Sunday, January 16, 2011
Cardinal O'Malley of Boston imparts blessings on image of Blessed James Alberione (Beato Giacomo Alberione)
Dear Pauline Family,
Today Sunday, 16 January 2011, as a parishioner of Church of the Holy Family which is designated as the United Nations Parish, I felt privileged to have had amongst our midst His Eminence Sean Cardinal O'Malley of Boston, as the Principal Celebrant of the 12:00 noon Holy Mass. I enjoyed his homily very much on the truthfulness and humility of St. John the Baptist in bearing witness to the real Messiah, Jesus Christ. (Ref John 1:29-34)
Today's second reading 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 was also special. St. Paul the Apostle reminds us that we are "called to be saints" (1 Corinthians 1:2). He was addressing the Corinthians and, equally so, "all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." That includes us who call on the name of the Lord.
Blessed James Alberione, our Founder, heard St. Paul's words so clearly that he dedicated his life to proclaim the Gospel and established ten (10) branches of the Pauline Family to whom he passed on the teachings and the work of spreading the Good News.
I take this opportunity to extend a million thanks to Cardinal O'Malley. For today just before the Holy Mass, while in the Sacristy of the Church of the Holy Family, he imparted his blessings so very kindly to the image of Blessed James Alberione. (See photo above.) I will treasure this memento from the Pauline Cooperators Pilgrimage organized by the Daughters of St. Paul (USA) to the Primo Maestro's house in Fossano last October 2010. This I will treasure as a reminder of the "call" to live the gracious gift of our baptism. What does this entail?
Jesus Master, Way, Truth & Life, have mercy on us. Mary, Queen of the Apostles, pray for us, St. Paul the Apostle, pray for us. Blessed James Alberione, pray for us.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Maryann Toth posted this on New Year's Day, but at the moment she is not yet able to post directly to the Cooperator's blog. She is getting this straightened out, but meanwhile wants you all to see her greeting.
A very Happy & Blessed New Year to all Pauline Cooperators and other members of the Pauline family. May this new year be filled with many blessings for you and your families. The first reading from today's Mass expresses my wishes to you. "May the Lord bless you and keep you! May the Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! May the Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!"
As we begin this new year, let's ask the Lord to give us the clarity and courage we need to fulfill our call to evangelization. Happy New Year!
Clarity and courage for evangelization, indeed. Great thought, Maryann. Happy new year, Cooperators!