spiritual life is supported by three spiritual hinges: Prayer of the
Church, that is, Morning and Evening Prayer, Daily Eucharist and Eucharistic
Silence and contemplative prayer are channels which allow us to
strengthen our interior life and learn the true art of listening,
communication and discipleship
Our day begins with Meditation on the Word of God from the
liturgy of the day where after invoking the Holy Spirit,
we seek to see how this same word speaks to our lives and gives us
nourishment for our journey as Christians.
In the Morning Prayer of
the Church, we are often joined by other members of the larger
praying community. Together this small nucleus of God's people joins
in spiritual communion with the universal Church, praying the psalms.
The Liturgy of the Hours along with the
Eucharist, the Prayer of the Church
has formed part of the Roman Catholic Church's public worship
from the earliest times where the early Christians continued the Jewish practice of reciting prayers at
certain hours of the day or night. St. Paul tells us to pray always
without ceasing. Did you ever wonder how this is possible? For
centuries, clergy, religious and contemplatives pray or chant the
Divine Office (Liturgy of Hours). It's a tradition of santifying
certain times of the day.
|When our first sisters Sr. M.
Scholastica Rivata and Sr. M.Metilda Gherlotto asked the Founder
what their new mission would be, he answered them with the words:
"Silence, silence, silence". For years our sisters sought to
understand what the Founder intended when he commended these
It is worth noting that 'silent' and 'listen' have the same
letters! If we want to cultivate our relationship with God, to
be silent, we have to listen. Thus in silence we can allows the
words seep into our
Only when we recognize the rich network of connections between
the Eucharist and our life in the world can the Eucharist be
‘worldly’ and our life ‘Eucharistic’”. We are in relationship
with Jesus who is “God-for-us, God-with us, God-within-us”, a
God who gave us everything without counting the cost. Our
response to such generosity cannot be but one of gratitude or
"Eucharist". It is the Eucharistic life which makes the difference
and not just the Eucharist. In this way, each one of us is called to be bread
broken for the life of the world. As Disciples of the Divine
Master, we strive to help others come to this awareness.
We look to Mary, the Mother of God and the
first disciple always obedient to the Word. We welcome the
divine plan with the same attitude she had: “I am the
handmaid of the Lord, let what you have said be done to me.”
Contemplating Mary, we contemplate the icon
of her Son, the only Begotten Son of God. The one and the other
are inseparable. The “yes” of Jesus Master throughout his life,
and especially upon the cross, is the basis for the “yes” of
Mary his disciple: “I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be
done to me as you say” (Lk 1:26-38; cf Jn 19:25-27).
The Queen of Apostles precedes us in announcing to the world the
death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus (cf Acts 1:14) and
shows us how to follow in his footsteps.
Fr. James Alberione, inspired by the Holy
Spirit, named the Apostle St. Paul, the servant of Christ Jesus,
chosen beforehand to announce the Gospel (cf Rom 1:1), as the
father and founder of the Pauline Family.
The figure of St. Paul is presented in his letters as Apostle