Friday, December 31, 2010
A Pauline New Year's
"Come to me, all of you": These words from the Gospel of Matthew were the beginning of Bl. James Alberione's inspiration to found the Pauline Family and the Daughters of St. Paul. He felt Jesus in the Eucharist speaking these words to him on the "night between the centuries," December 31, 1900-January 1, 1901. Bl. Alberione knew that he was being called not only to give all of himself to God, but also to bring all of humanity to God. Because of this "Night of Light," it is now our tradition to spend New Year's Eve and part of New Year's Day on retreat. We make an Hour of Adoration together on New Year's Eve, praying with gratitude for the past year and offering ourselves to God for the coming year. We also pray in a special way for the needs of our families and friends, those we meet in our mission (whether we meet literally or virtually!), and indeed the needs of the whole world. We will remember you as we go before the Master this evening. Your prayer intentions are always welcome, either as a comment or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We invite you to spend a few minutes with our Eucharistic Lord this New Year's as well. May 2011 be for you and your loved ones a year of grace and peace!