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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
PEACE PLAN FROM HEAVEN

Men Must Cease Offending God, Who Is Already Too Much Offended!

Pope Pius XII issued an Encyclical in 1948 to the whole world calling upon every family and every diocese to make the consecration. In 1952, this same Pontiff consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in union with the whole Church and had a medal struck to commemorate this monumental dedication. Yet, Sr. Lucia wrote that, although God was pleased with this act, it was incomplete …

“It cannot be complete until every individual, every home, every diocese and every country consecrates itself, after the example of the Holy Father to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” Sister Lucia

In November 1961, in New Delhi-India, Patriarch Nikodim of the Russian Orthodox Church laid down the conditions of the Kremlin which had to be accepted before they would attend the Vatican Council-II. The Vatican-Moscow Agreement is no secret. In early 1962, the pledge was signed by the Vatican that no hostile declaration would be made by the Council against Russia. Communism was not to be mentioned. And, today, we are told that Communism is dead. Yet, it marches on to engulf the world with its doctrines and iron fist.

We will know that the Immaculate Heart of Mary has Triumphed as She promised, when the Holy Father united with all the Bishops gather in Rome to define the third and final Marian dogma that Our Blessed Mother is the Mediatrix of all Graces and Co-redemptrix of the world. This Triumph will be the outward sign of the consecration of Russia. Then, the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart will reign on earth as They do in Heaven. Peace will be given to the world.

IT IS THE WILL OF GOD!

The Holy Ghost is God. The Blessed and ever-virgin Mary is His Immaculate Spouse. Of Mary, there can never be enough! What is given to Her is given to Him!

O Mary conceived without Original Sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee and for those who do not have recourse to thee, especially for the enemies of Holy Mother the Church.

The name of Lucifer is LEGION. He is constantly changing his name and his image, but his indelible mark remains unchanged: hatred of the Church, hatred of the just and hatred of the Immaculate Mother of God. The Holy Ghost is the principle of the life of the Church and, therefore, the source of Her holiness and Her unity. Disunion from this life results in death. Arrogant and disciplined by an inhuman mystique, the enemy applies methodically, point-by-point, his plan of extermination. Mary the Immaculate is our direct way to Jesus Christ. She is the weapon of conquest with which to establish the reign of Jesus Christ universally from one end of the earth to the other! Nothing must sorrow the Holy Ghost quite as much as the mediocrity of we who are vowed to His Spouse. Embracing the Blessed Virgin Mary, the principle dogmas of our Faith are read, grasped, loved and believed. Our Blessed Mother contained and contains the Gospel which She offers to us through the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary! She is the fountain of grace which is poured out upon us through her powerful Sacramentals of the Holy Rosary and the Scapular of Mount Carmel. True Christians can be recognized by their IMMENSE love for the Mother of God, but nothing short of IMMENSE! The Immaculata will impart to us a deep love for Her Divine Spouse and obtain for us the fullness of His Gifts.

We are on all sides surrounded and pressed by the spirit of the world. Never in any other Age has the hostile spirit of the world risen up so mightily against the Kingdom of the Holy Ghost, Holy Mother the Church. Never has apostasy from the faith been more general, nor presumption more extreme, nor hatred and jealousy between nations more ferocious. Our Age is identified by sin against the Holy Ghost. In this Age, a religion, peculiar to itself, is here. The worship of the devil has affected apostasy from the truth and confusion of the mind. Ours is an Age of spiritual darkness, lies, godlessness and despair.

Sin is the evil which surpasses all other evils put together, destroying our union with God and man, annulling our claims to future happiness, rendering us victims of eternal misery and deranging the harmony which should exist between nature itself and the human soul. Owing to our want of thought, sin reigns everywhere in all shapes of corruption and disorder. Its dominion is universal, extending through all the paths and avenues of society, infecting every state and condition, defiling each Age, and tainting alike both men and women. Sin is the rejection of God’s authority, our positive refusal to submit to His Commandments, an act of downright rebellion against Him. The ingratitude which it implies is the blackest of all ingratitude – total disregard for a father, benefactor, lover and friend. By sin, we positively trample His mercies and His kindness under our feet. We may form our idea of the atrocity of any crime by the weight and nature of the punishments which are inflicted because of it. When our first parents sinned, God visited them with the severest penalty. He converted His Paradise of delights into a vale of tears; and His promise of immortality, He changed to a sentence of death.

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About the ‘rights of man’ – as they are called – ¬the people have heard enough!

IT IS TIME WE SHOULD HEAR ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF GOD!

Quote from the Encyclical letter, TAMETSI, of Pope Leo XIII

The Name of God is not hallowed as It should be, if It is not hallowed publicly and so¬cially. Our Lord’s Kingdom is meant to come, not only in individual souls and in Heaven but on earth, through submission of States and Na¬tions to His rule. The Catholic is not a being who shuts himself up in an oratory occupied exclusively with his own soul and takes no in¬terest in the world. Catholics must never relinquish the struggle for God’s Rights. Let him never be resigned to the dethronement of Christ the King. The dethronement of Jesus Christ the King is a crime! We come into union with Our Lord, not as isolated individuals, but as members of a supernatural organism, the Mystical Body of Christ. Through Baptism, we are incorporated into this organism of which Christ is the invisible Head. All members of this organism are united battling for the Divine Order of the world. The supernatural life is not the life of a soul, but the life of a Member of Christ, composed of soul and body, occupying a place in an organic unity destined to mold the world for Christ. We must affirm unflinchingly that this Supernatural Grace is infinitely superior to every nation and every race. The violent attack of today upon this Supernatural Life of the world must be countered with an energetic defense. Let all good men unite and form an immense association of action and prayer. As we have seen the REVOLUTION launched by the declaration of the Rights of Man and the social expulsion of Jesus Christ, may we see the same Revolution come to an end by the universal recognition of the RIGHTS OF GOD and of the duties of the human race to its Savior and King!

“The claim to withdraw the public life of States and Nations from subjection to God and His Law is the dominant error and capital crime of this century.” Cardinal Pie 1880

Catholics succumb to the lure of Christ’s enemies largely because they are not trained for the real struggle in the world. They display a lamentable lack of cohesion and piti¬able want of enthusiasm for Christ’s interests. Everywhere, Satan combats and seeks to eliminate the Supernatural Life of Grace and participation in the Life of the Blessed Trinity. Satan’s act of rebellion was a refusal to depend on the Blessed Trinity for his happiness and perfection. By that act, he not only forfeited the Life of Grace but declared war on it. All the frightful energy, then, of Satan’s hatred is specially directed against the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the priesthood and the Church as the living, authoritative, and permanent Teaching Authority strengthened by God’s own power and taught by the Spirit of Truth, Who willed and or¬dered, under the gravest penalties that its teachings should be received as if they were His own. Pope Leo XIII, in the Encyclical, SATIS COGNITUM, writes: “… it must not be supposed that It is only to be yielded in relation to dog¬mas of which the obstinate denial cannot be disjoined from the crime of heresy. But, further, it is to sincerely and firmly assent to doctrines which, though not defined by any solemn pronouncement of the Church, are by Her proposed to belief, as divinely revealed in Her common and universal teaching and which the Vatican Council declared are to be believed with Catholic and divine faith … We are bound absolutely to worship God in that way which He has shown to be His Will. We beg and beseech each one for the sake of his eternal salvation, to consider it a sacred obligation of conscience never in the least to deviate from what the Apostolic See has enjoined in this matter.”

If Jesus Christ be excluded, human rea¬son is left without its greatest protection and illumination. Belief in Christ will not be preserved true and genuine if not supported and protected by belief in the Church which is the pillar and ground of truth. His command to hear His words in the words and commandments of the Church is meant for the men of all times and all places. All attempts to dislodge this teaching and truth from the rock of faith, sooner or later, lead the individual and community to moral destruction. Christian marriage, the foundation of the Christian Fam¬ily, as the Symbol of the union of Christ and His Mystical Body, is ONE AND INDISSOLUBLE.

“Prefer absolutely nothing to the Love of Christ.” Rule of St. Benedict

The fundamental doctrine of Natural¬ism or Rationalism is the supremacy of human reason which, refusing due submission to the Divine and Eternal Reason, proclaims its own independence. The great error of this Age is that religion is a matter of indifference and that one religion is as good as another. Such an attitude spells the ruin of all religions, but it is the grav¬est injustice and worst form of insult to the one True Religion. The term liberty is made use of in order to justify abuses and excesses. Modern society, under the influence of Satan, is organ¬ized upon the principle that human nature is of itself divine, that man is God and therefore subject to nobody.

“God reigns visibly on earth, when the Incarnate Son of God rules and the Incarnate Son of God rules, when the rule of His Church is definitely acknowledged.” – Pius XI

“Let us unite in mind and heart launching a counter attack on this universal evil that truth may, at length, triumph over error and virtue over vice and this, through confident recourse to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and continual use of her heavenly weapons, the Holy Rosary and Brown Scapu¬lar. Victorious over Satan in the very first instant of Her Immaculate Conception, may she show forth her power over this wicked movement, which We clearly see to be ani-mated with the spirit of revolt, and with the incorrigible perfidy and hypocrisy of Satan and his fellow demons. Let us implore the help of St. Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, who hurled those rebels down to Hell, and of St. Joseph, the Spouse of the Most Holy Virgin and Patron and Protector of the Catholic Church. Under their protection and the persevering prayer of the faithful, may God mercifully come to the help of the human race, exposed to so many dangers! – Pope Leo XIII, 1884

“God governs the world but Prayer governs God Himself!” St. John Chrysostom

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Dear Patti,Remember, several times I had told you when you depart from this world and arrive into the Presence of the Lord, you will find out how many people you helped with your religious material. Well, sometimes our Merciful Lord lets us know some fruits of our work to encourage us to continue doing this work.

You sent me some books, The Stations of the Cross that I distributed in 3 Churches. One of those was at St. Philip Neri. There, I gave this book to a lady. I saw her come into the church once in a while. I offered her the book after the Mass at 11:15 on the First Sunday of Lent. I spoke to her about The Stations of The Cross and the great help that brings to our souls to do it especially during Lent. She took it and went home. Then, I saw her the next day at the 12 noon Mass and she was doing the Stations of the Cross. It made me very happy. To make a long story short, I saw her doing it daily.

Two weeks before the Holy Week, I offered the book, Reign with Christ. She took it and told me very emotionally, “Luisa, you have no idea how much you helped me with the ‘The Station of The Cross’ book. I am meditating on it every day.” It touched me very deeply and brought me closer to the Lord.

She continued, “I went to pray very close to the Tabernacle. I wasn’t doing this for a long time. I was breaking away from my faith because I have had many problems (she recently lost her husband). Now, I can tell you my faith is very strong. I trust more the Lord and I feel that I need to pray more and I feel good doing it now.”

For a long time she had been looking for a 2 bedroom apartment. Her brother is very sick. He is confined to his bed and needs help. She had been spending a lot of time and money on applications in looking for it, without any success. One day, when she was praying to the Lord close to the Tabernacle, it came to her head so clearly to go to visit her brother. She said that was Divine inspiration. She felt it and went to visit him and, among his mail, she found an application for a two bedroom apartment. She completed the form, sent it out and he got the apartment.

She is now attending Mass and receiving Communion daily. She said that she is a different person. She is evangelizing to her daughters, son and her sister. She wants to bring them closer to the Lord (I don’t remember if she is evangelizing to her brother). She asked me to send by mail every new book. She will be moving in May to Syracuse with her brother.

She got the 2 bedroom apartment and the rent is not too high. She feels full of faith and wants to help her brother more than ever. She said that the great faith that she is feeling and experiencing is beautiful. She has a new life, a new vision and is focusing to be a better Christian. She told me all of that very emotionally. She loves the book, ‘The Stations of The Cross’ and she treasures it.

I am very happy for her. I told her that it is the Lord that works in amazing ways and He wants her very close to Him. He is the only one that she can thank for that beautiful conversion and to you for that book. I hope that I didn’t bore you. But, I needed to tell you that beautiful testimony and conversion through the great book, ‘The Stations of The Cross’

Now, I let you know one of the fruits of your work. God wanted you to know about it.

Sincerely,

Luisa – NY, USA

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MOTHER OF GOD!

All the splendors of participation in Divine Life, which Grace produces in our souls, are realized in Mary with a prominence, a force and a realism, wholly singular! The Triune God communicated Himself to her in the highest degree possible for a simple creature. Mary’s dignity, according to St. Thomas, “touches on the threshold of the Infinite.”

When Adam, deprived of the state of grace, was driven from Paradise, only one ray of hope illumined the darkness of fallen humanity: “I will put enmities between thee and the woman,” God said to the serpent, “and … She shall crush thy head.” She will always be the spotless and immaculate one belonging wholly to God: whom He will introduce into the circle of His Divine Family by bonds of the closest intimacy with each of the three divine Persons: “Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, Spouse of the Holy Ghost.” Mary lived her divine filiation in humble dependence and loving adherence to God’s every desire.

Mary lived not only God’s manifest Will, but His Will of permission, as seen by her loving acceptance of all: the long journey to Bethlehem when She was about to bring into the world the Son of God, the poor humble shelter of the stable, the flight into Egypt by night, the loss of Jesus in the temple, a life of poverty and weariness, and finally the disgrace of the Passion and Death of her beloved Son on Calvary. What an example of humble dependence on God, absolute fidelity to His Will, perseverance in spite of the difficulties and sacrifices She had to encounter!

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy Will.”

Mary lived only for God. We never see her influenced by selfish motives or by personal interest; only one thing moved her: the Glory of God and the interests of Jesus and of souls. All of Mary’s greatness and glory are explained in the light of her divine maternity; furthermore, her very existence is explained by her predestination to this high office. We love and honor Mary because She is the Mother of God. Our devotion to her makes our love for God and for Jesus, deeper and more tender. God could make a bigger world or a wider sky, but He could not raise a pure creature higher than Mary, for the dignity of Mother of God is the highest dignity that can be conferred on a creature. No one could ever say more truly than Mary: “I live now, not I, but Christ liveth in me!” Immense, marvelous mystery! With what great reverence, honor and devotion, we should salute Mary, who drives away demons, frees sinners and makes her children rejoice.

When Mary agreed to be the mother of the Savior, She also agreed to become the closest collaborator of His mission. If Jesus is the Father of our souls, Mary is their Mother, for in giving us Jesus, She gave us true life and, later, by offering on Calvary the Life of her Son for our salvation, She brought us forth to the life of divine grace. In all truth, we may address her: “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness and our Hope!” On earth, Christ’s dearest possession had been His Mother. As co-redemptrix, She procured the life of grace for us; therefore, She is the woman who in the supernatural order gives us life: She is our Mother! God lives in Mary and Mary lives in Him. Mary clothed Him with the substance of her flesh and He clothed her with the Glory of His Majesty. Mary is the most perfect image of Christ truly formed by the Holy Ghost.

O Mary, God has given thee the power to change hearts;
Take mine and transform it!

MAY IS THE MONTH OF MARY, OUR MOTHER.
WHAT GIFT CAN WE GIVE THAT WILL PLEASE HER!

We could offer Mary our will, but it is not conformable to God’s Will. We could offer Mary our intellect, but it is not enlightened. We could give Mary our affection, but it is not pure. Ah! let us offer Mary, our Mother, the Heart of her Divine Son! During the month of May, hasten to bring to Our Blessed Mother the only gift that is sure to honor and please her Immaculate Heart: The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus! In the midst of a godless world, there is but one means of preservation from eternal ruin, one means of perseverance in the great tribulation of life, the Most Blessed Sacrament. Protected by this Shield, the Children of Mary will remain firm in the Faith. In the Holy Eucharist, there is a joy which cannot be described. Jesus in the Tabernacle protects us against all our enemies: against the evil spirit, the world, our wicked passions and evil inclinations. Jesus supports us in our weakness, comforts us in suffering, is our weapon in combat, our refreshment in heat, the food of our souls and our strength in exhaustion.

The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus in the Tabernacle is our Heaven on earth, our riches in poverty, our defense in calumny and crown in misfortune. Jesus in the Tabernacle is our God and our All! Let the flame of our faith be bright and let our confidence be unlimited; but above all, let our love be aglow. Jesus wills to be loved; let us give Him our love! Although we have squandered the powers of our souls and perverted the safeguards of our hearts, Our Savior is ready to receive the shipwreck of humanity if only we will return to Him with sorrow and love. Palaces of this world are inhabited by earthly kings, but within the Catholic Church dwells the King of kings, the Lord of Heaven and earth. What ineffable joy we give the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Mother by bringing souls to the Foot of the Altar that She may give to them the Eucharist Heart of her Divine Son! In doing this, we render to God the Father thanksgiving and reparation for the sins of mankind.

In honor and obedience, thanksgiving and petition, entrust your loved ones to Mary through the gift of a special Bouquet of 31 days of Holy Masses. Place on her head a crown of roses empurpled in the Precious Blood of her Divine Son, the Source of all Salvation! A lovely Mass card will be sent out to you for each person you enroll. Let us sacrifice ourselves to hasten the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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Share Your Gift of Faith

For centuries, our cherished Catholic faith has been passed from person to person, parent to child, etc. Each of us carries in our heart a special memory of how God first graced us with the knowledge of the faith and how Our Blessed Mother, Saint Philomena, Venerable Pauline Jaricot and other saints changed our lives and brought us closer to Christ.

In our work in the Universal Living Rosary Association, we see first hand how millions of souls are currently living without that knowledge of God and are living outside of His grace. We have been given a beautiful opportunity to carry out Christ’s work and pass on our faith and blessings to others who would otherwise never be introduced to Our Lord, the Savior of all mankind. Just as we pray for the souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them, we should also make it a part of our life’s mission to pass on our faith to as many souls as possible who have no one else to pass it on to them, who don’t know Our Lord and His promise of salvation.

This is the box we send out to the foreign Missions $77.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragements for our Promoters.

This is the box we send out to the foreign Missi4 lb. box @ $53 (in place of $42.70), 20 lb. box @ $95 (in place of $86.25), 1 lb. package @ $22 (in place of $20)7.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragement for our Promoters.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
“Behold the Handmaid of the Lord!”

Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

We are so very deeply grateful for your zeal for souls, prayers and generous donation. The persecution of Christians today is militant and spread throughout the world. Our daily struggle increases as financial and health concerns plague our homes. Many of our children have lost the faith. With your help, we are reaching out to as many as possible with the Pure Heart of Mary, that She may bring us all safely to port in Heaven. May God protect you and give you peace of soul in these troubled times!

Blessing the hour is a wonderful practice: I use this small prayer: “All for Thee, O my Sweet Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” This practice gives me peace and strength, and keeps me united with Jesus and Mary all day long.

“Grace is obtained only through prayer … Everything depends on prayer.”
(St. Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori )

Satan understands this perfectly and wages an endless battle to distract, discourage and derail us from our good intentions to be constant in prayer. The spirit of prayer is the union of our wills to the Will of God. Our purpose must be the Glory of God, rather than the acquisition of favors whether spiritual or physical. How carefully we must preserve high moral ideals which safeguard the purity of our lives. Each one of us bears a heavy responsibility to do battle in the trenches and face the onslaught of the enemy. God’s Glory depends upon the salvation of souls. We must begin with ourselves. Sanctification must be our goal. True love rises above creation and is steeped in God: In Him, for Him and through Him. Such love of neighbor embraces ALL: the good and the bad, friends and enemies. Today, the evil spirit does not wait, but deliberately works quickly. We must do the same. We cannot stop our efforts for any reason whatsoever. We must continue to give without limit, even to the outpouring of our blood, if necessary. Our goal is the sanctification of all souls through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, even unto the end of the world. One by one, Decade by Decade, we can conquer the world for Christ!

If you are able to distribute any of our leaflets, prayers cards, a Calendar or newsletter to others, we are happy to send them to you, free of charge. May God reward your zeal and the sacrifices you make for souls!

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

PATTI MELVIN, Director – ULRA

Let us pray for one another.

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Subject: Visit to Sibi, Mach and QuettaDear Mrs. Melvin,

Thank God, I reached Sibi on April 9th at 1 p.m. When I ordered my train ticket, I requested to be given the lower or middle berth as it is difficult for me to go to upper berth. But when I got in the train on the 8th at 7 p.m., I found my reservation was for upper berth. Then, there was a Muslim family who said to me, “Go to your berth and stay.” It was very difficult for me but I had to, and during night I came down twice and then went up. It was the worst train journey of about 18 hours.

Fr. Amir had sent Bro. Shahzad to pick me up from the station. At night, there was a new problem of countless mosquitoes. They attacked like an army of troops. Due to this, the first night, I could not sleep till 5 a.m. The next day, Father gave me the mosquito killer spray but it did not work properly and still there were mosquitoes.

Can you remember, you had once asked me to contact the bank about purchasing a car on instalments and I had applied for it to the Bank Al-Habib. An officer called me and they are willing to give me a car. I had this conversation on April 8, the day I was to travel and there was no time to ask you for permission, so I told him about my travel and asked him to contact me on 17th upon my return from Quetta.

Now, please give me your advice: should I contact him or not? They will need a down payment (he will give detail about the amount) and then a monthly instalment for three or four years according to our agreement.

Travel without a proper vehicle is very difficult due to constant back ache. There is an annular tear at L3L4 and canal stenosis. The spinal doctor recommends rest and surgery. I cannot rest so long as there are souls to reach with Our Lady’s Living Rosary. Please pray for me. God bless you!

Afzaal – PAKISTAN

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THE LIVING ROSARY, PAKISTAN – MARCH 2016On 6th March, I left for Peshawar to reach there early in the morning. Mr. Tariq, the principal, picked me up from the bus stop. I visited St. Thomas School and St. John’s School. I explained about the Living Rosary and the purpose of the Daily Decade. The students and teachers were enrolled. They were very happy to receive the devotional items and be a part of the Living Rosary Family.

After lunch, Catechist Gul Sher took me to Bishop Hatinga Colony. We visited the surrounding Christian homes to spread the Living Rosary message and then enrolled new members.

Fr. Farhan had invited me to visit different areas of Multan. On 13th, I attended the morning Mass at Most Holy Redeemer Cathedral. Fr. Yousaf Sohan gave me time to explain the purpose of the Living Rosary and, with the help of Sr. Firdous and Sr. Sofia, I enrolled new members and gave them the Decade Cards, Rosaries, Medals, booklets and other devotional items.

On the 14th, I visited the Dominican Middle School and Saeed colony where the people gathered in the church to hear about the Living Rosary mission. I was invited by Fr. Naveed, OP, Dominican Formation House, to have a meeting with the Seminarians, On 15th, Fr. Farhan took me to Good Shepherd School, Gulraiz Town where I was invited by Sr. Nasira, the principal. Father started the session with a prayer and Sr. Nasira welcomed both of us.

At all the places, new members were enrolled and Decade cards, Sacramentals, booklets, holy pictures and printed materials in English and Urdu were distributed. Fr. Farhan was very thankful to the Living Rosary for my visits and he gave a ‘Thank You’ letter also.

I also visited many places in Karachi but, due to some health concerns and laptop technical problems, I could not send you the pictures. I will send you the photos at the earliest. In the evening, I left for Faisalabad. Thank you for your prayers and support!

AFZAAL – PAKISTAN

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MOTHER OF GOD!

All the splendors of participation in Divine Life, which Grace produces in our souls, are realized in Mary with a prominence, a force and a realism, wholly singular! The Triune God communicated Himself to her in the highest degree possible for a simple creature. Mary’s dignity, according to St. Thomas, “touches on the threshold of the Infinite.”

When Adam, deprived of the state of grace, was driven from Paradise, only one ray of hope illumined the darkness of fallen humanity: “I will put enmities between thee and the woman,” God said to the serpent, “and … She shall crush thy head.” She will always be the spotless and immaculate one belonging wholly to God: whom He will introduce into the circle of His Divine Family by bonds of the closest intimacy with each of the three divine Persons: “Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, Spouse of the Holy Ghost.” Mary lived her divine filiation in humble dependence and loving adherence to God’s every desire.

Mary lived not only God’s manifest Will, but His Will of permission, as seen by her loving acceptance of all: the long journey to Bethlehem when She was about to bring into the world the Son of God, the poor humble shelter of the stable, the flight into Egypt by night, the loss of Jesus in the temple, a life of poverty and weariness, and finally the disgrace of the Passion and Death of her beloved Son on Calvary. What an example of humble dependence on God, absolute fidelity to His Will, perseverance in spite of the difficulties and sacrifices She had to encounter!

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy Will.”

Mary lived only for God. We never see her influenced by selfish motives or by personal interest; only one thing moved her: the Glory of God and the interests of Jesus and of souls. All of Mary’s greatness and glory are explained in the light of her divine maternity; furthermore, her very existence is explained by her predestination to this high office. We love and honor Mary because She is the Mother of God. Our devotion to her makes our love for God and for Jesus, deeper and more tender. God could make a bigger world or a wider sky, but He could not raise a pure creature higher than Mary, for the dignity of Mother of God is the highest dignity that can be conferred on a creature. No one could ever say more truly than Mary: “I live now, not I, but Christ liveth in me!” Immense, marvelous mystery! With what great reverence, honor and devotion, we should salute Mary, who drives away demons, frees sinners and makes her children rejoice.

When Mary agreed to be the mother of the Savior, She also agreed to become the closest collaborator of His mission. If Jesus is the Father of our souls, Mary is their Mother, for in giving us Jesus, She gave us true life and, later, by offering on Calvary the Life of her Son for our salvation, She brought us forth to the life of divine grace. In all truth, we may address her: “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness and our Hope!” On earth, Christ’s dearest possession had been His Mother. As co-redemptrix, She procured the life of grace for us; therefore, She is the woman who in the supernatural order gives us life: She is our Mother! God lives in Mary and Mary lives in Him. Mary clothed Him with the substance of her flesh and He clothed her with the Glory of His Majesty. Mary is the most perfect image of Christ truly formed by the Holy Ghost.

O Mary, God has given thee the power to change hearts;
Take mine and transform it!

MAY IS THE MONTH OF MARY, OUR MOTHER.
WHAT GIFT CAN WE GIVE THAT WILL PLEASE HER!

We could offer Mary our will, but it is not conformable to God’s Will. We could offer Mary our intellect, but it is not enlightened. We could give Mary our affection, but it is not pure. Ah! let us offer Mary, our Mother, the Heart of her Divine Son! During the month of May, hasten to bring to Our Blessed Mother the only gift that is sure to honor and please her Immaculate Heart: The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus! In the midst of a godless world, there is but one means of preservation from eternal ruin, one means of perseverance in the great tribulation of life, the Most Blessed Sacrament. Protected by this Shield, the Children of Mary will remain firm in the Faith. In the Holy Eucharist, there is a joy which cannot be described. Jesus in the Tabernacle protects us against all our enemies: against the evil spirit, the world, our wicked passions and evil inclinations. Jesus supports us in our weakness, comforts us in suffering, is our weapon in combat, our refreshment in heat, the food of our souls and our strength in exhaustion.

The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus in the Tabernacle is our Heaven on earth, our riches in poverty, our defense in calumny and crown in misfortune. Jesus in the Tabernacle is our God and our All! Let the flame of our faith be bright and let our confidence be unlimited; but above all, let our love be aglow. Jesus wills to be loved; let us give Him our love! Although we have squandered the powers of our souls and perverted the safeguards of our hearts, Our Savior is ready to receive the shipwreck of humanity if only we will return to Him with sorrow and love. Palaces of this world are inhabited by earthly kings, but within the Catholic Church dwells the King of kings, the Lord of Heaven and earth. What ineffable joy we give the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Mother by bringing souls to the Foot of the Altar that She may give to them the Eucharist Heart of her Divine Son! In doing this, we render to God the Father thanksgiving and reparation for the sins of mankind.

In honor and obedience, thanksgiving and petition, entrust your loved ones to Mary through the gift of a special Bouquet of 31 days of Holy Masses. Place on her head a crown of roses empurpled in the Precious Blood of her Divine Son, the Source of all Salvation! A lovely Mass card will be sent out to you for each person you enroll. Let us sacrifice ourselves to hasten the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $5.00 each for Enrollment in the MAY Bouquet of thirty one days of Holy Masses for your Loved Ones: PRINT VERY CLEARLY EACH NAME!

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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 Missi4 lb. box @ $53 (in place of $42.70), 20 lb. box @ $95 (in place of $86.25), 1 lb. package @ $22 (in place of $20)7.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragement for our Promoters.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST!

Dear Members, Benefactors and Apostles,

We are told to cast all our cares upon God, for He cares about us. What great consolation these words should bring to our innermost souls! We need to keep them in our hearts and recall them to mind the moment they are needed. They will increase our faith, arouse our spiritual vigor and secure for us that victory which we must gain in order to possess even a small part of the peace of God in our souls. We must cast not only a part of our cares upon God, but ALL cares without exception! We can never know with positive certainty that the salvation of our souls will be secured. The very thought of this can make us tremble. Examining our conscience and seeing the sins of our past, we might be tempted to despair.

God’s Mercy is exalted above His Justice. After making a sincere Act of Contrition and a devout Confession, we must then cast our salvation upon that Mercy which is never withheld when asked for with humility and sincerity. This should be followed with sacramental Communion. You may say, “I am sure to repeat these sins again.” This is a lie of the evil one and a deceit of our own weakness.

Fidelity today, wins Grace for tomorrow! Those who speak in this negative way, yield to temptations before they come. This is a form of despair. We are commanded most sternly and positively NEVER to despair of our salvation at any time, in any place, nor under any circumstances. Care of our bodies, our human life in this world, with all that belongs to it, gives us great concern. Christians and Pagans think and act as if life in this world is our all and that success, honor, wealth and social position once secured here, without any thought of eternity, allows man to die in peace. When earthly goods, health, and independence are lost, many turn against God and lose their faith, simply because they did not and do not cast their cares upon the Lord. God knows what is best for us. If we are careless about our duties to God, do not obey the laws of our holy religion, follow the ways of the world and feel ashamed to acknowledge courageously that we are Catholics, then we know the world has nearly overcome us.

It is time then to be strict in our duty to pray! If we are to save our souls, we must pray! We need not make long prayers, nor do we have to offer them in church. But, we must launch out into the deep. That is, we must separate ourselves from attachments and affections of the earth. It will be most profitable if we can single out one virtue of which we stand in need, and make that special virtue the subject of our prayers, thoughts and efforts for weeks, months or years, if necessary, until we gain it. Perseverance is, after all, the test of genuine prayer! Do not mind how long you have prayed and do not weary though your progress be small, God will always reward your perseverance in prayer. Multitudes today are without God, without Christ. They will not follow Him out to the desert, will not listen to His words, or ponder upon them and will not ask for the Grace to believe and be filled with Truth. In pride, in deluded self-satisfaction, in the bustle of life, in the entanglements of passion or business, they suffer life to run on in a half-hearted way, desiring Truth but never coming to the knowledge of it. Be vigilant amid the numerous dangers and temptations by which you are surrounded! Let the light of Faith be not darkened.

As Christians, we must manifest the Faith in all its luster and might. May our Faith shine in the world as Christ shone to men! It is not we who work but Christ Who works in us. Our Holy Catholic Faith is the source of our greatest happiness even while we are upon earth.

During these days between Easter and Pentecost, we pray to the Holy Spirit with longing and expectation, asking Him to help us strive to be like Christ Who went about doing good to all He encountered. Know that you are never alone. When God seems the farthest from you, that is when He is the closest. Your sufferings and prayers are needed that our mission in the bosom of Holy Mother the Church may be strengthened and completed. We remember you, your family (living and departed), and all of your needs, spiritual, physical and material, each day at the Holy Altar.

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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

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

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Dear Patti,I hope that you and everyone there at the ULRA are doing fine. It has been a few months since I have written, so I wanted to get this mail to you. I was released from prison on 16th February after serving three years. You can imagine my surprise when I was told, I had to report to Laurens County Jail on charges from 2013 that I thought had been taken care of in November 2014.

I am sitting here in jail now for one full month and have not been told anything except they will get me into court whenever they can. It seems to me that the letters I have sent out are being destroyed. I have written to 5 contacts that regularly and in a timely way always answered my mail, and have had no reply from any of them. The request forms I write to the officers about my mail are unanswered. I have not seen or talked to a lawyer or court official since being returned to jail. I am asking you and everyone at the Living Rosary to keep me in your prayers. May the Lord continue to have His Will done in all the aspects of my life.

I continue to pray my Decade and I pray also the whole Rosary each day. I have no Rosary, no chaplain, no prayer book, nothing! There are no religious services available here. If you reach me, please send me spiritual reading materials and the Dedicated Decades. God continues to bless me daily and I am thankful for all that I experience each day, even sitting here in this jail because I know that I am never alone. Our Lord Jesus Christ is with me every step of the way and Our Holy Mother Mary protects and directs me, as I seek her Son, Our King, in every situation. I also realize there are those in the world who are in a much worse situation than the one I am in here.

Whether free in society or locked up, I will remain loyal and faithful to Our Lord and Our Holy Mother, Mary.

Your brother in Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Lee – GA, USA

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THE LIVING ROSARY RETREATS – INDIA
31st January to end of February 2016With invitation of the Parish Priests, the Living Rosary retreats were held at the following Parishes:

(1) Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Japthikarani – Fr. Devanesan;

(2) Infant Jesus Church, Palayamkottai – Fr. Visuvasa Arockiya Raj

(3) St. Antony’s Church, Vandavasi – Fr. Antony OMI

(4) St. Teresa of Infant Jesus, Pallikonda – Fr. Bernard Velankanni

(5) St. Bernard Church, Ammaguda – Fr. Samala Michael

(6) Holy Spirit Church, Thiruvalankadu – Fr. John Louis.

After the ceremonial blessing of the Brown Scapulars, about 300 members were invested with Our Lady’s Garment of Grace. A total of 280 new members were enrolled in the Living Rosary. Ave Maria!

Dhanaraj and Ruban
Chennai, South India

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MOTHER OF GOD!

All the splendors of participation in Divine Life, which Grace produces in our souls, are realized in Mary with a prominence, a force and a realism, wholly singular! The Triune God communicated Himself to her in the highest degree possible for a simple creature. Mary’s dignity, according to St. Thomas, “touches on the threshold of the Infinite.”

When Adam, deprived of the state of grace, was driven from Paradise, only one ray of hope illumined the darkness of fallen humanity: “I will put enmities between thee and the woman,” God said to the serpent, “and … She shall crush thy head.” She will always be the spotless and immaculate one belonging wholly to God: whom He will introduce into the circle of His Divine Family by bonds of the closest intimacy with each of the three divine Persons: “Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, Spouse of the Holy Ghost.” Mary lived her divine filiation in humble dependence and loving adherence to God’s every desire.

Mary lived not only God’s manifest Will, but His Will of permission, as seen by her loving acceptance of all: the long journey to Bethlehem when She was about to bring into the world the Son of God, the poor humble shelter of the stable, the flight into Egypt by night, the loss of Jesus in the temple, a life of poverty and weariness, and finally the disgrace of the Passion and Death of her beloved Son on Calvary. What an example of humble dependence on God, absolute fidelity to His Will, perseverance in spite of the difficulties and sacrifices She had to encounter!

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy Will.”

Mary lived only for God. We never see her influenced by selfish motives or by personal interest; only one thing moved her: the Glory of God and the interests of Jesus and of souls. All of Mary’s greatness and glory are explained in the light of her divine maternity; furthermore, her very existence is explained by her predestination to this high office. We love and honor Mary because She is the Mother of God. Our devotion to her makes our love for God and for Jesus, deeper and more tender. God could make a bigger world or a wider sky, but He could not raise a pure creature higher than Mary, for the dignity of Mother of God is the highest dignity that can be conferred on a creature. No one could ever say more truly than Mary: “I live now, not I, but Christ liveth in me!” Immense, marvelous mystery! With what great reverence, honor and devotion, we should salute Mary, who drives away demons, frees sinners and makes her children rejoice.

When Mary agreed to be the mother of the Savior, She also agreed to become the closest collaborator of His mission. If Jesus is the Father of our souls, Mary is their Mother, for in giving us Jesus, She gave us true life and, later, by offering on Calvary the Life of her Son for our salvation, She brought us forth to the life of divine grace. In all truth, we may address her: “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness and our Hope!” On earth, Christ’s dearest possession had been His Mother. As co-redemptrix, She procured the life of grace for us; therefore, She is the woman who in the supernatural order gives us life: She is our Mother! God lives in Mary and Mary lives in Him. Mary clothed Him with the substance of her flesh and He clothed her with the Glory of His Majesty. Mary is the most perfect image of Christ truly formed by the Holy Ghost.

O Mary, God has given thee the power to change hearts;
Take mine and transform it!

MAY IS THE MONTH OF MARY, OUR MOTHER.
WHAT GIFT CAN WE GIVE THAT WILL PLEASE HER!

We could offer Mary our will, but it is not conformable to God’s Will. We could offer Mary our intellect, but it is not enlightened. We could give Mary our affection, but it is not pure. Ah! let us offer Mary, our Mother, the Heart of her Divine Son! During the month of May, hasten to bring to Our Blessed Mother the only gift that is sure to honor and please her Immaculate Heart: The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus! In the midst of a godless world, there is but one means of preservation from eternal ruin, one means of perseverance in the great tribulation of life, the Most Blessed Sacrament. Protected by this Shield, the Children of Mary will remain firm in the Faith. In the Holy Eucharist, there is a joy which cannot be described. Jesus in the Tabernacle protects us against all our enemies: against the evil spirit, the world, our wicked passions and evil inclinations. Jesus supports us in our weakness, comforts us in suffering, is our weapon in combat, our refreshment in heat, the food of our souls and our strength in exhaustion.

The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus in the Tabernacle is our Heaven on earth, our riches in poverty, our defense in calumny and crown in misfortune. Jesus in the Tabernacle is our God and our All! Let the flame of our faith be bright and let our confidence be unlimited; but above all, let our love be aglow. Jesus wills to be loved; let us give Him our love! Although we have squandered the powers of our souls and perverted the safeguards of our hearts, Our Savior is ready to receive the shipwreck of humanity if only we will return to Him with sorrow and love. Palaces of this world are inhabited by earthly kings, but within the Catholic Church dwells the King of kings, the Lord of Heaven and earth. What ineffable joy we give the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Mother by bringing souls to the Foot of the Altar that She may give to them the Eucharist Heart of her Divine Son! In doing this, we render to God the Father thanksgiving and reparation for the sins of mankind.

In honor and obedience, thanksgiving and petition, entrust your loved ones to Mary through the gift of a special Bouquet of 31 days of Holy Masses. Place on her head a crown of roses empurpled in the Precious Blood of her Divine Son, the Source of all Salvation! A lovely Mass card will be sent out to you for each person you enroll. Let us sacrifice ourselves to hasten the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $5.00 each for Enrollment in the MAY Bouquet of thirty one days of Holy Masses for your Loved Ones: PRINT VERY CLEARLY EACH NAME!

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7.

8.

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10.

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 NO. 1303, DICKINSON, TEXAS – 77591

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Share Your Gift of Faith

For centuries, our cherished Catholic faith has been passed from person to person, parent to child, etc. Each of us carries in our heart a special memory of how God first graced us with the knowledge of the faith and how Our Blessed Mother, Saint Philomena, Venerable Pauline Jaricot and other saints changed our lives and brought us closer to Christ.

In our work in the Universal Living Rosary Association, we see first hand how millions of souls are currently living without that knowledge of God and are living outside of His grace. We have been given a beautiful opportunity to carry out Christ’s work and pass on our faith and blessings to others who would otherwise never be introduced to Our Lord, the Savior of all mankind. Just as we pray for the souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them, we should also make it a part of our life’s mission to pass on our faith to as many souls as possible who have no one else to pass it on to them, who don’t know Our Lord and His promise of salvation.

This is the box we send out to the foreign Missions $77.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragements for our Promoters.

This is the box we send out to the foreign Missi4 lb. box @ $53 (in place of $42.70), 20 lb. box @ $95 (in place of $86.25), 1 lb. package @ $22 (in place of $20)7.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragement for our Promoters.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Thank you so very much for your generous donation which is a grand help for us in reaching out to missionaries with the beautiful Sacramentals and devotional leaflets we have on Our Blessed Mother. We are deeply grateful. May you have a Blessed Easter filled with abundant blessings, deep joy and peace of soul!

With admirable calmness, Jesus forgot Himself in the midst of His Agony, to recommend Mary to the virgin disciple, who would henceforth sustain and console Her to the end of Her days. He filled the heart of the beloved St. John full to overflowing with the tenderest and most generous love that ever a son felt for this admirable Mother: “Son, behold thy Mother!” And with St. John representing all the faithful, He filled the heart of Mary with an overflowing love for mankind, so that her Maternity became, in a certain degree, as unlimited as the Divine Paternity itself: “Woman, behold thy son!”

The Rosary is the wonderful blending of Mother and Son, the Gospel transformed into prayer, the Life of Jesus through the eyes of Mary, His Mother. When we pray the Rosary, we have the words of Heaven on our lips, the love of Mary in our hearts, and the Life of Christ in our thoughts. Christ is the Heart of the Rosary, the very heart of His most Blessed Mother!

Cherish the Holy Rosary, wield it in battle, pray it often, love it deeply!

Consolation is something completely accidental to our mission on earth, faithfulness is essential. We turn to the Mother of God, who was Full of Grace to find life everlasting. “The grace of the Passion and Death of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, is distributed in three steps: From God to Christ, Christ to the Virgin, and from the Virgin to us.” (Pope Leo XIII)

Peace be to you! Christ has Risen! Alleluia!

Our prayers are¬ with you both day and night.

PATTI MELVIN, Director – ULRA

Let us pray for one another.

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CHRIST’S CHURCH

(By Father J.J. Thilges, SVD – 1951)

Do you desire to know Christ more fully, long to love Him more than you do now and wish to find salvation in Him and through Him? God has put you on earth that you may save your soul. Your soul is your greatest treasure! It is your better self. It cannot die because it is a spirit. It is made in the image and likeness of God. It will live as long as God lives. Men of good will rejoice that they are destined to live forever, because they realize their eternity is to be spent with God in a state of unending happiness. But, what will eternity hold for us? Will it be Heaven or Hell? We must enter by the narrow gate, for wide and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who enter that way.

What do you think of your soul? Do you know its value?

Christ has esteemed and loved your soul so much that He was crucified and died for its salvation. It is more precious than all the possessions and glory of this world. Whatever else you may possess, when you come to die, you must leave it all behind; your soul alone you take with you to appear before the Judge Who will reward or punish you, either with eternal glory in Heaven or eternal shame in Hell, according to your conduct on earth. Here on earth, we are on probation. It is a testing ground for eternity.

The majority of men today live as if there was no eternity, no Heaven to gain and no Hell to escape. They are spiritually asleep until death surprises them. In order to be saved, you must do three things:

First, believe what God has revealed,
Second, keep the Commandments,
Third, receive the Sacraments.

Faith alone does not save you. The Father has loved you and gave His only Son to redeem you; the Son has loved you because He died on the Cross for your salvation; and the Holy Ghost loves you because He is at work in your soul to sanctify you. See then, how precious your soul is in God’s Eyes.

Mary became the spiritual Mother of all the redeemed at the Incarnation. She is also your Mother. Acknowledge her as your Mother, and you will find Christ. Mary is your way to Christ. St. John received Mary as his Mother not only for himself but also for all of us. The Mother of Christ is the Mother of all Christians. After you have found Mary, and through Mary, Christ, your Savior, you are on the secure path toward Salvation. It was by Mary that our salvation began. We must go to Mary and pray to her if we are to be given the grace necessary to find the True Church of her Divine Son and be saved.

Christ conferred upon the Apostles the power to teach, govern and sanctify. “Simon Peter, feed My lambs!” These words were addressed to Peter alone and they conferred upon him the primacy of jurisdiction over the entire Church.

As Christ Himself was the Good Shepherd, so then Peter became the supreme shepherd in Christ’s Church. He is to act as Christ’s vicar on earth. Today, Christianity is hopelessly divided. Of all the Churches in existence, the Catholic Church alone has these four Marks; hence It alone is Christ’s True Church. The four Marks of the Church by which It may be identified and easily recognized are:

Unity, Holiness, Catholicity and Apostolicity

The Catholic Church and It alone possesses the Mark of Holiness; Christ, Its Founder, is Holiness itself. Christ instituted the Seven Sacraments which were to serve mankind as the seven Channels of Grace and Sanctification.

Catholic means universal. The Catholic Church is Apostolic. It teaches the same doctrine which the apostles taught, It inherited the same mission or authority of uninterrupted succession of pastors and the apostolicity of the Church is theirs alone.

Christ is still upon earth. He is with His own. He lives in the Tabernacles of the Catholic Church. “He who is not with Me, is against ME!” Religious indifferentism is positively evil! It is wrong to say that every man is free to embrace and profess any religion, guided by the light of reason. We must not be surprised to see the Church persecuted, calumniated and misrepresented, for Christ, her Founder, declared that She would be: “They have persecuted Me, and they will persecute you too. If the world hates you, know that it hated Me first.”

Let us remain steadfast and cling always and fearlessly to our Catholic roots of DOGMA, DOCTRINE and DEVOTION!

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Dear Patti,I apologize for being so late in responding to your request for a picture. No excuse, I am just getting older and don’t do things as quickly as I did a year or two ago.

In 1965-1966, I flew in Vietnam, for a year. The aircraft I flew was the largest the Army had assigned since WW-II. Unfortunately, our legislators, in their infinite wisdom, decided the airplane should be assigned to the Air Force NOT the Army. I completed my lonely year in Vietnam and anxiously awaited my return to family life with my young family. I was home for less than a year before the Army decided they had an urgent need for my Infantry Airborne Aviator combat experience. They assigned me to return to Vietnam and fly an experimental airplane. The concept for the use of the airplane was to apply its innate silent capability with a dark colored paint to be near invisible at night. I was to fly this experimental airplane at very slow speed and very low attitude in search of enemy forces. It was very dangerous but, if it worked as hoped for, we could call for artillery fire and NOT be seen or heard by the enemy located.

As a husband of a wonderful wife and father, at that time, of 4 great children, I prayed a lot that God would watch over them and me. God saved my life on my very last 9th combat mission. I found a large group in an area where there was to be no one. I requested artillery fire and, after a very long wait (fuel was very low), the first round was fired. I saw the artillery round hit and explode. I saw bodies being blown upward. I told the Artillery Controller to fire a full barrage and I turned to leave. Oh, my God, fog had moved in and I could no longer see the ground! God guided me as I said this little prayer: “Dear God, please let me see my wife and children one more time before You take me.”

Very soon after the prayer, I saw a very small hole in the fog off to my left side. There was a small blue light (a sign of an airfield). Without hesitating, I pulled open a device on the airplane that made it fall straight down like an elevator! All of a sudden, it occurred to me: When do I close the spoilers? All I see is the fog around me? Somehow, the spoilers closed and I was directly over the approach end of an airfield. I landed the plane and rolled out. There was my airfield hangar! I was home safely. That was around 3.00 AM; I was shaking like a leaf in a tornado. I knew I was going to die but God had other ideas … another mission someday. I went to my quarters around 3:30 AM. I was still shaking uncontrollably. A few hours later, I went to my office. One of our aircraft maintenance chiefs came to me. He said, “Sir, do you know how much fuel that airplane took to refill the tank?” I said, “I don’t know but the gauge read “empty”!!! He responded, “Yes Sir, it took more gas than the airplane handbook says it will hold.”

I said: “That’s impossible! How could you put more fuel in the tank than it would hold?” He responded to me: “Sir, the Lockheed Technical Representative said: You must have not only emptied the fuel tank but also the fuel line to the tank. The airplane was BONE DRY.” I was re-assigned the next day to Headquarters U.S. Army, Vietnam to be the Project Manager for the follow-on airplane. Our two airplanes were returned to Lockheed, Sunnyvale, CA, two days later.

I felt bad for days. God saved my life after I killed all those people. I was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star for my actions. That was the 9th time that I am aware of that God had saved me from sure death.

The 10th time was in 2005 when I encountered encephalitis. I spent 13 days in a coma and was not expected to survive. A Lady’s voice called to me, “Please get up and do something PRODUCTIVE.” I concluded that Our Blessed Mother wanted me to do something for her. I am still doing that something = making Rosaries. In fact, a couple of weeks ago, I completed my 14,000th Mission Rosaries made, prayed and donated to Catholic Charity.

God bless the Universal Living Rosary Association and ALL who support it!

Major Andrew Bringuel (USA Ret.)
A Soldier of God and Country

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MOTHER OF GOD!

All the splendors of participation in Divine Life, which Grace produces in our souls, are realized in Mary with a prominence, a force and a realism, wholly singular! The Triune God communicated Himself to her in the highest degree possible for a simple creature. Mary’s dignity, according to St. Thomas, “touches on the threshold of the Infinite.”

When Adam, deprived of the state of grace, was driven from Paradise, only one ray of hope illumined the darkness of fallen humanity: “I will put enmities between thee and the woman,” God said to the serpent, “and … She shall crush thy head.” She will always be the spotless and immaculate one belonging wholly to God: whom He will introduce into the circle of His Divine Family by bonds of the closest intimacy with each of the three divine Persons: “Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, Spouse of the Holy Ghost.” Mary lived her divine filiation in humble dependence and loving adherence to God’s every desire.

Mary lived not only God’s manifest Will, but His Will of permission, as seen by her loving acceptance of all: the long journey to Bethlehem when She was about to bring into the world the Son of God, the poor humble shelter of the stable, the flight into Egypt by night, the loss of Jesus in the temple, a life of poverty and weariness, and finally the disgrace of the Passion and Death of her beloved Son on Calvary. What an example of humble dependence on God, absolute fidelity to His Will, perseverance in spite of the difficulties and sacrifices She had to encounter!

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy Will.”

Mary lived only for God. We never see her influenced by selfish motives or by personal interest; only one thing moved her: the Glory of God and the interests of Jesus and of souls. All of Mary’s greatness and glory are explained in the light of her divine maternity; furthermore, her very existence is explained by her predestination to this high office. We love and honor Mary because She is the Mother of God. Our devotion to her makes our love for God and for Jesus, deeper and more tender. God could make a bigger world or a wider sky, but He could not raise a pure creature higher than Mary, for the dignity of Mother of God is the highest dignity that can be conferred on a creature. No one could ever say more truly than Mary: “I live now, not I, but Christ liveth in me!” Immense, marvelous mystery! With what great reverence, honor and devotion, we should salute Mary, who drives away demons, frees sinners and makes her children rejoice.

When Mary agreed to be the mother of the Savior, She also agreed to become the closest collaborator of His mission. If Jesus is the Father of our souls, Mary is their Mother, for in giving us Jesus, She gave us true life and, later, by offering on Calvary the Life of her Son for our salvation, She brought us forth to the life of divine grace. In all truth, we may address her: “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness and our Hope!” On earth, Christ’s dearest possession had been His Mother. As co-redemptrix, She procured the life of grace for us; therefore, She is the woman who in the supernatural order gives us life: She is our Mother! God lives in Mary and Mary lives in Him. Mary clothed Him with the substance of her flesh and He clothed her with the Glory of His Majesty. Mary is the most perfect image of Christ truly formed by the Holy Ghost.

O Mary, God has given thee the power to change hearts;
Take mine and transform it!

MAY IS THE MONTH OF MARY, OUR MOTHER.
WHAT GIFT CAN WE GIVE THAT WILL PLEASE HER!

We could offer Mary our will, but it is not conformable to God’s Will. We could offer Mary our intellect, but it is not enlightened. We could give Mary our affection, but it is not pure. Ah! let us offer Mary, our Mother, the Heart of her Divine Son! During the month of May, hasten to bring to Our Blessed Mother the only gift that is sure to honor and please her Immaculate Heart: The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus! In the midst of a godless world, there is but one means of preservation from eternal ruin, one means of perseverance in the great tribulation of life, the Most Blessed Sacrament. Protected by this Shield, the Children of Mary will remain firm in the Faith. In the Holy Eucharist, there is a joy which cannot be described. Jesus in the Tabernacle protects us against all our enemies: against the evil spirit, the world, our wicked passions and evil inclinations. Jesus supports us in our weakness, comforts us in suffering, is our weapon in combat, our refreshment in heat, the food of our souls and our strength in exhaustion.

The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus in the Tabernacle is our Heaven on earth, our riches in poverty, our defense in calumny and crown in misfortune. Jesus in the Tabernacle is our God and our All! Let the flame of our faith be bright and let our confidence be unlimited; but above all, let our love be aglow. Jesus wills to be loved; let us give Him our love! Although we have squandered the powers of our souls and perverted the safeguards of our hearts, Our Savior is ready to receive the shipwreck of humanity if only we will return to Him with sorrow and love. Palaces of this world are inhabited by earthly kings, but within the Catholic Church dwells the King of kings, the Lord of Heaven and earth. What ineffable joy we give the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Mother by bringing souls to the Foot of the Altar that She may give to them the Eucharist Heart of her Divine Son! In doing this, we render to God the Father thanksgiving and reparation for the sins of mankind.

In honor and obedience, thanksgiving and petition, entrust your loved ones to Mary through the gift of a special Bouquet of 31 days of Holy Masses. Place on her head a crown of roses empurpled in the Precious Blood of her Divine Son, the Source of all Salvation! A lovely Mass card will be sent out to you for each person you enroll. Let us sacrifice ourselves to hasten the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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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, March 23, 2016

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST! Dear Members, Benefactors and Apostles,

We greet you with love and gratitude. Please do not let anyone be discouraged that they might be too late in sending to us the names of family, friends and beloved dead for the Lenten Bouquet of Masses. Our Easter is celebrated on May 1. The Holy Masses for our members will be continued up and through this date. In the Eastern Church, we never forget to pray for our departed loved ones. In this way, the living are comforted, reminded of the brevity of this life and encouraged to do penance in order to detach themselves from the material goods which bind them to this earth.

Easter is the summit of the Mystery of the Sacred Liturgy! The individual who is happy enough to enter, with his whole mind and heart, into the knowledge and love of the Paschal Mystery, has reached the very center of the supernatural life. All is a preparation for Easter. The human race was dead and the gates of Hell were shut against it. On Easter, the Son of God rises from the dead and takes possession of Eternal Life.

The features of His human body delighted the eye as it was now endowed with glorious qualities: the Brightness of His glorified Body made Him resplendent; He possessed Impassibility whereby His Body was no longer subject to suffering and death but was now adorned with Immortality of Life. His glorified Body was endowed with Agility, whereby He was able to pass from one place to another instantly and without effort in the twinkling of an eye. For those to whom He appeared after His Resurrection, He said: “See Me! Touch Me! Feel! It is I, indeed!”

During the 40 days, Christ remained on earth after His Resurrection. He spoke to the apostles of the Kingdom of God. He redeemed man by His Blood and His Victory over death; He wrought reconciliation between Heaven and earth – all that now remained to be done was the organization of the Church.

Three things were needed by the Church in order that She might carry on Her mission: a constitution framed by the very Hand of God, whereby She would become a visible and permanent Society; the possession of all the Truths which Her Divine Lord came upon earth to reveal or confirm and, in this, is included the right to teach and to preach infallibly; thirdly, the means whereby She was to apply to souls the fruits of the Sacrifice of the Cross, the Graces of Salvation and Sanctification. Hierarchy, Doctrine and Sacraments are the subjects upon which Our Lord instructed the Apostles during these 40 days before His Ascension into Heaven. They eagerly listened to all He had to say, for they knew He was to leave them soon.

It is true that forty days after His Resurrection, the God-Man is to withdraw His visible presence from the world. He is not to be seen again on earth until the Last Day, when He will come again to judge the living and the dead. Even so, He could never abandon mankind, for whom He offered Himself on the Cross. We were to have the Church. It is to the Church He would leave His Authority and all the Truths He had taught; it is the Church that He made the dispenser of all the means of Salvation which He had destined for the world. The Church is a Society, unto which all mankind is invited to be members. This Society is the Spouse of Christ. It is by Her, He produces the elect. Outside of Her bosom, there is no salvation. “Thou art Peter and upon this rock, I will build My Church, feed My lambs!” “The gates of Hell shall not prevail against My Church.” Therefore, let the Church show Herself, take Her stand, and spread throughout the length and breadth of all Nations.

Let us give thanks to Jesus, Our Divine Shepherd. The authority, strength and unity of the Church come from Him Who is Her infinitely powerful and merciful Shepherd! What is needed now are strong and united lay people in every parish, well informed, resolute and courageous, true apostles, who by their lives of holiness teach and preach the Faith to all those around them. Faithful souls through whose prayers, sacrifices and sufferings, bring the fruits of Our Lord’s Passion to those in distant lands who know not their Savior, and souls consecrated to the Mother of God reaching out to the world with Her Sacramentals and maternal love, that they might find Her crucified Jesus and, through Him, eternal salvation.

By His Death, may we have eternal life! We are remembering you at the Sacred Altar in a special way during the Easter Octave and the weeks that follow. May your families have peace and may you be filled with the fearlessness, strength and courage needed to resist the evil by which you are surrounded and persevere do the end in the Grace and Love of Jesus Crucified!

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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

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

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Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Thank you so much for your very generous donation which is such a splendid help in reaching out with Our Lady’s Sacramentals and printed materials. Through this means, the souls they reach will live in Mary’s Heart, love what She loves, and desire what She desires. God will be glorified and you will be blessed eternally!

Our participation in the great Militia of the Immaculata during this most critical time in the course of history is the greatest privilege and the most singular blessing. It is an incredibly sobering responsibility. We are engaged in a battle against the principalities of Hell and it is a fight to the death. In order to obtain victory for Our Queen, we must be generous, courageous and heroic in our efforts, and keep in top spiritual fitness. The sacred Fountain of the Sacrament of Penance pours out upon souls the Most Precious Blood of Jesus that we may be purified from all stain of sin and find the sweet peace of divine strength. It gives us new ardor to move forward on the path of intimacy with Christ.

Through the embracing Arms of God’s Mercy, we are lifted up to merit salvation by the power of His Most Precious Blood. Our hearts are softened, bad habits weakened, dispositions are changed, new habits are infused and entanglements are untied.

How powerful the Sacrament of Penance is to restore peace to the troubled soul! We must ask God to help us make a good Confession. The Grace obtained for us in this Sacrament is that of absolute purity and delicacy of conscience so essential for intimate union with God. We consider here those things which separate us from the Love of God: disobedience, distraction, resentment, contempt for others and harsh judgement of them.

Too late have I loved Thee, O Beauty Divine! O Eternal Charity, I dedicate to Thee all my works; I consecrate to Thee all my labors; I seek Thee in all, love Thee above all, and live united with Thee, Who art my All in AIl!

Our prayers are¬ with you both day and night.

PATTI MELVIN, Director – ULRA

Let us pray for one another.

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The Living Rosary – Pakistan Center – February 2016On 13th February, I left for St. Mary’s Parish, Sukkur. Father Francis Anwar, who was newly transferred from Hyderabad, had invited me to visit some areas of his parish. We started our journey on the 14th morning and reached Khairpur which is about 15 miles from Sukkur. After the Sunday readings, I was invited to speak about the readings and also introduce the Living Rosary. After the Holy Mass, people were enrolled in the Living Rosary and given their Decade cards, Rosaries, Miraculous Medals, booklets, pamphlets, etc.

We then crossed Sukkur, and went to Saints Peter and Paul Church, Panoaqil Cantonment which is about 29 miles from Sukkur. This cantonment area is said to be the largest in Pakistan and a nice Church has been built here with the help of the army. Here, after the Holy Mass, I was given time to introduce the Living Rosary and its aim. Then, the people were enrolled in the Living Rosary and they were given Decade cards and Rosaries. The Miraculous Medals, booklets and pamphlets were also distributed to the new members.

From Pano Aqil, we left for St. Francis Xavier Church, Daharki which is about 47 miles. As we started our journey, I had a severe cough that worried Fr. Francis and the person with us. I drank nearly half of the cough syrup from the bottle in intervals and yet there was no relief. Father stopped the car at a road side hotel and we had some tea from there. Thank God, I could get some relief after having the tea. Fr. Francis went to church and advised me to take some rest in the parish house. After the Holy Mass, he sent for me and I explained about the Living Rosary, its aim and then enrolled people who wanted to say their Decade Daily. They were given Decade cards, Rosaries and other devotional items. We were back to the parish house at about 9 p.m.

From Sukkur, I went to Hyderabad on 16th. Mr. Boota Masih took me to the Immaculate Conception Church, Kotri where we had been invited by Rev. Fr. Gull. After the Holy Mass, I introduced the Living Rosary and enrolled the people in the Living Rosary Family.

Then, we went to St. Francis Xavier Church, Sikandarabad. Once again after the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Gull, I introduced the Living Rosary, its aim and then distributed DD cards, Rosaries to the the people who enrolled in the Living Rosary. They were also given Miraculous Medals, booklets and pamphlets.

From the 17th to the 22nd, I visited the Unique School System, St. Luke’s Church, Grace Town where Fr. Paulus offered the Holy Mass, St. John’s Elementary School, Kaalimori and St. Bonaventure School where I introduced the Living Rosary and talked on the history and importance of the Rosary. The lady in-charge of the school was a Muslim, who took a Rosary, the books and promised to say a Decade after she learns it. It was time to return home, so in the evening I got the train and reached next morning.

On 22nd evening, I left for Gujranwala. I stay the night there and, next day, I went to St. Mary’s School, Saleem Colony on the invitation of Sr. Nazi Gabriel. She is a devotee to St. Philomena and requested me to tell about the life of St. Philomena also. So, I talked about the founding of the Living Rosary by Ven. Pauline Jaricot, its purpose and then the life of St. Philomena and her miracle in the life of Ven. Pauline Jaricot. St. Catherine Rosary Group was also invited by Sr. Nazi. They were all enrolled in the Living Rosary Family and were given Decade cards, Rosaries, Miraculous Medals, booklets and pamphlets. Small children were given Miraculous Medals only and the teachers and Rosary group were given large pictures.

Then, I went to the Education School, Chanda Qila. Sr. Nazi had sent someone on the motor bike to drop me there but it was not easy sitting and holding the bag also. Thank God, we reached safely. Mr. Waris, the owner of the school, had invited parents of students also because I wanted to spread the Message of the Rosary.

At all the places that the Living Rosary was introduced, the people were enrolled and given Decade cards, Rosaries, booklets and pamphlets. People and students were very happy and the priests, religious sisters and other persons who were with me were very thankful to the Living Rosary.

I returned home at about 10 p.m. Thank you and our dear benefactors for supporting me in this mission of reaching souls with the Living Rosary and Our Lady’s Sacramentals. God bless all of you!

AFZAAL – PAKISTAN

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Dear Mrs. Patti Melvin,Thank you for sending this latest material along with the additional prayer cards I requested. I immediately shared the booklet on Love and Suffering with one of my fellow inmates here. The next time I saw him, he thanked me, saying the material helped him resolve a difficult problem he was going through privately. I expect you will be hearing from Peter soon.

I look forward to taking the prayer cards with me to Mass tomorrow. Much of my focus and attention right now is reaching out to the Catholic community here that has fallen away from the Faith for one reason or another. 42% of the prison population claim to be Catholic. Most of them prefer to attend the Protestant services because they are more FUN. It is fine if Christians get together to socialize, but we must bear in mind that there is a war going on at the spiritual level and everything is at stake! I will constantly promote the Living Rosary here and everything you send to me goes to bring souls back to God.

The work you are doing is just wonderful and I am always inspired when I read the material you send. At the same time, it is also a kind of crutch for me since I am shy and it is hard for me to talk to others about religion and know the right thing to say. Instead, I offer them a pamphlet or booklet which I receive from you. Your stuff is really eye-catching and well received! By God’s Grace, our efforts have made a big difference in this unit.

I first arrived here in 2011 and we were lucky to see a dozen show up for Mass. Since we have been working and spreading the Living Rosary, we now have 20 or 30 at Mass regularly. I can’t take much credit, but I will do what I can to keep it rolling. It seems to me when people are bent on getting drunk, what they really want is the Eucharist; and when they are being promiscuous, they really long for marriage.

It occurs to me that so many of our youth belong to gangs because they are seeking to belong to a community that cares about them. This community is the Mystical Body of Christ. The Church has so much to offer them. Thank you for helping us to learn our Faith and live it.

Richard – TX

“That thou mightest open the eyes of the blind, and bring forth the prisoner out of prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” (Isaiah 42:7)

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MOTHER OF GOD!

All the splendors of participation in Divine Life, which Grace produces in our souls, are realized in Mary with a prominence, a force and a realism, wholly singular! The Triune God communicated Himself to her in the highest degree possible for a simple creature. Mary’s dignity, according to St. Thomas, “touches on the threshold of the Infinite.”

When Adam, deprived of the state of grace, was driven from Paradise, only one ray of hope illumined the darkness of fallen humanity: “I will put enmities between thee and the woman,” God said to the serpent, “and … She shall crush thy head.” She will always be the spotless and immaculate one belonging wholly to God: whom He will introduce into the circle of His Divine Family by bonds of the closest intimacy with each of the three divine Persons: “Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, Spouse of the Holy Ghost.” Mary lived her divine filiation in humble dependence and loving adherence to God’s every desire.

Mary lived not only God’s manifest Will, but His Will of permission, as seen by her loving acceptance of all: the long journey to Bethlehem when She was about to bring into the world the Son of God, the poor humble shelter of the stable, the flight into Egypt by night, the loss of Jesus in the temple, a life of poverty and weariness, and finally the disgrace of the Passion and Death of her beloved Son on Calvary. What an example of humble dependence on God, absolute fidelity to His Will, perseverance in spite of the difficulties and sacrifices She had to encounter!

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy Will.”

Mary lived only for God. We never see her influenced by selfish motives or by personal interest; only one thing moved her: the Glory of God and the interests of Jesus and of souls. All of Mary’s greatness and glory are explained in the light of her divine maternity; furthermore, her very existence is explained by her predestination to this high office. We love and honor Mary because She is the Mother of God. Our devotion to her makes our love for God and for Jesus, deeper and more tender. God could make a bigger world or a wider sky, but He could not raise a pure creature higher than Mary, for the dignity of Mother of God is the highest dignity that can be conferred on a creature. No one could ever say more truly than Mary: “I live now, not I, but Christ liveth in me!” Immense, marvelous mystery! With what great reverence, honor and devotion, we should salute Mary, who drives away demons, frees sinners and makes her children rejoice.

When Mary agreed to be the mother of the Savior, She also agreed to become the closest collaborator of His mission. If Jesus is the Father of our souls, Mary is their Mother, for in giving us Jesus, She gave us true life and, later, by offering on Calvary the Life of her Son for our salvation, She brought us forth to the life of divine grace. In all truth, we may address her: “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness and our Hope!” On earth, Christ’s dearest possession had been His Mother. As co-redemptrix, She procured the life of grace for us; therefore, She is the woman who in the supernatural order gives us life: She is our Mother! God lives in Mary and Mary lives in Him. Mary clothed Him with the substance of her flesh and He clothed her with the Glory of His Majesty. Mary is the most perfect image of Christ truly formed by the Holy Ghost.

O Mary, God has given thee the power to change hearts;
Take mine and transform it!

MAY IS THE MONTH OF MARY, OUR MOTHER.
WHAT GIFT CAN WE GIVE THAT WILL PLEASE HER!

We could offer Mary our will, but it is not conformable to God’s Will. We could offer Mary our intellect, but it is not enlightened. We could give Mary our affection, but it is not pure. Ah! let us offer Mary, our Mother, the Heart of her Divine Son! During the month of May, hasten to bring to Our Blessed Mother the only gift that is sure to honor and please her Immaculate Heart: The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus! In the midst of a godless world, there is but one means of preservation from eternal ruin, one means of perseverance in the great tribulation of life, the Most Blessed Sacrament. Protected by this Shield, the Children of Mary will remain firm in the Faith. In the Holy Eucharist, there is a joy which cannot be described. Jesus in the Tabernacle protects us against all our enemies: against the evil spirit, the world, our wicked passions and evil inclinations. Jesus supports us in our weakness, comforts us in suffering, is our weapon in combat, our refreshment in heat, the food of our souls and our strength in exhaustion.

The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus in the Tabernacle is our Heaven on earth, our riches in poverty, our defense in calumny and crown in misfortune. Jesus in the Tabernacle is our God and our All! Let the flame of our faith be bright and let our confidence be unlimited; but above all, let our love be aglow. Jesus wills to be loved; let us give Him our love! Although we have squandered the powers of our souls and perverted the safeguards of our hearts, Our Savior is ready to receive the shipwreck of humanity if only we will return to Him with sorrow and love. Palaces of this world are inhabited by earthly kings, but within the Catholic Church dwells the King of kings, the Lord of Heaven and earth. What ineffable joy we give the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Mother by bringing souls to the Foot of the Altar that She may give to them the Eucharist Heart of her Divine Son! In doing this, we render to God the Father thanksgiving and reparation for the sins of mankind.

In honor and obedience, thanksgiving and petition, entrust your loved ones to Mary through the gift of a special Bouquet of 31 days of Holy Masses. Place on her head a crown of roses empurpled in the Precious Blood of her Divine Son, the Source of all Salvation! A lovely Mass card will be sent out to you for each person you enroll. Let us sacrifice ourselves to hasten the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $5.00 each for Enrollment in the MAY Bouquet of thirty one days of Holy Masses for your Loved Ones: PRINT VERY CLEARLY EACH NAME!

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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 Missi4 lb. box @ $53 (in place of $42.70), 20 lb. box @ $95 (in place of $86.25), 1 lb. package @ $22 (in place of $20)7.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragement for our Promoters.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Dear Mrs. Melvin

I am Fr. Julio Oo, a diocesan priest, from the diocese of Pekhon, Myanmar. I hope you are well. I met one of the leaders of the group that have great devotion to St. Philomena today and she asked me to share some of the photos they took of their activities. With the holy oil and pictures of St. Philomena, they were able to pray over some mothers that had hard time getting pregnant and later were able to deliver, also some others that were suffering from strange diseases. They were quite successful. We are truly blessed to have some of our parishioners involved in religious promotion. Many thanks for your support and prompt response.

Thank you for sending me my Decade.

Fr. Julio Oo
Bishop’s House
Diocesan Center, Pekhon Diocese 06061
Southern Shan State
MYANMAR.

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“God wishes to establish in the world, devotion to my Immaculate Heart! I promise salvation to those who embrace it.”Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Will you embrace whole-heartedly the devotion of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and consecrate to her your entire being? Will you let her fulfill in you her great promise of salvation? Will you let Mary use you to bring others to salvation through her Immaculate Heart? The world will obtain peace only through the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is the Will of God, the key to Heaven! By it, we will have peace in our hearts, in our homes, in our country, in the Church and in the world.

God has given over to Mary the special work of mothering the life of grace in us and ruling as our Queen. He has confided to her Heart, the mediation of all the treasures of His heavenly storehouse. Mary by her perfect surrender to God ~ her perfect consecration ~ became full of Grace, perfectly filled with God. By our consecration to Mary, we take on a new sacredness and strive, henceforth, to be only and always used for Mary’s hallowed mission. We pledge ourselves to learn of her, to love her dearly, to ‘spend and be spent’ in her sacred service, to call upon her in all our needs and to trust her absolutely!

The first condition of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is based upon a true love of Mary. We cannot love someone we do not know, and the sad truth is that all too few know the Woman! We consecrate ourselves not because we are perfect, but rather to become perfect. True devotion is promptitude of WILL; it is a matter of setting one’s own will aside. If we are devoted to the Heart of Mary, it will not matter how we feel or what we want; always we will be instant and eager to be in her sacred service.

Pope Leo XIII speaks to us of the mystery within the mysteries of the Holy Rosary: To Jesus through Mary! When we turn to Mary in prayer, she is able to fulfill uninterruptedly the office she holds before the throne of God as Mediatrix of Divine Grace. The merciful Heart of Mary appears in no other form of prayer so manifestly as the Holy Rosary. Mary’s Heart of love is reaching out across the world to gather people from every corner of the earth to her feet. She has been given the power to give souls to Jesus and Jesus to souls. Total Consecration unlocks the door of her Heart, the living tabernacle of the Most Blessed Trinity. Wherever we find true devotion to the Heart of Mary, there we will find true love of God. Nothing will be more effective today to bring forth the full intensity of Christian life in the world.

Let us sacrifice ourselves to hasten the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary through Total Consecration and the Most Holy Rosary!

Night is closing in, we must act now!

PATTI MELVIN, ULRA Director

Please pray for me!

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Hi Patti,

Saint Philomena’s Apostolate is a Catholic Homeschooling Group in Ellicott City-MD, which meets 2 days a week at St. Paul’s Church to home-school together. We have 33 families this year and each year we invite all those children who are 10-18 years of age to join the Children of Mary program if they like. This year, we have 24 student members at our school and we meet once a month and do a service project.

Last month, we put together “blessing bags” to give out to the homeless.

This month, we were excited to string Miraculous Medals that the Universal Living Rosary Association provided us. In just under 2 hours, our students and a few enthusiastic parents were able to assemble 1,050 Medals which Mrs. Melvin will send out to the missions! Everyone enjoyed it and felt such a sense of accomplishment when we were finished. This is a fun and simple way to serve God in a group. They really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend this project to other Catholic groups.

Thank you Patti! God Bless!
Kelly Molino – MD, USA

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MOTHER OF GOD!

All the splendors of participation in Divine Life, which Grace produces in our souls, are realized in Mary with a prominence, a force and a realism, wholly singular! The Triune God communicated Himself to her in the highest degree possible for a simple creature. Mary’s dignity, according to St. Thomas, “touches on the threshold of the Infinite.”

When Adam, deprived of the state of grace, was driven from Paradise, only one ray of hope illumined the darkness of fallen humanity: “I will put enmities between thee and the woman,” God said to the serpent, “and … She shall crush thy head.” She will always be the spotless and immaculate one belonging wholly to God: whom He will introduce into the circle of His Divine Family by bonds of the closest intimacy with each of the three divine Persons: “Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, Spouse of the Holy Ghost.” Mary lived her divine filiation in humble dependence and loving adherence to God’s every desire.

Mary lived not only God’s manifest Will, but His Will of permission, as seen by her loving acceptance of all: the long journey to Bethlehem when She was about to bring into the world the Son of God, the poor humble shelter of the stable, the flight into Egypt by night, the loss of Jesus in the temple, a life of poverty and weariness, and finally the disgrace of the Passion and Death of her beloved Son on Calvary. What an example of humble dependence on God, absolute fidelity to His Will, perseverance in spite of the difficulties and sacrifices She had to encounter!

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy Will.”

Mary lived only for God. We never see her influenced by selfish motives or by personal interest; only one thing moved her: the Glory of God and the interests of Jesus and of souls. All of Mary’s greatness and glory are explained in the light of her divine maternity; furthermore, her very existence is explained by her predestination to this high office. We love and honor Mary because She is the Mother of God. Our devotion to her makes our love for God and for Jesus, deeper and more tender. God could make a bigger world or a wider sky, but He could not raise a pure creature higher than Mary, for the dignity of Mother of God is the highest dignity that can be conferred on a creature. No one could ever say more truly than Mary: “I live now, not I, but Christ liveth in me!” Immense, marvelous mystery! With what great reverence, honor and devotion, we should salute Mary, who drives away demons, frees sinners and makes her children rejoice.

When Mary agreed to be the mother of the Savior, She also agreed to become the closest collaborator of His mission. If Jesus is the Father of our souls, Mary is their Mother, for in giving us Jesus, She gave us true life and, later, by offering on Calvary the Life of her Son for our salvation, She brought us forth to the life of divine grace. In all truth, we may address her: “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness and our Hope!” On earth, Christ’s dearest possession had been His Mother. As co-redemptrix, She procured the life of grace for us; therefore, She is the woman who in the supernatural order gives us life: She is our Mother! God lives in Mary and Mary lives in Him. Mary clothed Him with the substance of her flesh and He clothed her with the Glory of His Majesty. Mary is the most perfect image of Christ truly formed by the Holy Ghost.

O Mary, God has given thee the power to change hearts;
Take mine and transform it!

MAY IS THE MONTH OF MARY, OUR MOTHER.
WHAT GIFT CAN WE GIVE THAT WILL PLEASE HER!

We could offer Mary our will, but it is not conformable to God’s Will. We could offer Mary our intellect, but it is not enlightened. We could give Mary our affection, but it is not pure. Ah! let us offer Mary, our Mother, the Heart of her Divine Son! During the month of May, hasten to bring to Our Blessed Mother the only gift that is sure to honor and please her Immaculate Heart: The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus! In the midst of a godless world, there is but one means of preservation from eternal ruin, one means of perseverance in the great tribulation of life, the Most Blessed Sacrament. Protected by this Shield, the Children of Mary will remain firm in the Faith. In the Holy Eucharist, there is a joy which cannot be described. Jesus in the Tabernacle protects us against all our enemies: against the evil spirit, the world, our wicked passions and evil inclinations. Jesus supports us in our weakness, comforts us in suffering, is our weapon in combat, our refreshment in heat, the food of our souls and our strength in exhaustion.

The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus in the Tabernacle is our Heaven on earth, our riches in poverty, our defense in calumny and crown in misfortune. Jesus in the Tabernacle is our God and our All! Let the flame of our faith be bright and let our confidence be unlimited; but above all, let our love be aglow. Jesus wills to be loved; let us give Him our love! Although we have squandered the powers of our souls and perverted the safeguards of our hearts, Our Savior is ready to receive the shipwreck of humanity if only we will return to Him with sorrow and love. Palaces of this world are inhabited by earthly kings, but within the Catholic Church dwells the King of kings, the Lord of Heaven and earth. What ineffable joy we give the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Mother by bringing souls to the Foot of the Altar that She may give to them the Eucharist Heart of her Divine Son! In doing this, we render to God the Father thanksgiving and reparation for the sins of mankind.

In honor and obedience, thanksgiving and petition, entrust your loved ones to Mary through the gift of a special Bouquet of 31 days of Holy Masses. Place on her head a crown of roses empurpled in the Precious Blood of her Divine Son, the Source of all Salvation! A lovely Mass card will be sent out to you for each person you enroll. Let us sacrifice ourselves to hasten the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $5.00 each for Enrollment in the MAY Bouquet of thirty one days of Holy Masses for your Loved Ones: PRINT VERY CLEARLY EACH NAME!

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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 Missi4 lb. box @ $53 (in place of $42.70), 20 lb. box @ $95 (in place of $86.25), 1 lb. package @ $22 (in place of $20)7.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragement for our Promoters.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

We wish to thank you with all our hearts for the glorious support you are giving the Family of the Living Rosary which reaches the far corners of the earth. United the world over through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Daily Decades hold infinite power before the throne of God. Please reach out to everyone you can with this magnificent devotion of Faith, Hope and Charity.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, received an invitation to a wedding that would take place in Cana, Galilee. A wedding in Palestine and among the Jews was an important event and took the form of a religious ceremony, for it was the means of perpetuating the race until the fullness of time, that is, until the coming of the Messiah. It is good to attend to our social obligations. We should not just tolerate them, but rather cultivate them. One should never use the excuse of asceticism and become anti-social. Mary did not go to the wedding feast to be served. She was the first one to notice that the wine was running out. Nothing that a Christian does is indifferent, everything has repercussions. By the mere fact that the Blessed Virgin was there, the wedding feast at Cana was changed. Jesus and His disciples were invited.

Charity obliges us to be our best. The more we are on fire ourselves, the more we enkindle the same fire in others. The closer and more united we are to God, the more good will we have for those around us. Sometimes, only a smile is needed or a little interest in others, or a friendly manner. We exercise our love for God in how we treat our neighbor. Christ should be placed at the center of society, so that His Spirit may permeate all human activities, transforming and renewing them. We must be like red-hot irons; otherwise instead of influencing our environment, it will overpower us, change us as it likes and make us slaves of worldliness.

In a phrase of only a few words, Mary made known to Christ the need of the newly married couple: “They have no wine.” This was her prayer of petition. It is so brief and concise that it hardly seems a prayer at all. It is a statement of need, a petition of simplicity, made with total confidence. Mary was the most perfect of creatures; therefore, her prayer was, without doubt, the most perfect prayer. It is a humble prayer. She did not want to trouble her Son. He was God and His Mission came first. But, She was His mother and, in humility and helplessness, She appealed to His mercy. It was a prayer for others, not something for herself. She did not bargain with God, ‘If you do this for me, I will do that for you.’ When we bargain with God, the absence of our love for Him is so very obvious! Mary merely pointed out the problem and left the rest to Him, leaving Him perfectly free to do His own will. She told the waiters, “Do whatever He tells you.” The faith of Mary contained in these few words, overcame time and hastened the hour when Our Lord would manifest His divinity by a miracle. So often, we try to tie God down and restrict His action to only one possible solution, the solution that we, with our limited intelligence, consider the most fitting. If we do not get what we ask for, our prayer becomes weaker and weaker, and finally we abandon it altogether.

Our Lord has shown us the way. We must only try to be simple, humble and trusting: God will do the rest. Our Lady asks us to do, not just something, but precisely what He tells us to do. We must listen to her Son, the Messenger of the Father. Christ was obedient unto death, even to His death on the Cross. There is no incompatibility between freedom and obedience. Humility is Truth! Truth makes us free! He is free who has no sin, for sin separates us from Truth, and makes us servants of falsehood and pride. We are free to the extent to which we are united to Christ – to Truth – by obedience. Obedience is the key virtue and the fulfillment of our vocation for every creature has been made to give glory to God. Disobedience is rebellion which results in death and damnation, obedience is salvation! Obedience is not simply avoiding mortal sin, for we are not simply to avoid offending God, but to love and please Him.

We should learn obedience from the servants to whom Mary told to do whatever Jesus should command. They put themselves at His disposal immediately. When He told them to fill the water-pots, they filled them to the brim! They returned to tell Jesus that His orders had been carried out and, at His direction, they took the wine to be tasted to the chief steward, knowing only water had been placed in them. They never hesitated. They never tried to find out what was going on, they simply obeyed! They were servants and ready to serve. Promptness of obedience is essential for a servant. The consequences of delay, procrastination, passivity and unwillingness are immeasurable! Time is a gift too precious to be wasted. The servants obeyed without saying a word. Obedience should be silent. Protests, remarks and sneers at the Master undermine His authority. The jars were filled to the brim! No one could ask for more; the servants did a perfect job. We cannot obey in halves; we must do a complete job. What Our Lord tells us to do is too important to be left half-done! It is never something trivial, but a serious duty whose significance very often we cannot even suspect. This then is the advice, the only advice that Our Blessed Lady has left to us, that we should do whatever her Son tell us, obey Him willingly, be ready to do anything asked of us, obey promptly, silently, fully and with our whole heart. Mary gave us this perfect example at the Foot of the Cross. Let us imitate Mary in her obedience to her Divine Son for the greater honor and glory of God in time and throughout eternity!

One of our members is dying. Agnes has MS and for years has suffered silently the ravages of this disease. Recently she wrote: I am having a stroke, my brain is bleeding. Please pray for me: “I know what God is doing is for the best.” Pray for her husband who suffers with prostate cancer. Her prayer reminds me of the prayer of Our Blessed Mother, the perfect prayer that brings salvation: “Behold the Handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy Will!”

Our prayers are¬ with you both day and night.

PATTI MELVIN, Director – ULRA

Let us pray for one another.

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Dear Mrs. Patti Melvin,I am a mother of two children from Sri Lanka. I heard about your prayer group through one of my uncles who is very devoted to St. Philomena, who has been a great blessing to us in these troubling times that we are undergoing. I would like to join the Living Rosary. My husband and mother would like to enroll in the Living Rosary.

Our son, Nevaan, who is just over two months, was born at 24 weeks weighing only 1.6 pounds. The doctors claimed he will not survive, but now he has been alive in the hospital for 78 days already. He had a brain hemorrhage that led to the development of some cysts in a critical part of his brain. The ventricles in his brain are severely enlarged due to this and the doctor says that this is almost 80% guaranteed to lead to severe disability later on. Added to that, there is a slight haze around his corneas, which also the doctors say may be a sign of blindness. So many prayers have been offered for him from priests, religious and all our family and friends. On the day after he was baptized, he started breathing on his own, without any machines. This is very unusual for a baby of his size, and is a miracle in itself. He went through a lot of complications but has gained weight and is looking better today. This is nothing but the power of God working, as the doctors and nurses are also surprised at how far this little fighter has come!

We had drifted away from God and this trial has already been miraculous in the sense that it has brought us so much closer as a family and so very much closer to Him through prayers and sacrifice.

Thank you so very much, truly divine providence that we received your parcel just on the day before the surgery! Baby Nevaan will undergo the brain surgery this Friday, February 26 at 7.00 am (Sri Lanka time) as the size of his cyst had drastically increased. The doctors are recommending the insertion of a shunt that will help drain the fluid that has accumulated. This will however be a life time device he will have to wear. We read an article in your Spring 2009 Dedicated Decades, a story of a 22 week old baby surviving a very similar ordeal and was healed through prayers. Similar to that story, we too have tied St. Philomena’s cord around his ankle, and we apply the holy oil on his heels daily. Please let us know if there are any other special prayers we can offer.

Our little man is hanging in there, like the blessed little fighter he is! He has a 3 year old sister, Neraaya, who is really looking forward to having him in her life. She was also born prematurely at 32 weeks and is also another little miracle!

Thank you for your message! The surgery went well without complication, and baby is recovering. We cannot thank God enough! This is more proof that God is holding us in His Arms through this journey, and Jesus’ Precious Blood will not fail to deliver! The journey with Nevaan’s condition is just beginning but we are confident in God’s goodness and expect a miraculous recovery for him in His time!

Despite the doctors’ prognosis, we are so confident of complete healing for him. We have immense belief that through Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, and the intercession of St. Philomena, St. Jude, St. Anthony, St. Therese, St. Michael, St. Peter and all the other Angels and Saints that this child will receive complete healing. We have offered him up for a vocation and we know that his testimony will be a powerful one!

Thank you and God bless, so happy to be part of this blessed Living Rosary group!

< Dineshini – SRI LANKA >

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Dearest Patti Melvin

I exclaimed full of joy and heartfelt gratitude, Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! I am really overwhelmed by the size of the parcel I received through Esico Express on 22nd February, 2016. Due to poor network, I could acknowledge it only now. Thank you and our Benefactors! St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina says in one of his letters, “Pray fervently for all who work for the salvation of souls and for the Glory of God.” You are one of them! You and all your supporters are the ones we are called upon by St. Pio to pray for fervently every day. Rest assured that we are praying for all of you

Thank you for your encouraging and soul searching letters. You could see from the attached pictures how I was covered by so many rich materials: St. Philomena Oils, 56 packets of Luminous Rosaries, Miraculous Medals, Scapulars, wonderful wrist Cords; large pictures of St. Philomena, Holy Family of Nazareth, Our Lady of Fatima, Immaculate Heart of Mary; Life of Pauline Marie Jaricot, The Future of The Church, How to Secure a Happy Death, a Holy Hour Booklet, Novena to St. Joseph, our Patron, beautiful – this year we shall pray the chaplet of St. Joseph during our Community Novena to St. Joseph, Mater Dolorosa Chaplet, St. Philomena Chaplets, large Medals and pictures of St. Philomena, Calendars, The Holy Sacrifice of the Holy Mass, Mary The Power of Her Holy Name, Dedicated Decades for Spring and Winter 2015, the Garment of Grace, Fatima booklet, Holiness through Mary, Children your Mother is calling, etc. I am extremely happy and grateful for the Sacred Heart Novena Booklet. I am devoted to the Sacred Heart and the Holy Eucharist, our Source and Summit. The Sacred Heart bleeds everyday out of love for us.

We are very, very grateful for the sacrifices you make to send us these spiritual materials for our spiritual growth. May Our Good God continue to keep you healthy and strong to continue to lead souls to Him. The History about the Living Rosary Center is good. It is a beautiful Center. We thank God for you.

In the next parcel, kindly send large pictures of Ven. Pauline Jaricot so that during my talks I can show to the people. Members are begging for more Prayer for Spouses Cards, Decade prayer cards, Jesus’ Name prayer cards and St. Philomena statues. We are sorry for asking you too much!

Please join me to pray for Sister Bernadette Nyongo, our great promoter, that St. Philomena may heal her miraculously.

I remain grateful for all that you do for us. May Almighty God bless and reward you and all our benefactors! Please find attach the pictures.

To Jesus through Mary! With lots of love and prayerful wishes,

Sr. Mary Florence Angwe
St. Joseph’s Convent
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THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

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

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

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

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

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

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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MOTHER OF GOD!

All the splendors of participation in Divine Life, which Grace produces in our souls, are realized in Mary with a prominence, a force and a realism, wholly singular! The Triune God communicated Himself to her in the highest degree possible for a simple creature. Mary’s dignity, according to St. Thomas, “touches on the threshold of the Infinite.”

When Adam, deprived of the state of grace, was driven from Paradise, only one ray of hope illumined the darkness of fallen humanity: “I will put enmities between thee and the woman,” God said to the serpent, “and … She shall crush thy head.” She will always be the spotless and immaculate one belonging wholly to God: whom He will introduce into the circle of His Divine Family by bonds of the closest intimacy with each of the three divine Persons: “Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, Spouse of the Holy Ghost.” Mary lived her divine filiation in humble dependence and loving adherence to God’s every desire.

Mary lived not only God’s manifest Will, but His Will of permission, as seen by her loving acceptance of all: the long journey to Bethlehem when She was about to bring into the world the Son of God, the poor humble shelter of the stable, the flight into Egypt by night, the loss of Jesus in the temple, a life of poverty and weariness, and finally the disgrace of the Passion and Death of her beloved Son on Calvary. What an example of humble dependence on God, absolute fidelity to His Will, perseverance in spite of the difficulties and sacrifices She had to encounter!

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy Will.”

Mary lived only for God. We never see her influenced by selfish motives or by personal interest; only one thing moved her: the Glory of God and the interests of Jesus and of souls. All of Mary’s greatness and glory are explained in the light of her divine maternity; furthermore, her very existence is explained by her predestination to this high office. We love and honor Mary because She is the Mother of God. Our devotion to her makes our love for God and for Jesus, deeper and more tender. God could make a bigger world or a wider sky, but He could not raise a pure creature higher than Mary, for the dignity of Mother of God is the highest dignity that can be conferred on a creature. No one could ever say more truly than Mary: “I live now, not I, but Christ liveth in me!” Immense, marvelous mystery! With what great reverence, honor and devotion, we should salute Mary, who drives away demons, frees sinners and makes her children rejoice.

When Mary agreed to be the mother of the Savior, She also agreed to become the closest collaborator of His mission. If Jesus is the Father of our souls, Mary is their Mother, for in giving us Jesus, She gave us true life and, later, by offering on Calvary the Life of her Son for our salvation, She brought us forth to the life of divine grace. In all truth, we may address her: “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness and our Hope!” On earth, Christ’s dearest possession had been His Mother. As co-redemptrix, She procured the life of grace for us; therefore, She is the woman who in the supernatural order gives us life: She is our Mother! God lives in Mary and Mary lives in Him. Mary clothed Him with the substance of her flesh and He clothed her with the Glory of His Majesty. Mary is the most perfect image of Christ truly formed by the Holy Ghost.

O Mary, God has given thee the power to change hearts;
Take mine and transform it!

MAY IS THE MONTH OF MARY, OUR MOTHER.
WHAT GIFT CAN WE GIVE THAT WILL PLEASE HER!

We could offer Mary our will, but it is not conformable to God’s Will. We could offer Mary our intellect, but it is not enlightened. We could give Mary our affection, but it is not pure. Ah! let us offer Mary, our Mother, the Heart of her Divine Son! During the month of May, hasten to bring to Our Blessed Mother the only gift that is sure to honor and please her Immaculate Heart: The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus! In the midst of a godless world, there is but one means of preservation from eternal ruin, one means of perseverance in the great tribulation of life, the Most Blessed Sacrament. Protected by this Shield, the Children of Mary will remain firm in the Faith. In the Holy Eucharist, there is a joy which cannot be described. Jesus in the Tabernacle protects us against all our enemies: against the evil spirit, the world, our wicked passions and evil inclinations. Jesus supports us in our weakness, comforts us in suffering, is our weapon in combat, our refreshment in heat, the food of our souls and our strength in exhaustion.

The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus in the Tabernacle is our Heaven on earth, our riches in poverty, our defense in calumny and crown in misfortune. Jesus in the Tabernacle is our God and our All! Let the flame of our faith be bright and let our confidence be unlimited; but above all, let our love be aglow. Jesus wills to be loved; let us give Him our love! Although we have squandered the powers of our souls and perverted the safeguards of our hearts, Our Savior is ready to receive the shipwreck of humanity if only we will return to Him with sorrow and love. Palaces of this world are inhabited by earthly kings, but within the Catholic Church dwells the King of kings, the Lord of Heaven and earth. What ineffable joy we give the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Mother by bringing souls to the Foot of the Altar that She may give to them the Eucharist Heart of her Divine Son! In doing this, we render to God the Father thanksgiving and reparation for the sins of mankind.

In honor and obedience, thanksgiving and petition, entrust your loved ones to Mary through the gift of a special Bouquet of 31 days of Holy Masses. Place on her head a crown of roses empurpled in the Precious Blood of her Divine Son, the Source of all Salvation! A lovely Mass card will be sent out to you for each person you enroll. Let us sacrifice ourselves to hasten the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.Click here to download a full color .pdf version of this article


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 Missi4 lb. box @ $53 (in place of $42.70), 20 lb. box @ $95 (in place of $86.25), 1 lb. package @ $22 (in place of $20)7.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragement for our Promoters.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, March 1, 2016

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Glory be to Jesus Christ!

Dear Members, Benefactors and Apostles,

In the Byzantine Liturgical year, there are four major Penitential Seasons: the Great Fast of Lent (40 days), the Apostles Fast (length varies), the Nativity Fast (40 days) and the Dormition Fast (2 weeks). Simple fasting is observed on every Friday of the year. During the Great Fast of Lent, the 8th Sunday before Pascha (Easter) is the last day meat may be taken, and the 7th Sunday before Pascha is the last day dairy products may be taken. Essentially, at this point, Eastern Catholics are eating as vegetarians. For the most part during Lent, only one meal is taken during the day and, on Saturdays and Sundays, two meals are allowed. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, fasting is encouraged for those who are able, and those who cannot, may take bread and water.

This strict Fast is made in reparation for the sins of mankind and to fortify ourselves with the courage and strength that will be needed to take our place with Our Blessed Mother at the foot of the Cross. Christ’s entire Life was directed to its goal, Calvary, the consummation of the mission with which the Father had entrusted Him. The Crucifixion might appear to those looking upon Him as the clearest proof of defeat. Yet, it is no defeat but victory! Mary saw everything: the humiliation and desolation of her Son, the scorn, derision and hate of those calling for His Blood. No human being ever suffered any agony which could even be compared with Mary’s. The sword foretold by Simeon long ago was now a bloody reality: “Thy own soul a sword shall pierce!”

One cannot speak of the “Tragedy” of Calvary because there can be no tragedy in relation to Jesus and Mary. The fulfillment of God’s Will can never be tragic. Tragedy presupposes a blind and cruel fate which is indifferent to man’s suffering. No one can suggest that God did not love the Blessed Virgin. Nevertheless, He did not exempt her from Calvary. It is foolish in a Christian, unpardonably foolish, to think that, if God really loves us, as He does, He will exempt us from the cross, the very sign of a Christian! There are many Christians who flee from the Cross as from the devil; they are ignorant of the Cross and lack any brotherhood whatsoever with Christ. Mary could have remained in the intimacy of her home; her presence did not relieve the suffering and humiliation of Jesus. The Virgin Mary identified herself with her Son, her love made her suffer with Him. She loved Him and love unites. Mary’s love could not stand separation. Even in that terrible moment, She preferred suffering to separation, however great the suffering might be. There is a precise relationship between our capacity to love and to suffer. He who is not capable of suffering is incapable of loving! We love God to the same extent that we love the Cross. Mary stood at the foot of the Cross of her Son participating actively and intimately in the Sacrifice, identifying herself completely with Him and agreeing willingly, like Jesus, to the fulfillment of the Will of the Father. Mary drank the chalice to the dregs as She saw before her eyes the Life of her Son, whom She had carried in her womb, completely extinguished. Mary loved and accepted the Will of the Father even at the cost of the Life of her Son. She did not watch like a helpless soul, her participation was active. She did not beg for mercy for Him, She made no effort to change the course of events, but accepted them all with respect and reverence. Mary gave Him to the Will of the Father, Jesus gave Himself. For this reason, the Church calls Our Blessed Mother, Co-Redemptrix. Mary’s faith was greater and more heroic than any other human being in the world. Pain is not only visited upon those who sin. The innocent suffer also, because we are all members of the Mystical Body of Christ.

“WOMAN, BEHOLD THY SON! SON, BEHOLD THY MOTHER!”

God entrusted to us His very own mother! From all eternity, it is decreed that hers is the extremely important task of applying the fruits of the Redemption to our souls. God’s plan of salvation, magnificent in its simplicity, is unfathomable in all its depth. The apostles gathered around her and She began to be their mother, teaching them, protecting and watching over them. We all have been given a mission, a vocation, in life which must be carefully accomplished. No one can say, “I’ve done my part” and then sit back in self-complacency and comfort. On the contrary, one should always be ready to give more. The last things that Christ saw before His Death were His own ruin, His mother’s sorrow, His one surviving disciple and the triumph of His enemies. Consolation is something accidental; faithfulness is essential! Grace is eternal life already begun and the Virgin Mary possessed it in all its fullness: Mary was “Full of Grace”! To find her is to find Life: the Life of Grace, the Life that She carried in her womb. The Church teaches that devotion to Our Lady is a sign of assurance of salvation, and She does not say this lightly. St. Bernard said, “God willed that we should have nothing which does not pass through the hands of Mary.”

Pope Leo XIII in his Encyclical, FUCUNDI SEMPER, points out that, “Every grace that this world receives is ordinarily distributed in three steps: from God to Christ, from Christ to the Virgin, and from the Virgin to us.” Even when we rebel and let go of her hand and refuse her help, still She does not desert us. We need Our Lady’s maternal love to protect, defend and console us. She loves us and will not abandon us, because we are her children. Let us make haste to Calvary in the company of our sorrowful Mother living her eternal FIAT in life and in death. Have mercy on us, O Mother of God, Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope!

You are remembered at the Sacred Altar during this holy Season of Lent. We pray for your courage and strength to carry your crosses with love, patience and resignation for the salvation of souls. May you achieve the very highest degree of sanctity and find deep meaning and God’s Peace in your lives!

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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

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

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Dear Patti and the Family of the ULRA,We would like to thank you all for the wonderful work and the Sacramentals. We received your boxes last year and started promoting the ULRA in our Diocese. We have seen many miracles taking place especially through St. Philomena’s cord and oil, and wrist cords. We have our own testimonies to share.

I am sending our Annual Activity Plan for you to see our involvement in the Spiritual and Apostolic Program for this year 2016, as well as the photos taken during our St. Philomena feast day at Wati Parish in Nubu and the photos of our juniors and senior members of ULRA in the Diocese of Aitape.

Patti, I have met our Rev. Bishop Otto Separy for a piece of land to build our ULRA Centre in the Diocese and the Bishop gave us permission to set up our Centre. When our Centre is complete, we will invite you and some of the ULRA members to come to Aitape, Papua New Guinea for the opening ceremony.

Please pray for our financial funding either in cash or kind. May God bless you!

Clarice Samgur
Sandaun Province – PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

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

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

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

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

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

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.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

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 NO. 1303, DICKINSON, TEXAS – 77591

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Share Your Gift of Faith

For centuries, our cherished Catholic faith has been passed from person to person, parent to child, etc. Each of us carries in our heart a special memory of how God first graced us with the knowledge of the faith and how Our Blessed Mother, Saint Philomena, Venerable Pauline Jaricot and other saints changed our lives and brought us closer to Christ.

In our work in the Universal Living Rosary Association, we see first hand how millions of souls are currently living without that knowledge of God and are living outside of His grace. We have been given a beautiful opportunity to carry out Christ’s work and pass on our faith and blessings to others who would otherwise never be introduced to Our Lord, the Savior of all mankind. Just as we pray for the souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them, we should also make it a part of our life’s mission to pass on our faith to as many souls as possible who have no one else to pass it on to them, who don’t know Our Lord and His promise of salvation.

This is the box we send out to the foreign Missions $77.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragements for our Promoters.

This is the box we send out to the foreign Missi4 lb. box @ $53 (in place of $42.70), 20 lb. box @ $95 (in place of $86.25), 1 lb. package @ $22 (in place of $20)7.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragement for our Promoters.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

“I …. take you …. for my lawful wife (husband) to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.”

Marriage is an indissoluble union, contracted by mutual consent, between one man and one woman, in a lawful manner, by which they are obliged to live together all the days of their life. “Therefore now they are not two but one flesh; what therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.” (Matt. 19-6)

The bond of union that subsists between married people, can in no way whatsoever, nor upon any account whatsoever, be dissolved by any human power or authority, while both parties remain in this life. For just causes, especially infidelity to the marriage contract, husband and wife may be separated from one another; yet still the bond of marriage exists in its full force between them and, if either should remarry another person, they would be guilty of adultery. This is the express Law of Almighty God. (Manual of the Holy Catholic Church by James McGovern – 1906)

CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE

(Taken from Encyclical Letter of Pope Pius XI, 1930)

How great is the dignity of chaste wedlock may be judged best from this, that Christ Our Lord, Son of the Eternal Father, ordained it in a special manner as the principal and foundation of domestic society, and also raised it to the rank of a truly great Sacrament of the New Law. We are deeply grieved on seeing the great number of men who entirely ignore or shamelessly deny the great sanctity of Christian wedlock. Since these pernicious errors have begun to spread even among the faithful and are gradually gaining ground, We consider it our duty to raise Our voice to keep the flock committed to Our care from poisoned pastures, and as far as in Us lies, to preserve it from harm.

The principal ends of marriage were laid down in the beginning by God Himself in the words: Increase and Multiply. Christian parents must understand that they are destined not only to propagate and preserve the human race on earth, but to educate their children who are to become members of the Church of Christ, partakers of immortal life and heirs of that eternal glory to which we all aspire. The right and duty to educate their offspring belongs in the first place to the parents who gave them birth. The Sacrament of Matrimony perfects love, confirms the indissolubility of the union and sanctifies both man and wife.

Not under cover but openly: writings, theatrical productions of every kind, radio and all sorts of inventions of modern science, trample the sanctity of marriage. Divorce and adultery, and all the basest vices are commonly extolled and defended by modern genius. Timothy hath exhorted us, “Be thou vigilant … Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season, reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine.” (2 Tim. 4, 2-5) In order that the enemies’ deceits may be avoided, it is first necessary that they be laid bare. For the welfare of souls, We cannot remain silent. New forms of matrimony are concocted by man and labeled: Temporary, Experimental and Companionate.

Some look upon children as a burden. But no reason, however grave may be put forward by which anything intrinsically against nature may become morally good. The conjugal act is destined primarily by nature for the begetting of children and those who deliberately frustrate its natural power and propose sin against nature commit a deed which is shameful and intrinsically vicious. Who is not filled with admiration to see a mother preserve the life of her offspring which she has conceived even though her own life may be in danger? God alone, all bountiful and all merciful as He is, will reward her for the fulfillment of the office allotted to her by nature and will assuredly repay her in a measure full to overflowing. No difficulty can arise that justifies the putting aside of the Law of God which forbids all acts intrinsically evil. God does not ask the impossible. There are no possible circumstances in which husband and wife cannot, strengthened by the Grace of God, fulfill faithfully their duties and preserve in wedlock their chastity unspotted. The family is most sacred. Men are begotten not for the earth and for time, but for Heaven and Eternity. The house built upon a rock, that is to say conjugal chastity, strengthened by a deliberate and constant union of spirit, will not only never fall away, but will never be shaken by adversity.

The Church strongly warns against mixed marriages. Where there exists diversity of mind, truth and feeling, the bond of union of mind and heart is wont to be broken, or at least weakened. What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.

Let us bear in mind the solemn pronouncement of the Council of Trent: “If anyone should say that on account of heresy or the hardships of co-habitation or a deliberate abuse of one party by the other, the marriage tie may be loosened, let him be anathema …”

The objections brought against the firmness of marriage are clearly answered. For, in certain circumstances, imperfect separation of the parties is allowed, but the marriage bond is never severed. Let the faithful be on their guard against the overrated independence of private judgment and the false autonomy of human reason. A characteristic of all true followers of Christ, lettered or unlettered, is to suffer themselves to be guided and led in all things that touch upon Faith or morals by the Holy Church of God through the Supreme Pastor, the Roman Pontiff, who is himself guided by Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Let the faithful constantly keep in mind that they have been sanctified and strengthened for the duties and dignity of their state by a special Sacrament, the efficacious power of which is undying. As long as they remain alive, so long is their union a Sacrament of Christ and the Church.

Ven. Brethren, be ever on your guard against the dangers advocated by the teachers of error, live soberly, justly and godly in this world, looking for the blessed Hope and coming of the Glory of God and Our Savior Jesus Christ.

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Baptism is usually administered outside the Communion rail, so is the Sacrament of Penance. When we receive Holy Communion or Confirmation, we kneel outside the Sanctuary. But at Marriage, provided it is celebrated in conjunction with Holy Mass, the Church throws open the gates of the Sanctuary, and introduces the candidates into the Holy of Holies, to the very spot where are offered the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Why is holy Matrimony celebrated in connection with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the representation of Our Lord’s Death on the Cross? For this significant reason that Our Lord’s Death on Calvary was at the same time the greatest tragedy and the highest triumph of love! From it, the candidates are to learn, at the very moment of their marriage, their life, too, will be one of great and tremendous sacrifices, which will draw upon all the resources of their love and, by this endurance, their mutual love will best show its genuineness and celebrate its finest triumphs.

Saint Raphael, loving Patron of those seeking a marriage partner, help me in this supreme decision of my life. May he (she) be upright, loyal, pure, sincere and noble, so that with united efforts, and with chaste and unselfish love, we both may strive to perfect ourselves in soul and body as well as the children it may please God to entrust to our care.

Prayer of Spouses for Each Other

O Sweet Jesus, grant that I and my spouse may have a true and understanding love for each other. Grant that we may both be filled with faith and trust. Give us the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony. May we always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from each other’s strengths. Help us to forgive one another’s failings and grant us patience, kindness, cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of self.

May the love that brought us together grow and mature with each passing year. Bring us both ever closer to Thee through our love for each other. Let our love grow to perfection. Amen.

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HOLINESS THROUGH MARY (contd.)

By God’s Will, Mary’s power is without limit. Therefore, the apostolate’s trust in Her is well-nigh infinite. God gave to Mary everything He could; She could not receive more than Himself. By working in complete union with Her, the Child of Mary puts himself in the very flood-tide of grace, for She is the channel of every grace merited by Her dying Son. Not alone does She communicate all graces to us, She obtains them for us, too. Everything there is in this world of hope, grace and salvation flows to men from Mary. To approach God more effectively and win grace more freely, he strives after perfect union with His Mother!

Moreover, the battle in which Mary’s Army is always engaged is the conflict with sin. Mary alone, of all our race, is perfectly sinless. Therefore, he who would conquer sin either in himself or in others, keeps himself so closely united to the Immaculate Virgin that everywhere and in everything he acts as Mary’s instrument. He endeavors to bring it about that, through his subjection to Mary, She acts in him, with him and by him to such an extent that it is really Her apostolate rather than his that is carried on. When such is the case, the apostolate is, in truth, the seed of Mary; between it and sin, enmity is complete.

Just as Christ gave Himself absolutely to Mary, so the Child of Mary is encouraged to surrender to Her everything: Every thought, every movement of his soul, his hidden riches, his inmost self. Everything up to and including his last breath is to be given to Her that She might expend it all for God. Even the earthly slave remains master of his thoughts and inner life; he is free in everything that really counts. Not so Mary’s slave. He offers himself to a kind of martyrdom; through love, he sacrifices himself completely to God, and Mary is the altar of the sacrifice.

True Devotion is not merely an act; it is a state, a life. True, it is solemnly inaugurated by an act of consecration to Mary, but it consists principally in living afterwards in the spirit of that consecration. Mary must take possession of the whole of one’s life; otherwise there is no real Montfortian Devotion. The act of consecration may be made; it may even be often repeated and, if the substance of True Devotion is not there, a tree has been planted, but it has failed to take root.

This does not mean that the Children of Mary are expected to do the impossible by keeping their minds ever fixed upon their consecration to Mary. It would be almost as reasonable to suggest that one should always remember the fact that the beating of the heart controls the life of the body. The heart continues to function even though its operations rarely become the definite objects of thought. Similarly with the True Devotion. It works ceaselessly in the life of the soul, even though it is not consciously adverted to. The thought of Mary’s complete dominion should be made vivid now and again by deliberate thought and prayer; if that is done, it is sufficient that the fact of one’s dependence on Her remains immutably recognized, that it be always at least vaguely before the mind and that it be put into force in a general way in all the circumstances of life.

It is not necessary that the inauguration or subsequent practice of the True Devotion be accompanied by warmth or consolation. It does not depend on feelings or fervor or any kind of emotional experience. Its foundations are reason, faith and the loving resolve of the will, and these are completely independent of the feelings of the senses.

St. Louis de Montfort claimed that the devotion he taught is an authentic message from Heaven. This has undoubtedly been verified through the graces that have attended the practice of it and the position it has attained in the devotional life of the Church.

In the words of Cardinal Tedeschini on the occasion of the unveiling of the statue of St. Louis de Montfort in St. Peter’s, Rome: “He has constituted himself the herald of the coming of the reign of God through Mary, and the precursor of that longed-for salvation which in the fullness of time the Virgin Mother of God will bring to the world by Her Immaculate Heart.”

There can be no questioning the fact that the practice of True Devotion deepens the spiritual life, endowing it particularly with purity of intention and unselfishness. These things are of the very essence of the teaching of St. Louis de Montfort; one is called upon to practice them incessantly. It is a matter of experience that by such complete surrender and submission to Mary one advances more in a few months than in many years of spiritual effort based more on reliance on self and one’s own will.

The true servant of Mary finds himself comforted and strengthened by a strong and certain sense of guidance and protection. Mary seems to make herself so near and present to him that he is enlightened in his doubts, strengthened in his fears and sustained in his battles. It is this sense of being always directed and safeguarded by Mary that enables him to persevere in his quest for souls when so many others who begin apostolic work under other auspices fall by the wayside.

It is extremely difficult to think of any way of spirituality more designed to bring with it a certainty that one’s life and everything in it are being employed to the best advantage. He who is faithful to his devotion to Mary has that certainty; he is consequently free from many worries and anxieties and at liberty to pursue unrestricted his own progress towards perfection and his apostolate of charity. By this interior liberty, scruples are banished and the heart is filled with burning love and limitless trust.

One cannot really surrender all to Mary without attaining a super-natural outlook. The constant attempt to live as Mary’s slave of love implies a gentle but constant effort to acquire Her spirit and outlook. She, more than any other creature, was accustomed to judge of everything from the super-natural point of view; between Her and the world enmities were complete. Therefore, the soul surrendered to Mary and attempting to live always in the spirit of that surrender necessarily finds himself more and more inclined to evaluate all from the standpoint of the supernatural.

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THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

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

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

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

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

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

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.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

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 NO. 1303, DICKINSON, TEXAS – 77591

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Share Your Gift of Faith

For centuries, our cherished Catholic faith has been passed from person to person, parent to child, etc. Each of us carries in our heart a special memory of how God first graced us with the knowledge of the faith and how Our Blessed Mother, Saint Philomena, Venerable Pauline Jaricot and other saints changed our lives and brought us closer to Christ.

In our work in the Universal Living Rosary Association, we see first hand how millions of souls are currently living without that knowledge of God and are living outside of His grace. We have been given a beautiful opportunity to carry out Christ’s work and pass on our faith and blessings to others who would otherwise never be introduced to Our Lord, the Savior of all mankind. Just as we pray for the souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them, we should also make it a part of our life’s mission to pass on our faith to as many souls as possible who have no one else to pass it on to them, who don’t know Our Lord and His promise of salvation.

This is the box we send out to the foreign Missions $77.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragements for our Promoters.

This is the box we send out to the foreign Missi4 lb. box @ $53 (in place of $42.70), 20 lb. box @ $95 (in place of $86.25), 1 lb. package @ $22 (in place of $20)7.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragement for our Promoters.

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

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Thank you for very kind donation for the work of the Living Rosary in the world today. With great sorrow, we watch the earthquake in Taiwan. Every disaster is a special call from God to come closer to His Sacred Heart.

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

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

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

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

Mary, be my Model, be my Guide!

Our prayers are¬ with you both day and night.

PATTI MELVIN, Director – ULRA

Let us pray for one another.

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“WHY MUST I SUFFER?”

(By Father John Hugo – 1952)

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

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

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

HOW TO BECOME A BUTTERFLY?

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

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

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

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

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

MY LORD AND MY GOD!

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

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HOLINESS THROUGH MARY (contd.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

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

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

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

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

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

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Share Your Gift of Faith

For centuries, our cherished Catholic faith has been passed from person to person, parent to child, etc. Each of us carries in our heart a special memory of how God first graced us with the knowledge of the faith and how Our Blessed Mother, Saint Philomena, Venerable Pauline Jaricot and other saints changed our lives and brought us closer to Christ.

In our work in the Universal Living Rosary Association, we see first hand how millions of souls are currently living without that knowledge of God and are living outside of His grace. We have been given a beautiful opportunity to carry out Christ’s work and pass on our faith and blessings to others who would otherwise never be introduced to Our Lord, the Savior of all mankind. Just as we pray for the souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them, we should also make it a part of our life’s mission to pass on our faith to as many souls as possible who have no one else to pass it on to them, who don’t know Our Lord and His promise of salvation.

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