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Communicating Hope: Theme and Invitation

Communicating Hope: Theme and Invitation

The Vatican Secretariat for Communications has published the theme/motto for World Communications Day in 2017:“Fear not, for I am with you” (Is 43.5). Communicating hope and trust in our time.I look forward in a particular way to the Pope’s message with this theme; it is usually released on January 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, who is the patron of writers, journalists, and the Catholic press.The Vatican Secretariat for Communications issued this following st...
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The Apostolic Mindset of Father Alberione

The Apostolic Mindset of Father Alberione

“One night at adoration the Lord made us understand that with the start of the new century it was necessary to establish our life on the Eucharist and on activity”. Thus said Fr. Alberione in 1952, in a meditation given to the Daughters of St. Paul.An intense and captivating spiritual event had conferred in his life, a decisive impression.  And Fr. Alberione was becoming aware of his mission: at first generic “to prepare himself to do something for the Lord and for th...
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Epiphany Grace

Epiphany Grace

"Let us approach the manger to adore him….On Christmas Night, the child Jesus was placed in the manger: this was the first exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, before whom the first adoration was made." Blessed James Alberione, SSP
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Epiphany – The Magi and Living the Christmas Season throughout the Year

Epiphany – The Magi and Living the Christmas Season throughout the Year

In the gospel of Matthew we read that the Magi “opened their treasures and presented Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:2).While praying in chapel and meditating at the Christmas crèche, I began to focus on the journey of these three kings, the Magi, Melchior, Balthazar and Gaspar. They followed a star, and found the Christ Child with Mary, his Mother. And what were their gifts? Gold, frankincense and myrrh!  Gold, an offering given to Jesus decl...
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New Year Grace

New Year Grace

"May we always turn to Mary, our Mother, Teacher and Queen, in all our spiritual and material necessities. Let us take Jesus from her most holy hands and ask her for the grace to understand and practice well the devotion to the Divine Master, who became an infant out of love for us."Mother Thecla Merlo, FSP
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Christmas Peace

Christmas Peace

"I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full." John 10:10"Emmanuel, our God, is among us. Our Savior comes, the perfect image of the Father communicated to humankind. We worship you, Savior, in your coming. With the shepherds, we offer you our gifts: our time, our energies, our very lives, for the proclamation of your Word,  your salvation, your peace. We worship you, Master, in our acts of communication. May we recognize you in each encounter and...
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Advent Wisdom Week 4

Advent Wisdom Week 4

Psalm 33The Greatness and Goodness of God1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.    Praise befits the upright.2 Praise the Lord with the lyre;    make melody to him with the harp of ten strings.3 Sing to him a new song;    play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.4 For the word of the Lord is upright,    and all his work is done in faithfulness.5 He loves righ...
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