Archive by year: 2017Return

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

“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

"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

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

"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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