I appeal to you by the mercy of God. This appeal is made by Paul, or rather, it is made by God through Paul, because of God’s desire to be loved rather than feared, to be a father rather than a Lord. God appeals to us in his mercy to avoid having to punish us in his severity.
Listen to the Lord’s appeal: In me, I want you to see your own body, your members, your heart, your bones, your blood. You may fear what is divine, but why not love what is human? You may run away from me as the Lord, but why not run to me as your father? Perhaps you are filled with shame for causing my bitter passion. Do not be afraid. This cross inflicts a mortal injury, not on me, but on death. These nails no longer pain me, but only deepen your love for me. I do not cry out because of these wounds, but through them I draw you into my heart. My body was stretched on the cross as a symbol, not of how much I suffered, but of my all-embracing love. I count it no loss to shed my blood: it is the price I have paid for your ransom. Come, then, return to me and learn to know me as your father, who repays good for evil, love for injury, and boundless charity for piercing wounds.
From a sermon by Saint Peter Chrysologus, bishop, 5th century.
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I’ve often profiled aspects of the life and writings of St Catherine of Siena on Among Women. Here’s a quick of lists of archived episodes you might enjoy!
Among Women 184: “Show Me, Lord, That I’m Beautiful”
Among Women 144: “The Single Life Survival Guide”
Among Women 125: “Spiritual Bootcamp”
Among Women 55: “Interview with an Archdiocesan Leader in Faith Formation and Evangelization”
Among Women 4: “One of the original AW podcasts in which I discuss my pilgrimage to Siena and discuss St Catherine’s life”
I’m hoping you’ll join me for a day-long retreat just for us girls! This women’s event, even though it is on Mother’s Day Weekend, is not just for Moms! We love Moms, of course! But the day is a celebration of the feminine genius — and that’s all women! I’ll be offering three talks on the three aspects I covered in Blessed, Beautiful, & Bodacious – our blessed dignity, our beautiful gifts, and our bodacious — most excellent — mission!
This event is sponsored by “Be It Done” Catholic Women’s Ministries representing women from six different parishes from the Catholic Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend, and hosted at St Vincent de Paul parish in Elkhart.
Give yourself and your girlfriends the gift of faith, fellowship, food, and fun! All the details are here.
On this Wednesday April 30, the Elizabeth Ministry of Good Shepherd parish welcomes all guests to a woman’s event featuring a talk on the “The Gift of Womanhood: Answering the God’s call to lead through Spiritual Motherhood”.
This evening will be held at St Zepherin Center at Good Shepherd parish in Wayland, MA. 7:30-9:15pm. The event is free, but kindly pre-register by phoning or emailing Lucy Prunier at 508-988-0338 or Luciana.email@example.com.
The #MediaNuns offer “Media Apostle: The Father James Alberione Story” — a documentary about an early media evangelist
Before God sent the media world Bishop Fulton Sheen, we had Father James Alberione. Pope Francis calls Blessed Father James Alberione a “great apostle of communications.” This new movie about Alberione’s life, Media Apostle, is produced and directed by the Daughters of St Paul and Pauline Media.
Watch the trailer…
From the film’s website:
Blessed Father James Alberione, SSP, 1884-1971, was a priest from Northern Italy who had profound insight into the world of media and did much to get the Church evangelizing with the latest media technology. He founded the PaulineFamily.com, 10 congregations and institutes of bishops, priests, religious and laity–forming them in his Pauline apostolic spirituality, and calling them to be St. Paul the Apostle living today. Father Alberione’s official international website: Alberione.org.
Watch the film in a 50 minute or 90 minute video format. You can rent the short or long versions for $2.99 and $3.99 respectively. Or you can purchase the film for $12.99.
I watched the 90 minute version and learned a lot about this priest whose work has influenced millions through the Pauline Family! That 90 minute version is a great length for personal and home viewing. Yet the shorter version might better fit a religious education setting, or a event whereby you want to have time to discuss the film afterwards.
Speaking of the Daughters of St Paul, the Boston Globe featured their work this week in this article.
Here’s an excerpt featuring Sr Helena Burns, FSP, the writer/director of Media Apostle. (You might recall her being a former guest on my podcast, Among Women.)
“Our founder, Blessed James Alberione, had this sense that whatever the new [technology] was you grab it and use it for the gospel,” said Sister Helena Burns, a Pauline stationed in Toronto who originally hails from Belmont. “He had a very comprehensive vision. . . . It was not all religion, religion and preachy, preachy.”
In honor of the order’s centenary year, a documentary about Alberione debuted this month. Today he is known as the “Media Apostle,” though Pope John Paul II called him “the first apostle of the new evangelization.” The film, which took seven years, is a first for the order and was written and directed by Burns, who studied screenwriting at UCLA. It can be purchased or rented at Mediaapostle.com and streamed online.
In lessons she teaches on media literacy, Burns looks at intention and consumption in this world of endless information.
Following the example of their founder, these nuns embrace new technology. On any given day, divine petitions could be tweeted in 140 characters or said aloud. Retreats at the convent and feast days are celebrated and honored in the chapel and online. Instagram captures the daily life of a Pauline with filtered photos and the occasional biblical meme.
Here’s a fun bonus:
“Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” -Romans 5:5
Prayer… draws everything into the love by which we are loved in Christ and which enables us to respond to him by loving as he has loved us. Love is the source of prayer; whoever draws from it reaches the summit of prayer. In the words of the Cure of Ars:
I love you, O my God, and my only desire is to love you until the last breath of my life. I love you, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving you, than live without loving you. I love you, Lord, and the only grace I ask is to love you eternally. . . . My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love you, I want my heart to repeat it to you as often as I draw breath. (St Jean Vianney, Prayer)
Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 2658