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Eulogy for Sr Mary Antoinette Fantino, FSP

Eulogy for Sr Mary Antoinette Fantino, FSP

All too soon we are here once again to commend one of our dear sisters, Sr. Mary Antoinette Fantino, to the Lord and to thank the Lord for the gift of her life and her vocation as a Daughter of St. Paul, praying for her eternal repose. We have loved her as a sister, as an aunt, as a friend and now we pray that she will intercede for us before the Lord.I would dare say that anyone who ever met and engaged with Sr. M. Antoinette never forgot her. The first words that come to me at the mention of s...
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Jesus' Twofold Thirst

Jesus' Twofold Thirst

The Paschal Mystery, which we enter into even more deeply in these days immediately preceding the Easter Triduum, is the center and heart of Christian life; it is the mystery of Christ, who takes upon Himself the sins of all humanity and offers His very life to free us from the bondage of sin.Paul, tells us that we must always bear in our body the dying of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may be made manifest in us (cf. 2 Cor 4:10). We are to be nailed to the Cross with Him, feel the same thirst ...
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It Is Written, I Have Come to Do Your Will

It Is Written, I Have Come to Do Your Will

This is part 4 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.A key phrase that determined Mother Thecla’s journey was “the will of God.” This statement includes everything” vocation and mission, health and sickness, life and death, the divine and the human. She perceived the will of God at work in her life, from the beginning to end.The Gospel MessageThat is why he sa...
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Imitating Jesus Divine Master

Imitating Jesus Divine Master

This is part 3 of the 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 a journey firmly founded on her great loves: Jesus Master in the Holy Eucharist, the Gospel, the Church and souls, sought through the apostolate of social communication. Jesus was the sole way for Mother Thecla. In particular, she reaffirmed his invitation: "Learn from me, for I am gentle and ...
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Blessed Are You: Venerable Mother Thecla's Spiritual Journey

Blessed Are You: Venerable Mother Thecla's Spiritual Journey

As we continue with part two of  Mother Thecla’s letters and meditations, we notice that her life and teachings revolve around the Sermon on the Mount. The Gospel values she draws from this passage are never separated from the person of Jesus. Poverty, simplicity, gentleness, transparency, fortitude, peace mercy: she held these qualities up as characteristics of the Pauline life to be lived on a personal, communitarian and apostolic level.The Gospel MessageSeeing the crowds, Jesus wen...
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Mother Thecla’s Gift to the World

Mother Thecla’s Gift to the World

One late night a young Italian seminarian was kneeling in adoration before the Eucharist when “a special light came from the Host, a greater understanding of the invitation extended by Jesus: ‘Come to me, all of you….’” He immediately understood that he was being led into a very special vocation.That seminarian was James Alberione, and he went on to become a priest, an apostle, and a communicator of Christ. But he never forgot the invitation extended to him that ni...
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Jesus Master, Sanctify My Mind and Increase My Faith

Jesus Master, Sanctify My Mind and Increase My Faith

Imagine if you could see the world the way GOD sees it? Imagine if you could think about things that happen in your life with the wisdom of GOD? Imagine if you could see your life and your loved ones with the mind of GOD? Have you ever wondered how God sees you?If we are ever to get to the point of being united with God so much that we are imbued totally with God's wisdom, the way we think, and react, our biases and prejudices will all be healed. In other words, our minds will need...
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