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Blessed James Alberione, SSP

Blessed James Alberione, SSP

“James!” A farm woman in the field called to her little boy who, small and frail, was lagging behind the rest with the lantern.  “James, bring the light!”  He hurried to bring that one essential source of light to his family as fast as his little feet would carry him.It was a simple memory, but later it would come to punctuate James’ entire experience as he navigated an unprecedented calling in the midst of a suffering humanity.James Alberione was born Apr...
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How St. Paul fulfilled his mission—and we can fulfill ours

How St. Paul fulfilled his mission—and we can fulfill ours

Saint Paul's love for Jesus was so great that he yearned to tell everyone about him. Let’s see how he carried out this mission!We begin with the words the Lord spoke to Ananias, who baptized Paul, “‘Go, for he (Paul) is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name’” (Acts 9:15-16). We will see how Paul fulfilled these words.About...
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Maestra Paula Cordero

It was June 28, 1932 when Sister Paula Cordero first stepped foot onto the shore of America.She spoke no English.She had no money.She had no experience.And she was just 23 years old.Yet she planted her feet on American soil with lively determination to spread the Gospel to the people of this new land.Adele Cordero was born Feb 16, 1908 in the Piedmont region of Italy.  When she entered the Daughters of St. Paul, she brought with her a nature not unlike St Paul’s himself: strong and de...
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Living like Mary in a global pandemic

Living like Mary in a global pandemic

Every religious congregation has a particular Marian devotion. The Pauline devotion to Mary is Queen of Apostles. When as a teenager I first got to know the Daughters of St. Paul, I was wildly unfamiliar with this devotion. Honestly, I didn’t understand Mary in general, but I especially didn’t understand her as Queen of Apostles…. She sounded too majestic, too far out of reach for me. However, the Lord works in mysterious ways, so as I continued to discern my vocation with the...
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Let us lean close to Mary, Queen of Apostles

Let us lean close to Mary, Queen of Apostles

Our religious Congregation honors Mary under this title which, at first glance, seems completely irrelevant to our current global reality. “Apostle” is a Greek word meaning “one who is sent.” Only we’re not going out much these days. More likely, we are the ones sending others: to deliver our mail, do our shopping, or drop off a pizza on our doorstep without touching anything.  How ...
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4 Spiritual Guides If You're Seeking Light and Beauty

4 Spiritual Guides If You're Seeking Light and Beauty

“Spirit seeking light and beauty, heart that longs for thy rest, soul that asks understanding…” (Janet Stuart, RSCJ)The first months of 2020 have been pandemic stricken...and panic-stricken. We've been isolated in homes, some lonely, some frustrated, some fearful, but all of us dealing with more silence than we're probably used to. As I write this, I’m tapping into contemporary saintly spiritual guides who walked their pilgrimage through our noisy world in sacred...
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Hold on to the true, good, and beautiful Shepherd

Hold on to the true, good, and beautiful Shepherd

Two days ago I exited our temporarily closed Pauline Book & Media Center and a twenty-something-year-old woman bounded up to me excitedly and asked, “Do you work at the Catholic bookstore?” I responded with a big smile, “Yes!” She asked, “Are you hiring?”  I replied that we weren’t, and she quickly rejoined, “Do you know anyone who is?” Promising prayers was all I could do, though I wished I could do more. And once again, I was ...
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