Thursday, July 19, 2007

Universal Living Rosary

A recommended devotion. Watching the news, as this blog does, has become a rather dispiriting experience. At these times one must consider the spiritual means available to defend the Church, and the Universal Living Rosary is a notable example.

The aim of the Living Rosary is for all members to pray one decade of the rosary each day for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and in honour of St Philomena. The UK co-ordinator is:-

National Center
7 Valentine Drive,

Any questions about the cult of St Philomena, through whom more authenticated modern miracles have been granted than perhaps any other saint, can be answered by Fr Tim Finnigan's two posts on her here and here, (he recommends the Universal Living Rosary here) and the excellent discussion of the historical questions on the site of the Italian shrine, here. In brief, the criticisms of the cult are based merely on lack of historical evidence, rather than any convincing contrary evidence. While it is true that, as with many ancient saints, historical evidence is not abundant, critics ignore the supernatural evidence in favour of the cult, which is extremely powerful. It is also simply false to say that the Church has forbidden her cult. The Vatican gave her shrine in Miami (affiliated to the SSPX) a first-class relic of St Philomena for public veneration in 1991, and another in 2004: hardly Rome's way of dealing with a false cult!

1 comment:

Richard Donley Fox said...

You can learn much more about St. Philomena by visiting:

Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen