Friday, July 31, 2009

Pauline Cooperator is...

Here is a renewed classic definition of Pauline Cooperator written for the new website:

The laity, through the Sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation, are called, in their state of life, to be Church and to receive the power of the Holy Spirit to complete the saving mission of Christ in the world. Blessed James Alberione envisioned the Pauline charism as a spirituality embracing the totality of Christ for the totality of the person. For each of us there is a search “to satisfy the human hunger for life, meaning and love...” Paulines have come to the recognition that this quest is a quest for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our “threefold need opens us to the redemptive benefits coming to us from the Triune God…the ultimate source of all.” God liberates us from death in all its forms, gives true meaning to our life and fulfills our unlimited desire though Christ in the Spirit. This is the “good news” that Paulines want to share as they embrace a spirituality that expresses itself in a pastoral mission of evangelization employing of new means of communication technology to diffuse the gospel message. Live the charism with us! The Pauline Cooperators, founded in 1917, as an association of the laity responding to their baptismal vocation in a unique way within the Pauline Family of Institutes.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Transforming the World

Saint Paul says that we should become a living sacrifice (cf 12:16). We ourselves, with our entire being, should become adoration, sacrifice, restoring our world to God and thus transforming the world. In the second, in which Paul describes apostolate as a priesthood (cf 15:16), the function of the priesthood is to consecrate the world so that it may become a living host, so that the world may become liturgy: that the liturgy may not simply be something that exists alongside the reality of the world, but that the world itself becomes a living host, becomes liturgy. This is the great vision that Teilhard de Chardin also had: in the end, we will have a truly cosmic liturgy, where the cosmos becomes a living host. And we ask the Lord to help us to be priests in this sense, to aid in the transformation of the world, in adoration of God, beginning with ourselves. May our lives speak of God; may our life truly be liturgy and proclamation of God, the port where the distant God becomes the near God, and true gift of ourselves to God.” ALSO see the Lectio Divina on this at - or click to the right of this post for access.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

the Secrets of Harry Potter

From Sr Rose Pacatte's blog: I was reading Fr. Roderick Vonhogen’s post on Facebook (he is a Dutch priest who speaks and writes in American English and is very, very “with it” regarding technology, communication, culture and faith.) and he posted this link to the Catholic News Service article:
Vatican newspaper praises values in new Harry Potter film
Fr. Roderick also says: ”check out and subscribe to SQPN’s popular podcast series ‘The Secrets of Harry Potter’, dedicated to highlighting the many Christian themes used by J.K. Rowling throughout the Harry Potter saga”: The Secrets of Harry Potter.
I haven’t seen the film yet, but for those of you going at midnight tonight, you may want to check out these links!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Relocating Manhattan Pauline Center

New Center in Manhattan! Relocating to 64 West 38th Street on July 21st. Keep up to date with this blog

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Statement by the Holy See on the audience of Pope Benedict XVI with President Barack Obama

Statement by the Holy See on the audience of Pope Benedict XVI with President Barack Obama
Friday 10 July 2009, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI received in Audience the President of the United States of America, His Excellency Mr. Barack H. Obama. Prior to the Audience, the President met His Eminence Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, and also His Excellency Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.

In the course of their cordial exchanges the conversation turned first of all to questions which are in the interests of all and which constitute a great challenge for the future of every nation and for the true progress of peoples, such as the defense and promotion of life and the right to abide by one's conscience.

Reference was also made to immigration with particular attention to the matter of reuniting families.

The meeting focused as well upon matters of international politics, especially in light of the outcome of the G8 Summit. The conversation also dealt with the peace process in the Middle East, on which there was general agreement, and with other regional situations. Certain current issues were then considered, such as dialogue between cultures and religions, the global economic crisis and its ethical implications, food security, development aid especially for Africa and Latin America, and the problem of drug trafficking. Finally, the importance of educating young people everywhere in the value of tolerance was highlighted.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Encyclical Caritas in Veritate


Paradigm Busting Publication Idea for Collaboration?

As I am thinking of developing the Pauline Formation in a new format (using social media) Sr Anne sent me this article for inspiration:

Hard on the heels of our coverage of Kult—the vintage-arcade-machine-turned-3D-magazine—comes word of another paradigm-busting publication. Rather than breaking the mold on its form, however, this one shatters the norm by virtue of the fact that it was created and produced in 24 hours.
The clock began at 3 pm Central European time on June 27, when an all-volunteer team of designers, photographers, writers and others began to work nonstop on 24Hour Magazine, beginning from scratch with no design and no content. Twenty-four hours later—at 3 pm on June 28—the magazine was ready for the printing press, featuring articles, photos and illustrations on topics including lifestyle, fashion, music and design. The point was not just to create a product, however. Rather, the concept focused heavily on the experience of the process as well. With that in mind, the Kortrijk, Belgium-based team meticulously shared the day’s experience with the world through a variety of social media and other online avenues, including live video feeds, Twitter updates, continuous blog posts and a behind-the-scenes Flickr stream. The 47-page magazine itself was produced using Issuu—the publishing platform we covered last year—and is now available online. The 24Hour team expects it will soon be available in print as well, both for order online and through select bookstores, priced somewhere between EUR 20 and EUR 30. Also on the way is a “making of” DVD and music created specially for the experience.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy "interdependence" day

“Life is not just a succession of events or experiences:
it is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful.
It is to this end that we make our choices;
it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this –
in truth, in goodness, and in beauty –
that we find happiness and joy..”

Benedict XVI, World Communications Day, 2009

Friday, July 3, 2009