Thursday, January 8, 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009

From A Year With Blessed James Alberione, Compiled by J. Maurus

Jesus Reveals the most Holy Trinity

The devotion to Jesus Master is for arriving at the Holy Trinity.  As a consequence, through Jesus - mediator and way - we shall go to the Father.
     "Grant us the grace to know the Father," in this way we shall invoke the light of the Holy Spirit.
     And "Give us the grace to know the Son..." and to know the Holy Spirit, together with the Father and the Son, that is, always a life more and more oriented to the Trinity.
     In Jesus we shall arrive at the Trinity: through him, with him and in him, as we say in the Mass.  With Jesus, in Jesus, glory to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
     Glory to God in the heights.
     Consequently, let us not stop at the devotion to Jesus Master, but through him arrive at
  • Glorification,
  • Adoration,
  • Thanksgiving and
  • Supplication of the most Holy Trinity.

From Saint and Thought for Every Day,
 by Blessed James Alberione

We Belong to the "World Community"

     Communitarian life presupposes a character that is meek, sociable and optimistic, partly by nature, partly through education; a broad, thoughtful, understanding mind, inclined to judge favorably; an upright disposition toward the poor, the suffering, superiors and inferiors; the observance of the rules of courtesy, good manners, submission and kindness, everywhere but especially when with others; the disposition to forgive wrongs and injuries and to remember the benefits received, without recalling one's faults, humiliations, without pride, in times of fortune and honor, but also without discouragement in contradictions.

What Strikes Me Most Today

     What strikes me most today is the paragraph above about "World Community."  The words that are used - especially sociable, optimistic, thoughtful, understanding, upright disposition toward all others, courtesy, manners, submission, kindness, disposition to forgive wrongs, avoid discouragement - could be used for those living in religious life, married life, parent, child - almost any community or family life.  At first I wasn't sure whom Blessed James Alberione was addressing... I think it was all of us.

What strikes you most today? 
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Why a blog? Why St. Paul? Why do I think I have any business doing this?
We are all on a spiritual journey. We all want that journey to lead us to heaven, to eternity with God. For this journey, we need one another.
The journey so far has led me to read and learn about so many forms of authentic Catholic spirituality - Ignatian, Benedictine, Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan, etc. My biggest problem was that I came to love each one tremendously. I began reading more and more, spending more and more time at the Daughters of St. Paul bookstore on Watson Road here in St. Louis. Who would have thought my greatest conversion story would take place in a bookstore? Mine was not quite as sudden or dramatic as St. Paul on the road to Damascus, but getting to know the Daughters of St. Paul affected me no less significantly.
The sisters are Eucharistic by nature. The first time I entered the chapel in their bookstore, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed and one of the sisters was on her knees, gazing at Christ, with an indescribably beautiful smile on her face. I had a glimpse of heaven. I knelt at one of the other kneelers and noticed on the wall behind the monstrance the words: "Fear not, I am with you. From here I want to enlighten. Atone for sin." I had that brief moment of absolute certainty that I was on the right path.
Over the last several years I have worked my way through as many books, CD's, DVD's and conversations with the Daughters of St. Paul that time has allowed. Time is at such a premium for all of us. Years ago we were told that with advances in technology we would have much more free time on our hands. We all know this has not been the case. Our lives are busier and more hectic than ever. Even if we are unable to find time to read good books, see enlightening movies or attend lectures and discussions, maybe we could all spend a little time on the internet supporting one another on our faith journeys. Many of you know more about many aspects of Catholic spirituality than I do.
Pope John Paul the Great called us all to a New Evangelization, to share the Gospel with the world. I am hoping we can all be St. Paul in this blog space by sharing Christ with one another and with others. St. Paul travelled to many foreign and often hostile regions to evangelize the world; we are fortunate to be able to use the internet to reach even farther and more quickly.
The idea of using today's means of social communication to spread the Gospel was given to Blessed James Alberione on the night between the centuries (December 31, 1900 - January 1, 1901). He was a 16 year-old seminary student adoring Christ in the Blessed Sacrament when a special light came to him from the Host. Following this, Blessed James Alberione became the founder of the Society of St. Paul priests, the Daughters of St. Paul, the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master, Sisters of Jesus the Good Shepherd, Sisters of the Queen of Apostles, and numerous institutes that are also part of the Pauline family.
So what is Pauline spirituality? In my experience, Pauline spirituality encompasses all the teachings of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and love of all the other spiritualities and Saints of the Church. It is the members of the Pauline family who are the happiest people I know! It is loving God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit with all our hearts and souls, through the intercession of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, and St. Paul.
So why St. Paul? I can relate to St. Paul. We first meet him in the New Testament as a sinner. He has a thorn in his side that God decides is best not to take away. I sometimes wish I knew what that thorn was, but it's probably better I don't know. I like to pretend it is one of my many weaknesses or faults. If St. Paul could go from persecuting Christ and His Church to becoming the person responsible for spreading the Gospel and establishing the Church in foreign lands, the least I can do is start a blog. I have been especially inspired by my two favorite bloggers, Sr. Margaret Charles Kerry, fsp, and a Pauline Cooperator named Rae Stabosz. I believe Sr. Margaret and Rae are doing just what St. Paul and Blessed James Alberione would be doing with the internet.
In future blogs (which will be shorter than this first post!), I would like to share writings of St. Paul, Blessed James Alberione, and many others. I look forward to others sharing writings from other Catholic spiritualities and writers. An especially Pauline way of sharing is to point out to one another what aspects particularly speak to each of us.
Another Pauline trait is to pray for one another. My prayer is that we support one another on our path to holiness. Our goal is to glorify God in all that we do - so let's do it!