Wednesday, August 25, 2010

God, Model of the Apostle Writer

I have been reading "The Publishing House" (written by Blessed James Alberione in 1944) and finding treasures that I had no idea were in there! I also downloaded the PDF file and transcribed it into a text file so I could create a presentation for an upcoming book in the Classic Wisdom Series (hopefully!). Here are some gems:

Writing
Through the press apostolate, books, periodicals, and other publications acquire effectiveness in virtue of the Bible, the preaching of Jesus Christ and the Gospel. The more they draw from, adhere to, depend on, reproduce, show devotion to and apply the Bible, and the Gospel in particular, the greater will be their effectiveness.



The apostle will achieve this if, for his part, besides his daily reading and meditation of the Bible, he knows how to act before God as did the hagiographers. They relied not on their own strength but on God’s; they focused not on secondary goals but on God, and on his glory and the spiritual good of all men and women.

Cinema
Recommend highly the viewing of motion pictures that are truly worthwhile. In this way the public will be able to go to the cinema without any misgivings; people will prefer to see good motion pictures and, as a result, these will acquire prestige for the producers, the distributors and also for the owners of the movie theaters.



Generally speaking, it is not advisable to make a lot of noise about immoral motion pictures or to organize protests. This could produce the opposite effect to the one desired.


In sum: the press placed at the service of the cinema aposto¬late and in collaboration with it makes it stronger, in view of the glory of God and the benefit of the spiritual life of people.
 
Radio
What needs to be done is to set up Catholic stations and in¬crease religious broadcasts, to gradually penetrate the world of radio broadcasting in such a way that ordinary programs reflect Catholic tastes, feelings and thinking. To this end we need ex¬ecutives, technicians and writers who are trained in a Catholic way.
 
New Technology
Although it has taken on a new form, the press apostolate, inasmuch as it imprints God’s word, is as old as the apostolate of the spoken word because, like the latter, it comes from God, was adopted by the Church and is employed everywhere.
 
Commuication Spirituality
Compare the feelings of your heart with those of Jesus Christ. Ask pardon for your selfish¬ness, for your simply natural affections and attachments. Re¬solve to love God and, in him, to love others more ardently, more generously and more passionately. You ask such a grace of the Divine Master and you go to drink life, to eat Jesus! You set off again, bearing Jesus wherever you go, allowing him alone to live and work while in him and in his work you remain hidden and secluded, for “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal.2:20).
 
The PDF is found online in various formats by searching with these key words: Opera Omnia Alberione

1 comment:

Easter A. said...

I'm so proud of what you've done here, Sr. Margaret Kerry!

I want to leave Cardinal Sean's blogpost that mentions the Pauline Sisters. Great pictures, too! Here it is: http://www.cardinalseansblog.org/2010/08/20/the-return-of-our-relic-of-the-true-cross/#comments.