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New Novices! A Lesson in Trust

New Novices! A Lesson in Trust

Greetings! Sr. Cecilia and Sr. Marta here.We’re two of the new novices in formation to become Daughters of St. Paul. We are truly blessed to be writing to you on such a special day! Today is the 115th anniversary of the foundation of the Society of St Paul by Blessed James Alberione in 1914 in Italy, which gives us a great reason to celebrate. The Society of St Paul was the first congregation founded by Alberione. All the congregations and institutes founded by Alberione make up ...
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Interviews with our Newly Professed Sisters

Interviews with our Newly Professed Sisters

The month of June is always a special month. Of course, we celebrate the Feast of our Father St Paul on June 30. The whole month, however, has a celebratory flavor. All of us remember our profession as Daughters of St Paul which are always celebrated in this special month. In our hearts, we renew our vows and rededicate ourselves in the Church to evangelization with the media of social communication.  Each year a number of sisters rejoice in their 25th, 50th, 60th, and 7...
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How Mary Helps Us Stay on Course for Lent

How Mary Helps Us Stay on Course for Lent

How is your Lent going? We’re about halfway through it already. If you have a Lenten plan and have stuck with it so far, that’s great. If not, there’s still time to correct our course and prepare for Easter. In doing this, we have a wonderful example in Mary, our Blessed Mother. We just celebrated the feast of the Annunciation. That feast is not meant to just be another day, but it shows us how we can live in response to God’s loving invitations to us. Mary is the Ne...
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Mother Thecla Merlo: The Whole World Fit in Her Heart

Mother Thecla Merlo: The Whole World Fit in Her Heart

What goes through your mind when you wake up? Your to-do list? Your calendar? An upcoming meeting? A conversation you had last night? The real problems in our world, in our Church, in your family, in your heart?As hard as I try, these things are often on my mind when I wake up in the morning. There are always things to do, meetings to attend, emails to answer, places to go…and people to worry about.I have found myself thinking lately about Mother Thecla, the first Daughter of St. Paul, an...
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Mary treasured all these things....

Mary treasured all these things....

“Mary treasured all these things and pondered on them in her heart” (Lk 2:19).For several years now I have been curating a blog called “The Angelus Project." Every week it presents a different image of the Annunciation as a way of encouraging people to pray the Angelus (though now that we are in the Easter season, that prayer yields pride of place to the Regina Coeli). The process of selecting and posting these weekly images from so many different eras and cultures has tau...
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Meditation on Our Easter Candle

Meditation on Our Easter Candle

Each year we purchase a plain Easter Candle. Sr Mary Leonora then lovingly creates a unique and exquisite image on the candle. On the left is a closeup of the candle for this year.The theme for this year’s candle is The Victory of the Lamb as portrayed in the book of Revelation. The symbol of the Lamb takes us from Genesis (the sacrifice asked of Abraham), through the Exodus Passover and the suffering servant prophecies of Isaiah, to the proclamation of John the Baptist (Behold, the L...
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Love is the Real Power at Play

Love is the Real Power at Play

It has been but four days after 17 teens died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the pain of this event, born primarily by those closest to these teens and their community, still lies heavy on my heart. The only prayer that makes sense at a moment like this is the Way of the Cross. Did you ever notice how the Stations of the Cross are an astounding portrayal of the power of love in the experience of violence?In this prayer, where violence seems to have the last wor...
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