Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday May 6, 2015

Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

We may ask ourselves why it is that our prayers do not always seem to be answered. Perhaps, we do not pray with a pure intention or our pride and self-love make us unworthy to be heard. NO! Ask and the gift will come! Christ said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all things will be given unto you.” If we ask according to Christ, and are entirely surrendered to Him, we will receive what we petition. Those who seek God’s honor and abandon all earthly cares to Him, find themselves miraculously fed and clothed. If we do not obtain that for which we ask, it is no reason for losing confidence in God! If we are seeking our own will, we do not pray aright. We must pray for that which God bids us to pray. We need the words of the Our Father to tell us what we must ask for. If we pray thus, all will be granted to us. The words must be accompanied by deeds, to prove their sincerity. Hallowed be Thy name! Thy Kingdom come! Thy will be done! Give us this day our daily bread! Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them who trespass against us! Lead us not into temptation! Deliver us from evil!

If God takes a long time to answer our prayers, it is to make our longing more keen and our faith stronger. Our prayer must be persevering. God sees our tears, and our sighs are not hidden from Him. God’s plan is for us to be hidden in Christ and our will to become one with His. Practically speaking, it means joyful fulfilling of daily duties for Him and with Him. God wishes that we have gladness in full measure. Christ gave His Life for His enemies and with His dying breath prayed for His murderers. He let His side be opened to give birth to the Church. Have Mercy on me, O God, in Thy Love; In the depth of Thy tenderness, wipe out my offense. Wash me from all iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

Whenever God’s providence gives us the ability to help the sick and poor, we must feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the sick and give hospitality to strangers. Our love and our compassion must go out to all who suffer! May Christ make us strong in charity, lovers of all men without exception, ever returning good for evil, and filled with compassion for all mankind. Only he who humbles himself shall be exalted. From His Incarnation to His Death on the Cross, Almighty God strove to glorify the Father.

Filled with confidence and hope, we approach the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and beg Him to be gracious to you and bless your petitions and requests most abundantly.

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
 


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

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Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

How very grateful we are for your wonderfully generous donation in support of our missionary efforts in the world today. Time is short and we must act now. Your gift helps us reach hundreds of suffering souls. They will be keeping you in their prayers of thanksgiving. You give them hope!

We hear of new attacks on Christians every day in the mission field and weep for America, too, as treason and tyranny come to our own land. May Our Lady, Queen of the Church Militant, obtain a glorious victory over this great evil. We thank you with all our hearts! Let us Soldier on! Man was created for happiness. His whole being craves for rest and peace. So long as life lasts, he will long and hope for them. It is an urge which is impossible to extinguish, yet impossible to entirely satisfy here upon earth. Sadly, many of us do not understand the nature of true happiness.

Man’s heart was created too great to be filled with what is finite. Only in the all-Good and eternal God can happiness be found. Hope is the sun of our lives, making them fruitful. Without hope, all life fades; without hope, there can be no enthusiasm, activity, joy, happiness or love. Hope is the driving force of every action. He who ploughs, ploughs in the hope of harvesting; he who fights, fights as long as there is hope for victory. It is the same in the spiritual life. No one would continue to love God if there was no hope of a reward. Is it not God Himself Who is that reward? By holy hope, we desire Him Who is our greatest good.

By hope, we trust that His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, will give us the means to possess Him in the reward that awaits us in Heaven. Hope gives us courage, strength and confidence in the midst of trials and sufferings, in contradictions and apparent failure. God enables us to gain Heaven by giving us Grace and Free Will, and He expects us to use them untiringly to the very last. When evening comes and our working days are ended, we will be ready to bear our cross patiently and, by prayer and sacrifice, live in the hope of that inheritance which is incorruptible and stored up for us in Heaven! We are on our way to our True Home, to be forever united with our Father, whose happiness we will share for all Eternity.

With the Good Shepherd, we will lack nothing!
 

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.

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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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Make your payment online through PAYPAL / CREDIT CARD at: WWW.PHILOMENA.ORG

If payment by Check / Money Order / Cash, please mail it directly to the address below:

THE LIVING ROSARY, P.O. BOX 1303, DICKINSON, TEXAS 77539, USA

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Dear Patti Melvin,

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for the box with materials and Sacramentals which we just received. Last Friday, we sent 83 lists of new members enrolled in April.

Divine Mercy Sunday was a big success: Fr. Elimar introduced to the faithful a little booklet with the assigned Decade and invited them to take one home. We enrolled 540 new members and send you the pictures.

Among the photos are some of my family members: my husband, daughter, parents-in-law, niece and nephew, and Flor. They are preparing written materials for the month of May, the month of Our Lady. Soon it will be Pentecost, Our Lady of Fatima, the anniversary of the apparitions in Costa Rica of Our Lady of Peace, etc. They are putting a sticker on each little booklet with the assigned Decade and placing it in a little bag with a holy card. Could you please let us know if you received our envelope with 222 lists? By now, you should have received lists of 5,225 new members

We send our love and wish Our Lord’s abundant blessings on us.

Yesenia and Flor
COSTA RICA

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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.

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