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Father Alberione’s Three Things to Think About During Lent

Father Alberione’s Three Things to Think About During Lent

From the many writings that Blessed James Alberione left to the Daughters of St. Paul, here are the three things that he encouraged us to think about during Lent. As you enter into your Lenten journey, may these thoughts help you to draw closer to Jesus and to receive his love—which is what Lent is all about! “Let us draw encouragement from three things. First: Jesus crucified. Let us picture the sufferings Jesus endured during his passion: the scourgings, the spits of the soldi...
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What's Been Happening and What's Coming Up

What's Been Happening and What's Coming Up

Wow! We're almost a whole month in to 2020 already! There's been a lot happening around our convents, and lots more coming up! What's Been Happening:January 1: We brought in the New Year, as we always do, with Eucharistic Adoration until midnight on New Year's Eve. Bl. James Alberione received the inspiration to found our community in Eucharistic Adoration on New Year's Eve, 1900-1901. Around the world, Daughters of St. Paul gather in adoration to thank Jesus the Divine ...
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A Meditation with Saint Paul

A Meditation with Saint Paul

This Saturday, we will celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. This feast calls us to live like St. Paul---in utter honesty and transparency with God, in untiring gift of self toward others, and with our eyes always on Jesus who has both emptied us and filled us. St. Paul calls us to live like Jesus! Here is a meditation by Sr. Emily Beata on St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians. St. Paul the Apostle, pray for us! Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in ...
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Praying the Last Days of Advent

Praying the Last Days of Advent

Reflecting with the “O Antiphons” From www.usccb.org: The Roman Church has been singing the "O" Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17-23. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but present ones as well. Thei...
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Visiting the Convent for the First Time? DON’T PANIC!

Visiting the Convent for the First Time? DON’T PANIC!

Novice Sr. Allison shares what her first visit to a convent was like....
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Discernment as "Co-Authoring"

Discernment as "Co-Authoring"

Recently, I received a reminder that my spiritual life is--surprise, surprise!--NOT about me! I was talking with a Sister, and she shared this insight with me: the spiritual life is not so much about looking at ourselves as it is about looking at God. If we start by looking at Him and listening to Him, then we can be sure that we are on the right path. Likewise for discernment--we are not at the center of our discernment, God is! The Holy Spirit is! So, the discernment tip of the day is--lo...
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Meet Sr. Mary Peter!

Meet Sr. Mary Peter!

This week, meet Sr. Mary Peter! Originally from Ohio, Sr. Peter has been stationed everywhere from Alaska to Hawaii and back! She has worked in our bookcenters, on parish evangelization, with our Pauline Cooperators, and much more. She is praying for you! What is your name? Sr. Mary PeterWhere are you from originally? Youngstown, OHHow long have you been a Sister? 59 years (I entered on June 15, 1960)Briefly, how did you meet the Daughters of St. Paul? I met the Daughters of St. Paul in the...
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Mary is Mother, Teacher, and Queen

Mary is Mother, Teacher, and Queen

August is traditionally known as the “month of heaven,” because during August we celebrate the feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven (August 15), and the feast of the coronation of Mary as Queen of heaven and earth (August 22). Bl. James Alberione and Mother Thecla Merlo always encouraged us to look to heaven and think of paradise, especially when things are tough. Here are two prayers written by Bl. Alberione and Mother Thecla to help you do just that!Mary our Queen, Mother, a...
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St. Paul Summer Program 2019

St. Paul Summer Program 2019

St. Paul Summer Program 2019!We invite young women entering, currently in, or just finishing high school who want to learn more about the vocation to the religious life to consider our St. Paul Summer Program! This year’s summer program will take place Thursday, July 25-Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at our Novitiate House in Boston. The program includes daily Mass and Adoration, Morning and Evening Prayer with the community, an experience of our mission in our publishing house, writing and art tr...
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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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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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