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

Monday, October 6th, 2014

BLESSED BE THE HOLY NAME OF MARY!

Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Time flies by so quickly that the months roll into years. Never are you far from us in thought and prayer. Your love and support have helped us reach mission areas that otherwise would have been neglected. The foundation of this work has been made strong through your incredible charity. Both you and your family are remembered in our every prayer. God love you!

We must take time weekly, if not daily, to examine our homes for signs of demonic influence which can stealthily creep into them through open doors and windows. Use of the horoscope, satanic music, novels and magazines that glamorize the godless, iPod, iPhone, zodiac and charms are ever increasing. Look around you and see that people are pierced, painted, and tattooed: the young and the old, the good and the bad. These signs of the demonic surround us every day. People laugh off the notion of the Power of Evil and consider it trendy to take part in occult practices. The demonic influence which surrounds us today is a very real threat to our families’ spiritual wellbeing. We are called to be holy and without sin in the sight of God. We have been Baptized and Confirmed and, in these Sacraments, we have renounced Satan and all his pomps and works, and the empty promises of his kingdom of darkness.

The evil one can tempt us but he cannot touch us directly unless we open the door for him. He promises to give us special knowledge and powers which he cannot give: magical powers, vision into the future, and dialogue with the spirits of the dead. Horoscopes, Ouija boards, crystal balls, witchcraft, voodoo, good luck charms and hard rock music which glorify Satan, are always dangerous. The New Age Movement, an impersonal energy or force. is a form of pantheism and belongs to the occult. Our homes must be shielded from these influences. We are assaulted by them at every turn: TV, computer, iPod, game station, radio, Nintendo and every popular electronic device. We are not professed religious but as baptized Catholics we possess a mighty power that so often goes unused.

The Power of Prayer is greater than we can ever begin to comprehend! In every family, there needs to be a place in the home where the members come together and pray, an oratory with Crucifix, pictures of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, holy water and peace, where all gather together each day as a family: our bulwark against the assaults of Satan, the sanctuary of our Daily Decade for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

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

Let us pray for one another.

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TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY (continued)

In What the True and Perfect Devotion to Mary Consists

The Blessed Virgin Mary is an excellent and easy means by which to find Grace with God. Only a few Christians have all the necessary qualities for being inflamed with the love of God and obtaining great Graces from Him, but there are none who could not easily obtain these Graces through the Blessed Virgin.

Even sinners should not abandon hope in this regard. “Mary is the hope of sinners!,” says St. Augustine. “Mary is the refuge of the wretched, the aid of the whole world,” declares St. Ephrem. Our Divine Savior willingly grants to Her what we ourselves are unworthy to receive. “Because thou wast unworthy to receive it from God, it was given to Mary that, through Her, thou might receive all thou hast,” St. Bernard tells us. God has made Her the dispenser of His Graces and decreed that Graces should come to us only through Her hands. Let us have tender devotion to the Mother, and soon we will be inflamed with love for Her Son.

In order to mount to God and be united with Him, we should use the same means He employed in descending to us. He came to us through Mary; He assumed our human nature in Mary; He imparted the plenitude of His Grace to Her that She might impart it to us. If God in His eternal Wisdom chose to come to us through Mary, should we hesitate to go to Him in the same way? If Mary found Grace, will we not also find Grace in Mary? True devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is for us the means to find superabundant Grace.

But, there are several kinds of true devotion to Mary, which St. Louis de Montfort restricts to three and, in which, the rest are included. The first is good, the second is better, and the third is by far the most excellent.

The FIRST consists in fulfilling the duties of a Christian in general, avoiding mortal sin and keeping the Commandments of God, more from a motive of love than of fear, in fulfilling the duties of one’s state of life, and in praying from time to time to the Blessed Virgin and honoring Her as the Mother of God, without however having any special devotion or affection toward Her.

The SECOND consists in having for the Blessed Virgin sentiments of highest esteem and love, strong confidence and fervent veneration. This leads one to join Her Confraternities, to pray the Rosary, to honor in a special manner Her images and altars, to take delight in listening to Her praises, etc. This devotion is holy and praiseworthy, well adapted to withdraw us from creatures and to detach us from ourselves, in order to unite us more closely with Jesus Christ.

The THIRD devotion, which is known and practiced only by chosen souls, is that which I am about to disclose to you, beloved friend, says St. Louis de Montfort. It consists in giving ourselves entirely to Mary as Her slaves and as Her full possession that, through Her, we may belong wholly to Jesus Christ; and, in such a manner, that we do all our actions WITH Mary, IN Mary, THROUGH Mary and FOR Mary, with the intention that we may be able to do them more perfectly with Jesus, in Jesus, through Jesus, and for Jesus, for the glory of the Heavenly Father.

Hence, De Montfort says: “Entrust your Graces to the powerful and faithful Virgin by consecrating to Her yourself and all your goods. She will guard you as Her property and your spiritual riches will be secure for time and Eternity.”


Dear Mother Patti,

Today, at St. André (French Parish, Elig-Effa) at 10:30 a.m. Mass, the ULRA was introduced with the help of the Parish Priest, Fr. Daniel Ewolo and his assistant. After a brief explanation of how the Living Rosary Decade is prayed, Fr. Daniel invited the congregation to meet us after Mass. The parishioners enrolled themselves as well as their entire family members. Father wants the family to be built on prayer. As you can see in the various photos, many members lined up to enroll. They were very delighted to receive the Rosary leaflets, prayer to Ven. Pauline, Miraculous Medals, Novena prayer of St. Philomena in French and most importantly to hear the testimony of Fr. Tchad. More Parishes and schools are being contacted every day.

I collected two priority boxes last Friday. Thanks for the biography of Ven. Pauline; I am still waiting for the biography of St. Philomena. God bless you and our benefactors. Ave Maria!


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, September 10, 2014

Monday, October 6th, 2014
Dear Benefactors, Apostles and Members of the Living Rosary,

Daily, we are remembering you at the Holy Altar. At this challenging time, we are very keenly aware of the strength of our union through prayer and charity. We pray that our Sacred Masses will enrich and sustain you in your daily battle to remain virtuous and strong in the difficult days which lie ahead. This world is a place where Truth and falsehood dwell side by side. In the beginning, Truth alone was to be found. The devil introduced a lie in Paradise, and now there is great duplicity at every turn. How mighty is the tree of falsehood; how thick are its branches! Beware of false prophets! My purpose today is to talk about ONE false prophet and expose it in all its hideous deceitfulness. I refer to the opinion that it is not so very wrong to tell a lie, that under certain circumstances, it is necessary. Beware of this false prophet!

Both reason and religion teach us that even the least, and most unimportant, lie is sinful and therefore forbidden! God is Truth itself. He hates and abhors, and positively forbids every lie. The devil was the first liar and, through his lies, he led our first parents to the Original Sin which plunged the entire human race into misery.

The liar disfigures his soul and he becomes an enemy of God. Take care, then, never to depart from the Truth. God punishes lying very severely. Most people do not scruple a lie, especially when in doing so they injure no one. The world is full of deceit. The world reasons that surely it may depart from the Truth in order to maintain peace at home, or with neighbors, for gain or to avoid quarrels and strife. Yet, in every one of these cases lying is sinful and reprehensible. It is not possible to imagine circumstances in which it is allowable to utter a lie. This is the doctrine of Holy Mother the Church. Let us never speak ill of another person as, through our speech, we may destroy his reputation and ruin his family. God forbid!

Let us praise, uplift and compassionate our brothers and sisters in Christ. In whatever they may have wronged us, through our charity, it will be repaired. Much too often we look to the eye of our brother seeing the cause of our demise, when actually it is due to the downfall of our own pride and deceptions. How important for us to be humble, honest, truthful and sacrificial in our outreach to mankind to prepare the way for the Kingdom of God that it may touch the very hearts and souls of mankind!

We appreciate so much your love and sacrifice for the Church in Ukraine which is suffering greatly during these days of revolution and persecution. We offer up our sufferings for those in West Africa, who are plagued with the deadly Ebola virus. May God shower His Infinite Mercy upon us all!

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


TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY (continued)

GLORIOUS MOTHER! PRIVILEGED CHILDREN!

There is no creature, nor will there ever be one, in which God is so highly exalted as He is in the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is the unspeakable world into which the Son of God has entered to work His marvels and to take His pleasure therein. Mary is the City of God, the living throne of God!

Happy, thrice happy here below, the soul to whom the Holy Spirit reveals the Secret of Mary; yes, reveals Mary herself! Happy the soul to whom He opens this garden enclosed, permitting it to enter therein and have access to this sealed fountain, so that the soul may draw there from and drink deeply of the living water of Grace! Such a soul will, without the aid of any other creature, find God and God alone in this most sweet creature. There is no place in which the creature can find his Creator nearer to himself and more proportioned to his weakness than in Mary, for it was for this end that Christ descended to Her. Everywhere else He is, as it were, the Bread of the strong and the Bread of Angels but, in Mary, He is the Bread of children.

Mary’s transformation into God surpasses that of the greatest and most privileged Saints as much as Heaven is higher than the earth. Mary was made only for God and rests only in God. Whenever we give ourselves to Mary, we will experience that She does not keep us for herself but, on the contrary, immediately submerges us into God and unites us with Him. Mary is the faithful echo of God. When we say “Mary,” Mary answers, “God.”

When Elizabeth called Mary blessed because she believed, Mary glorified only the Most High by exclaiming, “My soul magnifies the Lord.” (Lk. 1:46) What Mary did on this occasion, She continues to do always. If She is praised, loved, honored and extolled, God is thereby praised, loved, glorified and extolled by Mary and through Mary. Whatever is given or offered to Mary is in reality given to God through and in Mary.

When we have once found Mary and, by Mary, Jesus and, by Jesus, God the Father, we have found all friendship with God, all safety from the enemies of God, all truth as opposed to falsehood, complete victory over the difficulties of salvation, all sweetness and all joy amidst the bitterness of life.

SUFFERINGS BECOME MORE MERITORIOUS!

Through Mary and by true devotion to Her, we obtain all good and every Grace. Through Her, we find all friendship with God and all sweetness amidst the bitterness of this life. Yet, we must not conclude that they who have found the true devotion to Mary will be exempt from crosses and sufferings. On the contrary, they may be assailed by more trials than others, because Mary, the Mother of the Living, gives to Her children portions of the Tree of Life, the Cross of Jesus. But, in choosing their special crosses, She obtains for them the Grace to carry them with patience and even with joy, so that the crosses are rather sweet than bitter. If Her clients taste the bitterness of the chalice which they must drink in order to be the friends of God, the consolation and joy which this good Mother gives, after the sorrow, encourages them exceedingly to carry still heavier crosses and endure still more bitter trials.

Yes, even while they are carrying their crosses, Mary enables Her faithful and special servants to endure their suffering more easily, more meritoriously and with a greater claim to future glory. What would be an obstacle a thousand times to another or cause him to fall, will not retard the progress of Mary’s child, but will further it.

This good Mother, full of Grace and the unction of the Holy Spirit, will sweeten with the honey of Her love and goodness the bitterness of these crosses which She herself prepares, as fruit is sweetened by sugar; so that, although naturally disagreeable and bitter, Her faithful servants receive them joyfully as though they were full of sweetness.

And, I believe, adds St. Louis Grignion, that no one who desires to live piously in Jesus Christ and consequently suffer persecutions, will ever be able to carry great crosses cheerfully and perseveringly, without having fervent devotion to Our Blessed Lady.


SHE WHO WEEPS!

High amidst the Alpine peaks in Dauphiny, France, near the vault of Heaven, lies La Salette. Our Lady of Sorrows appeared to Melanie and Maximin at noon as the Angelus bells rang out. Melanie perceived a strange light. A Woman sat weeping, her face buried in her hands and her elbows resting on her knees. Melanie cried out, “O my God!” The beautiful lady rose and folded her arms across her breast. She took a couple of steps and called them to her, “Come near, my children, do not be afraid; I am here to tell you great news.”

Our Lady gazed at them for a moment and then lowered her eyes. While tears trickled down her cheeks, She spoke her message: “If my people will not submit, I shall be forced to let fall the Arm of my Son. It is so heavy that I can no longer withhold it. So long a time do I suffer for you. I am compelled to pray without ceasing. And you, you take no heed of it. However much you pray, however much you do, you will never recompense the pains I have suffered for you.”

On a small golden chain around her neck was a brilliant Crucifix with a yet more brilliant Christ. From either arm of the Cross stood out the hammer and open pliers. The beautiful Lady reproved men for the desecration of the Holy Name of Jesus, neglect of the Sabbath and disregard for the Laws of the Church. Her rebukes were mingled with odious announcements which bore the stamp of the Queen of Prophets. She asked the shepherds if they said their prayers well, morning and night. Our Lady’s benediction wafted down from her Alpine shrine of La Salette and shed its saving balm over a weary and sin-sick world.

“There will come a famine; children under seven will be seized by trembling and will die in the arms of their parents; walnuts will become worm eaten, the grapes will rot. My children, make this known to all my people.”

In the realm of human realities, there are two perfections without comparison: the Blood of Christ and the Tears of His Mother. The tears of Our Lady’s Transfixion spilled down from Calvary’s Hill and fell in cascades over all living hearts. The coldness and scorn displayed towards God’s Mother is the most crucifying form of contempt and the most diabolical outrage poured out against His Sacred Humanity. Such unparalleled sacrilege must inflame His Heart to its very depth. At La Salette, Mary is alone. Suffering is the key word! Here is the solution for every human life on earth; the springboard for every higher achievement. Yet people absolutely refuse to understand that suffering is really necessary! Mary sat alone on that mysterious rock which reminds us of the other rock upon which the Church is built. On her breast, She wore the instruments of her Child’s torture and She wept as no one has wept in two thousand years! “So long a time do I suffer for you, and you take no heed of it!”

She, whom the Church proclaims Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope; She who is the Cause of our Joy! The apparition of Our Lady at La Salette took place on the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of the Seven Dolors. Oh, what a sea of tears and sorrow Mary was tossed upon when She beheld in her arms the Body of her Divine Son taken down from the Cross, blood drenched, wounded from head to foot, pierced by a lance and lifeless.

Theologians tell us that one of the surest signs of predestination is devotion to Mary’s Sorrows. The Queen of Paradise came down from Heaven to weep for her ungrateful children who would be lost. Mary has compassion on the multitude. In the face of our misery, She extends to us mercy. Naked, torn and lifeless, Mary calls us to Herself: “Come near, my children, be not afraid. I am here!”

Coming from the mouth of Mary Immaculate, who stands above the law of common man, it is a declaration of supreme authority, an act by which She assumes the position of Conqueror: Evil is trampled under her feet. Mary comes to bring us great news, the world nears the brink of ruin, and with it all its riches, intoxications, pleasures, philosophies, civilizations, battle fields and triumphal arches; all these shall wither and vanish, because men will not submit to God. The Arm of my Son weighs heavily upon them. “How often I have gathered my children together, like a hen gathers her young underneath her wings, but thou wouldst not!”

Noah spent 100 years building what was to be the symbol of Our Lady, Reconciler of Sinners, that is to say the Ark, which was destined to be born like the Spirit of God, upon waters, above the highest mountains. In this Ark was to be saved a small number of the elect. The people laughed at Noah who was a true spectacle: old, and without any knowledge of building or navigation. Yet, sudden cessation of all mockery came when the water rose seventeen thousand cubits above the mouths of those who laughed. Borne on the water, the Ark of Salvation ceased to be an oracle of wrath and became, in truth, the honored Vessel of the world’s hope! They alone will be saved and truly reconciled who implore Mary’s protection and seek her as their last hope!

Mary is Sovereign; Mary is Mother! The submission She requires of us concerns her glory, which is God’s eternal desire. Mary is the House of God, the Portal of Heaven. Her sovereignty is the meeting ground for all the contradictions of Pride. Taking away from Mary this crown of universal sovereignty is an infringement on God’s Glory; it is also a stemming of God’s Grace, depriving human nature of its participation in divine life. The all-powerful Suppliant, to whom God refuses nothing, has to come down from Heaven, weeping, to tell us the news of her helplessness.

When Heaven has recourse to means such as these, the need must be appalling! Man is borne up from earthly things with two wings: Simplicity and Purity. With sovereign authority, Mary tells us that the source of our wrong lies in our will and nowhere else. We are wretched creatures created to obey, and we refuse to submit! The message of La Salette contains terrible implications, but the future will most likely tear off the veil of mystery and reveal the text translated into blood on every hearthstone in the land. People will not submit and the City of God suffers violence. The Angels and Saints are sounding this alarm in Heaven!

For two thousand years, Christ’s Sacrifice has been renewed but, today, Mary who has the right to offer Him, declares that She can no longer effectively do so, because the clamor of our revolt stifles her cry of intercession. The Arm of her Son is so heavy that she can no longer hold it aloft by the counterweight of her prayer. The tears of Our Lady flowed before, during and after the discourse. Mary’s tears are the very Blood of Jesus Christ shed in some way just as her compassion: a two-fold effusion of one and the same heart. One might say that the Compassion of the Blessed Virgin Mary was the Passion Itself under its most terrible aspect. “The affiliation of Christ was my own affiliation because His Heart was my heart, for just as Adam and Eve sold the world for a single apple, so my Son and I bought it back with a single heart.”

The Mother of God has wept. She has given birth to us in the order of Grace – that alone suffices to make us understand how faint are the effusions of our own cowardly hearts. If Mary had not wept, the soul of man would have become parched and withered. What sorry creatures we are. The responsibility rests upon each one of us, but our pride revolts at the word chastisement! We look for natural causes through scientific explanations that contain no room for God’s intervention.

Through her martyrdom, Mary has become in a special way the comforter of the afflicted. In the company of our Sorrowful Mother, we will walk more easily, fight more courageously, and suffer more patiently. When the Hand of God lays a heavy cross upon our shoulders, let us turn to Mary sorrowing and then we shall obtain consolation and strength to carry the cross with patience, perseverance and joy!

WITH MARY, EVERYTHING! WITHOUT MARY, NOTHING!


Dearest Patti,

I am happy to inform you that our First National Congress was held last Saturday, August 30th and was very successful. We had fine weather for the day. I requested all the Leaders to have three days of prayers in their various places throughout the country before the commencement of the Congress at St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica, Kumasi. I honored 41 good and active Leaders, including our National Council Executive Members and Leaders from all the Dioceses in the Country, by presenting to them gold and silver medallions as their awards. Some Leaders and Members traveled over 450 miles for the Congress. They were very happy for the award as it took them by surprise and, indeed, very much
encouraged them. Also, I gave three Certificates of honor as awards to our good Archbishop Emeritus Peter Kwasi Sarpong, Rev. Fr. Prof. John Appiah Poku and Rev. Fr. Augustine Ntim Duodu. All these awards were presented by Most Rev. Gabriel Justice Yaw Anokye, Archbishop of Kumasi.

On August 25, just five days prior to the Conference, I received very sad news from Most Rev. Peter Kwasi Sarpong, Archbishop Emeritus of Kumasi, informing me that he was extremely sorry that he could not attend the Congress because he had a bad fall which had resulted in him being fitted with Plaster of Paris. “I am sure Our Lady of Holy Rosary will bless you all!” Therefore, his Certificate of Honor was received on his behalf by Most Rev. Thomas Mensah who is also an Archbishop Emeritus. I will write the THANK YOU LETTERS to the Bishops, Parish Priests, and Leaders throughout the Country to show my appreciations for all who took part. Yes, many souls were won for Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and in honor of St. Philomena, our Patroness and Protectress.

Once again, thank you very much for your great support. The devotional items you sent in the thousands were very much enough, so each and every one had a share. May God bless you endlessly! Peace be to you, Patti, and all our Benefactors! Yours in Jesus and Mary,

Anthony – GHANA


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, September 3, 2014

Monday, October 6th, 2014
Dear Mrs. Patti Melvin,

Today, I would like to inform you about the situation in Ukraine and our Living Rosary Association Center. I want to assure you and all the members of Living Rosary that the Center which is in Western Ukraine is far from the war zone and it is functioning very well. We do not feel the conflict in this part of the country. Our priests are offering all the Sacred Masses you have requested, and we do pray every day for all the members of Living Rosary and for all the intentions which our members mention. The enrollment in the Living Rosary grows each day because many people realize that the Virgin Mary is the Protection of God to save Ukraine from Russian takeover. This month, the Living Rosary Center published the church calendar for the New Year. We share with all the people the information about Saint Philomena and the Living Rosary Association. Therefore, we send to all the new members Rosaries and the prayer book which has information about our Saint Philomena and the Living Rosary.

This month, we were able to send many prayer books to the troops in the Eastern Ukraine along with the Rosaries, Scapulars and Miraculous Medals which you sent me. Our Ukrainian troops protect our independence and the freedom of the Catholic religion in Ukraine. Please keep them in your prayers.

Dear Mrs. Patti, I am involved in the construction of our church which is in very bad condition. I have to accomplish this task because the bishop asked me to renew the parish and rebuild the church. The Living Rosary at the parish is helping me so much! The ULRA is making parish prayer strong and dynamic. I do feel the financial difficulties with the rebuilding of the parish but I pray to God and the Virgin Mary to help me in this situation. The Center of the Living Rosary is focusing on devotion to Saint Philomena, Confession and Holy Communion. This makes people spiritually strong and changes their lives.

At the present moment, we are welcoming more children to the devotion of Saint Philomena. We designed the prayer card and prayer book for the children with information about Saint Philomena and her story of how to become a saint.

Many people are writing letters telling us about the power of the intersession of Saint Philomena. Therefore, I wish to thank you, dear Mrs. Patti, and all the members of the Living Rosary for your generous support and loving care for all our members in Ukraine.

We hereby ask you to continue supporting our most important mission among the youth and children of Ukraine.

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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


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


Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Thank you for your very gracious donation which is a crowning glory to God’s holy Mother. Mary is the House of God and the Portal of Heaven. Without Mary, the life of Grace is hindered and many are deprived of its divine stream. Through your immense love, the Virgin of virgins spreads out over the whole world Her azure mantle fringed beneath with celestial light, like an imperial pavilion, covering the whole world that the human race may find sanctuary. May God reward you!

The gravity of the events of the past years, the endless wars which have ravaged the earth and all the disorders
of body and soul, help us to realize that we need God. These events by their exceptional gravity and atrocity show what becomes of men when God is driven out. No longer do they have faith, hope or love. The spirit of evil stirs up their selfishness and feeds the fire of discord. The devil reigns through hate and division; Our Father in Heaven reigns through unity and love. To find peace again and tranquility of order, it is required to love, above all else, truth, justice, equity and goodness: We must love the Living God, Who is Truth Itself and Sovereign Goodness. Holy lives, united families and the Laws of Christ are the victims of today’s battle against God and man. His Holiness Leo XIII, on the first day of the 20th Century, consecrated the entire human race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. His Holiness Pius XII, during the Second World War, consecrated the entire human race to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Consecration of Christian families to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of May will obtain for them a more enlightened and strong faith, a greater confidence in God, and a deeper love of God. It will make the mutual affection of husband and wife more generous and devoted, and will strengthen the love of the children for one another. This Consecration is also a reparation which recognizes the rights of Christ the King, so often ignored in our day. At La Salette, Mary bore the instruments of Her Child’s torture and She wept:

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

Let us pray for one another.


Dear Patti,I sent an e-mail some weeks ago thanking you for the many gifts.

I am only worried that you did not receive it.

We are so blessed with the Sacramentals. I remember Earl so well, who made the lovely chaplets in crystal glass beads for our beloved Princess.

Patti, the world is in a desperate situation. We are so near Turkey and the Middle East. We are rightly worried about the threat of Islam. God help us all!

Meanwhile, we turn to the Immaculate Heart in whom we trust to deliver us unto her Divine Son, our only Lord, Redeemer and Savior. May that be a comfort unto us in these perverse times! Thank you, Patti, please pray for us.

I continue to offer the Holy Mass on the First Saturday of each month for the Living Rosary members of the Scapular Confraternity.

With respect and filial affection,

Your poor Father Luke of the Holy Ghost, OFM

Vicar General and Parish Priest

Church of Our Lady of Victory “’Santa Maria” – Rhodes, Greece


Dearest Patti Melvin,Greetings of love and peace!

On August 22, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was offered in our chapel (Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart). It was a very special day, since the Archdiocese of Cebu is also celebrating the Feast of Mary, Queen and Patroness of the Visayas.

Attached here are group photos of the people in our chapel, together with our Parish Priest, Monsignor Alfredo Romanillos, Jr. Everyone who attended the Mass was imposed with the Brown Scapular. Almost all who attended the Mass are members of the Living Rosary.

The members were very happy and grateful when we told them that the ULRA helped in the rebuilding of the chapel and we are able to continue the monthly Mass here. We also pray the Rosary in our chapel. With your help, we were able to place a roof and ceiling in our chapel, the Stations of the Cross and the three crosses were rebuilt and electricity was installed there. Once again, thank you very much for your support!

However, there are still many things lacking in our chapel. Right now, our chapel has no side walls yet and we are using plastic chairs and the Altar floor has no tiles. We are praying that there will be generous donors who will sponsor the altar pews, walls and the tiles in the chapel altar. Please include us in your prayers that we would be able to fulfill this dream.

May Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph and St. Philomena bless and protect you, your family and our benefactors, always!

< TERESITA – PHILIPPINES >


TRUE DEVOTION TO Mary (continued)

TRANSFORMATION INTO JESUS CHRIST

In this deification and transformation to which our souls are destined by the Will of God, Mary is the mold and the form, so to speak, in which our souls are to be cast. He, who is in this mold, is soon transformed and molded into Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ is molded in him. In a short time, he will become conformable to God and will resemble God.

This transformation into Christ may be effected in two ways:

The first is after the manner common to all true Christians, by keeping the Commandments, by prayer, by worthy reception of the Sacraments, by striving for true virtue without, however, practicing any more excellent or special devotion to the Mother of God.

The second way is the particular manner in and with Mary, making use of all the means just mentioned but, while applying them, submerging oneself as it were, entirely into the interior of Mary by the true devotion which is about to be explained and by abandoning oneself wholly to the operation of the Holy Spirit.

To explain this truth, St. Louis Grignion de Montfort uses a comparison. He says, one can make a lifelike statue in two ways: By carving the figure out of some hard material, using skill, strength and good instruments or by using a mold.

He then continues: It seems to me that I can aptly compare directors and devout persons who wish to form Jesus Christ in themselves or in others, to sculptors who trust in their own professional skill. How hard they must work to bring out the image of Our Savior from a piece of hard wood or rock, and how often it happens that their work is spoiled because they do not know Jesus Christ sufficiently or make an awkward blow! Those who embrace this True Devotion to Mary which I am revealing, may be compared to founders and casters who have discovered the beautiful and perfect mold of Mary, where Jesus was naturally and divinely formed. Without trusting in their own skill, but only in the perfection of the mold, they cast themselves in Mary, in order to become more truly and perfectly changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ.

O beautiful and true comparison! But remember, unless a person is earnestly intent on overcoming his evil inclinations and truly imitating Christ and His Blessed Mother, he cannot be transformed into Jesus or Mary.

Whoever is cast in the mold of Mary by this true and perfect devotion to Her, whoever gives himself to Mary without hindering Her by his evil inclinations, receives therein all the features of Jesus Christ, Who is true God; and this is done gently and in a manner well fitted to our human frailty.

After St. Louis de Montfort has shown in these eight points that Mary is the means decreed by God through which we receive from Him all good and every Grace, and by which we are actually transformed into Her Divine Son, he breaks forth in praise of Mary. He pronounces those blessed who find Her through this holy and sublime devotion.


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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, August 27, 2014

Monday, October 6th, 2014

TO JESUS THROUGH Mary (continued)

MARY, OUR CHANNEL OF GRACE

In proof of his assertion that Mary is the means ordained by God through which we receive all good and every Grace, St. Louis Grignion reasons as follows:

First Reason:

Mary alone has found Grace with God, both for Herself and for every child of Adam. The Angel said to Mary, “Thou hast found Grace with God; behold, thou shalt bring forth a Son, and thou shall call His Name, JESUS.”

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort says that God has chosen Mary for His treasurer so that all His Graces and all His gifts pass through Her hands, and no gift is bestowed on men by Heaven except through Her virginal hands. Many doctors of the Church hold the same opinion.

Second Reason:

Mary has given being and life to the Author of all Grace and, on this account, She is called the “Mother of Grace.” In Mary resides the fullness of Grace, Jesus Christ, that She may impart Grace to the members of Jesus Christ, Her true children. This is taught by Saint Bernard and Saint Jerome.

Third Reason:

God the Father, from whom every perfect gift and all Grace comes, in giving His Son to Mary gave Her all His Graces. “God has deposited in Mary the fullness of all that is good,” says St. Bernard, “so that if we have any hope, any Grace, any salvation, we should know that all comes to us by Mary. Take away the sun which illuminates the earth, and what will become of the day? It will vanish with all its brightness, light and blessings. Take away from the vast universe, Mary, the resplendent Star of the Sea, and what will remain but the darkness, shadows of death and total obscurity of spirit? Let us, therefore, venerate Mary with a fervent heart, with deepest affection and with all the desire of our soul, for it is the Will of Him Who willed that we receive all things through Mary. It is His Will, I say, and to our advantage.”

Fourth Reason:

As in the natural order, a child has a father and a mother, so in the order of Grace, a true child of the Church must have God for his Father and Mary for his Mother. If anyone glories in having God for his Father without at the same time having a tender, filial love for Mary, he deceives himself and is still far from the way of truth.

Fifth Reason:

The Holy Spirit, having espoused Mary, produced in Her His Masterpiece, Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word; and as He has never repudiated Her, He continues to produce in Her and by Her, in a real though mysterious manner, His elect, whose names are written in the Book of Life.

Sixth Reason:

Mary has received from God a special dominion over the Children of God. St. Augustine affirms that, during their present life, all the predestined are hidden in the womb of the most holy Virgin in order that they be conformed to the image of the Son of God. Here, they are guarded, nourished and made to grow by that good Mother until She brings them forth to glory after death, which the Church calls the birthday of the Saints. Consequently, as the child draws all its nourishment from its mother who gives it to the child in proportion to its weakness, so, in like manner, do the predestined draw all their spiritual nourishment and strength from Mary.

Seventh Reason:

On the festivals of the Blessed Virgin, the Church applies to Her the words of Holy Scripture contained in Chapter 24 of the Book of Ecclesiasticus: “Let thy dwelling be in Jacob and thy inheritance in Israel, and take root in My elect.” It is as though the heavenly Father said to Mary. “My Daughter, let thy dwelling be in Jacob,” that is to say in My elect, typified in Jacob. It is as though God the Son said to Her, “My dear Mother, let thine inheritance be in Israel,” since Israel, the chosen people of the Old Law, typifies the predestined of the Kingdom of Heaven, “Thine inheritance shall be the predestined.” Lastly, it is as though the Holy Spirit said to Mary, “Strike thy roots, My faithful Spouse, in My elect.” Whosoever, then, is elected and predestined for life eternal, has the holy Virgin dwelling with him in his soul; (St. Louis de Montfort does not here infer that Mary is present in our soul as God is present by Sanctifying Grace, but morally present by Her attentiveness to our existence and our needs, and Her cooperation with the Holy Spirit in forming Jesus in our soul.) He is Her inheritance, Her possession, Her entire property. He allows Mary to strike in his soul the roots of Her unshaken faith, Her profound humility, Her all- embracing mortification, Her sublime prayer, ardent charity, firm hope and all of Her other virtues.

Eight Reason:

In Mary, and in Mary alone, God became Man without ceasing to be God. In a similar manner, man also can be spiritually remodeled in Mary and be transformed into God in as far as human nature is capable, through the Grace of Jesus Christ. Mary, together with the Holy Spirit, has produced the most sublime Being whichever was or ever will be, the God-Man; and She will consequently produce the greatest Saints toward the end of time. The most fervent servants of Mary are destined for the time of greatest tribulation.


Dear Mother Patti,Today, the ULRA was introduced to the Parishioners of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows, Nkolbisson, Yaounde.

The Parish Priest, Father Nicholas allowed us to talk to the people the urgency and importance of Our Lady’s Message at Fatima and the simplicity of the Living Rosary.

After Mass, quite a number of Parishioners followed us outside the Church where we set up our stall. Many adults and children came forward to sign up for their Decades including two religious Sisters who run a girls College. One of the Sisters, Sister Boniface Marie wished to work with us as soon as the school reopens on September 8, 2014.

The children were given Miraculous Medals. We took a large quantity and were able to distribute to all who came forward for it. It is worth noting that the people appreciated the white Medals than the previous ones that changed color.

I hope that you would send us boxes of Rosaries of different colors, Rosary leaflets in English and French, booklets on the Life of St. Philomena and Ven. Pauline Marie Jaricot in English as people want to know about their biography. Also, please send St. Philomena Novena leaflets in English and French.

< Paul – The Living Rosary – CAMEROON >


Hello from the Philippines!

I am Mr. Weldann Panganiban, a teacher in Malabon City. I was invited by Ms. Letty Morales to join the Living Rosary, and be a fervent devotee of St. Philomena. After a miracle which happened in my life, thanks to the Saint’s intercession and that of Our Blessed Mother, I vowed to spread devotion to our dear little Princess, and to her Queen, Queen of the Holy Rosary and Mediatrix of All Graces.

I started with my students at the Immaculate Conception Parochial School, in Malabon City, through a group which we named “9PMers.”

This group is composed of students and teachers who voluntarily offered some of their time to pray to the Lord. Every day, at 9:00 PM, we stop from whatever we are doing and pray for our intentions and that of our family and all those dear to us, most especially, for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, under the inspiration of St. Philomena. They are also enrolled in the Living Rosary, wear the Scapular and cord.

In our faith sharing, they told us how St. Philomena helped them to become good and holy students. Some had their vices stopped, some had good grades in the past quarterly examinations, and some had little encounters with St. Philomena who helped them in many ways.

As I thank God, Our Blessed Mother and St. Philomena for this wonderful grace in the life of our students, I would like to ask for your favorable help with our undertaking. More students are coming, and we have little resources to use. I would like to knock your humble hearts to help these students further their understanding of the importance of prayer and living a holy life.

Thank you, dear Mother Mary and St. Philomena for this blessing you had granted to us! Always pray to God for us! Mahal namin kayo! (We love you!)

Always ONE WITH YOU,

WELDANN LESTER PANGANIBAN

NAVOTAS CITY, PHILIPPINES


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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.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Monday, October 6th, 2014
Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Your generous donation reached us last week and how deeply grateful we are for your love, sacrifice and apostleship. The power, beauty and spiritual balm that nourish souls through our union is something which simply cannot be grasped by us upon this earth. The help you have given will be a great strength for us to reach souls in mission countries; the areas that are the most hard-hit by war, persecution and death. We have arranged special Masses for you and keep you daily in our poor prayers.

Perfection does not consist in receiving great gifts from God, but in simply adhering to the Will of God in all imaginable situations in which Providence may place us, whether interior or exterior. We ought to desire our progress and perfection only as much as God wishes it and by the means He wishes. The whole rule of our life is God’s Will. On the last day, we will be judged in accord of our good works. Our good works are those in accordance with God’s Will at the moment we do them. They are a renunciation of self; they are the gift of ourselves to God. It is right to desire our own salvation and our own perfection, but we ought to desire it not only for our sake, but still more for God’s sake, because He wishes it and has made us for Himself. Charity is not a love which wants to receive, but a love which longs to give. God’s Love is always a gift, always Charity!

We live in God, bathed in His action upon us through the creatures around us and our own reactions to them. We can be perfect, here and now, by being exactly as God wishes us to be here and now. This moment is the most precious of all moments. No other moment is in our power. We need not worry about what is to come; by hope, we abandon to God the care of tomorrow. Our holy perseverance, death and eternity are all in His Hands. It is only in the present moment we can merit, act and love. We must have confidence in Him for the past and for the future. He insists on this as our safeguard against worry and despondency: the great dangers of all dangers! Upon this, God insists the Sacrament of the Moment! If we seek Him, we have found Him!

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

Let us pray for one another.


TO JESUS THROUGH MARY! (continued)

The motives which St. Louis de Montfort brings forward in urging this Consecration, together with the excellence of the devotion and the wonderful benefits to be derived from it, are given in abridged form:

Of the Sublime End for which we have been created

We have been created to know God, to love Him and serve Him in this life, in order to possess Him in the next and be eternally happy in this possession. Not for temporal happiness have we come into this world, neither to become famous, obtain high honors, great wealth or comforts nor to live according to our desires. We are here to seek God, to do His Divine Will, to become holy and attain to Eternal Salvation. Sanctity of life and eternal happiness: This is the expression of the Will of God in our behalf; this is our sublime vocation, the end for which God has created us according to His image; this is why He has given us understanding and a free will, our bodily faculties and all other gifts; and for this purpose, He has preserved our life and intends to prolong it. To this end, all our thoughts, words and works, all our sufferings and endeavors should be directed.

What an admirable work: Darkness to be changed into light, clay of this earth into an immortal being, sin into holiness, the creature into a partaker of the divine nature and man into a son of God!

Admirable work, I repeat it, says Saint Louis Grignion de Montfort, but very difficult in itself and impossible to mere nature. All the achievements of the human mind and all the knowledge of the world cannot bring us a step nearer to this supernatural end. God alone can do this by His all-powerful Grace.

Means of Salvation

“Soul, what will you do?” De Montfort asks. What means will you employ to attain to this infinitely sublime destiny for which you have been created and called by God? And he replies: The means of salvation and holiness are known to all. They are mentioned in the Gospel, explained by the masters of the spiritual life and have ever been made use of by the Saints. They are true faith, childlike confidence in God, observance of the Commandments, a worthy reception of the Sacraments, frequent prayer, humility of heart, constant combat with our evil inclinations, conformity to the Will of God and perseverance in doing good.

To practice these virtues and to use these means of holiness and salvation, the Grace of God is absolutely necessary. God, though infinitely good, does not give equally great Graces to all nor at the same time; yet, because He wills that all men be saved, He gives to everyone, even the greatest sinner, necessary and sufficient Grace for his salvation. Without this necessary and sufficient Grace, it would be impossible for anyone to work out his salvation. God gives to all men especially the Grace of prayer. If we make proper use of it, we can obtain all other Graces.

Another means whereby we can obtain God’s Graces more easily and surely than we could by our own efforts, is Mary – devotion to Mary. St. Louis Grignion says simply: To find Grace, we must find Mary. In reality, the Church says the same when applying to Mary the words of Holy Scripture: “He that shall find me, shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord.” (Prov. 8:35)

This truth is reiterated by very many spiritual writers. Thousands, yes, millions of souls have obtained salvation through Mary, through Her merits and intercession without which they would never have obtained. However, not for individuals alone has Mary obtained most wonderful Graces, but whole nations have, through Her, obtained knowledge of the Truth and Salvation. St. Alphonsus Liguori says, “It is well-known that, by devotion to Mary, Saint Bernardine of Siena sanctified the people of Italy and St. Dominic, by the same means, converted many provinces in France and Italy.” And, let us add that St. Louis de Montfort, by this particular devotion to Mary, delivered a great portion of France from the gloomy and despairing doctrines of the Jansenistic heresy.


“ABANDONMENT ALONE GUIDES ME; I HAVE NO OTHER COMPASS!”

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

The road that leads to the divine furnace of God’s Love is the surrender of the little child who sleeps without fear in its Father’s Arms. There are three stages in our surrender to God:

1. The first stage consists of accepting and assenting to God’s Will as it manifests itself in all the circumstances of our lives.

2. The second stage is actively doing God’s Will at every moment of our lives.

3. The third stage is to be so completely abandoned to God that one is a pliant tool in His Hands.

It is not God’s Will that people hate, fight one another or murder others, but He allows this evil to become part of His plan for our salvation. It was not the Father’s Will that His Son be killed, but Jesus freely sacrificed Himself for the sins of mankind. Many of our sufferings come from the hands of hateful and cruel men; nevertheless, it is the Father Who asks us to drink this bitter cup. It was so for Jesus, and it is the same for us.

Suffering does not signify a lack of love on the part of the Father; suffering is not in vain if it bears redemptive power. God makes use of evil in such a superb way and with such skill that the result is better than if there had never been evil. Nothing falls outside of God’s plan. All that is in God’s Will brings us peace of body and soul. He is always there. Everything speaks to us of Him. We must die to ourselves, and let God form our lives from moment to moment while we continually consent to His action. We seek Him in great things, while He continually communicates and reveals Himself to us in small things.

How often it happens that God allows a difficult and evil person to provide what is needed to make us saints. If we do not dare to walk hand in hand with God, whose hand shall we choose to hold? Can God lead us astray? He knows exactly what we need. Everything He gives us is carefully measured out according to our needs. How much energy we expend in resisting God!

Have confidence! If you do not receive what you feel you need, trust God that you do not need it. God has experienced the indifference, hardness and cruelty of mankind. He has suffered through all your anguish, loneliness and despair. Everything that wounds you has wounded Him first. He has freely taken all of it upon Himself. Never can you say that you are alone in what you suffer. Our Eucharistic Lord comes to us wounded and sacrificed! May our suffering be most meaningful and fruitful!

God is there in our lives in everything that happens. Obedience to God’s Will is something that influences and permeates our whole existence. Our Blessed Mother lived with Her eyes continually turned toward God, Who speaks to us from without and from within. We hear His word from the Bible and through the Church. For a Christian, the Church is Mater et Magistra. A Catholic never chooses anything but obedience and nothing more: God’s Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. The mark of a Catholic is Patience! Only a humble man is patient.

We often live in the past and in the future. The only thing that matters is the present: to be docile, attentive and obedient to God’s Holy Will now! Let us not listen to our conflicting impulses, “I like” “I don’t like.” The deep will within us wants God, moves towards Him, and finds its satisfaction in Him alone.

The third stage of surrender is the most perfect and few there are who reach this stage of total surrender. The Spirit is prepared to lead us at all times. Are we prepared to let ourselves be led? Apart from God, we can do nothing. In order to reach this stage, we must be prepared to give up all our own plans and desires. Everything must be offered up. The total surrender of self and all our faculties must be given over. The devil fights mightily that this sacrifice be not made. All that brings peace, submission, sweetness and confidence, has the seal of God upon it, for truly it is a matter of all or nothing! We hang in the balance between Heaven and Hell. A hurricane of love is raging over all the earth. God is tugging, pleading, weeping, shouting: “If you love Me: Let Go, Give In, Trust Me, Surrender!”

Are we doing everything we can possibly do to help each other? We must all trust in God and not fear any persecution, but work as much as we are able, for the good of souls and glory of God. Fear is the beginning of betrayal! We have to fear only that we work and worry too little about the things of Christ and the Church, and that there is too little sacrifice in our lives. Let us not be soft with ourselves. Lean on Christ and we will be unbeatable. Let us resign ourselves completely to the Will of God, repeating the words of the little Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: “God will not abandon those who trust in Him!”


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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, August 13, 2014

Monday, October 6th, 2014
TO JESUS THROUGH MARY
(Extract from TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY)The Apostolate of “True Devotion to Mary” begun by St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort at the turn of the 18th century, is reaching its full flowering in our days when Mary is voicing Her appeal and holding forth Her maternal arms to a world badly in need of Her powerful assistance. True Devotion so warmly advocated by this Saint is a genuine pearl which, if regarded with the eyes of Faith, surpasses all the treasures of the world; it is an excellent means which the Most High taught him, as he himself says, and which he was not able to find in any book, old or new.

“For,” he says, “as there are secrets of nature by which one is enabled to obtain wonderful effects in a short time and with little cost, so also there are secrets in the order of Grace to perform in a short time, with sweetness and facility, which empty us of self and by which we achieve perfection. The practice which I am about to disclose is one of these secrets of Grace, unknown to many Christians, and practiced and relished by a still smaller number.”

De Montfort was not inclined to teach this True Devotion or Mary’s Secret, as he terms it, to all without distinction, but only to zealous Christians, to those who specially venerate the Mother of God and, in general, to all who are of good will, and who are earnestly striving after sanctity.

To impress upon us that we cannot hope to understand and fully comprehend this True Devotion by reading it just once, its saintly author adds that, on account of the multitude and grievousness of our sins and our secret attachment to self, we will at first but imperfectly appreciate it. The more, however, we make use of this devotion in our daily lives, the better we will understand its value and excellence.

THE MONTFORT CONSECRATION

Jesus, Our Savior, came to us through Mary, His Mother, and through Her hands are given to us all the Graces that we receive – Graces merited by His Passion and Death. Through Mary’s hands, therefore, we may well offer to Jesus all that we are and all that we possess, so as to belong, through Her, entirely to Him. Such is the Montfort way: To Jesus through Mary! The manner of offering is given in the Formula of Consecration which he composed (see page 22 – Booklet available at the Living Rosary Association). It begins with profound adoration of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, thanksgiving for the benefits of Redemption, contrition for sin and hope for pardon. It acknowledges the sublime dignity and power of Mary, the Virgin-Mother, in the work of our salvation and, then, proceeds to offer everything to Jesus through His holy Mother.


THANK YOU, SAINT PHILOMENA!

Testimonies from Stephen, TANZANIA:

1. Brenda was a student at St. Pius boarding Primary school in Rombo, Tanzania. Last January, she suddenly had a severe problem with her vocal system. She failed completely to speak. She was sent to several hospitals, but their effort to help her was fruitless. Her head teacher gave the advice to transfer her to a special school for the dumb. The parents had no funds and they failed to do this. Instead, they took the child to live with her grandmother in Moshi. Brenda’s grandmother was a ULRA promoter. She introduced the child to me, the diocesan chairman, and I provided her with the holy oil of St. Philomena. Her grandmother put a drop of the oil on her tongue. It was the evening hours. The next morning when Brenda awoke, she shouted out! It was miraculous that she received her speech again. Thank you St. Philomena!

2. Raymond was suffering with diabetes and heart disease. He was in a serious condition and admitted in the hospital for 7 months. We brought the St. Philomena oil to him and put a couple drops in a cup of fresh milk. After he swallowed it, he began to get well. By the third day, he was completely recovered. Doctors were amazed. He went for his check up and it was found that he had neither heart disease nor diabetes. He was discharged from the hospital. Till now, he is without symptoms.

3. Tommy is a student at St. John Bosco Seminary. He was clothed with the Scapular by a priest on June 2013 with other ULRA members at the Cathedral. In September, Tommy left for classes and he forgot his Scapular. In that very day while the students were in class, their dormitory caught fire due to a short circuit. All the students’ possessions were burnt except the Scapular of Tommy. The bed upon which it lay was not touched by the flames. The rector was amazed. Thank you, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel!

Thank you for the holy oil and other Sacramentals you sent to us. We had a baby here who did not move his bowels for many days. The parents brought her to the doctor but nothing would help. When I heard about it, I gave the father the blessed oil of Saint Philomena and instructed him what to do. It worked, the parents were so grateful and the baby is doing well.
< Sr. Maria – TX, USA >

A woman from Kasanga Catholic Parish had been bed-ridden for a very long time and was sent home by the doctors to await the time of death. She was anointed with St. Philomena oil and she vomited a small rat, which showed that she was under witchcraft. Today, she is well and living a life of devotion
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“BRING YOUR SICK AND YOUR SUFFERING TO ME!”

There is not one among the Angels and Saints in Heaven whose heart is capable of compassionating our sufferings like the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary! Children of Mary, you who suffer illness and affliction, do not confide them to creatures, entrust them to the compassionate Heart of your Mother. All you who are afflicted and suffering, go to Our Lady and tell Her of your distress. Weep, if you will, and She will console you! Her Soul was transfixed with a sword; She understands full well your grief. Mary is the Health of the Sick. From the cradle to the grave, tears and sufferings are man’s inheritance. From the Heart of Mary goes forth the saving virtue which cures all our ills. Yes, by the intercession of Our Queen, the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, the paralyzed recover the use of their limbs and the dying return to life! The walls of Her sanctuaries are covered with votive offerings, silent witness to the gratitude of those She has miraculously cured. Our Lady draws, as She wills from the Heart of the Divine Physician, the balm which cures our bodies and souls. Mary feels great compassion for the diseases of our souls. How many sick Christians there are whose souls are weak in faith, in piety and in fervor! Mary loves to listen to their sighs and answer their prayers. If Mary has healed bodies, how much more She delights in helping the spiritually blind regain their vision, paralyzed souls walk with strength, and lukewarm Christians regain their earlier fervor and walk courageously.

Let us bring them all: those in their last agony, those on cots and in wheelchairs, the sick, the weak, and the dying, to the Queen of Heaven, Help of Christians: Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope, and place them before the Sacred Tabernacle, wherein dwells the Divine Physician. We allow ourselves to be operated on by a man who may easily make a mistake which could cost us our lives. But, we protest when God sets to work on us. The chalice of suffering He offers us may be a bitter one, but has He not reddened it with His own Blood? We must not be grieficken that God is sharing with us the greatest mark of His favor, The Cross!

During the Month of October, as we celebrate the great victory of Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Lourdes over suffering and sickness, let us bring our sick, our suffering and our dying to the foot of the Holy Altar to be bathed in the Most Precious Blood of Jesus through a Holy Mass Bouquet spanning the 31 days of October. Please list your loved ones who are suffering physically, spiritually or emotionally, so they may take part in this Holy Mass Bouquet. A lovely Mass card will be sent out to you for each one you enroll.

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

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

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

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Monday, October 6th, 2014
Dear
Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Thank you for your generous
support of our missionary efforts throughout the whole world. We are keeping
you and your family most especially in our prayers. We beg God to bless and
protect you from every evil and all harm.

In a world in which materialism has come strangely to dominate the lives
of millions, the dignity and apostolate of the Christian Mother is
tragically obscured. Domestic society is being attacked by political systems
which, with false arrogance, claim authority over all social relations and
by ‘WOULD-BE’ educators who seek to destroy the natural and divine rights
and functions of the family. The Good Shepherd elevated marriage to its
pristine purity and sanctified it with sacramental graces. The apostolate of
the Christian Mother has grave responsibilities, with holy reaches and
sublime dignity. Reverence for the dignity of motherhood is the foundation
upon which nations rest. The unfathomed mystery of life has been placed in
woman’s hands. Man is influenced by truth, but woman is guided by her heart.
At the core of a woman’s soul is motherhood. It is her greatest happiness
and, for this new life, she is ready to make stupendous sacrifices. Gentle
compassion is the duty of woman whose hand causes the works of charity and
mercy to grow immeasurably. Florence Nightingale was the guardian angel of
the sick. Ven. Pauline Jaricot was the heroine of social service. Woman is
the only one who gathers and holds together life’s broken pieces. The more
mankind withdraws from God, the more difficult it becomes to comprehend and
justly evaluate the proper worth of woman.

The ideal must be upheld that the married woman’s first priority is her
family. To them, she must give her love wholly and entirely. Whatever she
accomplishes outside the home, can never counterbalance the loss sustained
in the home by her absence. Modern woman has taken up every field of man’s
endeavor but, in the meantime, she has forgotten how to be a wife and
mother. A mother’s quiet labor in the home radiates out upon the entire
Nation. Without her, there can be no family and no home. Without her,
goodness, love and mercy vanish. Marriage IS the greatest adventure any
young couple can undertake. They conquer life by the power of love, and in
the fire of love fuse two hearts into one: seeking each to sanctify the
other, they walk together on the road to Heaven. Death alone can break their
sacred bond.

Marriage brings forth Human Life;

but united together on the Cross, it brings forth Divine Life!

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

Let us pray for one another.


FR. MATEO ON THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS
(concluded)

DEVOTION TO THE HOLY TRINITY

Devotion to the most Holy Trinity is an exquisite fruit of love for the
Holy Sacrifice. In all my experiences, I have never met a person who had a
true devotion to the august Trinity, without having come to that devotion by
the royal road of the mediator of the Mass. Knowledge and love of the Father
and the Trinity are generated and developed in the radiance of the Altar.
This devotion will reach full growth on the day of glory in the song of the
angels, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts”: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dominus Deus Sabbaoth.

Here, it would seem appropriate to speak briefly on the Feast of the Most
Holy Trinity, celebrated the first Sunday after Pentecost. More majestic
than the Heavens, the Blessed Trinity so full of glory that the feast should
be celebrated throughout the year. This brings to mind the beautiful
teaching that the great and marvelous Feast of the Most Blessed Trinity is
celebrated daily by heaven, earth and Purgatory together. This uninterrupted
and infinitely glorious celebration of the feast is the Holy Sacrifice of
the Mass. The Church triumphant, militant and suffering is united in one
outburst of adoration, praise and love, singing in every Mass. “Glory to
God in the Highest”… “Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”

in the Sacrifice of the Altar.

No honor given to the Trinity is more divine, and hence none more worthy
of the Divinity, than the official hymn of praise sung by the High Priest
and Mediator, the Victim of the Holy Sacrifice. “I will praise thee upon the
harp,” says the Church. I praise thee on the divine harp, the Heart of the
High Priest, the adorable celebrant of the Mass. This is indeed the concert
of eternity transposed to the Altar in the muted notes of the Eucharistic
mystery. Holy Mass is the dawn of paradise, awaiting our death where its
full splendor be revealed.

The reality of heaven and the holy Altar is identical: substantial and
divine. The only difference lies in the vision and perfection of possession
of this treasured reality. Perfect vision, face to face, the eternal and
definitive possession of this divine reality, is the prerogative of the
citizens of heaven.

Priests should have an especial burning devotion for this ineffable
mystery. Their devotion should be extra-ordinary, based on solid doctrine
and genuine piety. Every priest should be a specialist on the Mass, for his
own sake and the good of souls. The priest is, what his Mass is. That priest
is fortunate who prepares his Mass carefully, lingers over it lovingly and
piously lives it with all his heart! “O Lord, give us many saintly priests
who understand this doctrine, but above all, priests who live it.”

We have said that the Mass is the perfect and adequate expiation of the
sins of the world. Recall the insistence our Lord made on the need for
loving reparation when He appeared to St. Margaret Mary. He asked that
fervent and solemn reparation be made for the horrible sacrileges committed
against Him in the Blessed Sacrament. Think also, that when Jesus gave
Himself to the Father, He looked down the centuries and saw the agents and
successors of Judas, yet willingly surrendered Himself to their will.

The race of Judas is not extinct. The traitors who betray their Master
with a kiss have been multiplied. It would have been better for them had
they never been born! St. Paul says that these sacrilegious souls eat and
drink their own damnation! (I Cor. 11:29). You cannot imagine what devilish
fury consumes them in their hatred for the Person of Jesus present under the
white veil of the Host. There, He is the centre and object of an exquisite
love. But there He is also the Victim of a hatred like that of the scribes
and priests who sarcastically vilified the Christ dying on Calvary. Have
mercy on them all, O king of love! Pardon and mercy, O Jesus—Victim, for all
the Judases! “May Thy pierced Heart take a merciful revenge, for they know
not what they do.”

Parce Domine, parce sacerdotibus tuis, parce populo tuo, me in
aeternum irascaris nobis … miserere! “Spare O Lord, spare Thy priests,
spare Thy people, lest Thine anger be enkindled against them forever… Have
mercy!”

To close this meditation, would that I had the inspiration and love of
him who sang the Lauda Sion Salvatorem!

If, in speaking of the majesty of Holy Sacrifice, my words had been so
full of conviction and so vibrant, that creation itself had been moved even
as it was by the death of the Savior on Good Friday; and if, being so moved,
it should begin a hymn of praise to the Creator hidden in the host, I would
stop the hymn, saying: “Ye sun, stars and volcanoes, valleys and oceans,
forests, vineyards and gardens, be still… do not sing, yet awhile! Angels
and saints of paradise you too, be silent for a while, do not sing!

“And you, Mary, Queen of creation, divine Mother of the King of kings,
kneeling at your feet, I beg a moment of silence, for the divine harp of the
Altar, Christ is about to resound with song to His Father. “Jesus-Victim,
Jesus-Mediator, Jesus-High Priest, sing, praise and bless the Most High in
the name of humanity purchased with Your Precious Blood!

Heavens, be still; earth, be quiet, while thousands of priests from pole
to pole elevate the Host and the Chalice.

And now, ye heavens and earth, hear the adorable harp vibrating. He sings
at the Altar the same hymn He sang on Good Friday on Calvary … O, Christ
Jesus, sing to the Trinity with the Church, and in the name of all creation:

“Glory to the Father, the all-powerful Love.”

“Glory to the Son, the Merciful Love!”

“Glory to the Holy Ghost, the Substantial Love!”

“Glory to the Most High in the heavens!”

“Glory to the Trinity on the Altar of the Holy Sacrifice!”

And heaven and earth would reply: “Hosanna! Hosanna! Amen.

FIAT! So let it be for ages without end!”

The fervent priest and the faithful Christian who knows the true
appreciation of the wonder of love and grace that is in the Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass; who loves the Mass with a holy passion, and what is more
important, tries to live the Mass, is one of the predestined who is
fortunate in having found the Messiahs – Savior, even as the Samaritan woman
had found Him. But more than she, the Christian has received that same Jesus
into his heart — Jesus who is the fountain of living waters springing up
unto eternal life! Fervently beg the Holy Spirit to give you the divine
light which shines from a divine flame, in order that you may know most
thoroughly this divine gift par excellence — the Eucharistic Sacrifice and
the Eucharistic Sacrament.

Thus, by the ladder of Jacob, the arms of the High Priest and Victim of
the Altar, you will be lifted up to the throne of the Trinity. Go, then, and
with a filial boldness win over the Heart of the Father through the Heart of
the Son, the mediator of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass!


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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, July 30, 2014

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST!Dear Benefactors and Family of the Living Rosary,

Through your great help, the Living Rosary in Ukraine is flourishing in a special way during the wake of the Revolution which continues to this day. Many souls have been awakened from a life of ease centered in self and materials goods, to realize that all of these things can vanish in an instant. People flock to the churches to make their peace with God. We have personally been asked to “BEHOLD, THY MOTHER!” by Our Savior as He hung on the Cross. We do this best by studying St. Louis Marie de Montfort and living his way of Total Consecration to the Mother of God.

Essential to evangelization is the Mystery of the Cross. St. Louis de Montfort’s spirituality gives great emphasis to the Cross. Like a golden thread, it was woven through his life, preachings and writings. One of his most powerful works was entitled: “Letter to the Friends of the Cross.” Eternal Wisdom (Jesus Christ) has fixed His abode in the Cross, so firmly we will not find Him anywhere else in the world. Wisdom is the Cross and the Cross is Wisdom! Many people living in this world do not understand the mysterious language of the Cross. Being fond of pleasures and comforts, they drag their crosses along with reluctance, impatience and protesting. An event of cosmic proportions began to unfold when Pilot handed Jesus over to be crucified. Infinite Holiness embraced the Cross and took on the damnation of us all: Not reluctantly, but with Infinite LOVE! The Cross is the instrument of the Death of Our Savior and, thereby, the instrument of the victorious Redemption of all mankind. Jesus is beaten, crowned with thorns, and falls under the weight of the cross of our rebellion.

The consolation of His Mother’s bravery along the Via Dolorosa is great indeed; greater still, is the suffering that overwhelmed her at the terrible sight of the Child she bore. The sword of dying with Christ, as Simeon prophesied, pierced ever more deeply into her Immaculate Heart. Jesus stumbled and fell three times under the weight of the Cross.

Three times, He began again the journey to Calvary, no matter the pain! Upon reaching Golgotha, the place of the skull, Jesus was stripped of His garments. As the soldiers tore away His clothes, every wound was reopened. Crowned with thorns, blood pouring forth from His wounds, the eternal and incarnate Wisdom was displayed before a mocking world. He was stripped of everything! Only those who surrender all can share in the cross.

Poverty is a keyword in the Gospel. Anyone or anything that separates us from our union with Christ is to be considered diabolical. Yet, how tenaciously we grasp our idols, how fearful we are to let go of our treasures. Nations and individuals will even destroy each other in order to retain the golden calves of pride, prestige and wealth. The wealth of doing their own thing, demanding their own way, of using others and trying to possess others, of seeking pleasures no matter how repulsive they are to the Law of God: all these must be stripped away. Otherwise, we cannot be crucified with Christ. And, if we are not crucified with Christ, we cannot reign with Him. The Cross is essential to Christianity. “If any man would follow Me, he must take up the Cross daily and follow Me.” The Cross is precious because, when it is carried, it is the source, the food and the proof of love. The Cross enkindles the fire of Divine Love in the heart by detaching us from creatures. As wood is the food of flames, so the Cross is the food of love.

St. Louis de Montfort was expelled from one diocese after the other because of His fidelity to the Church and his unconditional living of the Gospel. He saw these DEFEATS as privileged crosses bringing him the conquest of souls for Christ. Although he suffered unjustly, he never complained. “WHAT A CROSS, TO BE WITHOUT A CROSS!” became his repeated motto. Far be it from us to glory, except in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Easter does not come after Good Friday; the Resurrection does not take place after Christ’s Death on the Cross. Rather, it is THROUGH the Cross that Jesus enters into His Glory. It is THROUGH the Cross that we share in the Glory of Christ’s Resurrection!

The Cross is our Emblem! The Cross is our Flag! The Cross is our Standard! It precedes us in every liturgical procession for It leads us on life’s pilgrimage to our Eternal Home!

We remember all of you as your carry the heavy crosses that God has chosen for you, and we pray that you will have the courage to bravely and lovingly unite yourselves with the Cross of Christ, in order that you might reign with Him for all Eternity.

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


FR. MATEO ON THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS (continued)

THE MISSION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Often, as I preached, and again in this little book, I have mentioned that the reason for our ignorance of so many simple and sublime truths in the mystery of the Altar, is that the Holy Spirit is not loved. With the exception of the most fervent Catholic circles He is scarcely invoked. How few are they who habitually have recourse to the Paraclete, substantial light and uncreated love! Nearly everywhere the sun of Pentecost is shrouded in a deep fog of cold indifference. The Paraclete is an unknown God. Yet. at the same time, the Paraclete alone has been given the mission in the Church to enlighten souls, to enkindle and sanctity them. He alone is the “sanctifier.”

It is not at all surprising, then, that the Mass is so little appreciated after twenty centuries of Christianity. The greater part of the faithful, while they might be in “good” faith, have not the “full” faith, the true faith.

The seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost are so many candles for us to keep burning before the Altar, that the celebrant and the faithful may enter the Holy of Holies filled with the sweet majesty of the Lord. Since the veil of the Temple was rent from top to bottom on that first Good Friday, all of us have the right to enter therein: the Son of God calls us and waits for us there! Now, with the protecting influence of the Holy Spirit, let us discover how we can enkindle in ourselves and others the flame that should consume us with the most holy Victim of the Mass.

In the first place, resolve to make a thorough study of the Holy Sacrifice. This is a thesis of the greatest theological and spiritual value. There are so many works on the subject that a choice is difficult. However, a “must” in our study is the Canon of the Mass itself. The prayers contained in the Canon form a mosaic of the most ancient prayers of the Church. We are told that it contains the gold dust of the Mass of the catacombs, and that some parts go back to St. Irenaeus. (Mgr. Lepin – Lyon).

Secondly, do not be satisfied with mere bodily presence at Mass. Take an active part in the Mass, offering it with the priest by following the liturgical prayers and ceremonies with a Missal. Your own private prayers would be satisfactory as long as they are in the spirit of the Holy Sacrifice.

There are private devotions which do not blend with the doctrine contained in the official liturgy. These can cut you off from the concert of the Church. We should adore, praise and implore the Most High, through Jesus Christ our Lord, in perfect union with Holy Church.

Offer the Holy Sacrifice through Him, with Him, and in Him! In His arms and on His adorable Heart mount to the Father. At the time of Holy Mass, the Father finds all His pleasure in the Son who pontificates at the Altar.

Finally, promise sincerely never to miss a single Mass through your own fault. Make a resolution to go to daily Mass and Communion, in so far as your duties will allow. Christ the Mediator is the ladder of Jacob by which we go to the Father, for no one goes there except through the Son.


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, July 23, 2014

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

FR. MATEO ON THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS (continued)

“LOVE AND YOU WILL UNDERSTAND.”

This is the place to appreciate a saying popular among the saints, “love and you will understand.” If you really wish to penetrate the obscurity of this great mystery, to contemplate the incomprehensible in the drama of the holy Altar, then, love, love, love passionately, and you will understand! In the divine light kindled by an immense love, you will see what Mary, the Queen of Sorrows, saw on Golgotha.

How calm Mary was! How full of a sweet and unchanging peace as She watched the deicide accomplished by the executioners. She neither cried out nor made indignant protest. Yet, She suffered an agony, for She is the Mother, a unique Mother in the sublime nobility of Her divine and virginal motherhood. See how she stands fearless in the midst of unutterable suffering, yet filled with unchangeable peace. Her weeping is like a wounded dove, and her moaning like the strains of a hymn, a MAGNIFICAT, enrapturing the angels!

How can we explain this incomprehensible attitude of Mary on Calvary? Her peace comes from the depth of her heart, for she loved as no other here below has ever loved. Love leads her to penetrate the mystery of the wisdom and folly of the Cross! She is undisturbed and calm because she sees!

Yes, she sees and wonderfully comprehends the mystery of Calvary because she loves with the heart of a queen, a virgin and a martyr. She is the Mother of fair love!

Let us pray to her that she may obtain for us, together with a light of great understanding, a fire of immense love. Then, like her we will penetrate the mystery of the Cross and the Altar! Love and you will understand! Saints like the Curé of Ars, Philip Neri, Vincent de Paul and John Bosco, certainly possessed this science of charity; they loved with a love as strong as death. That is why they are the “Specialist-Saints” of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

How many great masters in theology would receive a high rating were they to submit to an examination on this thesis given by the Curé of Ars? We have floods of electric light, but it is cold and harmful to the eyes of the soul. Such is the electric brilliance of a student who reads much but prays little. He keeps his eyes open, for he would see. But unconsciously he suffers a spiritual cataract, for he has no time for meditation. He is unfortunate in not loving with a great love.

The Altar is the height which attains the throne of the Most High. Only those learned men reach this height who are saints — Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, Bellarmine, Contardo Ferrini. For Holy Mass, as someone has said, is the official ecstasy of the Church; a higher degree of contemplation than that of St. Paul.

Yet withal, there are many humble little people who can relish with pleasure the mystery of the Holy Sacrifice. They truly have the privilege of lifting the veil, and should we ask them how they explain Holy Mass relative to God’s glory and the salvation of souls, we would indeed be greatly astonished at their answer. And as you listened to them with wonder, you would appreciate with deep feeling why the Saviour, trembling with joy, cried out: “I give thee thanks O Father, because thou hast hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to little ones.” (Luke 1 0:21)

Let us then love Jesus Christ. Let us love Him with a heart ablaze with a holy joy. Then, to reward us for our love, He will lead us into the sanctuary of His Heart, there to tell us the secrets which the Father confided to Him, the Splendour of His Majesty and His well—beloved Son. Let us love, and He who called Himself “the light of the world,” He who is the mediator and High Priest of the Holy Sacrifice, will give us the key of understanding which He reserves for His friends, like St. John, the privileged Apostle of the cenacle and Calvary.

If we love with an immense charity, as the saints alone know how to love, we will then understand even as they understood the precious and delightful fruit of their love. Love and you will understand! During the adoration and prayer of the faithful, while the celebrant offers the Divine Victim to the Father in this, the greatest of actions, the angels and saints of heaven sing out with, “God so loved the world that He gave His only—begotten Son” (Jn. 3:1 6). Contemplate Him at the Altar. He is indeed a Victim of His love for the Father, but also the Victim of the love which moves Him to give His whole self to us creatures with no grateful return.


Dearest Patti,

May Almighty God bless those who help the poor souls to find Jesus in their life! You are all remembered in our prayers. Thank you so much for the box of sacramental materials that you have sent. They have become our weapons to fight all kinds of evil in our places. The poor souls shown in the photos below hardly find a word to appreciate you for the gifts they received. They say many times, “Thank you! Thank you!” God will bless you more in your life. You have a wonderful place in Heaven. I have sent the lists of those who taken a Decade, through the post office mail.

< James Wau – PAPUA NEW GUINEA >


FR. MATEO ON THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS (continued)

TRUE LOVE IS GIVING ONESELF

We are coming towards the close of this meditation and I hope that it has acted as a beautiful sun to enlighten and warm your hearts. It is necessary in this place to dwell on a point of doctrine found in every page of the Gospel and the Epistles of St. Paul. It is what St. Paul calls the “science of the charity of Christ,” the charity that “presseth us.” (2 Cor. 5:1 4)

It is too bad that there are so many who hesitate to speak on this subject simply because they are afraid of love. In excusing themselves, they openly try to keep us from the danger of what they call fantastic and poetic “sentimentality,” “affectedness”, and “fancies,” as though the first Commandment: Thou shalt love, were an error of heaven and the spirit and fiery style of St. Paul weakness or dreaming! Love is decidedly not mere sentiment nor poetry! Love is the giving of oneself!

The sublime donation of self to God and the good of souls always has been and will ever continue to be the basis and essential element of all Christian virtue. Divine love is the great secret — the only secret of all heroism. “Love is the fulfilling of the Law.” (Rom 13:10). To love is to possess God in the depth of our souls. But God is love! Thus, whoever loves truly is either a saint now or well on the road to sainthood.

It is easy to pride oneself on being a thinker or intellectual, for this costs nothing in the way of moral consequences. Such pretense is often nothing but self-inflation, happily painless. But to love has always been exceedingly arduous! In fact, to give oneself, to surrender oneself in imitation of Jesus Christ, so far from being a sentimental love, is an interior martyrdom. True love is always a noble tyrant.

Yet, “love is the first and the greatest commandment.” Since it is so easy to believe and to be called a thinker and intellectual, believers and thinkers abound. But cowardice keeps many of them from giving themselves, from loving with their whole heart, and the result is that there are few saints. Ask the martyr of the lepers, the celebrated Father Damien, whether love is a sentimentalism, a weakness … or rather a sweet and terrible tyrant!

The Holy Sacrifice is above all the Mystery of Faith and Love. We find its supernatural explanation in these words, as solemn as they are divine and strong: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” (Jn. 3:16) These are the words of the Holy Spirit. Further comment is useless.

Yes, the Love of God the Father, and of God the Son, Incarnate and Victim through love, gives us the key of this ineffable Mystery! Just as the beatific vision resolves itself in an endless ecstasy of love, so here below the Mystery of the Holy Sacrifice is revealed in the light which pours forth from the flame of a burning love.


Dear Director Melvin,

Ave Maria!

It was already eight months after the super typhoon Haiyan hit in our place. In God’s grace we are now in the recovery stage and start again our new life after the deadly storm. We pray for all the members of the ULRA who died, particularly in the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Palo. MAY THEY REST IN PEACE! AMEN.

Here are the current updates about my works regarding our mission and apostolate:

Last July 13, 2014, we were blessed to have an official audience with His Excellency Most Rev. Filomeno G. Bactol, DD, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Naval. He is a pious devotee of our beautiful Saint Philomena and a ULRA member. He gave his blessing and permission to spread the ULRA in his entire diocese. And the good news to us, he accepted our request to him to become our Spiritual Director for the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Palo which comprises of one Archdiocese and four Dioceses in the Island of Leyte in the Philippines. By the way, bishop asks me to retrieve his assigned Decade because he forgot. May I request also to send an official communication to the Bishop thanking him for accepting our request to be our Spiritual Director. As soon as we receive the Endorsement Letter from the office of the bishop, we will immediately begin our mission to the Diocese of Naval. I also request you to send us mission materials intended for the Diocese of Naval.

You can address your letter to the Bishop: MOST REV. FILOMENO G. BACTOL, D.D., Roman Catholic Diocese of Naval, Chancery Office, Corvera St. Naval, Biliran Province, Philippines.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Palo is the “Metropolitan See” in the island of Leyte, where our operation center is located. They have 76 parishes in the entire archdiocese of Palo but not even one parish is dedicated to Saint Philomena. Therefore, last July 19, 2014, I was blessed to talk with Archbishop John F. Du, D.D., and told him my plan and intention to build an official chapel for the Living Rosary Association in his diocese. He grants a positive response on this matter. I conveyed this plan to the Parish Priest of the area to discuss and make necessary agreements to avoid any conflict of interest in this regards and he pledged to help us. What we have now is the lot for the chapel donated by the anonymous St. Philomena Devotee. It is just a small area enough for the chapel and office of ULRA, about 111.8 square meters. Please pray for our financial needs to build the Shrine of the Blessed Mother and Saint Philomena. I am also awaiting his new Endorsement Letter for his Archdiocese for the continuation of the ULRA mission.

The 2014 ULRA feast day of Saint Philomena will be held at Saint Francis Xavier Parish at Palompon, Leyte. We will celebrate the feast day with solemn simplicity and we will offer this celebration in remembrance of all our brothers and sisters who were victims of typhoon Haiyan.

The new registration forms will be mailed to you. We are still gathering the lists from different promoters. We need more materials for the mission for these two dioceses. Hope you will provide us before the mission starts. As of now, that is all the activities we been doing besides the promotion of the ULRA. Please continue to pray for us! We too pray for you and the rest of the Philomenian Family in the world. Thank you so much for all your support. May God bless us always!

In Mary and St. Philomena:

Bro. Gelson Abecia
ULRA Philippines

Picture taken after our meeting at Bishop Bactol’s office in Naval.


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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, Friday, July 18, 2014

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST!

Dear beloved Associates and Benefactors,

It gives me great joy to salute you and thank you mightily for your loving concern for our country and the Church in Ukraine. The revolution on our soil has been a miracle in the making. Souls estranged from God are flocking to the churches to attend to their Confession in order to regain strength to make their peace with God. The war has been a reminder to them that our life here upon earth is passing and the solemn and most important work at hand is to prepare for our journey Home to the Father.

The Eucharistic Heart of Christ which we possess in the Most Blessed Sacrament is the pledge of our future glory. This Heart has a human nature and can therefore feel for us in a human manner; but It is hypostatically united with the divine Nature, and is at the same time the Heart of a Divine Person. Behold the fountain of blessings, always accessible, always gushing, from whence we can ever draw, but which we can never drain. If we have offended God, here we will find mercy and forgiveness, and regain our peace. If we are languishing from weakness, here our strength will be restored. If we need counsel, courage or assistance, here we will obtain it in abundance. Whatever is conducive to our real happiness, we will secure at any time, in any place, in health and in sickness, in life and in death.

Heart of Jesus! Heart of my God! True and Everlasting Heaven,
Repose of all the Elect, may I always dwell in Thee!

Behold the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, filled with love for us! Look at the magnitude of It’s kindness, gentle and meek towards all! Look at It’s piety! Look at It’s poverty! See It’s purity and obedience! See It’s prudence, fortitude, zeal, generosity, perseverance and holiness! His Heart is the most safe Way to follow, for by following It, we cannot error; It is the shortest, most easy and pleasant Way, because It is the Way of Love. In the Heart of Christ, we will find all things. Take care then to repose on the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and He will take us up with Him to the everlasting abode of our Heavenly Home.

During this month of July, we are remembering all of your departed loved ones at the Holy Altar in the 31 days of special Masses arranged for this intention. By praying for one another, we change every prayer into excellent alms for the salvation of suffering souls and those estranged from God. Those most in need of our alms are sinners. United our prayers have double and triple value for souls.

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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


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


Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you for your generous support of our missionary efforts throughout the whole world. We are keeping you and your family most especially in our prayers. We beg God to bless and protect you from every evil and all harm.

In a world in which materialism has come strangely to dominate the lives of millions, the dignity and apostolate of the Christian Mother is tragically obscured. Domestic society is being attacked by political systems which, with false arrogance, claim authority over all social relations and by ‘WOULD-BE’ educators who seek to destroy the natural and divine rights and functions of the family. The Good Shepherd elevated marriage to its pristine purity and sanctified it with sacramental graces. The apostolate of the Christian Mother has grave responsibilities, with holy reaches and sublime dignity. Reverence for the dignity of motherhood is the foundation upon which nations rest. The unfathomed mystery of life has been placed in woman’s hands. Man is influenced by truth, but woman is guided by her heart. At the core of a woman’s soul is motherhood. It is her greatest happiness and, for this new life, she is ready to make stupendous sacrifices. Gentle compassion is the duty of woman whose hand causes the works of charity and mercy to grow immeasurably. Florence Nightingale was the guardian angel of the sick. Ven. Pauline Jaricot was the heroine of social service. Woman is the only one who gathers and holds together life’s broken pieces. The more mankind withdraws from God, the more difficult it becomes to comprehend and justly evaluate the proper worth of woman.

The ideal must be upheld that the married woman’s first priority is her family. To them, she must give her love wholly and entirely. Whatever she accomplishes outside the home, can never counterbalance the loss sustained in the home by her absence. Modern woman has taken up every field of man’s endeavor but, in the meantime, she has forgotten how to be a wife and mother. A mother’s quiet labor in the home radiates out upon the entire Nation. Without her, there can be no family and no home. Without her, goodness, love and mercy vanish. Marriage IS the greatest adventure any young couple can undertake. They conquer life by the power of love, and in the fire of love fuse two hearts into one: seeking each to sanctify the other, they walk together on the road to Heaven. Death alone can break their sacred bond.

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

Let us pray for one another.


FR. MATEO ON THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS (continued)

TRUE LOVE IS GIVING ONESELF

We are coming towards the close of this meditation and I hope that it has acted as a beautiful sun to enlighten and warm your hearts. It is necessary in this place to dwell on a point of doctrine found in every page of the Gospel and the Epistles of St. Paul. It is what St. Paul calls the “science of the charity of Christ,” the charity that “presseth us.” (2 Cor. 5:1 4)

It is too bad that there are so many who hesitate to speak on this subject simply because they are afraid of love. In excusing themselves, they openly try to keep us from the danger of what they call fantastic and poetic “sentimentality,” “affectedness”, and “fancies,” as though the first Commandment: Thou shalt love, were an error of heaven and the spirit and fiery style of St. Paul weakness or dreaming! Love is decidedly not mere sentiment nor poetry! Love is the giving of oneself!

The sublime donation of self to God and the good of souls always has been and will ever continue to be the basis and essential element of all Christian virtue. Divine love is the great secret — the only secret of all heroism. “Love is the fulfilling of the Law.” (Rom 13:10). To love is to possess God in the depth of our souls. But God is love! Thus, whoever loves truly is either a saint now or well on the road to sainthood.

It is easy to pride oneself on being a thinker or intellectual, for this costs nothing in the way of moral consequences. Such pretense is often nothing but self-inflation, happily painless. But to love has always been exceedingly arduous! In fact, to give oneself, to surrender oneself in imitation of Jesus Christ, so far from being a sentimental love, is an interior martyrdom. True love is always a noble tyrant.

Yet, “love is the first and the greatest commandment.” Since it is so easy to believe and to be called a thinker and intellectual, believers and thinkers abound. But cowardice keeps many of them from giving themselves, from loving with their whole heart, and the result is that there are few saints. Ask the martyr of the lepers, the celebrated Father Damien, whether love is a sentimentalism, a weakness … or rather a sweet and terrible tyrant!

The Holy Sacrifice is above all the Mystery of Faith and Love. We find its supernatural explanation in these words, as solemn as they are divine and strong: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” (Jn. 3:16) These are the words of the Holy Spirit. Further comment is useless.

Yes, the Love of God the Father, and of God the Son, Incarnate and Victim through love, gives us the key of this ineffable Mystery! Just as the beatific vision resolves itself in an endless ecstasy of love, so here below the Mystery of the Holy Sacrifice is revealed in the light which pours forth from the flame of a burning love.


ALMS DELIVER FROM SIN:

What is almsgiving but an act of trust! We have God’s promise that all is to come back to us in abundance. Instead of lending our money to a banker or a broker, we lend a little to Our Lord Who is in sore need of it for His poor. This small act of trust and mercy console Him ineffably. We cannot call it giving, when we are to receive all back with interest.

Oh, how I have wronged the holy and patient Souls in Purgatory by forgetting and neglecting them in their distress! I could have so easily given them unspeakable relief. I have wronged many others by making salvation more difficult for them: by bad example, by bad advice and by hindering good.

What reparation shall I make? Many there are who leave this great debt to accumulate, and all through life it weighs them down and acts as a barrier between their souls and God. Zacchaeus teaches us to give half of our goods to the poor. Abundant almsgiving will not only wipe out the debt left by past sins, but give us the grace to resist future temptation and sin. Alms have, then, against sin the same power as water against fire. One or two small alms that cost us little, may not suffice, just as one or two small pails of water may not extinguish a raging fire; but if we pour enough water, at last it prevails over the fire.

Our condemnation will be pronounced for our neglect of works of mercy. “I was hungry and you gave Me not to eat.” (St. Matt. 25) The terrible doom which came upon Judas was due to the lack of mercy he showed. Our Blessed Lord called His disciples round Him to notice the alms of the poor woman, which gave great consolation to His Heart. We also need to do works of mercy which cost us a great deal.

Alms given out of our abundance are good, but they are only Copper Alms. Alms given out of money that is not over-abundant or quite superfluous, but still sufficient and even more than sufficient for our maintenance, are Silver Alms. The alms given in the presence of our own want are Golden Alms.

Too often, the rich are unwilling to give of their abundance. The more self-sacrifice our alms represent, the more precious they are in God’s sight. Hence, those who have no silver or gold, but give their toil in the schoolroom or by the sick-bed, and those who give out of tears and fastings for sinners, may be giving alms more precious than gold or silver.

Alms deliver us from all sins and from death, as they will not suffer the soul to go into darkness. Alms shall be a great confidence before the Most High, to all them that give. (Tobias 4:11-12) It is impossible for one who does his works of mercy well to be lost. If a man dies in sin, he will be lost. But, if he has been rightly merciful, he will not die in sin. He will have the grace given to him during life to live innocently or, if he has sinned, to break the chains of sin, to make a good confession and to reform his life.

If we are merciful during life, God pledges that He will help us in the evil day and on our bed of sorrow. If during life we have formed the habit of almsgiving, that is, of loving our neighbor and helping him in his wants, we shall go on to our last illness loving and giving alms. Christian parents by prayers and alms avert calamity for their offspring. Fathers, who like Tobias, give alms abundantly, win graces for their children.

“Come ye blessed of My Father, for I was hungry and you gave Me to eat … Depart from Me, yet cursed, for I was thirsty, and you gave Me not to drink.” (St. Matt. 25)

No sick persons, no starving poor, none of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, are in such need of alms as those who are in sin. We must arouse ourselves to say for poor sinners Our Savior’s dying prayer: Father forgive them! By praying for others, we change every prayer into excellent alms; or rather, we add a tremendous almsgiving to prayer. We double and triple the value of our prayers and win far more grace for others than when we pray for ourselves. Christ died for all and desires that all be saved. Unless we desire our neighbor’s salvation, our desire for our own cannot be genuine. God is OUR Father. If I do not wish blessings to His other children, He will not be disposed to be generous to me. Let us remember Our Lord’s contentment because of our acts of hospitality to a stranger show proof of our reverential gratitude to Him. What delight will burst upon our souls if Our Savior at Judgment is able to say to us the words He so longs to say: “Come ye blessed! For as long as you did it to one of these My least brethren, you did it to Me.”

O Lord, help my unbelief, that I may realize this wonderful Truth!

Some will grumble and resist when asked to give, or exhort the petitioner not to come again after the gift has been given. Some will give more promptly when asked, with outward civility, though inwardly they give with reluctance. Others give with better charity when asked and give willingly.

Charity and kindness are still more perfect when we do not wait to be asked, but look for opportunities of giving. Better still, like the disciples, some will not take a refusal, They lovingly and with charitable tact, constrain those in need to accept help and make them feel they are doing a charity to the giver by receiving their gifts. They give, at times, while concealing who it is who was the benefactor, so that no return or thanks need be given.

(Extract from The Watches of the Sacred Passion
by Fr. P. Gallwey, S.J., 1930)

Mother of God, pray for us sinners that we may draw from the Heart of thy Son, some share of His Charity. Let man go forth to do his work till evening comes. For the night cometh when no man can work. We must work until God calls. Let us strive to save our souls, by helping save others!!!


Dearest Patti,Greetings of Love and Peace in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary!

Attached are the photos of our chapel, when it was being built after Super Typhoon Yolanda. We are grateful to you and to the ULRA for the financial help for the rebuilding of the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart Chapel here in Bantayan Island, Cebu. We are happy to let you know that our chapel now has a roof and the monthly Mass in our chapel has resumed.

With the financial assistance from the Living Rosary, we were able to pay all our debts for the construction materials and we were also able to have a Mass celebrated in our chapel on May 31, and on June 26 and 27, 2014 (the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus).

Almost all who attend the Mass in our Chapel are members of the Living Rosary and some of them are promoters. On my next email, I will send you more photos of our activities.

May Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph bless and protect you, always! Love and prayers,

< Teresita – 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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