Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday February 18, 2015

August 25th, 2015
Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

Our hearts are filled with gratitude and appreciation of all that you are making possible for our Living Rosary Center here in Ukraine. Our country is at war and all of us are affected. The natural response of our hearts to those who are causing us suffering and death, is hate, anger and revenge. The devil is so keenly aware of this that he feeds the fire of our pride and vanity. We must pray fervently to the Holy Ghost begging for His Gifts that our response to this evil will be His Humility, Forgiveness and Love. If we should respond with hate and anger, seeking revenge, we would be simply and clearly doing the work of the devil.

All of us are co-jointly children of the same Heavenly Father; all were ransomed by His Blood, and called to the same Kingdom of Heaven. We must carry one another’s burdens with a supernatural, universal and efficacious love.

If we love Christ, we will keep His Commandments. Whoever is angry with His brother is a murderer; anger kills the soul. He that forgives not, shall not be forgiven. We must remember that living among men cannot be without upsets and trials. Do we not have many faults which others must bear? Be animated by the Charity of the Heart of Christ, whereby He has endured and loved all, enemies as well as friends, even unto death. Hate the evil which is done, but beware that you do not hate the man who commits this evil. When you feel indignant at the faults of others and the feelings of anger rise up in you, keep silence. Pray for them in your heart and refrain from dwelling on their faults. Never grow weary of loving your neighbor. With a supernatural affection, pardon their faults. As God has forgiven us a debt ten thousand times greater than any debt a man might owe us, we must mercifully forgive the faults and failings of others. When we do forgive, a great peace will come over our hearts and this peace, in time, our brothers will feel in their own hearts. Often times, one struggles to forgive his neighbor because his love and esteem for self is too much. Ask the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus to infuse into your hearts the Humility and Charity of His Heart.

In the midst of our earthly warfare against Principalities and Powers, we remember you and your family, living and departed, and all your special intentions and needs at the Altar. We are praying very much for all those who are sick in body and soul. May the Heart of Jesus, grant to you everlasting beatitude!

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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

With the prayers and respect,
 


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


ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

CHAPTER VII

The Fairy Tale Comes True

In the last chapter, we reached the year 1831. We left Philomena in her fourth new shrine. By 1833, her hair had grown to 27 inches. She now looked, not like a child but a young woman. Yet still, or perhaps more than ever, she seemed something out of a fairy tale.

So many of Philomena’s miracles seem to have come straight out of a volume of Hans Christian Andersen! Take the story of the child who had treasured, as a relic, a bit of the paper which had covered the statue of St. Philomena. One day, he and his small friends were in a vineyard, helping themselves to grapes. They heard the owner coming and took wildly to their heels. Philomena’s friend did not look where he was going and fell head first down a well which was twenty-four feet deep. As he fell, he thought desperately of lovely Philomena and cried out to her. If you think Philomena replied that little boys who steal apples must be taught a lesson, you are mistaken. We are told that she pulled him out of the water, took him in her arms and, sitting on the water, held him up for more than an hour until help arrived.

His parents came, peered down and called to see if he was alive. To their perplexity, he called back to them quite cheerfully. They let down a rope, wondering how in the world, even with all their directions, so small a child could tie it round himself. In a very short space of time, he directed them to pull him up. He arrived serenely at the top. They found that the rope had been tied most ingeniously around his waist and under his arms, with two very strong knots at the back of the neck and a loop to support his feet. They were bewildered, knowing that no child could have done that for himself. “Oh, no!” he said, “It was St. Philomena who tied it.” He then told them all she had said and done for him, adding that she was beautiful and dressed in white, with color in her cheeks, light hair like gold, and was about as tall as his fourteen year old sister.

He was soaked and covered in mud from head to foot but uninjured. Inside his thin shirt was the piece of paper he had taken from the statue. It was found to be perfectly dry. What do you think of that?

There was another story of a boy who climbed the church tower to ring the bell on Philomena’s feast. He peered out and fell forty feet onto the cobble street. Though he was seen to fall on his head, he picked himself up, explaining that he had invoked St. Philomena as he fell and, proud as a peacock, he ran up again to ring the bell. There was Filumeno de Stefano, aged two, who was lying in the middle of the road very happily, when a carriage came dashing around the corner. The onlookers invoked his patroness. At the sound of her name, the horses reared up and stayed so until Filumeno had crawled out of the way. He was quite unperturbed and remarked, “Saint Mena brought me away.”

There was a Philomena, aged three, who was inordinately fond of bread and cheese. When she asked the members of her family for it without avail, she used to turn to the picture of her Saint which hung over her cot. In fact, she began the day by holding out her hands, as soon as she woke, asking for some. She was often seen to be eating. When asked who had given it to her, she would reply, “Santa Mena.” This was taken to be evasive. However, one day, when her grandmother was ill, she bothered her mother so perpetually for bread and cheese that the distracted woman gave her a good beating and shut her up in a room alone. The grandmother was distressed to hear her sobbing. After a while, no sound came from the room. The grandmother grew anxious and begged the mother to go and see. The culprit was perfectly happy munching on bread and cheese. Knowing very well, there had been none in the room, the mother demanded, “But who gave you that?” “Santa Mena,” was the satisfied reply.

The following is a charming story: A poor woman, Teresa Bovini, had no clothes ready for her baby who was soon to be born. She asked St. Philomena to let it be a little girl, who would be named after her if only she would provide some clothes for it. A little girl it was but, when it arrived, Philomena had still provided no clothes. The mother was so distressed that the nurse, to quiet her, took off her own white neckerchief and wrapped the baby with it. The mother said there might be a rag which would do for a girdle in a certain old trunk. When the trunk was opened, there was a complete layette, fine and beautifully folded, giving forth an unknown perfume which filled the hearts of the two women with heavenly consolation. The baby was carried triumphantly away in its celestial finery to be christened, Philomena.

The next night, Teresa was roused by her baby’s murmur. She put out her hand but the baby was no longer beside her. Anxiously, she moved. There was a light in the room. On a chair was a girl of about fourteen, dressed in white and all shining, holding the baby in her arms and caressing her lovingly. In confusion, joy and gratitude, the mother exclaimed, “O St. Philomena.” She could utter no more. Philomena kissed the baby, laid it beside its mother and disappeared.

Other stories, not concerned with children, have the same fairy tale manner. A woman had been given a print of St. Philomena and was just nailing it up above her bed when news came that she was accused of stealing money from a relative. In anger and grief, she accused St. Philomena of having brought ill luck to the house. About that time, another messenger ran in the house to say the money had been found. The woman turned around to beg pardon of St. Philomena. There was the print, which had by then loosened itself from the nail, slid to the floor and was making its way towards the door! In terror, the woman promised to send alms to Mugnano, and replaced the picture with much devotion.

Philomena has no objection to being scolded. The sacristan of a chapel dedicated to Philomena, prayed desperately to her for the cure of his son from cancer. Surgery had been scheduled. The old man begged and besought her to save the boy this agony and cure him. Philomena did nothing. At last, in a rage, he blew out the lamp before her statue and locked up the chapel, saying he would have nothing more to do with her. Philomena was not angry. When the surgeons came, the cancer had vanished.

The fact is, we do not get angry with someone for not helping us, unless we entirely believe in their ability to help.

A poor woman was suffering from grave pains and troubles. Not once, but many times, the picture of Philomena on her wall would come down and rest on her bed, always curing her pain and taking away her sorrow.


OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

The tragic hour the aged Simeon had foreseen in his terrible prophecy came to pass. The Cross stands out against a cloud-filled sky. A dreadful silence resounds through that city liable for the murder of its God. Jesus is expiring. At the foot of the gibbet whereon the great Victim is nailed stands Mary, motionless, silent, engulfed in untold grief, gazing upon her dying God. What created mind could fully understand her suffering? We are familiar with trials: loss of material goods is not fatal and bodily ills make our flesh tremble, yet our minds can remain at peace. Doubts, discouragement and despondency cast shadows on our lives and may make it unbearable, but the greatest suffering springs from the heart when love is wounded.

Mary suffered through the love she bore her Son. Hers was a martyrdom which surpasses that of the martyrdom of blood. To comprehend the intensity of her pain, we would have to comprehend the depth of her love. She gave herself unreservedly to her Son, for original sin had not tarnished her Immaculate Heart. Now, her beloved Son, endures before her very eyes the most cruel, the most unjust, the most ignominious of tortures. Step by step, She follows the somber procession wending its way up Calvary. She witnesses the horrible scene of crucifixion, hears the heavy hammer drive the sharp nails into the adorable hands and feet of her Child, tearing His Flesh as His Precious Blood spills onto the ground. The soldiers jeer and the high priests mock His goodness, His holiness and His very divinity. Not for a moment does She abandon Him, nor does She miss a single moment of His suffering. When Jesus dies, She is at His Feet. There is a phenomenon the medieval philosophers called ecstasy. Love takes the heart, so to speak, of the one who loves and exchanges it with the heart of the beloved. All of Jesus’ sufferings resonated in Mary’s Heart. When the soldier’s lance pierced His Heart, it simultaneously pierced the Virgin Mother’s Soul.

When a heavy cross is laid upon our shoulders, we accuse God of unfairness and uncaring cruelty, and we abandon our faith. “How could a good God do this to us!" Did the Father not love His only Son? Did God not love the purest Virgin whom He had made the Mother of His Son? Yet, God found no more precious gift for His Son and His Mother than suffering! Through suffering, the great work of Redemption is accomplished. God sends suffering to purify us and to save us. When suffering comes, we must trust God, lovingly receive the cross and know that the victory of Easter awaits us. With Mary, let us take courage. We will climb the steep hill of Calvary so that, one day, we may savor the joys of eternal Beatitude.

“The highest veneration, after God, is due to Mary because there is no other being in Heaven or on earth arrayed in so sublime a dignity and so near to God as is Mary, the Mother of the Most High, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. When Mary was on earth, She was exalted to the pre-eminent dignity of having the Son of God subject to her and, now in her full glorification, shall She behold her dignity lowered and the love of her Divine Spouse and Son, lessened? NO! On the contrary, She shall receive, as a reward for the love She bore her Divine Son on earth, the greatest participation in His Eternal Glory. She shall sit as His beloved Mother on the right Hand side of her Son, upon the throne of glory and majesty so that the whole heavenly court may offer to their Queen the eternal homage due her as the promised Victress over Hell by reason of the Fruit of her virginal body.”

Taken from the SERVITE MANUAL
Nihil Obstat: Rt. Rev. A. Hillebrand, V.G. Prot. Apost., a.i.p.
Censor Librorum, Portland, Oregan – February 2, 1925

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Make haste to enroll your family and friends in the forty days of Holy Masses which prepare our hearts for Good Friday only to open them to the Joys of Easter Sunday!

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: + George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago

The names you send for individual enrollment for the Sacred Masses during the Lenten Season and Easter Octave will be placed upon the Altar. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy and all the priests you have helped in Ukraine will offer these Masses. Suggested donation for each enrollment is $5. Mass cards will be provided for the persons enrolled. Please PRINT the names CLEARLY:

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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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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday February 11, 2015

August 25th, 2015
Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Your wonderfully generous donation is a great boon for our missionary work in the world today. The Spring Newsletter is nearly completed and we feel that its message will be a healing balm for those who receive it. Rest assured of our prayers for you and your family. May God richly bless you!

Our modern world has developed the philosophy of pleasure, luxury, comfort and delight as never before in history. It has fabricated synthetic needs which years ago did not exist. Much of our daily tension is caused by the fast pace of life and the passions of men which have become almost an obsession of our Age.

What can bring peace to our souls? St. Therese of the Child Jesus has the answer for us. We must distrust our knowledge, our views and our methods, and live in simplicity and love. We must cherish the knowledge that we are loved by God. In spite of our sin, unworthiness and poverty of spirit, God loves us. Christ thirsts to love and the creature thirsts for love!

Infinite Love thirsting to give Himself, and poor nothingness thirsting to be filled!

We must turn our eyes away from self and gaze upon the Face of God! The Love of God flows freely into the heart that surrenders itself to Him. Sanctification of a soul is God’s work alone. The soul has only to surrender itself, in all simplicity, to His action.

God has complete control of all the world and absolutely nothing can happen without His all-wise and all-loving purpose. All our trials and sufferings have a purpose. They are meant to produce virtue, increase our love and merit, and to allow us to atone for our sins. When we have done all that we can to prudently help ourselves, then we can renew our faith in the Wisdom of God, which is Infinite! We can renew our faith in the power of God, Who holds the entire universe and everything that happens in it, in the Palm of His Hand. We can renew our faith in the Goodness of God Who never asks a sacrifice of us that He does not intend to reward a thousand times over. In the spirit of humility, trust and love, from the depths of our hearts, let us say: THY WILL BE DONE!

One with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.

The Good God does not need years to accomplish His work of love in a soul; One ray from His Heart can, in an instant, make a soul bloom for eternity!

~ St. Therese of The Child Jesus ~


ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

CHAPTER VI

NEW SHRINES! NEW MARVELS!

1824: It was now nearly twenty years since the figure containing the relics had come to Mugnano. The first temporary altar had been changed for the famous marble one, the gift of Don Alessandro Serio who had been cured. With the intense heat of Neapolitan summers, the constant traffic of pilgrims and the passage of time, dust from the roads had shifted into the frail glass shrine. The movement of the figure had worn the silk of the dress, and the sun had faded everything. Philomena herself drew attention to this. During the week before Pentecost, her garments were found in pieces. The blue scarf, which went around the neck and over one arm, was torn into little pieces and thrown about inside the glass. When it became clear to the least credulous that it was not the sun which had rotted the stitches or insects which had demolished the scarf, everyone enjoyed the joke!

“Bless her, la Santarella wants a new dress! Wasn’t one new dress in twenty years a modest request? Ah, Philomena, it is just like you, concerned that you will be beautiful and fine before your next feast! But, darling, after you had shown so much ability to do things for yourself, we could not open the shrine and touch you without your asking!”

Don Francesco would not even have it opened when measurements had to be taken for the new dress. It had to be done outside the glass. He noticed, to his distress, that the hair on the left side was deficient and scanty. He pondered what to do. There would not be time to get silk hair from Naples before the date fixed for the Archbishop’s coming. Yes, all those concerned agreed that it was a great pity this had not been noticed before because, once sealed up in the new shrine, nothing could be done for perhaps another twenty years.

Philomena understood. Next time the shrine was uncovered, her hair seemed to have been freshly washed and combed. Shining and beautiful, it flowed down so that it covered the left shoulder which had formerly been bare.

On the 5th of July, the Archbishop came with his Vicar-General, numerous clergy and the key which had been sent from Naples. The seals were then broken. With reverent emotion, the figure, which had so constantly been animated by the heavenly life of the virgin-martyr, was dressed in the finest silk and velvet that could be found. She looked as bright as a Neapolitan heart could desire. The chestnut hair was arranged again just as Philomena herself had arranged it. The figure was given back to the Archbishop to be placed in a new shrine – nine inches longer than the old one.

The Archbishop, having inspected everything and his notaries having done the same, the shrine was once more sealed up. It was remarked that although the new shrine was larger than the old, still the figure seemed quite as much pinched for room as in the other. No, there had been no mistake in the measurements. The people of Mugnano said, “The Saint is larger and more beautiful in her new dress.”

One of the characteristics of the devotion to St. Philomena has been the way that her name is linked with that of the Queen of Virgins and Martyrs. She has shrines in the Basilica which contains the Holy House at Loreto and in the sanctuary of Our Lady of Good Counsel at Genazzano.

Those who have made the oblation of themselves and all their goods, spiritual and material, into the hands of Our Lady, may hesitate one moment to ask for anything they need from a little girl of thirteen instead of from their Queen and Mother. Still, on second thought, they will find this a new way of giving pleasure to their Queen by allowing her to grant the requests Philomena will make for them.

In June of this same year, 1831, a large party of nobles from various places in Italy, came to Mugnano. When the shrine was uncovered, they could not keep back their exclamations, so beautiful and heavenly did she seem to them. They could not gaze at her enough. Don Francesco told them that Philomena’s look was very severe compared to what it usually is. As a child smiles on guests to please its father, Philomena’s face suddenly became rosy and friendly. After a short while, to everyone’s astonishment, it clouded up again and the severe look returned. One among the party wept aloud and confessed that he had hardly any belief in his religion and it was his fault that she had looked severe. He went away a happy and converted man, having left generous alms behind in thanksgiving for this grace.

In 1826, Don Francesco had published a second edition of his book, THE STORY OF THE MIRACLES OF SAINT PHILOMENA. Seeing that this was being sold out very rapidly, he bought up all the remaining copies and stored them on a table in his room. There were five piles of them, each containing forty-five copies. He kept all but one pile covered with a cloth because of the dust. When any were asked for, he took them from the uncovered pile.

Being a busy man, it did not occur to him that he had been doing this for a long time. On the 15th of November of that year, some distinguished visitors came to the shrine wanting some copies. Although, they asked the price, Don Francesco, with Neapolitan courtesy, begged them to accept as many as they wanted.

Times were hard. When the cavalcade had driven off, the parishioners told Don Francesco he ought to let the rich folk pay for what they had received, since it made little difference to them and so much to Philomena’s coffers which were never very full. That evening, Don Francesco had to go out. Finding that all the members of his little household had also gone out, he took with him the key of his sitting room, where the books were. He came back after dark. His servant met him at the door with a lamp and led the way to his room. To their amazement, the floor was covered with copies of his book, heaped right up to the door.

After all these years of her daily acquaintance, Don Francesco knew Philomena’s doings when he saw them. Being a humble man, the only thing the sight of the books suggested was that Philomena thought he had written it badly and was displeased. He was so unhappy at the thought of having displeased and served her badly; he turned the key in the lock again and went away to his lonely supper. Next morning, he faced the matter bravely and went to tidy up the room. In daylight, he saw that the store of books on the table was untouched and the cloth which covered them was sealed by that useful witness, the thick dust of Mugnano. Far from being displeased, Philomena had multiplied the books to make up for those which had been given away.

The four piles of forty-five each under the cloth were intact; the pile from which Don Francesco had been taking books from June to November still contained nineteen. The books on the floor numbered sixty-two. They added up how many had been sent away since June, amounting to five hundred, not counting those which had been given in twos or threes. Five hundred persons, in other words, had received one or more. The miraculous books were picked up and put carefully aside. Those who had reproved Don Francesco for giving away the books the previous day felt that, in future, they would know Philomena’s mind on the matter.

Philomena was not tired of the joke. In the following March, Don Francesco and his brother were alone in the house when they heard a noise coming from the office which sounded like feet stomping and chairs being thrown about. It was dark; they could not imagine who had gotten in, thieves or dogs. They found a light and commended themselves to Saint Philomena; only then, did they venture to open the door. The room was dark and quiet. There were 19 copies of Don Francesco’s book about Philomena, balanced on the backs of chairs or on the rungs of them or arranged in a neat row, in all sorts of comical positions. It was only Philomena, showing Don Francesco she liked his book. The store on the table remained intact, not one copy missing. At another time, a later edition was multiplied. Two hundred and thirty copies were found, over and above the original number.

When the largest bell of the church broke, money was collected for a new one. It was decided to impress a figure of Philomena on the new bell. The bell was cast and the metal left to cool. To universal dismay, the metal was found not to have filled the mold completely and no handle had been formed at the top. Those who knew Philomena went to her shrine and said. “Philomena, what were you thinking of? What about your honor as a virgin-martyr? Wasn’t your picture on the bell? What will be said of you?”

All that the bell founders thought about was the public fury. You will remember that Neapolitans are explosive! They went off to an inn and hid there for the rest of the day fully expecting a furious mob to pursue them. With great fervor they recommended themselves to Our Lady of Grace and St. Philomena.

At ten o’clock that night, when everything was silent and they decided it was safe to slip off, pebbles were thrown up at their window. This meant one thing: the villagers were going to settle the score! They were stiff with fright. Again the pebbles rattled on the window. They recommended their souls to God Who knew that it had only been a mistake! At that moment, the foreman heard an interior voice say, “Go and see, the grace is granted, the bell is finished.” As no other sound followed the rattle of pebbles, he dared to believe it was only Philomena. Leaving his terror-stricken assistants, he crept out of the house and made his way to the foundry. There was the bell, not only completed, but with a mass of metal left over. He could not believe his eyes and he burst into cries of joy. Off he ran through the streets shouting. When his companions saw it, they shouted too. The whole of Mugnano poked their heads out of the windows to learn what the noise was about. When they heard, they had to come down to see the wonder. Nobody wanted to sleep that night, but spent it thanking God and Our Lady and Philomena. The metal that remained was taken in procession to the church, a perpetual token of what had happened, though it may look a very odd decoration!


Dear Mother Patti,

I left our Center this morning at 5:30 a.m. to visit St. Mark’s Catholic Elementary School, to distribute about 400 materials to school children since the school assembles at 7:30. I attended Mass there which started at 6:30 a.m. Thereafter, all the enrolled pupils received their Decade cards, Rosaries, Miraculous Medals and Rosary leaflets. It is worth mentioning that many of the teachers enrolled and some enrolled their family members. They expressed their joy on the simplicity and powerful devotion of the ULRA. Besides, 11 Crucifixes were given to 11 classes that had none in their classrooms and one in the office of the director who was thankful to you and the ULRA for your outreach program.< PAUL – CAMEROON >


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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.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday February 4, 2015

February 9th, 2015
Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,We give thanks today for the beautiful Season of Christmastide. The three Kings have come, Christ is baptized in the River Jordan and the Marriage Feast at Cana all take place as a public manifestation of the God-head of Christ. What does it really mean to be a Christian? It is not simply to abstain from murdering or plundering our neighbor; it is not simply to be a good father, husband, son, workman or mother. To escape being a villain and to be an honest man is not to be a good Christian. To attend Holy Mass, judge fairly, be mortified and go to Confession are excellent, but they do not make us a true Christian. A Christian is a baptized soul, who believes with his whole heart all that is taught in the name of Jesus Christ by the Church, which has been entrusted by the Savior to spread the Christian religion throughout the world. A man who observes, as far as humanly possible, all the Commandments of God and the Laws of the Church, and earnestly strives to the best of his power to imitate Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, is not necessarily a Good Christian.

A Christian is a man who loves God above all things and who would suffer anything rather than offend God. He detests sin. He is a man who battles constantly and perseveringly with his evil passions to remain pure and humble, patient and merciful, indulgent to the faults of others; a man who is resigned and patient in misfortune. A Christian is a man who is constant in prayer. He pardons his enemies and goes about doing good. He loves all men. In poverty and suffering, he is calm and full of hope, remembering that the suffering of Calvary leads to the joy of the Resurrection.

Make haste to be good Christians: Pray, frequent the Sacraments, seek in the confessional a remedy for the past and, in frequent Communion, strength for the future. Life passes quickly. Let us work while it is still day. At Bethlehem, the gold of the Magi expressed the divinity of the Babe; at the River Jordan, the Descent of the Holy Ghost and the Voice of the Eternal Father proclaimed Jesus to be the Son of God; at Cana, Jesus Himself acts to change the water into wine. He raised up our human nature making us partakers of the divine nature; He gave us the power to love Him, to be united with Him, to form that One Body of which He is the Head, that Church of which He is the Spouse. From all Eternity and with such tender Love, He came down from Heaven to celebrate His nuptials with us. We must strive to love God with all our hearts and wills, and to draw others to Him through our example and prayers. As we journey toward the Pascal Mystery, let us remain mortified, generous and open to the veritable flood gates of God’s Mercy.

During the New Year, all of you will be remembered at the Holy Altar: your families, your suffering loved ones and the departed members of your family.

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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

With the prayers and respect,


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

 


ST. PHILOMENA – WONDER WORKER (continued)

In 1816, Don Carlos won back the throne of Naples and Sicily. This United Kingdom once more had a Catholic ruler. But revolutionary ideas cannot be cast out as easily as the man who permitted them to flourish. It was not a job for the King, but for the Princess of Mugnano. Philomena needed to get the attention of those who had ceased to be mindful of the supernatural. I would like you to notice how simple and perfect was her method. She did something which those who called themselves rationalists could not explain – something that caught the eye, which made the faithless observer perplexed and uneasy, and which worked miracles; something that stumped the unbelievers because they saw it and couldn’t explain it, and could not deny it or imitate its effect.

Shortly after her arrival in Mugnano, the Archbishop of Naples donated a beautiful wood-carved statue. Around the neck of this statue hung a ribbon adorned with her relic. Annually, the statue is carried in procession on the Feast of her Translation.

This year, the crowds couldn’t help but notice that the bearers found the statue very heavy. They were heard to declare that, in the 18 years they had carried it, never before had it felt so heavy. There must have been people present who recalled the arrival of the relics when the shrine became heavy on the road to Cimitile. At last, it was evident they really could not support the statue. Strong villagers came to the rescue, but even with their help, though the statue could be supported, it seemed almost impossible to get it back to the church. The crowd began to point out to each other the rosy color in the face of the statue which had not been there earlier. It looked as though Philomena was getting warm struggling against the powers of evil on behalf of her Mugnano!

Three of the visitors found they could not get to the shrine because the sacristans were busy taking down yesterday’s decorations. They knelt before the statue. After awhile, one of the visitors pointed out a drop, like purest dew, hanging from the chin, sparkling in the light of the brilliant August morning. With affectionate faith, he thought he would put his finger in it as though it were holy water, and bless himself and his companions with it. Drawing near, he beckoned the others to see how the lower part of the face was running with this liquid which flowed down the neck in two little streams meeting on the breast. The face of the statue was still rosily flushed as it had been yesterday, but now the eyes shone with a heavenly brilliance. The whole expression suggested that the statue was alive.

It did not take long for the news to spread that something strange was happening in the church. Don Francesco had the statue lifted down from its place above the altar, to be more closely examined. He had it guarded so that it would not be touched. The liquid was found to be a kind of crystalline manna. The broad red ribbon which held the relic around the statue’s neck was soaked with the manna.

Don Francesco and a companion watched the statue all night to see when the miraculous sweat would cease. It continued to exude all that night, all the next day and nearly all the following night. Then, it ceased. The liquid on the statue remained moist for four days. But, when the manna was taken off the statue, it dried on the finger or on the linen in a few minutes. Another remarkable point was that the manna exuded only from the right side of the face. The statue was not damp and had been carried in procession under a blazing sun on the previous day. Other statues in the church were examined and were found to be perfectly dry.

A public attestation of this happening was carefully drawn up by Don Francesco, who liked everything to look legal. This statement was witnessed, sealed and placed in safekeeping. The same phenomena had occurred many times with Saint Philomena paraphernalia.

Philomena was made patroness of a home for poor girls at Ancona. A novena was made to her. At the end of it, when all who had taken part were leaving the chapel, the Saint called them back by a most beautiful melody which issued forth from her picture. It filled their hearts with love and thanksgiving.

The vial containing the blood of Saint Philomena rests at her feet in a crystal reliquary. Even today, it is seen to take on the appearance of rubies, emeralds, diamonds and other precious colored stones.

Now, really, this is too much! We have heard of instances of a statue becoming heavier, of its changing color, shedding manna, of music being heard as though coming from a picture of the Saint, and of blood taking on the appearance of jewels. This is a good deal to believe. Many of the instances are fully documented. We have, in fact, as much evidence for these instances as we have for half the instances in history. Is not the whole thing much more like a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale than the writing of a saint’s life? A Princess in a glass coffin who blushes, smiles and moves! And now her blood turns into jewels! Excuse me, if I smile. Dear Neapolitans, we are so glad you have your story of the Sleeping Beauty to console you in these years of trouble and hardship! She is a darling. We do believe in her.

Cardinal Ruffo Scilla made this statement: “We have seen her blood changed into several brilliant little precious stones or various colors, also into gold and silver.”

Fr. Paul O’Sullivan who spent nine days at Mugnano in 1909 said: “The blood is not in a liquid state, but quite dry and in appearance resembles ashes. It is preserved in a small crystal vase which allows the visitor to see it as perfectly as though it lay on the palm of one’s hand. I had the happiness of examining this priceless treasure as many as thirty or forty times. Each time, without fail, I saw the blood change most marvelously. The transformation was so clear and distinct as not to allow room for the smallest doubt or misconception. Precious stones, rubies and emeralds, pieces of gold and particles of silver appeared mingled with the blood. One might shake the reliquary, again the precious stones appeared, not always in the same way, but still clearly and distinctly. At times, too, small black particles appear which are supposed to indicate some cross or affliction or foretell impending evils. These particles were very noticeable when the great Pontiff, Pius IX, venerated the blood of the Saint and were supposed to be prophetical of the sorrows in store for the Holy Father. These extraordinary transformations are witnessed daily by the crowds who flock to the Sanctuary and have been verified and declared authentic by the highest ecclesiastical authorities.”

If you and I were sitting at a sidewalk cafe in Mugnano on a warm spring evening after Mass, talking about Philomena, we would be forced to conclude that her fairy-tricks contain a message. Isn’t she trying to tell us that we cannot find security in our good health, our nice little savings, our respectability, our professional skill and our well-balanced judgment? These are only temporary realities, to be used until death. Philomena teaches us the value of purity, pure following of God’s Will, and of sufferings. She teaches us to lean on Divine Providence and to value eternal realities. If we carefully arrange our lives to win the maximum of material security and prosperity, we shall lose our LIFE. But, if we give it away to God, we shall keep it unto life eternal. How great are virginity and martyrdom when Philomena shows them to us as set against our bank book and our pleasures! If we love being alive, wouldn’t we like to live so intensely that there is vitality in our dust and bones, and our very picture could smile and heal the sick! “Enjoy yourself, for you will be dead a long time!” says the pagan. The Christian laughs like a boy who is going home for the holidays, “I shall be alive a mighty long time!” he says.


Dear PattiGreetings! We had a great celebration on Saturday in honor of Saint Philomena, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, in Seaside, California. Our pastor, Fr. Michael Volk, celebrated a High Mass in her honor! We were so pleased! Then, we had a gathering in the parish hall to honor her. People could hardly believe that all the religious articles and brochures were for free. It was such a blessing! Thank you again. I am attaching some pictures from the celebration.

I am sending a check out for one box to Tanzania and one box which you sent me this month. I have also included $15 for one box, and would appreciate if you send me another box. When you ship boxes to Tanzania, please let me know so that I can tell the recipients to look out for them. Thanks again and may God continue to bless your ministry.

< Sister Benedicta Wasonga, IHSA – CA, USA >


Subject: My Pastoral Work in the Parish Mission

I come from the eastern region of Kenya where the pastoral work is difficult due to the climate of the area. The region surely is ever hot and dry. I am in the second year in the seminary and in the first year of philosophy studies. I have about ten more years to go in the seminary. My language is known as MWAKI, which means Fire. Each village has its Saint name, and the village name. They do meet once a week. Men, women, youth and children pray the Rosary, sing hymns and do the Liturgical reading for the coming Sunday. They pray the evening prayers and end with a hymn. There are different villages meeting on different days. They visit different homes, especially where there are the sick and the aged people. Here, there are many old people who are very poor; many Christians in my native region are poor which means they cannot do much for their poor aged old people. The best gift they do offer is prayers.

How do I relate or help the priests in the Apostolate? In my mission, Kangangukuzi, I am the only youth from the eastern region in the seminary. Our village is NOT near the mission church. It is about three to four hours walk to the mission. In the parish, there are only two priests. One is now 56 years and many times he is sick. There is only one car in the whole parish, which covers a big vast area. So, we do walk from the mission to the villages to meet our Christians. The centers are at a good distance from each other, the roads are very bad and, in some places, there are NO roads. At times, the priest leaves the car and walks because there are no roads.

When I am on vacation, I do help the Christians in the small communities and we pray together. I help them to understand the Holy Bible, teach them about the Saints, the Sacraments, the Holy Mass, and about the Catholic Church Catechism. I do hold meetings with the youth and the small children in the village. Here, the Christians DO NOT have the Holy Mass every Sunday. The priest CANNOT cover such vast areas on one Sunday as there is no car. So, some do stay for two and half months without the Holy Mass. I serve two centers every Sunday. From one center to the next, it is a long distance. During the vacations, I do a lot of work even painting in the mission so that I can get my transport back to the seminary. I do many other duties in the mission.

Our region is full of the natural predicaments. The pastoral work here is a very difficult one. But, I am very much happy to do it with a lot of determination and help from Divine Providence. I received my secondary school Education through the help of the Late Rev. Fr. Paul Steel, who was from Vienna, Austria. Though he died, I will not forget him. We did a lot with him while setting up the mission. Without his help, I could not have gone to the Seminary. I taught him our native language.

Since then, I think you are now the second person to write from such far place. Fr. Paul Steel was buried in the mission. Here, we pay for sending and receiving E-Mails and walk about 30 min. to the stall shops. Please keep me in your prayers. Pass my greetings to all your friends and tell them about the Catholic Church in Africa, mostly in Kenya. I feel that my mission is just beginning. My mission is to make Christ known and loved as I love the Church.

Thank you so much for your reply to my E-Mail.

I remain yours in Christ,

< Daniel – Eastern Kenya – East Africa >


Dearest Patti Melvin,By the merits of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple, may you be blessed specially! May Mary, the Mother of God and Our Mother, present your needs to Jesus!

With heartfelt gratitude, I acknowledge the long awaited parcel which arrived on January 30, 2015. Thank you immensely for the wonderful enriching spiritual materials such as Rosaries, Miraculous Medals, Scapulars, St. Philomena cord and oil, and wrist cords, Agnus Dei, Calendars, various prayers cards and pamphlets, Novena to the Holy Spirit, Wonder Worker and Newsletters carrying news from around the world, even from Cameroon, To Jesus Through Mary booklets. Thank you so much for including us and for all that you do for us. I am praying for you and all our benefactors. May God bless and reward each one of you!

Attached is a picture of St. Philomena’s Youth for Purity in Repaccol Nkar, Cameroon with promoter Sr. Theodosia, taken during their consecration. They are all touched by the life of St. Philomena and have decided to commit themselves to imitate her in their own state.

St. Philomena, we thank you! St. Philomena, pray for us!

Happy feast of the Presentation! God bless you!

< Sister Mary Florence Angwe, St. Joseph’s Convent Shisong, Cameroon – West Africa >


Dearest Patti,Warm greetings from Butete Parish, Ruhengeri Diocese and Happy New Year 2015. It is a pleasure for me to find this opportunity to give you the latest update of the Living Rosary in Rwanda.

I am sending you a list of 450 people who joined the Living Rosary. We are explaining the Living Rosary to the Christians of Butete parish, especially children so that they may grow spiritually and physically. Many are interested. This means that we will need the cords of Saint Philomena, medals, oil, Rosaries, and Kinyarwanda booklets in this new land so that they may know more about the life of Saint Philomena. We have enough Decade cards with us. Saint Philomena, Pray for us. May the Almighty God bless your work!

< Fr. Longin, Butete Parish, Ruhengeri Diocese – RWANDA >


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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.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday January 28, 2015

February 9th, 2015

Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you for your generous donation to help with the labors of the Living Rosary in the world today. Through your kindness, many souls are reached with Our Blessed Mother’s Sacramentals, prayer cards and leaflets. She has crushed the head of the serpent and we need Her greatly in the battle at hand. We are keeping you and your family each day in our prayers. God bless you!

Because there are real demons at work in this world, every human being is at risk! The devil is the Father of Lies. He entices us to sin and tempts us through deception. The evil spirits suggest to us thoughts of pride, hate, anger, revenge, jealousy, lust and rebellion. The enemy is evil beyond anything we can imagine! Jesus Christ has conquered hell and death, and He calls us to do battle alongside Him against this enemy, so that we may have a share in His Triumph and Eternal Glory!

We must use the weapons that are most effective in this spiritual warfare. Prayer and supplication, at all times, have great power before the throne of God. St. Jean Marie Vianney said:

“If we are not praying, we are losing the battle.”

The devil fears those who pray!!! He does everything possible to keep us from praying. We must use the weapon of prayer on behalf of others. Prayer is not just a private matter between God and us. We must pray with and for others. Our power of association in the Living Rosary is truly a bulwark of protection in this time of war.

The devil has laid his traps upon the earth. How can we pass through them without being wounded? Like soldiers crawling under barbed wire fence, we can crawl right under the enemies’ snares by lowering ourselves through humility. St. Paul admonishes us: “Put on a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, meekness and patience, bearing with one another. Above all things have charity, which is the bond of perfection.”

One with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.


Dearest Patti,Please receive my warmest greetings for a joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance.

It is indeed great to inform you that we had a lovely visit to Pipie Catholic Church in the Obuasi Diocese on Sunday, December 21, to get in touch with the people about the Living Rosary Association. I was accompanied by four of our Preaching Team Members and we were warmly welcomed by the good people over there. The town is on the bank of Lake Bosomtwe which is surrounded by great mountains. Some of the towns and villages along the banks of the lake have no church buildings but we had the privilege to get in touch with people of four good Towns over there as we divided ourselves for that purpose. Therefore, we could only capture pictures of what happened at Pipie Catholic Church. Despite the hardship here, we do try to make trips on the weekends for the spreading of the devotion. In fact, your support and prayers are always in great demand. Kindly keep up! May Jesus, Mary and St. Philomena continue to bless you in your wonderful Apostolate which is so greatly needed in this our poor world!

Rest assured of our poor prayers. Yours in Jesus and Mary,
< Anthony – GHANA >


OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

The tragic hour the aged Simeon had foreseen in his terrible prophecy came to pass. The Cross stands out against a cloud-filled sky. A dreadful silence resounds through that city liable for the murder of its God. Jesus is expiring. At the foot of the gibbet whereon the great Victim is nailed stands Mary, motionless, silent, engulfed in untold grief, gazing upon her dying God. What created mind could fully understand her suffering? We are familiar with trials: loss of material goods is not fatal and bodily ills make our flesh tremble, yet our minds can remain at peace. Doubts, discouragement and despondency cast shadows on our lives and may make it unbearable, but the greatest suffering springs from the heart when love is wounded.

Mary suffered through the love she bore her Son. Hers was a martyrdom which surpasses that of the martyrdom of blood. To comprehend the intensity of her pain, we would have to comprehend the depth of her love. She gave herself unreservedly to her Son, for original sin had not tarnished her Immaculate Heart. Now, her beloved Son, endures before her very eyes the most cruel, the most unjust, the most ignominious of tortures. Step by step, She follows the somber procession wending its way up Calvary. She witnesses the horrible scene of crucifixion, hears the heavy hammer drive the sharp nails into the adorable hands and feet of her Child, tearing His Flesh as His Precious Blood spills onto the ground. The soldiers jeer and the high priests mock His goodness, His holiness and His very divinity. Not for a moment does She abandon Him, nor does She miss a single moment of His suffering. When Jesus dies, She is at His Feet. There is a phenomenon the medieval philosophers called ecstasy. Love takes the heart, so to speak, of the one who loves and exchanges it with the heart of the beloved. All of Jesus’ sufferings resonated in Mary’s Heart. When the soldier’s lance pierced His Heart, it simultaneously pierced the Virgin Mother’s Soul.

When a heavy cross is laid upon our shoulders, we accuse God of unfairness and uncaring cruelty, and we abandon our faith. “How could a good God do this to us!” Did the Father not love His only Son? Did God not love the purest Virgin whom He had made the Mother of His Son? Yet, God found no more precious gift for His Son and His Mother than suffering! Through suffering, the great work of Redemption is accomplished. God sends suffering to purify us and to save us. When suffering comes, we must trust God, lovingly receive the cross and know that the victory of Easter awaits us. With Mary, let us take courage. We will climb the steep hill of Calvary so that, one day, we may savor the joys of eternal Beatitude.

“The highest veneration, after God, is due to Mary because there is no other being in Heaven or on earth arrayed in so sublime a dignity and so near to God as is Mary, the Mother of the Most High, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. When Mary was on earth, She was exalted to the pre-eminent dignity of having the Son of God subject to her and, now in her full glorification, shall She behold her dignity lowered and the love of her Divine Spouse and Son, lessened? NO! On the contrary, She shall receive, as a reward for the love She bore her Divine Son on earth, the greatest participation in His Eternal Glory. She shall sit as His beloved Mother on the right Hand side of her Son, upon the throne of glory and majesty so that the whole heavenly court may offer to their Queen the eternal homage due her as the promised Victress over Hell by reason of the Fruit of her virginal body.”

Taken from the SERVITE MANUAL
Nihil Obstat: Rt. Rev. A. Hillebrand, V.G. Prot. Apost., a.i.p.
Censor Librorum, Portland, Oregan – February 2, 1925

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Make haste to enroll your family and friends in the forty days of Holy Masses which prepare our hearts for Good Friday only to open them to the Joys of Easter Sunday!

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: + George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago

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St. Philomena, Wonder-Worker (continued)CHAPTER V

DEVOTION DWINDLES, BUT WONDERS MULTIPLY

The kingdom of Naples, at that period, was held by the French from 1806 till 1815. With them came irreligion, disbelief, quarrels, sedition and bloodshed. To avoid the despotic rule of the invader, many fled to the security of the mountains and infested the country as brigands. They spread desolation everywhere. The peaceable peasants trembled in their homes and dared not go abroad. For these reasons, the daily concourse to the shrine of Saint Philomena dwindled considerably, though it never entirely ceased. The upper classes continued to frequent it although the poor could not on account of the times; the inhabitants of Mugnano were unable to build the grand chapel to St. Philomena which they intended to do.

Devotion was still spreading by means of little prints, prayer books and pictures. Miracles had been worked through them. A mother prayed to St. Philomena for her delicate baby. In spite of her prayers, it died. She would not take ‘NO’ for an answer, but took the Saint’s picture from the wall and, with tears, put it on the child’s body. Instantly, the child not only moved but jumped up! When one of these prints was taken to the Franciscan Convent at Nola, while the nuns were admiring it, one who was blind said to Philomena, “Shall I alone lose the grace and joy of seeing you, O holy Martyr!” At once, she saw. After that, nothing would satisfy the nuns but that they must all be taken in a carriage to visit Mugnano. A Canon was cured of consumption that he might continue to use his gift for eloquent preaching. A young woman found herself quite alone when her baby was about to be born. Suddenly, she found a beautiful girl beside her, who asked what she could do to help her. At the sound of her voice, the baby was born.

“Who are you!”

“I AM PHILOMENA OF MUGNANO!”

With that, she disappeared. On making inquiries, the happy mother found that a saint of that name had recently come to Mugnano. With some of her relations, she made a pilgrimage there. On seeing the shrine, the mother ran towards it, saying: “Yes, it was she!” Another woman, a cripple, was given a print by her relation who knew nothing about the Saint except that a well-known preacher at Naples, Don Placido, had preached about her. The next time, the pain was severe, the cripple took the print in her hands saying, “Saint of Don Placido, I do not know your name, but do help me!” Instantly, she was cured. She got up, dressed and went round to Don Placido to find out the name of the Saint.

At Monteleone, it was desired to put a picture of her in the church. The priest consulted a young man who was so impressed when he heard about Philomena; he begged to paint her picture. Having no talent, he secretly got some paints and tried his hand. The brush seemed to do the work by itself. The result was so beautiful that everyone was delighted. The young man declared St. Philomena had painted her own portrait. It seems that she had, for as soon as the picture was put in the church for public devotion, miracles abounded. Prints of the Saint are a chief instrument for miracles. They have come to be put up in every house and are carried about in the pockets of the rich and poor. To the sick, they are like medicine.

Let me finish with the story I like best. While being attended, a little boy of seven perished in the arms of his doctor. The child’s mother laid a print of Saint Philomena on his body. Just then, he seemed to wake up from his sleep and cried with hunger! He ate two bowls of soup, had a glass of wine and fell into a gentle sleep which lasted all night He awoke in the morning perfectly well.

In spite of such miracles, Philomena had still only a temporary chapel in 1814. So, she provided one for herself. Don Alessandro Serio, a rich barrister of Naples, came to Mugnano where he had property. His wife, Donna Giovanna, came with him. They arrived on the Feast of St. Philomena. Donna Giovanna prayed most earnestly to Philomena for her husband’s cure. For years, Alessandro suffered from a serious internal ailment. Public prayers were even offered for him, but the last Vespers of the octave came without any sign of a miracle. Worse still, at the moment of Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament after Vespers, Don Alessandro was struck down with a violent colic which endangered his life. By two o’clock next morning, he appeared to be in his last agony. He could hardly breathe. It was impossible for him to make his confession. Poor Donna Giovanna cried out at last, “Is this, then, the grace which we have received – that he should die without being able to make his Confession?”

Taking a picture of the Saint, she put it on her husband’s body, making the vow that, if he had the grace to receive the Sacraments before he died, she would put up a marble altar in the chapel of St. Philomena. At the very touch of the little ha’penny picture, his pain left him and he was completely cured. But, that is not all. He was able to get up, make a good Confession and receive Holy Communion the next morning in the Saint’s chapel! They answered generosity with generosity. That very day, they gave the order for an altar to be made of the richest marble. The best workmen in Naples were employed.

While hewing out the altar cavity which would contain the relic stone, the single beautiful block broke into two pieces. The man was beside himself at the catastrophe. Villagers watching him at work could not believe their eyes when they saw what a disaster Philomena had permitted. Moreover, it was a bad fracture, not a clean one. The man prepared to cement the marble in position. Miraculously, the marble joined itself together, leaving only a slight line to show where the break had been. The marble was once more a solid piece. Philomena had extended her benediction to the new altar.

So impressed were all those who heard and saw this miracle, that contributions were made by many people. By the end of the year, the chapel was complete with marble columns and fine decorations.

Nevertheless, in spite of these signal miracles, the faith and devotion of the people grew cold. Irreligion was protected by the usurping government. Many derided the faith, the priesthood and miracles with boldness and impunity. The holy Martyr herself deigned to appear several times to good and simple souls. She manifested the anger of God at this loss of faith and religion.


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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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday January 21, 2015

February 9th, 2015
Dear Mother Patti,I thank you for the two parcels of Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, holy oil and cords of St. Philomena, wrist cords, novena prayer leaflets, booklets and printed materials. I share all that you send me with the enrolled members.A lot of miracles are happening. People come to our House of Prayer and I give them the novena leaflet and St. Philomena Wonder-Worker booklets to them. Many of them have their requests answered and they join the Living Rosary. One woman was possessed with the demon. After dipping her finger in holy oil and putting it in her mouth, we heard her crying in a loud voice. She went outside and vomited. After that she was fine.Some women who had difficulties with pregnancy, come and ask for the holy oil and they all gave birth to lovely, healthy children. Others ask for the holy oil to keep in their homes for use when someone falls sick.

I hurt my right eye when I was putting the flowers in the vases for the Altar. I could not see properly but only saw things as black. I used the holy oil in my eye and the same day my sight was restored.

People with severe back pain were healed after they wore the blessed cord of St. Philomena. Please send me more waist cords and wrist cords as many have experienced the power of God through St. Philomena.

For now, I have a lot of enrollment forms and Rosary numbers. My Mother Superior asked for a chalice. Please send us one.

Yours faithfully,

Sister Marie Fidelis – Monastery of Mary, Queen and Mother of Mercy, Malawi


I thank you very much for the parcel that I received containing the sacred Sacramentals and St. Philomena cord and oil. They are very helpful to my family in spiritual and physical healing. I want some more cord and oil, chaplet and leaflets, one T-shirt of St. Philomena to promote the ULRA in my area. I have great news to share. My wife gave birth to a frail baby boy. I told my family that we have to pray with our baby, so we all prayed together my Decade. After praying, I rubbed the holy oil all over the baby’s body and put a drop on his tongue. He has gained weight. He is one year and five months old. Thanks to Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Philomena. I promise to pray my Decade and be with St. Philomena all through my life, and spread the Living Rosary devotion. I am in financial crisis; I am not dead but still living. Please pray for my family and for me, because I need to care for my children.Nick Maroko – Papua New Guinea

OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

The tragic hour the aged Simeon had foreseen in his terrible prophecy came to pass. The Cross stands out against a cloud-filled sky. A dreadful silence resounds through that city liable for the murder of its God. Jesus is expiring. At the foot of the gibbet whereon the great Victim is nailed stands Mary, motionless, silent, engulfed in untold grief, gazing upon her dying God. What created mind could fully understand her suffering? We are familiar with trials: loss of material goods is not fatal and bodily ills make our flesh tremble, yet our minds can remain at peace. Doubts, discouragement and despondency cast shadows on our lives and may make it unbearable, but the greatest suffering springs from the heart when love is wounded.

Mary suffered through the love she bore her Son. Hers was a martyrdom which surpasses that of the martyrdom of blood. To comprehend the intensity of her pain, we would have to comprehend the depth of her love. She gave herself unreservedly to her Son, for original sin had not tarnished her Immaculate Heart. Now, her beloved Son, endures before her very eyes the most cruel, the most unjust, the most ignominious of tortures. Step by step, She follows the somber procession wending its way up Calvary. She witnesses the horrible scene of crucifixion, hears the heavy hammer drive the sharp nails into the adorable hands and feet of her Child, tearing His Flesh as His Precious Blood spills onto the ground. The soldiers jeer and the high priests mock His goodness, His holiness and His very divinity. Not for a moment does She abandon Him, nor does She miss a single moment of His suffering. When Jesus dies, She is at His Feet. There is a phenomenon the medieval philosophers called ecstasy. Love takes the heart, so to speak, of the one who loves and exchanges it with the heart of the beloved. All of Jesus’ sufferings resonated in Mary’s Heart. When the soldier’s lance pierced His Heart, it simultaneously pierced the Virgin Mother’s Soul.

When a heavy cross is laid upon our shoulders, we accuse God of unfairness and uncaring cruelty, and we abandon our faith. “How could a good God do this to us!” Did the Father not love His only Son? Did God not love the purest Virgin whom He had made the Mother of His Son? Yet, God found no more precious gift for His Son and His Mother than suffering! Through suffering, the great work of Redemption is accomplished. God sends suffering to purify us and to save us. When suffering comes, we must trust God, lovingly receive the cross and know that the victory of Easter awaits us. With Mary, let us take courage. We will climb the steep hill of Calvary so that, one day, we may savor the joys of eternal Beatitude.

“The highest veneration, after God, is due to Mary because there is no other being in Heaven or on earth arrayed in so sublime a dignity and so near to God as is Mary, the Mother of the Most High, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. When Mary was on earth, She was exalted to the pre-eminent dignity of having the Son of God subject to her and, now in her full glorification, shall She behold her dignity lowered and the love of her Divine Spouse and Son, lessened? NO! On the contrary, She shall receive, as a reward for the love She bore her Divine Son on earth, the greatest participation in His Eternal Glory. She shall sit as His beloved Mother on the right Hand side of her Son, upon the throne of glory and majesty so that the whole heavenly court may offer to their Queen the eternal homage due her as the promised Victress over Hell by reason of the Fruit of her virginal body.”

Taken from the SERVITE MANUAL
Nihil Obstat: Rt. Rev. A. Hillebrand, V.G. Prot. Apost., a.i.p.
Censor Librorum, Portland, Oregan – February 2, 1925

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Make haste to enroll your family and friends in the forty days of Holy Masses which prepare our hearts for Good Friday only to open them to the Joys of Easter Sunday!

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: + George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago

The names you send for individual enrollment for the Sacred Masses during the Lenten Season and Easter Octave will be placed upon the Altar. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy and all the priests you have helped in Ukraine will offer these Masses. Suggested donation for each enrollment is $5. Mass cards will be provided for the persons enrolled. Please PRINT the names CLEARLY:

1.                                                       7.

2.                                                        8.

3.                                                        9.

4.                                                        10.

5.                                                        11.

6.                                                        12.

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St. Philomena, Wonder-Worker (continued)

One year, owing to political unrest, the alms offered at Mugnano had diminished so much that Don Francesco had not enough to pay for the usual celebration of the Feast of the Saint. He cut down the expenses of it by half. Even so, he had to borrow thirty ducats towards them. On the evening of the feast, he went home tired and anxious not knowing how to pay the rest. A young girl asked to see him. She looked so full of trepidation that Don Francesco imagined she bore bad news of the revolution at Naples. He begged her to tell him the worst quickly. It was not that at all. St. Philomena had appeared to her in a dream complaining with much displeasure that Don Francesco had given her such a poor feast. She mentioned everything on which he had economized, including the music and the brocade hangings. “I am a Martyr and a Virgin. What does he take me for? How grieved I am!”

What, asked the poor girl, was she to say to the saint if she appeared again? Don Francesco knew his saint. His conscience was clear, for since he had no money to pay for them, it would have been dishonest to incur heavier expenses. He smiled and said, “Tell her to come to me for the answer; we shall see who is right, the saint or I. Go in peace!” Parish priests have their dignity too; they are in charge of the parish expenses. But, Philomena had the last word; for when he came to pay the bills, after settling them all, he found in his alms-box ninety ducats left without touching the thirty he had borrowed.

Philomena was as fond of her feast as most little girls of thirteen are of their birthdays. On the first anniversary of the Translation of her relics, just when the bells were going to be rung for the first Vespers, two hundred and forty soldiers, the troops of Joseph Bonaparte, entered the town.

Seeing the crowds, the commander became very suspicious, stating that it looked to him like a conspiracy against the Bonapartist Government. “Oh, a festival is it! Well, any more talk of a festival and my soldiers and I will settle down at Mugnano to keep an eye on it. The townsfolk will have to provide us and our horses with shelter and food.”

In those days, Mugnano was so full of trust in Philomena they simply went to her about it. The wise commander, seeing such an air of peace and piety about the people, and not being a bad man, changed his mind. He not only gave leave for the feast to continue, but begged that it might be celebrated as it had been intended. Everybody was delighted. St. Philomena showed her power and would have her feast; the French officers would have no trouble at all. Good humored among the child-like people, the soldiers decided to join in the feast themselves. This miracle-working Saint sounded delightful to them. The whole regiment, in full dress uniform, was ordered to be stationed about the town and actually in the church to keep order. The delight of the inhabitants at seeing the enemy turned into a Guard of Honor for Philomena knew no bounds.

They rang the bells and let off mortars all night. The French had no objection to using up their own gunpowder in this pacific manner. By the next morning, everyone was in such a good humor that the whole squadron accompanied the procession, and added greatly to its pomp. Alternately, they kept the crowd in order, and took turns playing the drums and flutes of the village. Next day, unexpectedly, the commander ordered his men back to Naples. The burden of feeding and sheltering such a number of men and horses was suddenly and miraculously removed. St. Philomena must have been smiling to herself as they rode away.


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.

Please Click here to Share Your Gift of Faith


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday January 14, 2015

February 9th, 2015
Dear Patti,Thank you immensely for your kind letter and especially for your prayers for my health. Indeed, I am grateful and very much obliged to you. I have received the boxes you sent including the one for Sister Yvette Sam. We thank you very much. The feast of St. Philomena went off well and the attendance was good, as you can see from the picture.

As usual delegates came from the neighboring parishes. It was indeed very encouraging. Fr. Pochal, my parish priest who joined the Living Rosary group last year and Fr. Clement who is also a member of the Living Rosary and Diocesan Chaplain to Marian devotions joined in this great celebration.

I enclose 41 lists of new members and we thank the Lord for the good numbers. I have been down with malaria and our plight in the tropio malaria and no vaccine is available for treating this disease.

We pray for Afzaal and thank our dear members in the USA who helped to provide funds to send him to India for spinal surgery. We pray for his father, Javaid Anwar that the Good Lord reward him with Eternal Life.

We thank you profoundly for the precious devotionals and articles which we will share with the leaders to draw souls to the joy and peace of our holy Faith. I pray daily for your family, staff and for your financial situation.

Thank you so much for the joy, peace and happiness you bring to so many across the globe. May the Good Lord reward you a hundred-fold!

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Monsignor Joseph Ayeah – Cameroon


I was so happy when I received your envelop. I sat down and prayed to St. Philomena. Whenever I receive your parcel, I feel that St. Philomena is with me. I will share all the things with my friends. There is one miracle I wish to share with you. When my brother went to tie our goats, he saw one goat’s face was swollen and was skinny. He told my father who took the goat to the animal doctor but the doctor had gone elsewhere on call. I told my father that we have a great doctor and it is Saint Philomena. I put some holy oil on my goat’s face and prayed to Saint Philomena and told her I love my goat, and to heal him fast. The second day, when my brother went to tie the goat, he told my mother that the swelling on goat’s face had gone and it is feeling well and has been healed. This is a miracle in my family. Please send me some cords and oil of St. Philomena and books on her life, and Sacramentals and prayer cards as I want to take it to church to share with my friends.Yours faithfully
Irene Lal – Fiji Island

OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

The tragic hour the aged Simeon had foreseen in his terrible prophecy came to pass. The Cross stands out against a cloud-filled sky. A dreadful silence resounds through that city liable for the murder of its God. Jesus is expiring. At the foot of the gibbet whereon the great Victim is nailed stands Mary, motionless, silent, engulfed in untold grief, gazing upon her dying God. What created mind could fully understand her suffering? We are familiar with trials: loss of material goods is not fatal and bodily ills make our flesh tremble, yet our minds can remain at peace. Doubts, discouragement and despondency cast shadows on our lives and may make it unbearable, but the greatest suffering springs from the heart when love is wounded.

Mary suffered through the love she bore her Son. Hers was a martyrdom which surpasses that of the martyrdom of blood. To comprehend the intensity of her pain, we would have to comprehend the depth of her love. She gave herself unreservedly to her Son, for original sin had not tarnished her Immaculate Heart. Now, her beloved Son, endures before her very eyes the most cruel, the most unjust, the most ignominious of tortures. Step by step, She follows the somber procession wending its way up Calvary. She witnesses the horrible scene of crucifixion, hears the heavy hammer drive the sharp nails into the adorable hands and feet of her Child, tearing His Flesh as His Precious Blood spills onto the ground. The soldiers jeer and the high priests mock His goodness, His holiness and His very divinity. Not for a moment does She abandon Him, nor does She miss a single moment of His suffering. When Jesus dies, She is at His Feet. There is a phenomenon the medieval philosophers called ecstasy. Love takes the heart, so to speak, of the one who loves and exchanges it with the heart of the beloved. All of Jesus’ sufferings resonated in Mary’s Heart. When the soldier’s lance pierced His Heart, it simultaneously pierced the Virgin Mother’s Soul.

When a heavy cross is laid upon our shoulders, we accuse God of unfairness and uncaring cruelty, and we abandon our faith. “How could a good God do this to us!” Did the Father not love His only Son? Did God not love the purest Virgin whom He had made the Mother of His Son? Yet, God found no more precious gift for His Son and His Mother than suffering! Through suffering, the great work of Redemption is accomplished. God sends suffering to purify us and to save us. When suffering comes, we must trust God, lovingly receive the cross and know that the victory of Easter awaits us. With Mary, let us take courage. We will climb the steep hill of Calvary so that, one day, we may savor the joys of eternal Beatitude.

“The highest veneration, after God, is due to Mary because there is no other being in Heaven or on earth arrayed in so sublime a dignity and so near to God as is Mary, the Mother of the Most High, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. When Mary was on earth, She was exalted to the pre-eminent dignity of having the Son of God subject to her and, now in her full glorification, shall She behold her dignity lowered and the love of her Divine Spouse and Son, lessened? NO! On the contrary, She shall receive, as a reward for the love She bore her Divine Son on earth, the greatest participation in His Eternal Glory. She shall sit as His beloved Mother on the right Hand side of her Son, upon the throne of glory and majesty so that the whole heavenly court may offer to their Queen the eternal homage due her as the promised Victress over Hell by reason of the Fruit of her virginal body.”

Taken from the SERVITE MANUAL
Nihil Obstat: Rt. Rev. A. Hillebrand, V.G. Prot. Apost., a.i.p.
Censor Librorum, Portland, Oregan – February 2, 1925

——————–

Make haste to enroll your family and friends in the forty days of Holy Masses which prepare our hearts for Good Friday only to open them to the Joys of Easter Sunday!

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: + George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago

The names you send for individual enrollment for the Sacred Masses during the Lenten Season and Easter Octave will be placed upon the Altar. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy and all the priests you have helped in Ukraine will offer these Masses. Suggested donation for each enrollment is $5. Mass cards will be provided for the persons enrolled. Please PRINT the names CLEARLY:

1.                                                       7.

2.                                                        8.

3.                                                        9.

4.                                                        10.

5.                                                        11.

6.                                                        12.

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, TX 77539, USA

Click here to download and print this information.


St. Philomena, Wonder-Worker (continued)

One year, owing to political unrest, the alms offered at Mugnano had diminished so much that Don Francesco had not enough to pay for the usual celebration of the Feast of the Saint. He cut down the expenses of it by half. Even so, he had to borrow thirty ducats towards them. On the evening of the feast, he went home tired and anxious not knowing how to pay the rest. A young girl asked to see him. She looked so full of trepidation that Don Francesco imagined she bore bad news of the revolution at Naples. He begged her to tell him the worst quickly. It was not that at all. St. Philomena had appeared to her in a dream complaining with much displeasure that Don Francesco had given her such a poor feast. She mentioned everything on which he had economized, including the music and the brocade hangings. “I am a Martyr and a Virgin. What does he take me for? How grieved I am!”

What, asked the poor girl, was she to say to the saint if she appeared again? Don Francesco knew his saint. His conscience was clear, for since he had no money to pay for them, it would have been dishonest to incur heavier expenses. He smiled and said, “Tell her to come to me for the answer; we shall see who is right, the saint or I. Go in peace!” Parish priests have their dignity too; they are in charge of the parish expenses. But, Philomena had the last word; for when he came to pay the bills, after settling them all, he found in his alms-box ninety ducats left without touching the thirty he had borrowed.

Philomena was as fond of her feast as most little girls of thirteen are of their birthdays. On the first anniversary of the Translation of her relics, just when the bells were going to be rung for the first Vespers, two hundred and forty soldiers, the troops of Joseph Bonaparte, entered the town.

Seeing the crowds, the commander became very suspicious, stating that it looked to him like a conspiracy against the Bonapartist Government. “Oh, a festival is it! Well, any more talk of a festival and my soldiers and I will settle down at Mugnano to keep an eye on it. The townsfolk will have to provide us and our horses with shelter and food.”

In those days, Mugnano was so full of trust in Philomena they simply went to her about it. The wise commander, seeing such an air of peace and piety about the people, and not being a bad man, changed his mind. He not only gave leave for the feast to continue, but begged that it might be celebrated as it had been intended. Everybody was delighted. St. Philomena showed her power and would have her feast; the French officers would have no trouble at all. Good humored among the child-like people, the soldiers decided to join in the feast themselves. This miracle-working Saint sounded delightful to them. The whole regiment, in full dress uniform, was ordered to be stationed about the town and actually in the church to keep order. The delight of the inhabitants at seeing the enemy turned into a Guard of Honor for Philomena knew no bounds.

They rang the bells and let off mortars all night. The French had no objection to using up their own gunpowder in this pacific manner. By the next morning, everyone was in such a good humor that the whole squadron accompanied the procession, and added greatly to its pomp. Alternately, they kept the crowd in order, and took turns playing the drums and flutes of the village. Next day, unexpectedly, the commander ordered his men back to Naples. The burden of feeding and sheltering such a number of men and horses was suddenly and miraculously removed. St. Philomena must have been smiling to herself as they rode away.


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.

Please Click here to Share Your Gift of Faith


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday January 7, 2015

February 9th, 2015
Dear Patti Melvin,On behalf of our prayer groups in Singapore, I truly want to thank you for your time and patience with our order. My apology to you for any inconvenience caused. I should perhaps let you know why we have placed such a large order for the blessed cords and oil of St. Philomena.

Two weeks ago, St. Philomena apparently appeared in Singapore to a lady named Cecilia while she was praying the Rosary. Cecilia did not think much about it as she did not know who St. Philomena was. The following day, while at prayer, St. Philomena appeared to Cecilia. She could not understand why this vision happened again. On the third day, she finally took courage to ask who she was and she heard a voice saying, “PHILOMENA” “PHILOMENA” “PHILOMENA”

Cecilia then quickly called her friend whose name is Cecilia and described the vision as a very beautiful young girl, holding an arrow and a palm. So her friend told her about the life of St. Philomena and she found an old book on the life of the Saint and passed it on to her to read. While standing at the book shelf in her room, trying to find the book on St. Philomena, believe it or not, the book on the Life of St. Philomena by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan, fell right in front of her. I believe everything happens for a reason. That is why we are all trying to spread the devotion to the Saint and what better way than to start with the order of her blessed cords and oil. Now, you know why I am trying to help the group with these orders.

Thank you and God bless you!

Judy – Singapore


Compliments of the season! I thank God and our Mother Mary for their protection, and also thank St. Philomena. I received your parcel and took a few of all you sent to my people in Nigeria. Please send to me in Italy a lovely box so I can send it through one of my Sisters who is going to Nigeria. In Nigeria, there are many problems. My own documents which I sent to Nigeria, came back to me after 2-3 months. I could not be in the picture because of the Nurses’ Workshop I attended to renew my Nursing License.I have given my senior brother’s wife everything you sent me so she can spread the Living Rosary devotion in Nigeria.

Thank you and God bless you,
Sister Chinelo – Casa di Riposo, ITALY


OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

The tragic hour the aged Simeon had foreseen in his terrible prophecy came to pass. The Cross stands out against a cloud-filled sky. A dreadful silence resounds through that city liable for the murder of its God. Jesus is expiring. At the foot of the gibbet whereon the great Victim is nailed stands Mary, motionless, silent, engulfed in untold grief, gazing upon her dying God. What created mind could fully understand her suffering? We are familiar with trials: loss of material goods is not fatal and bodily ills make our flesh tremble, yet our minds can remain at peace. Doubts, discouragement and despondency cast shadows on our lives and may make it unbearable, but the greatest suffering springs from the heart when love is wounded.

Mary suffered through the love she bore her Son. Hers was a martyrdom which surpasses that of the martyrdom of blood. To comprehend the intensity of her pain, we would have to comprehend the depth of her love. She gave herself unreservedly to her Son, for original sin had not tarnished her Immaculate Heart. Now, her beloved Son, endures before her very eyes the most cruel, the most unjust, the most ignominious of tortures. Step by step, She follows the somber procession wending its way up Calvary. She witnesses the horrible scene of crucifixion, hears the heavy hammer drive the sharp nails into the adorable hands and feet of her Child, tearing His Flesh as His Precious Blood spills onto the ground. The soldiers jeer and the high priests mock His goodness, His holiness and His very divinity. Not for a moment does She abandon Him, nor does She miss a single moment of His suffering. When Jesus dies, She is at His Feet. There is a phenomenon the medieval philosophers called ecstasy. Love takes the heart, so to speak, of the one who loves and exchanges it with the heart of the beloved. All of Jesus’ sufferings resonated in Mary’s Heart. When the soldier’s lance pierced His Heart, it simultaneously pierced the Virgin Mother’s Soul.

When a heavy cross is laid upon our shoulders, we accuse God of unfairness and uncaring cruelty, and we abandon our faith. “How could a good God do this to us!” Did the Father not love His only Son? Did God not love the purest Virgin whom He had made the Mother of His Son? Yet, God found no more precious gift for His Son and His Mother than suffering! Through suffering, the great work of Redemption is accomplished. God sends suffering to purify us and to save us. When suffering comes, we must trust God, lovingly receive the cross and know that the victory of Easter awaits us. With Mary, let us take courage. We will climb the steep hill of Calvary so that, one day, we may savor the joys of eternal Beatitude.

“The highest veneration, after God, is due to Mary because there is no other being in Heaven or on earth arrayed in so sublime a dignity and so near to God as is Mary, the Mother of the Most High, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. When Mary was on earth, She was exalted to the pre-eminent dignity of having the Son of God subject to her and, now in her full glorification, shall She behold her dignity lowered and the love of her Divine Spouse and Son, lessened? NO! On the contrary, She shall receive, as a reward for the love She bore her Divine Son on earth, the greatest participation in His Eternal Glory. She shall sit as His beloved Mother on the right Hand side of her Son, upon the throne of glory and majesty so that the whole heavenly court may offer to their Queen the eternal homage due her as the promised Victress over Hell by reason of the Fruit of her virginal body.”

Taken from the SERVITE MANUAL
Nihil Obstat: Rt. Rev. A. Hillebrand, V.G. Prot. Apost., a.i.p.
Censor Librorum, Portland, Oregan – February 2, 1925

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Make haste to enroll your family and friends in the forty days of Holy Masses which prepare our hearts for Good Friday only to open them to the Joys of Easter Sunday!

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.
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St. Philomena, Wonder-Worker (continued)

Many people have witnessed Philomena opening and closing her eyes as they knelt at her shrine and prayed to her. Sometimes, the eyes will open partially, as though she were peeping at them like a child who cannot bear to keep a secret much longer. The eyes that look out are so bright they seemed to be made of light.

Marianna Masucci refused to believe that anyone had seen such a thing. “How is it possible that the Saint can open her eyes when she has none beneath those closed eyelids? How could such a thing happen to a face made of paper?” I fancy an Anglo-Saxon could not have put it more cogently. “If she shows this wonder to others,” went on Marianna, “why not to me?” To this challenge, Philomena opened her eyes, looked severely at Marianna, and shut her eyes again!

Philomena was very wide awake to the prayers of her adopted Mugnano. From this day forward, graces, favors and wonders immediately overflowed, like the waters of a stream long dammed up. It was something unheard of. It was marvelous: Cures of body, soul, mind, spiritual and temporal graces, instantaneous healing of incurable maladies and striking conversions. All that was asked was obtained. The inhabitants soon began to fly to St. Philomena for assistance in all their necessities. They found their prayers were not only heard, but granted with a rapidity that has ever since been one of the special characteristics of the intercession of this great Virgin and Martyr.

Casamericiano was shot several times and had been mortally wounded by bandits. He could not move. The surgeons could do nothing for him. His relations set out on a pilgrimage to Mugnano and had a High Mass sung for his cure. They then returned home. Some days later, walking barefoot, the man whose body was so full of bullets brought an effigy displaying his many wounds. This he left at the shrine as his ex-voto to thank Philomena for his cure.

Soon, wax models of almost every part of the human body hung among the offerings at the shrine. Yes, they must have looked very queer. I suppose Philomena, with her sense of humor, must have found them even funnier than we do. But, do you think it mattered that her shrine began to look like a large doll hospital? Each and every ex-voto gives witness to the power she has with her Divine Spouse.

Do you think it would have been better if I had drawn a graceful literary veil over all these strange goings-on and had just talked vaguely of graces and favors or if I had not tried to make you see those thank-offerings? What is the good of this book if it does not give you, as far as possible, the atmosphere of the shrine? It seems to me that Philomena might object very strongly to having a genteel veil thrown over her shrine. If you want a miracle, you must pocket your reasonable agnosticism and go honestly as a pilgrim to her shrine, if only in thought we can say if we please: “Philomena, I wish you had a shrine more to my taste.” But it doesn’t sound very polite, does it? When one calls on a stranger of whom one hopes to ask a favor, one does not generally begin by saying, “I do wish your drawing-room was less tawdry.”

Philomena wouldn’t part with an inch of tinsel or an ounce of wax any more than we would part with the gifts that the fumbling fingers of those we love have made for us. Philomena’s renown soon spread. In Naples, there were numberless altars to her. Devotion to her spread like wildfire. The rich built and endowed chapels in her honor. They placed therein beautiful pictures and statues which became centers of miraculous power, her love and the gratitude of the faithful. In the city of Genoa, more than twelve hundred ex-votos in silver were offered at her shrine in less than eight months.
There is much more to be told about her shrines in France and England. But, in spirit, we must become pilgrims to Mugnano first. Here, she preaches to the world her message of absolute simple and matter-of-fact confidence in God. St. Philomena is always insistent of her dignity as a virgin and martyr because that dignity is relative to the dignity of Christ Himself. Bombs, guns, a poor papier-mâché figure, red and blue deckings and tinsel flowers she accepts with pleasure, but not any lack of reverence.


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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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday December 31, 2014

February 9th, 2015
Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,With the dawn of Epiphany, that day in which the King of Kings will establish His reign of Peace upon the Earth is fulfilled. From the extreme parts of the unbelieving East come in person the Magi, Gentiles, who take the place of those in the Synagogue who refused God’s Love. Charity is the bond of perfection which unites all Christians together as one great family of God. We must be full of mercy, kindness, humility, modesty and patience. We must bear with one another and forgive one another. Only then will the Peace of Christ dwell not only within our hearts, but also in those around us. Our homes will truly be like that of Nazareth. We must make our offering to the new-born King, after the example of the Magi. Our offering must not be anything material or lifeless. He that is Life gives His whole Self to us in return. Let us present to Him our hearts, a living sacrifice that His Will may be done in us. No man can be wise without Faith, which reveals to us that we must be united by love to form one Body in Christ, partaking of His Life, His Wisdom, His Light and His kingly Character.

The Magi followed a star which spoke to them through a divine grace. They were attentive and obedient with promptitude to the inspiration given them by God and they made haste to Bethlehem. They left their country, their riches, their families and their quiet in order to follow a star which went before them; the dangers of such a journey, the fatigues of pilgrimage which might last for weeks or months, the fear of awakening in a Roman Empire hostile to them, mattered nothing to them. They arrived in Bethlehem in the humble stable of the Son of God-made-Man. Presiding over His Mystical Body, Mary is present as co-operatrix in the world’s salvation and as Mother of Divine Grace. And, so it is consummated, Bethlehem is not merely the birthplace of Our Redeemer; it is the cradle of the Church! The poor stable of Bethlehem held within it all the riches of Heaven and Earth. The gifts brought by the three Kings to the Infant Jesus sublimely express the three characters of the God-Man. Gold which signifies that charity which unites us to God; Frankincense which signifies prayer that brings God into man’s heart; and Myrrh, self-abnegation, suffering, mortification, whereby we are delivered from the slavery of our corrupt nature. The relics of the three Kings are kept in a magnificent Shrine, a superb Cathedral and one of the grandest Churches of the Christian world, the Cathedral of Cologne. There, they are honored as Prophets and Apostles.

We pray for you and your family, your spiritual strength, physical health and material needs, family unity, protection from every evil, and for your perseverance and a holy death.

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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

With the prayers and respect,


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


Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,The Mystery of the Incarnation has enriched our lives and given us great hope for the bleak days which loom ahead of us. Of ourselves, we can do nothing! With God, everything is possible. Let us remain humble as the shepherds and filled with the wisdom of the three Kings from the East. Patience and obedience are the words which guide us into the New Year.

After the Magi departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in his sleep, saying, “Arise and take the Child and His Mother, and fly into Egypt; and be there until I have called for thee. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the Child to destroy Him.” Let us look into the mystery of the Ways of God as a means of achieving His high purposes. Here, we see the unconditional pliability of the soul which is essential for perfection. Do we have this unquestioning obedience to the dispositions and permissions of God’s fatherly providence over our whole lives? “Arise, fly into Egypt.” No questions asked, no consideration of circumstances, no pause for excuse. They start off without delay on this long and dangerous journey to Egypt. In God’s judgment, there was something eminently divine and surpassingly loving in this supreme test of the quality of the obedience of Mary and Joseph, and of their conformity to His ever wise and loving providence: Perfect, ready and entire execution of God’s holy Will. What a lesson for us all is their blind obedience, absolute trust and unconditional compliance to the Will of God.

“I have come from Heaven not to do My Will, but the Will of Him Who sent Me.” (John 6: 38)

The respectful and confident love which good children bear to their father, makes them resolve to love not only according to the commandments he imposes, but also according to the desires and preferences he manifests. The purpose of the Incarnation and Redemption of the Eternal Son of God was not merely to open Heaven and enable human souls to enter there, just saved and nothing more. NO, the purpose was to open Heaven so fully that all the places and thrones forfeited by the rebel angels should be filled by deserving human beings and should be filled gloriously. What of the Gold, Incense and Myrrh He is expecting you to offer today: Your Lives, Your Treasures and Your Aspirations? Hold nothing back; Trust Him, love Him, give yourselves absolutely and entirely over to His Divine Pleasure!

I remain, one with you, in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.


SAINT PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continues)CHAPTER III

Miracles Begin

The solemn ceremonial for the reception of the relics was fixed for Sunday, August 11th. Before dawn, Mugnano was the gathering point for crowds of people from neighboring villages. All came to see the new saint. “Would she work miracles?” Each one – old, young, prosperous and destitute – had urgent requests to be made at her shrine.

They were met by the excited inhabitants who greeted them with the story of the cure of Don Francesco at Rome, the rapping of the Bishop in the carriage, the change in the statue’s looks, and many other wonders which had accompanied the shrine from Naples. Every story about Philomena would spread like wildfire. They must have heard, too, about the cure of the gangrened hand, of the bearer who was in pain, of the beam of light on the road, of the shrine growing heavy and light again, of the whirlwind which could not blow out the candles, and of the rain on the parched fields. You know the energy with which a Neapolitan will even explain the importance of taking a left and not a right-hand turn; imagine, then, the little knots of people in front of the church before it was opened! Had our great-grandmothers been there, they would have supposed that a revolution was being planned.

The apparent ringleader of the furious mob was Angelo Biano. He was marching up and down, waving his arms. You see, he had been bedridden with gout for months and unable to go to work. He had to sit groaning in his bed, nothing but an expense and a care to his poor relatives. When he heard of the new saint who was coming, he prayed to her during the whole of that Friday night before her arrival to grant him the grace to see and kiss her relics. He vowed that, if she would cure him before morning, he would accompany the procession to the church. His prayer seemed unheard, for his pains increased beyond measure. A depressing answer from the new saint. But Angelo was not so easily put off. Somehow, his hope also increased. When he heard the bells and the bombs announcing that she was drawing near Mugnano, he dragged himself up, grimaced and shed tears with the pain, somehow dressed himself, seized his stick, and tumbled out of his house into the street. There, he was cured. He ran to join the procession, shouting the news and praising God and Philomena. The church was opened and the crowds poured in. It was not much quieter inside than outside.

For nine days, the population prayed before the saint, the ninth day was marked by many miracles. This suggests that the other eight days were not. The whole of that week, in spite of their greetings, prayers and offerings, Philomena lay like Sleeping Beauty, pretending not to hear them. They must have tired of their loving and deferential praises, and began to coax her. Although she was a saint and a martyr, to them she was also a little girl of thirteen. They understood that Philomena was a Christian like themselves, only a much better one whose own troubles were over, she was in Paradise now and had every opportunity of getting for them what they needed. They said to her, “Look, darling, look at my poor arm now! You see how bad it is. You remember what you did for the lady at Naples, don’t you darling? Well, now you are going to do something like that for poor Rosamaria, aren’t you, my pretty?”

But, Philomena didn’t do a thing!

Angela Guerriero had a ten-year-old son who was crippled and unable to stand. Fervently, she prayed for eight days without a sign of cure for her boy. On the ninth day, just as she had bowed her head at the Elevation, she heard a slither beside her. Turning around to see if Modestino had fallen, she saw him running up the aisle to Philomena to thank her for his cure. Forgetful of everything, his mother cried out, “A Miracle! A Miracle!”

Everyone’s head was raised. They saw Modestino stand on his own bare brown feet. Everyone cried just as loud as Angela had done and the church resounded with their thanksgiving. After Mass, Modestino walked round the town showing everyone his straight legs and feet. His dear mother wept tears of joy.

Everyone in the town pushed to get into the church for Vespers. This was impossible; the church could not hold them all. One woman, carrying a heavy two-year-old baby, pushed and struggled in vain to get inside the church. Having suffered with smallpox, her child was incurably blind. During the sermon, when the crowd was standing more or less still, she managed to edge her way, inch by inch, to the shrine. Not very polite behavior during a sermon. She dipped her finger in the oil of a lamp which was burning before the shrine and anointed the baby’s eyes with it. Instantly and without pain, the scarred eyelids opened and the eyes beneath them saw the light of the lamp. The baby laughed with joy and made a grab at it.

Cries and shouts of triumph echoed throughout the church. The crowd outside pushed and struggled to get in and see what had happened. The preacher shouted his loudest in the hope of calming the congregation. He feared lest someone might be trampled upon or crushed in the excitement. But no one would pay the slightest attention to him. They wanted to see the baby. With difficulty, the good man got hold of the child, carried him high over his head to the pulpit and there he sat for all to see. The miraculously cured baby preached a sermon far better than the priest could do by sitting there dazed with the noise, the lights, the faces and the world of sight.

The full flood of miracles began: a cripple of twelve years was cured, a beggar whose rags hardly covered him obtained strength of limb that he might once again earn his living; a blind man left a most precious ring at the shrine as a “love offering” and was completely cured upon his return home. Another cure of blindness was the girl from Nola, whom the best physicians could not help. She refused to leave the shrine, saying she would stay there till Philomena cured her. She would not even go out to take a meal. Kind neighbors brought her a little food, which she ate in the church. At nightfall she had to leave. Just as she was being led away blind as ever, she saw the side windows of the church and those in front glowing with the last light of the sunset. She began to rejoice. The next morning she returned with still more confidence to the church. She remained there the whole of next day. Upon coming out of the dim place, she saw a hedge by the roadside and men like trees walking. At noon the following day, surrounded by prayerful devotees, she was heard to exclaim, “I can see the statue in the Shrine!” A little later, she saw the details of it as well as the church. When rejoicing crowds brought her back to her lodging that night, she showed her hostess that she could thread a very fine needle with silk. Don Francesco had intended, after the novena, to take the shrine from the church and put it in his own private chapel. He had meant the little saint to be his counselor and friend. By now, she was the counselor and friend of the whole of Mugnano. It would be a rash act to try to take her out of the parish church. A chapel was prepared. On the 29th of September, Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, the shrine was moved to this chapel after a Solemn High Mass. Another High Mass was sung at the new altar above the relic and the Te Deum chanted. The Translation of Saint Philomena was complete.


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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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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday December 24, 2014

February 9th, 2015
Dear Esteemed Members and Benefactors the Living Rosary,

We are eager to share with you today the vast scope of the work done this year through the Living Rosary Center here in Ukraine.

We have tried to compile figures which contain the full report of achievement of our work in 2014 in Ukraine. This year, we enrolled over 15,000 new members to the Living Rosary organization. Our people are very grateful to you for making it possible to maintain the Center here. It is an extremely busy and active Center. We published over 60,000 leaflets on How to Pray the Rosary and have distributed them throughout the country. The people who are active in the battle for the dignity and independence of Ukraine from Russian tyranny, have been praying the Rosary every day. Many of our people are troops who are defending our country in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. We have sent over 5,000 Rosaries for them. Many military men give witness that their lives were saved and they were able to return to their families through the power of the Daily Decade.

This year, the Center published over 45,000 Catholic Calendars for our members and for the poor. The Calendar provides information about our work and gives the people a means to contact us for the fruits of membership in the Living Rosary. We are now approaching the Feast of St. Nicholas which is observed on December 19 in the Greek Catholic Church. This day is highly respected among the children and youth of Ukraine. We published 15,000 booklets about St. Nicholas for children, which encourage them to believe in God and love the Mother of God. This year, we published over 100,000 cards and different leaflets of devotion. We have been able to distribute our materials to those women who are contemplating the intention of killing their babies by abortion.

Youth is one of our special focuses and a book was published on, “How to Love and Serve God.” This book was widely distributed in schools and the families of the members of the Living Rosary. We have worked hard to spread devotion to St. Philomena, distributing over 100,000 cords of St. Philomena, 50,000 thousand Brown Scapulars and chaplets of St. Philomena to the poor and the sick. During the year of 2014, our Center posted through the mail, over 10,000 letters and boxes with books and Sacramentals to the whole country.

We implore you to continue to help us to accomplish that which is absolutely vital to the peace of the world. We are praying very hard to convert Ukraine, Russia and the whole world. Our hotline is open to all those who are suffering and need guidance 24 hours a day. We could do more, but funds are sadly lacking. And, we witness this month the great tax increase of 17% interest on all things purchased. This is a great suffering for our people.

Your families, your special intentions, your needs, good health and courage are always in our prayers at Holy Mass. We wish for all of you protection from evil, holy perseverance, courage and the fulfilment of all your dreams and works.

I and all the priests, members and staff of the Living Rosary in Ukraine wish you a Happy, Holy Christmas and New Year filled with strong health and peace of soul!

With the prayers and respect,

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


Dear Patty Melvin,

The package of religious articles arrived in good condition. I appreciate your efforts in getting it to us. They are very useful in helping us continue to promote devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Philomena, our Wonder-Worker. They came just in time for the needs of one of our professors to share with her students and the parishioners of her subdivision. You can imagine the joy in their eyes and the happiness on their faces after receiving the Sacramentals. Lists of newly recruited members of the Living Rosary are also enclosed.

I shared the holy oil and cord of St. Philomena with Daisy, a patient who just had her kidney transplant recently. She is scheduled for a liver transplant soon. Please include her in your prayers. May I also ask you to pray for my painful knees which sometimes make it difficult for me to move around! I still have a few drops of the holy oil so I can apply on my knees every night. I trust that St. Philomena will miraculously heal me.

Please send me another package and include the holy oil and cords of St. Philomena. Thank you for your generosity and support. Let us be united in prayers. Gratefully in Our Lady,

Sr. Magdalena Goretti, SPC
St. Paul University
Cagayan, PHILIPPINES


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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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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday December 17, 2014

February 9th, 2015
Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,We send our warmest wishes to you and your family for a holy and happy Advent Season and glorious Christmas. Your great love for God and zeal for souls has reached to the ends of the earth during the year. Many lives have been enriched through your prayers and your support. It is a struggle for us to understand why God permits the great suffering in the world today, yet through it, He unites us to His crucified Heart. Our prayer for you is that your entire family will be united one day in Heaven for all eternity. For this, our FIAT is most essential!

We are on the battle field. We must know God, know our enemies and know ourselves in order to make the right decisions. We cannot simply drift, we must choose, not now and then, but day by day in all the events of our lives. God’s law and authority are supreme. All that leads us away from God stems from the devil and his angels. He is the deceiver, the liar, the denier. We must exalt in our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces steadfastness and hope because through it God pours into our hearts His Love. We must choose between God and self. This is the ultimate test. Are we able to admit our dependence upon God? Our exposure to the tyranny of Satan can be made Stair-Steps-to-HEAVEN if we but use each pin-prick, every spot on the table cloth, every temptation and every fall an act of love for God and of confidence in His Power to help us. We must make use of every trial and experience in this life, united with Christ, as part of our training for Heaven.

All sin in the world has come about through the cooperation of man with Satan. The greatest menace to the welfare of souls can be measured by the extent to which Satan has succeeded in making himself unknown. Satan is hiding today behind the almost universal denial of his existence.

Those who engage in the direct practice of Satanic Rites commit a deadly and horrible sin, but their influence is far less dangerous than the overwhelming devotion of so many to the aims of Satan which are fostered by everyone who allows himself to be drawn into the Cult of Materialism! Our profession of faith in Matter independent of God is a direct and most grievous violation of the First Commandment. It is the idolatry of Satan and gives him great power over the minds and hearts of mankind. Christ and His Will are the greatest protection we have against the power of Satan!

I remain, one with you, in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.


ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

The ninth of August was the day chosen for the triumphal journey to Mugnano. When the two men who were chosen to act as bearers arrived from Mugnano, poor Donna Angela realized that Philomena, whom she had come to love as her own daughter, was going. She could not bear to part with the shrine. Don Francesco reminded her that she was not necessarily parting with Philomena just because she must part with the relics. Philomena was a saint in Heaven who would be as near her in Naples as she was near to her own relics in Mugnano. Donna Angela continued weeping, saying what she had said before, what the interested bearers could not quite understand, about the way the expression of the figure had changed more than once while she was tending it. The spirit of Philomena had animated this clay made from paper, as it had once perfectly informed and animated the clay of her body.

Don Francesco, being an Italian, understood a mother’s heart. “Come,” he said, taking something out of his pocket. “Here is the one and only key of the shrine. You shall have it. She shall belong to you like a daughter. I will only be her guardian. I shall not be able to touch her without asking you for the key. If there is a demand for relics and I want to touch her with pieces of linen which can be distributed, I shall have to ask you to come and unlock the shrine.”

Infinitely consoled, Donna Angela watched the little procession set out by moonlight, late in the evening of August 9th. One of the men who acted as bearer had been suffering with severe internal pain. The moment came for him to take his share of the burden. Don Francesco said to him, “Have faith, take your share of the weight and you will see the Saint will heal you.” To the man’s wild joy, that is exactly what she did. Praying the Rosary and singing hymns, they traveled on to Mugnano.

Soon, heavy clouds threatened a storm and all became anxious. They prayed to Philomena for help. Just then, a little space in the sky opened and the moon and stars shone bright. It was past midnight when the company came to Cimitile, formerly a suburb of Nola, a place where thousands of martyrs had suffered under the Roman Emperors. About a mile before they reached this village, the porters began to complain of the weight of the case. Both men declared that it was not that they were tired, but that the case had suddenly become as heavy as lead. Their shoulders swelled under its weight and they had to stop every few paces to catch their breath. One of them exclaimed, “O my Saint, you have become so heavy!” When they reached Nola, they said they could go no farther and laid the case down on the ground. Although it was only made of wood, on touching the ground, it gave forth a metallic sound as though it had been made of bronze. This sound was re-echoed by the earth. It was as if a salutation passed between Philomena and those who, like her, had died for Christ.

Don Francesco was afraid they would not be able to go on. He sent one bearer on to Mugnano to bring back a strong man to help. The men succeeded in raising the case and transporting it some distance. By the time they were two miles out of Cimitile, they had no difficulty at all. There was a shout of:

“A Miracle! A Miracle! The Saint has become as light as a feather again, just as she was at Naples!”

St. Philomena was teaching them that ground saturated with the blood of martyrs is holy. There was something affectionate, dignified and almost mischievous about her. Especially, today, these appealing qualities are needed to draw and convert the unaffectionate, the undignified, the pompous and the un-childlike. Mugnano had been preparing since the previous evening for the arrival of their new helper and patroness. The bells had been rung at noonday to remind every one of her arrival. Bombs had been fired because, as I said, it is an explosive country and that was how they expressed themselves. Amidst clouds of dust and the grueling sun, the villagers decorated the road by which she would come. “My word!” they said, wiping their foreheads, “If the new saint wishes to introduce herself, let her put an end to these months of drought!”


Dear Patti,It gives great joy to me and the two promoters I am working with, to see how animated the faithful are and the enthusiasm with which they have taken to the Rosary prayer. We have been blessed with a number of healings and conversions. I relate here below three miracles:

1. Two young girls, aged 9 and 11 years respectively, accompanied their mother on a maize plantation field to do the weeding. Eventually, the girls left their mother and went in search of mice. While digging for mice, the younger one stopped to ferret through the heap of soil which the older girl had dug as she thought she had seen a mice buried therein. Unaware of her younger sister’s intention, the older girl desiring to dig more, raised the hoe and, while bringing it down, accidently inflicted a deep cut on the head of her sister and blood oozed out profusely. She cried out loud for her mother who came running and could not believe her eyes. They were very far from the road and the hospital. In her desperation, she remembered that she had a little bottle of St. Philomena holy oil. She fished it out, prayed to the Blessed Virgin and to St. Philomena, shaved the wounded area and applied the holy oil. Believe me, the oozing of blood stopped instantly! As the night approached, the wounded girl started to see visions. She was seeing a very beautiful young girl, wearing a crown of flowers around her head with a little bottle in her hand, touching her head and massaging her wound with the contents of the bottle in her hand. The mother was dumbfounded and thought her daughter’s condition was getting worse. The mother had an intuition. She rushed to where she had laid her bag, got the Decade card and showed it to her, asking if this is the girl she was seeing. “Yes! Yes!” She cried out, “This is the very one!” The mother was delighted realizing that the wound of her child was indeed being massaged by St. Philomena. The wound healed without the medical doctor’s touch!

2. A one year old baby was ill to the point of death. She had severe diarrhea and the mother took her to Our Lady’s hospital here and the doctors admitted her in the ICU. On the second day of admission, the mother sneaked out of the hospital leaving the child behind, to prepare for her child’s funeral at home. The grandfather happened to be a friend of mine. He shared this information of the plight of the little one with me. Together, we set out to the hospital where we found a good Samaritan old woman attending to the deserted little girl! We knelt down on our knees, prayed to the Virgin Mary and to St. Philomena. I laid the Decade card on the bed, and gave the holy oil to the woman and said, “Drop a little oil in the baby’s mouth and smear a little on the baby’s anus.” At this point, the child’s grandmother and mother came in, and the grandmother took over the process of anointing the baby. In two days’ time, the child’s condition improved. On the fourth day, the baby had to be shifted to the general ward and, a week later, discharged from the hospital. Today, the child is alive and healthy!

3. Rosaria, a mother of five children, had gone to her maize and groundnut field with two of her children, Clement aged 13 and Raymond aged 15. They had carried with them a two and a half liter plastic water container, not opaque and without a lid. They toiled in the field till late in the day. Clement became more exhausted and very thirsty. He sat down to quench his thirst. He picked the container and gulped down the water. Alas, there was a swarm of bees in the container and he was stung by some bees. His throat became swollen in no time. He was rushed to the hospital, his condition worsened and he could hardly eat anything or swallow water. The doctor recommended an operation. Rosaria’s neighbor, Pascalina, had the holy oil of Saint Philomena and asked Rosaria to pray with her to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to St. Philomena. They prayed intensely. Then, Pascalina put a few drops of holy oil into Clement’s mouth and smeared a bit of the oil on his throat. Later that evening, they were joined by a group for a prayer session. Pascalina again poured a little holy oil into his mouth. After this, Clement was able to swallow the water. Eventually, he was able to eat solid food! The doctor averted the operation.

The young people can definitely benefit from the YOUTH FOR PURITY campaign at home and in the schools. We only have to organize ourselves for it. I am a lay person, 77 years old, widower and a father of 13 children. We need Decade cards, Rosary numbers, Sacramentals, St. Philomena cord and oil, two or three small statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, large posters of St. Philomena pictures and printed materials.

You are always remembered in my prayers.

Aloysius Kunda
Mpika, Zambia – C. AFRICA


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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