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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Journeying with Jesus

A special thank you to all those who attended last evening's Cinema Divina: The Way of the Cross. Sister Mary Domenica's presentation, featuring film clips depicting the Lord's passion and death, was extremely moving.

Just a heads up that next month we will be hosting a special presentation on the spirituality of icons. More information will be forthcoming regarding the speakers and their subject, but for now, please mark your calendars: March 13th at 7:00p.m. Hope to see you then!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Stations of the Cross

Join us tomorrow night at 7:00p.m. in the Pauline Center for the Way of the Cross. We will pray the Stations using clips from movies like Jesus of Nazareth and The Passion.

By the way, if you are looking for a different way to approach this beautiful lenten prayer, you may want to consider Mary's Way of the Cross--Walking with the Mother of Jesus. Published by Pauline Books & Media, this unique presentation allows us to view the mysteries of our redemption through Mary's eyes. With her we contemplate her Son's tremendous love, which led him to pour out his life for us.
This pamphlet was written by a mother, and it conveys a particular sense of warmth and intimacy. Here's just a sample:

"[Mary,] did your silent, compassionate love give [Jesus] strength to go on? You gaze at one another. These seconds speak more than many words. This is how it ought to be for us. Every day there are such encounters. With your divine Son will you, too, walk beside me, look at me deep down, return my why with your gentle presence? When we look at one another, let it be as valuable as a long conversation. When others look at me and I at them, how beautiful it would be if we saw the face of Christ reflected there, just as you reflected it!" (Mary's Way of the Cross, p. 13).

Friday, February 22, 2008

New Pauline Blogs

I've just been alerted to the fact that our Sisters in Alexandria, Virginia and Manhattan have joined the blogverse. I've added their links below.

Only 14 more Pauline Centers to go!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Cinema Divina

Please join us tomorrow evening, beginning at 7:00p.m., for a prayerful reflection on the Way of the Cross using film.

We'll journey with Christ together, using as a backdrop clips from films like Dead Man Walking, Romero, Entertaining Angels, The Man without a Face, and others.

If you have any questions about
this event, please call 650-369-4230. We hope to see many of you tomorrow evening!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New Art Books

For all you art lovers out there (and while we're on the subject of beautiful art for Lent; see the post below this one), we just got in two new books: El Greco, Raphael, and Leonardo.

The books are printed on coated paper, done in softcover binding with flaps, and very reasonably priced at $9.99. The dimensions are about 7 x 9, and each is 96 pages.
Classic grace and human grandeur.


Approaching Easter is one of our newest lenten titles. It's a gorgeous book, incorporating lyrical prose, masterpiece artwork, Scripture, and inspiring quotes to highlight the beauty of this time of the liturgical year and discuss the many ways in which we can appreciate such an incredible gift.

Here's a great quote from the book:

The history of how and why Jesus died on the cross is at least partly an analysis of what we all do to one another when we are controlled by fear, or greed, or love of power, or too much love of ourselves. At every turn, Jesus challenges us to be brave enough to step out of our self-made prisons and turn toward the source of life and freedom....

Jesus taught that the only life worth having is a life shared with others, a life that brings challenging freedom to everyone.

Approaching Easter, pp. 6-7

Treat yourself to a beautiful and rewarding companion that will accompany you throughout these days of grace.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes,World Day of Prayer for the Sick

Today is the 150th anniversary of the first apparition at Lourdes (see below for earlier link regarding this special jubilee). It's also the World Day of Prayer for the Sick, and we remember in our prayers today all those who carry the cross of illness in their lives. May they find strength and hope in the Savior, uniting their sufferings to those of Christ for the redemption of the world.
If you get a chance today, you may want to visit online the official Lourdes site (English page).

There are even live webcams of the grotto and basilica!

Technology at the service of faith!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Are you spiritually prepared for Lent?

Lent is the perfect time to deepen your relationship with Christ through opportunities for extra prayer and spiritual reading. In that regard, we suggest you go to the following link to watch Sr. Julia Mary (that's her photo on the left) giving her picks for the best Catholic books for Lent! Don't have much time? Here's the two-minute version:

Also, she has her own blog, with other wonderful book suggestions. The link is at the bottom of this page.

Share in the Pauline mission! Add these links to your e-mail and help us spread the Good News!

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.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Anniversary of Lourdes Apparitions

February 2 ~ 11 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes to St. Bernadette Soubirous. The amazing story of how Mary appeared to a poor and humble young girl in a French grotto has been recounted again and again through book and film.

We have a number of resources available in honor of this special occasion--including a biography that contains the 857 words and conversations of Bernadette at Nevers. The book, aptly titled Bernadette Speaks, is currently the featured title of our Lives of the Saints Book Club. But for those of you not in the club, here's an excerpt you may enjoy that illustrates Bernadette's humanness. After she entered the convent at Nevers, Bernadette was continually visited by bishops, priests, and lay persons who wished to see the "seer of Lourdes." Bernadette's superiors tried to get around the young nun's reluctance to be put on "display" by devising a plan so that she might "accidentally" bump into the visitor. On one occasion, another young sister was told to take Bernadette for a walk outside and at a certain point pause in front of one of the plants. The following story is recounted by this same sister:

"Once we arrived in front of the parlor window, I stole a glance through the window and recognized [the superiors and visiting bishop]. I immediately took my companion by the arm and, showing her a daisy, said softly, 'Oh, my dear sister! Tell me if this wild flower isn't delightful! It is more beautiful than the flowers in the garden. Don't you find that the good Lord knows his business better than we do?'

"[Bernadette] broke away and headed for the linen room, saying: 'Blabbermouth!'" (from Bernadette Speaks, p. 436)