Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday May 27, 2015

Dear Pattie,

Greetings from the Catholic Diocese of Gbarnga, Liberia!

Thank you very much for all the gifts you have sent me through Mr. James Doe of Monrovia.

I am a chronic devotee to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to Her Holy Rosary.

James and I are discussing how we can help many people in my Diocese and elsewhere to seriously pray the Holy Rosary.

During the Ebola onslaught on Liberia, almost every sector of my diocese prayed the Rosary for 90 consecutive days. Today, Liberia has been declared Ebola free. Glory to God and honor to the Blessed Virgin Mary!

May God bless you all generously as you relentless spread devotion to Our Blessed Mother through the recitation of the Holy Rosary!

Let us keep in touch as much as possible. In Jesus and Mary,

Bishop Anthony Borwah
Bishop of Gbarnga, Liberia

EBOLA-BORWAH Oct-19-2014

Bishop says Ebola makes Liberians feel 'God has forsaken us again'

By Bronwen Dachs, Catholic News Service

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) — A Liberian bishop unable to attend the Synod of Bishops on the family has urged his fellow bishops to use their influence to help West African families in their enormous suffering caused by Ebola.

"It is the poor who have been most harmed" by the Ebola outbreak that, since March, has killed more than 4,500 people, "and it is the poor who are the church's priority," said Bishop Borwah, who was set to represent the Liberian bishops' conference at the synod. With restrictions on travel from Ebola-affected countries, Bishop Borwah was unable to get to Rome.

"We are losing our humanity in the face of Ebola," Bishop Borwah said, noting that "this disease makes impossible ordinary human kindnesses, such as putting your arm around someone who is crying." "Serious effort from church leaders to stand with us in our human misery" would help the people of affected West African countries.

"The influence of the church can cause a lot be done for the sick, who are poor," he said.

"Material help is needed as well as prayers for those who are dying of disease and hunger," he said.

The disease has placed "huge constraints on families," the bishop said, noting that schools have been closed since early August, when a state of emergency was declared.

Markets, where in normal times trading takes place, are largely empty, and many offices have closed, leaving people unable to work, he said.

"To be able to feed one's family is a very basic human need," and most Liberians are no longer able "even to put one meal on the table every day," he said.

Of the countries that pledged money to a trust fund to fight Ebola set up by the United Nations in September, only Colombia has paid, giving $100,000.

As well as being "hungry and angry," Liberians are "fast losing hope," Bishop Borwah said.

Before the Ebola outbreak, the local church was focused on healing the wounds caused by the civil war that ended 10 years ago, leaving Liberia in economic ruin and awash with weapons, he said.

"People are still recovering from many years of war and are very poor. And now, in our new tragic situation, these wounds that were healing have been opened and made more painful," he said.

"During the war, you were still able to bury your dead. With Ebola, you can't even be with your sick; you can't say goodbye to your loved ones," he said.

"The pain people are going through now, when they cannot do this, is beyond words," he said, noting that "we are a broken-hearted people."

Because Ebola is spread through direct contact with infected bodily fluids, cultural traditions — including washing the bodies of the dead and greeting people affectionately — have been put on hold.

"Funerals, which have the benefit of bringing families together in mourning, no longer take place. This, also, is tearing families apart," Bishop Borwah said.

With Liberia's national Catholic Ebola response team focusing largely on medical help and prevention programs, the Diocese of Gbarnga is working on food distribution. The price of rice and other basic foods has risen sharply as a result of the Ebola outbreak.

Aware of the need to have a holistic approach, the church in Liberia has tasked its justice and peace commission with monitoring violations of human rights "that are particularly prevalent in times of crisis."

"There is a lot of anger" among Liberians, mostly aimed at people in positions of leadership and power, as well as "a feeling that God has forsaken us again."

"The key to survival is to restore our humanity; As a church, we need to look at ways to do this, focusing on long-term solutions," he said.

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Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you for your wonderfully generous donation which enables us to reach countless souls with the Sacramentals of Our Blessed Mother and the timeless Truths of the Catholic Faith. God’s Mother is our Mother! What a world of meaning are in these words! What consolation and hope! Why should we ever have any fear or uncertainty, knowing that we have such a powerful, kind and loving Mother watching over us at all times? We have only to ask for her help.

We have enrolled you in a Novena of Sacred Masses being offered in the Holy Land this month. May God reward you eternally!

The Heart of Jesus is that of the Good Shepherd, Who having one hundred sheep and losing one, leaves the ninety nine to search for the one who is lost. Though He is God, He left His Home in Heaven where He was perfectly happy and came to earth to lead a life of suffering in order to save man from the eternal misery which awaited him.

Christ traveled through towns and villages, teaching in the synagogues, freely healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, and raising the very dead to life. He took upon Himself the sins of mankind and the punishment we merited. The angels beheld the spectacle of a God scourged, crowned with thorns, carrying a heavy cross and put to death. All this for a sinful, ungrateful mankind! The sacrifice God made of His Life imposes demanding obligations on us in our conduct toward our fellow man. The disciples were ignorant in many ways and very imperfect. One betrayed Him with a kiss, another denied Him and all, but John, abandoned Him. Still, He never humiliated them or was impatient with them. His charity could not be shaken. After His Resurrection, He was as loving towards them as if they had never offended Him. He saw each man as loved by the Father, just as he was, in spite of his failings. We cannot look for the ideally perfect man before we offer him our charity. We are asked to love one another, not for the good that we may find in them, but for God’s sake! We are asked to love one another as God has loved us.

May the example of Jesus inspire us to be kind and indulgent to all who come in our path! Everyone is worthy of our love! Let us prove our love for God by sacrificing ourselves for others.

One with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,


Let us pray for one another.

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Dear Mother Patti,

It has been a long time since I communicated with you. I have been unable to e-mail you through the internet café because there was a restriction by the government for us not to make any public gathering. Now, I have returned to the city and I will be finding ways for us to communicate. Even though the Ebola is still in our midst, Brother Peter told me that they have quarantined him in a village all this while. So he has been unable to get access to communicate with you. He asked me to inform you that as soon as the government lifts the quarantine ban on the village, he will communicate with you.

Secondly, all the boxes that you had sent during the Ebola crisis, I did not receive even one. I made a follow up and was told that all the boxes are in France, because there were no flights coming in to bring them. Mrs. Kanu has delivered this letter to your England Center. She is one of your members. We are attending the same church here in Freetown and we are also in the same organization. She was sharing so many items in church regarding the Living Rosary Association. I met her and introduced myself as the coordinator. She was very happy. I decided to give her this letter, some registration forms, photos for delivering to you. Please give her a small box when returning to Freetown because the flight that they are taking will come straight to Freetown. Please send a camera battery for me.

We need your prayers for our country as this deadly Ebola virus has crippled us and killed so many.

Yours sincerely,

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Heaven and Hell are locked in mortal combat and earth shakes from the shock of the encounter; but no one feels it, no one sees it, no one hears it, no one cares! The salvation of my soul is the most imperative and urgent objective of my life on earth. It is the greatest and grandest occupation in which I can engage. In fact, I am here for no other purpose.

The Brown Scapular is a Sacramental of the Church; it is a Gift from Heaven and a symbol of salvation. A True Child of Mary is NEVER LOST! Those who are clothed in the Scapular are under the protection and sanctifying mantle of the Mother of God. It is a safeguard in danger, whether physical or moral; it invites its wearer to penance and purity, and shields him from Satan and sin!!! The Brown Scapular marks the militia of the Immaculate One. Mary’s livery is the Brown Scapular. To serve Mary is the highest privilege and pledge of eternal salvation. The Brown Scapular, the Garment of Mary Immaculate, is a constant call to modesty in dress and conduct, a silent protest against present-day permissiveness and a hidden appeal to reparation for the insolent nakedness of proud Neo-Paganism! The Brown Scapular is like a hair-shirt, a mild reminder of the need of constant mortification. We are all but infants in virtue and helpless as babes in the woods of this bleak world. We stand in dire need of Our Mother’s unconditional love and care. Our utter helplessness and misery is our claim to her undying protection. The Brown Scapular is a mirror of humility and chastity: the epitome of modesty and simplicity, an eloquent symbol of unceasing prayer, a Total Consecration to the Mother of God. We cannot unite with others in this battle for the Triumph of Christ the King at the cost of TRUTH! What is needed is a unity of prayer! To a faithless world, Our Blessed Mother comes offering us a choice: Death in Life or Life after Death!

“The ultimate Goal of the Requests of Our Lady of Fatima is the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart! It is thought by experts who were convoked by the Bishop of Fatima that the Conversion of Russia would not only be a Sign of that Triumph, but that much of the leadership and drive of the spiritual renewal which will characterize this Triumph will come from Russia!”

There is a great deal of urgency as well as finality to the Fatima Message: Men must cease offending God, Who is already too much offended! Thus, the formula for the Triumph is centered around the offering up of the sacrifices demanded by our state in life and deepening our devotion to Mary by Consecration, the Rosary and the Scapular. Each of these parts is closely related; like the four legs of a chair, all four are needed. It is useless to ask which one is more important than the other. All four make up the solid basis for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the individual and for all the world. The sign of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Scapular, is silent! And, yet, the Scapular has been the vehicle of more numerous miracles and favors than any other sign the world has ever known. We must strive for the virtues which this Holy Habit signifies: simplicity, humility, faith, trust, love of God and union with Him. We should kiss the Scapular often. Pope Benedict XV granted 500 days indulgence each time we kiss our Scapular. The Sabbatine Privilege was first promulgated by Pope John XXII and was subsequently promulgated by nine other Popes.

What is the remedy needed today? How beautiful that we do know this with absolute clarity, for this remedy has been given to us by God Himself: BEHOLD THY MOTHER! It is His last will and testament to us. IT IS FOR TODAY! We must have an immense increase of devotion to God’s Holy Mother. Mary Immaculate is the Mediatrix and Co-Redemptrix of the human race and God’s Peace resides within her Immaculate Heart! We seek in vain for it elsewhere. “Devotion to Mary must be the prominent characteristic of our religion. Jesus is obscured because Mary is kept in the background. Thousands of souls perish because Mary is withheld from them. It is the miserable, unworthy shadow which we call our devotion to the Blessed Virgin that is the cause of all our wants and blights. It is at the root of our decline! If Mary were but known how much happier, how much holier, how much less worldly we would be and how much more we would be living images of Our Lord and Savior, her dearest and most Blessed Son!” (Father F.W. Faber – November 21, 1862)

Each of us must be aglow within, shining without, ardent for love of God and our fellow man; ardent in prayer, brilliant in action; ardent for the Glory of God and luminous with charity for our neighbor. But, where are we to light our torch and obtain the fire which must enkindle the hearts of men? It must be in the furnace of the Holy Heart of the Mother of Fair Love! Her Heart will inflame the hearts of the just and, at the same time, set fire to the hearts of sinners!

Don’t hold back! The Church is the Family of God. It is a Universal Church. There is no such thing as a spiritual step-
child. Be an intimate part of the Family! Don’t be afraid to turn to Mary, your Mother. Abundant are the graces and powerful the blessings which come to us through her Immaculate Heart. Open your arms and your heart, and receive them all. Sign up for the Scapular Confraternity, it is part of your Family inheritance!

With all our hearts, we praise thee, O Mother of God!
Hail Mary, Daughter of God the Father!
Hail Mary, Mother of God the Son!
Hail Mary, Spouse of the Holy Ghost!
Hail Mary, Temple of the Divinity!
Hail Mary, Immaculate Lily of the resplendent Trinity!
Hail Mary, Queen of the Universe, to whom all power has been given in Heaven and on Earth!
Hail Mary, Queen of my heart, my Mother, my Life, my Consolation and my Hope!


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Act of Consecration to

Mary, Queen and Mother of Carmel, I come today to consecrate myself entirely to Thee. To Thee as the Mother of Grace, I owe all that I am and all that I have, and my whole life is a small return for the many graces and blessings that have come from God to me through thy hands. Since thou regardest with an eye of special kindness those who wear thy Scapular, I implore thee to strengthen my weakness with thy power, to enlighten my mind with thy wisdom, to increase in me Faith, Hope and Charity that I may render, day by day, my debt of humble homage to thee.

May thy Scapular keep thine eyes of mercy turned towards me and bring me thy special protection in the daily struggle to be faithful to thy Divine Son and to thee.

May it separate me from all that is sinful in life and remind me constantly of my duty to behold thee and to clothe me with thy virtues. From henceforth, I shall strive to live in the sweet companionship of thy spirit, to offer all to Jesus through thee and to make my life the mirror of thy humility, charity, patience, meekness and prayerfulness.

O dearest Mother, support me by thy never failing love that I, an unworthy sinner, may come one day to exchange thy Scapular for the wedding garment of Heaven and dwell with thee and the Saints of Carmel in the Kingdom of thy Son. Amen.

O, Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Pray for Us!

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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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