St. Philomena The Wonder Worker

St. Philomena The Wonder Worker by Father Paul O’Sullivan, O.P.  is an absolutely wonderful book that will greatly aid in furthering a devotion to this saint.

I read this several years ago and our entire family enjoyed it and developed a devotion to this saint.

She was a favorite of St. John Vianney and he promoted her devotion far and wide.

I was looking for this book in an online format so it could be shared on the blog and I was able to find a PDF version of it.

While reading from an actual book is easier, this books is only 90 or so pages and the online version would be free so I thought it worthwhile to put it up here.

If you would like to purchase this book you can find a few copies on Ebay for under $6 here. You can also find newer versions on Amazon here.

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Additionally, here is a litany composed by St. John Vianney to help encourage her intercession for us.

Lord have mercy on us.

Christ have mercy on us.

Lord have mercy on us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins,

St. Philomena, pray for us.

St. Philomena, filled with the most abundant
graces from your very birth, pray for us.

St. Philomena, faithful imitator of Mary, pray for us.

St. Philomena. model of Virgins, pray for us.

St. Philomena, temple of the most perfect humility, pray for us.

St. Philomena, inflamed with zeal for the Glory of God, pray for us.

St. Philomena, victim of the love of Jesus, pray for us.

St. Philomena, example of strength and perseverance, pray for us.

St. Philomena, invincible champion of chastity, pray for us.

St. Philomena, mirror of the most heroic virtues, pray for us.

St. Philomena, firm and intrepid in the face of torments, pray for us.

St. Philomena, scourged like your Divine Spouse, pray for us.

St. Philomena, pierced by a shower of arrows, pray for us.

St. Philomena, consoled by the Mother of God, when in chains, pray for us.

St. Philomena, cured miraculously in prison, pray for us.

St. Philomena, comforted by angels in your torments, pray for us.

St. Philomena, who preferred torments and death to the splendors of a throne, pray for us.

St. Philomena, who converted the witnesses of your martyrdom, pray for us.

St. Philomena, who wore out the fury of your executioners, pray for us.

St. Philomena, protectress of the innocent, pray for us.

St. Philomena, patron of youth, pray for us.

St. Philomena, refuge of the unfortunate, pray for us.

St. Philomena, health of the sick and the weak. pray for us.

St. Philomena, new light of the church militant, pray for us.

St. Philomena, who confounds the impiety of the world, pray for us.

St. Philomena, who stimulates the faith and courage of the faithful, pray for us.

St. Philomena, whose name is glorified in Heaven and feared in Hell, pray for us.

St. Philomena, made illustrious by the most striking miracles, pray for us.

St. Philomena, all powerful with God, pray for us.

St. Philomena, who reigns in glory, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V.) Pray for us, Great St. Philomena,

R.) That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

We implore Thee, O Lord, by the intercession of Saint Philomena, Virgin and Martyr, who was ever most pleasing to Thy eyes by reason of her eminent purity and the practice of all the virtues, pardon us our sins and grant us all the graces we need (and name any special grace you may require). Amen.


It is most unfortunate for ourselves if we do not know that we are tempted in almost all our actions, at one time by pride, by vanity, by the good opinion which we think people should have of us, at another by jealousy, by hatred and by revenge. At other times, the Devil comes to us with the foulest and most impure images. You see that even in our prayers he distracts us and turns our minds this way and that. It seems indeed that we are in a state …. since we are in the holy presence of God [sentence incomplete – Trans.].

And even more, since the time of Adam, you will not find a saint who has not been tempted — some in one way, some in another — and the greatest saints are those who have been tempted the most. If Our Lord was tempted, it was in order to show us that we must be also. It follows, therefore, that we must expect temptation. If you ask me what is the cause of our temptations, I shall tell you that it is the beauty and the great worth and importance of our souls which the Devil values and which he loves so much that he would consent to suffer two Hells, if necessary, if by so doing he could drag our souls into Hell. We should never cease to keep a watch on ourselves, lest the Devil might deceive us at the moment when we are least expecting it. St. Francis tells us that one day God allowed him to see the way in which the Devil tempted his religious, especially in matters of purity. He allowed him to see a band of devils who did nothing but shoot their arrows against his religious. Some returned violently against the devils who had discharged them.

They then fled, shrieking hideous yells of rage. Some of the arrows glanced off those they were intended for and dropped at their feet without doing any harm. Others pierced just as far as the tip of the arrow and finally penetrated, bit by bit. If we wish to hunt these temptations away, we must, as St. Anthony tells us, make use of the same weapons. When we are tempted by pride, we must immediately humble and abase ourselves before God. If we are tempted against the holy virtue of purity, we must try to mortify our bodies and all our senses and to be ever more vigilant of ourselves. If our temptation consists in a distaste for prayers, we must say even more prayers, with greater attention, and the more the Devil prompts us to give them up, the more we must increase their number. The temptations we must fear most are those of which we are not conscious. St. Gregory tells us that there was a religious who for long had been a good member of his community.

Then he developed a very strong desire to leave the monastery and to return to the world, saying that God did not wish him to be in that monastery. His saintly superior told him: “My friend, it is the Devil who is angry because you may be able to save your soul. Fight against him.” But no, the other continued to believe that it was as he claimed. St. Gregory gave him permission to leave. But when he was leaving the monastery, the latter went on his knees to ask God to let this poor religious know that it was the Devil who wanted to make him lose his soul. The religious had scarcely put his foot over the threshold of the door to leave when he saw an enormous dragon, which attacked him. “Oh, brothers,” he cried out, “come to my aid!

Look at the dragon which will devour me!” And indeed, the brethren who came running when they heard the noise found this poor monk stretched out on the ground, half-dead. They carried him back into the monastery, and he realised that truly it was the Devil who wanted to tempt him and who was bursting with rage because the superior had prayed for him and so had prevented the Devil from getting him. Alas, my dear brethren, how greatly we should fear, lest we do not recognise our temptations! And we shall never recognise them if we do not ask God to allow us to do so.

HE WILL HELP US – Sermon From The Cure D’Ars

Yes, my dear brethren, in everything that we see, in everything that we hear, in all we say and do, we are conscious of the fact that we are drawn towards evil. If we are at table, there is sensuality, and gluttony, and intemperance. If we take a few moments of recreation, there are the dangers of flightiness and idle chatter. If we are at work, most of the time it is self-interest, or avarice, or envy which influences us — or even vanity. When we pray, there is negligence, distraction, distaste, and boredom. If we are in pain or any trouble, there are complaints and murmurings. When we are doing well and are prosperous, pride, self-love, and contempt for our neighbour take hold of us. Our hearts swell with pride when we are praised.

Wrongs inflame us into rages. There you see my dear brethren, the thing which made the greatest of the saints tremble. This was what made so many of them retire into the desert to live solitary lives; this was the source of so many tears, of so many prayers, of so many penances. It is true that the saints who were hidden away in the forests were not exempt from temptations, but they were far removed from so much bad example as that which surrounds us continually and which is the cause of so many souls being lost. But, my dear brethren, we see from their lives that they watched, they prayed, and they were in dread unceasingly, while we, poor, blind sinners, are quite placid in the midst of so many dangers which could lose us our souls! Alas, my dear brethren, some of us do not even know what it is to be tempted because we hardly ever, or very rarely, resist. Which one of us can expect to escape from all these dangers? Which one of us will be saved?

Anyone who wanted to reflect upon all these things could hardly go on living, so greatly terrified would he be! However, my dear brethren, what ought to console and reassure us is that we have to deal with a good Father Who will never allow our struggles to be greater than our strength, and every time we have recourse to Him, He will help us to fight and to conquer.

We Are Wretched Creatures – A Sermon From The Cure de Ars

We cannot dwell upon the conduct of the Jews, my dear people, without being struck with amazement. These very people had waited for God for four thousand years, they had prayed much because of the great desire they had to receive Him, and yet when He came, He could not find a single person to give Him the poorest lodging. The all-powerful God was obliged to make His dwelling with the animals. And yet, my dear people, I find in the conduct of the Jews, criminal as it was, not a subject for explanations, but a theme for the condemnation of the conduct of the majority of Christians. We can see that the Jews had formed an idea of their Redeemer which did not conform with the state of austerity in which He appeared. It seemed as if they could not persuade themselves that this could indeed be He who was to be their Saviour; St. Paul tells us very clearly that if the Jews had recognised Him as God, they would never have put Him to death. There is, then, some small excuse for the Jews. But what excuse can we make, my dear brethren, for the coldness and the contempt which we show towards Jesus Christ? Oh, yes, we do indeed truly believe that Jesus Christ came upon earth, that He provided the most convincing proofs of His divinity. Hence the reason for our hope. We rejoice, and we have good reason to recognise Jesus Christ as our God, our Saviour, and our Model. Here is the foundation of our faith. But, tell me, with all this, what homage do we really pay Him? Do we do more for Him than if we did not believe all this? Tell me, dear brethren, does our conduct correspond at all to our beliefs? We are wretched creatures. We are even more blameworthy than the Jews.

“Have You Religion In Your Heart?” – Sermon From The Cure of Ars

Alas, my dear brethren, what have we become even since our conversion?
Instead of going always forward and increasing in holiness, what laziness and
what indifference we display! God cannot endure this perpetual inconstancy
with which we pass from virtue to vice and from vice to virtue. Tell me, my
children, is not this the very pattern of the way you live? Are your poor lives
anything other than a succession of good deeds and bad deeds? Is it not true
that you go to Confession and the very next day you fall again — or perhaps
the very same day? ….

How can this be, unless the religion you have is
unreal, a religion of habit, a religion of long-standing custom, and not a
religion rooted in the heart? Carry on, my friend; you are only a waverer!
Carry on, my poor man; in everything you do, you are just a hypocrite and
nothing else! God has not the first place in your heart; that is reserved for the
world and the devil. How many people there are, my dear children, who seem
to love God in real earnest for a little while and then abandon Him! What do
you find, then, so hard and so unpleasant in the service of God that it has
repelled you so strangely and caused you to change over to the side of the
world? Yet at the time when God showed you the state of your soul, you
actually wept for it and realised how much you had been mistaken in your
lives. If you have persevered so little, the reason for this misfortune is that
the devil must have been greatly grieved to have lost you because he has
done so much to get you back. He hopes now to keep you altogether. How
many apostates there are, indeed, who have renounced their religion and who
are Christians in name only!
But, you will say to me, how can we know that we have religion in our hearts,
this religion which is consistent?
My dear brethren, this is how: listen well and you will understand if you have
religion as God wants you to have it in order to lead you to Heaven. If a
person has true virtue, nothing whatever can change him; he is like a rock in
the midst of a tempestuous sea. If anyone scorns you, or calumniates you, if
someone mocks at you or calls you a hypocrite or a sanctimonious fraud, none
of this will have the least effect upon your peace of soul. You will love him just
as much as you loved him when he was saying good things about you. You
will not fail to do him a good turn and to help him, even if he speaks badly of
your assistance. You will say your prayers, go to Confession, to Holy
Communion, you will go to Mass, all according to your general custom.
To help you to understand this better, I will give you an example. It is related
that in a certain parish there was a young man who was a model of virtue. He
went to Mass almost every day and to Holy Communion often. It happened
that another was jealous of the esteem in which this young man was held, and
one day, when they were both in the company of a neighbour, who possessed
a lovely gold snuffbox, the jealous one took it from its owner’s pocket and
placed it, unobserved, in the pocket of the young man. After he had done this,
without pretending anything, he asked to see the snuffbox. The owner
expected to find it in his pocket and was astonished when he discovered that
it was missing. No one was allowed to leave the room until everyone had been
searched, and the snuffbox was found, of course, on the young man who was
a model of goodness. Naturally, everyone immediately called him a thief and
attacked his religious professions, denouncing him as a hypocrite and a
sanctimonious fraud. He could not defend himself, since the box had been
found in his pocket. He said nothing. He suffered it all as something which had
come from the hand of God. When he was walking along the street, when he
was coming from the church, or from Mass or Holy Communion, everyone who
saw him jeered at him and called him a hypocrite, a fraud, a thief. This went
on for quite a long time, but in spite of it, he continued with all of his religious
exercises, his Confessions, his Communions, and all of his prayers, just as if
everyone were treating him with the utmost respect. After some years, the
man who had been the cause of it all fell ill. To those who were with him he
confessed that he had been the origin of all the evil things which had been
said about this young man, who was a saint, and that through jealousy of
him, so that he might destroy his good name, he himself had put the snuffbox
in the young man’s pocket.
There, my brethren, is a religion which is true, which has taken root in the
soul. Tell me, if all of those poor Christians who make profession of religion
were subjected to such trials, would they imitate this young man? Ah, my
dear brethren, what murmurings there would be, what bitternesses, what
thoughts of revenge, of slander, of calumny, even perhaps of going to law….
They would storm against religion; they would scorn and jeer at it and say
nothing but ill of it; they would not be able to say their prayers any more;
they would not be able to go to Mass; they would not know what more to do
or to say to justify themselves; they would collect every item of harm that this
or that person had done, tell it to others, repeat it to everyone who knew
them in order to make them out as liars and calumniators. What is the reason
for this conduct, my dear brethren? Surely it is that our religion is only one of
whim, of long-standing habit and routine, and, if we were to put it more
forcefully, because we are hypocrites who serve God just as long as
everything is going according to our wishes. Alas, my dear brethren, all of
these virtues which we observe in a great many apparent Christians are but
like the flowers of spring, which one gust of hot wind can wither.