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The Marvelous St. Philomena
Marian Horvat, Judith Mead, Ellyn Miller & Catherine Croisette
How the Virgin-Martyr made herself known by the miracles she worked - and continues to work!
Found in the Catacombs in 1802, St. Philomena soon made herself known throughout the world by the thousands of miracles she worked and multiple favors she granted. Those miracles continue today. "Pray to St. Philomena. Whatever you ask from her she will obtain for you," said Pope Gregory XVI.
Four devotees of the Virgin-Martyr - Marian Horvat, Judith Mead, Ellyn Miller and Catherine Croisette - bring to light this work on the Saint's life and the history of the devotion. Simply told, easy to read, this tribute to St. Philomena - called the Light of the Church Militant by St. John Vianney - explains why she is a Saint for our days.
Whether you know St. Philomena or not, this is the book for you. Her immense charm permeates its pages, drawing souls to the virtues she practiced - a heroic faith and shining chastity - virtues especially needed in the 21st century modern world.
She is a model for youth and comforter of the suffering and sick, ready to respond to every request, temporal or spiritual, great or small. Truly, she is the marvelous St. Philomena. Includes a chapter of prayers and devotions
Tradition in Action has just released a new book, The Marvelous St. Philomena, authored by Marian Horvat, Judith Mead, Ellyn Miller and Catherine Croisette. It is indeed a gem. The cover is elegant and the 86 pages have large black print on a stark white background, making it a pleasure to read. Its contents are as splendid as the cover. The book is simple and inspiring, a successful portrayal of this important Saint.
There is a very impressive introduction titled “To Philomena nothing is refused” by Ellyn Miller. She explains the many Popes who approved and were devoted to St. Philomena: Leo XII, Pius IX, Leo XIII, and St. Pius X among them. It was Pope Gregory XVI who acknowledged her as a Saint because of the many miracles she worked, calling her “the Wonder-worker of the 19th century.”
St. Philomena, a 13-year-old Virgin-Martyr, has been sadly neglected over the centuries, but these Popes and many Saints have had a great devotion to her and relied on her powerful intercession with God.
In fact, there is a whole chapter on the Curé d’Ars, St. John Vianney. It sets out many of the impressive miracles worked by St. Philomena at his request. On a pilgrimage to Ars some years ago, my Aunt and I saw the side altar with the remarkable statue of St. Philomena that the Curé placed there, but did not fully realize how important she was in his apostolate. His high regard for St. Philomena and full confidence in her is a testimony in itself to the “little Saint,” as he called her.
Most intriguing is how the relics of this great Saint were found only in the year 1802, so many centuries after her martyrdom. It is amazing how quickly this Virgin Martyr began to work miracles. One senses that Our Lord is so delighted with this Virgin, who gave her life to remain faithful to Him, her chosen Spouse, that He does not deny any request she makes.