Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday April 1, 2015

Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

Easter is the central point of all Christian doctrine: “If Christ has not risen, then our preaching is vain and our Faith is groundless.” (1 Cor. 15: 14) The Good News that the Gospel brings us is that God is Our Father and our Faith is based on the divinity of Him Who has said: “My Father and I are One!” and He proved it by rising from the dead. “I am the Resurrection.” There is no life but in Him and, therefore, no resurrection but His. It is by a life of constant death and resurrection in Him that we live. Every day for the Christian should be Easter Day; every event of our lives should be colored by the one event worth remembrance. We must rise, then, and lift our thoughts above. Our life is hidden with Christ in God! This thought must keep alive the flame of our taper, the fire of our joy, and light the way for others. Today, all creation is radiant: man is redeemed from the slavery of Satan and life returns to the mankind. Love and hate have met in single combat, and it is love that has conquered! Our Shepherd and Savior is never more loving and radiant than when He comes to meet us on Easter morning. He alone is Joy! He comes watching for us to bring to Him hearts full of gratitude for His Death has given us Life! His open Side is the Gate of Salvation: the passage leading to that Paradise which is Himself.

The pilgrims of Emmaus had created for themselves an image of Christ which did not, in any way, correspond to reality. When they saw Him die, something of their faith and confidence in Him died also. The same thing happens to us when we do not obtain that for which we pray. Many times, we expect something which God does not see fit to give us. In our troubles, we fail to see Christ walking beside us. Now, in the Joy of the Resurrection, we are made to realize the value of suffering – of God’s suffering and ours. We see that the radiance of a future resurrection lies over every pain or sorrow and we can see that our suffering united to His, makes us grow in Grace and gives us strength to leave self and enter into God, Who is our Resurrection and our Life. Suffering and death is the beginning of life everlasting, a rising from strength to strength and an absorption into Eternity! On Easter Day, Christ stands before us, inviting us to live, not merely close to Him, but in Him and by Him, in the wonder-working power of His Resurrection. By Thy Death and Resurrection, Thou hast led me into the fruitful Paradise of Thy Love! My God, I thank Thee! May we, one and all, live and die worthy of our sublime vocation as Children of God and heirs of Heaven!

Dear members, we place your daily needs, spiritual, physical and material, before the Altar of God. In doing this, may our mission in the bosom of Holy Mother the Church be strengthened and completed.

With the prayers and respect,
 


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

 


GOD IS WITH US JUST LIKE THE AIR WE BREATHE.
If He were absent, there would be no life!

MAN IS NOTHING OF HIMSELF;
Yet, he is filled with the pride of self-esteem!

Help me, O Lord, I beg Thee!

They stripped Him, put on Him a scarlet cloak, and made for Him a crown of thorns. While bending the knee before Him, they mocked Him, spit upon Him, and struck His Head with a reed. The sheer pathos and stark barbaric realism of this moment has never been equaled in recorded history. When the scourging was over, Christ was cut loose from the pillar, and fell into twitching and agonizing pain on the rough pavement. His executioners were not satisfied yet. Their brutal lust for torture devised the cruelest sport ever recorded. Christ is taken to a corner of the courtyard, and thrust down upon a mock throne. A scarlet cloak is placed on His torn and bleeding Shoulders. Strong thorny branches are gathered, made into a crown and thrust upon His throbbing Head, as His royal crown. This humble spectacle is not yet complete. The entire cohort is called together; each soldier is to outdo the other in coarse insults and obscenities. They kneel before Him and shout out:

“HAIL, KING OF THE JEWS!”

The whole courtyard resounds with laughter. They could not get enough. Taking turns, they strike His Head with a reed forcing the thorns more deeply into His Sacred Flesh.

Then, out of the vileness of their obscene minds, they devised a new indignity – they spit into His Face! In the midst of all this, Our Blessed Lord did not open His mouth. How the angels must have veiled their faces in horror at the unspeakable outrage perpetrated on the Son of God. Our Lord looked upon them with infinite pity, while His Heart begged for their forgiveness. He loathed and detested their sin with the full and vibrant, pulsating intensity of His Godhead, but He loved the sinners with an exquisite and tender Love. He forgave them and offered all the tortures that they inflicted upon Him for their salvation. Think of the humility of Jesus and, then, consider our unbridled pride.


Dear Mother Patti,

This morning, at about 7:30 a.m., I visited St. Joseph’s English Elementary School, Mvolye, and presented the Living Rosary to the pupils and teachers. The welcome was fantastic. They were very keen to listen to my explanation.

To my greatest surprise after the speech, one of the teachers thanked me and told me that she and her husband were enrolled in the Living Rosary about 10 years ago, but they lost their Decade cards. They remember their assigned Decades: Her Mystery was The Assumption while her husband’s Mystery was The Descent of the Holy Ghost. She then gave me the names of the children for enrollment. She shared her experience with other teachers and many of them gave the names to be enrolled. So, I collected almost 500 names.

Since the schools will be closed for the Easter holidays from April 2, I will be going back to distribute to the pupils their Decade cards and materials on Monday, March 30. Notwithstanding, I collected a box from the UPS and small box via post office yesterday. They are very helpful for the two schools that we have enrolled now. I am preparing their Decade cards so that they could receive them before they go on their holidays.

Thank you for the vestment. I will give it to a Bishop whom I will meet just after the Easter celebrations. Ave Maria!

Paul – Cameroon


Pray the Rosary for many reasons, especially during Lent, but defeating Satan is another very good reason to do so. We are locked in a spiritual combat. Our enemies are principalities and power, thrones and dominions, who in one irreversible, unimaginable act of pride rejected God’s Will and were cast out. If we receive the Sacraments (especially Confession) regularly, try to practice virtue, and avoid habits of sin, it is incredibly unlikely that demons or dark forces will gain any power over us. But for those who are lost in grave habits of sin, it is very, very possible.

We must do penance not only for ourselves, but for those lost in sin, too. It is a vitally necessary work of spiritual mercy.


THINKING WITH GOD!

“When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified Him there.” (Luke 23:33)

O God, how wonderful it is that Thou art always here. That whenever I desire it, I may speak with Thee. Thou art not as the great ones of the earth whom man cannot approach. Thou art always accessible because Thou art always LOVE! I have nothing to give Thee but myself; therefore, I shall offer Christ to Thee.

Some of the most moving events in history have been recorded in few and concise words. The greatest event of all times is recorded by St. Luke in these brief words: “They crucified Him!”

The contemplation, meditations and revelations of the Saints of all Ages have not begun to touch upon the real depths of that awful Mystery of God’s ineffable Love for man! Since the stark cross was thrust against the lowering sky on the first Good Friday, it has become the Focal Point of all History. Here, past and present, today and tomorrow, meet in an eternal NOW! All the problems of human destiny find their solution here! Those three short words, They Crucified Him, are not a doleful plaint of sorrow; they are a triumphant hymn of victory! For, by His Death, all mankind has been made to live. In His Sorrow, mankind finds its promise and pledge of everlasting joy.

When Pilate finally gave up his pretense and mockery of a trial, and sentenced Christ to death, he was setting in motion the Process formulated by God from Eternity, whereby mankind would be at last freed from sin, death and everlasting punishment. He spoke only a sentence of death but God uttered the wondrous Decree of Life!

When Pilate laid the Cross on the Shoulders of Christ that Good Friday, little did he dream how far that Cross would be carried down through the centuries, into Eternity itself! The drama of Life through Death began. The Cross was laid upon His Shoulders. His agony and pain were beyond telling, the last tragic chapter was about to begin.

Rough hands were laid on Christ, stripping Him of His garments. Wine with myrrh was offered to Him. He would not drink of it. He would suffer to the limit, and there would be no lessening or weakening of His faculties or of His senses. Each one would bear to the full, its own particular suffering.

Then, Christ was told to stretch out His Hands upon the Cross. Obedient as a lamb led to the slaughter, He meekly submitted and stretched forth His Hands. We do not need to wonder that the details of His agony have not been given to us. The Hands of God Who had tossed the stars in place and managed the flowers and fashioned the planets, are held rigid and helpless and are spiked brutally against the wood of the Cross. But, His torture was just beginning.

Slowly, His Blood oozed from countless wounds. A burning fever consumed His flesh and an agonizing thirst, swollen lips, a blackened, thickened tongue and, added to this, the nameless agony of slow strangulation. All the while, His enemies mocked and jeered at Him. His breaths became agonizing gasps, which thrust a knife-like blade into His chest. He offered then the final mercy to those who stood at the Foot of the Cross, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!”

His Mother He commended to St. John. He gave Paradise to the thief. He poured out the unlimited Love of His Heart beyond measure. “Greater love than this, no man hath, than that a man lay down His Life for His friend.” He came into the world to do His Father’s Will … and so He sighs, “It is finished!” Scripture has been fulfilled; the world has been made over again. The supreme moment for which all Time has groaned with expectation has come:

“Father into Thy Hands, I commend My Spirit.” Here is the Mystery. The Cross alone unlocks that Mystery.

Jesus, my King, I have crucified Thee!
Now, it is Thy turn to crucify me!

How badly we need to learn the lesson of submission to God’s Will, to realize that God’s Will is Love! Submission to Love is the only way in which we can fulfill the destiny of our being!

The Cross is not frustration; it is fulfillment!

The Cross is not chastisement; it is benediction!

The Cross is no instrument of death; it is the symbol of Life!

The Cross is not to be hated; it is to be embraced with Love!

We adore Thee, O Christ, and we Love Thee, because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world!

Jesus, Thou didst say:

“He is not worthy of Me that does not take up his cross and follow Me.”
(Matthew 10:38)

Life is a highroad that leads to Eternity, but no man can walk that road without the cross.

I do not understand why the cross must be, but Thou art Infinite Wisdom

And seest the farthest horizons and ultimate purposes of life.
Thou art Love, and there is no cruelty in Thy Being!

JESUS, MY GOD, TEACH ME TO LOVE THE CROSS!


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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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