The Pauline Charism is both humble—“I came among you knowing nothing but Jesus Christ and him crucified”—and bold in believing in the abundance of grace given in Christ. This humility and faith can readily be traced through St. Paul’s writings to the thoughts of Blessed Fr. James Alberione. For Alberione, the disposition of humility and trust is summarized, modeled, and perfected in the life of Our Lady.
This Marian attitude is the efficacious means that blesses and motivates Christians to live and proclaim the Good News in every dimension of life. Like Mary, we are all called to awareness and acceptance of our littleness while also looking to God who is great and who can do mighty things for those who trust Him. In truth, the Marian insight is so essential to the Pauline charism that Blessed Alberione put it frankly:
“Know the Queen of Apostles…
When all is done for the Queen,
progress and a good spirit
are immediately seen.
Make Mary Queen
of every house.
She will govern well,
just as she did in the house of Nazareth.”
Consider the practicality of Blessed Alberione’s love and devotion to Our Lady: “make Mary Queen of every house.” He likens her power to the power of a virtuous mother and wife. When a house is in disarray and the children are out of sorts, a mother can enter into the situation and clear up the confusion with a few simple phrases spoken in love and with the certitude of knowing the best way forward. Then, if the children are willing, order quickly returns and there is, once again, a sense of normalcy and peace.
Alberione described the role of the Queen of Apostles as Mother, Teacher, and Queen. It’s an all-encompassing way of approaching Mary that echoes the height, length, depth of the power of God’s grace to transform hearts and societies. This is why the two new Marian titles by Pauline Books & Media can be remedies for our day. Drawing near Our Queen of Apostles will calm our spirits, ease our minds, and correct our vision. With her, we will have “progress and a good spirit” as we seek to live in Christ with all the fruits of the Spirits day by day and moment by moment.
Mary Mother of Apostles: How to Live Marian Devotion to Proclaim Christ by Father Giuseppe Forlai of the Pauline Family’s Institute of Jesus the Priest is sure to enliven or renew a love for Our Lady. Drawing from Saint Louis de Montfort, Saint John Paul II, and Blessed Alberione, readers will discover Mary as the efficacious way to holiness and true evangelization.
Mary Mother of God Prayer Book will surely help people to grow in love and understanding of Our Lady’s role in our life in Christ through beloved prayers, devotions, novenas, prayers of the saints to Mary, and a guide to Marian Consecration.
Sister Maria Kim Bui is a member of the Daughters of Saint Paul, women religious dedicated to evangelization in and through the media. She holds a BA in Business from Boston College and an MA in theology from the Augustine Institute. She is originally from Tempe, AZ; spent most of her seventeen years in religious life in the northeast, with some time in Texas; and was recently asked to serve as the director of marketing and sales at her community’s publishing house, Pauline Books & Media.