Sunday, February 27, 2011

Behind-the-Scenes: To Be Born (Day 2: Baptism, Letter)

This is Day 2 of Behind=the-Scenes footage from the powerful and important film, "To Be Born." I love "Behind-the-Scenes" footage like this where you can see incredibly talented people making an outstanding film, but I'm having a tough time telling what is going to happen in the story. I cannot wait to see this movie! I hope everyone will support the film and the creative geniuses at Spirit Juice Studios!!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mother Thecla Merlo, Co-Foundress of the Daughters of St. Paul

Mother Thecla Merlo, Co-foundress of the Daughters of St. Paul - the "Media Nuns" who are finalists for their site "Ask a Catholic Nun!" as best Catholic Facebook Page! Don't forget to vote if you haven't already today by following this link. You can vote once a day every day from now through Mach 8th (Mardi Gras)!

Mother Thecla Merlo, Co-Foundress of the Daughters of St. Paul

Mother Thecla Merlo, Co-foundress of the Daughters of St. Paul - the "Media Nuns" who are finalists for their site "Ask a Catholic Nun!" as best Catholic Facebook Page! Don't forget to vote if you haven't already today by following this link. You can vote once a day every day from now through Mach 8th (Mardi Gras)!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

St. Paul Thought of the Day


"Be imitators of me, just as I imitate Christ" (1 Corinthians 11:1)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Morning Prayers (from The Pauline Cooperator's Daily Companion)

Morning Prayers

Jesus Master, Way, and Truth, and Life:
have mercy on us.
Queen of the Apostles: pray for us.
Saint Paul the Apostle: pray for us.
From all sin: deliver us, O Lord.

Morning Offering

Divine Heart of Jesus,
I offer you,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Mother of the Church,
in union with the Eucharistic sacrifice,
my prayers, actions,
joys, and sufferings of this day,
in reparation for sins
and for the salvation of all men and women,
according to the special intentions
of the Superior General,
in the grace of the Holy Spirit,
for the glory of the heavenly Father.
I adore you, my God,
and I love you with all my heart.
I thank you for having created me,
made me a Christian,
kept me this night,
and led me into the Pauline Family.
I offer you my actions of this day.
Grant that they all may be according
to your holy will and for your greater glory.
Keep me from sin and all evil.
May your grace be with me always
and with all my dear ones.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Evening Prayer (From the Pauline Cooperator's Daily Companion)

Evening Prayer (from The Pauline Cooperator's Daily Companion)

I adore you, my God,
and I love you with all my heart.
I thank you for having created me,
made me a Christian,
and kept me this day.
Forgive me my failings and sins
and accept whatever good I may have done.
Take care of me while I sleep
and deliver me from all danger.
May your grace be always with me
and with all my dear ones. Amen.

(Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory to the Father, and Angel of God.
Make an examination of conscience on the day,
and pray the Act of Contrition.)

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in the hour of my death.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, when I die may I rest in peace with you.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Vote for "Ask a Catholic Nun!" best Catholic Facebook Page 2011

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

One of my favorite prayers by Blessed James Alberione

To St. Paul the Apostle, by Blessed James Alberione

O holy Apostle who, with your doctrine and with your charity, has taught the entire world, look kindly upon us your children and disciples.
We expect everything from your prayers to the Divine Master and to Mary, Queen of the Apostles.
Grant, O Doctor of the Gentiles, tha
t we live in faith, that we save ourselves through hope, and that charity alone reign in us. Obtain for us, O Vessel of election, docile correspondence to divine grace, so that it may not remain unfruitful in us. Grant that we may better know you, love you, and imitate you, that we may be living members of the Church, the mystical body of Jesus Christ.
Raise up many and holy apostles. Breathe over the world the warm breath of true charity. Grant that all men may know and glorify God and the Divine Master, the Way, Truth, and Life.
And You, Lord Jesus, know that we do not have any faith in our own strength; in Your mercy, then, grant that we may be defended against all adversity through the powerful intercession of St. Paul, our teacher and father.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Alberione Trivial Pusuit #3 (Click on Link for Answer and Story)

Blessed James Alberione and his mother, Teresa, venerated which Marian Shrine frequently?

A. Shrine of the Madonna of the Flowers (Santuario della Madonna dei Fiori)
B. Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Berico (Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico)

C. Sanctuary of Caravaggio (Santuario di Caravaggio)

D. Shrine of The Madonna of the White Stone (Santuario di Madonna Pietralba) 

E. Shrine of Our Lady of Oropa-The Black Madonna (Santuario di Oropa)

F. Shrine of the Madonna of Consolation (Santuario Basilica la Consolata) 

G. Our Lady of Montallegro (Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montallegro)

From James Alberione: Apostle For Our Times, by Luigi Rolfo, SSP

"From her childhood, she (Teresa) had venerated the Shrine of the Madonna of the Flowers at Bra. How often has she longed to take James there and thus more efficaciously put him into the hands of the Mother of Mercy, but it had always been too far away.
When the family moved to the area of Cherasco, she was able to take him to the shrine and often did. At least on feast days, she could go to the venerated shrine and still get home in time to care for her household chores. There at Bra, James spoke his first words and had fixed in his memory his very first impression of the world and of the persons who surrounded him.
Taking him inside the church, she showed him the tabernacle and told him of Jesus ever present there. She taught him not to talk or move about too much in church out of respect for His presence. She most certainly taught him how to invoke the Blessed Mother with complete confidence in all his difficulties. She told him in detail the story of the wild prunes which blossom every year at the shrine on December 29 under the snow as a perennial reminder of the extraordinary protection which the Madonna of the Flowers, during a winter in the distant past, extended to a village girl pursued by two French soldiers intent upon doing her harm.
In time young James would often go unescorted to the shrine where he spent more hours before the tabernacle than all the members of his family put together."

Answer: A. Shrine of the Madonna of the Flowers (Santuario della Madonna dei Fiori)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Alberione Trivial Pursuit #2

Where was Blessed James Alberione born?

A. Alba
B. Bra
C. Cherasco
D. Rome
E. San Lorenzo di Fossano

From James Alberione: Apostle For Our Times, by Luigi Rolfo, SSP

"Michael Alberione worked on (but did not own) a plot of land in an area known as San Lorenzo di Fossano. The family had arrived there a few years earlier and were already thinking of leaving the place, a sign that it had offered them little or not satisfaction. Michael wanted to round out his income from the produce of the land by building up a modest cattle trade. He never had enough to get started and as a result his dream of working and owning a smaller piece of land all his own was never realized.
Their moving to Cherasco would take them closer to their immediate families and most of their distant relatives. Not only had Michael and Teresa both been born in Bra, very near Cherasco, but above all, Bra was the land of all of Michael's ancestors, the original family name being Albrione."

Answer: E. San Lorenzo di Fossano

Monday, January 3, 2011

Alberione Trivial Pursuit #1

What were Blessed James Alberione's parents' names?
A. Stephen and Gloria
B. Lawrence and Sophia
C. Michael and Teresa
D. Joseph and Anna
E. Paul and Rosa

Answer (From James Alberione: Apostle For Our Times, by Luigi Rolfo, SSP)

"James Alberione was born at 10 a.m., April 4, 1884. He was the fifth son of Michael and Teresa. Michael and Teresa conformed with the best traditions of their environment. The first-born (surviving) son was named Juvenal, after his paternal grandfather. The name was very common in the family, so much so that all the first-born male cousins were known in the area as "the juveniles." The second-born son was named John Ludovico after his mother's father. The others that followed took the name of the godfather or godmother. When Father Alberione was born, the parents decided to name him James after Michael's brother whom they had asked to be his godfather.
The new-born James was not only small, but also very thin - so much so that his parents feared for his life. Michael, having often heard the pastor reminding parents of the grave responsibility they had to baptize their children as soon as possible (because some babies died without the sacrament through the negligence of the parents), decided to have little James baptized immediately."

The answer is C. Michael and Teresa

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

Pauline Prayer Book for our Haitian Brothers and Sisters

Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid
"Fear not, I am with you. From here I want to enlighten. Atone for sin."

Daughters of St. Paul

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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!