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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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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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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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Third Week of Advent: Teacher, What Should We Do?

Third Week of Advent: Teacher, What Should We Do?

It’s the third week of Advent! The cleaning continues, even though by now the big jobs are done and finally, along with the clean smell of windows and floors scrubbed until they shine, we can begin to smell something delicious in their air. And we begin to feel a desire to share and to communicate…without our even knowing it, a smile appears on our faces: our guest is near!Gospel of the Third Week of AdventLuke 3:10-18The crowds asked John the Baptist,“What should we do?&rdquo...
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The Second Week of Advent: Prepare the Way of the Lord

The Second Week of Advent: Prepare the Way of the Lord

It’s the second week of Advent! We’ve cleaned the “windows,” that is, we’ve cleared a way for our eyes to see what is truly necessary for our life; now it’s time to clean the “floors,” which are the base, the foundation of our life, that support our whole house.Gospel of the Second Sunday of AdventIn the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee,and his brother Philip ...
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The First Week of Advent: Let's Get (Our Hearts) Ready

The First Week of Advent: Let's Get (Our Hearts) Ready

It’s the first week of Advent: the beginning of our journey together. This journey is all based on preparing ourselves for Christmas by preparing our house, which is the intimacy of our heart.
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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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Do We Recognize Jesus "Passing By"

Do We Recognize Jesus "Passing By"

Do we desire God’s love like the blind man desires his sight? Pray with this Lectio Divina on last Sunday's Gospel: the healing of blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52.
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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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Being “Extravagantly Generous” with God: A Lectio Divina

Being “Extravagantly Generous” with God: A Lectio Divina

God recklessly gives us an abundance of his love and desires that we respond to him just as generously: Lectio Divina meditation on Mary washing the feet of Jesus (John 12:2-9).
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Playing Hide-and-Seek with God: Lectio Divina

Playing Hide-and-Seek with God: Lectio Divina

Our God delights in seeking out what has been lost… and he is very persistent! Lectio Divina on the Parables of the Lost, found in Luke 15:1-32.
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Drawing Close to God's Merciful Heart: Lectio DIvina

Drawing Close to God's Merciful Heart: Lectio DIvina

This Lectio Divina meditation on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-12) helps us to reflect on how we receive God’s loving mercy and show it to others.
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