|Mother Teresa with the author|
|"Reach out to the spiritually poor|
to satisfy their hunger for God,
their thirst for peace, so they in turn
try to relive the hunger and homelessness
of the poor and needed of your place."
The year after I met Mother Teresa, the socialist regimes in Europe collapsed. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote that there were expectations that the hour had come for the Christian message, “Should not Christianity try to very seriously rediscover its voice, so as to ‘introduce’ the new millennium to its message and to make it comprehensible as a general guide for the future?” This is what the Second Vatican Council had intended, he said. Following the Council, it was to become evident that Christians embrace all of life. The spirit of the age called for crossing boundaries, reaching out to the world and becoming involved in it. Even before Vatican II, Blessed Alberione and Mother Teresa were forerunners in this movement. They already began to live as Pope Francis is now asking, to “go out to the margins with the Gospel.” Alberione's
response was to use the media to cross boundaries and bring the Gospel to the margins. Mother Teresa's response was to physically cross boundaries and be present to the poorest of the poor.
|Paulines initiated various programs in order to be |
present to the children at least once a week.
|Sr. Margaret helps someone pick out a book|
Brother Al Milella, SSP, calls the Pauline mission a “head-on collision with the Word either in Scripture, in a saintly life, or in the action of charity.” Our zeal and passion to feed those hungering for God’s Word knows no boundaries. Alberione reminds us, “The congregation is not attached to the form; we are attached to the Gospel, the catechism, the Church. If records are more useful than books, then use records. And if filmstrips give the doctrine better than the catechism books, use the filmstrip.” (1964) As I prepared to enter the Daughters of St. Paul in 1974, my mother asked why I had not considered the Missionaries of Charity. I asked, "how do you know about Mother Teresa?" My mother responded, "I read about her." "That is why I feel called to the Daughter of St. Paul," I answered. Little did I know that fourteen years later, I would kiss Mother Teresa and receive a letter from her highlighting our Pauline charism.
Here is a link to Blessed Alberione's vision for Libraries
General Association of Libraries 1921
Sr. Margaret Kerry, FSP, celebrates 42 years of life and mission as a Daughter of St. Paul. With a Masters from Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, she 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), and Live Christ; Give Christ: Prayers for the New Evangelization. Sr. Margaret is working on two more books. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.