Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Benedict XVI Recalls John Paul II's Unshakeable Faith

As we go deeper into the solemn observance of the sorrowful passion, crucifixion and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ this 2010 Holy Week let us also look forward with hope in His resurrection this 2010 Easter. During this difficult times, in solidarity with His Holiness Benedict XVI, let us find strength in remembering the faith of Pope John Paul II, the Great Communicator. May God be glorified in the faith, life and works of our dear Pope John Paul II, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.


VATICAN CITY, 30 MAR 2010 (VIS) - In the Vatican Basilica at 6 p.m. yesterday, Benedict XVI presided at a Mass in commemoration of his predecessor, Venerable Servant of God John Paul II, who died on 2 April 2005. This year's Mass has been brought forward because 2 April coincides with Good Friday.

The Holy Father addressed a special greeting to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow and former private secretary of John Paul II, and to the many other pilgrims from the late Pope's native country of Poland.

In his homily Benedict XVI commented on the prophet Isaiah's parable of the servant whose faith is unshakeable and whose energy does not diminish until completing the task assigned him. "What the inspired prophet says of the servant", Pope Benedict explained, "we can apply to the beloved John Paul II. The Lord called him to His service and, entrusting him with tasks of ever greater responsibility, accompanied him with His grace and His continual assistance. During his long pontificate, he made prodigious efforts to proclaim the right firmly, without weakness or hesitation, especially when he had to face resistance, hostility and rejection. He knew the Lord had taken him by the hand, and this enabled him to exercise a fruitful ministry for which, once again, we give fervent thanks to God".

Benedict XVI continued by referring to the Gospel episode in which, at the house of Lazarus, Mary of Bethany washed Christ's feet and anointed them with perfume, offering the most precious thing she had in a gesture of profound devotion, while the fragrance filled the house. "The meaning of Mary's gesture, which is a response to the infinite Love of God, spread among all the dinner guests", said the Pope. "Each gesture of charity and of authentic devotion to Christ does not remain a personal matter, it does not concern only the relationship between the individual and the Lord, but involves the entire body of the Church. It is contagious and infuses love, joy and light".

"The whole life of the Venerable John Paul II passed under the sign of this charity, of the capacity to give himself generously, unreservedly, without measure or calculation. What moved him was the love for Christ to Whom he had consecrated his life, a superabundant and unconditional love. And it was precisely because he became increasingly close to the Lord in love, that he was able to be a travelling companion for modern man, spreading the perfume of the Love of God in the world.

"Those who had the joy of knowing and frequenting him", the Holy Father added, "had palpable experience of his certainty of seeing 'the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living'. ... This certainty accompanied him throughout his existence, revealing itself in a particular way during the last period of his pilgrimage on this earth: his progressive physical weakness did not, in fact, affect his solid faith, his luminous hope or his fervent charity. He allowed himself to be consumed by Christ, for the Church and for the whole world. His was a suffering lived to the end for love and with love".

In closing, Benedict XVI addressed some words to Polish pilgrims. "The life and work of John Paul II", he told them, "is something of which you can be proud. However, you must remember that it is also a great call to be faithful witnesses of the faith, hope and love which he uninterruptedly taught us".

Forgiveness Prayer Service

Living forgiveness is living in trust. It is a struggle that brings with it questioning and pain. Suffering in the world “unleashes love.” You invite us to give to others much more than their outward necessities. You ask us to give them the look of love which they crave. Continue to form and create in us a penitent heart. From the tabernacle you enlighten and strengthen us to move beyond our narrow capacities toward living an authentic human life. We surrender to your love.

Cf. Deus caritas est; Salvifici doloris

Forgiveness Prayer Service Booklet
Use Josh Groben's song: My Confession (words in booklet)
Play Forgiveness video: http://paulinecharismlive.magnify.net/video/Forgiveness-for-Lent-2

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Journey of Transformation and Myth

 I am working on a paper for class that reflects our journey of transformation. If you have read The Book Thief you may recall this memorable line: there "is an itch in our hearts that lets us know something is amiss and may we not ignore it fearful of what it may reveal." Benedict XVI wrote that we may have conquered the ancient dragons that express discomforting realities, but new myths arise. This is because we have the persistence "itch" and inner inquietude. Story and myth help us explore this inquietude in a safe place. Tolkien has Sam ask Frodo "what can of a story are we in?" Recent films, like Avatar, reveal a hunger for community, meaning and compassion. Here is a review of Star Wars by a three year old that reminds us of the power of stories and our own call to continue the journey of exploration as heroes who go out of themselves toward others. Our love becomes passion when it is united to the life, passion and death of Jesus - so that as we die with him we may rise with him. We also started young - at our baptism into new life.

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Digital World of Young Children: Emergent Literacy

“The Digital World of Young Children: Emergent Literacy” In an effort to better understand the ways in which young people’s learning and expression are being shaped by mobile and digital technologies, the Pearson Foundation released “The Digital World of Young Children: Emergent Literacy,” a research white paper on the effects of digital media on young children’s learning at the 2010 Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) International Symposium, in Washington, DC.  Follow this link: Pearson Foundation: Emergent Literacy

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Blessing of Pauline Books & Media Center in New York

May God bless the Daughters of St. Paul in their charism & apostolate work. On March 12, 2010, His Excellency Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York blessed the new Pauline Books & Media Center in New York (located at West 38th Street between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan). Here's a video of the highlights of the grace-filled moments. Here's a link for your browser:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

When Nuns Tweet – Lessons in Heavenly Social Media Marketing « Charlie Oliver

When Nuns Tweet – Lessons in Heavenly Social Media Marketing « Charlie Oliver
It’s no shock that people who have dedicated their lives to serving God are online (even the Vatican has a social media presence).  What is fascinating, however,  is how profoundly and thoroughly the stereotypes we have of each other are broken by social media when people like the nuns in the photo above or the five nuns I’ve listed below decide to join social media giving us an intimate look into a world we quickly realize we know absolutely nothing about.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The 13th Station, The Hurt Locker and Drone Warfare

At the 13th Station on the Way of the Cross we read: "The sorrowful Mary receives her son into her arms, after he was taken down from the cross. Mary contemplates in his wounds the horrible work of our sins and Jesus' infinite love for us."  Academy Award winning The Hurt Locker was a though provoking movie that brought up the question of the effects of war- visible wounds of our sin. In her article Flying Blind about the use of drones (America Magazine) Mary Ellen O'Connell reflects on a "chair force" war carried on with drones by soldiers 8,000 miles away from the battle front. In actuality those who run these virtual battle stations are closer to the war, and the real people effected by the war, then they have ever been. Do we understand the stresses of war and the impact of its effects? Hurt Locker reminded us that we don't. Technology can be used to save life, to enhance life or to kill from a distance. As this article reminds us we cannot justify the killing of unintended targets by distancing ourselves from the combat. The movie Hurt Locker (the making of this film was a great use of technology) also reminds us of the drug war can become and the variety of damages it inflicts on everyone involved. As Paulines we pray for media, technicians, producers, directors...We can also pray for the use of modern technology which employs cameras and computers in some unjustified ways. http://www.americamagazine.org/content/article.cfm?article_id=12179

Prayer from Blessed James Alberione: 
You created everything for us, as we are for Christ.
May these inventions, too, sing of your glory
as Creator and Savior.
Lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from the danger
of misusing these gifts you have given us.
Lead those responsible to work with charity
and respect for human dignity. Amen.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Become a co-producer! Help us make the Blessed Alberione Film

 Put the button on your social network and link it to the link below:

James Alberione Film Donation - Daughters of St. Paul, Inc.
Link: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=0517c5

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Spirituality of Communication

After my HolyWood experience Sr Karen Marie and I had a dialouge about presenting the Pauline Charism today - within the auspices of the Association of Pauline Cooperators. The results of our mutual reflection was to think about presenting the charism in the language of Commuinication Spirituality.  This would be for media professionals, media creators, and all who partake of the banquet of media.  Ideas and prayers are welcome at: http://communicationspirituality.blogspot.com/ - titles, space to meet (this blog?) reflections (Alberione?), audience (specific?), authors (sisters, professionals?) etc. Thank you!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


After a weekend seminar I found out that the name is Holy Wood as in the Sign of the Cross. The angel wings represent an angel in adoration. I also reflected that the angel is Michael ("Who is like God?), Raphael (God Heals) and Gabriel (God's Messager - God's Good News). The seminar was held at the Sisters Disciples Liturgical Center in downtown Los Angeles. Two Sister Disciples are in this photo.