Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday May 20, 2015

Glory be to Jesus Christ!

Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

United as one in the presence of the Mother of God, we prepare for the great Feast of Pentecost. This is the central Feast in which the Holy Ghost comes to plant in our souls the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity to make us believe in God, lead us to all Truth and put us in mind of all that Christ taught us. The Spirit knows all things, even the hidden Mysteries of God. The Holy Spirit in us lifts us out of ourselves; in Him and by Him, we believe in God. Hope and love come to us through Him. It is through Him that God’s Love has been poured into our hearts and souls. The Spirit is the way: the only way to the Heart of Jesus. If we live by the Gift of God, plunged into His Spirit, there will be nothing in us which will escape His influence which is as strong as it is gentle. What strength, security and perfect guidance we find when our lives are filled with the Spirit to whom we surrender! All who were present at Pentecost were filled! The Holy Ghost is not only given to all; He is also given for all. Every Grace given to us is given to all, since it helps to build up the Mystical Body of Christ. If we try to keep it for ourselves, we will lose it! The Holy Ghost desires to be in us as a ray of light for others, a Father of the poor and a Comforter for all who suffer. However slow we are to learn, may He never cease to teach us in what real love consists. True love is always ready to forgive. It shames the strong by showing what the weak can do.

The greatest enemy of love is not hate, but indifference. The fire entrusted to us is not our human love of our fellow man, but God’s great Love for him, manifested by us. We spread it abroad by dying to sin and living ever closer to God. Sin is a triple crime against the divine Majesty: It is disobedience which neither respects His divine Law nor keeps His Commandments, it shows contempt for God and it is inconceivable ingratitude. We must not concern ourselves with our own small personal interests. Let us embrace the Universe! May the Holy Ghost give us a generous heart and fervent soul, and a loving spirit of sacrifice that our prayers, united through the whole world, will embrace His Will, for the redemption of all mankind!

Beloved Family, our motto should be to “Act, Love and Suffer.” A little while longer, and then Eternity! I assure you of my gratitude and daily remembrance at the Sacred Altar, as this is my privilege as a priest of Holy Mother the Church.

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, UKRAINE

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Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for Us!

Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

What a special blessing to receive your thoughtful and generous donation for our missionary outreach to the whole world! Your great charity touches the lives of each one of us!

Peace is a personal possession. It is not a virtue, but the effect of virtue and a Fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Heart of Mary at Bethlehem, Nazareth and on Calvary is an ocean of peace. Mary stands as the valiant Woman: adoring, forgiving and suffering with perfect patience and sacrificial silence. Through the Holy Rosary, we seek to fight and defeat the Goliath of Modernism, materialism and hate.

In our daily lives, there is scarcely anything more difficult than the constant practice of gentleness. The virtue of meekness or gentleness is a virtue by which we are in complete control of ourselves: our works, words and desires. Our Blessed Lord was gentleness itself. He asks us be like Him. How very different we are from Him when we lose our temper and give way to the passion or anger!

Christ drew all souls to Himself through His gentleness. We read in the Gospel where He attracted 5000 souls for three days, drawn by the charm of His personality and the solace of His gentle manner. For those who condemned Him to death, He had only the gentleness of silence. For those who crucified Him, He had the gentle words of pardon: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” May the Divine Heart of Jesus, make our hearts like unto His! When the storms are about to break in our lives, may we be comforted by His words: “Peace be to you!” Let us beg from Him, peace of mind, body, and soul.

From the fear of being humbled, O Lord, deliver us!
From the fear of being ridiculed, O Lord, deliver us!

When our self-love is cruelly wounded, do we answer back or do we keep silent? When laughed at and our wisdom is doubted by others, how do we respond? We must imitate our Sweet Savior and realize that the only success we must seek in this life is to be found in doing His Will!

All for Thee, my Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

One with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

PATTI MELVIN, Director – ULRA

Let us pray for one another.

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E-Mail: May 19, 2015

Good Afternoon Madam Patti,

Please be informed that, a few weeks ago, I received the first box you sent me and now I email the lists of new members enrolled in the ULRA from Surigao City, Philippines. It is a very exciting experience that my first request for the supplies through email was granted by your Association. I received a total of 135 Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals and St. Philomena cards. My husband and children joined me in enthusiastically distributing the Rosaries and St. Philomena cards to those who willingly accepted the Living Rosary. Thanks be to God that the new members likewise showed their excitement in joining the ULRA! At least through this humble work, we can multiply the numbers of Catholic faithful praying the Holy Rosary daily. We believe that the Holy Rosary is a powerful weapon against all evils in the society.

Likewise, the holy oil of St. Philomena continues to be an effective instrument that brings healing to those who are sick. It is really an amazing experience to ask the intercession of St. Philomena. Miracles and extraordinary events continue to flourish in my life and my family. Despite our economic difficulty because of financial crisis, our beloved St. Philomena continues to intercede for us that money mysteriously came to us to sustain our daily needs. It is unbelievable but it is really happening! Viva Saint Philomena! I hope and pray that people will experience the love of God through the intercession of St. Philomena and God will protect us against all tribulations and calamities.

Lastly, may I humbly request from your benevolent heart to please provide us another FOREX box for us to continue to propagate the Living Rosary to our brethren, especially to the poor souls in our community.

Thank you very much and God bless all of us more abundantly! Ad Jesum Per Mariam!

< Romelyn Bangoy – Surigao City, PHILIPPINES >

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ST. PHILOMENA, GOD’S GIFT TO THE MODERN WORLD! (Continued)

The anti-Christs will conspire with such malice, audacity and slander against Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church, not only in the cities amidst their vain, false enlightenments and their vehement disbelieving cries of slander, but even in the hamlets his reign will be marked by the infestation of this disgusting poison and impious vomit. He cries out to them: Listen to reason! Let your conscience be your guide! You do not need the priest; let every man be his own priest. These are the moralities which the body of pestilence sends to the people. It is the accursed weed which the enemy throws by the handful into the fields of Jesus Christ. And, sadly, we see the pitiable results. False prophets spring up with a roar to devour their prey. God’s Laws have fallen to scorn, souls are gorged with gold and silver, sanctuaries are profaned and the Holy Sabbath day provokes disdain. Fathers and mothers are insulted by their children, marriage is weakened by the abominations of adultery; incest has stained all classes, broken all barriers, trampled under foot nature itself and its most inviolate sacred rights.

Such is the fruit of our forgetfulness of God and the scorn with which we reject Him. What sad pangs wound our Mother, the Church! She has felt them in Her heart and to the depths of Her womb. The priesthood is humiliated, God’s way abandoned, the Church’s riches have become the prey of Her persecutors, the brilliance of Her glory is obscured and nearly extinguished. Those who remain faithful are scorned by friends, family and the world. Who will be raised up to console them? Our face is covered with confusion and suffering surrounds us like the waters of a vast sea. The Lord has harkened to His Church. He stands up in the middle of the boat. The winds and the tempest will always increase to serve the singular purpose of enhancing Her glory. Our Lord will never abandon Her. He commands the fury of the tempest. He calls to His aid the dust of a tomb. This dust is sacred but unknown. Dry bones of the dead are attentive to His words. And, in answer to our prayers and tears, He breathes a new Spirit of Life into these remains of death and they are revived. What a consolation! What a triumph for the Church and for Its true children! Yes, impiety lied to us when it said: The Lord sees not. He has abandoned the earth! Heaven replied with a single combatant. One of the stars, already in order, is detached to confound our enemies and console our hearts.

Contemplate the brightness of this light, which faith puts forth for our attention. Pains, persecutions, outrages, piracy and perhaps chains again, and swords eager for blood … what is all this to us if the Lord is for us? We see His Glory coming out of the foundations of the Church. St. Philomena appears to pour out balm on our wounds, soften our troubles and have us taste happiness in the midst of our tears. Her power is exercised with equal mastery over both body and soul. Nature and Grace hasten to obey her. Faith and morals take on a new life around her. God does not change from day to day. His word has a foundation more solid than the firmament itself. The day will come when the persecutors will blush and grow pale with shame. Hence, in the glorious revelation of St. Philomena, all is promise, all is consolation, and all is a mark of victory; a ray of hope comes forth a thousand times sweeter than honey.

The Church will never cease to offer the faithful the fruits of Her children, which grow on Calvary. The Cross is the most precious pledge of our predestination. It is our greatest gift!

How will the Scriptures be fulfilled? Persecution, ridicule and hatred suffered for the love of Jesus Christ and in His imitation: This is the miracle of the blessed in Heaven. The last days will especially abound with this kind of trial because they must reflect the image of the last days of Jesus Christ. Toward the end of time, there will always be an eye watching to protect the persecuted virtuous ones, the disciples of the Lamb sacrificed on the Cross. They will need Faith and Patience: Patience due to the war which Satan will be permitted to wage against all the Saints; Faith, as this will be their only means to victory. How will they persevere in the midst of such a war and not weaken with each new battle? God, in His goodness and mercy, will extend to them extraordinary graces in the days to come.

Some say the Faith is extinguished, and I say it as well, when looking down on many countries and peoples. It must be added that, in some countries, the torch of Faith is just beginning to shine with a lively brilliance. This is the fruit of miracles worked by Jesus Christ in the name of and by the fruits and merits of His Saints.

Divine Wisdom cries out: “HAVE FAITH! It is I who permit the fearful winds and storms. HAVE CONFIDENCE! It is I who permit the tides to rise. I will come at the moment you need Me. If I must move the heavens and the earth to make you triumph over your enemies, I will do it!”

How this hope consoles us! This lively confidence will allow us to walk without fear in the midst of assaults. If it is a question of our salvation, it is even more so for God’s Glory. If our weakness is great, His Power is that of God. It will be sufficient for us to enter into God’s Heart and draw from It the blessings reclaimed by our misery. St. Philomena comes not only to console us, but also to instruct us. The first is a lesson of humility. We see suddenly coming from a forgotten tomb fragments of clay, hardened by fire upon which are traced the signs of torment associated with the palm of glory. And, what did she do to merit these honors? She humiliated herself unto death. We see the hardened blood which has shined with the brilliance of the most precious gems. We may speculate many things of this virgin-martyr, but the one thing we know, without doubt, is that she lived and died for Jesus Christ. We know that, at times, God chooses the things that are not, or that seem to be nothing, to confound what is, or that which believes itself to be something.

In the case of St. Philomena, God could not have chosen any better: A child! A woman! A virgin! In a century as corrupt as ours, virginity is a condition largely ridiculed by the world. Fifteen hundred years in profound obscurity. Her martyrdom is considered to be a futile heroism, and often passed over as a fool’s action in our day.

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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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