Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday April 29, 2015

May 2015
Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

We have received your wonderfully generous donation in the post. This gift from your heart is a great help for us in doing the world-wide missionary work in which we are engaged. These times are very difficult and this work is vital to families, Nations and Holy Mother the Church. It is a beautiful act of reparation to the Heart of Christ and Our Blessed Mother. May God reward you abundantly both in time and throughout eternity!

Ven. Pauline Jaricot’s life and work was, above all else, to help by every possible means in the salvation of souls. Her home of Lorette became a bustling center where all, who needed to come in contact with a devoted heart and a firm and tender hand, were sure to find a friend. Her hospitality was nobly and generously exercised. She embraced every kind of work and ministered to every need.

The essence of her rule of life was to sacrifice every private devotion and every occupation, all her personal interests, for the good and consolation of others and to be always the humble servant of the servants of God. Pauline’s charity was boundless. Letters from all parts of the world gave witness to her charity. Her purse was at the service of all who were in need. The treasures of her soul were equally lavished on anyone in danger or in sorrow. Both the rich and the poor came to her in their trials to unburden their hearts. Pauline listened to them with the full attention, which expresses more eloquently than words real sympathy and interest in another’s misfortune. Her own work was then done during the hours meant for sleep and rest.

Pauline did all in her power to render those around her happy for this leads to prosperity and draws down upon us the blessings of God. The sanctification of the Priesthood was one of her constant thoughts and the subject of her most earnest prayers. Pauline united the two most powerful weapons with which to conquer the Heart of God and that of man: unlimited self-sacrifice and ardent charity. She wished to love without measure, without end!

Our beloved Pauline, a great prodigy of heroic charity, suffered betrayal and underwent a slow torture of calumny, humiliation, ingratitude and the loss of every human consolation. She knows what you suffer; she feels your pain. Go to Pauline, open your heart and have great confidence in her power to help you!

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.

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OUR LADY OF LOURDES AND THE MIRACLE OF THE MARNE

When we think of Our Lady of Lourdes, whose feast day we celebrate on February 11, we think first of the many miracles from the miraculous spring of water that Our Lady gave as a gift for healing the sick, both of body and heart. Many of these miracles have been studied by the Church and declared miraculous, that is, of heavenly origin. But, still, there are many other happenings that have not been pronounced as miracles but which still remain unexplained. The Battle of the Marne is one of these happenings.

Even the history books refer to this battle as a great MIRACLE of World War I: The Miracle of the Marne. But because there is no official decision from the Church concerning the authenticity of this event, we are left to draw our own conclusions.

The “MIRACLE”

In September of 1914, the German Army was making its way towards Paris. They were advancing so quickly down the valley of the Marne River that they were convinced already of their victory over the French, and chanted among themselves, “ln Paris, in two days’ time!”

Paris itself was in total chaos. The French government had already left the capital for Bordeaux and the panicking civilians were fleeing the city on foot, horseback, train or any other means possible. Though the British had sent reinforcements to help their French allies, the Germans still far-outnumbered them. To make matters worse, the French Seventh Division, coming in from the frontier to join the Sixth Army in defending Paris, was unable to move because of the rail system, which was “choked” with fleeing civilians.

The desperate situation prompted Gen. Joseph Gallieni, military governor of the French Army, to dispatch the emergency troop reinforcements by using a fleet of Parisian taxi cabs. In one night, some 600 taxis ferried approximately 6,000 French reserve infantry troops to the front.

This was on the 8th of September, feast day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. At the same time in the Diocese of Paris, the Bishop of Meaux, Cardinal Marbeau, made the promise to Our Lady that, should She spare their city, he would build a monument in her honor when the war was over. And, all across France, people were on their knees, with Rosary in hand, humbly beseeching the Virgin to protect them in their great hour of need. We can believe, therefore, that, for this reason, on that very same day, the inexplicable happened: the entire German army suddenly retreated, turning back from Paris. It was later reported that some 100,000 German soldiers saw the Virgin Mary “pushing back” the German Army.

Most of these men kept silent because they had been ordered “under pain of death” not to speak of the apparition to anyone. But a letter addressed to the Carmel of Pontoise recounts that: “On 3rd January 1915, a German priest, wounded and taken prisoner during the Battle of the Marne, died in a French ambulance where he was cared for by some nuns. He had told them: “As a soldier, I should keep silent, but

“We saw the Virgin Mary, dressed all in white, with a blue belt, leaning Her head toward Paris.”

As a priest, I must say what I have seen. During the Battle of the Marne, we were surprised to be pushed into retreat, because our numbers were legion compared to the French, and we expected very soon to arrive in Paris. But we saw the Virgin Mary, dressed all in white, with a blue belt, leaning her head toward Paris. She turned her back to us, and with her right hand seemed to push us away … I saw her myself and a good number of my companions also.” (This description of Our Lady, “… dressed all in white, with a blue belt …” is the same description given by St. Bernadette at Lourdes, France in 1858.) About the same time, two German officers, also wounded and prisoners of war, were admitted into a French hospital run by the Red Cross. When they saw there a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, a nurse (who could speak German) heard them exclaim: “Die Frau von der Marne!” “Oh, the Virgin of the Marne!” She asked them to speak about this, but they refused. (http://thewandererpress.com/featured-today/september-1914-the-miracle-of-the-marne/)

The MIRACLE at the Battle of the Marne was reported in the newspapers all across France in January 1915, just one hundred years ago. When we recall that World War I continued through November 1918 and resulted in 16 million deaths, leaving 20 million wounded, we catch a glimpse of the sorrow Our Blessed Mother must have had on our behalf. War is humanity’s great failure. Today, with wars and conflicts continuing throughout the world, we need to remind ourselves that Mary intercedes for both her faithful and her unfaithful children. What hope of mercy must have been given to both those spared in France as well as the soldiers who saw the vision and went on to suffer terrible battles for three more years!

The heart of the message of Our Lady given to St. Bernadette at Lourdes, stated simply, is a call to the sick of body and soul, that God loves us as we are, and is always calling us to conversion. Let us turn back to the Father, through Our Lady’s invitation, and as the Bishop of Meaux once pleaded with Our Lady to spare Paris, let us also plead with her to spare our countries from another World War, and to help us to find healing, not only of body but also of soul.

Monument of Our Lady of the Marne, erected by Cardinal Marbeau after the War.

The inscription beneath the statue reads: “You will go no further.”

God works miracles now and again to give the Faithful confidence that it is He Who is speaking; and if He is graciously pleased to do so at Lourdes, it is because He wants us to listen to Our Lady’s words to Bernadette, calling us all to Repentance and Prayer.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES, PRAY FOR US!

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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!

In honor and obedience, thanksgiving and petition, entrust all your loved ones to Mary through your gift of a special Bouquet of 31 days of Sacred Liturgies. Crown Her with the roses empurpled in the Precious Blood of Her Divine Son, the Source of all Salvation! A lovely Mass card will be sent out to you for each one you enroll.

SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $5.00 each for Enrollment in the MAY Bouquet of thirty one days of Masses for your Loved Ones: PRINT VERY CLEARLY EACH NAME!

 

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ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (concluded)

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.

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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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