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4 Spiritual Guides If You're Seeking Light and Beauty

4 Spiritual Guides If You're Seeking Light and Beauty

“Spirit seeking light and beauty, heart that longs for thy rest, soul that asks understanding…” (Janet Stuart, RSCJ)The first months of 2020 have been pandemic stricken...and panic-stricken. We've been isolated in homes, some lonely, some frustrated, some fearful, but all of us dealing with more silence than we're probably used to. As I write this, I’m tapping into contemporary saintly spiritual guides who walked their pilgrimage through our noisy world in sacred...
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Hold on to the true, good, and beautiful Shepherd

Hold on to the true, good, and beautiful Shepherd

Two days ago I exited our temporarily closed Pauline Book & Media Center and a twenty-something-year-old woman bounded up to me excitedly and asked, “Do you work at the Catholic bookstore?” I responded with a big smile, “Yes!” She asked, “Are you hiring?”  I replied that we weren’t, and she quickly rejoined, “Do you know anyone who is?” Promising prayers was all I could do, though I wished I could do more. And once again, I was ...
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Mary, Woman of Communication

Mary, Woman of Communication

This is part 7 of a nine part series of meditations on the Word of God with reflections from the writings of Venerable Mother Thecla Merlo and Blessed James Alberione.Mother Thecla lived her apostolic Pauline vocation in a spirit of exultation: “I am extremely happy in my vocation. I wish I had a thousand lives so that I could dedicate them all to this noble apostolate, in spite of the many vexations and difficulties” (Letter to her brother, in 1947). She lived her voc...
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Love: The Best Way of All

Love: The Best Way of All

This is part 6 of a nine part series of meditations on the Word of God with reflections from the writings of Venerable Mother Thecla Merlo and Blessed James Alberione.Mother Thecla’s constant concern was to guide the Daughters of St. Paul and its individual communities to communion, mutual understanding, and a deep sense of belonging. Her pedagogy was enlightened by the Pauline texts concerning love, summarized in the phrase from the Acts of the Apostles: “united, hear...
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Jesus Is Our Prayer

Jesus Is Our Prayer

"Jesus is our prayer, because in His own Person, in His humanity,He supplicates the Father.Jesus is a living prayer, and His prayer is absolutely efficacious.Jesus continuously offers to the Father his merits and prayers.He adores, thanks, satisfies, implores mercy for sinners,grace for children, for the weak, for the suffering, for all mankind.It is prayer of infinite value, efficacious through the merits of Jesus,who is "heard for his godly fear" (Hebrews 5:7).All those who go t...
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Easter: Forerunner of Spring in Today's Spiritual Deserts

Easter: Forerunner of Spring in Today's Spiritual Deserts

We are pleased to bring you the Easter letter of our Mother General, Sr. Anna Maria Parenzan. May her thoughts and best wishes be extended to you also in this most beautiful Easter Season and throughout the remaining year.    Rome, Easter 2017Dearest Sisters,Easter is an event of overwhelming power. It is a proclamation of beauty, the forecast of a luminous life that irradiates grace: Jesus is risen–he is alive!–and we can meet the Living One as he was met by the women...
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Jesus Says "Remain in Me"

Jesus Says "Remain in Me"

This is part 5 of a nine part series of meditations on the Word of God with reflections from the writings of Venerable Mother Thecla Merlo and Blessed James Alberione.It is evident that Mother Thecla was aware of her call to union with God, that is, to holiness. The key here is her constant use of the phrase “to make progress.” She worked toward this fervently-desired goal by making the best possible use of two basic elements” prayer and interior work.She constantly r...
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