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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Mother Tecla Merlo

Today we Daughters of St. Paul observe the 44th anniversary of our Co-Foundress's passing to eternal life. Tecla Merlo, a woman of unyielding faith and determination, placed her future into the hands of a young priest whose vision many thought wildly implausible at the time (1915): religious women working in media? Crazy!

Tecla's desire to serve God, and her conviction that in this young priest God was directing her, saw her through dire material beginnings, misunderstanding on the part of many, and her own poor health. But, as St. Paul says, "God chooses the weak...." And today, the Pauline Family spread across the globe continues in her spirit to live and communicate Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Shortly after Mother Tecla's death, Father--now Blessed--James Alberione gave an official deposition before the Roman Tribunal regarding her life and virtues. She's been an intercessor for us and for friends of the Pauline Family for many years. Now declared "Venerable," Mother Tecla is well on her way to beatification.

We invite you to join us in praying that this faithful servant may soon be recognized among the Blessed.

Prayer to Obtain Favors through
Mother Tecla's Intercession

Most Holy Trinity, we thank you for the singular gifts of light, grace, and virtue which you granted to Sister Thecla Merlo, and we thank you for having chosen and constituted her the wise mother and sure guide of the Daughters of St. Paul.

Through her intercession, grant that we may live of her great loves: Jesus Master in the Holy Eucharist, the Church, the Gospel and souls--souls sought and served through evangelization with the instruments of social communication--to the point of total sacrifice.

O Lord, if it be in the designs of your divine wisdom, carry out even on this earth, for this very devoted Daughter of St. Paul, your divine promise: "If anyone serves me, my Father will honor him."

Exalt this faithful Servant to the joy of the Church and the good of many souls, and grant us, through her intercession, the favor we ask of you. Amen.
Glory Be...Hail Mary...

With ecclesiastical approval.
Anyone who receives graces and favors through the intercession of Venerable Sister Thecla Merlo is asked to send this information to the Superior General of the Daughters of St. Paul, Via San Giovanni Eudes, 25, 00163 Rome, Italy.


Lisa said...

That's one of my favorite images of M. Thecla. I forgot to mention that, besides the blogosphere, I know the Daughters since back in their Hudson Mall days.

Daughters of St. Paul, Redwood City said...

Hi, Lisa. Yes, this is my favorite photo of Mother Tecla too! She just radiates joy in this picture, doesn't she?

Lisa said...

Yes, and such a serenity of spirit!

The Pauline Spirit said...

Tomorrow is Mother Tecla's birthday. May you receive lots of heaven graces through her intercession.
Blessings to you all :)