St. Philomena – Star of Heaven

Saint Philomena Testimony of the Light of Christ by Msgr Giovanni Braschi

The following poem is from the book, “Saint Philomena – Testimony of the Light of Christ” by Msgr. Giovanni Braschi

St. Philomena – Star of Heaven

Hidden to the human eyes,
tortured in Rome in mysterious time.

Sweet creature, you had your tomb
in the dark caves of the catacomb.

You gave all the passionate throbs of your heart
to Jesus, your only love.

O pure soul, the world was pagan,
crude persecutor to every Christian.

Salvation you saw in the Holy Cross,
and for It you faced atrocious death.

Unknown Martyr, among the Saints you flew,
candid lily among the angels praised.

Radiant Virgin among the Martyrs in Heaven,
God would dissolve the veil that made you hidden to human eyes.

Jesus Christ, supreme priest, chose you
to alleviate each hour the human pains.

Come to those who invoke you,
spread the divine favors, be they poor, Popes or great Kings.

Star of Heaven, young Martyr,
In the land of Mugnano you founded your cradle.

Bless those who venerate you, help us all:
You shine, o Philomena, in Heaven amongst the Saints!

Written by Giuseppe Boccia

 Visit the National Shrine of St. Philomena in Briggsville WI

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Author: Walter Adams

I am a missionary for a Kingdom many thought to be lost, commissioned by a Queen many never knew existed. My commission is to seek the spiritual diaspora of Catholic and Royal France and to restore the influence of Catholic and Royal France in America. I hold an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University and a Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University. I am married and the father of one child. Though raised a Methodist in the Bible Belt and surrounded with evangelicalism as a youth, I converted to the Catholic Church prior to my marriage in 1985. Touched deeply by the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and imbued with a filial love for Mary, I set out on a life-long spiritual journey to "seek first" Christ's Kingdom with Thérèse as my guide. Eventually led to confront my inner most being on that lonely, mystical hill of Calvary, I discovered through Mary's maternal guidance and Thérèse's sisterly care that Jesus had called another mighty saint to walk with me and to protect me through that dark and awful night of self-confrontation that leads us in Christ to true freedom. That saint, a spiritual sister to Thérèse, was Joan of Arc. ~ Walter Adams