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To The Glory Of The Most Holy Trinity

To The Glory Of The Most Holy Trinity

This is part 9 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.During the Spiritual Exercises of 1934, Mother Thecla chose four points to work on in her spiritual journey. These points remained constant throughout her life: To keep God always in view Jesus Christ as Model The Blessed Mother for a Helper All of us, in an attitude of continual sacrificeMother Thecla brought all ...
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Mother Thecla's Intimacy With God

Mother Thecla's Intimacy With God

This is part 8 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.This theme coincides with Mother Thecla’s spiritual experience at the end of her life. Her dominant characteristics in this period were total acceptance of the will of God, intimate union with Christ, and participation in his life to the point of union of life with him.Meditating the Word I have been crucified ...
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The Pauline Mission as a "Liturgy of the Street"

The Pauline Mission as a "Liturgy of the Street"

For the past several months I've been reading the Facebook posts that show up on my Timeline. Various people in my family with a variety of political opinions post there frequently. As I've thought about the different statements that have been made I felt that somehow I've lost my voice. I'm not good at debate. I don't think well on my feet. I didn't feel inclined to come up with the magisterial statement that would clarify everything (as if that were possible!). By ...
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Celebrating Vocations Sunday with Sr. Carmen Christi Pompei, FSP

Celebrating Vocations Sunday with Sr. Carmen Christi Pompei, FSP

This week we’ll be celebrating Vocations Sunday, so we asked the novice director of the Daughters of St. Paul, Sister Carmen Christi Pompeii, FSP, about her thoughts on vocations.  What does "vocation" mean to you?Vocation is a call from Love and a call to love. It is a way of living out our relationship with God that brings meaning and joy to our life, that allows us to live our Christian identity to the fullest and allows us to bear abundant fruit in loving servi...
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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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