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:

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