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Evangelization and Discipleship for Paulines


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Evangelization in the Pauline Charism

Evangelization in the Pauline Charism

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  • Pauline Charism: reflects the spiritual values and vision of Father James Alberione. In the Pauline spirituality, Father Alberione offered an integrated vision of Christ and the human person: "The whole Christ, Way, Truth and Life for the whole person, mind, will and heart." The unifying center of our lives is Jesus Christ the Master who invites us to become one with him in love. In Jesus Master every human heart finds complete fulfillment.  
    Fr. Alberione rooted the Pauline spirituality in the life and teaching of St. Paul, the apostle who lived in intimacy with Christ and spent his energy and his life to proclaim the Good News to all peoples. St. Paul's spirit of love for Jesus Master, of energy for the kingdom, of thanksgiving and of tireless dedication inspire every Pauline with the same sentiments.
    The presence of Mary, Queen of Apostles, in the life of the Paulines inspires the same total availability to God that was Mary's lifelong attitude. Mary is the model of faith and love who leads all to Jesus Master, and forms us for the mission of communicating God's Word to the world.
    Pauline prayer is nourished at the living fonts of the Word of God and the Eucharist. It is from here that the Paulines derive the strength needed to spend their lives seeking holiness of life in the service of the Gospel. As Father Alberione put it, speaking to the Daughters: Paulines are to "... live in the Eucharist, in the reading of the Gospel, in the contemplation of the examples of Jesus Master."
    Pauline prayer is characterized by the daily Hour of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. In fact, Alberione's inspiration to begin the Pauline Family of congregations and institutes was the fruit of his own Eucharistic prayer.
  • Words and the whole art of communication cannot reach the human person to such depths as the gospel must reach. All methods are empty without the foundation of prayer.”
    Cardinal Ratzinger on the New Evangelization
  • The modern self is left with a radical dissatisfaction because the more one possesses, the more one wants, while deeper aspirations remain unsatisfied and perhaps even stifled.
    Hence, consumerism is contrary to the order of truth and good proper to the human person.
  • Traditional wisdom and the Christian faith has taught that our highest love should be for God; that from this, should flow love for our neighbor; and, that from both of these, flows a responsibility to use properly the material goods of the earth.
    In contrast, consumerism inverts this hierarchy. Instead of loving people and using things, consumerism advocates, often quite subtly, that we should love things and use people,
  • Being Consumed wm t cavanagh
  • “A good part of today’s world suffers from a shortage of bread. There is a far greater shortage of the spiritual bread brought by Jesus. ‘I am the Bread of Life,’ he said. Countless people live complexly unaware of their destiny. They have no other thought than the present. Yet in a short time, death brings them to eternity. There are few to prepare them with this bread. “There is no one to break it for them.” They die of hunger without truly understanding their hunger. Jesus is Bread/Truth.
    …meet the suffering, needs, material poverty, and above all the spiritual poverty of so many of our contemporaries.” Pope Benedict XVI 2008
  • What makes this questioning even more urgent is the fact that communication technology has worked its way into the very psyche of the human being to the point that the media are no longer to be regarded simply as instruments external to the person which he or she can manipulate without being changed from within. The media have thus given rise to what can truly be called “a culture.” This culture by now is global, though the concrete expressions and spheres of influence may vary from place to place. Sassi has already described some dangers of such a culture in the passages quoted above: the increased temptation to center on one’s autonomy, one’s power to choose from a seemingly unlimited range of life directions and values. There tends to be a leveling of these very values, none of which is seen as objectively more significant than others.
    The specific identity and therefore the mission of the Daughters of St. Paul is precisely to insert themselves within the technological world of communication and probe its conscience with Christ’s own questions regarding the ultimate meaning and values of life.
  • Our media culture invites us to put all that we do in context. Text is the means. Context is how we place the means in a framework and how we prepare the environment to tell the whole story of faith – so that the transforming gospel reaches the whole person, mind, will and heart.
    As Paulines our context includes the place we meet people, how we prepare to meet people, how we present the message to people, and most of all, who we are. Not only do we provide hope through our publications and media (text) we especially provide hope through our very lives and through the framework of our encounter (context).
  • What is needed is witnessing, says Sassi, the type of witnessing that sustains the message with the example of one’s own dedication to an alternative, other-centered power. The more radical and counter-cultural the witnessing, the more effective it becomes. Apostles of communication do have to inculturate themselves in media culture, but paradoxically, they are also to challenge with their very lives whatever in that culture is opposed to the Gospel that they proclaim.
    Christianity is a new life; it takes a person and makes him whole. Alberione – Notes on Pastoral Theology
  • Religious … find in their own lives consecrated to God an instrument of special excellence for effective evangelization… they are the living expression of the Church’s aspiration to respond to the more exigent demands of the beatitudes.
    By their manner of life they constitute a symbol of total dedication to the service of God, of the Church and of their fellow men. Accordingly, religious have a special importance in regard to that form of witness which … is a primary element of evangelization. This silent witness of poverty, of detachment from the things of this world, of chastity, pure innocence of life, and voluntary obedience, as well as offering a challenge to the world and to the Church herself, constitutes an excellent form of preaching which can influence even non-Christians…(EN 69).
     On Evangelization, Paul VI
  • The answer to this dilemma is to be found within the parameters of the mission to which Paulines have pledged their lives. The liberation of the victims of oppression and injustice must include liberation also from the subtle manipulations media are used to exert upon the very hearts and minds of people. The distortions of truth, the creation of false needs, the deceptive lure of materialistic goals as the ultimate meaning of life and human fulfillment can be fertile ground for oppression and enslavement as much as the more obvious forms of injustice. Paulines are committed to address this issue by raising the consciousness of people to the need for a critical stance against the camouflaged attacks upon their human integrity waged through the media.
  • Pastoral means going out – going toward
    Invite the young to our mission: here you can express your faith through movies, photos, television, movies, etc.
    Communication is a social process and a medium – not a process in itself.
    Compare the consumer approach to marketing/diffusion. Postmodernism realizes that the more you consume the more you need to consume. There is a tendency to “live for today,” rely on personal experiences and individualism. There is a tension between God and consumerism. From 1900 to 2000 we lived capitalism and socialism – the producer and the consumer. By 2001 the new technology brings a consumerism of ideas. Today there is not a passive consumer of products.
    It wasn’t what Jesus was teaching as much has how he was teaching: incarnation.
  • Everything is yours and you are Christ’s and Christ’s is God’s.
  • …cannot be considered accomplished when it has provided for the diffusion of the Word of God; that is only one the moments of the mission; the moment of TRUTH which is concerned with enlightening the mind. It must be followed by the moment of WAY which is concerned with change and conversion to God. The process must then conclude with the moment of LIFE, that is, participation of the faithful in the divine life expressed in the sacraments. Carissimi, 106
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    • 1. Charismatic Aspects of Communication in Pauline Evangelization Go into theGo into the whole world andwhole world and bring the gospelbring the gospel to all all creation. II am with with you.
    • 2. Evangelization … any processes or actions that  Awaken or nurture the faith  Build the Church, the Body of Christ  Transform the world in Christ
    • 3. Pope John Paul II invited the church to take a giant step forward He called for a newnew evangelizationevangelization, new in methods, new in expression, new in ardor. Blessed Alberione founded the Pauline Family on this same inspiration …
    • 4. ““Be apostles ofBe apostles of todaytoday, use, use the means ofthe means of todaytoday thethe new meansnew means of apostolate.”of apostolate.” Blessed Alberione felt that in the newnew century generous people would experience what he was feeling.
    • 5. Pauline Spirituality The apostle of the media is formed through a spiritual life in order to transmit the gospel to others. In the Pauline spirituality, Father Alberione offered "The whole Christ, Way,Christ, Way, Truth and LifeTruth and Life for the whole person, mind, will and heart."
    • 6. Mary, Queen of ApostlesMary, Queen of Apostles as the model of faith and love who leads all to Jesus Master, and forms us for the mission of communicating God's Word to the world. St. Paul, the ApostleSt. Paul, the Apostle who lived in intimacy with Christ and spent his energy and his life to proclaim the Good News to all peoples.
    • 7. Pauline prayer is nourished at the living fonts of the Word of God and theWord of God and the EucharistEucharist. Pauline prayer is characterized by the daily Hour of AdorationHour of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.
    • 8. Pauline Charism… The foundation of the Pauline Spirituality and evangelization is  Human  Christian  Religious  Pauline Holiness “For me to live is Christ”“For me to live is Christ” St Paul
    • 9. For me to live is Christ Paul living today is Christ living today
    • 10. “Come to me all of you…” The apostolate of the press is understood as a new formnew form of preaching. Paulines are called to be new apostlesnew apostles; new missionaries.
    • 11. "The machine, the microphone, the screen are our pulpit. The printing plant, the production, projection, and broadcasting studios are our Church."
    • 12. Speak of All in a Christian Way  Reach everyone, especially those who have never heard the gospel  As Paul we are compelled to preach the gospel to everyone  Reach the general public and those who influence others
    • 13. Bring God to people, bring people to God Alberione quickly adopted new media languages. This new evangelization took advantage of the “swiftest and most rapid means” to reach the greatest number of people.
    • 14. New Evangelization; New Society; New Culture of Communication
    • 15. EvangelizationEvangelization not merely as a way ofnot merely as a way of speaking, but as a form of living.speaking, but as a form of living.
    • 16. According to John Paul II, …consumerism is one of several problems, indeed dangers, emerging within the more advanced economies of Western culture. …deeper aspirations remain unsatisfied and perhaps even stifled.
    • 17. Descriptions of Consumerism the empty interior, the broken relationship, the craving for things, the degradation of injustice, the flight from the wounded, contemporary self as empty, de-centered, displaced, and uprooted, a self that turns to channel surfing and the mall for new images, gratification, and even a sense of oneself.
    • 18. Consumerism …plays on the feelings of malaise, alienation, and discontent. These negative feelings are then used with the promise that products and services will satisfy the heart’s longing.
    • 19. Christian are called to create alternative practices that open up a different kind of economic space – the space marked by the body of Christ. The economy of giving. Eucharist does not begin with scarcity but with one who came that we may have life and have it abundantly.
    • 20. Paulines Consecrated • Mission Today • Apostles Today • Evangelizing Today
    • 21. Called to… incarnate Christ the Divine Master, Way, the Truth and Life, in the culture created by communications media.
    • 22. for Blessed Alberione and Paulines… …communication is not a simple aid to evangelization, but an original way of preaching, that reaches the masses which are far away from the parishes.
    • 23. Pauline Apostles The apostle of the media of communication is another Jesus Christ who echoes and amplifies to people of every age and place what Jesus preached and taught on earth.
    • 24. For Alberione it is Christ who asks the questions, challenging the world to look at the deepest hopes and needs, and whether it is seeking what will truly make it happy.
    • 25. Post Modern Culture "Since the very evangelizationevangelization of modern culture depends to a large extent on the influence of mediainfluence of media, it is not enough simply to spread the Christian message and the Church’s authentic teaching. It is necessary to integrate that message intointegrate that message into the ‘new culture’the ‘new culture’ created by modern communications" Pope John Paul II (Redemptoris Missio, n. 37).
    • 26. Good news in the news… Praying world events with the gospel
    • 27. Gift of Vocation • Publishing House of God • Publishing House of the Church • Bread broken and shared • Way, truth and life for humanity
    • 28. You will be my witnesses If witnessing is the way disciples communicate Christ as Master, Way, Truth and Life in a postmodern world, religious life offers a possibility of witness that is of its very nature a radical form of Christian life. Fr Silvio Sassi, Superior General
    • 29. ConsecratedConsecrated Religious have a special importance in regard to that form of witness which is a primary element of evangelization. This silent witness of poverty, of detachment from the things of this world, of chastity, pure innocence of life, and voluntary obedience… Pope Paul VI, On Evangelization
    • 30. Liberty to captives… For Paulines the liberation of the victims of oppression and injustice must include liberation also from the subtle manipulations media use to exert upon the very hearts and minds of people.
    • 31. Sacrament of encounter To evangelize is to communicate. Our mission is a sacramental mission – a sacrament of the encounter with Christ. Fr. Silvio Sassi
    • 32. Publishing House of God Writing, creating, direct evangelization, praying - in whatever environment we find ourselves living and working we are all part of the one Publishing House, the Publishing House of God.
    • 33. We undertake a mission We are not owners of the mission. St Paul tells us we are servants. The initiative for the mission is not ours but God’s given through Christ Jesus, according to charism entrusted to us.
    • 34. The mission: communicating with the media… • TRUTH enlightening the Mind • WAY conversion to God • LIFE divine life in the sacraments
    • 35. Come to me all of you. Go into the whole world.