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

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

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

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

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

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

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

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

One with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.


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

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

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


OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

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

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

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

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

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

——————–

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

THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

The rational man needs the Mass to pay Almighty God the debt of homage and adoration he owes Him. The grateful man needs the Mass to pay his debt of thanksgiving. The sinful man, and who among us is without sin, needs the Mass to propitiate God’s Justice and to pay his debt of satisfaction. The needy man needs the Mass, that praying with Jesus Christ and through Him, he may offer a prayer that is worthy of being heard and, thus, discharge his duty and debt of petition.

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

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

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

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

1.                                                       7.

2.                                                        8.

3.                                                        9.

4.                                                        10.

5.                                                        11.

6.                                                        12.

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

If payment by Check / Money Order / Cash, please mail it directly to the address below:

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

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

DEVOTION DWINDLES, BUT WONDERS MULTIPLY

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

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

“Who are you!”

“I AM PHILOMENA OF MUGNANO!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Share Your Gift of Faith

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

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

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

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

Please Click here to Share Your Gift of Faith


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

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

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

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

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

Yours faithfully,

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


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

OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

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

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

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

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

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

——————–

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

THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

The rational man needs the Mass to pay Almighty God the debt of homage and adoration he owes Him. The grateful man needs the Mass to pay his debt of thanksgiving. The sinful man, and who among us is without sin, needs the Mass to propitiate God’s Justice and to pay his debt of satisfaction. The needy man needs the Mass, that praying with Jesus Christ and through Him, he may offer a prayer that is worthy of being heard and, thus, discharge his duty and debt of petition.

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

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

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

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

1.                                                       7.

2.                                                        8.

3.                                                        9.

4.                                                        10.

5.                                                        11.

6.                                                        12.

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

If payment by Check / Money Order / Cash, please mail it directly to the address below:

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

Click here to download and print this information.


St. Philomena, Wonder-Worker (continued)

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

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

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

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

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

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


Share Your Gift of Faith

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

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

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

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

Please Click here to Share Your Gift of Faith


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Monsignor Joseph Ayeah – Cameroon


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

OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

The rational man needs the Mass to pay Almighty God the debt of homage and adoration he owes Him. The grateful man needs the Mass to pay his debt of thanksgiving. The sinful man, and who among us is without sin, needs the Mass to propitiate God’s Justice and to pay his debt of satisfaction. The needy man needs the Mass, that praying with Jesus Christ and through Him, he may offer a prayer that is worthy of being heard and, thus, discharge his duty and debt of petition.

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

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

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

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

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St. Philomena, Wonder-Worker (continued)

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

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

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

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

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

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


Share Your Gift of Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you and God bless you!

Judy – Singapore


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

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


OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

The rational man needs the Mass to pay Almighty God the debt of homage and adoration he owes Him. The grateful man needs the Mass to pay his debt of thanksgiving. The sinful man, and who among us is without sin, needs the Mass to propitiate God’s Justice and to pay his debt of satisfaction. The needy man needs the Mass, that praying with Jesus Christ and through Him, he may offer a prayer that is worthy of being heard and, thus, discharge his duty and debt of petition.

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

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

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

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

1.                                                       7.

2.                                                        8.

3.                                                        9.

4.                                                        10.

5.                                                        11.

6.                                                        12.

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

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St. Philomena, Wonder-Worker (continued)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Share Your Gift of Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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

With the prayers and respect,


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


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

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

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

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

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

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.


SAINT PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continues)CHAPTER III

Miracles Begin

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

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

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

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

But, Philomena didn’t do a thing!

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

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

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

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

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


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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 December 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With the prayers and respect,

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


Dear Patty Melvin,

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.


ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

You are always remembered in my prayers.

Aloysius Kunda
Mpika, Zambia – C. AFRICA


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

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 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!

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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


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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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!

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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

 

 

 


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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