Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday April 8, 2015

Dear Mrs. Patti and all the Benefactors and Members of Living Rosary,

Best wishes from Ukraine! Now, all the members of the Living Rosary and our dear priests are preparing to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This year, we, Ukrainians, are celebrating Easter in a special way. Many of our men and women are away at war and they will celebrate Easter in the tanks and on the battle fields defending our country and our freedom. The Ukrainian Living Rosary members are preparing for the campaign to pray the Novena of the prayers for the conversion of Russia. At the present moment, the Center of the Living Rosary is going to publish the leaflets with Rosary meditations in order to encourage Ukrainians to join the prayer for the conversion of Russia. The Most Holy Rosary will bring us victory!

As you know, the Living Rosary Center is located at the church of Saint John the Baptist. Every day, we do observe as the workers are rebuilding the roof and continuing the renovation of the church. The Center is working very hard. In the morning, we do have the Sacred Mass and, then, we start working to send boxes to the local leaders and receiving visitors who arrive from different parts of Ukraine. They have many requests for the Sacramentals of Saint Philomena, Brown Scapulars and Rosaries. We offer them all these items, free of cost, because we do receive them from you. In Ukraine, there are many people who wear the Brown Scapulars but the Living Rosary Center is the only provider of Scapulars for the whole of Ukraine. Also, during Good Friday, our friends are going to distribute the Rosary leaflets to encourage people to pray. These will be distributed in front of the churches. This year, the Center of the Living Rosary donated 20,000 Rosaries to the military.

In April, in Ukraine, the prices for the natural gas, hot water and electricity are being raised up to 239% because the government does not have the money to sell the natural gas for half price. Instead of buying religious books, our members and the rest of the Ukrainian people will need to pay the power bills. Now, the inflation rate is very high in Ukraine. The average monthly take-home pay for a middle class worker in Ukraine is 142 USD. One Dollar is equivalent to 23 Ukrainian Hryvnas; a year ago it was 8 Hryvnas. Now, one gallon of petrol costs 5 US Dollars and a loaf of bread costs 0.20 USD. Facing such financial problems and military conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine, many Ukrainian people are moving to Western Europe to find jobs. Therefore, many of them are asking the Center of the Living Rosary to send them prayer books and Rosaries for free. All of us are praying to God and the Virgin Mary for peace in Ukraine. Thanks be to God, we do not face the war in our part of Ukraine, but we do pray for peace and for conversion of Russia.

Thank you for all you do for the Living Rosary Center in Ukraine. We keep you every day in our prayers! God bless you all!

With the prayers and respect,
 


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


Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you for your kind donation and request for prayers. We have enrolled you in the Novena of Holy Masses being offered during the month of April in the Holy Land. Your special intentions and petitions will be remembered throughout the month. May you receive strong health, protection from evil, courage, peace and joy!

We are living in an Age when faith is weak amongst the majority, even of them that believe, and it is one of the greatest dangers that could befall us in this world. When faith is weak, charity loses its fire. One day, Our Savior asked the disciples if they thought He would find faith upon the earth when He returned to judge mankind. We live in an Age when the want of faith has paralyzed men’s hearts. Faith comes from our will that is moved by the Holy Ghost. We believe in order to know that which, without faith, we could not know. God manifests Himself to the minds and hearts of those who believe.

Compromise and deplorable concessions are made when we have frequent dealings with those who are not of the faith. How difficult it is for couples united in mixed marriages to persevere in the Faith. Religious indifference soon takes hold and all efforts to convert the spouse are abandoned.

There is great ignorance in homes about holy practices recommended by the Church. How many Catholic houses never have a drop of Holy Water, or a blessed candle, or a Palm to be seen! The walls are empty of holy pictures and crucifixes, and other sacred objects given to us for protection, reverence, and as frequent reminders that our homes are a sacred dwelling shared with the Jesus and Mary, and the Angels and Saints. Faith longs to believe for believing is its life. Let us offer God our homage and dwell forever in His presence. Family Prayer is the heart and the hearth of the Catholic Home. No excuse suffices for us to omit daily Family Prayer. Begin today to make this heroic effort to offer daily Family Prayer: the benefits for your family will be EVERLASTING!

One with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA



MAY BOUQUET OF THIRTY ONE DAYS OF MASSES FOR YOUR LOVED ONES

THERE IS NO GREAT LOVE!

As we enter the Month of May, let us vie with one another to excel to the limit of our ability to honor, love, imitate and exalt the Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth. The practice of honoring Mary in the month of May comes to us from the Golden Age of Faith, the 13th Century, a time when great cathedrals were being built and most of them were dedicated to the Mother of God. The Jesuits established the Sodality of Mary as a Lay Order in the Church, promoting personal consecration to Mary by placing themselves under Her care and protection, that She might lead them safely to Her Divine Son.

The practice of keeping the month of May for Mary was granted an indulgence by Pope Pius VII in 1815 and, in 1859, Pope Pius IX granted a Plenary Indulgence to this practice. When the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Labouré in Rue du Bac, She asked that a special organization be founded in the Church for the very purpose of promoting the May devotions and spreading the Miraculous Medal.

The Children of Mary was founded by the Vincentian Order, and the Daughters of Charity spread the devotion primarily through the schools. The French Revolution took its toll and it was a long while before the devotion requested by Our Lady was once again revived. Today, the devotion flourishes throughout the world. During the month of May, let us enshrine Mary’s image, procure Her glory and extend the service of our Queen and Mother! In all the major apparitions of Mary, the Mother of God appeared to ask of Her humble seers the favor of having a church built on that hallowed ground where pilgrims would come to venerate and honor Her by their attendance at Holy Mass and the reception of the Sacraments, thus rendering to God the Father eternal glory, thanksgiving and reparation for the sins of mankind. “Build on this spot a chapel.” This is the cause most dear to the Heart of Our Mother. Listen to Her pleas and hasten to Her requests. She is our Patroness, Advocate, Mistress and Mother!

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ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

Arriving at the Sacred Heart Convent at the Trinita de Monti, she was so ill that Pope Gregory XVI, hearing of her state and heroic pilgrimage, and knowing her apostolic work, came privately to give her his blessing. He asked her to pray for him when she got to Heaven.

“Yes, Holy Father," said Pauline, “but, when I return from Mugnano and come on foot to the Vatican, will your Holiness deign to proceed without delay to the definitive examination of the Cause of Saint Philomena?"

“Yes, yes, my child,” the Pope replied, “for that would be a miracle of the first class.” He was perfectly certain she was dying. So, once again, the little party resumed their journey. When they arrived at Naples, she was so weak she could not even speak. They wished to halt, but she moved a finger to point ahead. They gave in to her last wish and drove slowly on.

When they arrived in Mugnano on August 8, they found preparations for the festival beginning. Pauline tells that, even then, her chief intention was not to obtain her bodily cure, rather graces for her soul and for her apostolic organizations. When the people of Mugnano saw her carried into the church on a chair, they were so struck with her dreadful appearance. They told their Saint roundly that such a heroic pilgrimage demanded the necessity of her cure.

Pauline, easily exhausted by the kindest of fine-mannered visitors at Lyon, hardly able to draw her breath, was surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd of self-appointed townsmen and women. They deafened her with their threats and coaxing to St. Philomena, and breathed garlic enthusiastically all over her. They knocked on the shrine saying, “Do you hear us, Philomena! If you do not cure her directly, we will pray to you no more! We will have nothing more to do with you! So much the worse for you, great Saint! If you do not do as we ask for, we shall keep our word!” They shouted so loudly that, if Philomena was not vanquished, Pauline was. They had to be told that the French lady begged them to pray in lower tones. Nothing happened that day or the next day.

The feast day arrived. At the moment of Communion, Pauline experienced a fearful anguish in her whole body. Her heart pounded as though it would break. She fainted with pain and appeared to be dead. This fact, which nearly broke the hearts of her fellow-travelers, did not upset the Neapolitans in the least. They knew how often Philomena had seen to it that the dead had come back to life. It merely exasperated them. They gave such cries of anger that the chaplain and servants, helpless in distress, tried to carry away Pauline’s invalid chair. But Pauline was not dead. By a supreme effort, she managed to signal to them she wished to be left where she was, that her last sight of the world might be the shrine which she had come so far to honor.

Her eyes were veiled in death. Tears began to creep under the lids, a tinge of color came into her cheeks, her icy hands and feet felt a new warmth stealing through them. A heavenly joy filled her soul which had been, for all its obedience and heroism, in desolation. She thought heaven had begun. It was then she knew she was cured.

Nevertheless, she was so worn out that she dared not make the slightest sign which would have told the watching Neapolitans that their prayers had been heard. She feared for the clamor of triumph that would result! She was carried out of the church and, next day, carried into it as though nothing had happened. She still felt very weak, mostly with the emotional reaction. That evening, after Benediction, she felt stronger and decided that, when the congregation had departed, she would attempt to walk to the door of the church. She walked to the door, out of it and as far as the house where she was staying. Up the steep staircase to her room, she went without feeling the smallest inconvenience.

There was no longer any doubt about the miracle. Old Don Francesco, venerable with thirty years knowledge of Philomena, came to find if he had heard right. The news which had spread like wild-fire was that the French lady was walking. Pauline could not deny it, terrified as she was of the excitement it would create! Poor Pauline! It was worse than anything she could have imagined!

The bells pealed out. Mobbed and embraced, she was the center of a whirlwind of gratitude which swept the whole populace to the shrine and around town. Don Francesco treated her as though she were a mere phenomenon, exhibited her, tested her, made her walk and kneel until she was fit to drop. She trusted that Philomena would not be angry with her for obeying Don Francesco. Indeed, it did not harm her in the slightest. In fact, the more she did, the more the last symptom – the palpitations – diminished. She was given back all the strength and vigor of her youth!

Pauline left the large armchair in which she had been carried into the church at the Shrine. She consecrated herself to Philomena, took her name, cut off her hair, and put on the habit of the Little Sisters of St. Philomena. On the stretcher of the carriage, she took back a figure like that of the Saint in the Shrine, enclosing a large relic which Don Francesco had given her. She would build a Shrine to her patroness in France. Additional relics for distribution in France were also carried home. Pauline made the trip home in comfort despite the rough miles and extreme heat of summer.

She was not prepared for the ovation which she received at every inn when the miracle was discovered and the figure of the Saint was seen. Postilions and innkeepers, villagers and beggars were wild with excitement. All demanded to be allowed to venerate the figure and to look closely at Pauline. Young girls offered themselves to join the Little Sisters of St. Philomena. Pauline provided them medals and pictures which had touched the shrine at Mugnano. She gave all away lavishly. A dying baby and a sick nun were cured before the journey was over!

The Holy Father could not believe his eyes. He made Pauline walk up and down in front of him, marveling at the change in her. He asked her to remain one year in Rome that her cure might be thoroughly investigated. Pauline stayed. During that time, she was stronger than she had ever been in her life. The Pope kept his word. On January 30, 1837, Pope Gregory XVI instituted a special feast in honor of St. Philomena, with a proper lesson inserted in the Breviary. Public worship of St. Philomena was officially authorized. Later, a special Office was composed in honor of Saint Philomena by order of Pope Pius IX. Pauline returned to France and built a chapel to the Saint on her property. It had a miniature reproduction of the church at Mugnano. She also established in her house a community of nuns under the patronage of St. Philomena. She lavished her great fortune upon the poor.

Philomena was not idle in her new chapel. The walls were soon hung with ex-votos, testifying to her power of miracles. Many came to this famous Chapel on pilgrimage. Philomena had come to France, but her work there only began at Lyon. It was elsewhere that she was to make herself still better known with the aid of a priest even simpler and holier than Don Francesco.


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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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