Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday March 18, 2015

Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

During the sobering season of Lent, it is good for us to consider the past years of our lives, before and after our First Holy Communion: the places we have lived, the sins we have committed against God and man, obligations of our vocation we have failed to perform, and the time that we have wasted. This sight should be enough to make us weep. For one single mortal sin, Adam and Eve and their posterity were condemned to death and eternal torments. How many motives we have to induce us to do real penance!

Each mortal sin is a three-fold injury to God, and its malice is monstrous because His Majesty is Infinite. We injure Him by insubordination and rebellion; God commands, and we prefer transitory pleasures to God and to His Laws. We injure Him by ingratitude, making use of His very Gifts to offend and insult Him. Each venial sin is also a three-fold injury; it is certainly of a slighter kind, but still the malice is great. If by a single venial sin, we could change all the lost souls into saints who would praise God eternally in Heaven, we could not commit it, for the praises of all the human race would not compensate God for the injury done by one venial sin. Venial sin is no minor thing and, if unchecked, it leads to mortal sin. Our Blessed Savior was bruised for our sins. It is my sins which have scourged Him, crowned Him with thorns, struck Him, spit upon Him, nailed Him to the cross and made Him to die upon it. I have cried out with the Jews, “Let Him be crucified!” Ah, but let me now console Him, make reparation for my past sins and offenses, distrust myself and ask for the Grace to sacrifice my life for souls, in imitation of Christ, my King. Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, let me take my place with thee at the Foot of the Cross.

Every day, at the Sacred Altar, we are remembering you, your families living and departed, and all those who are sick and tormented with grief and despair. Have Courage! God is with us! My God, I love Thee!

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, UKRAIN


Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thanks be to God for your generous donation in support of our missionary work throughout the world! The persecution of Christians escalates every day. Many cannot attend Mass for fear of losing their lives. Your help is timely and sacrificial. We remember you and your family each day in our prayers.

“Come apart into that desert place and rest a while.” Our Lord invites us each to step aside from the fast pace of our unparallelled, jet-propulsioned lives and take time for quiet, restful, tranquil prayer with Him. He set the example in His own Life when He would retire alone to the hilltops and, there, beneath the star-studded skies, He would spend the night in prayer. We need to take fifteen minutes each day to “think with God” in prayer. On Holy Thursday night after the Last Supper, He invited the Eleven to climb the eastern slope with Him. He bade them to sit down. He took Peter, James and John – the three who had seen Him in glory – further with Him for He yearned for the comfort and consolation of their presence in His desolation. He turned to them and said, "My Soul is sorrowful, even unto death. Stay here and watch with Me." Then, He went alone to the Garden of Gethsemane, a stone’s throwaway. He was deluged with each detail of His suffering, the bite of the scourge, the piercing torture of the thrusting thorns, the searing gouge of the nails, the revulsion of His nerves, muscles and flesh, and the final horror of death. There was no conflict between His Will and the Will of His Father. He had offered Himself to the Cross only because He willed it. His human nature shrank from it, and the struggle was so great that drops of blood began to ooze through the pores of His Body. Rising from His knees, gasping, almost tottering, He staggered to where He had left His three friends. If ever there had been a time in His earthly career when He needed the comfort and encouragement of His friends: it was now! His human Heart hungered for their friendship. But, He found them asleep! It was almost the refinement of cruelty that they could sleep when life was nearly crushed out of Him by a tidal-wave of sorrow!

O my suffering Savior, give me the strength, courage and loyalty to keep Thee company during the times in my life that are filled with suffering, abandonment and desolation. Help me, then, O Lord, to turn to Thee in prayer!

One with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.



ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

At last, Diocletian despaired of turning me from my decision and so he resorted to torture and threats in order to make me retract my vow of faithful virginity I made to my Spouse. When the forty days were fulfilled, he had me brought out of prison and bound to a pillar in the presence of many of his gentlemen at arms and other officers of his palace. He had me scourged, saying: “Since she obstinately refuses an Emperor, such as I am, for a malefactor condemned to death by His own countrymen, she deserves like Him to be treated to my justice.”
 

Then, seeing that my body was covered with wounds and blood, and life hardly remained in me, he ordered me to be taken back to prison to die. There, I awaited death. Two angels appeared, anointed me with a precious oil and healed me. The next morning, the Emperor was astounded on hearing the news. Seeing me in full beauty and health, he tried to make me believe that I owed this favor to Jove who had cured me because he destined me to be the wife of the Emperor. Filled with the devil, he gave me every honor and, with ardent caresses of impure affection, strove to draw me to my ruin. I remained firm, convinced that they were only the devices of the demon to take from me the most precious possession of my life, the lily of virginity which I had offered to my heavenly Spouse. He that strengthened me in this fight was the Holy Spirit!

Diocletian, not knowing how to answer the reasons I advanced in favor of our Faith, displayed the greatest scorn and, snarling like a lion, ordered that an anchor of iron should be fastened to my neck and I should be thrown immediately into the Tiber so that I and my memory would perish. But Jesus, to show His omnipotence, for the confusion of the tyrant and of the idolaters, sent again two most beautiful angels who severed the rope on my neck. The anchor fell into the depths of the Tiber, where it remains, covered with mud. Upheld by angel wings, I was brought back to shore without a drop of water having touched me. When the people saw me thus, in safety and glory, perfectly dry, they spread this news abroad and many were converted to the Faith of Jesus Christ.

The tyrant, in furious despair, shouted that it was all done by magic and, more obstinate than Pharaoh, ordered me to be dragged through the whole of Rome and then shot with arrows. When he saw me pierced with these shafts swooning and dying, he cruelly had me thrown again into prison so that I might die forsaken and without any comfort. In the morning, expecting to find me dead, he was stupefied to find me rosy and well, singing Psalms in praise of God. In the night, the Omnipotent One had given me a sweet sleep and my body had been anointed by an angel with a fragrant ointment.

This caused the Emperor to be in such a cruel fury that he ordered me to be shot through with arrows until I was dead. The archers bent their bows but the arrows would not move. The tyrant cursed me for a witch. Hoping that witchcraft would be unavailing against fire, he ordered that the arrows should be heated red-hot in a furnace. Again, my Spouse saved me from this torment. I was rapt in ecstasy. The arrows speeding towards my body turned back against the archers and six of them were pierced and died. At the sight of this new miracle, many more were converted and the people began to turn in favor of the Faith. Fearing more serious consequences, the tyrant ordered me to be beheaded without more ado. And so, my soul fled all triumphant and glorious to Heaven, to receive from my Spouse the crown of virginity which had cost me so much.

This happened on the 10th day of August, which was a Friday, at the hour which the Italians call nineteen and a half, which is half-past three in the afternoon. Therefore, as I have told you, the Most High caused my translation to Mugnano to take place on this day, with so many signs of heavenly assistance that the glory of it might be shown forth.

This was the chief revelation made to Mother Maria Luisa but, at other times, she received additional lights. Kneeling in front of the altar in church, she was thinking how much Philomena must have suffered, when the little Martyr said to her, “Meditate on the Passion of the Redeemer and compassionate Him Who alone suffered intensely. I only suffered a little because Jesus Christ had suffered for us.” One evening, she asked St. Philomena to teach her an efficacious devotion. She heard an interior voice say: “Recite three Creeds: one for the preservation of the just, one for the conversion of sinners and the third for the return of heretics and infidels to the Faith.”

Another day, St. Philomena told her: “When thrown in the Tiber and believing myself about to die, I embraced my anchor as Jesus embraced His Cross. Because my Spouse wished that I should not be satisfied to offer up one single life, I longed to have a thousand lives to offer Him. I was preserved from death even in the Tiber, and He has given me as much glory as though I had really sacrificed a thousand lives for Him.”

On one occasion, Mother Louisa asked St. Philomena the difference between essential glory and accidental glory of the Saints.

“We realize,” said Philomena, “that we are before God as so many vases of honor: some larger, some smaller. The vases of our souls expand according to our desire to love God during our life on earth. As soon as we are brought into the presence of God, each vase is filled to the brim with knowledge and love of Him. This plenitude is what is called essential glory and this, through all eternity, cannot be enlarged or diminished. God Himself can put in the hearts of the faithful to pray to Him through His Saints; and then grace descends from Him like crystal-clear water, falling on our vases. Being already full, they cannot contain it, wherefore the water splashes from them, falling upon the earth enriching you who are yet pilgrims. This is the glory which is called accidental glory, which can increase or diminish. But, in either case, we lose nothing. Always, we give glory to God.”

One night, Mother Luisa had a vision in which she saw Our Lady and Philomena. “Stand firm under the protection of Mary,” said St. Philomena, and placed her under the mantle of Our Lady. In another vision, she saw Our Lady clothed with the sun. Philomena laid down her own crown before the Immaculate’s throne and said, “Lady of Heaven. I am come to ask grace.” She demanded more than thirty graces for different persons. Our Lady replied: “To Philomena, nothing is refused. We concede to her all these graces.”

Then, she saw St. Gabriel writing the concessions with a gold pen, after which the saint turned to Mother Maria Luisa, and said, “Have you seen how this was done? I asked the graces from Mary and, through Mary, they were granted to me.”

These revelations have received the Imprimatur of the Holy Office, which means simply that the Church has pronounced them to be free from anything contrary to the Faith. Few are the things that are “of faith,” on which we must take our stand if we are not to be swept away by the first tide of thought. The private communion of those who stand with the Saints in Heaven above them, is not the business of the Church, unless it is offered as a matter of public interest. She then pronounces on it as being in accord with faith and reason, or against either of them. Her “Imprimatur” means no more than that it is harmless for a Christian to believe it on its own merits if he chooses to do so. Faint praise? What else would you have? The Church is concerned with the salvation of souls. There is no time, before the crack of doom, for anything else. There will be time in Heaven to see whether a holy woman’s vision was spiritual poetry or a revelation of fact.


Dear Mrs. Patti Melvin,

I received your letter and the box of printed Spanish materials and Sacramentals. Thank you very much for your kindness. May I ask a favor from you; I would like to be a part of your mission in spreading the Faith to the people throughout the whole world. Here in Spain, there are many young and old people who need spiritual healing but how can I help them as a Nun. I wish to join the Living Rosary Association. Thank you for your kind consideration. Praying for all of you!

Respectfully yours,

< Sister Thelma Calzado – SPAIN >


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