Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Thoughts from Blessed James Alberione

April 27 is the second anniversary of the beatification of Fr. James Alberione, founder of the Pauline Family. On that day, Pope John Paul said of him:

"In the heart of that chosen priest...beats once again the heart of the Apostle Paul who, won over by Christ, sought to announce him as ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life.’ Attentive to the signs of the times, Fr Alberione did not only open the modern "pulpits" of the media to evangelization, but conceived of his work as an organic action in the Church and at her service. This insight gave rise to ten institutes in all, which, in the same spirit, continue the work he began.”

From its humble origin in the poor city of Alba in Piedmont, Italy, the Pauline Family has spread throughout the world.

Our main website at www.pauline.org has an extensive section on Alberione. Here are a couple of his thoughts:

The process of sanctification is a process of Christification: "until Christ be formed in you." Therefore, we will be saints in the measure in which we live the life of Jesus Christ—or better, in the measure in which Jesus Christ lives in us. "The Christian is another Christ." This is what St. Paul says of himself: "I live, but no longer I; it is Christ who lives in me."Christification comes about gradually until we reach "the full stature of Jesus Christ," just as a child gradually grows into an adult (CISP 11).

He who does things makes mistakes (sometimes). But he who does nothing lives a continuous mistake (FP 70).

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