Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday April 15, 2015

Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

With great solemnity and deep joy, we have celebrated the Resurrection of Christ from the dead. The Passion and Death of the Master had been a cruel disappointment to His followers. They had understood nothing of the Mystery of Redemption by the Death of Our Redeemer. Easter is the Feast of Feasts for all mankind. Liberation and Salvation had already been attained by the Savior’s Death, but it was His glorious Resurrection that set the crown and seal on His Victory over sin and hell. Now that the Master’s Victory is complete, the triumphal march of the Cross begins and will continue to the end of the world. The apostles chose death, that they might be sharers in the Resurrection. Christ died for all men; none is excluded from His Salvation. Even the heathen is called to the Church of Christ. The good news is for all peoples, without exception. God is rich in Mercy, and loves us with great excess. Let us show our gratitude to God by living according to our Faith and bringing others to the Love of Jesus Christ and into the Kingdom of Grace.

We may not stand idle and content ourselves with an easy going life, occupied with our small daily affairs. Each of us has a strict duty to help spread the Gospel over the whole world, a duty which comes from union with our Head. Each of us has his own personal responsibility for the welfare of the whole. Jesus continues to work in His Mystical Body for the salvation of souls; we, His members, complete it with Him. So long as all men are not in a state of Sanctifying Grace, our responsibility exists! Let us beg God for the Grace to be more conscious of our duties as His apostles. Our interests must be placed in the background and God’s interests and those of the Church must be our singular ambition. God is the end of all our seeking. To know God is eternal life. It is our glory to suffer for Christ! Our reward, honor and glory throughout Eternity will be the greater, as our martyrdom is more cruel and our labors and sufferings are heavier and more numerous.

Life is precious only because it prepares us for Eternity. Crushed by the yoke of the terrible war under which our Ukrainian faithful suffer at the present moment, know that our love, prayers and petitions for you and your family are constant and deeply felt. All our life we are pilgrims and strangers on our way to a better heavenly country. God Alone!

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,

Byzantine Rite, Greek-Catholic Church, UKRAIN



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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CHAPTER X : Philomena in France

Meanwhile, Philomena continued her miracles in Italy. During the year which Pauline Jaricot spent in Rome, another famous miracle took place. The very swift flowing river Velino had been so flooded by incessant rain that it had risen fifteen feet above its usual height. A poor woman, washing linen, lost her balance and was swept away; other women who had been with her said that she invoked St. Philomena as she felt herself falling. They joined in this invocation, as did others who were brought to the spot by their shouts. They all saw the furious current turn back. She declared that as she felt herself drowning, she had prayed: “Most holy Madonna, by the intercession of St. Philomena, suffer me not to lose my soul!” She had not felt ready to die. Miraculously, she was saved. The water poured from her clothes as she stood on dry ground, but the little print of St. Philomena that she had carried was not even damp.

In 1837, Saint Philomena delivered Mugnano from an epidemic of cholera. In this year, the diocese of Nola was granted permission to say the Office and Mass of a virgin martyr, with a special lesson at Matins in honor of St. Philomena. Later, three proper lessons were to be granted, and permission was given to other dioceses to keep the feast. The feast was inserted in the calendar of the Roman clergy for August 19th.

Pauline Jaricot, on her return to France, gave a portion of the relics she had brought with her to a very simple, very holy village Curé. The name of his village was Ars. I cannot begin to tell the story of the Curé d’Ars – St. John Vianney. This has been told by Henri Ghéon so beautifully that one cannot do anything but quote from the English version. (The Secret of the Curé d’Ars, published by Sheed & Ward, London) Ghéon begins by saying that the story is so wonderful that he wants to write it like a fable. That will fit in very well with the rest of our “fairy story” – so let him tell it:

Once upon a time, there lived in France in the province of Lyon, a little peasant boy who from his earliest days, loved solitude and loved God. A clever gentleman in Paris made a Revolution which prevented people from praying. The faithful were forced to secretly attend Mass in a barn. The priests were in hiding. If they were caught, their heads were cut off with all available neatness. Jean Marie Vianney was determined to become a priest. He was much given to prayer, but he had no learning. He tended sheep and ploughed the fields. His was a late vocation and he failed nearly all his Seminary examinations.

At last, as vocations were scarce, it was decided he should be accepted. Once appointed to Ars, he remained there until he died; France’s least Curé in France’s least village. He was Curé with such thoroughness that France’s least village had France’s greatest Curé. The whole of France made pilgrimage to see him. He converted all who came to him; if he had not died, he would have converted the whole of France. He cured souls and bodies. He read hearts like a book.

The Blessed Virgin visited him. The devil actively tormented him. He was made a Canon, a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and, after death, was canonized. He well deserved this glory.

By the time, Philomena came to Ars, M. le Curé had converted the parish by his heroic poverty, faith and charity. He was working miracles. When a miracle happened, he gave the credit to the Saints.

And now, exactly at the right moment came a little Saint from Italy, who enjoyed an enormous reputation. The favor which surrounded her was all the greater because she was new. Saints get used up very quickly. In the eyes of the world, God unceasingly reveals to us new ones. It was upon St. Philomena the Curé placed the credit for all the miracles worked at Ars. He directed souls in this manner: “Go to Philomena; Whatever you ask of her, She will obtain for you.”

How charming! Abbe Vianney pointed out to Philomena that she could not suffer from pride by working miracles which would draw the admiration of crowds of people, thus she must take the blame! If she would do so, let there be as many miracles as possible: THE MORE, THE MERRIER! Philomena humbly agreed.

The Curé d’Ars never knew close friendship, even in the spiritual Order, with any woman. God had chosen for him a companion no longer of this world, a little maid of olden days, who was to be at once his lady, betrothed, sister and daughter – all in one! Speaking to her as a father, he might easily press her with his entreaties. There was no need to be on his guard with her. Now and then, he even gently scolded her.

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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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