Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Joyful Longing for Christ this Advent



Advent: a season of contemplation and pondering. Never to be missed when God allows the movement of time to caution us to dance to its softer pace -- that we may anticipate well his coming!

What are you reading this Advent? This is an important question. For as we delve into the time in our Church when we need to slow down, we need to be replenished -- deeply -- with words that will bring us the joy of looking forward to meeting Christ. He shall come, no doubt!

When he's finally come we want to be found ready and worthy of his loving presence. For the meantime, he looks forward to being with us. He longs to be with us.

Have we made any efforts to prepare, to slow our movements, to relish in the moments of longing for the Beloved? For as he longs to be with us we, too, should be impassioned with a great longing to be with him.

For good books to read this Advent, visit the Daughters of St. Paul.

A most joyful Advent to all!

(Picture is taken from
Catholic Mom in Hawai'i. Thank you, Esther G!)


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Blessed James Alberione Feast Day - 26 Nov. 2011

Dear Pauline Friends and Family,



May God grant you all abundant blessings on the occasion of Feast Day of Blessed James Alberione.  Amen.



Primo Maestro taught us that our Pauline Family was born from the Blessed Sacrament.  This refers to the grace-filled evening of 31 December 1900 & morning of 1 January 1901 when for 4 hours Blessed James Alberione worshiped the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral of Alba, in obedience to Pope Leo XIII who requested prayers for the new century.  Blessed Alberione was enlightened with a mission that led to the establishment of the Pauline Family.  

Indeed, we continue to draw graces from the Blessed Sacrament or Holy Eucharist.  When we completed the celebration of Mass on Sunday, 6 Nov. 2011 at St. Thecla's Retreat House in Boston, the tabernacle was left empty after the Daughters of St. Paul and the Pauline Cooperators received Holy Communion from Father Riley.



We had opportunity to worship the Blessed Sacrament.  We were treated to wonderful conferences prepared by Sr. Anne Flanagan on how to live with a penitent heart and learn about the historical background of and upcoming beautiful changes embodied in the New Roman Missal.  We had a rewarding time singing a hymn to St. Paul.  Next step:  We move forward incorporated into the Body of Jesus Christ Our Lord to humbly attempt to accomplish in our small ways the apostolate handed down by Blessed Alberione to place the media of social communication at the service of the Gospel and of human progress.

Jesus Master, Way, Truth and Life, have mercy on us.



Blessed James Alberione gave to the Church of today his life and the many lives of Pauline Family members -- men, women, priests, brothers, sisters and laity.  Glory to God and peace to man.



Mary, Queen of Apostles, pray for us.

Respectfully,
Margie Skeels
Pauline Cooperator

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Novena in Honor of Blessed James Alberione - November 17 to 25

Dear Pauline Friends & Family,

Let's join together in honoring our Founder Blessed James Alberione with our prayer offerings as we move onwards to his anniversary.

O Mary, Queen of Apostles and Queen of Peace, please pray to Jesus Christ, Our Lord, for the cause of canonization of Blessed James Alberione. Amen. Glory be to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Blessed James Alberione, Venerable Mother Thecla Merlo, Mother Paula Cordero, FSP


Novena in Honor of Blessed James Alberione

Nov. 17
Introduction
Today we begin the novena in honor of Blessed James Alberione, whom John Paul II called “the first apostle of the new evangelization.” In gratitude we thank the Lord for raising him up—for our sake and that of our world. We thank him for having answered the Master’s call, as the first Apostles did. In this Morning Prayer, we ask him to help us open ourselves to the Spirit, who continually evangelizes us and draws us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, the Apostle of the Father.

Readings
 Christian Prayer, p. 623,
 Liturgy of the Pauline Family, p. 179
 The following text: In John Paul II’s words, Blessed James Alberione is “the first apostle of the new evangelization.” Not only because he used modern media to proclaim the Gospel, but because, like Paul at the dawn of Christianity, he heralded in his person and his message the central call of the Gospel: total configuration with Christ the Master, a personal, life-changing, lifelong encounter with Christ. His reference was always the Gospel and he insisted that everyone of us read it in order to live it—a novelty at the turn of the last century. His lodestar was the primacy of Christ. His journey was a personal relationship with Christ and a burning desire that the whole world would join him on that journey.
This is the meaning of the new evangelization, outlined in the lineamenta for next year’s Synod of Bishops. With this novena, we are in a way initiating our own community’s preparation for that event. We entrust to Primo Maestro our own desire to witness to the saving love and truth of Jesus Christ with what the lineamenta calls new “ardour, methods, and expression.”
Yes, in the words of our founder that we just read, “The love for the Gospel is the sign and characteristic of persons whom God designates for great enterprises.”

Canticle of Zechariah
Antiphon: LPF, p. 184

Concluding Prayer: LPF, p. 183

Nov. 18—Dedication of the Churches of Sts. Peter and Paul
Readings
Christian Prayer, p. 1346
LPF, p. 180
Lineamenta: The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith, n. 6:
“The new evangelization is a frame of mind, a courageous manner of acting and Christianity’s capacity to know how to read and interpret the new situations in human history which, in recent decades, have become the places to proclaim and witness to the Gospel….These sectors concern society, cultures, economics, civic life, and religion….
“…Our third great sector…[is] the means of social communications, which, while today providing great possibilities for the Church, also represents one of her greatest challenges….In this sector, the new evangelization means that Christians need to show boldness in these ‘new aeropaghi,’ where they live everyday, and find the means and approaches to ensure that the Church’s patrimony in education and knowledge, safeguarded by the Christian tradition, has a part to play in these ultra-modern places.”

Canticle of Zechariah
Antiphon: LPF, p. 184

Concluding Prayer: LPF, p. 183

Nov. 19
Readings
Christian Prayer, p. 655
Liturgy of the Pauline Family, p. 180
Lineamenta, n. 6:
“The first sector calling for the new evangelization is culture. In our times we find ourselves in an era of a profound secularism….in which God is completely or partially left out of life and human consciousness…. [This] can be seen in the daily lives of many Christians, who are oftentimes influenced, if not completely conditioned, by the culture of images with its models and opposing forces. Temptations to superficiality and self-centredness, arising from a predominating hedonistic and consumer-oriented mentality, are not easily overcome. The “death of God” announced decades ago by so many intellectuals has given way to an unproductive cult of the individual….
“At the same time, some regions of the world are showing signs of a promising religious reawakening.”

Canticle of Zechariah
Antiphon: LPF, p. 184

Concluding Prayer: LPF, p. 183

Nov. 20—Solemnity of Christ the King
Christian Prayer, p. 523

Readings
Christian Prayer, p. 524
Liturgy of the Pauline Family, p. 180
Lineamenta, n. 15, 22:
“The agent for transmitting the faith is the entire Church which manifests itself in the local Churches, where proclamation, transmission and the lived experience of the Gospel are realized…. The Spirit gathers believers into communities that fervently live their faith, a faith which is nourished through listening to the teaching of the apostles, through the Eucharist and through the communities’ life of unselfish service to proclaiming the Kingdom of God…. In these communities, the faithful are gathered together by the preaching of the Gospel of Christ, and the celebration of the mystery of the Lord's Supper, so that ‘by the food and blood of the Lord's body the whole brotherhood may be joined together’.”
“The new evangelization, then, which is primarily a task to be done and a spiritual challenge, is the responsibility of all Christians who are in serious pursuit of holiness.”

Canticle of Zechariah
Antiphon: LPF, p. 184

Intercessions
Add the following:
“In thanksgiving for the life of Sr. Mary Aparecida on this, her anniversary. May she rest in the kingdom of light and peace.”

Concluding Prayer: LPF, p. 183

Nov. 21—Presentation of Mary (optional memorial)
Christian Prayer, p. 686

Readings
Christian Prayer, p. 690
Liturgy of the Pauline Family, p. 180
Lineamenta, n. 13, 23:
“The synod fathers gave particular attention to proclaiming the Word of God to future generations. ‘Often we encounter in them a spontaneous openness to hearing the Word of God and a sincere desire to know Jesus....Concern for young people calls for courage and clarity in the message we proclaim…witnesses and teachers who can walk with them,.…[and] approaches to Christian initiation which, through listening to the Word, celebrating the Eucharist and the communal living of love and fellowship, will lead to a growth in faith.’”
“The first evangelization began on the day of Pentecost, when the Apostles, gathered together in prayer with the Mother of Christ, received the Holy Spirit. In this way, Mary, who according to the words of the Archangel is "full of grace", was present during apostolic evangelization and continues to be present in those places where the successors of the Apostles strive to proclaim the Gospel.”

Canticle of Zechariah
Antiphon: LPF, p. 184

Concluding Prayer: LPF, p. 183

Nov. 22—St. Cecilia (Memorial)
Readings
Christian Prayer, p. 706
Liturgy of the Pauline Family, p. 181
Lineamenta, n. 7:
“Reread the present moment in light of the Christian gift of hope. Relearning the meaning of hope leads Christians to discover what they can offer in their world of encounters, experiences and dialoguing with others, what they can share in the process and how they can better express this hope which leads to perseverance. The new sectors which call us into dialogue require turning a critical eye towards our manner of life, our thinking, our values and our means of communication. At the same time, the occasion must also serve as a self-evaluation of Christianity today, which must repeatedly learn to understand itself, beginning from its roots.”

Canticle of Zechariah
Antiphon: LPF, p. 184

Concluding Prayer: LPF, p. 183

Nov. 23
Readings
Christian Prayer, p. 723
Liturgy of the Pauline Family, p. 181
Lineamenta, n. 11:
“St. Paul the Apostle presents himself as an ‘apostle set apart for the Gospel of God’ (Rom 1:1; 1 Cor 1:17)…. In referring to the Gospel, we must not think of it only as a book or a set of teachings. The Gospel is much more; it is a living and efficacious Word, which accomplishes what it says. It is not so much a system of articles of faith and moral precepts, much less a political programme, but a person: Jesus Christ, the definitive Word of God, who became man. The Gospel is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, not only does the Gospel have Jesus Christ as its content; but even more, through the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ is also the promoter and the centre of its proclamation and transmission. Consequently, the goal of the transmission of the faith is the realization of a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, in the Spirit, thereby leading to an experiencing of his Father and our Father.”

Canticle of Zechariah
Antiphon: LPF, p. 184

Concluding Prayer: LPF, p. 183

Nov. 25
Use as an introduction to prayer: Liturgy of the Pauline Family, p. 182

Readings
Christian Prayer, p. 758
Lineamenta, nn. 6, 13:
Through migration “our societies are experiencing an unprecedented encounter and mixing of cultures….In such a situation, the new evangelization can provide the opportunity no longer to perceive the Church's mission as a north-south or west-east dynamic but one which transcends the geographic confines of past missionary activity. Today, all five continents are fields of missionary activity. We must also seek to understand the sectors and places in life where faith is absent, not simply as a result of drifting from the faith but from never having encountered it. Transcending the geographic confines of former missionary activity means having the capacity to raise the question of God at every moment in the encounters created by the mixing and rebuilding of the fabric of society….”
“Migrants must not simply be evangelized but be trained themselves to be evangelizing agents.”

Canticle of Zechariah
Antiphon: LPF, p. 184

Concluding Prayer: LPF, p. 183

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Many thanks. May God bless you and your loved ones always.

Respectfully,
Margie Skeels
Pauline Cooperator