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James Alberione: Influences and Vision for Lay Faithful as Pauline Apostles
Over one hundred years ago, a dream took root in a young seminarian’s heart. A Pauline family of lay faithful, priests, brothers, and sisters, grew from the seed planted before the tabernacle. Today the forms of communication and technology available for evangelization and catechesis continue to multiply. We live in a culture of communication and the age of the laity. Early in the life of the Pauline Institutes sharing the charism with Pauline Lay Cooperators was summed up as “educat...
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Even in the World, We Have Become As He Is
For a long time I have been preoccupied with the realization that in the United States we do not have a theological foundation for our spirituality. We are learning more and more about our Founder and the charism, but the lens through which we are receiving this information remains a catechetical one. It lacks the depth, breadth, and nuance necessary to understand accurately and authentically the thought of the Founder.The Superior General of the Society of St. Paul has said on numerous occasion...
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Blessed James Alberione: Founder of the Pauline Family and the Daughters of St. Paul
On November 26, 1971, journalists and news reporters scrambled to cover the death of an 87-year-old, frail, half-bent priest who in his life had been almost awkward in public and reluctant to speak of what he had done. The priest was Father James Alberione. Some said he was an apostle and a pioneer, others a saint and genius of our time. He had founded two Congregations, one of men and one of women, to use the media for evangelization fifty years before the Church herself adopted the instruments...
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Mother Thecla Merlo Co-Foundress of the Daughters of St. Paul
Castagnito, a small Italian village of a few hundred inhabitants, lies on a pleasant hill near the city of Alba. The parish church—the center of village life—sits proudly at the top. At this church Teresa Merlo received the sacraments and religious education. She attended the village school (which only had three grades) and her parents continued her education with a private tutor. This tutor, Maria Chiarla, taught Teresa the scholastic subjects, but more importantly, she instructed h...
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Jesus Master, Way, Truth and Life

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Jesus Master, Way, Truth and Life
The Pauline spirituality is scripturally based, a synthesis of some of the richest passages in the New Testament, particularly in the Gospels and the Pauline letters. Beginning with the disciples’ initial experience of Jesus as “Teacher” or “Master” in the Gospel, Father Alberione chose the word “Master” to describe the personal and unique relationship Jesus has with each of his disciples. However, the term “master” has some negative associat...
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Saint Paul the Apostle and the Pauline Family
A review of the history of the Pauline Family, and thus the history of Pauline holiness, brings to light in a powerful way our points of reference with regard to our charism: the Divine Master, the Queen of Apostles, and the Apostle Paul, who was considered to be our father, founder, model, and teacher (cf. AD 2, 64, 159).We must look especially to Paul to understand our foundation. St. Paul casts light on our relationship with the Lord and gives a particular significance to our genesis in the C...
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Pauline Vision  for a Communications Culture
Jesus said to his apostles: "I have come to set a fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already blazing!" "I have come," Jesus stated. Not "I’m telling you...," "You must...," "I wish...." Rather, the second person of the Trinity, the Word of God, came. The Word became flesh, became one of us, almost indistinguishable from us. He entered into a specific culture, was born in a particular place, at a definite point in time. Through his co...
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Marian Spirituality of Blessed James Alberione
Introduction That authentic Marian spirituality must be apostolic was central to the Marian teaching of Blessed James Alberione, the founder of the Pauline Family. Throughout his life, he strove to develop a spirituality that was both profoundly apostolic and Marian. His favorite title for Mary, “Queen of Apostles,” was, he felt, the term which best expresses Mary’s important role in the Church’s mission of evangelization. The Collection of Masses for the Blessed Virgin M...
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Paul's Origins

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Paul's Origins
The evangelist Luke and Paul himself assure us that the Apostle was a pure‐blooded Jew, who was very proud of his origins and who was faithful to his religious beliefs to the point of martyrdom. This very fidelity caused him to persecute the Christians, whom he believed were dangerous enemies of the Jewish faith. His socio‐religious roots are confirmed by important testimonies:a)   “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of an important city” (Acts 21:39).b)&n...
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Saul to Paul

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Saul to Paul
The Church celebrates the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on 25 January. Yet, throughout the ages, countless people from many different cultures were also converted to Jesus, moving from sin to a holy life, from atheism to the Christian Faith. Like Paul, some of these individuals were martyred for their fidelity to Christ. But the “conversion” of Saul is very different and has no comparison among the great conversions that have marked the story of the saints. Paul himself di...
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