Divine Time

In Your Divine Time, Lord, in your Divine Time,

One chime at a time, in Your Divine Time

 

Thy Will be done on earth as in Heaven… 

 

     The following testimony tells of the Providential Care of the Blessed Trinity. It is a hopeful message for those devout souls who have prayed through the intercession of the angels and saints for God’s miraculous intervention, trusting their loved ones to His Mercy as he interweaves His Heavenly Guides as threads of hope within the tapestry of our lives in His Divine Time.

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In Mother Mary’s month

We honor Joseph, too

On that first of May

Patron of workers’ day

And Head of our Homes

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I had a dream that night

A distant, lucent view

A scene beyond belief

Of one entombed beneath

Engraved stones

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A sweet serenity

Was flowing through the breeze

I didn’t see her face

Wasn’t e’er a trace

To explain her

 

It seemed I knew the name

Of she who once was there

Before her soul took flight

Into Heaven’s light

Filomena

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Eternal rest grant to her, O Lord…

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     We were inspired to trace the life of this 13-year-old, 3rd century martyr whose relics were discovered in the catacombs of Rome in 1802 with tiles inscribed “Pax Tecum, Filomena”. Enshrined in Our Lady of Grace Church in Mugnano, many were favored by miracles, declaring her “The Wonder Worker of the 19th Century,” and through private revelation, she revealed her story.

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I was a princess

With my family

When to visit Rome

Far away from home

We were Grecian

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An evil emperor

Wished to marry me

Possessed with envious pride

I vowed to be Christ’s bride

Not Diocletian’s

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For thirty-seven days

Imprisoned, torturned too

Then Our Lady came

Three days more of pain

And sacrifice

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The arrows turned around

Anchors ropes unbound

Though they beheaded me

God saved my purity

To Paradise

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Santa Filomean, ora pro nobis!

 

     She was proclaimed Patroness of the Living Rosary and the Children of Mary. St. John Vianney made her known throughout Europe. In America, we had litanies, novenas, and processions in her honor, and we believe she did intercede. After five years of Holy Matrimony, my wife was with child. We went in thanksgiving to her shrine. Blessed with her relic, my bride broke into a fever. Anticipating the baby’s early arrival, we were rushed through the feast day celebration by the shrine’s maestro, Nello, to Avellino’s hospital at the foot of the Mount of the Virgin.

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There is a sacred place

In old world Italy

High up near the clouds

Where the faithful crowds

Ascend and pray

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This ancient pilgrimage

To Monte Virgine

From the valley goes

Through Avellino’s Village Archway

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On our Queen’s vigil

In St. Anne’s Hospital,

An answered novena

Our beloved Bambina

Sunday was born

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We heard the chapel bells

Echo in the eve

While processing priests

Rang in the August Feast

Of Assumption morn

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Ave Maria, Gratia Plena!

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     She was born 3 months early, and we were told that she didn’t survive. As we offered her to God and named her Filomena Marie, the breath of life appeared. The nurses called her “Piccola”. Our little doll graced us for just 15 days before ascending to Paradiso. She rests in a white mausoleum in Mugnano in the Provence of Avellino. Fr. Giovanni and parishioners of the Sanctuario beseeched their miraculous saint for another blessing. After 40 days in the country of the Eternal City, we returned to America and our home in Maryland where we soon conceived our lovely Avellina Marie.

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Blessed be the Holy Trinity!

You’ve come into our lives with your charity!

The first fruit of our new family tree

This precious gift you have given

We offer to thee

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Through the anointed hands of Padre Giuseppi

Baptized into Heaven was she, Santa Filomena Marie

As we lift up our voices to Thee

With Avellina Marie

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In Your Divine Time, Lord, in Your Divine Time,

Once chime at a time, in Your Divine Time

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In Your Divine Time, Lord, in Your Divine Time,

One chime at a time, in Your Divine Time

Amen.

By The Traveling Troubadour

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