PAULINE FAMILY GATHERING
November 26, 2006
Family Juniors' Big Day
November 3-4, 2006
TO THE PAULINE FAMILY
Dear brothers and sisters!
Today, representing the entire Pauline Family, you have come to meet the Successor
of Peter. I am very happy to welcome you and thank you for your kind visit.
I wish to greet the Superior General of the Society of St. Paul and express
my deep appreciation for the gracious words with which he has presented the
spirit of the evangelizing activity which you together seek to undertake.
I greet the General Councillors, the Superiors, the numerous Confreres and
collaborators , and extend my cordial greetings to your entire Institution
with its diverse branches, both male and female. To all of you in general
and to each one personally I express my appreciation for the service which
you render for the spread of the Gospel through the modern means of social
communication, following the example and teachings of your Founder, Blessed
James Alberione. In the first place I think of the magazine Famiglia Cristiana
and the other periodicals, the Edizione San Paolo and your well known Book
Dear friends, to proclaim the Gospel, serving it through the modern means
of communication, requires above all a firm personal adherence to the Divine
Master. Your Founder was deeply aware of this ascetic and spiritual exigency
and fittingly for this he has placed at the very heart of every apostolic
undertaking and house of your Institute the Eucharist, the listening to the
Word of God and a profound spirit of prayer. As he was deeply in love with
the Lord, Fr. Alberione had asked his followers, priests and laity, to cultivate
a strong interior life, well-balanced and rich in discernment. He presented
the Apostle Paul as a model for all, who in the areopagus in Athens, guided
by the Holy Spirit, knew how to adapt his message to the cultural context
in which he found himself and at the same time, did not fail to present with
courage and frankness the absolute uniqueness of Christ(cf Acts 17, 22-32).
The recent General Chapter of the Society of St. Paul, has proposed anew to
all the Paulines that programmatic exhortation of Fr. Alberione "to be
St. Paul alive today." May all of you make his the distinguishing spirit
and style of the Apostle of the gentiles, in actualizing the missionary work
in this our post-modern era. Carry it out, in collaboration with the Successor
of Peter and the Pastors of the particular Churches, with the unceasing yearning
to reach to the heart of many of our contemporaries the saving message of
My Venerable Predecessors in the past did use many occasions to express their
well-deserved esteem and affection towards the Pauline Family, encouraging
her and stimulating her to walk in fidelity to the charism that it has been
given and which constitutes a wealth for the entire ecclesial community. To
their words, I most willingly add mine, wishing that your religious Family
may know more to fulfill her mission always, that is to live and to give to
the world of today Jesus Master,Way, Truth and Life with the forms
and languages of today's communication media. I exhort you, therefore, to
renew the commitment, that is proper to you, to be an educative presence at
the service of the Christian community, until in its diverse forms, it develops
a better communicative capacity, in the image of Jesus, in whom the communication
between God and humanity has reached its perfection (cf. Apostolic Letter
The Rapid Development,5).
Thank you once
again for your visit. I assure each of you my affection and pray to the Lord
that you may follow with fidelity the work begun by Blessed James Alberione
with his protection and that of other holy men and women of the Pauline Family.
May you be guided and accompanied, above all by Mary Most Holy, model of the
one who welcomes the divine Word and gives it integrally to the world.
(Excerpts from the Address of the Holy Father to the Pauline Family, October