We believe that the Word of God is the remedy people need to recover from their hidden wounds: emotional wounds, family wounds, and spiritual wounds that result from not hearing or living the truth, or not knowing God's mercy.
As #MediaApostles, we reach people through the very media that they already use every day. We have witnessed lives changed and wounds healed through a book, a film, a podcast, or even a song. We’ll share some of those stories with you as we journey together!
Day 9: "We Want to Thank You"
From all of the Sisters, we want to thank each of you who have supported us in our mission during this Mission Appeal and Novena to Our Lady of Fátima. You have contributed with your prayers, donations, messages of encouragement, and your trust, especially in sharing your heartfelt concerns and intentions with us.
Day 9 of our Novena is also the 100th anniversary of the final public apparition of Mary to the children at Fátima, when the sun dancing in the sky miraculously dried the rain-soaked ground and the thousands of people who were present. Mary had promised a miracle, and the Blessed Mother always keeps her promises, including her most important one: "In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph!"
You help fulfill Mary's promise when you share the Word of God with others, because every person, every soul who receives the Gospel is a victory for Mary and her Son.
Thousands of people prayed online with us during this Novena, and we enjoyed it so much that we want to continue praying and sharing the Word of God on Facebook Live every evening. In one of the next issues of this newsletter, we will announce how you can pray with us together online using Facebook.com/AskaCatholicNun
If you haven't had an opportunity to support us during this "launch" of our Mission Appeal, it's not too late! The Novena ends tonight, but we will be continuing our Mission Appeal in various ways throughout the year, especially with our Fundraising Ambassadors. Your prayers and sharing #TheWordHeals with others are also important ways to support the Pauline mission. Whatever you have done, and whatever you are able to do, you will be in our prayers. We pray especially that the promise Mary made to Lúcia will also be true for you: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge, and the way that will lead you to God."
May God bless you and your loved ones abundantly,for all the Daughters of Saint Paul in the USA and CanadaSr. Marie Paul, FSP
To donate by check:
Payable to Daughters of St. Paul. Mail to Sr Margaret Edward Attn. #theWordHeals, 50 St. Paul's Ave., Boston, MA 02130
We fly to your protection, Our Lady of Fatima, Mother of Jesus and Mother of us all, and we ask you to cover us now, as you did a century before, with your shining mantle in that place where Hope lives. But in our own lives today, where bitter sorrows overcome us, reveal patience and rest. Where the heart is tormented with despair, shine the light of healing and hope.
Console the fainthearted, strengthen the weak, soften and enlighten embittered hearts. Heal your suffering children, O Mother of Mercy! Stretch out your hands, filled with healing and cures, O Joy of the sorrowful and Comforter of the afflicted.
O Mary, Our Lady of Fatima, Mother of God, light of my darkened soul, my hope and protection, my joy: you who bore the true Light, enlighten the spiritual eyes of my heart. You who gave birth to the Source of Immortality, give life to me who am dead in sin.
O most tender and loving Mother of the Merciful God and Healer of my soul, remember me to your Son.
Download the novena prayer here.
New Year’s Eve, 1901, Alba, Italy: During all-night adoration, a young sixteen-year-old seminarian felt in his prayer the urgent desires of God’s own heart to rescue and to heal his people in the new century just beginning. In that night of prayer, he was shown the powerful—and at times devastating—effect the media would have on individuals and society in the 20th century. He already could see churches emptying and the powerful influence newspapers and books were having on the lives of millions.
Though James Alberione was still a boy, God planted in him the seeds of a new way of preaching the Gospel and sharing the Word. Instead of waiting for people to come to church, he would go out to them! When people most need God, a song on the radio might become a bridge to open their hearts to him. When they decide they want to learn how to pray, there would be a guide online or a book at hand or a newsletter in their email box. Alberione was deeply moved by how much the Good Shepherd longs to give rest to each one of his sheep. He heard these words, “Come to me, all of you, and I will give you rest.” Alberione had a vocation, and almost 10,000 men and women—religious, lay faithful, and even families—have also been moved to become healers of today’s hidden wounds through evangelizing using the media. James Alberione was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 27, 2003.
He founded our congregation, and today over 2500 Daughters of St Paul carry his vision forward worldwide. We arrived in the United States in 1932, beginning in New York and now present in 14 cities, with the provincial house and novitiate located in Boston, Massachusetts. We have 12 bookstores across the US and in Canada, the Pauline Books and Media publishing house, James Alberione recording studios with Daughters of St. Paul Choir music and concerts, Spanish radio programming worldwide, the Pauline Center for Media Studies, JClub Catholic Book Fairs and online at www.pauline.org. Interested in our newsletter? You can find us in your email box by joining thousands of other happy subscribers here.
Pope Francis’ image for the Church today is striking: “The thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity.... It is necessary to go out and look for people where they live, where they suffer, and where they hope. I like to use the image of a field hospital to describe this ‘Church that goes forth’. …It is a place for urgent care."
#thewordheals is the Daughters of St. Paul’s Online Mission Advancement Campaign theme. Donations to #thewordheals fund vital growth for our mission. Contributions fund projects that make "urgent care" possible through the healing Word of God present in people's everyday encounters with media.
Join us in prayer. Spread the word. Make a contribution. Commit to being a partner in healing the world by creating a page, setting a goal, and sharing your novena or your story. Our goal for this Annual Mission Campaign is to raise $80,000 this year.