Monday, March 30, 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Launch into the deep
From A Year With Blessed James Alberione,
Compiled by J. Maurus
When a new ship leaves the harbour and slowly sails into the sea, it takes off, it is feast for the authorities, for the builders and the general public.
More profound and intense, although less apparent, is the joy that pervades the heart of a young person, of teachers, of persons when one launches out into the sea of life, prepared and equipped well against the storms. For such a person a bright and promising future seems assured. The Lord is pleased and the people admire when he voyages strong and serene in the tranquil waters and amidst storms and reefs, arrives at the port of heaven confident to receive another glorious and eternal gift.
Trust and fear! "By means of our good works, let us make sure the success of our vocation and election."
From Saint and Thought For Every Day,
by Blessed James Alberione
Participating with Christ
United to the passion of Jesus Christ, all labor becomes an element of individual and social redemption. We are speaking of passion in the broader sense of toil - for example, uniting ourselves to the work of the divine Laborer of Nazareth, says St. John Chrysostom. We always pray: "I offer You all my prayers, works and sufferings of this day, with the intentions for which Jesus immolates Himself on the altar."
What Strikes Me Most Today
What strikes me most today is the thought of a young person launching into the world like a new ship leaving the harbour. My two oldest children are beginning to look at colleges, and I'm actually having to plan for the day (not too far off) that they won't be living at home anymore. It is such an exciting time in their lives; I remember well how excited I was to move to Kansas City for college when I was 18. But reading the above makes me want to take a good look at anything I may still want to teach them or help prepare them for making a whole lot more decisions in their daily life. I will continue to pray daily that they are, as Blessed Alberione says, "prepared and equipped well against the storms."
What strikes you most today?
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1 comment:

  1. Lately your "what strikes me most" comments have been of a more personal nature. How you deal with life and it's realities on a day-to-day basis, good and bad, rather than about setting goals for living a holy life (sometimes not easily obtainable ones and ones sure to make a person feel as if they have failed in some way).
    I have to say I REALLY like the new direction.

    Debbie Alquist
    Hyattsville, Maryland


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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!