|GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST! Dear Members, Benefactors and Apostles,
We greet you with love and gratitude. Please do not let anyone be discouraged that they might be too late in sending to us the names of family, friends and beloved dead for the Lenten Bouquet of Masses. Our Easter is celebrated on May 1. The Holy Masses for our members will be continued up and through this date. In the Eastern Church, we never forget to pray for our departed loved ones. In this way, the living are comforted, reminded of the brevity of this life and encouraged to do penance in order to detach themselves from the material goods which bind them to this earth.
Easter is the summit of the Mystery of the Sacred Liturgy! The individual who is happy enough to enter, with his whole mind and heart, into the knowledge and love of the Paschal Mystery, has reached the very center of the supernatural life. All is a preparation for Easter. The human race was dead and the gates of Hell were shut against it. On Easter, the Son of God rises from the dead and takes possession of Eternal Life.
The features of His human body delighted the eye as it was now endowed with glorious qualities: the Brightness of His glorified Body made Him resplendent; He possessed Impassibility whereby His Body was no longer subject to suffering and death but was now adorned with Immortality of Life. His glorified Body was endowed with Agility, whereby He was able to pass from one place to another instantly and without effort in the twinkling of an eye. For those to whom He appeared after His Resurrection, He said: “See Me! Touch Me! Feel! It is I, indeed!”
During the 40 days, Christ remained on earth after His Resurrection. He spoke to the apostles of the Kingdom of God. He redeemed man by His Blood and His Victory over death; He wrought reconciliation between Heaven and earth – all that now remained to be done was the organization of the Church.
Three things were needed by the Church in order that She might carry on Her mission: a constitution framed by the very Hand of God, whereby She would become a visible and permanent Society; the possession of all the Truths which Her Divine Lord came upon earth to reveal or confirm and, in this, is included the right to teach and to preach infallibly; thirdly, the means whereby She was to apply to souls the fruits of the Sacrifice of the Cross, the Graces of Salvation and Sanctification. Hierarchy, Doctrine and Sacraments are the subjects upon which Our Lord instructed the Apostles during these 40 days before His Ascension into Heaven. They eagerly listened to all He had to say, for they knew He was to leave them soon.
It is true that forty days after His Resurrection, the God-Man is to withdraw His visible presence from the world. He is not to be seen again on earth until the Last Day, when He will come again to judge the living and the dead. Even so, He could never abandon mankind, for whom He offered Himself on the Cross. We were to have the Church. It is to the Church He would leave His Authority and all the Truths He had taught; it is the Church that He made the dispenser of all the means of Salvation which He had destined for the world. The Church is a Society, unto which all mankind is invited to be members. This Society is the Spouse of Christ. It is by Her, He produces the elect. Outside of Her bosom, there is no salvation. “Thou art Peter and upon this rock, I will build My Church, feed My lambs!” “The gates of Hell shall not prevail against My Church.” Therefore, let the Church show Herself, take Her stand, and spread throughout the length and breadth of all Nations.
Let us give thanks to Jesus, Our Divine Shepherd. The authority, strength and unity of the Church come from Him Who is Her infinitely powerful and merciful Shepherd! What is needed now are strong and united lay people in every parish, well informed, resolute and courageous, true apostles, who by their lives of holiness teach and preach the Faith to all those around them. Faithful souls through whose prayers, sacrifices and sufferings, bring the fruits of Our Lord’s Passion to those in distant lands who know not their Savior, and souls consecrated to the Mother of God reaching out to the world with Her Sacramentals and maternal love, that they might find Her crucified Jesus and, through Him, eternal salvation.
By His Death, may we have eternal life! We are remembering you at the Sacred Altar in a special way during the Easter Octave and the weeks that follow. May your families have peace and may you be filled with the fearlessness, strength and courage needed to resist the evil by which you are surrounded and persevere do the end in the Grace and Love of Jesus Crucified!
I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:
+ In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Fr. IVAN KOLODIY
|Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Thank you so much for your very generous donation which is such a splendid help in reaching out with Our Lady’s Sacramentals and printed materials. Through this means, the souls they reach will live in Mary’s Heart, love what She loves, and desire what She desires. God will be glorified and you will be blessed eternally!
Our participation in the great Militia of the Immaculata during this most critical time in the course of history is the greatest privilege and the most singular blessing. It is an incredibly sobering responsibility. We are engaged in a battle against the principalities of Hell and it is a fight to the death. In order to obtain victory for Our Queen, we must be generous, courageous and heroic in our efforts, and keep in top spiritual fitness. The sacred Fountain of the Sacrament of Penance pours out upon souls the Most Precious Blood of Jesus that we may be purified from all stain of sin and find the sweet peace of divine strength. It gives us new ardor to move forward on the path of intimacy with Christ.
Through the embracing Arms of God’s Mercy, we are lifted up to merit salvation by the power of His Most Precious Blood. Our hearts are softened, bad habits weakened, dispositions are changed, new habits are infused and entanglements are untied.
How powerful the Sacrament of Penance is to restore peace to the troubled soul! We must ask God to help us make a good Confession. The Grace obtained for us in this Sacrament is that of absolute purity and delicacy of conscience so essential for intimate union with God. We consider here those things which separate us from the Love of God: disobedience, distraction, resentment, contempt for others and harsh judgement of them.
Too late have I loved Thee, O Beauty Divine! O Eternal Charity, I dedicate to Thee all my works; I consecrate to Thee all my labors; I seek Thee in all, love Thee above all, and live united with Thee, Who art my All in AIl!
Our prayers are¬ with you both day and night.
PATTI MELVIN, Director – ULRA
Let us pray for one another.
|The Living Rosary – Pakistan Center – February 2016On 13th February, I left for St. Mary’s Parish, Sukkur. Father Francis Anwar, who was newly transferred from Hyderabad, had invited me to visit some areas of his parish. We started our journey on the 14th morning and reached Khairpur which is about 15 miles from Sukkur. After the Sunday readings, I was invited to speak about the readings and also introduce the Living Rosary. After the Holy Mass, people were enrolled in the Living Rosary and given their Decade cards, Rosaries, Miraculous Medals, booklets, pamphlets, etc.
We then crossed Sukkur, and went to Saints Peter and Paul Church, Panoaqil Cantonment which is about 29 miles from Sukkur. This cantonment area is said to be the largest in Pakistan and a nice Church has been built here with the help of the army. Here, after the Holy Mass, I was given time to introduce the Living Rosary and its aim. Then, the people were enrolled in the Living Rosary and they were given Decade cards and Rosaries. The Miraculous Medals, booklets and pamphlets were also distributed to the new members.
From Pano Aqil, we left for St. Francis Xavier Church, Daharki which is about 47 miles. As we started our journey, I had a severe cough that worried Fr. Francis and the person with us. I drank nearly half of the cough syrup from the bottle in intervals and yet there was no relief. Father stopped the car at a road side hotel and we had some tea from there. Thank God, I could get some relief after having the tea. Fr. Francis went to church and advised me to take some rest in the parish house. After the Holy Mass, he sent for me and I explained about the Living Rosary, its aim and then enrolled people who wanted to say their Decade Daily. They were given Decade cards, Rosaries and other devotional items. We were back to the parish house at about 9 p.m.
From Sukkur, I went to Hyderabad on 16th. Mr. Boota Masih took me to the Immaculate Conception Church, Kotri where we had been invited by Rev. Fr. Gull. After the Holy Mass, I introduced the Living Rosary and enrolled the people in the Living Rosary Family.
Then, we went to St. Francis Xavier Church, Sikandarabad. Once again after the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Gull, I introduced the Living Rosary, its aim and then distributed DD cards, Rosaries to the the people who enrolled in the Living Rosary. They were also given Miraculous Medals, booklets and pamphlets.
From the 17th to the 22nd, I visited the Unique School System, St. Luke’s Church, Grace Town where Fr. Paulus offered the Holy Mass, St. John’s Elementary School, Kaalimori and St. Bonaventure School where I introduced the Living Rosary and talked on the history and importance of the Rosary. The lady in-charge of the school was a Muslim, who took a Rosary, the books and promised to say a Decade after she learns it. It was time to return home, so in the evening I got the train and reached next morning.
On 22nd evening, I left for Gujranwala. I stay the night there and, next day, I went to St. Mary’s School, Saleem Colony on the invitation of Sr. Nazi Gabriel. She is a devotee to St. Philomena and requested me to tell about the life of St. Philomena also. So, I talked about the founding of the Living Rosary by Ven. Pauline Jaricot, its purpose and then the life of St. Philomena and her miracle in the life of Ven. Pauline Jaricot. St. Catherine Rosary Group was also invited by Sr. Nazi. They were all enrolled in the Living Rosary Family and were given Decade cards, Rosaries, Miraculous Medals, booklets and pamphlets. Small children were given Miraculous Medals only and the teachers and Rosary group were given large pictures.
Then, I went to the Education School, Chanda Qila. Sr. Nazi had sent someone on the motor bike to drop me there but it was not easy sitting and holding the bag also. Thank God, we reached safely. Mr. Waris, the owner of the school, had invited parents of students also because I wanted to spread the Message of the Rosary.
At all the places that the Living Rosary was introduced, the people were enrolled and given Decade cards, Rosaries, booklets and pamphlets. People and students were very happy and the priests, religious sisters and other persons who were with me were very thankful to the Living Rosary.
I returned home at about 10 p.m. Thank you and our dear benefactors for supporting me in this mission of reaching souls with the Living Rosary and Our Lady’s Sacramentals. God bless all of you!
AFZAAL – PAKISTAN
|Dear Mrs. Patti Melvin,Thank you for sending this latest material along with the additional prayer cards I requested. I immediately shared the booklet on Love and Suffering with one of my fellow inmates here. The next time I saw him, he thanked me, saying the material helped him resolve a difficult problem he was going through privately. I expect you will be hearing from Peter soon.
I look forward to taking the prayer cards with me to Mass tomorrow. Much of my focus and attention right now is reaching out to the Catholic community here that has fallen away from the Faith for one reason or another. 42% of the prison population claim to be Catholic. Most of them prefer to attend the Protestant services because they are more FUN. It is fine if Christians get together to socialize, but we must bear in mind that there is a war going on at the spiritual level and everything is at stake! I will constantly promote the Living Rosary here and everything you send to me goes to bring souls back to God.
The work you are doing is just wonderful and I am always inspired when I read the material you send. At the same time, it is also a kind of crutch for me since I am shy and it is hard for me to talk to others about religion and know the right thing to say. Instead, I offer them a pamphlet or booklet which I receive from you. Your stuff is really eye-catching and well received! By God’s Grace, our efforts have made a big difference in this unit.
I first arrived here in 2011 and we were lucky to see a dozen show up for Mass. Since we have been working and spreading the Living Rosary, we now have 20 or 30 at Mass regularly. I can’t take much credit, but I will do what I can to keep it rolling. It seems to me when people are bent on getting drunk, what they really want is the Eucharist; and when they are being promiscuous, they really long for marriage.
It occurs to me that so many of our youth belong to gangs because they are seeking to belong to a community that cares about them. This community is the Mystical Body of Christ. The Church has so much to offer them. Thank you for helping us to learn our Faith and live it.
Richard – TX
“That thou mightest open the eyes of the blind, and bring forth the prisoner out of prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” (Isaiah 42:7)
|MOTHER OF GOD!
All the splendors of participation in Divine Life, which Grace produces in our souls, are realized in Mary with a prominence, a force and a realism, wholly singular! The Triune God communicated Himself to her in the highest degree possible for a simple creature. Mary’s dignity, according to St. Thomas, “touches on the threshold of the Infinite.”
When Adam, deprived of the state of grace, was driven from Paradise, only one ray of hope illumined the darkness of fallen humanity: “I will put enmities between thee and the woman,” God said to the serpent, “and … She shall crush thy head.” She will always be the spotless and immaculate one belonging wholly to God: whom He will introduce into the circle of His Divine Family by bonds of the closest intimacy with each of the three divine Persons: “Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, Spouse of the Holy Ghost.” Mary lived her divine filiation in humble dependence and loving adherence to God’s every desire.
Mary lived not only God’s manifest Will, but His Will of permission, as seen by her loving acceptance of all: the long journey to Bethlehem when She was about to bring into the world the Son of God, the poor humble shelter of the stable, the flight into Egypt by night, the loss of Jesus in the temple, a life of poverty and weariness, and finally the disgrace of the Passion and Death of her beloved Son on Calvary. What an example of humble dependence on God, absolute fidelity to His Will, perseverance in spite of the difficulties and sacrifices She had to encounter!
“Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy Will.”
Mary lived only for God. We never see her influenced by selfish motives or by personal interest; only one thing moved her: the Glory of God and the interests of Jesus and of souls. All of Mary’s greatness and glory are explained in the light of her divine maternity; furthermore, her very existence is explained by her predestination to this high office. We love and honor Mary because She is the Mother of God. Our devotion to her makes our love for God and for Jesus, deeper and more tender. God could make a bigger world or a wider sky, but He could not raise a pure creature higher than Mary, for the dignity of Mother of God is the highest dignity that can be conferred on a creature. No one could ever say more truly than Mary: “I live now, not I, but Christ liveth in me!” Immense, marvelous mystery! With what great reverence, honor and devotion, we should salute Mary, who drives away demons, frees sinners and makes her children rejoice.
When Mary agreed to be the mother of the Savior, She also agreed to become the closest collaborator of His mission. If Jesus is the Father of our souls, Mary is their Mother, for in giving us Jesus, She gave us true life and, later, by offering on Calvary the Life of her Son for our salvation, She brought us forth to the life of divine grace. In all truth, we may address her: “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness and our Hope!” On earth, Christ’s dearest possession had been His Mother. As co-redemptrix, She procured the life of grace for us; therefore, She is the woman who in the supernatural order gives us life: She is our Mother! God lives in Mary and Mary lives in Him. Mary clothed Him with the substance of her flesh and He clothed her with the Glory of His Majesty. Mary is the most perfect image of Christ truly formed by the Holy Ghost.
O Mary, God has given thee the power to change hearts;
MAY IS THE MONTH OF MARY, OUR MOTHER.
We could offer Mary our will, but it is not conformable to God’s Will. We could offer Mary our intellect, but it is not enlightened. We could give Mary our affection, but it is not pure. Ah! let us offer Mary, our Mother, the Heart of her Divine Son! During the month of May, hasten to bring to Our Blessed Mother the only gift that is sure to honor and please her Immaculate Heart: The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus! In the midst of a godless world, there is but one means of preservation from eternal ruin, one means of perseverance in the great tribulation of life, the Most Blessed Sacrament. Protected by this Shield, the Children of Mary will remain firm in the Faith. In the Holy Eucharist, there is a joy which cannot be described. Jesus in the Tabernacle protects us against all our enemies: against the evil spirit, the world, our wicked passions and evil inclinations. Jesus supports us in our weakness, comforts us in suffering, is our weapon in combat, our refreshment in heat, the food of our souls and our strength in exhaustion.
The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus in the Tabernacle is our Heaven on earth, our riches in poverty, our defense in calumny and crown in misfortune. Jesus in the Tabernacle is our God and our All! Let the flame of our faith be bright and let our confidence be unlimited; but above all, let our love be aglow. Jesus wills to be loved; let us give Him our love! Although we have squandered the powers of our souls and perverted the safeguards of our hearts, Our Savior is ready to receive the shipwreck of humanity if only we will return to Him with sorrow and love. Palaces of this world are inhabited by earthly kings, but within the Catholic Church dwells the King of kings, the Lord of Heaven and earth. What ineffable joy we give the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Mother by bringing souls to the Foot of the Altar that She may give to them the Eucharist Heart of her Divine Son! In doing this, we render to God the Father thanksgiving and reparation for the sins of mankind.
In honor and obedience, thanksgiving and petition, entrust your loved ones to Mary through the gift of a special Bouquet of 31 days of Holy Masses. Place on her head a crown of 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 person you enroll. Let us sacrifice ourselves to hasten the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $5.00 each for Enrollment in the MAY Bouquet of thirty one days of Holy Masses for your Loved Ones: PRINT VERY CLEARLY EACH NAME!
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THE LIVING ROSARY, P.O. BOX NO. 1303, DICKINSON, TEXAS – 77591
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 Missi4 lb. box @ $53 (in place of $42.70), 20 lb. box @ $95 (in place of $86.25), 1 lb. package @ $22 (in place of $20)7.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragement for our Promoters.