Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday March 25, 2015


CHAPTER IX – The Most Famous Miracle

About 1819, some Brothers of the Order of St. John of God were traveling through Brittany, trying to collect alms to revive their Order for the care of the incurables, the insane and epileptic. They had a great devotion to St. Philomena. Travelling through the south of France, they called at the door of the Jaricots, an extremely wealthy family renowned for their charity. Pauline Marie, Mr. Jaricot’s young daughter, suffered excruciating pains and was at death’s door. Every breath she took was a torture. Her limbs were icy. Palpitations visibly lifted her ribs and could be heard across the room. These traveling Brothers recounted the wonders of St. Philomena. Pauline began at once and offered a novena of prayers to St. Philomena. Her health improved immediately. Pauline was now able to sit up, take a few steps and do a little writing. Her friends declared that she was cured and proceeded to tire her out with many visits. Soon after, she suffered a relapse. The doctors cautioned her that she might die at any moment. Her dying wish was to be taken in the family carriage on pilgrimage to far away Mugnano or, at least, as far as Paray-le-Monial. She longed to set her spiritual affairs in order to begin her preparation for death.

Pauline was the Foundress of the Living Rosary and also of the Association for the Propagation of the Faith, that wonderful scheme whereby half-pennies collected from the poor financed the foreign missions. To quote from Alice Curtayne’s admirable essay on Saint Philomena: “In 1822, Pauline Jaricot founded in Lyon the Association for the Propagation of the Faith. In other words, by the particular slant of her genius, she had invented a method of financing missionary work; a method so simple that it was beyond belief how no one had thought of it before. The movement spread like a wind to every part of the Church. By a sort of decimal system, one promoter was charged in every parish with the collection of pennies contributed by ten of his friends.”

Within thirty-five years of its founding, the statistics show a colossal sum of twenty million Pounds had been collected and divided between needy foreign missions, with a corresponding immense increase in the army of recruits to the Church. As the movement was climbing to this spectacular point of success, its Foundress in Lyon lay dying of an obscure disease. After much prayer, Pauline consulted with her physician concerning the possibility of making the pilgrimage. He thought her suffering had affected her mind. She asked him to answer her honestly. His reply was, “Nothing, absolutely nothing whatever, has been effective in remedying your illness." He told her relatives, “You might very well satisfy her fancy of this pilgrimage without scruple. Let her do it. She will not go far. It is all over for her."

Speaking only of Paray-le-Monial, but determined to get to Mugnano, Pauline set out on the journey. She lay full length on a large easy-chair attended by her chaplain, maid and man-servant. Pale as death but still living, she arrived at Paray. She managed to spend the whole of the next day in the chapel of the Visitation Convent where Our Lord had made the revelations concerning His Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary. So far so good!

Now, she announced that she would go on to Rome to get the blessing of the Holy Father. She got as far as Chambery, where it seemed as though she were going to die. But no, she recovered and ordered the carriage to continue the rest of the journey. This was April, 1835. It would take weeks to get to Rome. Mass was heard every morning and a prolonged thanksgiving occupied her day. In an effort to conserve her strength, she spoke very little. They had to cross the Alps.

The Mount Cenis Pass was white with snow. It was here a strange thing happened – a child, whom none of the peasants had seen before, appeared and put a white rose on Pauline’s stretcher. Impossible! White roses were unobtainable at that altitude in April. Pauline called it, “a delicate attention of Providence.” It seemed to refresh her.

Once down in Italy, the heat was so great that they had to travel at night – a dangerous business in those troubled times when many found it easier to become robbers than make an honest living. The carriage was hung with medals of Our Lady and St. Philomena. One day saw them, at sunrise, outside the Basilica which enshrines the Holy House of Loreto, on that hilltop overlooking the Adriatic. They had come a great distance out of their way to Rome to salute Mary of Nazareth. Yet, far from curing or even relieving her, Our Lady allowed her to have one of the appalling heart attacks from which it seemed impossible that she should recover. Still, she went on to Rome, burning with fever, even more exhausted than before.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Dear Living Rosary Association,

Greetings from Sierra Leone with particular reference to St. Joseph’s Parish, Lungi! This parish is situated in the northern part of our country (Sierra Leone).

As a parish located close to the airport, we cater to different kinds of people from various back grounds and cultural set up. In addition, since it is mostly Muslim dominated, people are also influenced by their beliefs and practice. Therefore, in this frame of mind, as a parish priest, it is necessary to build up the spirituality of the people and to strengthen their belief in the use of the various Sacramentals of the Church, which will instill in them the Truths of our Catholic Faith.

In this regard, I humbly ask your Association to assist us, from times to time, with Scapulars, Rosaries, holy oil, literature, etc. These could be posted to the following Post Box address. As we wait on your response, I promise you of my prayers.

Fr. Dominic Arnold Johnson
University of Makeni
Makeni P.O. Box 1
Sierra Leone – West Africa

My most beloved Patti,

I have a lot to tell you. It is a pity that my English is not that good. I am working in the Social Media; through here, we have been getting all the promoters that we have. Mexico has 32 States. Our dream is to have one coordinator and many promoters in each State of the Mexican Republic.

Besides, we register all the people who cross our path. Thank God, we have complete distributed 880 Rosaries. I would love to have many more.

We are very grateful to you for your unconditional help and support. In Mexico, we have this dream which is kind of a hope: Mary’s victory in each and every heart.

Events in Mexico and in the rest of the world are becoming very difficult, but we are certain that the Rosary is the weapon and we have to win this battle.

Be reassured that all that you are sending us with love and kindness, we distribute among the members who take the commitment with Our Mother to serve the Living Rosary.

You are in our daily prayers. I send you a big hug and all my love. May God and Our Queen, Holy Mary of Guadalupe fill you with their blessings!

Your daughter < Elizabeth – MEXICO >


Dear Patti,

How are you? It’s very hot here in our country. But the heat of the sun cannot stop me from promoting the ULRA. Last Saturday March 21, I was able to give input, especially to the families, on the importance of our devotion to the Holy Rosary. After my talk, we distributed Rosaries to 60 parents who wish to have their children baptized.

Thank you, dear ULRA benefactors and Patti, for your generosity in shipping the FOREX boxes loaded with Rosaries, Scapulars, other Sacramentals, Decade cards, prayer books, holy cards, St. Philomena oil, cord and wrist cord, and newsletters. I am so tongue-tied of how to say “Thank You” to all of you! It is a great blessing for us. God bless all of you!

You know the testimonies about St. Philomena oil and cord, and the wrist cord is of great help to all who ask for it. She works wonders even out of town. I offered to give the wrist cords to all the mothers with infants attending the seminars for the Baptism every first and third Saturday of the month because St. Philomena also works wonders for the innocent through these wrist cords.

We have two St. Philomena groups. The visitation group always goes to the prayer meetings in houses. After the prayer meeting, they receive information about the location of the sick people. They were invited to visit the lady who has breast cancer. So the following day, they went to Toboso, miles away from San Carlos. They met the woman who was so weak with aching breast cancer. The family wanted them to pray for her. After the prayers, Saint Philomena oil was used on the whole area of her infected breast.

Each member of the family was advised to go for daily Mass, make their confessions and pray the Rosary daily. The member of the group visits them often. They observed that the sick woman is regaining her health. The family has asked for another vial of St. Philomena oil.

< Carmelita – PHILIPPINES >

Dear Mrs. Melvin,

I was in Lahore on the 14th and 15th. There was a program on Lent. After explaining about the Living Rosary, people were given Rosaries, Decade cards and many other devotional items. I was very busy the next day: I went to Holy Rosary Church, St. Thomas Church, St. Teresa Church and Sanda Khurd and Khokhar town. In the evening, I had a meeting with Mr. Azam, the catechist at Green Town. When I left for his place, it started raining. I reached there wet due to rain. I was with him for about two hours and left for Daska. It was still raining and the coach which I boarded bypassed Daska and went to Sialkot. It was very difficult for me at that time (1 AM) as there was no conveyance to go to Daska. The driver said if I could pay him extra, he could take me to my destination. Due to heavy luggage and bag, I had to accept his suggestion and I reached Daska after 2 AM. I have uploaded the pictures of all these visits. Tomorrow, early in the morning, I will leave for Wazirabad and Gujranwala.

You might have heard about what happened in Pakistan yesterday. There were two blasts in two Churches, killing about 25 people and more than 70 were injured. The first blast was in Christ Church and the second was in St. John's Catholic Church. The blasts were during the Sunday prayers but, thanks be to God, the terrorists could not cross the main gates. Christians all over Pakistan are very sad and are in great anger. Please remember the martyrs and their families, and all the Christians of Pakistan in your prayers. God bless you!

15 killed in Taliban attack on Lahore churches

March 15, 2015

LAHORE: At least 15 people were killed and more than 70 injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked churches in Lahore on Sunday, sparking mob violence in which two other suspected militants died.

The bombings occurred during prayers at two churches located around half a kilometre apart in the city's Youhanabad neighbourhood that is home to more than 100,000 Christians, officials said.

Broken window panes, blood and shoes were scattered across the blast sites. Police spokes-woman Nabila Ghazanfar said two policemen guarding the churches were among those killed in the attacks, while two people were beaten to death by protesters who took to the streets after the blasts. “Policemen on duty at both the entrances tried to stop them but the bombers blew themselves up,” she told AFP.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction claimed responsibility for the attack.

Christians make up around two percent of Pakistan's mainly Muslim population of 180 million. They have been targeted in attacks and riots in recent years, often over allegations of blasphemy.

Sunday's attacks were the worst on the community since a devastating 2013 double suicide-bombing in Peshawar that killed 82 people. That attack came months after more than 3,000 protesters torched some 100 houses as they rampaged through Joseph Colony, another Christian neighbourhood of Lahore, following blasphemy allegations against a Christian man.

Sharif in a statement condemned the church bombings and “directed provincial governments to ensure the security of (the) public and their properties.” Zaeem Qadri, a spokesman for the provincial government, said efforts were being made to talk to the protesters to stop the rioting but “emotions are very high because their churches have been attacked.”

Sunday's attack was the first by the Taliban since three of their major factions said on Thursday they had reunited. The military has stepped up its fight against militants since Taliban gunmen massacred more than 150 people, most of them children, at a school in Peshawar in December.

A moratorium on executions in terror cases was lifted and the constitution amended to set up military courts for the speedy trial of terrorism cases. Later, the death penalty was reinstated for all capital cases.

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.

Please Click here to Share Your Gift of Faith

Comments are closed.