Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Thank you for very kind donation for the work of the Living Rosary in the world today. With great sorrow, we watch the earthquake in Taiwan. Every disaster is a special call from God to come closer to His Sacred Heart.

In our day, men are arrogant and think that they are able to manage their lives without God’s help or His Grace. How we deceive ourselves! Without Him, we have no light, no strength, no virtue nor the necessary talent to conduct our affairs with any success.

Mary is our Model, faithful always to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit: attentive, docile and obedient to His impulses. Mary had a degree of Grace far superior to the greatest Saints. She lived in a state of perfect union with God, which is our ideal and the goal of all our efforts. Mary teaches us that the great secret of quickly reaching union with God is entire detachment from creatures, especially that creature we love so dearly, ourselves!

Mary lived only for God. Studying Her life, we see that only one thing motivated Her: the Glory of God and the interests of Jesus, and of souls. In Her humble, hidden life, in Her work, in Her poverty and in all the privations and sufferings She had to undergo, She was always ready to advance, totally oblivious of Her suffering, wholly given to the fulfilling of the Divine Will. It was the Holy Ghost Who guided Her, urged Her, and sustained Her; and Her secret was to let herself be ruled and moved by Him in everything.

Just as the Blessed Virgin conceived the Son of God by the operation of the Holy Ghost, so all Her actions were begun by His inspirations. This is just how our lives should be lived. We must imitate Mary and eliminate from our lives everything that is the fruit of our egoism, self-love or pride and do only the things that are inspired by Grace under the impulse of the Holy Spirit.

Mary, be my Model, be my Guide!

Our prayers are¬ with you both day and night.

PATTI MELVIN, Director – ULRA

Let us pray for one another.

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“WHY MUST I SUFFER?”

(By Father John Hugo – 1952)

We need not be very old in this world to realize there are few days in which “Everything’s going our way!” To be genuinely happy, we must be able to take all the trials of life with stride, calmness and even joy. If you suffer, you may be bitter, wonder why you must be afflicted and feel that God is punishing you. You are a burden to others and that is painful for you. If God is Good, why must you suffer? The pagan cannot explain suffering. To him, it is cruel, stupid, unmeaningful and without any possible value. If we wish to keep our equilibrium in this world, we must learn to face quietly and calmly sickness, pain and death.

Job was not a sinner, but a just man; yet, he suffered. We see then that suffering is not a question of our sins, but an opportunity to make reparation for the sins of others, satisfy Divine Justice, and prepare the way for a new outpouring of Divine Mercy upon our brethren. Suffering plays a large part in our sanctification.

To be a child of God, we must cease to be children of the earth. To be a citizen of Heaven, we must relinquish our citizenship here below. We must become holy for only the holy can see God. In the face of suffering, do we recoil and say to God: “No, no, I am quite content as I am; I do not cherish any dizzy ambition to be a saint. Don’t cut and hew, and grind and polish me!”

HOW TO BECOME A BUTTERFLY?

The seed is transformed into a plant. The birds of the air hatch from an egg. We, too, are destined for a lofty future. We must adapt ourselves to the divine world, and learn a wholly supernatural mode of living. The pleasures of this world are transient and bring no lasting happiness. When we are sick, we can hardly live for the things of this world. We have seen the lowly caterpillar clothe itself in the dark cocoon or chrysalis, only to emerge into a lovely butterfly. We are born natural men, with natural faculties with an inclination to satisfy ourselves with earthly goods. St. John the Baptist said, “He must grow and I must decrease.”

Our life here on earth, with its arduous duties, self-denial and unending trials, is a kind of death, a mortification or dying, and may aptly be compared to the chrysalis. If we are sick, we must submit to the law of spiritual growth already at operation in us. Meanwhile, the Germ of a higher life, Sanctifying Grace, is planted in our souls. The law of Grace attracts us ever more to the Love of God and the things of God. We have scarcely begun to enjoy this world when we must begin to give up its pleasures. Yet, how many are forcefully attracted to the goods of this world? Love of the world swiftly and disastrously ends in our ruin. The most painful suffering of a soul is not so much the separation of loved ones but their total loss of affection and concern. Our love for them must be changed, transformed and divinized. After a brief separation, we look for the resurrection and eternal life.

God, Our Heavenly Father exhorts us: Be still, little caterpillar! Enter into the deathlike cocoon which is spun by suffering and trial; soon you will emerge equipped to fly! Be patient, little nugget of unrefined gold, while the dross of earthly affection is purged from you by the fire of affliction; in this way, you will become a vessel capable of receiving the Godhead. “Whom the Lord loveth, He chastiseth!”

Stand firm unyielding stone, while the Divine Sculptor, using the sharp sufferings of life, chisels and carves you into a veritable saint! By means of this heavy sorrow, you, a child of man, are being changed into a true child of God! Try, O try, to look to the glory ahead!

Say with St. Paul: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what great things God hath prepared for them that love Him.”

MY LORD AND MY GOD!

Prayer in Time of Sickness: Almighty and most merciful God, I humbly beseech Thee to support me in my illness and, if it is in accordance with Thy Holy Will, to restore me again to health that I may labor for Thy Glory and the attainment of more perfect sanctity. Compassionate Lord Jesus, have mercy upon me now, but especially in my last sickness, and upon all those whom Thou hast visited with sickness unto death. Blessed Mother of God and all ye holy Saints, intercede for me that I may pass through this time of trial so as to purify my soul from the smallest faults and, thus, at the hour of my departure from this world, be worthy to enter the joys of a glorious eternity. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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HOLINESS THROUGH MARY (contd.)

Desirous of growing in the love of God, the Child of Mary consecrates himself fervently to Her and frequently renews his consecration in ejaculatory form: “I am all thine, my Queen, my Mother, and all that I have is thine.” In this way, he tries to reduce the thought of Mary’s ever-present influence in the soul to such methodical and vivid practice that the soul may, to quote St. Louis de Montfort, be said “to breathe Mary as the body breathes air.” In the exercises of his devotional life, he endeavors to identify himself with Mary and through Her to meditate on all the Mysteries of Redemption. When he attends Mass or receives Holy Communion, while visiting the Blessed Sacrament or saying the Rosary, during the Stations of the Cross or other exercises of piety, he strives after Mary’s faith, hope and love; he wishes his sentiments to be Her sentiments; his desires to be Hers; his words, Her words and so on.

In everything he does, he attempts to imitate Her; time and time again, he thanks Her for all She has done for him; when his soul is uplifted, he rejoices with Her; when his spirit is depressed, he sorrows with Her. He is never satisfied that he has studied Her sufficiently; never content that, in his prayer, he has penetrated to the farthest recess of Her perfect soul. No prayer or work of the spiritual life is bereft of some little thought of Her: All is done in the spirit of dependence on Her. He is so filled with the idea and the spirit of Mary that complete union exists between his soul and Hers. They are, in practice, but one soul. He strives to lose himself in Mary; his ideal is to share in the greatest possible fashion in all the virtues of Her Immaculate Heart and, therefore, in the power of Her prayer. He tries to be another Mary, and because of that desire and his sincere efforts to render it effective, She swiftly transforms him into the likeness of Her Son. Moreover, in and through him who has become so replete with Her own spirit, Mary mothers souls. Not only does he see and serve Christ in them, but Mary herself does so with the same matchless love and tender care She bestowed on the actual body of Her Jesus long ago. To be a living copy of Mary – that is the aim and the ideal of every member. To strive after that ideal is his first and most sacred obligation to this great modern Army of the Mother of God. By being faithful to that first duty, he is at least doing his part towards making the whole Army capable of bringing Mary to the world that She may first give it light and eventually set it ablaze.

Because he works for Mary, the gift of himself and of his work is the choicest he can offer. His work is characterized by unique intensity and spirited zeal, by the utmost skill and holy strategy. He is not a mere instrument of Mary’s action; he is a co-worker with Her for the sanctification of the souls for whom Her Son gave His Life. He gives what he can: his action, capacity, powers and all of himself; Mary gives what She can: Her purity, Her powers, all of Herself. If he does his share, Mary never fails him. Knowing this, he is convinced that the fate of any particular task may rightly be said to depend completely on him. Therefore, he brings to it everything he has to give: holiness, intelligence, strength, method, perseverance and every other quality of the apostolate.

The Saints have said continually that one must pray as if all depended on that prayer and nothing on one’s own efforts; and then, that one must strive as if absolutely everything depended on that striving. Results will be forthcoming only in so far as our work for souls is carried on with boundless faith and intense and methodical effort. Trust in Mary must never become an excuse for lack of exertion in work for souls. The issue hangs entirely on grace, and grace will be forfeited by one who offers Mary a bargaining, calculating spirit. Such a spirit, often expressed by a phrase such as “How little need I do to acquit myself of this task?” betokens lack of self-surrender and of a lack of capacity for grace. The only sure way to achieve anything great for God, whether in the spiritual life or the apostolate, is the way of limitless exertion. Whether the task be great or small, he must be prepared to throw supreme effort into it. He knows that he is not working for results; as far as he is concerned they do not matter. What is important is that he is Mary’s slave, working for Her; what She wishes to do with his efforts does not concern him; he knows everything will be disposed of to the best advantage according to God’s Will. Therefore, he gives Mary the best that is in him, even though it may seem ever so small. If he does that, he knows that he merits Mary’s co-operation. If She sees that a miracle is needed, then a miracle will be performed. Even though his share may be utterly insignificant, so long as it is done with a heart full of willing love. Mary will endow that feeble motion with the result of a giant’s strength. Not only faith but experience proves that if, when he has done everything possible in the circumstances and still success seems at a distance. Our Lady will span that distance thus bringing their work together to the perfect ending.

No fragment of what is done for Mary is ever wasted. She uses everything to supply the many needs of the Mystical Body of Her Son. Just as once She cared for the home of Nazareth, using with wisdom and discretion the humble earnings of Her carpenter-spouse, so does She now care for the myriad needs of the Church of Her Son. Her design and purpose embrace all the vast horizons of the souls of men; everything given to Her She applies where it is needed most. On the other hand, if one who should be working with Her falls short in what he might reasonably be expected to give, Mary’s desire to bestow graces with motherly largesse is frustrated. Reliance on Mary can obviously never justify insufficient exertion or slipshod methods.

The Child of Mary must give to the utmost of his capacity, only looking to Mary to supplement, purify, perfect, super-naturalize the natural, and enable weak human effort to achieve what is impossible to it. Mary cannot be expected to supply what the member refuses to give; trust in and dependence on Her do not dispense him from the effort, method, patience and thought which he can and ought to provide.

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THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

The rational man needs the Mass to pay Almighty God the debt of homage and adoration he owes Him. The grateful man needs the Mass to pay his debt of thanksgiving. The sinful man, and who among us is without sin, needs the Mass to propitiate God’s Justice and to pay his debt of satisfaction.

The needy man needs the Mass, that praying with Jesus Christ and through Him, he may offer a prayer that is worthy of being heard and, thus, discharge his duty and debt of petition.

At the hour of death, the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon. At every Mass, you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins. Assisting devoutly at Mass, you render the Sacred Humanity of Jesus, the greatest homage. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions. He forgives you all the venial sins you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all the unknown sins you have never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.

By hearing Mass, you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief. One Mass heard by you, during life, will be of more benefit to you than many offered for you after death. Holy Mass preserves you from many dangers and misfortunes that would otherwise befall you. You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass and win for yourself a higher degree of glory in Heaven. At Mass, you kneel amidst the multitude of Angels who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe. You receive the priest’s blessing which Our Lord Himself ratifies in Heaven. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

Nihil Obstat: P. L. Biermann, Censor Librorum.
Imprimatur: X George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago

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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.

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