Founder of Pauline Family
BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE OF BLESSED FR.
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at St. Christopher's church in San
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A MAN OF OUR TIME
"To join the
contemplative life to activity is to form the most perfect life. Burn
brightly and cast light! Two things are meritorious: personal
sanctification and zeal for God's glory."
Alberione: Founder of Pauline Family
Fr. James Alberione was born on April 4, 1884 in Piedmont,
His normal day began during the night, took seriously the
invitation of Jesus to pray always.
When he was young (16 years old), he was aware that he would
express in the typically Alberionian prayer: "By myself, I can do
nothing. With God I can do everything."
As the first day of the twentieth century was dawning in the
cathedral, something extraordinary was happening to him! He had
always firmly believed in the Real Presence of our Lord in the
Blessed Sacrament, but now he knew Jesus was there, looking lovingly
down on him, forgiving his sins, encouraging his hesitancy, even
suggesting the unthinkable: that he, James, the least of the
students present, should actually do something special for HIM in
the years ahead.
After no less than four hours of fervent prayer, young James
would describe this traumatic spiritual experience in his laconic
and understated way:
"A special light came from the
Host, a greater understanding of the invitation extended by Jesus: 'Come
to me, all of you…' He needed to understand the heart of the great Pope,
the calls sent out by the Church, the true mission of the priest… He felt
deeply obliged to prepare himself to do something for God and for the
people of the new century with whom he would live."
Also, "You were
born of the EUCHARIST. Your food is the EUCHARIST. Your spirituality
is the GOSPEL lived in its entirety as explained by St. Paul. Your
mother and model is MARY."
At the age of 24, after becoming a priest and finishing his
doctorate in theology, he was assigned to be the Spiritual Director.
He was outstandingly successful since it was the happiest of his
Besides traditional spiritual needs such as pastoral
ministry, youth work, care of the poor and sick, the foreign
missions, other aspects of the plan of God were developing: "mass
communications" -- to defend the Church and spread the Good
News; religious congregations of priests, brothers and sisters--an
entire "Family"; his project under the title of the Divine
Master, Way, Truth and Life--St. Paul Apostle and Mary Queen of
Apostles and the Rosary.
Society of St. Paul in 1914--apostolate
to the press, Daughter of St. Paul in
1915--evangelization with radio, film, TV, and mini-media,
Disciples of Divine Master in 1924--dedicated to the Eucharist,
the liturgy and the priesthood, Pastorelle Sisters in 1938--to aid
in pastoral ministry, Apostoline Sisters, Gabrielites--single men,
Annunciationists-single women, Institute of the Holy Family,
Institute of Jesus the Priest--diocesan clergy (during 1950s), and
the Pauline Cooperators.
He encourages his daughters and sons to extend abroad over
the world as of today
Even in the final years of his life, he frequently recited
the Rosary. Every morning he said Mass and every evening he went to
November 26, 1971, he died after the visit of Holy Father,
Paul VI. He still muttered with "I'm praying for everyone," "Hail
Mary," "Ave Maria!" He had begun life with the name of Mary on his
lips and he died pronouncing that same sublime name.
"Here he is, humble, silent,
tireless, always watchful, always recollected with his thoughts, which run
from prayer to work in accordance with the traditional dictum: PRAY AND
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