Monday, November 30, 2009

Pauline History Facebook Style

This is a brief Pauline History in the style of Facebook. If the Pauline venerables and blesseds: Blessed Alberione, Mother Thecla, Sr Scholastica (Pious Disciple), Brother Andrew, Maggiorino, Canon Chiesa as well as Mother Paula and Fr. Borrono (first Paulines to establish the congregation in the United States) and some friends from our history (Bishop Re) were to meet on Facebook - what would it look like? I hope this entices you to read more about the foundations of the Pauline Family through this imaginative document.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Interviewed on Catholic Foodie re: Pauline Institutes

Coming soon: Jeff Young interviews Sr Margaret on about Fr Mike Harrington's profession in the Jesus the Priest Institute and "just what is a Pauline Institute?"

Monday, November 23, 2009

First U.S. Priest to pronuonce vows in Pauline Institute

Fr. Michael Harrington is the first diocesan Priest in the United States to pronounce vows in the Pauline Institute of Jesus the Priest. He pronounced his vows in the chapel of the Society of St Paul in Staten Island, New York on the Feast of Christ the King during the Year of the Priest. This landmark occassion brought together members from all branches of the Pauline Family: Priests and brothers of the Society of St Paul, Daughters of St Paul, Sister Disciples of the Divine Master, member of the Institute of Mary of the Annunciation (for single women), Pauline Cooperators and members of the Holy Family Institute. It was a quiet and powerful moment which was celebrated in typical Pauline style with a prayerful, dynamic Liturgy followed by the family meal. Everyone enjoyed the occassion. It was Thanksgiving day early! A movie and photos will follow this post.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Waiting for Advent: the Advent Tree

Waiting for advent could be a great new way to prepare to prepare. An advent for advent. This takes some discipline in today's world since there are so many reasons to prepare for Christmas and skip the waiting. I am beginning to reflect on what advent means for us today while reading The Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Ratzinger. The chapter on Sacred Time has a reflection on the dates of Christmas. He writes: "Astonishingly, the starting point for the birth of Christ was March 25th in the early Church. It is traditionally the day Jesus suffered on the cross and so the day of the "new creation." Nine months after March 25th is December 25th - a development in the West (3rd Cent.) while in the East January 6th is celebrated as the birth of Jesus. Creation and the cross are connected in the "hour of Jesus" There is a pre-annunciation (1 Col 1:15) of the cosmos since Christ is the first born of all creation. Up until December 25th darkness increases - and then the light begins to advance. The "bridegroom comes forth from his chamber" (Psalm 18). Getting our lamps ready is a way to prepare. So this week before advent is the advent of preparation for preparing. In honor of this waiting-time the photo appended is an "advent tree."  Blessed are those who wait!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Update on the Association of Pauline Cooperators

The Ning community has 45 members from the United States, Canada, Signapore, Australia, Malaysia and the Philippines! Join today (see invitation box on the right). Join the Conversation!

I am still writing papers for Theology courses in preparation for working with the Association of Pauline Cooperators formation, magazine, blogs (ahem), movies (why not) and organization. In the meantime I am also preparing for the Pauline Pilgrimage to Rome (2010) and the Conference in April 2010 in Cape May, NJ> The Theme is Equiping the Saints. We will share on decisive elements of organization for the Association. In June I am inviting Cooperators to join me for the International meeting of North American Conference of Associates and Religious in St Louis, MO> Hoping someone will be able to join me so we can catch workshops and share the insights we receive from them with everyone. Join NACAR for ongoing workshop invitations and growth of our Association (APC).

Photo: A meal in Rome - something for you to look forward to!

Sr Margaret

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Gospel and the Media

“Ancient spirit, new forms," was the operative principle of Fr. Alberione as he strove to fulfill the mission entrusted to him by God. The ancient spirit was that of the Gospel, of St. Paul, of the best tradition of the Church. The new forms were whose suggested by human progress in the twentieth century for the influence of the masses and mutual relations among people: the press, motion pictures, radio, television—that is, the means of social communication. With admirable ease and courage, Fr. Alberione entered this field and gave it an authentic sense of apostolate. He stands in the Church as a master in the use of these forms of the Christian apostolate—difficult forms which are undergoing continual improvement. (From the book Thoughts)

Friday, November 6, 2009

How to be Alive for Holiness

For the seed to bear fruit, it must first of all be good, alive and able to grow. Placed into the earth, then, at the right depth, its roots will be fed. A covering of good dirt, fertilizer and water follows and then the seed germinates and emerges in buds, flowers and fruit. The meaning is clear: that we be alive and vital for holiness, that our humility be deep enough. If gossip, calumnies and suffering come even from those in whom we confided, we have to await the action of God through prayer and industrious dedication. We are not to stop, but wait…until the Lord makes the moment known. The future holds our reward, heaven which is beautiful and eternal. (Thoughts of Blessed James Alberione)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Spring of Living Water

The theme for the local retreat held in Boston this October was "The Fresh and Deep Waters of Pauline Spirituality." The theme was inspirired by my study of Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith by Joseph Ratzinger for a theology course. In this book he wrote: "Christ is the spring of living water - the crucified Christ is the spring that makes the world fruitful. The source of the Spirit is the crucified Christ. Yet from him every Christian also becomes a spring of water."  The retreat theme lent itself to a day of reflection on the gospel of John Chapter 4 - the woman at the well.  Jesus asks for the gift of water and in turn reveals himself as the gift of better water! Both Sr Sharon Anne's reflection (5 minutes) and Sr Mary Lea's presentation (2 parts 30 minutes) can be found at

FSP Photo (c)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Spiritual Community

All Saints Day: The communion of saints "is a reality that gives a different dimension to all of our life. We are not alone! We are part of a spiritual 'company' in which profound solidarity reigns. The good of each individual brings advantage to everyone and, vice versa, shared happiness irradiates upon individuals. This is a mystery which, in some way, we can already experience in this world, in the family, in friendship, and especially in the spiritual community of the Church".

All Souls Day: "Live this moment in an authentic Christian spirit; in other words, in the light that comes from the Paschal mystery. Christ died and rose again, opening our way to the house of the Father, the Kingdom of life and peace. As you visit cemeteries, let us remember that only the mortal remains of our loved ones lie there in the tombs awaiting the final resurrection. Their souls - as Scripture says - are already 'in the hands of God'. And so the most appropriate and effective way to honour them is to pray for them, offering acts of faith, hope and charity".

Benedict XVI