|Holiness is living in Christ|
as St. Paul lived Christ.
|Blessed Alberione tells us that all is gift of God.|
Through the writings of Blessed James Alberione, I have come to a deeper understanding of balance in the spiritual life. Alberione considered everything a gift of God that invited our unwrapping and response. The Gospel of John influenced Alberione’s spirituality: “We all live off his generous bounty, gift after gift after gift” (John 1:16). A Pauline charismatic element is to “know the gift of God.” Alberione opened all the gifts available to him: Scripture, great religious traditions in the Church, church documents, theology, the Eucharist, press, radio, television, etc. hoping to create a great synthesis in Jesus Master as he defined himself “way, truth and life” (John 14:6). Holiness consists, he wrote, in living in Christ as St. Paul lived Christ until we say it is no longer I who live, Christ lives in me (Gal. 2:20). Alberione sought and solicited the reunification of all sciences around theology, proclaiming the dignity of all branches of knowledge. According to him, whatever the subject studied, ultimately it was to study God, the author of all things, and of all the sciences which are the interpreters of created reality.
|Living our Pauline Spirituality |
is a response to grace.
Spirituality integrates all that makes up our human reality that we may live in Christ and through Christ in the Trinitarian relationship for fullness of life. “The final reality with which we must all deal,” writes David Tracy, “is neither our own pathetic attempts at self-salvation, nor the horror of life in all its masks, nor even the frightening reality of sin in our constant attempts to delude ourselves and others; rather that final reality is the hard, unyielding reality of the Pure unbounded Love disclosed to us in God’s revelation of who God is and who we are commended and empowered to be in Christ Jesus.” Grace is pure gift that transforms our everyday life. The Pauline spirituality is our response to this gift.
Sr. Margaret C. Kerry, FSP, celebrates 40 years of life and mission as a Daughter of St. Paul. She completed a Masters at Boston College School of Theology & Ministry. Sr. Margaret gives presentations on the vocation and mission of the laity, media literacy, and evangelization. She directed the Association of Pauline Cooperators for 15 years and was creative editor of The Pauline Cooperator magazine. An author, (St. Anthony of Padua: Fire & Light; Strength in Darkness: John of the Cross) Sister is presently working on a young adult book. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
 Rolheiser, Ronald, O.M.I., Course notes
Boston College and Ministry,
Summer Institute, 2009.
 Ibid: “Christianity is by definition ecclesial.” Also reference the chapter "A Spirituality of Ecclesiology,"
The Holy Longing, Ronald Rolheiser, N.Y. Random House, 1999, p. 135 ff.
 Blessed James Alberione (1884-1971) Founder of the Pauline Family of Religious Institutes
 The Message Bible, John 1:16
 Alberione, James, S.S.P., Thoughts,
Paul Editions, 1972, p. 49.
 Kaitholil, George, S.S.P.,
Way, Truth, Life, St. Paul Editions, 1984, p. 104.
 Tracy, David, On Naming the Present, N.Y. Orbis Books, 1994, p. 101.