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Blessed James Alberione — A Biographical Sketch

Blessed James Alberione — A Biographical Sketch

Our Founder, James Alberione, the fifth son of Michael Alberione and Teresa Allocco, was born at San Lorenzo di Fossano (Cuneo, Piedmont) on April 4, 1884. In October 1900 he entered the diocesan seminary at Alba and on June 29, 1907, he was ordained a priest.On August 20, 1914, he founded in Alba the Pious Society of St. Paul for evangelization with the media of social communication. This foundation was followed by the others to constitute the Pauline Family: the Pious Society Daughters of St. ...
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A Simple Way to Make a Holy Hour (And It's Easy to Remember) - Part 2

A Simple Way to Make a Holy Hour (And It's Easy to Remember) - Part 2

The previous post featured a quote from Blessed James Alberione describing the Way-Truth-Life method for making a Holy Hour. Blessed James Alberione firmly believed that the Gospel and the Eucharist express Christ’s self-revelation and self-giving, and he affirmed that Jesus, “in order to unite to himself the whole person, gave us his teaching and himself: the Gospel and the Eucharist.”  The three-part method for Eucharistic adoration that Blessed James left to us is ...
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A Simple Way to Make a Holy Hour (AND It's Easy to Remember!) - Part 1

A Simple Way to Make a Holy Hour (AND It's Easy to Remember!) - Part 1

Blessed James Alberione made several holy hours daily, and he left us a particular "way"--you might call it his own "secret"--for making a holy hour, based on the Eucharistic liturgy of the Mass. (Thankfully, he's shared it with all of us!) I've been making a daily Hour of Adoration using this method for over 25 years, and it is simple, easy to remember, and completely adaptable to whatever I'm going through at the moment. Blessed James divides the hour into ...
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Piety Doesn’t Always Start on One’s Knees

Piety Doesn’t Always Start on One’s Knees

Every religious institute has a “take” on prayer, apostolate, vows, community and so on. As Paulines we call it having the Pauline “color.” Our Founder urged us always to take on this Pauline mentality and mode of living, praying, and working. It is clear then, that when you put a Benedictine next to a Carmelite you see clear distinctions between them, although they both love prayer, carry out a mission, take vows and live in community. A Franciscan doesn’t quite lo...
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My Damascus Events

My Damascus Events

A Personal Reflection on Paul's Damascus Event: Light and darkness, sight and blindness, power and weakness, control and surrender. The “Damascus event” in Paul’s life is often played out in my own, though in a less dramatic manner. Lord Jesus, I meet you in so many ways: sometimes in silence and prayer or by stumbling to the ground of my existence.As I journey through the days of my life, stop me, call out my name, send me your dazzling light, and take hold of me...
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7 Reasons To Have Devotion to St. Paul

7 Reasons To Have Devotion to St. Paul

Did you ever come across a treasure that was right under your eyes and all of a sudden discovered it as a new-found precious gift?That's what happened to me—but it was more of a gradual discovery. When I entered the Daughters of St. Paul fifty-­seven years ago, I was introduced to Saint Paul with a copy of his Epistles in a translation that was a bit scholarly and hard for my teenage mind to grasp. But over the years, with the encouragement of our Founder, Blessed James Alberi...
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We Are Apostles of Christ: Reflections on My Perpetual Profession

We Are Apostles of Christ: Reflections on My Perpetual Profession

Apostle!  Of the thousands of beautiful, inspiring, and sometimes challenging words listened to and read during the year I spent in Italy preparing for perpetual vows, this is one of the words that struck me the most. That the word "apostle" spoke to me in so many new ways surprised me, since as Daughters of St. Paul we are familiar with and use the word “apostle” many times daily. We encounter and pray with Jesus and his apostles every day as we meditat...
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