became Christians. I grew up with the teaching of the Gospel printed more and more deeply in my heart. When I was five, I received for the first time Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist; and on that day was planted in my heart the desire to be united forever to my Redeemer Who is the Spouse of virgins. When I was eleven, I consecrated myself to Him by vow.”


OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

The tragic hour the aged Simeon had foreseen in his terrible prophecy came to pass. The Cross stands out against a cloud-filled sky. A dreadful silence resounds through that city liable for the murder of its God. Jesus is expiring. At the foot of the gibbet whereon the great Victim is nailed stands Mary, motionless, silent, engulfed in untold grief, gazing upon her dying God. What created mind could fully understand her suffering? We are familiar with trials: loss of material goods is not fatal and bodily ills make our flesh tremble, yet our minds can remain at peace. Doubts, discouragement and despondency cast shadows on our lives and may make it unbearable, but the greatest suffering springs from the heart when love is wounded.

Mary suffered through the love she bore her Son. Hers was a martyrdom which surpasses that of the martyrdom of blood. To comprehend the intensity of her pain, we would have to comprehend the depth of her love. She gave herself unreservedly to her Son, for original sin had not tarnished her Immaculate Heart. Now, her beloved Son, endures before her very eyes the most cruel, the most unjust, the most ignominious of tortures. Step by step, She follows the somber procession wending its way up Calvary. She witnesses the horrible scene of crucifixion, hears the heavy hammer drive the sharp nails into the adorable hands and feet of her Child, tearing His Flesh as His Precious Blood spills onto the ground. The soldiers jeer and the high priests mock His goodness, His holiness and His very divinity. Not for a moment does She abandon Him, nor does She miss a single moment of His suffering. When Jesus dies, She is at His Feet. There is a phenomenon the medieval philosophers called ecstasy. Love takes the heart, so to speak, of the one who loves and exchanges it with the heart of the beloved. All of Jesus’ sufferings resonated in Mary’s Heart. When the soldier’s lance pierced His Heart, it simultaneously pierced the Virgin Mother’s Soul.

When a heavy cross is laid upon our shoulders, we accuse God of unfairness and uncaring cruelty, and we abandon our faith. “How could a good God do this to us!" Did the Father not love His only Son? Did God not love the purest Virgin whom He had made the Mother of His Son? Yet, God found no more precious gift for His Son and His Mother than suffering! Through suffering, the great work of Redemption is accomplished. God sends suffering to purify us and to save us. When suffering comes, we must trust God, lovingly receive the cross and know that the victory of Easter awaits us. With Mary, let us take courage. We will climb the steep hill of Calvary so that, one day, we may savor the joys of eternal Beatitude.

“The highest veneration, after God, is due to Mary because there is no other being in Heaven or on earth arrayed in so sublime a dignity and so near to God as is Mary, the Mother of the Most High, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. When Mary was on earth, She was exalted to the pre-eminent dignity of having the Son of God subject to her and, now in her full glorification, shall She behold her dignity lowered and the love of her Divine Spouse and Son, lessened? NO! On the contrary, She shall receive, as a reward for the love She bore her Divine Son on earth, the greatest participation in His Eternal Glory. She shall sit as His beloved Mother on the right Hand side of her Son, upon the throne of glory and majesty so that the whole heavenly court may offer to their Queen the eternal homage due her as the promised Victress over Hell by reason of the Fruit of her virginal body.”

Taken from the SERVITE MANUAL
Nihil Obstat: Rt. Rev. A. Hillebrand, V.G. Prot. Apost., a.i.p.
Censor Librorum, Portland, Oregan – February 2, 1925

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Make haste to enroll your family and friends in the forty days of Holy Masses which prepare our hearts for Good Friday only to open them to the Joys of Easter Sunday!

THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

The rational man needs the Mass to pay Almighty God the debt of homage and adoration he owes Him. The grateful man needs the Mass to pay his debt of thanksgiving. The sinful man, and who among us is without sin, needs the Mass to propitiate God’s Justice and to pay his debt of satisfaction. The needy man needs the Mass, that praying with Jesus Christ and through Him, he may offer a prayer that is worthy of being heard and, thus, discharge his duty and debt of petition.

At the hour of death, the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon. At every Mass, you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins. Assisting devoutly at Mass, you render the Sacred Humanity of Jesus, the greatest homage. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions. He forgives you all the venial sins you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all the unknown sins you have never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.

By hearing Mass, you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief. One Mass heard by you, during life, will be of more benefit to you than many offered for you after death. Holy Mass preserves you from many dangers and misfortunes that would otherwise befall you. You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass and win for yourself a higher degree of glory in Heaven. At Mass, you kneel amidst the multitude of Angels who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe. You receive the priest’s blessing which Our Lord Himself ratifies in Heaven. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

Nihil Obstat: P. L. Biermann, Censor Librorum.
Imprimatur: + George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago

The names you send for individual enrollment for the Sacred Masses during the Lenten Season and Easter Octave will be placed upon the Altar. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy and all the priests you have helped in Ukraine will offer these Masses. Suggested donation for each enrollment is $5. Mass cards will be provided for the persons enrolled. Please PRINT the names CLEARLY:

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Make your payment online through PAYPAL / CREDIT CARD at: WWW.PHILOMENA.ORG

If payment by Check / Money Order / Cash, please mail it directly to the address below:

THE LIVING ROSARY, P.O. BOX 1303, DICKINSON, TX 77539, USA

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Share Your Gift of Faith

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 encouragements for our Promoters.

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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