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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday December 10, 2014

Monday, February 9th, 2015
Dear Mrs. Patti,

I take the opportunity to share with you information on the rapid growth of the Living Rosary in Ukraine. I think the military conflict in Ukraine changed the lives of many people and they realize that they have to rely upon God and the Virgin Mary rather than military power and money. We can see the faith is growing in Ukraine. The devotion of Living Rosary was like a fire when it started and needs to be nourished by regular and constant prayers and work. At the parish where I am working, the Living Rosary devotion is making a miracle. I can see lots of new people are willing to join the Rosary prayer and take part in the parish devotions.

I am ready to assist you in every possible way that I can. I express my deepest thanks for your generous support in the renovation project of the church in Ukraine and for the Living Rosary center here.

With the prayers and respect,

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



THE DIVINE MOTHERHOOD OF MARY!

No human tongue can worthily sing the praises of Mary. While God is sovereignly independent from His creatures, He chose to have recourse to the Immaculate Virgin Mary in order to accomplish the greatest designs of His Infinite Mercy. God sent the Archangel Gabriel to solicit her permission. The Holy Ghost miraculously fructified her virginity becoming her Spouse and the Eternal Word drew from her flesh His most Holy Body and infinitely Precious Blood and was nourished for many months while in the cradle of her arms. St. Augustine said, “The Flesh of Christ is the flesh of Mary.”

By her divine Motherhood, the Blessed Virgin Mary possesses indisputable rights over Our Savior. On earth as in Heaven, Jesus pays His Mother the entire respect and tenderness of a Son. Mary’s divine Motherhood should inspire us with unlimited confidence in her all-powerful prayers for us. At the foot of the Cross, God entrusted Mary to us as our Mother. She holds the key which opens the Heart of Jesus that the flood of His richest Graces may pour out upon the world. It is Our Lady’s role to distribute the Graces merited by the Precious Blood of her Divine Son. She refuses them to no one! Christ died for all men.

Mary saw Jesus born in a wretched stable. She was forced to flee into Egypt to guard her Precious Treasure from the murderous rage of Herod. She lost her Child in Jerusalem, finding Him only after three longs days of tears and agony. It was by suffering that Mary united herself to her dying Son for our deliverance at the Foot of the Cross. Her faith was unfailing, her confidence unshakable, and her love knew no bounds! Mary longs to open the door of our hearts so that Jesus might enter into them. In the Holy Eucharist, He communicates His infinite Life to increase the action of Sanctifying Grace within us. He causes His breath of Life to animate our hearts. He brings us His Precious Blood to quench the fires of concupiscence. Here in the Eucharist is the Miracle of His Love: the very Bread of Angels!

May the Humility of the Shepherds, the Faith of the Wise Men, the Joy of the Angels and the Peace of the Christ Child be God’s Gift to us and to all Men, this Christmas and Always!

*****

UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS GIFTS!

The Holy Mass Crucifix: A sturdy pewter Crucifix dedicated to St. Philomena with St. Benedict Medal on the reverse.

Cost of each = $ 60 includes shipping

St. Philomena Tote: Beautiful Tote bag with tapestry of Saint Philomena woven on both sides, full color, sturdy, height 17” and width 17”

Cost of each Tote: $ 25 plus $ 5 shipping and handling = $ 30

******

Receive the Infant King into your heart and give Him to the hearts of your family and friends!

Enroll them in the Christmas Mass Bouquet: Thirty one days of Sacred Liturgies will be offered for all those who enroll in the Christmas Bouquet of Masses offered by Fr. Ivan Kolodiy and the good priests in Ukraine. Your spiritual and temporal needs, your family living and dead will be remembered at the Holy Altar every day during December. The Christmas Mass Bouquet will be crowned with a solemn High Mass on the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ and during the Christmas Octave. There could be no more precious gift you can give at Christmas time. We will mail the beautiful Mass cards directly to you. These may be sent along with your Christmas greeting cards or placed inside your gift packages. This is a wonderful way to keep Christ in Christmas!!!

SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $5.00 each for Enrollment in the Christmas Bouquet of thirty one days of Masses: PRINT VERY CLEARLY EACH NAME!

1.                                    7.
2.                                    8.
3.                                    9.
4.                                    10.
5.                                    11.
6.                                    12.

Make your payment online through PAYPAL / CREDIT CARD at: WWW.PHILOMENA.ORG

If payment by Check / Money Order / Cash, please click here(Endlish) or here (Spanish) to download a form you can print, fill out and mail it directly to the address below:

THE LIVING ROSARY, P.O. BOX 1303, DICKINSON, TX 77539, USA


SAINT PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

It was the little case containing the relics. Doubtless, the house servants had put it on the front seat, as they had been told to do. The Bishop believed it to be under the cloaks. But, the Bishop’s servants, out of a natural wish to alter what the others had arranged, had stowed it away in the safest place because it looked valuable.

The Bishop must have looked a little perplexed when he watched his man dislodge it with such difficulty. “Do you know what that is? It is a case of relics. It ought not to be stowed away like a piece of luggage. Surely, I said it was to be placed most carefully on the front seat …”

It was time to start. In fact, they were behind time. It was only when they were out of sight of their friends and settled down that they had time to notice how the case lay on the seat before them, jolting so little even when the coach was traveling at full speed over the cobbled road. The Bishop began to wonder, “It didn’t just SLIP forward against me. I was rapped very hard.”

The more he described the blows, the more evident it became they were not the kind of blows he could possibly have gotten from something of this size and weight. There was nothing but to realize that Philomena had rapped his episcopal legs.

Had she not done so, the journey to Mugnano would have begun with her relics stowed away like any parcel. The journey to Mugnano was to be the triumphal journey of a saint who was coming to convert it. Philomena knew that God must be honored in His saints, especially in His virgins and His martyrs. There, united to the awful dignity of God Who was her All, lay Philomena’s dignity. But, the method of claiming the honor due to her dignity is her own.

The good Neapolitan Bishop realized all that. Uncovering his head, he knelt in the coach and most humbly kissed the case of relics, begging Philomena’s pardon. He sat down again to begin the recitation with Don Francesco, of Psalms and prayers. The journey began and continued like a pilgrimage, a wonderful pilgrimage with the shrine moving before them.

They arrived at Naples the next day. The relics were deposited in the private chapel of a rich and well-known publisher, Don Antonio Terres. There, they were to be enclosed, Neapolitan fashion, in a papier-mâché figure representing the saint. The worker employed to do this was not at all skillful. The result, even to Neapolitan taste, must have been disappointing.

He had molded his material over the skull and eye-sockets, but had drawn back the lips to show the real teeth. He gave it chestnut color silk hair, long and straight. The face, hands, neck and shoulders were painted white. The dressing of the figure had been left to Don Antonio’s wife, Donna Angela. She chose silk and velvet for the garments, which included a red mantle and a blue scarf, draped in a manner leaving one shoulder bare. She laid the whole abominable doll on a velvet mattress and lavishly trimmed it with tinsel. One hand held an artificial lily and a palm-branch, while the other held an arrow dramatically pointing to Philomena’s heart. The time came to put the figure and the mattress in the glass-sided ebony shrine. With alarming dismay, the shrine was found to be too short. The figure, which was lying on its back with its head on two cushions, had to have its knees drawn up in the attitude of a girl lying in a meadow in order to fit inside! This was to be Philomena’s introduction to the people of Mugnano!

Donna Angela saw nothing wrong with it, but wept with devotion as she laid the relics inside the figure. While dressing Philomena, the fragrance of sweetest perfumes filled her house. The relic was purposely kept out of reach of anything which could affect it. “The odor of sanctity” remains the most touching of all phenomena, converting that band of outlaws, the five senses through the testimony of one of them. Such a scent is not always lovely, nor is it always comparable to the scent of roses, lilies or violets. Sometimes, it is a strange perfume. But, always, it appears to convey a promise of better things to come. While the memory lasts, the senses have no inclination to rebel.

Whatever we may think of the way Donna Angela had done her work, Philomena must have been pleased with her devotion. Before Philomena left the house, she healed her hostess of an incurable disease which had kept the Terres family in serious anxiety for twelve years.

During the three days in which the relics were exposed in the Church of St. Angelo, Philomena worked no miracle. The priests of the church cheerfully confessed, afterwards, to Don Francesco that they were determined, if she had displayed any favor, to keep her there at all costs. Don Francesco was beginning to know his Philomena by now. She would not make her home anywhere but Mugnano. It was here her work was to be accomplished.

A few days before the journey to Mugnano began, the relics were brought back to the chapel of Antonio Terres. During this time, she worked many miraculous cures. Two girls, who had seen the figure in St. Angelo’s, begged for a relic to give to their aunt who was to have her hand amputated the next day. They were given one. On the eve of the surgery, the relic was placed over her gangrened hand. She slept peacefully through the night while her nieces watched and prayed. When the surgeon came, he found no gangrene at all. The old wound was healed. Surgery was cancelled!


Dear Sister Patti of the ULRA of St. Philomena,

Greetings and thanks for sending me the package!

I received your first package in October. My heart is full of gladness. I am blessed to receive the prayer cards, Sacramentals and leaflets. I took them to our prayer group and shared the message with the members in 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration Center, Hong Kong. All are interested. Then, I asked my prayer group of 30 friends to join in the ULRA. We are all Filipinos working here in Hong Kong as helpers.

On November 24, I received your package of Rosaries, Scapulars, Decade cards and prayer cards. Thank you very much for your immediate response to my request. This coming Sunday is our day off. It is our day to The Lord. I will enroll the members and give them the Decade cards and the Sacramentals. We pray our Decades together. Our Universal Rosary # is 567468

We pray to the Lord to pour out more blessings for financially help to our Living Rosary Association and to increase in membership for the Triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart and in honor Saint Philomena.

Thank you very much and God bless you!

< Salve, HONG KONG – CHINA >


Dear Mother Patti,

May God’s blessings be with you!

Thank you for all you are doing in this holy and blessed Apostolate of promoting devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Philomena through the praying of the Rosary. It is so wonderful to see how wide the Association has spread.

I write in acknowledgement of receipt of the box you sent me. I received it on 28th November. I was really filled with joy as I opened it. My heart was delighted when I saw the SAINT PHILOMENA, WONDER WORKER and Ven. Pauline Jaricot booklets, Dedicated Decades, holy oil, cords, some printed matter and prayer cards, the nice Rosaries, Scapulars and Miraculous Medals. These will really benefit the members. May the Almighty God bless and reward our benefactors whose hearts are so open that they share their resources with us in the mission lands!

To you and your team in the office, I fail to find words to thank you, but to pray and offer my pains for you. Soon, I will send you a more detailed letter with the forms of new registered members.

Wishing you God’s blessings in this Advent season as we await the Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Sr. Jacintha Tumwine, Sisters of Our Lady of Good Counsel
Mbarara – UGANDA – E. AFRICA


Share Your Gift of Faith

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

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

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

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday December 3, 2014

Monday, February 9th, 2015

GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST!

Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

We express our heartfelt gratitude for your generosity in helping us to complete the roof of our church before the snows fall. Your names are engraved on the dome crosses and rest upon the Altar. Each and every day, you are remembered at the Sacred Liturgy.

Our hearts must beat with hope and joy at hearing the sweet prophecy of Isaiah: “A Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son.” These words contain the salvation of the world. By her, Eve’s disobedience is repaired, the world is raised from its fall, and the head of the serpent is crushed. God Himself is more glorified by the fidelity of Mary, than He had been outraged at the disobedience of Eve. The resounding FIAT of Mary exercises an immense influence on the saving of the world. The Word Himself came, but Mary is the way He came; it is from her virginal womb He issues as the Bridegroom from the nuptial chamber. Let us go to Jesus through Mary, for Jesus came down to us from her. Through Mary’s intercession He makes us partakers of His glory and bliss. Sin has caused enmity and division everywhere. Sanctifying Grace will bring unity. Let us beg the Holy Ghost to form Jesus within our hearts as He formed Jesus in Mary’s womb. A little Child will be the pledge of an alliance between all nations. The flock will no longer fear the lions; the serpent shall be no more. The humble Mary is the valley blessed by the Lord, a valley beautiful and fertile in which God sowed His Wheat, Our Savior Jesus Christ.

It was the humility of Mary that drew God down from Heaven. O Blessed Mother, obtain for us the grace of humility. Let us echo thy FIAT at every step in our lives: “Be it done unto me according to Thy Word.” May Jesus come to us in swathing bands; in humility not in greatness; in the crib not in the clouds of Heaven; in the arms of Mary, His Mother, not on the throne of His Majesty; to save us not to condemn us! In order to show our gratitude to God, we fast and abstain, and detach ourselves from created things making wise resolutions, giving alms, and doing plentiful works of mercy. Although interior preparation is necessary, it is not complete without works of mercy, penance and almsgiving. We must walk in justice and speak the truth, and wear the pearls of simplicity and the flowers of chaste sobriety. Christians, we have no time to lose: we must quickly prepare ourselves for the great visit of Our Divine Infant King!

We never fail to remember you, your families and all your special needs, both spiritual and physical, in our prayers each day at the Sacred 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


Advent 2014Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you for your very kind donation, request for prayers and faithfulness to your DECADE. We are so grateful that God has brought us together in this beautiful chorus of prayer, and we are humbled to think that our gift of the Daily DECADE benefits the entire Mystical Body of Christ in time and throughout all Eternity! Our prayers are with you.

What a marvelous holiday is Thanksgiving! How many days do we petition God for all the graces, blessings and benefits of which we stand in need? How often do we think of thanking Him for what He has already given? God is so generous to us. He has given us His labors of Creation and Redemption, and His plan for our Eternal Providence. The greatest gift He has bestowed upon mankind is the gift of Himself! Surely, having been blessed by such abundance, we should be willing to share with others what He has loaned to us. We are embarrassed at our selfishness in our dealings with others. We are greedy and tend to hoard our possessions, jealously watch over our time, and employ ourselves in the things that interest us.

Almighty God comes in Communion to us each day at the Altar rails of the world to give Himself completely to all who will receive Him.

Our Savior, Your Body and Blood are given to saints and sinners alike and no one is refused;
You are given to the eager and to the apathetic, to the grateful and to the ungracious,

To those who come bearing gifts and to those who come empty handed.

To all who will receive Thee, You give the fullness of Your gifts.

What a magnificent lesson our Eucharistic God gives to us in His divine generosity! Teach me to be generous, sweet Jesus. Make me generous with my time, in giving it to those who need it; make me generous with the gifts You have given me, make me generous in my prayers that I may constantly ask for others and trust you to care for me. Send to me in the course of this day, those who need my gifts and my time, and who will profit by them. O my sweet, Jesus, make me generous!

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

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.

CHRISTMAS NOVENA PRAYER:

Hail and Blessed be the Hour and the Moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that Hour, vouchsafe

O my God, to hear my Prayer and grant my Petitions, through the merits of


Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Most Holy Mother. Amen.


THE DIVINE MOTHERHOOD OF MARY!

No human tongue can worthily sing the praises of Mary. While God is sovereignly independent from His creatures, He chose to have recourse to the Immaculate Virgin Mary in order to accomplish the greatest designs of His Infinite Mercy. God sent the Archangel Gabriel to solicit her permission. The Holy Ghost miraculously fructified her virginity becoming her Spouse and the Eternal Word drew from her flesh His most Holy Body and infinitely Precious Blood and was nourished for many months while in the cradle of her arms. St. Augustine said, “The Flesh of Christ is the flesh of Mary.”

By her divine Motherhood, the Blessed Virgin Mary possesses indisputable rights over Our Savior. On earth as in Heaven, Jesus pays His Mother the entire respect and tenderness of a Son. Mary’s divine Motherhood should inspire us with unlimited confidence in her all-powerful prayers for us. At the foot of the Cross, God entrusted Mary to us as our Mother. She holds the key which opens the Heart of Jesus that the flood of His richest Graces may pour out upon the world. It is Our Lady’s role to distribute the Graces merited by the Precious Blood of her Divine Son. She refuses them to no one! Christ died for all men.

Mary saw Jesus born in a wretched stable. She was forced to flee into Egypt to guard her Precious Treasure from the murderous rage of Herod. She lost her Child in Jerusalem, finding Him only after three longs days of tears and agony. It was by suffering that Mary united herself to her dying Son for our deliverance at the Foot of the Cross. Her faith was unfailing, her confidence unshakable, and her love knew no bounds! Mary longs to open the door of our hearts so that Jesus might enter into them. In the Holy Eucharist, He communicates His infinite Life to increase the action of Sanctifying Grace within us. He causes His breath of Life to animate our hearts. He brings us His Precious Blood to quench the fires of concupiscence. Here in the Eucharist is the Miracle of His Love: the very Bread of Angels!

May the Humility of the Shepherds, the Faith of the Wise Men, the Joy of the Angels and the Peace of the Christ Child be God’s Gift to us and to all Men, this Christmas and Always!

*****

UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS GIFTS!

The Holy Mass Crucifix: A sturdy pewter Crucifix dedicated to St. Philomena with St. Benedict Medal on the reverse.

Cost of each = $ 60 includes shipping

St. Philomena Tote: Beautiful Tote bag with tapestry of Saint Philomena woven on both sides, full color, sturdy, height 17” and width 17”

Cost of each Tote: $ 25 plus $ 5 shipping and handling = $ 30

******

Receive the Infant King into your heart and give Him to the hearts of your family and friends!

Enroll them in the Christmas Mass Bouquet: Thirty one days of Sacred Liturgies will be offered for all those who enroll in the Christmas Bouquet of Masses offered by Fr. Ivan Kolodiy and the good priests in Ukraine. Your spiritual and temporal needs, your family living and dead will be remembered at the Holy Altar every day during December. The Christmas Mass Bouquet will be crowned with a solemn High Mass on the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ and during the Christmas Octave. There could be no more precious gift you can give at Christmas time. We will mail the beautiful Mass cards directly to you. These may be sent along with your Christmas greeting cards or placed inside your gift packages. This is a wonderful way to keep Christ in Christmas!!!

SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $5.00 each for Enrollment in the Christmas Bouquet of thirty one days of Masses: PRINT VERY CLEARLY EACH NAME!

1.                                    7.
2.                                    8.
3.                                    9.
4.                                    10.
5.                                    11.
6.                                    12.

Make your payment online through PAYPAL / CREDIT CARD at: WWW.PHILOMENA.ORG

If payment by Check / Money Order / Cash, please click here(Endlish) or here (Spanish) to download a form you can print, fill out and mail it directly to the address below:

THE LIVING ROSARY, P.O. BOX 1303, DICKINSON, TX 77539, USA


SAINT PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

CHAPTER II

Philomena comes to Mugnano.

Philomena now takes charge of her own story. It becomes a mere account of her own deeds. She seems to come downstairs, after her sleep in Heaven, to enter the world in the nineteenth century, brimming with vigor and character. I am not being poetic, nor am I being sentimental. I know, as you do, that martyrs do not return to earth nor do they wake up from sleep. When I say Philomena came to Mugnano, I know perfectly well that what came to Mugnano were a few bones, a little dust and dried blood. Yet, I am not being playful. I want to speak with the deep reverence of a sinner for a saint, of a mere writer for a virgin martyr. But I am an artist and cannot do honest work unless I say what I see, and say it as I see it. Blame me, then, for any expressions you do not like, but do not blame me for lack of reverence to Philomena if she forces me to recount actions which take you aback. I assure you that I stand staring at her with all the respect of a rough servant before the laughing, confident, unceremonious, youngest Princess. But, I am not her Royal Highness’s governess. She left the schoolroom seventeen and a half centuries before she began her miracles at Mugnano.

Besides, to be truthful, I revere Philomena’s manners. I believe her to have set to work to carry out an apostolic mission to teach Catholics how mistaken they are to pay any attention, at all, to Time which has no existence outside this world and how utterly wrong to pray to the Saints and Our Lady, even to God Himself, with the kind of beseeching which is slavish rather than childish. God is, on the authority of His Own Word: Our Father. I believe He sent Philomena to us, not only as a Saint and a virgin martyr, but also as a personality, as a quick, impatient person only thirteen years old, an essential antidote to Jansenism which taught that an immense amount of soul-searching in fear and trembling was necessary, out of respect to God, before one approached Him.

Philomena, I call her, with the excuse that she was not actually canonized at the time of which I am writing. When I have to speak of her, after the date of her canonization, I shall claim that, considering the little sisterly way she behaves to all of us, it would be ridiculous not to call her any affectionate name one likes, as the Curé d’Ars did. He certainly did not take that liberty because he thought himself a saint, too. Christian names were permitted between saints; he saw so clearly that she was working in the world beside us all and she stands on ceremony with nobody.

The Bishop and Don Francesco returned together in the Bishop’s carriage. They now possessed the precious relics. They had grown to love Philomena so much, they felt as though they were bringing the Saint herself back. Of course, if they had been traveling with a very holy lady of thirteen, she would have sat beside the Bishop, facing the horses and Don Francesco would have faced them. As it was, the Bishop and Don Francesco would sit together with the casket carefully arranged on the opposite seat, so that they could honor the relics with their prayers all the way home.

Well, the journey from Rome to Naples by coach was a considerable one in those days. The Bishop had many of his friends to see him off, as had Don Francesco. You can see them, standing there on the Roman cobbles, laughing and talking, the Bishop often giving his ring to a newcomer to be kissed. Meanwhile, the servants were loading his luggage into the coach. No doubt, his own servants felt it necessary to alter everything the other servants had done. Someone begged the Bishop not to stand any longer but to sit in the opened coach. He did so. Suddenly, he got out, shouting to his servant to do something about the luggage under the seat. It had slipped forward and struck him on the leg. After looking, the servant said it must have been the coach that moved as the luggage appeared to be firmly wedged under the seat. Again, the Bishop sat down, but not for long. Once more the same thing happened. The servant was firmly told to do his business properly. This time, the coachman had put stones behind the wheels and the coach could not move. The man could not argue but, for the life of him, he could not see what had happened. There was only one package under the seat, wedged as tightly as if it were part of the coach itself. He reported that his Lordship would find everything quite all right now. Therefore, even a Bishop might be permitted a little impatience when the same thing happened again, only much harder. “Bless my soul!” said the Bishop. “What in the world have you got under there, anyhow? If it is my heaviest valise, I would rather carry it on my knees all the way than be knocked black and blue by it! Get it out! Take those cloaks off the front seat and stow them in its place!


Holy Mother the Church, in Her great wisdom, is ever crying out to us to learn from Our Blessed Mother. In order to teach each one of us, She says, “LEARN OF MARY, IMITATE MARY! UNDER GOD, MARY IS THE SURE PATH TO HEAVEN!” It is fitting that we should seek Mary’s aid in that warfare which we are all called upon to wage against the spirit of sin.

LEARN OF MARY! Mary lifted humanity by the inspiration of Her shining example. Standing peerless, without a rival among creatures, Mary flashes before humanity’s wondering gaze, the vision of a perfect life. Mary’s spiritual radiance surpasses any loveliness a painter or poet could ever express on canvas or in words. It would be easier, with thumb and finger, to pluck the stars from the heavens than it is to fully grasp Her spiritual grandeur. The closer our imitation of Mary, the greater then will be our holiness.

LEARN OF MARY! If we study Our Lady’s beautiful life in every detail and ask Her for Grace and strength, then we shall see what pleases Her. We shall grow like Her, and our hearts will resemble Her Heart. Little by little, the spiritual life will absorb us, and nothing else will have any attraction. We shall clearly see the folly of expending our energy on rainbow-hued nothings.

LEARN OF MARY! Mary must have been cheerful and approachable. She must have radiated joy; for holy joy, visible on the face, is a characteristic of the Saints of God. Cheerfulness does not imply sudden bursts of laughter or high spirits all the time. Those who shout with laughter are often on the verge of tears. Satisfying happiness is found only in Heaven when we view God, face to face. Yet, even as we dwell upon the earth, a certain degree of happiness is attained by the joy of a good conscience. A deep and abiding joy, radiated by the spiritual health of our immortal soul, arises from our union with God through Sanctifying Grace.

LEARN OF MARY! When disappointments fall thick and fast upon us, Mary will teach us to be gentle; when the mantle of sorrow is cast about our shoulders, when we are stung to the quick by the insincerity of those whom we trusted and we are pained at the ingratitude of those upon whom we have poured the wealth of our affections, we must learn to imitate Mary’s kindness.

LEARN OF MARY! Mary will teach us to be silent under reproof. She will teach us to keep our lips sealed when they are burning with impatience and ill will. When we are cut by the sword of calumny and misjudged, humiliated and persecuted by the very ones to whom we are naturally looking for support, Mary will teach us the great art of bringing peace to all with whom we live.

LEARN OF MARY! Mary will teach us the evil of all compromise. From Her, we will be given the knowledge of truth and error. Through Her, we will be given the Grace to know God’s Holy Will, and the strength and courage to do it, no matter what sacrifice is asked of us.

LEARN OF MARY! There was gentleness in Mary’s speech, in Her carriage, in Her eyes, and in Her countenance. Mary’s entire being was permeated with gentleness.

LEARN OF MARY! We should strive hard to follow in Her footsteps. We have all noticed that, where material advancement is concerned, it is so easy to have initiative; it is so easy to be resourceful. Yet, when supernatural opportunities are at hand, we are weak and sluggish.

LEARN OF MARY! St. Luke (Ch.19:41) tells us of the tears Jesus wept over the City of Jerusalem: “And when He drew nigh, seeing the City, He wept over it.”

As Mary looks into our souls, are we a comfort to Her? Does She find Her Son’s image resplendent in our souls? Or, is it that we have become a disappointment to Her? Surely, She is looking for heroism from us!

LEARN OF MARY! Mary teaches us where true peace is to be found, that peace of which Our Lord spoke when He said: “Peace I leave with you; My Peace I give unto you!” (St. John Ch.14:27)

Peace which comes from the imitation of Mary is not that which comes from power or wealth. Power is sought because it gives authority to rule. Wealth is sought because it is the gateway to influence. The peace Mary brings can be ours even if we are surrounded by those who fret and fume. Should the very earth shake beneath our feet, we truly will be safe, for we dwell within the Immaculate Heart of Mary, where neither the passions of men nor the convulsions of empires can touch us.

LEARN OF MARY! Mary’s Divine Son said: “A New Commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you.” Our Lord’s Love is universal: Love of His neighbor, Love of strangers, Love of His enemies.

We may liken Mary’s love for mankind to the action of the sun, for the sun has been looked upon as the beautiful symbol of charity. The sun gives its light to all, regardless of creed or nationality. Because it is no respecter


From Kevin Rowles, UK:

On Saturday 22nd November, the Universal Living Rosary Association of St Philomena took part in the annual ‘Towards Advent’ Festival at Westminster Cathedral Hall in London. This festival of Catholic culture, where Catholic organizations come together to have stalls and displays to advertise their apostolates and sell a wide variety of religious items, celebrated its 15th anniversary this year, but this was the first time that the Living Rosary was represented, and it was a most welcome addition. The UK representative of the Living Rosary, Mrs. Anne Curran and her husband Robert, put a great looking stall together, and the large posters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St Philomena, and Ven. Pauline Jaricot behind the stall looked very striking and certainly caught the eyes of many. The day started with some hymns from the excellent choir of St. John Fisher School, and it was formally opened by Msgr. Keith Newton of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. One of the organizers stated that many of the stalls had reported good sales of books, Christmas cards, Rosaries, and much more, throughout the day. For those who wanted to attend, there were talks on the Faith and workshops in a nearby hall, including a workshop on how to sing Latin chant. The Living Rosary enrolled new members and gave out a lot of information, booklets and prayer cards free of charge.

I am a member of the Living Rosary in England and it was a real privilege for me to be there and help Anne and Robert. I hope the Living Rosary will make this a regular event in the future! For those living in the UK who wish to get further information about the work of the Living Rosary, please contact Anne Curran at The Universal Living Rosary, P.O. Box 9964, Colchester, Essex, CO1 9FN, England. E-Mail: ulraengland@hotmail.com

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Dear Patti,

We had a great day at the ‘Towards Advent’ Festival yesterday. The last time I saw Kevin was when we took part in The Faith of Our Fathers Conference in 2000! Heaven’s Road Radio Apostolate was there. They said they would be interested in interviewing me about the Living Rosary, so that would definitely be a good thing to pursue – free advertising for ULRA!!! Their website is http://www.heavensroadfm.com

God bless you!

ANNE CURRAN
THE LIVING ROSARY – ENGLAND

 

 

 


Share Your Gift of Faith

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

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

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

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday November 26, 2014

Sunday, November 30th, 2014


THE DIVINE MOTHERHOOD OF MARY!

No human tongue can worthily sing the praises of Mary. While God is sovereignly independent from His creatures, He chose to have recourse to the Immaculate Virgin Mary in order to accomplish the greatest designs of His Infinite Mercy. God sent the Archangel Gabriel to solicit her permission. The Holy Ghost miraculously fructified her virginity becoming her Spouse and the Eternal Word drew from her flesh His most Holy Body and infinitely Precious Blood and was nourished for many months while in the cradle of her arms. St. Augustine said, “The Flesh of Christ is the flesh of Mary.”

By her divine Motherhood, the Blessed Virgin Mary possesses indisputable rights over Our Savior. On earth as in Heaven, Jesus pays His Mother the entire respect and tenderness of a Son. Mary’s divine Motherhood should inspire us with unlimited confidence in her all-powerful prayers for us. At the foot of the Cross, God entrusted Mary to us as our Mother. She holds the key which opens the Heart of Jesus that the flood of His richest Graces may pour out upon the world. It is Our Lady’s role to distribute the Graces merited by the Precious Blood of her Divine Son. She refuses them to no one! Christ died for all men.

Mary saw Jesus born in a wretched stable. She was forced to flee into Egypt to guard her Precious Treasure from the murderous rage of Herod. She lost her Child in Jerusalem, finding Him only after three longs days of tears and agony. It was by suffering that Mary united herself to her dying Son for our deliverance at the Foot of the Cross. Her faith was unfailing, her confidence unshakable, and her love knew no bounds! Mary longs to open the door of our hearts so that Jesus might enter into them. In the Holy Eucharist, He communicates His infinite Life to increase the action of Sanctifying Grace within us. He causes His breath of Life to animate our hearts. He brings us His Precious Blood to quench the fires of concupiscence. Here in the Eucharist is the Miracle of His Love: the very Bread of Angels!

May the Humility of the Shepherds, the Faith of the Wise Men, the Joy of the Angels and the Peace of the Christ Child be God’s Gift to us and to all Men, this Christmas and Always!

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Receive the Infant King into your heart and give Him to the hearts of your family and friends!

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SAINT PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER
CHAPTER I
THE FINDING OF PHILOMENA

Revolution, war, famine, atheism and persecution had trodden Europe hard during the eighteenth century. The icy Jansenist heresy had withered the spiritual vigor of Catholics. The only spirit that seemed to flourish was the spirit of self-sufficiency. Men were well content to believe in nothing but their own abilities. They talked about the Rights of Man, the right of any man to think as he wished.

The nineteenth century dawned while nations fought for kingdoms and colonies, and men maneuvered for power. It was born coarse, boastful, lustful and pompous. Its good men were monuments to their own respectability. Its leaders truly believed they had stamped out superstition by putting priests to death and exiling Catholics. Its greatest man, Napoleon, who was said to have been as great as a man can be without virtue looked over the heads of his contemporaries and admitted that the best day of his life had been the day of his First Communion. But he spoke of it as a dream impossible to recall.

To begin with, hard-trodden as Europe was by the forces of revolution and persecution, it was these very forces which, in another way, fertilized it for a spiritual harvest. Wherever martyr-blood is shed, a glorious harvest of new Christian life is brought forth. The 19th century dawned when Europe lay under a heavy dew of martyrdom. Three Bishops, 178 priests were put to death during the French Revolution, 32 nuns, the Martyrs of Orange, and many more.

This chapter in Christendom is a very different one from the chapter in international history which deals with the same period. When we have duly admired administrative genius, we turn with an unconscious relaxing of our respectful expressions to smile at St. Madeleine-Sophie as she walks down the cloister of one of her convents followed by a cat and five kittens, or at St. John Bosco lost in a crowd of shouting boys. Yet, these were the geniuses: their work is still growing. They would never call it their work, but only work purposed and designed by the Eternal God for Whom they went on a few errands. Let us look at the portraits of our great-grandmothers and great-grandfathers, and remember that they were alive when St. Philomena began her miracles.

I warn you that it is impossible to write soberly of Philomena. I have consulted some very old-fashioned books, but the more they tried to make her appear a saint of ordinary manners, and the more they appeared to be trying to dress her up in long words and stiff phrases, the more it was impossible not to smile. I won’t dress her up. I will let her actions speak for themselves, so if you are shocked, you will be faced with the ordeal of telling a canonized saint that you do not approve of her behavior.

Her story begins quite plainly. On May 24, 1802, work was in progress in the most ancient of all the catacombs in Rome, that of St. Priscilla, which dated almost from apostolic times. An ancient sand pit was being cleared of loose sand. The fossors as they are called (men officially chosen and trained for this work in the holy underground cemeteries) were digging in a remote tunnel. One of them heard his pick ring against a cement surface. He found, by the merest accident, a shelf-tomb in the wall which had never been opened. Most of the graves in the cemetery had been opened, and their relics removed for safety. The fossors held their torches up to see if the tomb had any inscription. Yes, it had – it was clearly the tomb of a martyr. According to their manner of procedure, they ceased work and informed the Monsignor who was Guardian of the Cemeteries. He did not delay in coming and appointed the next day for the opening of the tomb. It was a small one, not more than five feet long. It was closed with three terracotta tiles, on which was roughly painted, in vermilion paint, still bright:

LUMENA PAXTE CUMFI

Roughly drawn in between the words were two arrows, a lance, an anchor, and something that could be taken for either a lily or a torch. These symbols were arranged in such a way that they had evidently been meant to convey some special message to the beholder, but even the experts could not yet understand their meaning. They were accustomed to inscriptions which, because they had been erected in haste, in darkness or by a workman who could not read, were found to be misplaced. They decided that the first tile should really have been the third, in which case the writing would read:

PAXTE CUMFI LUMENA

“Peace be to you, Philomena!” or, as some modern scholars read it, just:

“Peace be to you, Darling”

On May 25, the tiles were removed and the tomb opened. It contained some small, unbroken bones and a fractured skull. Embedded in the concrete which had closed the tomb, was a broken phial still containing a substance which, when tested, proved to be dried blood. Beyond question, this was the tomb of a martyr!

The doctors and surgeons convened to give their opinion, stating that the relics were those of a girl not more than 14 years old. The archaeologists said that, from the position of the grave, its inscription and other indications, they were satisfied that it dated from not later than 160 A.D. and might be earlier still. In other words, the relics were those of a girl-martyr who had received the Faith from those who had known the Apostles.

Then, according to the usual procedure, the relics were carefully sealed in a silk-lined wooden case, and taken to the Custodia Generale to be kept there until they should be given by Papal permission to some church or cathedral. These relics remained at the Custodia Generale for three years.

In 1805, England was at war with France, who had been engaged with Ireland and Scotland, attempting to invade England. Napoleon, who had been the Commander-in-Chief of the French Army, was now Emperor. It was the year of Austerlitz and Trafalgar.

That summer, the Bishop-elect of Potenza went to Rome to be consecrated. He took with him as his Chaplain, a holy missionary priest who was serving the parish of Mugnano near Naples. This priest’s name was Don Francesco di Lucia. Don Francesco had a heavy heart. His parish was infected with revolutionary ideas, resentment against the authority of the Church, unbelief and immorality. His secret hope was to get the Bishop to use his authority to obtain for him the relics of a martyr – a saint who would come back with him and help him with his parish, which only a saint could convert. He knew exactly what he wanted: a virgin martyr whose name was known.

Don Francesco went to visit the Guardian of the Custodia Generale who was impressed by this devout and humble priest. He would help him get what he wanted and told him to choose among the relics in the Custodia. Delighted, Don Francesco looked at the relics. They were those of thirteen martyrs, but only the names of three were known: one was a child, one an adult, one was Filumena. He had wanted a virgin martyr from the first. When he stood before the case containing Filumena’s relics, he was filled with spiritual joy and the heaviness of his heart was lifted as though she had instantly taken it from him. This was undoubtedly the helper he needed! The Guardian promised to arrange for him to have her. Imagine his disappointment, then, when the official reply came that bodies of martyrs whose names were known are so few and those found must be kept for special churches or dioceses.

His sadness returned and redoubled. Rome is not the best place in which to spend the summer or, at least, it was not in those days when the marshes of the Campagna had not been drained. With overwork and worry, heat and disappointment, Don Francesco lost his sleep, his appetite and his health. A friend offered him the relics of another unnamed martyr to comfort him but he was determined that it was Philomena or nobody, who could and would convert his parish. One night, he found himself burning with fever. He solemnly promised Philomena that, if she would make him well, he would take her for his patron to Mugnano by hook or crook. His fever left him, he fell into a refreshing sleep, and awoke in the morning in perfect health.

That decided it. Philomena wanted to come with him as much as he wanted to have her. This time, he went to the newly consecrated Bishop and asked him to use his influence. When the Bishop heard the story, he agreed that the little saint seemed to want to come to Mugnano. He added his request to Don Francesco’s, with the result that the Bishop could not be refused.

The Guardian gladly acted on the permission he received to hand over the relics, saying that he felt sure Philomena wished to go to Mugnano and work her miracles there. One wonders what grounds he had for saying that! Had he gotten to know her during the three years she was in his care?

Joyfully, the good Bishop and Don Francesco took possession of the precious casket. Determined to bring Philomena to Naples with many prayers and every honor, the casket was to be put in the front of the episcopal carriage. That was the beginning. Philomena had given two gentle little signs that she wanted to come to Mugnano. It was as though she showed signs of being awake after her sleep of seventeen and a half centuries. After so long a time in Paradise, she was ready to come back to work in this troublesome world. But remember, she was not the young mistress of a household like St. Cecilia; she was only a girl of thirteen.


TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY (continued)

At Meals

St. Paul tells us: “Whether you eat or drink or do anything, do all for the glory of God.” (1 Cor.10:31) In a servant of Mary, everything should be holy, even the partaking of food. With what holy sentiments must not Mary have taken Her meals in the company of Her Divine Son and good St. Joseph!

St. Gertrude, whenever she partook of food, said this beautiful prayer: “O Lord, I take this food in union with that love in which Thou hast from Eternity destined it for our nourishment and in that love in which Thou didst sanctify it, when in Thy humanity Thou didst partake of the same, for the honor of Thy heavenly Father and the salvation of all mankind.”

At every meal, let us practice some slight mortification for love of Mary.

At Recreation and Association with Others

God, in His Love for us, wishes us to relax, at times, from our labors. But, how often are not God and our neighbor offended in even lawful forms of amusements! A true servant of Mary will also think of Mary during his recreations. He will guard well his eyes and his tongue that sin may not enter through unrestrained senses.

What love, what goodness and what modesty did not Mary manifest in Her conversations! Imitate this beautiful model! When possible, try to introduce a few words about the Blessed Virgin into your conversation.

A Holy Practice

Try, when the clock strikes the hour, to pray a Hail Mary devoutly, mindful of the words of St. Alphonsus that a devout Hail Mary is of more value than the whole world; and resolve to conform yourself to the sentiments of the Immaculate Heart of Mary during the coming hour. Accustom yourself, as the Saints did, frequently to pronounce the holy name of Mary, that name which reminds us of so good a Mother who is the merciful dispensatrix of God’s treasures, the strength, the sweetness and the life of our soul!

Imitate the devout servants of the Blessed Virgin in greeting the images of Mary; for, to greet Mary is to greet Jesus. “Hail to thee, O Mary!” Saint Bernard would say when passing a statue of the Blessed Virgin. And, at one time, he heard the voice of Mary responding, “Hail, Bernard!” Give the picture of Our Blessed Mother a prominent place in your home.

Retiring

Having begun the day with Mary, conclude it also with Her. Through Mary, offer your evening prayers to God. In union with Her, recite the Acts of Faith, Hope and Charity; beg of Her, as the Refuge of Sinners, the Grace of a heartfelt sorrow for all your sins, fervently pray Her Litany and ask Mary once more to give you Her blessing.

An excellent practice is to say the Hail Mary three times in honor of the Immaculate Conception, adding to each:

Blessed be the holy and Immaculate Conception of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

(Ind. of l00 days each time. Plenary once a month, under the usual conditions)

My Mother, preserve me from mortal sin. (Hail Mary – three times)

(Ind. of 300 days each time)

O Mary, help me to live in God, with God and for God!

(Ind. of 300 days each time )

Offer your sleep in honor of Mary’s, whose sweet communication with God was never interrupted, even while She slept. Commend your soul to Mary, as if you were to die that night. Say a word to your patron Saint, and a Hail Mary in honor of your Guardian Angel that he may keep you from all illusion of evil spirits.

How beautiful and precious is this life of union with Mary! What an abundant harvest for the great day of reward! What glory for Mary and Her Divine Son, what joy for the angels, and what happiness even here below for a soul who applies herself to live in conformity with the sentiments of the Heart of Mary! At the hour of death, you will bless every day thus spent in union with Mary.

Yes, happy are those souls who practice True Devotion to Mary and receive Her choicest favors. For them, Mary is a Mother, model, guide and protectress. They call upon Her and cling to Her as a little child does to its mother, and never take a step unless holding Her hand or commence a prayer or perform a work without interiorly approaching Mary. The holy Heart of Mary is their oratory. Their prayers, labors and trials offered in this sanctuary of Grace give immense pleasure to the Most Holy Trinity and win for themselves ineffable treasures of Grace.


Dear Patti Melvin,

I have received all the Sacramentals and materials you sent. These have been blessed and distributed, and received with joy by the faithful in the Diocese in Puerto Rico.

On 9th October, we met with the Superintendent of the Catholic Schools in Arecibo Diocese, Mr. Juan Valdas, with the idea of presenting the ULRA and the Congregation of the Children of Mary to motivate teachers, children, youth and their families to imitate St. Philomena, St. Therese and St. Dominic Savior as role models for the youth. Mr. Valdas invited us to make a presentation at the meeting of 14 Catholic schools of the Diocese in the month of December.

Here are few of the testimonies I have hosted on our website for the Glory of God:

1. My sister, María Gómez, residing in the United States, was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer. Because of her condition the doctors told her she could not go back to P.R. She was hospitalized awaiting surgery. With all my faith, I kept her and her health present in my daily Decade of the Living Rosary knowing that I had an army of brothers and sisters praying for one another, and each of us prayed our Decade for her. When the analysis prior to her surgery came back, the physician in charge of her case first consulted with two of his colleagues and then went to talk to her and the first thing he asked her was “Do you believe in miracles?” She answered “Of course, I do!” The results were negative and they released her from the hospital glorifying God. Now, she is in P.R. with us and doing very well. Thanks be to God and our brothers and sisters who helped me with their prayers, and to the Living Rosary, through which I have received blessings and I love it. < Julia Gómez – San Lorenzo >

2. I am a missionary of the Living Rosary for some time now and promote it wherever I go. One day, I had more than 60 envelopes with material to send to new members I had enrolled, but did not have money for the postage. I asked Ven. Pauline Jaricot to help me to send these envelopes with so many blessings to these persons. The next day, a person visited me and gave a generous donation. I was able to send all the envelopes; not only that, more persons came to join the Living Rosary. < Áurea – Arecibo >

3. There are several brothers and sisters in our family. One of my sisters was enrolled in the Living Rosary. Another sister has a serious condition of lung deficiency; she was hospitalized for 21 days in Hospital Metropolitano de San Germán; my sister would pray fervently her Decade for her health. The doctors discharged her because, at the most, she only had three more days to live. The day after getting home she started eating and walking happily – she tells us that she also feels different inside, her life is different, likeable, with a contagious cheerfulness, something which surprises even her; then our other sister told us of her prayers in the Living Rosary. I am calling because I, too, want to want join in praying and thanking God for this miracle, since approximately six months have gone by and, even though she continues with her oxygen, she now is independent and totally happy, contrary to everything the doctors said. < Evelyn Cruz – Lajas >

4. I have belonged to the Living Rosary for some time now and I promote it everywhere I go. Some months ago, a neighbor approached me to keep her son in my prayers because he was going through a great depression and, on two occasions, he had tried to take his own life. Immediately, I placed him in my intentions every time I prayed my Decade of the Living Rosary. After 15 days, my neighbor told me that her son had stopped all medicines for depression and his medical treatment had improved unbelievably. Then, he told his grandmother that he wished to go to Mass and this surprised her, since he never wanted to go to Mass. Ever since, he goes faithfully to Mass, being a testimony to his community of this great miracle and has been instrumental that more persons, including his mother, join the Living Rosary. < María Rivera – Vega Baja >

May you be blessed in the Names of Jesus and Mary!
Ada Rios
Rosario Viviente
Isabela – PUERTO RICO


MISSION SOUTH SUDAN- June 29th – November 2014

Dear Patti,

I am profoundly grateful to you for your tender concern and follow ups whenever I am on mission. You boost and light up our glorious work! This mission has taken four months! The first time for me to take such a long duration in the history of my travels! Dear glorious Mary has followed all our steps to spectacular success. I have reached many souls and created awareness of her work, and it has helped us to harvest many new members! Transport remains a major hurdle!

First on agenda, when I immediately arrived into South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, I was to oversee two successful Sacramental deliveries to two dangerous hot spots: (1) Malakal diocese – vast region and epicenter of the renewed conflict where human life has been jeopardized by unpublicized genocide since mid-December, 2013. (2) Another lift went to the commanding officer in the disputed Abyei region where Islamists and South Sudan soldiers fight a war shadowed by unsettled border demarcation disputes!

Your powerful prayers have propelled my visits more than ever before. I met with different types of anxious people and enthusiastic audiences ready to learn: Visited village homes, clinics and schools in addition to Catholic churches and chapels! The Rosary is the central emphasis of the intensive lessons preached. The Youth for Purity groups launched last year have multiplied and are now expanded to cover three dioceses. I encouraged for more! Immodesty in dress and mind, prostitution, idleness, drugs, abortions, devil worship, disease (AIDS) and polygamy are the main vices they fight!

I met with elderly Msgr. Erkolano Lodu Tombe of Yei. He poured enormous blessings to ULRA work with wishes for multiplied rosary missionary zeal; to curb the evil disunity forces out his diocese. I met with a group of Catechists from the Holy Family Parish and through them folds of people flocked to hear my talk. We discovered that over half the population is still Catholic but no one knew about the Rosary! I distributed close to 1,000 Rosaries to Catholics and interested Protestants; The Miraculous Medals were given to everyone! The Main question is when shall we reach them all to guide and protect every South Sudanese from the evils that trounce their new nation?

I am thankful once again, for your passionate love towards me and the poor South Sudanese! Real missionary work is in Sudan! I beseech each of our benefactors, not to get tired of our requests for help to South Sudan where urgent help is needed to assist our poor brethren that have spent their lifetime fighting forced Islamization.

Please join us in praying for peace in the Malakal diocese. They need our support, not with foods but more Sacramental help to protect in deteriorating camp lives! Angela in Darfur has lost her high hopes for any lifts. Severio in Dungu, Arafa is in the furnace of Libya! All of them would be so happy for any trace of Sacramental Christmas Gifts. Though it is still impossible, we continue to pray over it!

Thank you so much for your endless prayers to the Souls in Purgatory, most especially those who have innocently perished from human greed for power! Talks have helped some to understand the treasure of suffering!

May you please tell all the benefactors that they have not escaped the unified prayers of the suffering Sudanese since I came here!

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, convert us, South Sudanese!

Our Lady, Consoler of the Afflicted, pray for us!

Emmanuel Kitandwe
ULRA Representative – South Sudan


Share Your Gift of Faith

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

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

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

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday November 19, 2014

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

This is the solemn month of remembering our departed Loved Ones who await union with God in the purifying fires of Purgatory. Your suffrages for them and the thirty days of Sacred Masses being offered by us, will hasten the day of their union with God in Eternal Beatitude. There is no greater charity.

Christ is the world’s greatest Teacher. He spoke unforgettable parables and confounded the sinfully wise in their wickedness. Still, it is not uncommon for each of us to go through spells when He seems silent to us. We listen for His voice and hear nothing. In His silence, He is speaking to us. We must listen. In the Gospel at Holy Mass, He speaks to us; through the voice of our superiors, through our Daily Duty, through the wise guidance of a spiritual book: all these are God’s voice speaking to us that we may find Truth and have direction.

The Son of God walks with us today, but we cannot see His Face. He comes from the secret streets of Heaven, but hides Himself in the Host, in the Tabernacle and in our hearts. It was sin that forced His divinity into hiding. Yet, even in hiding, God is constantly revealing Himself to us. He is in the works He created, the beauty of the flowers and in the mighty strength of the atom. His tender love shines in a mother’s eyes, His generosity shows in the lavishness of nature. Although God may seem to sleep, He is steering the ship hidden by the storms and waves. The earth is potent with grain and wheat, but it must be dug and plowed.

Wisdom and knowledge await us, but only after painful and tiring search. We long for friends but friendship must be sought and nurtured. God does not force Himself upon us or rudely demand attention. He waits for our questing heart. He will reward our tireless and longing desire to look upon His Face. We must patiently search for Him, listen for His voice, and receive Him frequently in Holy Communion. We wait for the happy day when life’s quest will end in the face to Face vision of our Eucharistic King. Let us accept death as an homage and adoration which we owe to God’s divine Majesty, for death is the only means we have of going to God, our beginning and last end. “Father, into Thy Hands, I commend My Spirit!”

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


Dear Patti,

Greetings in the Lord! This letter is very much overdue. I apologize for the delay of my response to your kind letter last July. I thank you very sincerely for the Holy Mass Crucifix you sent me. I feel very privileged to have been gifted with such a very vivid “reminder of the reality of Calvary present to all time and place in the Holy Mass.” Thank you also for reminding me of my assigned Decade given to me years ago by Sister Lily Ann Ayu-on, DST, who enrolled me in the Universal Living Rosary Association. Sister Lily Ann had died some two or three years ago. God rest her soul. She was in charge of the Catechetical Apostolate of the Diocese of Naval, and she also enrolled in the association some of the catechists of the diocese.

During the last AD LIMINA visit to Rome of the Philippine Bishops in 2011, I had the opportunity to visit the St. Philomena Shrine in Mugnano. Msgr. Braschi, the Director of the shrine gave me the privilege to celebrate Mass at the altar of St. Philomena and made me wear a beautiful vestment that a cardinal had worn many years ago at his Mass in the shrine. He also gave me a relic of St. Philomena. For all this I am very grateful to St. Philomena. This is the reason why I humbly accepted the request of Bro. Gelson Abecia to be the Spiritual Director of the Living Rosary Association in our diocese. I intend to ask Bro. Gelson to recruit more members and to expand his responsibility towards two or three parishes in my diocese bordering his “CENTER.”

You mentioned in your letter whether there is anything we need for the Association. Yes, we need Sacramentals, Rosaries and some religious articles which some prospective members are asking. I remember Sister Lily Ann used to give some of those to members when she organized the Living Rosary Association in Naval.

Thank you very much, Patti, for your kind letter. I appreciate the last two paragraphs which are very beautiful reflections on Our Lady and the Holy Rosary. Incidentally, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary is the Patroness of the Diocese of Naval. The word “NAVAL” is reminiscent of the Naval Battle of Lepanto. We pray to Our Lady to once again defeat the evil intentions of the enemies that are persecuting Christians in some parts of the world. Please, pray also for me as I do for you and your work for the Universal Living Rosary Association around the world. God bless you abundantly!

ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF NAVAL
DIOCESE OF NAVAL
NAVAL 6543, BILIRAN, PHILIPPINES


Dear Patti Melvin, ULRA Director,

I am an inmate in a federal prison. My name is Matthew Rogers and I am 34 years old. A year and a half ago, I was in the county jail and facing a US attorney who wanted me to serve 20 years plus. I prayed the Rosary daily and petitioned the Saints, went to Confession often and attended Holy Mass whenever the opportunity arose. Even through extreme darkness, the light was always Mary’s most pure and loving Heart.

Our Lady was always with me. I had a vision once during a long cold night in the dungeons cell. She appeared in my mind as a self-luminous beacon in the dark. The light of God shone through her. It was like She was a candle in God’s Hands. She wore royal blue and her hair was brown. She looked youthful and filled with perfect peace. I am Mary’s child and She does not abandon her own. I admire what the Living Rosary does in helping the world to recognize Mary as the gift that She truly is. A week ago, I helped a man learn to pray the Rosary using the Rosary leaflet put out by the Living Rosary. It isn’t the first time I have used your materials to teach a person about the true Faith. To me, nothing I have done in my life is more important than this. My locker is adorned with prints and icons that you sent to the prison; prayer cards and other images fill my living space. Most inmates hang dirty pictures of naked women in their lockers but, for me, the ever Virgin Mother of God is far more beautiful.

There is such little purity in this hell-like prison. In such darkness and filth, Mary’s perfect Heart lights the way! When federal prisoners receive their sentencing, none of their property goes with them. All my Catholic books, Rosary, Crucifix, medals and all that brought me comfort were stripped from me. Yet, even then, I did not give up hope. Sitting in a solitary confinement cell for four days straight, I fashioned a Rosary out of toilet paper and meditated on the Mysteries. There are times when this experience hurts so much, yet if I turn and unite my suffering with His Cross, I can bear anything!

I ask a few favors: a Rosary, prayer book, little holy card and a prayer leaflet. I ask you please to try and remember to pray for all prisoners, homeless and suffering people, for all those who fall asleep alone and unwanted, the lonesome, the afraid and the sick. This I beg of you. Love humanity as Mary does. See even your enemy through Mary’s eyes. May we be united with her pure Heart in Heaven! Tangible goodness is so precious and so rare in prison. The inmates who see me “being Catholic” really start to wonder, in good ways, what it is all about. So many people are missing the freedom that faithful obedience offers. I am trying my best to help.

With much gratitude!

Matthew Prison Inmate


THE GREATEST PRIVILEGE IS REAL AND IT IS OURS!

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

The Scapular was given to Saint Simon Stock, Prior of the Carmelite Order in England, in the year 1251. On 16th July, Our Lady held out the Brown Scapular to St. Simon Stock and promised, “Whoever dies piously wearing this Scapular will not suffer eternal flames.” Through a Papal Bull on 3rd March 1322, the Sabbatine Privilege was given to the Church and this great privilege has been confirmed by nine subsequent Popes. The Brown Scapular is the Sacramental of the Church; it is a gift from Heaven and a symbol of salvation ~ for a true child of Mary is never lost! Those clothed in her Garment of Grace will be protected and sanctified. It is a safe-guard in danger, whether physical or moral; it invites its wearer to penance and purity while shielding him from Satan and sin!

The Brown Scapular marks the militia of the Immaculate One. Before God’s holy angels, it designates those who wear it as servants and slaves of Creation’s Queen, as specially beloved sons and daughters of the sun-robed Virgin who has crushed the serpent’s head. To serve the Mother of God is the highest privilege and, truly, our pledge of eternal peace. The Brown Scapular is the being the garment of Mary Immaculate and, as such, it is a constant call to modesty in dress and conduct; a silent protest against present-¬day permissiveness and a hidden appeal to reparation for the insolent nakedness of proud neo-paganism! The Brown Scapular is much like a miniature hairshirt and a mild reminder of the need for constant mortification.

The Brown Scapular is like swaddling clothes in which Our Heavenly Mother wraps her spiritual infants to protect them from the coldness of sin, to adorn them with the beauty of virtue and to warm them with God’s Love. No matter how advanced we may be in years or learning or social standing, we are all but infants in virtue, helpless as babes in the woods of this bleak world. We stand in dire need of our Mother’s constant care.

The Brown Scapular is a vital part of the Fatima message. Sr. Lucia told us we cannot separate the Rosary and the Scapular; both are essential to our life of grace in bringing about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and subsequent Reign of Christ the King.

Letter of Pope Pius XII

“Truly, the Holy Scapular, the habit of Mary, is a sign and pledge of the protection of God’s Mother, but those who wear it, must bear in mind the words of the Apostle: In fear and trembling, work out your salvation. To all Carmelites, belonging as they do by a special bond of love to the family of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let this reminder (the HOLY SCAPULAR) be a mirror of humility and chastity; let its unpretentious form be for them an epitome of modesty and simplicity; above all, let this garment which they wear day and night, be for them an eloquent symbol of the unceasing prayer by which they ask for God’s help and, finally, let it be for them a consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary! Our good Mother shall most certainly see to it that, by her intercession with God, all her children who go to Purgatory to expiate their sins shall reach Heaven as quickly as possible, according to that tradition called the Sabbatine Privilege…” Given at St. Peters, 1950

Our conflict today is not for land or national rights, it is for the souls of men; a conflict between the absolute who is God-man, and the absolute who is man-god: God who became man vs. man who has made himself God! The religion of the man-god is a new religion without a Cross, a liturgy without a world to come, a religion to destroy all religion. The forces of evil are united; the forces of good are divided. We cannot unite at the cost of TRUTH, but what is needed is a unity of prayer. We may not be able to meet in the same pew ~ would to God that we could ~ but we can meet on our knees! To a faithless deadlocked world, Our Blessed Mother comes offering us a choice: DEATH IN LIFE, OR LIFE AFTER DEATH!

RECEIVE THIS GARMENT

We have all been invited to the Wedding Feast of the King. Will we beg to be excused due to lack of interest, the demands of our manifold duties, a new bride? And, if we do appear at the Feast, will we be clothed in the wedding garment? God forbid that, through ignorance, pride and disobedience, we will appear before the King naked, only to be cast into the darkness outside where there will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth. Through our beloved Spiritual Director, Fr. John Luke of the Holy Ghost, Our Lady is reaching out to each one of us to become members of the Scapular Confraternity of Mount Carmel and obtain the blessings and protection of the Sabbatine Privilege.

Write to us today, giving your Christian name, address, and country. Include a small donation to help cover the cost of Scapular materials, your Confraternity card and the monthly Masses for members. More than ever before, we must redouble our missionary efforts, if not to convert the world, then at least to salvage as many souls from materialism and the aggression of socialism as possible. Every conversion is a matter of efficacious grace and apostolic activity. The suffering, which awaits us, is almost without limit. Let us fortify ourselves wisely for the trials ahead by putting on the armament of the Immaculate One!


TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY (continued)
Practical Application of the Perfect Devotion
GOOD INTENTION

Our exterior life with its actions should more and more resemble that of the Holy Family at Nazareth. Our Lord once said to St. Gertrude: “Just as a usurer never willingly loses a chance to gain some profit, much less would I permit even one of your thoughts, one of your slightest movements prompted by love for Me, to be without profit for your soul. I will make all this redound to My great glory, and your eternal salvation.” All our actions, even the most common, done in the state of Grace and with a supernatural intention, are of immense value in the Eyes of God, and the merit increases in proportion to the purity of the motive that inspires them.

Place, then, every morning, all your actions in Mary’s hands, and renew this offering frequently during the day. This good Mother will purify them, says St. Louis de Montfort, from every stain of self-love and every unconscious attachment to creatures, which glide even into our best actions. Mary will beautify them and adorn them with Her own virtues and merits.

By giving up our own intentions and by submitting them to the wish and will of the Blessed Virgin, we follow the example of Jesus Christ Who wished to be dependent on His most Blessed Mother. We thereby glorify God and share in Her sublime intentions which were so pure that the very least of Her actions gave more glory to God than the most heroic virtues of the greatest Saints.

Let us imitate this beautiful model: in our labors, leisure, studies and trials. In a word, in all things, let us be dependent on Mary and put everything into Her hands.

ALL THROUGH MARY, FOR JESUS!

Oh, what joy for the angels, what glory for God, what favors for ourselves and for others we shall daily procure by this simple practice!

STUDY AND MANUAL LABOR

1. Study: Mary is the seat of wisdom and the source of Divine Light. If we wish to succeed in our labors and studies, we must have recourse to this august Mistress. St. Louis Grignion de Montfort wrote to his brother, Joseph, that he would be one of the best in his class if he confided his studies to his tender Mother, the Blessed Virgin, and continued to serve Her, for She would obtain for him whatever he needed.

O student of Mary, especially you who study for the priesthood, imitate the Saints. Before beginning to study, kneel down and say a Hail Mary to this radiant Star; She will banish the darkness of your intellect and give rest to your heart. At the close of your mental labors, place them again in Her hands, with the petition to let them redound to the honor of Her Divine Son.

2. Manual Labor: How pleasing to God was Mary’s work! “Even as an infant in Her cradle,” says Christopher de Vega, “Mary honored God more than St. Lawrence roasting on the gridiron, because She was inflamed with greater love. This lovely Child gave more glory to God by Her infantile actions than the greatest Saints have given Him by their heroic deeds.” And what can be said of Her works in later life! If, then, we want to give great joy to God and to His Angels, we must place our manual labors in Mary’s hands, if only by a simple act of the will.


IN MEMORY OF YOUR DEPARTED LOVED ONES

When we love, we remember, and this memory – the effect of love – is not a barren thought. It resolves itself into DEEDS for the loved one. They are at peace for they have escaped Hell forever. But, they are sentenced for a time to expiating fire. Behold their plight and helplessness. Listen to their lamentations. In sympathy and charity, hasten to their assistance.

Enroll your Departed Loved Ones in thirty days of Requiem Masses in Ukraine. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy has arranged for these Masses to be offered from 1st to 30th November. The names you send will be placed upon the Altar during this time. A Mass card will be sent out to you for each one you enroll.

SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $5.00 each for Enrollment in the NOVEMBER Bouquet of thirty days of Requiem Masses for your departed 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 Missions $77.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragement for our Promoters.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday November 12, 2014

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

A SHORT TIME LONGER, AND THEN ETERNITY!

When we have lost a loved one, a great emptiness is felt in our lives because they are no longer at our side. Ah, but if we listen with the eyes of our soul, we might hear his voice, who in death as in life, is ever watching over us and praying for us:

“Even though I am on the other side of Eternity, please do not think for a moment that I am loving you any less than I have loved you on earth. On this side of the Gate, there are no more tears, no more sorrows, no more separations, but only pure infinite joy, peace and … love which is so unfathomable that, on earth, not even a glimpse of it can be imagined. I have seen the Face of God, the Faces of Jesus and Mary, and beheld the Beatific Vision … Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor can it enter into the mind of man what God has in store for those who love Him and are willing for the brief moment of life on earth to prove their love for Him by resignation, abandonment and trust in all the sufferings, separations, disappointment, trials and frustrations that befall them. God allows those He loves to undergo these trials that they may be purified in preparation for their entrance into Eternity, into the presence of Almighty God Himself, His Angels and Saints, and the Beatific Vision which surpasses all human comprehension.

I want to let you know how proud I am of your perseverance over the years that I sadly had to leave you alone by God’s ordained Plan. You have suffered much from loneliness and have been afflicted by many crosses and frustrations; yet, you turned to Jesus and Mary asking them for the Grace needed to carry on. As you struggle up that last bend in the road towards Calvary, you will be offered the opportunity to become one with the suffering Christ, nailed to His Cross of bitter pain, abandonment and humiliation. Over all these years, I have been lovingly watching over you, praying for you, and asking Our Lady to send special Angels down to protect you. I miss having you by my side, but only for a short time longer. There is so much evil and sin in the world today. God has confidence in your love for Him and is keeping you in the world a little longer. He has need of your sufferings united with His in reparation to the Father for the conversion of sinners and the sanctification of the just.

Your heart would literally die of joy if only you knew how very much you are loved by God and how much my love for you has grown, now that it is united with the pure Love of God and His Holy Mother. He must keep all this veiled and hidden for now, so that your merit won’t be lost and His glory will be won.

Know that you are never alone. When I seem farthest from you, that is when I am the closest and loving you the most. Your sufferings and prayers are needed so that our dream may be realized, that our family may all be together in Heaven without the loss of anyone. United with the sufferings of Christ, you must be strong enough to affect this dream. I will close for now. I send you my love and await the joyful day of your arrival when we shall be together once again, never to be separated, but united always in His Love, FOREVER!”


THE FOUR ENDS OF THE MASS
Sam Guzman (The Catholic Gentleman)

WHAT IS THE MASS?

Let’s begin with what the Mass is not. The Mass is not a community meal designed to strengthen our unity and “gather us in.” Feelings of unity and community can be strengthened at any number of events, including potlucks or Church picnics. At most, feeling unified with our brothers and sisters in Christ is a nice byproduct of the Mass, but it is certainly not its chief end.

Second, the Mass is not about you. It is not about having a wonderful “weekend experience,” as one new parish based program claims. Nor is its purpose to make you feel good about yourself, to encourage you, to inspire you, or to make you feel included and welcomed. You simply aren’t the audience – God is, and the Mass is all about Him.

So what is the Mass essentially? It is first and foremost a Sacrifice. In fact, it is the once for all Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary, that transcends time and space, made present for us again in an unbloody manner. It is the perfect Sacrifice that all the Old Testament sacrifices prefigured (See Malachi 1:11). In it, Jesus Christ lovingly offers Himself in an Act of Oblation to God the Father on our behalf. He adores God the Father, He atones for our sins, He offers thanks and praise, and He intercedes for our needs.

As Catholics, we have the privilege of attending this Sacrifice, and uniting ourselves to Christ’s self-offering. Put another way, we can imitate Christ by offering ourselves, souls and bodies, to God the Father as “living sacrifices,” as St. Paul says. This is what participation in the Mass really means. In the prayer ORATE FRATES, the priest acknowledges this participation of the faithful when he prays, “Pray brethren, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the Almighty Father.”

Now that we’ve discussed what the Mass is, let’s briefly look at its four ends or purposes:

1. ADORATION: The Holy Mass is first and foremost an act of loving adoration. It is worship of God our Father. Why? Because He deserves it! Almighty God is the most perfect of all Beings, the self-existing one, and all that exists owes its existence to Him. He is the Supreme Good, the Good from which all other goods receive their meaning. He is the Supreme Beauty, the sole standard by which we can recognize and understand that which is beautiful. And He is Love itself, giving of Himself from all eternity. He alone is worthy of our awe-struck adoration.

“Worthy art Thou, Our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for Thou didst create all things, and by Thy Will they existed and were created,” the Saints and Angels cry in the Book of Revelation, and the Mass is participation in this heavenly worship.

2. THANKSGIVING: All that we are and have comes from God’s generous Hand. Every good, every blessing finds its source in God alone, and our very existence is dependent on His Will. In response to God’s endless generosity, which we often don’t even notice, thanksgiving is the only acceptable response. And guess what? True gratitude is one of the most joyful feelings we can have. “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought,” said G.K. Chesterton, “and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

That is exactly what Holy Mass should be – an experience of happiness doubled by wonder.

3. ATONEMENT: We are all sinners and, while we do our best to rationalize and minimize it, all sin is a grave offense against God, incurring His just wrath. But, while we all deserve hell, we are not without hope. On the Cross, Jesus Christ atoned for our sins totally and completely, and we have the assurance that, if we turn to Him in repentance and faith, we can find forgiveness and healing.

The Sacrifice of Christ on the holy Cross is our certain hope, and the Holy Mass is the re-presentation of this Sacrifice. Therefore, the third end of the Mass is atonement for our sins. The Book of Revelation describes Christ appearing as a “Lamb as if it had been slain.” In Heaven, Jesus stands before God’s throne, offering God the Father His once for all Sacrifice in continual atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world. This reality is made present at every Mass.

4. PETITION: The Mass is a powerful form of prayer. In fact, it is the most powerful prayer the Church possesses. St. Jerome once said, “Without doubt, the Lord grants all the favors which are asked of Him in Mass, provided they be fitting for us.” Many of the Saints tell us that bringing our requests before Our Lord after the Consecration is one of the most effective ways to obtain all that we need spiritually and physically. I would encourage you to pray in this way, knowing that Jesus is on the Altar interceding for you as well.

GO TO MASS!

In every Mass, Jesus Christ descends upon the Altar in the fullness of His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. He is truly present, giving Himself to us completely in the Holy Eucharist. It is truly the Sacrifice of Calvary made present once again. What a beautiful and profound reality! As St. Padre Pio once said, “If we only knew how God regards this Sacrifice, we would risk our lives to be present at a single Mass.” Why would we miss Mass for anything?

Prayer to the Guardian Angel when unable to assist at Daily Mass:

O holy Angel at my side, go to church for me.
Kneel in my place, at Holy Mass where I desire to be.
At Offertory, in my stead, take all I am and own,
And place it as a sacrifice upon the Altar Throne.

At holy Consecration’s bell, adore with Seraph’s love,
My Jesus hidden in the Host, come down from Heaven above.
Then pray for those I dearly love, and those who cause me grief,
That Jesus’ Blood may cleanse all hearts, and suff’ring souls relieve.

And when the priest Communion takes, oh, bring my Lord to me,
That His sweet heart may rest on mine, and I his Temple be.
Pray that this Sacrifice Divine, may mankind’s sins efface;
Then bring me Jesus’ blessing home, the pledge of every Grace.


TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY (continued)
Exterior Practices of This Devotion

Besides the interior practices of this devotion which we have just described, there are also certain exterior practices which we should neither omit nor neglect.

The first practice, which we have mentioned previously, is that, on some special festival of the year (the most beautiful day for it is the feast of the Annunciation), we offer and consecrate ourselves to Jesus Christ through the hands of Mary, to whom we give ourselves entirely. On that same day, we should receive Holy Communion for this intention and devote the day to prayer. This Act of Consecration should be renewed at least once a year.

The second practice is to pay to the Blessed Virgin, on that same day, some little tribute as a token of our servitude and total dependence. This tribute may be either a mortification, alms or some prayers. But, the little we do give to Mary, we should offer Her with a humble and grateful heart.

The third practice is to celebrate every year, with special devotion, the feast of the Annunciation, which is the patronal feast of this devotion. On this day, we honor and imitate that astounding dependence in which the Eternal Word placed Himself for love of us.

The fourth practice is to recite often with special devotion the MAGNIFICAT, which is the only hymn of praise we have from Mary, in order to thank God for the benefits He bestowed upon us and upon the Blessed Virgin, and to obtain from Him new favors. We should not fail to say the MAGNIFICAT after Holy Communion, as the Blessed Virgin, according to the testimony of the learned Gerson, often recited it herself, particularly after Holy Communion.

The fifth practice is to say devoutly the Hail Mary and the Rosary. The faithful servants of Jesus and Mary should love to recite this prayer often; neither its value and merit, nor its excellence and necessity are sufficiently known. The Hail Mary is a heavenly dew which waters the soul and renders it fruitful in all virtues. A soul that is not refreshed and watered by this heavenly dew brings forth only briars and thorns.

Elect souls, slaves of Jesus and Mary, know that, after the Our Father, the Hail Mary is the most beautiful of all prayers. It is the most perfect tribute you can pay to Mary, because it is the greeting which the Most High sent Her by an Archangel to win Her Heart and which so affected Her with its mysterious charms that Mary, despite Her deep humility, gave Her consent to the incarnation of the Divine Word. By this greeting and homage, you will infallibly win Her Heart, if you pray the Hail Mary in the proper manner.

I, therefore, beg you most earnestly, says St. Louis Grignion de Montfort, to pray the Rosary daily. At the hour of death, you will bless the day and the hour you followed my advice. Besides, try to say the Hail Mary often, with angelical devotion to honor Mary’s purity.


Dear Patti Melvin,

With heartfelt gratitude, I thank you very much for the small box of Sacramentals, St. Philomena holy oil and cord, and other spiritual materials. The children are very happy and thankful. Their parents and Catechists are also very thankful. Here are the pictures of the children on the day of their First Communion. God bless you!

< Sister Amleset Hagg, Orsoline Sisters, Asmara – Eritrea, Africa >


IN MEMORY OF YOUR DEPARTED LOVED ONES

When we love, we remember, and this memory – the effect of love – is not a barren thought. It resolves itself into DEEDS for the loved one. They are at peace for they have escaped Hell forever. But, they are sentenced for a time to expiating fire. Behold their plight and helplessness. Listen to their lamentations. In sympathy and charity, hasten to their assistance.

Enroll your Departed Loved Ones in thirty days of Requiem Masses in Ukraine. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy has arranged for these Masses to be offered from 1st to 30th November. The names you send will be placed upon the Altar during this time. A Mass card will be sent out to you for each one you enroll.

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

Click here to download a flyer – English

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Share Your Gift of Faith

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

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

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

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday November 5, 2014

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

What true joy is mine to thank you for your great generosity in helping with the roof which had collapsed on our parish church! I and all my parishioners want to extend to you the promise of our fervent prayers for many years to come. You and your intentions will always be our priority in prayer. Ours is a perilous time of revolution and your help is a healing balm for the Greek-Catholic Church in Ukraine. St. John the Baptist Church is located between two high schools and a kindergarten. Every day, the children come to the church to visit Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament and to ask God’s blessings for themselves and their families. The economic situation in Ukraine is very bad; yet, while we have few luxuries, we are rich spiritually! Material things perish in the wind, but Eternal Treasures are incorruptible.Christ was not content to offer His Life only once for those He loved; He wished to carry His immolation to a never-heard-excess: to immolate Himself at all hours of the day and night, and in all places upon the earth. Immolation is the fundamental state of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. In the Eucharist, God is helpless, humiliated and annihilated. He is totally dependent upon man. If no one takes Him to the sick, He cannot go. If He is not safeguarded, He will be exposed to any sacrilegious outrage. What excess of Love! In the Eucharist, Christ has taught souls to flee from all pleasures which debase and stain, to embrace all sacrifices that purify and ennoble, and to shrink from nothing that serves love of God and love of neighbor.

When Our Lord comes to us in Holy Communion, His Heart actually beats in ours; our heart and His are united! We are surrounded and enveloped on all sides by His Love; He in me, and I in Him. Love all for His sake: sinners, pagans, infidels, heretics, all who do not know Him and do not love Him. Plead earnestly with His Heart that all will be given a love for the wounded Heart of Christ and His crucified Church.

May we never miss an opportunity to visit Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, to love Him, to thank Him, to petition and adore Him, Who waits all hours of the day and night for our visit!

Dear Benefactors, we appreciate so much your concern for our needs. We beg God to give you strong health and abundant spiritual blessings which will not perish.

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


Let us be Beacons of Light in an Age of Darkness!Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you for your sacrifice and love in supporting the beautiful work of the Living Rosary in the world today. This spiritual gift to us from the victim heart of Ven. Pauline Jaricot is comforting the sick, bringing hope to those in despair and knowledge of the Faith to those who are ignorant of its glory and grace. With every DECADE offered, we hasten the Triumph of Christ the King through the Immaculate Heart of His most Blessed Mother. The only tragedy, today, is for us not to become saints! Through our prayers, sacrifices and zeal, we are putting on Christ, Who says: “Come, follow Me!”

Our children have fallen away from the Sacraments. Many are not married in the Church, daily prayer life has been abandoned. When we suggest they get their lives right with God, they no longer visit, call or write to us. We can talk to them about the Sacraments and the fullness of Truth but, if we are not living a vibrant and radical Catholic life, our words have little influence. If our relationship with God is truly the most important part of our lives, why is this not reflected in our lives? If our marriages and families are our greatest blessings, why do we not sacrifice our careers for them? If God has a plan for us, why do we make so many plans without Him! If Catholicism is true, why isn’t everything we do ordered around this Truth?

Saints are beacons of Christ to the world. They are the most tangible fruits of the Sacraments. A saint is a powerful weapon in this culture of war. They are compelling in every Age and from every angle. They need few words to be understood: no defense, no money, glory or fame. They have only to be themselves and the world can’t help but to change for the better.

Children learn more by what they see their parents do than by any words that may be spoken. We have fallen in love with knowing we are right and calling it love for our neighbor! We attack all the symptoms without getting to the heart. Let us not lecture them to attend Mass but inspire them to want to go. Do not tell them how to dress, give them the example and something to dress for. Instead of lecturing about Truth, live a life transformed by Truth. Prepare the way and, then, get out of the way! Open the door to Truth and then let Truth speak for itself. We must make radical changes in our lives if we are to change the lives of others. Saints are compelling. Empty words and prideful lectures are not! Each of us has been called to be a saint! If we are what we should be, the entire world would be set ablaze with love for God!

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

“In the Heart of the Church, I will be Love. Nothing remains in my hands. Everything, I get is for the Church And for Souls!”
Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.


TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY (continued)

Precious Fruits of This Devotion

This devotion, faithfully practiced, produces many wonderful effects in the soul. It establishes in us the life of Mary, so that we can truly say that Mary’s soul lives in us. The soul of Mary becomes, as it were, our soul. When Mary, by an inexpressible but real Grace becomes the Queen of our soul, what marvels does She not accomplish therein! Mary is the Co-operatrix of the great miracles which take place in our interior. She works there in secret, for were the soul to know and realize, it might only impair the beauty of Mary’s work and expose us to the danger of vanity.

Mary is the ever faithful Virgin; She brings to the soul She enters, purity of heart and body, purity of intention, and fruitfulness in good works. Do not think that Mary, the most fruitful of all pure creatures, who brought forth a God-Man, remains idle in a soul adorned with Sanctifying Grace. She will make our soul live for Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ live in us. “My dear children, with whom I am in labor again, until Christ is formed in you” (Gal. 4: 19), said St. Paul regarding the souls he gained for Christ by his love, solicitude and labors. The same may be said, but in a truer sense of Mary. Jesus is as much the Fruit of Mary for each individual soul and for the whole world in general. He is Her Fruit and Masterpiece especially for the soul in which She, the most Blessed Virgin, dwells.

In fine, Mary does all She can for such a soul in order that Jesus may be glorified; She enlightens the mind by Her pure faith; She deepens the heart by Her humility, She inflames it by Her love; She purifies it by Her maternal care. But where shall I stop? Experience alone can teach the marvels of Mary: marvels beyond the belief of the wise and the proud, and even of the majority of devout souls.

As by Mary, God came into the world the first time in humiliation and abasement; may we not also believe that it is, by Mary, that God will come the second time, to reign over all men and to judge the living and the dead?

We may certainly believe that toward the end of time and, perhaps, sooner than we think, God will raise up great men filled with the Holy Spirit and entirely devoted to the service of Mary. By them, this great Queen will work wonders in the world, in order to destroy sin and to establish the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, Her Son, upon the ruins of the kingdom of this corrupt world. By means of this devotion to the most Blessed Virgin, of which I give but the outline, these holy men will accomplish great things.


IN MEMORY OF YOUR DEPARTED LOVED ONES

When we love, we remember, and this memory – the effect of love – is not a barren thought. It resolves itself into DEEDS for the loved one. They are at peace for they have escaped Hell forever. But, they are sentenced for a time to expiating fire. Behold their plight and helplessness. Listen to their lamentations. In sympathy and charity, hasten to their assistance.

Enroll your Departed Loved Ones in thirty days of Requiem Masses in Ukraine. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy has arranged for these Masses to be offered from 1st to 30th November. The names you send will be placed upon the Altar during this time. A Mass card will be sent out to you for each one you enroll.

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

Click here to download a flyer – English

Click here to download a flyer – Spanish


Share Your Gift of Faith

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

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

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

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Dear Patti,Loving greeting from the ULRA Namibia! Since our National Congress in the beginning of the month, the new recruitments are spreading like bush fire. The impact that came out of our gathering is just overwhelming. I continue thanking Our Lady for her continuous interventions. Yesterday, our promoter Vicky from up north was invited to share her experiences at the Rundu ULRA Congress. At the end of her talk, she registered over 50 new members. They were all excited to receive their membership cards, Rosaries, Medals and Scapulars. I gave out all the materials you sent me last time. It is not safe for a box from outside the country to be delivered to remote villages. She asked me to request the items and bring them to her by end of November when I go to visit them. May I please ask for 1000 of each! I will help her to send their names through email. Here are the photos from our Congress. < Sr. Margaret Uutoni, National Director of ULRA – Windhoek – NAMIBIA >


DEAREST PATTI

Nick is sending you a message:

Thank you, dear Patti and all ULRA, for your prayers. Now, I can walk again.

Thank you, St. PHILOMENA, for helping and changing my mind. We love you very much.

Thank you, JESUS and Mary, for the time you have given for me to better prepare my soul before before I come in front of YOU! GLORY TO YOU!!!

This is one of the wonderful interventions of St. Philomena for us, the sinners in East.

Thank you, St. Philomena! Ave Maria Gratia Plena!

< MONICA AND NICK OPRIS – ROMANIA >


TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY (continued)

Performing All Our Actions FOR Mary

Through this devotion, we become the slave and possession of this august Queen. It is, therefore, just that we do everything FOR HER, that we work for Her and for Her interests and glory. We do not take Her for our last end, which can be only Jesus Christ, Our God, but for our proximate end, considering Her the most perfect means to go easily and safely to Jesus.

In all our actions, let us guard against our greatest enemy: SELF-LOVE. To renounce and detest this enemy in every action is all-important for a child and slave of Mary. Experience teaches that only too often self-love is the motive and object of our actions. It operates in a hidden way that is not easily perceptible. Works of self-love are rotten fruit which we dare not give to Mary. Let us frequently say from the bottom of our heart:

“O my dear Mistress, O my Queen, for love of thee, I go here or there; for love of thee, I do this or that; for love of thee, I suffer this pain or that wrong,” etc.

Admonitions of De Montfort

Remember, chosen soul, not to approach the Lord except by Mary, that is, through Her intercession, through Her mediation, through the high esteem in which She is held by Him. Do not imagine that it is more perfect to go directly to Jesus, directly to God Himself, in your actions and intentions. If you go to Him without Mary, your actions will be of less value and merit than if you act through Mary, for then it is She who works in you and your actions will be ennobled, and made very pleasing to God.

Beware, however, of doing violence to yourself in order to taste and feel devotion, or of craving for consolation; on the contrary, say and do everything in that pure faith which Mary had on earth, and which She will communicate to you in due time. Leave to your sovereign Queen the enjoyment of the Beatific Vision, the transports, the joys, the pleasures and the riches of Heaven. Content yourself with pure faith and say, “Amen! Whatever Mary, My heavenly Mistress does, so let it be!”

Take great care not to be downcast, should you not enjoy the sweet presence of the Blessed Virgin in your interior! This Grace is not given to all. But, when God in His great mercy favors a soul with this Grace, she can very easily lose it again, unless she be faithful in frequently renewing her interior recollection. Should this happen to you, then immediately return to your heavenly Mother with tranquility of heart and ask Her forgiveness.

Experience will teach you a great deal more in this regard than I can tell you and, if you are faithful to the little I have taught, you will find in this practice such treasures of Grace that your heart will be amazed and filled with joy. Let us labor, then, beloved soul. Let us act in such a way that by the faithful practice of this devotion, the soul of Mary may be in us to glorify the Lord and the spirit of Mary, to rejoice in God Our Savior!


IN MEMORY OF YOUR DEPARTED LOVED ONES

When we love, we remember, and this memory – the effect of love – is not a barren thought. It resolves itself into DEEDS for the loved one. They are at peace for they have escaped Hell forever. But, they are sentenced for a time to expiating fire. Behold their plight and helplessness. Listen to their lamentations. In sympathy and charity, hasten to their assistance.

Enroll your Departed Loved Ones in thirty days of Requiem Masses in Ukraine. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy has arranged for these Masses to be offered from 1st to 30th November. The names you send will be placed upon the Altar during this time. A Mass card will be sent out to you for each one you enroll.

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

Click here to download a flyer – English

Click here to download a flyer – Spanish


Share Your Gift of Faith

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

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

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

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

Please Click here to Share Your Gift of Faith


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Saint Raphael, Medicine of God!Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Thank you for your wonderfully generous donation for our work in mission lands. We hear so much about the suffering of the Church, terrorism, disease and death. God asks us to take an active part in the Redemptive Mission of the Church. The more ‘little’ we become, the greater use He can make of us. Our Blessed Mother will shelter us within her Immaculate Heart and make fruitful our labors. Our prayers are with you. Have Courage! 

 

Do we shudder at the thought of suffering and pain?
Do we, at times, feel it is impossible to go on?
Do we desire a remedy for the ills of this life?

We must walk in the footsteps of Jesus, the Model of suffering, in order to find hope and sweetness. We must make this journey with Him.

Health and happiness are the two great pillars of life: the body craves health, the soul craves happiness. If we demand happiness from the world, we demand what it cannot give and was never made to give. Though our body may be ill, our soul can be perfectly happy as the source of happiness is God within. Religion enables us to face suffering and even death without fear. We are in this world for a sublime and eternal purpose. Sin is the turning from God to self. It is the only real evil in the world today. It dates back to the Garden of Paradise when Adam first turned from God. With that sin, suffering entered into the world. The crime of our Age is self-love. No small part of the pain and misery in this world can be traced to the sins of mankind. No man loves suffering for its own sake. To suffer like a hero is to learn obedience, patience and charity. It is to follow Christ. Where there is true love, suffering loses its sting. Christ took up His Cross willingly. He loved the Father. He came to earth to do His Will. In doing this, He has conquered death with all its pain. In this lies the victory of every true Christian.

The Holy Eucharist contains the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is our Food! He is the remedy for the ills of the soul. He nourishes our soul, and gives it comfort and strength. With the Bread of Angels, we will face every trial and every form of suffering without complaint and without fear!

I remain, one with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.


Dear Patti,The people in San Carlos City are very religious. Every year, during the month of October, each of the thirty chapels in our city daily offers a Rosary at dawn, followed by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We have a relic of the Blessed Virgin Mary which we are privileged to venerate. Every First Saturday of each month, we have our dawn Rosary around the City followed by a Holy Mass. On October 4, we had another investiture of the Children of Mary. These children are from the orphanage at the House of Nazareth. They are under the supervision of the Holy Family Sisters. Those Children of Mary who were already invested are the ones who lead the October Rosary in their respective villages, moving from house to house. I have attached their pictures taken during the investiture. Thank you and God bless us all!Hail to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary!Carmelita – Philippines

These are the Miraculous Medals given to the Children of Mary during their Investiture.


Dear Patti Melvin,Greetings from Kentung, Myanmar!It is my pleasure to inform you that we received all the parcels you sent. We thank you and our benefactors for their contributions and sacrifice. What you sent made a lot of difference in the lives of my parishioners. God really works miracles for those who have faith and trust in Him through the intercession of Mary, Our Mother, and through our beloved St. Philomena.

Many sick people have recovered and some ladies, who are married for many years without a child, have now been blessed with children. They are healed physically, morally and mentally.

I am pleased to send you the photos, lists of our new members and testimonies of many miracles that occurred in our area. There has been healing and conversions through prayers, Sacramentals and the cord and oil of St. Philomena. I still need many Rosaries, Sacramentals and St. Philomena cord and oil.

Thank you and all our benefactors.

God bless all of you!

Gratefully,

Fr. Martino Ai Han
Catholic Pastoral Center
MYANMAR (BURMA) – ASIA


TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY (continued)

Performing All Our Actions IN Mary

To perform all our actions in Mary, we must accustom ourselves, little by little, to interior recollection and try to present to ourselves some spiritual image of the Blessed Virgin. This, however, should be done in an easy, natural manner. Mary should be for us an oratory in which we can offer up all our prayers to God without fear of not being heard; She should be the Tower of David, in which we are kept secure from all our enemies; She should be a burning lamp to enlighten our soul and to inflame us with Divine Love. Mary should be the altar upon which we behold God in Her, and Her in God. In a word, Mary should be the only means used by us in dealing with God, our refuge in every need and under all circumstances.

When we pray, we should do so in Mary; when we receive Jesus in Holy Communion, we should place Him in Mary, so that He may take His delight in Her. Mary will receive Him lovingly, will enthrone Him honorably, will adore Him profoundly, will love Him perfectly and will render Him such worship in spirit and in truth as is utterly unknown to us in our blindness. Whether the soul is active or quietly abandoning itself to contemplation, it should be done in Mary.

Oh, how beautiful is the interior of Mary! Mary is the new terrestrial paradise of the new Adam; the ancient paradise was but a faint figure of Her. There are in this paradise riches, beauties, rarities and indescribable sweetness which Jesus Christ, the new Adam, has left there. For, in this paradise, He took complacence for nine months, worked His wonders and displayed His riches with the munificence of a God.

Oh, what glory, what pleasure, what happiness is awaiting those who enter into Mary and dwell in Mary, where the Most High has set up the throne of His supreme glory! But, how difficult it is for sinners like ourselves to obtain the permission, the ability and the necessary light to enter into a place so high and so holy, which is guarded not only by one of the cherubim, like the earthly paradise of old, but by the Holy Spirit Himself, Who is the absolute Master and Protector of the sanctuary of Mary, and Who said of Her: “Mary, My Spouse, is a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed.” The miserable children of Adam and Eve, driven from the earthly paradise, cannot enter into this one except by a particular Grace of the Holy Spirit, which they must first merit.

But, after we have obtained this excellent Grace by fidelity in the practice of this holy devotion, we must remain in the fair interior of Mary, repose there in peace, remain there with confidence and hide ourselves therein securely. Thus, in that virginal bosom, the soul will be nourished with the milk of Grace and maternal mercy; it will be delivered from its troubles, fears and scruples; and it will be safe against all its enemies – the world, the devil and sin, which never have found nor ever will find entrance there.

Mary, therefore, says that they who work in Her shall not sin. “They who work in me,” (these are the words of Holy Scripture which the Church applies to Mary) “shall not sin;” No! They who truly dwell in Mary’s spirit shall fall into no considerable fault.

Lastly, we must remain in the beautiful interior of Mary that the soul may be formed in Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ in the soul, because Her bosom is, as the Holy Fathers say, the chamber of the Divine Mysteries, where Jesus Christ has been formed and where all the elect are to be formed spiritually.


IN MEMORY OF YOUR DEPARTED LOVED ONES

When we love, we remember, and this memory – the effect of love – is not a barren thought. It resolves itself into DEEDS for the loved one. They are at peace for they have escaped Hell forever. But, they are sentenced for a time to expiating fire. Behold their plight and helplessness. Listen to their lamentations. In sympathy and charity, hasten to their assistance.

Enroll your Departed Loved Ones in thirty days of Requiem Masses in Ukraine. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy has arranged for these Masses to be offered from 1st to 30th November. The names you send will be placed upon the Altar during this time. A Mass card will be sent out to you for each one you enroll.

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

Click here to download a flyer – English

Click here to download a flyer – Spanish


Share Your Gift of Faith

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

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

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

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

Please Click here to Share Your Gift of Faith


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Dear Benefactors and the Members of the Living Rosary Association,

I would like to thank you very much for your support in building the roof of the church. Through your help and support, we were able to buy the iron and steel needed in order to continue the work. This week, the company is going to finish the making of the iron elements for the roof. Next week, they will put them on the roof and then the workers are going to start making the main dome of the church. The church is going to have three domes which symbolize the Holy Trinity. Also, at the present moment, I have the important task to build the main dome and to order four crosses for the church. I am looking for benefactors who can help us build the church and put the crosses atop the main dome and the three smaller domes. The names of the benefactors will be carved on the bottom of the crosses. The blessing of these crosses is a very unique liturgical service which is performed by the Bishop. The benefactors who donate for the crosses receive the special blessings and graces. All the people kiss these crosses and the Bishop will be celebrating a special Sacred Mass for the constant protection of the benefactors from every evil. Also, the names of the benefactors will be remembered at the Altar during every Sacred Mass because their names are carved on the bottom of the crosses. The cross is our most powerful protection from the evil; this is why only the Bishop must bless them.

Winter is coming and I am trying to put the roof at the church as soon as it is possible. This year, our parish is having 250 children who are going to study Catechism and sing in the parish. The parishioners help as much as they can but their money is not enough. I beg the good hearted benefactors to help my parish in this noble task.

We see here the architect’s sketch of the church upon completion.

With our prayers and respect,


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


 


Dear Benefactors, Apostles and Members of the Living Rosary,

October is the glorious month of Our Lady of Fatima and the Holy Rosary. We must have a deep appreciation of the Holy Rosary which is the compendium of the Sacred Gospel of Christ. This is a good month in which to consecrate our lives to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

We have clear guidelines from the Mother of God, who tells us how to find our way to Heaven: Daily Duty, Reparation, Consecration, Sacrifice and Prayer. Our beloved Mother sets down her wishes so clearly that none can fail to understand them. But, what of the Sacred Heart of Jesus? How best can we live our consecration to Him and in what does it consist? Clearly, in order to model our hearts on the Heart of Christ, we must be a victim of reparation. We cannot limit ourselves to avoiding one fault or another or to acquiring a particular virtue, rather we must strive to reform our whole lives. The Divine Master offered us His Heart as a model, “Learn of Me for I am meek and humble of Heart.” Well He knew, that we must remove all pride and self-love from our hearts. Anger is a symptom of pride. We must master our emotions so that our serenity is not lost. To win this battle, we must never give up the struggle. A very vital part of this effort must be our evening examination of conscience. Do we take time to thank God for the Graces He has given us during the day? Prayer keeps us in the state of Grace. What gratitude do we not owe God for giving us His Divine Son and lavishing on us so many spiritual and temporal Graces!

May the Holy Ghost dispel the darkness which hides from us the wickedness and malice of our sins! Let us beg God that we may detest them as much as they are detested by Him, and that we may fear nothing more than to commit them again. We pray that every breath we take and every pulsation of our hearts will offer the Church Militant, Triumphant and Suffering infinite praise, adoration and love unto the end of time. Save us, O Lord, when we are awake, and keep us while we sleep, that we may watch with Christ, and rest in peace.

The hearts of all those in Ukraine breath a prayer of thanksgiving for all that you have given to us, for our mighty union of prayer with you, and for making our families and clergy strong in this battle against the enemies of God. All through the month of October, we remember your sick and suffering at the Sacred Altar.


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


IN MEMORY OF YOUR DEPARTED LOVED ONES

When we love, we remember, and this memory – the effect of love – is not a barren thought. It resolves itself into DEEDS for the loved one. They are at peace for they have escaped Hell forever. But, they are sentenced for a time to expiating fire. Behold their plight and helplessness. Listen to their lamentations. In sympathy and charity, hasten to their assistance.

Enroll your Departed Loved Ones in thirty days of Requiem Masses in Ukraine. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy has arranged for these Masses to be offered from 1st to 30th November. The names you send will be placed upon the Altar during this time. A Mass card will be sent out to you for each one you enroll.

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

Click here to download a flyer – English

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Performing our Actions THROUGH Mary

To perform all our actions through Mary, we must obey Her in all things; or, in other words, we must permit the Holy Spirit to guide and rule us in all things. For, as Mary was never led by Her own spirit, but always by the Holy Ghost Who, from the first moment of Her Immaculate Conception, made Himself Her Lord and Master, so must we also endeavor in all things to obey the inspirations of the Holy Spirit. These sentiments are expressed by St. Ambrose: “Let the soul of Mary be in each of us to magnify the Lord, and the spirit of Mary be in each of us to rejoice in God.”

A soul is happy, indeed, when it is entirely possessed and ruled by the spirit of Mary: a spirit meek and strong, zealous and prudent, humble and courageous, pure and profound. Happy the soul who in all things is dependent upon the Blessed Virgin Mary and obedient to Her to whom the Child Jesus was subject. Such a one has found true wisdom and the Holy Ghost dwells in him.

In order that the soul may let itself be guided by Mary’s spirit, it must renounce its own spirit, its own views and its own will, before doing or undertaking anything. For example, when we pray or hear Mass or receive Holy Communion, we should unite ourselves with our heavenly Mother and, through Her and with Her, receive Holy Communion and assist at Mass; otherwise, our own sentiments, however good they may appear to us, will put an obstacle to the spirit of Mary by the darkness of our spirit and the corruption of our will.

Furthermore, we should deliver ourselves to Mary, to be moved and influenced by Her spirit as She chooses. We should place ourselves in Her virginal hands and leave ourselves to Her like a tool in the hand of a workman, or a flute in the hands of a skillful player. We should lose ourselves and abandon ourselves to Her like a stone one throws into the sea. This, however, should be done simply and in an instant by one glance of the mind, by one little movement of the will, or even verbally by saying for example, “O my dearest Mother, I renounce myself. I give myself to thee entirely and through thee to my dear Jesus, with all that I am and have, now and forever.” This is real union of our will and our spirit with Mary, and although we may not feel any sensible sweetness in this act, it is nevertheless real and effective, and will bring forth magnificent fruits if we but remain faithful and do not neglect this easy and loving practice.

St. Louis Grignion recommends us to make this act of renunciation of our will and offering to Mary, not only when we begin our work but also during its progress and after its completion. He says, the more we do so, the more we shall be sanctified and the sooner we shall attain to union with Jesus Christ, because the spirit of Mary is the Spirit of Jesus.


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

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Dear Mrs. Melvin,First of all, thanks for the airlifts, I got yesterday. I wanted to write to you but I was very tired. I reached Peshawar on October 2, early in the morning. There was no time to take rest. So, after breakfast, I went with Sr, Rozie to her school (St. Michael Convent High School). After a formal welcome, I explained the aim of the ULRA. The Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals and Decade cards were given to the students after enrollment. Then, along with all these things, books and big pictures were given to teachers also. Sister Gulnaz received the statue of St. Philomena on behalf of Sister Rozie.

Then, Sister sent me to the Junior campus of St. Michael School. The teachers took the responsibility to teach the students and pray the Daily Decade with them in the school. After giving the devotional items to this school, I was taken to St. John Vianney High School which is run by the Brothers of Charity. There, I distributed the Sacramentals and the DD cards to the students and teachers. There were some prominent students also who scored excellent marks in religion education. I gave them big pictures. On 3rd, I visited the Presentation Convent High School. I left for Faisalabad at 1 p.m. At 9 p.m. when I reached the bus stop, there was too much rush due to Eid festival. I could hardly get the ticket at 11.15 p.m. but got the bus at 1 a.m. I had back pain due to prolonged standing. I reached home at 7 in the morning. I was feeling very tired, so the whole day I slept. My body was aching but my back was very painful. Now, it is a bit OK. I am leaving for Gojra after few minutes. In the evening, I hope to return home.

In spite of all these difficulties, I am happy I could reach out to about 1400 hundred students and their teachers and brought them to Our Lady. God bless you!

< Afzaal – The Living Rosary, Pakistan Center >


 

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!
< Carlos Montalvo – PUERTO RICO


IN MEMORY OF YOUR DEPARTED LOVED ONES

When we love, we remember, and this memory – the effect of love – is not a barren thought. It resolves itself into DEEDS for the loved one. They are at peace for they have escaped Hell forever. But, they are sentenced for a time to expiating fire. Behold their plight and helplessness. Listen to their lamentations. In sympathy and charity, hasten to their assistance.

Enroll your Departed Loved Ones in thirty days of Requiem Masses in Ukraine. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy has arranged for these Masses to be offered from 1st to 30th November. The names you send will be placed upon the Altar during this time. A Mass card will be sent out to you for each one you enroll.

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


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TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY (continued)

WE SHOULD PERFORM ALL OUR ACTIONS WITH MARY, THROUGH MARY, IN MARY AND FOR MARY!

It is not enough, says St. Louis Grignion de Montfort, to have given ourselves once as slaves to Jesus, through Mary, nor is it sufficient to do so every month or every week. This would be too fleeting a devotion and would not raise the soul to that degree of perfection which it would otherwise be capable of attaining. This very Act of Consecration, if made often and sincerely, is in itself a sublime act of virtue, drawing down upon us the complacency of God and of His Holy Mother. It requires no great effort to practice the outward form of this devotion and say every day a few vocal prayers as prescribed. The great difficulty is to enter into the spirit of this devotion which makes a soul interiorly dependent upon the Blessed Virgin.

We enter into the spirit of this devotion when we give ourselves to Mary entirely as Her full possession, and this spirit is nourished within us by performing all our actions with Mary, through Mary, in Mary and for Mary.

Performing All Our Actions WITH Mary

To perform our actions with Mary, we must regard Her as the accomplished model of every virtue and perfection. She must be, for us, the perfect model which we try to imitate according to our ability and weakness. In every action, we should consider how Mary did it or how She would have done it, had She been in our place. For this end, it is well to meditate on the sublime virtues which She practiced during Her life: First of all, Her lively faith, by which She believed, without hesitation, the Angel’s word and believed it faithfully and constantly up to the foot of the Cross. Secondly, Her profound humility which made Her hide herself, hold Her peace and consider herself the last of all. Thirdly, Her immaculate purity which has never had its equal.

In addition to these virtues, our Saint mentions others which we should try to imitate; i.e. Her implicit obedience, Her constant prayer, Her mortification in all things, Her glowing love of God and of neighbor, Her heroic patience, Her heavenly meekness and wisdom.

“Blessed are they,” says Mary to us in the words of Holy Scripture, “who keep my ways, who imitate my virtues and, with the Grace of God, walk in my footsteps. They are blessed already in this life by the superabundance of Grace and consolation which I impart to them from my abundance. They are still more blessed in death, at which I am present myself, to assist and lead them to eternal joy; and for this reason, their death is usually sweet and peaceful. Blessed, finally, shall they be throughout Eternity, because never has one of my faithful servants been lost, who during life imitated my virtues!”


Share Your Gift of Faith

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

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

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

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

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