Monday, July 21, 2014

Pauline Cooperators Preparing for a Retreat with Brother Who Knew Blessed James Alberione

Annual Pauline Cooperator Retreat

     Across the USA and Canada the Pauline Cooperators, and others interested in seeing what the Association is all about, are welcome to the annual retreat. It will be held in various locations, especially where there is a Pauline center. Brother Aloysius Millela is our director this year. Some locations will receive a pre-recorded DVD of his presentations. click on the brochure to find out more about Brother Al. He will be "live" in Boston at the retreat house.
     St. Thecla's retreat house is reserved for September 19, 20 and 21st for the East Coast retreatants. Anyone is welcome from across the States and Canada. If you are coming to the East Coast retreat contact Sr. Mary Lea, as found on this brochure. If you desire to attend at another location contact the Pauline Center in your area. Blessings!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Paulines Sponsor Film Festival, Pauline Cooperator Directs

Cana Film Festival members, with
Winifred Loh, festival director, seated in the center.
Credit: Cana Film Festival.
Paulines sponsored a Catholic Film Festival in Singapore. Winifred Loh, a Pauline Cooperator, was the festival director. The Cana Film Festival  was a first time gathering of filmmakers and viewers  reflecting together on the Church's social mission through the medium of film.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Living the Pauline Charism for the Centenary

On June 29th, we, the Sisters of Redwood City, celebrated the Centenary of the Pauline Family and the Daughters of St Paul during a special Mass and dinner reception at St. Pius Parish. The main celebrant was Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco. There were almost 300 people present and over a dozen priests, two deacons, and some seminarians. Sr. Leonora came, as well as Sr Marie James and her parents, who are HFI members.

Six Pauline Cooperators made their promise during this Mass, and Sr. Nancy renewed her vows for her silver jubilee. Many members of the Holy Family Institute from San Jose and Fresno were present, along with an Annunciationist and four PDDMs from Fresno. We had a beautiful Liturgy and then went to the Parish gym for a dinner. 

After dinner there was a pre-screening of the film, Alberione, which the team rushed to us just in time to show for this event, even though the final mix was not yet complete. The people loved it, and we have many inquires about the Pauline Cooperators. One Cooperator said that, after seeing the film, her cousin, who is a Mormon, is now interested in becoming a Catholic. Several priests stayed for the screening as well and found it enlightening, informative, and inspirational. Even the sound/video crew that set up the AV system for the screening thought that it was marvelous and inspiring.

Sr. Nancy Michael, FSP
A special thanks to the Pauline Cooperators who joined us on the Rome Pilgrimage 2010 and made the filming of the movie on Alberione possible.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Month of St. Paul & Pauline Devotion

"The Pauline Family … does not have many particulars, special devotions or excessive formalities. What is sought is life in Christ the Master and in the Church."
(Blessed James Alberione)
from the website
Cooperator Spirituality

In teaching his Pauline Family to pray,Blessed Alberione did not introduce a new form of Christian spirituality. Rather he drew on the spirituality handed down through the centuries filtered through his own insistence on the primacy of the Eucharist:

"All piety is ordained to center our devotion on Jesus Christ, but there are three practices which mainly bring life... At the center: the Mass with Communion and the Visit to the Blessed Sacrament."

This deeply Eucharistic foundation stems from the pivotal spiritual experience of then-sixteen-year-old seminarian James Alberione on December 31, 1900 - the Night Between the Centuries.

The Night Between the Centuries

Blessed James Alberione discerned his call to become a modern-day St. Paul while praying for hours in front of the Tabernacle after Mass on December 31, 1900. This date has become known in Pauline lore as The Night Between the Centuries.

Subsequent to that night, the young seminarian “heard” within his heart three communications from Jesus Master, the Savior:
  • “Do not be afraid, I am with you.” 
  • “From here (the Tabernacle) I want to enlighten.” 
  • “Have a penitent heart.” 
These three interior communications from Jesus Master are displayed in every Pauline chapel throughout the world.

The Way, Truth and Life Method

Father Alberione developed The Way, Truth and Life method from his close study of St. Paul and St. John. He gave it to his Pauline children as an approach to be used in prayer, in meditation, in the celebration of the Eucharistic, in the examination of conscience, in the Holy Hour, and in apostolic activity.

The core of the Way, Truth and Life method is to consider Jesus Master in the self-descriptive trinomial which He gave of Himself in the gospel of St. John: "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life." (John 14:6) Blessed Alberione came to believe that this understanding of Jesus Master provided an entryway into every aspect of human life -- spiritual, mental, sacramental, emotional, anthropological, cultural, personal, apostolic --  thus allowing every human activity to be truly Christocentric.

The Way-Truth-Life method also derives from Pope Leo XIII's encyclical Tametsi futura, which presents Christ as the Redeemer of humankind in mind, will, and heart. Blessed Alberione related the mind to Jesus as Truth; the will to Jesus as Way; and the heart to Jesus as Life.

Eventually, the Way-Truth-Life method developed a network of relationships between the three aspects of Jesus Master: