Saturday, April 14, 2018

Beatification Anniversary

On April 14, 1985 in Rome, Mother Pauline von Mallinckrodt was beatified by Pope John Paul II.  In his homily during Blessed Pauline's beatification, the Holy Father made special note of her love of God and of the poor and of her kindness, trust, faithfulness and self-sacrifice.  He also mentioned Blessed Pauline's exercise of humility and patience amidst her bold (some translators would say "audacious") plans, which were carried out among struggles and difficulties.  In the conclusion of his remarks about Blessed Pauline, Pope John Paul II noted that her message is always current: To courageously and trustingly seek God in our suffering brothers and sisters.

More information about Blessed Pauline is available here.

Today, as we celebrate the anniversary of the beatification of our Foundress, we pray that we may continue to follow her example:  Blessed Pauline, we pray to you:  Lead us to God!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Gaudete et Exsultate

As we reminded you last week, the new Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad:  On the Call to Holiness in Today's World) was released today at noon (Rome time).  It is available here.  Pope Francis explains that his goal in Gaudete et Exsultate is to "repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities.  For the Lord has chosen each one of us 'to be holy and blameless before him in love'" (Eph 1:4) (n. 2).

If you are short on time to read the exhortation, America Magazine has provided "Top Five Takeaways from Pope Francis' Gaudete et Exsultate" (available here).  The "takeaways" are a good introduction, but they are not a substitute for reading the words of Pope Francis.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Rejoice and be glad

According to this press release from the Vatican Press Office, Pope Francis' newest Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate ("Rejoice and Be Glad: On the Call to Holiness in the Contemporary World"), will be released on Monday, April 9.  Click here for more information from Vatican News.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Stop Trafficking for April

The April issue of the Stop Trafficking newsletter is available here