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What Would Our Founder Say to Us Today?

What Would Our Founder Say to Us Today?

April 4 is the anniversary of the birth of Bl. James Alberione, Founder of the Daughters of St. Paul. What would he say to the Daughters of St. Paul today? Here are his words that both encourage and challenge us---we hope they do the same for you! (Maybe YOU are one of the "new apostles" he speaks about!)"The Church is on the move.With the progress brought by the passing of timehas also come an increasein the dangers and the means that do harm to souls.But at the same time, the Lo...
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Celibacy: Too Hard or the Greatest Love?

Celibacy: Too Hard or the Greatest Love?

(Blogpost is adapted from my blog on discernment, CoAuthorYourLifewithGod.com) “Celibacy is too hard.”I think this is one of the comments I hear the most when someone is considering religious life. And celibacy is hard. I don’t deny it. Every human being is created for the intimacy of spousal love, and celibacy is giving up that physical expression of spousal love. Renouncing all that is entailed in a spousal relationship for the sake of Christ and his kingdom is a re...
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Sr Christina Miriam Writes on...the Joy of Salvation

Sr Christina Miriam Writes on...the Joy of Salvation

"Salvation" is a big word...but in reality, it is a very daily concept. Salvation takes place precisely in our day-to-day lives. Sr. Christina Miriam wrote about this for the Boston College newspaper:"As you spend these days of Lent, consider the ways you have experienced the salvation of the Lord in your life. Where do you see the providence of the Lord? Where has the mercy of God touch you? ...As we journey toward Easter, are there aspects of your life and heart that are crying ...
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Meet Sr. Paula Marie!

Meet Sr. Paula Marie!

We'd love for you to get to know our Sisters! This week, meet Sr. Paula Marie, originally from Massachusetts and currently stationed in our community in Boston (with a few exotic stops along the way!). She's a wonderful storyteller, and she's got some great discernment advice!
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7 Ways to Discern During Lent

7 Ways to Discern During Lent

“Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation,” St. Paul tells us in his second letter to the Corinthians, in a reading that we hear on Ash Wednesday. Lent is indeed an acceptable time for drawing closer to God and for growing in our spiritual life. Lent is also an “acceptable time” for taking your vocational discernment a little bit deeper. Whether you are actively discerning, or whether you are just starting to feel pulled toward discernmen...
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The "Wealth" of Living the Vow of Poverty

The "Wealth" of Living the Vow of Poverty

(This blog post is adapted from my blog on discernment, CoAuthorYourLifewithGod.com.)  “I couldn't do without my...car, own place, movie collection, ____________.” In a recent poll I ran asking people the main reason they don’t consider religious life, this statement was checked off by a large percentage of those polled. I guess it’s not surprising in our materialistic culture.  When I entered the convent, I didn’t yet own a car, and I w...
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Daily Motivation from Mother Thecla Merlo

Daily Motivation from Mother Thecla Merlo

Venerable Mother Thecla Merlo is the co-foundress of the Daughters of St. Paul, and this week we celebrated her 125th birthday! As a way of saying Happy Birthday, we wanted to a week's worth of "Mother Thecla Motivation." Celebrate with us and with her and ask her to pray for you this week! God bless you!1. "Sometimes we have little faith, little spirit of faith. We reason in a human way, 'from the rooftop down.' Instead, we must become more supernatural. We need a gre...
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Meet Sr. Andrew Marie!

Meet Sr. Andrew Marie!

We'd love for you to get to know our Sisters! This week, meet Sr. Andrew Marie, originally from Houston, Texas, and currently stationed in our community in San Antonio! You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @SrAndrewFSP.What is your name? Sr. Andrew MarieWhere are you from originally? Houston, Texas (Howdy!) How long have you been a Sister? I’ve been a Sister for almost 10 years.Briefly, how did you meet the Daughters of St. Paul? I first found out about our community through ...
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How Mother Thecla Helped Me During My Discernment

How Mother Thecla Helped Me During My Discernment

For Daughters of St. Paul around the world, February is affectionately known as “Mother Thecla Month.” Our co-foundress, Venerable Mother Thecla Merlo was born on February 20, 1894, and died on February 5, 1964. This year marks the 55th anniversary of her death.Born in northern Italy, the young Teresa Merlo was already an active leader in her parish, despite frail health that had prevented her from joining the Cottolengo Sisters. At the age of 21, she met a young priest, Father James...
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Holy Week Discernment Retreat 2019!

Holy Week Discernment Retreat 2019!

The Daughters of St. Paul Holy Week Discernment Retreat!We invite single young women ages 18-33 who are discerning a vocation to the religious life are invited to consider our Holy Week Discernment Retreat 2019! The retreat will take place Wednesday, April 17-Monday, April 22, 2019 at our Novitiate House in Boston. It includes Mass, community prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, a silent retreat day on Good Friday, conferences, an experience of our mission, the celebrations of the Sacred Triduum and E...
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Why Your Name, "Daughters" of Saint Paul?

Why Your Name, "Daughters" of Saint Paul?

Our congregation has an unusual name. Recently, I overheard a parishioner at a parish we were visiting say to one of the sisters, “I didn’t know Saint Paul had daughters!” Of course, Saint Paul wasn’t married and didn’t have a family of his own. But he has had many spiritual sons and daughters over the past 2000 years. When I first visited the Daughters of Saint Paul to discern my vocation, I did so despite their name. I loved my first visit at their ...
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What Are You Doing for World Youth Day?

What Are You Doing for World Youth Day?

“I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). These familiar words of the Blessed Mother are on the lips of millions of young people this week as World Youth Day is celebrated in Panama, January 22 to January 27. This theme is reflected in the official theme song for World Youth Day, Hágase en Mí Según Tu Palabra (Let Your Will Be Done in Me):He aquí la sierva del SeñorHágase en mí segú...
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Discover a New Title (and Devotion!) to Mary

Discover a New Title (and Devotion!) to Mary

Postulant Orianne shares some of her initial impressions about the Pauline devotion to Mary as Queen of Apostles.
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Fourth Week of Advent: Taste the Joy of Christmas!

Fourth Week of Advent: Taste the Joy of Christmas!

We’ve come to the last “moment” of waiting for our guest! Having renewed our sight in order to see well the signs of the times, having reinforced the foundation on which we base our life, and having reflected on how we can give time to others…one a quick glance at ourselves for the last little touches and we’re there! With our most welcoming smile, let us open the door: our guest has arrived!The Gospel of the fourth week of Advent (Luke 1:39-45)Mary set outand trav...
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What's It Like Getting Ready for Christmas in the Convent?

What's It Like Getting Ready for Christmas in the Convent?

What is Advent like in the convent? …is not a question that anyone has ever asked me, now that I think about it. But some of you might be curious! So let me share a few of the hallmarks of Advent in a Daughters of St. Paul convent.
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What Can I Do During Advent to Help My Discernment?

What Can I Do During Advent to Help My Discernment?

Advent is a privileged time for growing closer to Jesus, and for placing your discernment in his hands. Beginning today, and for each of the four weeks of Advent, we invite you to join us for a weekly “appointment” online. Each Sunday you will find a reflection on the Sunday Gospel, inviting you to consider these three points: What will you take away that you do not need? What will you prepare? And what will you say to Jesus, the awaited Guest?
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Powerful Daily Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Powerful Daily Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Here is a lovely prayer to the Holy Spirit to help you in your daily discernment of seeking and embracing God's will, and your vocational discernment. And here is the text of both the advice and actual prayer, written by Cardinal Mercier:I am going to reveal to you the secret of sanctity and happiness. Every day for five minutes control your imagination and close your eyes to all the noises of the world in order to enter into yourself. Then, in the sanctuary of your baptized soul (...
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How Much Do Sisters Pray?

How Much Do Sisters Pray?

How much praying does a sister do, and why is prayer such an important part of a sister's life?
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Me—a Media Nun? Seriously? (Proof that God has a sense of humor.)

Me—a Media Nun? Seriously? (Proof that God has a sense of humor.)

Postulant Allison shares her journey from technologically incompetent high school student to becoming an aspiring #MediaNun (or a postulant of the Daughters of St. Paul)
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Holy Hour To Adore Jesus the Divine Master, Our Way, Truth, and Life

Holy Hour To Adore Jesus the Divine Master, Our Way, Truth, and Life

Tomorrow, October 28, 2018, the Pauline Family celebrates the Feast of Jesus, the Divine Master, Way, Truth, and Life.  We’d like to invite you to celebrate with us by sharing with you a Holy Hour of Adoration—which our Founder encouraged us to call our daily “visit with Jesus.” We pray that all of us may enter more fully into our relationship with Christ who truly is the Way, Truth, and Life for each of us and for all of humanity. Visit with Jesus, th...
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