Pauline Spirituality Jeffrey E. Mathews, MD, APC January 13, 2010
John Paul II and the Role of the Laity in Today’s Church
It is in this perspective that we see the value of all other vocations, rooted as they are in the new life received in the Sacrament of Baptism. In a special way it will be necessary to discover ever more fully the specific vocation of the laity, called "to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and by ordering them according to the plan of God"; 32 they "have their own role to play in the mission of the whole people of God in the Church and in the world ... by their work for the evangelization and the sanctification of people". 33
John Paul II’s Call for the Promotion of Catholic Associations and Third Orders
Along these same lines, another important aspect of communion is the promotion of forms of association, whether of the more traditional kind or the newer ecclesial movements, which continue to give the Church a vitality that is God's gift and a true "springtime of the Spirit". Obviously, associations and movements need to work in full harmony within both the universal Church and the particular Churches, and in obedience to the authoritative directives of the Pastors. But the Apostle's exacting and decisive warning applies to all: "Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophesying, but test everything and hold fast what is good" (1 Th 5:19-21).
Salvation in Paul’s Letters Embracing our own poverty and weakness we are called through baptism to bring the good news of God’s love to others.
Participation in Christ’s saving work is not reserved for certain Christians with special education or training. It is the call to all of us through the sacraments of initiation.
“ I am one who saw and my testimony is true.”
John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Gal 2:20 “I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me.”
Nuns can be scary!
The Memorable Night
Blessed Alberione’s Search
Blessed Alberione studied various spiritualities – and the more he studied them, the more it appeared that each had good points.
Blessed Alberione found that the more he studied, the more he loved all Catholic spiritualities
Each spirituality reflected primarily on one aspect of Jesus
One focused more on truth (St. Dominic and followers)
One focused more on charity (St. Francis and followers)
One focused more on the life of Christ (St. Benedict and followers)
Another on two or more aspects, and so on
Blessed Alberione moved on to the study of St. Paul
In St. Paul, one finds the Disciple whose knowledge of the Divine Master is complete
St. Paul lives the whole Christ
St. Paul scrutinizes in depth the mysteries of His doctrine, of His heart, of his sanctity, and of His humanity and divinity
“ I pass on to you that which I have seen and heard.”
The Complete Christ
St. Paul sees Christ as Healer, Victim, and Priest
St. Paul presents the whole Christ to us as He had already proclaimed himself to be: the Way, the Truth, and the Life
St. Paul’s teachings contain religion, dogma, morals, and worship
St. Paul presents the whole Jesus Christ
Mary, Queen of Apostles
21 st Century Media Apostles
Jesus, the Divine Master, Way, Truth, and Life
Broadcasting Jesus Way
Communicating Jesus Truth
Extending the invitation of Jesus Life
True devotion to the Divine Master implies the total, conscience, affective giving of our whole person to Jesus Christ, living in the Church and in the Eucharist. Society of St Paul Profession of vows
Blessed James Alberione
" To join the contemplative life to activity is to form the most perfect life. Burn brightly and cast light! Two things are meritorious: personal sanctification and zeal for God's glory."
Blessed Fr. James Alberione,
Founder of the Pauline Family
The Pauline Charism
"The spirit must be one, as the one in the heart of Saint Paul, ‘Cor Pauli, cor Christi’; the devotions are the same, and the various ends converge in the same end: “Give all of Christ to the world, as he defined himself:
‘ I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. ’”
Blessed James Alberione summed up the Pauline charism as living in Jesus Way, Truth and Life in order to bring the gospel of love. “It is no longer I who live, but Christ.” Paul
To be St Paul Alive Today!
within the Church
Society of St. Paul
This was the Founder's first endeavor. Pauline priests and brothers work with all of the modern means of social communication: television, radio, video, books, audio tapes and the internet, to bring the Word of God to others, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.
Blessed Timothy Giaccardo with Blessed James Alberione In 1917 Joseph joined the newly founded Pauline Family. He was ordained in 1919. His religious name was taken in honor of Paul’s great co-worker, St. Timothy.
The first priest ordained for the Society of St Paul
The mystery of faith par excellence is the Eucharist, because it contains the author of all faith – Jesus Christ.
Blessed Timothy Giaccardo
First Beatified Member of the Pauline Family
The first priest and first vicar general of the Society of St. Paul, Fr. Giuseppe Timoteo Giaccardo , whom Fr. Alberione himself described as: "most faithful among the faithful". On 22 October 1989 Fr. Giaccardo (1896-1948) was, in fact, proclaimed "Blessed" by John Paul II.
Blessed Timothy describes in detail the emotional ceremony of the profession of the first Pauline Priests:
“ The admiration of our companions was impossible to put into words; indescribable, too, was the impression it made on us, our joy; everyone’s head was bent in an attitude of recollection; our hearts rejoiced, our bodies trembled; the solemnity of the step, the word of our father, the importance of the moment all went right through us. We are no longer ourselves; we felt ourselves to be of God, bound to him, something freely His, ready to do all for Him and for the Good Press. Our life was, and seemed to be, one. We among ourselves: we with our father, united, cemented together, not classmates but members of the same organism, the first living stones being built into a magnificent edifice.”
In 1926 he went to Rome to establish the first daughter-house.
The heart of Mary is like the cenacle of the Church. It is the first conquest of the blood of Jesus…the blood of the immaculate heart of Mary has formed for us the heart of Jesus.
In 1937 he returned to Alba to direct the Mother house.
The apostolate of communications, considered in the light of the Divine Master, has as its purpose to make known Jesus Christ and his gospel so that people may have life abundantly!
Society of St Paul in Canfield, OH
To become a saint is our ideal, our desire, our constant aspiration. This is our only aim in life.
Blessed Timothy renewed the offering of his life for the intention that the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master would receive Papal approval.
In 1946 he was called back to Rome as Vicar General.
There he worked tirelessly for diocesan recognition of the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master.
He lived his last years here and died a holy death on January 24, 1948, after renewing the offering of his life to God.
Tomb of St Paul where Blessed Timothy prayed.
Feast day October 22nd
“ He lived in a spirit of faith and prayer. He was all things to all people. At the altar, in the confessional, in the classroom, during recreation, in holding office, in his private life and in the smallest details he was another Christ.”
Blessed James Alberione about Blessed Timothy Giaccardo
Brother Andrea Borello
Another example of life given for others is the Venerable Brother Andrea Borello (1916-1948), model for all those who consecrate their life to the apostolate of social communications as lay consecrated.
Servant of God Vigolungo Maggiorino
Maggiorino Vigolungo was born in Benevello (Cuneo, North Italy) on May 6, 1904 into a family of farm workers who were humble, but rich in the faith.
While still a little child, he met Fr Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family, and entrusted himself to his spiritual direction. He was enthusiastic for three things which were to become his ideal: to sanctify himself quickly; to become a priest; to become an apostle of the good press.
At fourteen, stricken with a serious illness, he gave this response to Fr Alberione when asked whether he preferred to recover or to go to Paradise: "my desire is to do the will of God".
One of the first Pauline Priests, Fr. Desiderio Costa, delivering Pauline Publications on motorcycle
Lay men and women who wish to dedicate ourselves to the mission and ideals of the Pauline Family. The job of a Cooperator is to provide help, inspiration and prayers to aid the Pauline apostolate. We share in the spiritual benefits of Pauline prayer and sacrifices made by other members of the Pauline Family throughout the world.
Occupant of the castle of Barbaresco in Cuneo province
Learned of Fr. Alberione’s generosity to her son
Travelled to meet him, bringing with her the finest mattress she could find as a gift to Fr. Alberione to replace the one he had given to her son
As soon as she left, Fr. Alberione passed the mattress to one of the boys in his care.
She kept sending mattresses.
He kept giving them away.
Fr. Alberione met his match! Finally, she personally accompanied the next mattress. “ Remember, I’m not giving this to you but only lending it, and I intend to be able to come back and get it at any moment. For that reason, only you can use it. Do I make myself understood?”
From then on, twice a week a cart left Barbaresco carrying to Alba wine, coffee, meat, home-made bread, fruit, medicine and anything else Fr. Alberione needed for all those young Paulines in his care.
Amalia Cavazza-Vitali learned that Fr. Alberione wanted to have a little chapel in the house. She gave him a beautiful chalice which he used for the first time on June 29, 1918. She went on to help the Society of St. Paul edit The Gazette of Alba , she assisted whenever she could in reading and correcting proofs, and she even wrote two manuscripts of her own: “The Duties of Daughters” and “The Duties of Wives and Mothers.”
c paulin e cooperato rs Willing to be the primary evangelizers of today’s culture.
As did Paul before him, Blessed Alberione never worked alone. He never saw the work as his .
He formed his collaborators by offering them the opportunity and the means to be apostles.
Making Promises as a Pauline Cooperator October 11, 2009
Daughters of St. Paul
They have the same mission as the Pauline priests and brothers. Although their works include all of the means of social communication, the Daughters are probably best known for their St. Paul Book and Media Centers, like the one we are in tonight.
Venerable Mother Thecla Merlo Co-Foundress of the Daughters of St. Paul
Mother Thecla was certainly a woman both of her time and ahead of her time. She had a singular desire to reach the people of her day with the Word of truth and salvation. And she courageously led the Daughters of St. Paul to the forefront of evangelization with each new form of media as it was developed. Embracing the press, radio, film, and TV, she wrote: “Our Congregation will always be young, because it will make use of every new means to do good.”
The First Daughters of St. Paul
The First Daughters of St. Paul
The Tireless Mother Thecla
Mother Paula Cordero and her mother before she left Alba for the United States
Sr. Paula and Sr. Anita arrived in New York on June 28, 1932
They knew of the Great Depression, but felt the United States needed Jesus more at this time than ever before
The two Daughters of St. Paul began immediately going door-to-door meeting families, helping in anyway they could, and distributing Bibles. New York immediately fell in love with them.
"By myself I can do nothing," she would call out—the truest reminder we would have during our day—and anyone within earshot would respond to the familiar prayer, "but with God I can do all things. For the love of God, I want to do all things. To him, honor and glory; to me, the eternal reward." The short prayer was characteristic of her own spirituality, but she loved it for another personal reason. Composed by the Founder, it had initially ended differently: "To him, honor and glory; to me, scorn." Somehow this didn't sit well with Mother Paula, and when Fr. Alberione visited his American province, she let him know about it. In answer, the great Founder lowered his head and pondered a moment; Mother Paula probably held her breath while he did so. When he looked up again, a faint smile hovered about his lips. The prayer—with its altered ending—became Mother Paula's favorite from that moment on.
Derby, New York, 1952
Daughters of St. Paul Choir
The Daughters of St. Paul Choir
Pious Disciples of the Divine Master
These Sisters were the fulfillment of Fr. Alberione's dream. He was convinced that the mission of the Pauline Family would not be fruitful unless it was sustained by fervent prayer, especially Eucharistic Adoration. The Sister Disciples place Eucharistic Adoration, for the Pauline apostolate, at the center of their lives. This Institute is also engaged in the liturgical apostolate.
Servant of God Mother Mary Scholastica Rivata
First Sister Disciple of the Divine Master
“ To aim at the glory of God, always seeking God in all and the salvation of souls. To offer my day and my life to God in love; for priests, religious, missionaries, in particular for the Pauline Family, so that they may be numerous and holy in the Church and may reach the whole humanity with their ministry and apostolate.”
“ The Lord is enough for me.”
Died March 24, 1987
Born on July 12, 1897 in Guarene , Cuneo in the Piedmont Region of Northern Italy She was baptized the following day in Sts. Peter and Bartholomew Parish
Orsola’s mother passed away at the age of 6, leaving two younger sisters at her care.
She worked in the fields and in the vineyard …
Orsola found herself drawn by the zealous spirit and powerful preaching of their guest priest, Fr. James Alberione …
“ If it was up to me I would enter at once, but difficulties in the family hold me back.”
February 10… March 25, 1924
Eight sisters receive a new name. Orsola becomes:
Sister Scholastica of the
The group receives from
Fr. Alberione the official name:
Pious Disciples of the
From now on, day and night, there will be sisters known as the SISTER DISCIPLES OF THE DIVINE MASTER who will adore Jesus Master present in the Eucharist. They will obtain for the Pauline Family all the graces needed for their personal sanctification and for the success of the apostolate of the editions.
Entrusted with the care of the first Pious Disciples, Sr. Scholastica was humble and simple, but courageous, firm and amiable …
April 3, 1947 - Holy Thursday
The Pious Disciples of the Divine Master was approved as a Congregation of Diocesan right …
In humility, simplicity & active silence, Sr. Scholastica truly incarnated and gave witness to the spirit and lifestyle originally indicated by Blessed James Alberione
Faithful to her vocation and mission as a Pious Disciple, Sr. Scholastica peacefully and serenely passed away on March 24, 1987
Declared by the Church as a “Servant of God”, Sr. Scholastica’s beatification is now in process
Sisters of Jesus the Good Shepherd (The Pastorelle Sisters)
These Sisters carry on the Pauline mission though their work in Parishes. They aid pastors in bringing the love and message of Christ to the faithful through their participation in various parish ministries.
Sisters of Mary, Queen of Apostles (Apostoline Sisters)
These Sisters work exclusively to encourage vocations for the Church.
Our Lady of the Annunciation Institute
For single women who are called to live a consecrated life while remaining in the world and carrying out the Pauline apostolate.
The Archangel Gabriel Institute
For single men who wish to devote their lives to serving God in the Pauline apostolate while living a consecrated life in the world.
Institute of Jesus Priest
This Institute gives Diocesan priests an opportunity to share in the Pauline apostolate.
Holy Family Institute
For married, widowed and engaged persons who are called by God to live a consecrated life in the world. Holy Family members are dedicated to Pauline prayer and ideals, while continuing to live a fully traditional married life. Truly, one of the greatest gifts that God has bestowed upon married couples! The Constitutions of this Institute were developed in consultation with married couples so that, far from being an added burden for the Catholic couple, membership in the Institute enhances their family life while imparting an infinitely increased value to their every thought, word and action.
Venerable Canon Francesco Chiesa
Among those great witnesses is the spiritual director of Fr. Alberione and godfather of the Pauline Family, the Venerable Canon Francesco Chiesa (1874-1946), model for all spiritual directors.
Bishop Giuseppe Francesco Re
Celebrated Fr. Alberione’s First Communion as a child
Confirmed Fr. Alberione
Conferred Holy Orders on Fr. Alberione
Wrote the letters to the Pope for official Papal Recognition of the Society of St. Paul and the Daughters of St. Paul
Signed the Decree recognizing the Association of Pauline Cooperators as a recognized Third Order House of the Pauline Family
Glory of St. Paul
A monumental sculpture of St. Paul, preaching and pointing to the Divine Master above him, which stands behind the main altar in the Temple of St. Paul in Alba.
God called young men and women as His new apostles to use the most modern means of social communications to counteract evil with good & to spread the good news of God’s kingdom …
Fr. Alberione travelled around the globe to visit his Pauline Family throughout the world
Pope Pius VI honors Father Alberione and the entire Pauline Family
Funeral Mass of Fr. James Alberione
Beatification of Blessed James Alberione April 27, 2003