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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Evening with Fr. David Pettingill

This past Thursday evening, May 22nd, we had the first of two lectures by Fr. David Pettingill. He spoke to a gathering of about forty people who had come from all over the Bay Area to join us in preparing to open the “Year of St. Paul,” which will officially begin on June 28th this year in commemoration of the 2,000th anniversary of his birth.

Fr. Pettingill’s warm style, ease with Sacred Scripture, and expertise as a professor added up to a thoroughly enjoyable experience as we listened and discovered more about Paul, whose love for Christ and zeal for the Gospel had him traverse the then-known world not once but THREE times.
Paul’s surrender to the Risen Lord Jesus and his response to the revelation of Christ became the driving force of his life and caused him to become a prolific writer and speaker. Fr. Pettingill discussed the “letter” as a literary form and introduced the topics he will cover in next month's talk, which will delve into the principal themes of Paul’s letters to the Galatians, Romans, Corinthians, and Ephesians.

Spontaneous questions and sharing among the lively participants, an ample display of supplementary readings and CDs, and a wonderful pictorial art exhibit of the Apostle Paul were other appreciated features of the evening.

Be sure to join us for Fr. Pettingill’s second lecture on Thursday, June 19th at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Getting Ready for the Year of Paul!

OK, for once I'm a little early, but we wanted to inform you that for the Year of Saint Paul (announced by Pope Benedict to commemorate the 2,000 years since the Apostle's birth and extending from June 28, 2008 through June 2009) we will be hosting at Pauline Books & Media a special art exhibit similar to the one we did last year for Mary during the month of May. This time, we are featuring various images of Paul. We've collected some incredibly fascinating iconography--so do stop by some time soon to view it!

And more events have been planned to celebrate this special jubilee please stay tuned!


Today is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, and you may have heard of the recent book written by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State for the Holy See. The book details conversations the cardinal had with Sr. Lucia, the last visionary of Fatima. Here is a piece from the introduction which makes this book look like a fascinating read:

Among the many mysteries unveiled in this book, we learn about the secret meetings between Cardinal Bertone and a nun who for decades had knocked mostly in vain at the door of the Vatican.... Cardinal Bertone's notes reveal to us the real Lucia, whom the cardinal describes as a persistent, stubborn, exuberant Carmelite nun.... [Lucia] introduces us to the "meta-story" of Fatima and sets aside once and for all the suspicions that the Fatima texts were doctored to hide the truth.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Prayer to Mary, Queen of Apostles

O Mary, you who gave birth to the Word made flesh, be present among us: assist, inspire and comfort the ministers of the Word.

O Mary, you who are Queen of the Apostles, intervene with your protection that the light of the Gospel may reach all peoples.

O Mary, Mother of Jesus, Way, Truth and Life, intercede for us, so that heaven may be filled with those who sing the hymn of glory to the most
Holy Trinity.

--Blessed James Alberione

Today's feast in honor of the Queen of the Apostles was established on the first Saturday after the Ascension by the Sacred Congregation of Rites. Mary initiated her mission as Queen of Apostles in the Cenacle. She gathered the Apostles together, comforted them, and assisted them in prayer. Together with them she hoped, desired, and prayed; with them her petitions were heeded and she received the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Mother's Day Ideas

In case you're wondering what might interest Mom this year, we have a number of suggestions.

The first two books are by Danielle Bean, an experienced writer who blends practicality and humor in a style that is engaging and highly accessible. Her website has become a recognized source of encouragement and support for Catholic mothers (link provided here).

You may also wish to check out Amazing Grace for Mothers, a wonderful book filled with examples and stories of faith and inspiration.

Then, too, we have lovely rosaries, Catholic art books, and other fine gift items in our Pauline Center (such as the Salerni sterling silver plaque shown here). And don't forget that we have an ample supply of religious-themed Mother's Day cards!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Pauline Novena to Mary, Queen of Apostles

This time before Pentecost is particularly significant for us Daughters of St. Paul. We celebrate the Feast of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, on the Saturday before Pentecost. In our community we've been praying together our solemn (sung!) novena in preparation for the feast, and we want to assure all of you that we remember all your intentions in our prayers.

For those who would like to learn more about Mary under this title, just click on this