Pauline Spirit

short works on Paul
November 17, 2008, 8:45 pm
Filed under: Paul resources, Pauline Year

The Catholic New World (Archdiocese of Chicago) is starting to post Pauline Year articles by Sr. Anne Flanagan, fsp. This was the second in the series: The Conversion of St. Paul. This article is missing an important credit line. The whole article was inspired by Sr. Armanda Santos’ soon-to-be-released “Facing the Apostle Paul,” a study of Pauline theology in the light of the artistic heritage. Especially with regard to the treatment of the Caravaggio works, many insights came directly from Sr. Armanda.

And speaking of Caravaggio, here’s a wonderfully insightful article on his 1601 painting of the Conversion of St. Paul (he did another one the year before).


Pauline Year Pilgrimage
October 28, 2008, 4:29 pm
Filed under: Pauline Year, Spirituality

For St. Paul, reaching Rome meant being able to preach to the whole world. Since his martyrdom “outside the walls” (circa 67), Rome is forever associated with the Apostle of the Gentiles.

The Pauline Family in the US announces a pilgrimage in honor of St. Paul: A week in Rome, preceded by Milan, northern Italy (birthplace of the Pauline Family), Assisi and Orvieto, and followed up with an optional visit to Malta. Daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and Scripture study.  For info:

New Book from Birmingham
June 18, 2008, 5:07 pm
Filed under: books, Paul resources, Pauline Year

The Diocese of Birmingham is busy with preparations for the Year of Saint Paul, called for by Pope Benedict XVI last year, which begins this year on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29) and concludes one year later on the same Feast.

Shortly after his installation last October, Bishop Robert J. Baker commissioned Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., to write a bible study guide for parish and school use within the diocese during the Pauline Year. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing in Indiana agreed to co-publish the book, “Saint Paul: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics” with The Birmingham Catholic Press making it available to all Catholics throughout the world looking for a resource to use in celebration of the Year of Saint Paul.

The book, now released, includes six sessions covering Saint Paul’s teaching on the Sacraments as well as his missionary activity. The appendix of the book includes a reference checklist to enable the reader to study the Letters of Saint Paul during the year.

In September and October of 2008, Father Pacwa will present a lecture on each of the six sessions in the book at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Birmingham. Parishes in the diocese will conduct the bible study on Saint Paul this Fall and in the Spring of 2009.

Conversion of St. Paul Mass
June 3, 2008, 1:11 am
Filed under: Pauline Year

The feast of the Conversion of St. Paul falls on a Sunday in 2009. Usually, that means the saint’s day gives way before the higher dignity of the Lord’s Day, but for the Pauline Year, the feast day liturgy will be permitted:
From the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments: “The Apostle St. Paul, who proclaimed the truth of Christ to the whole world and did so after being Christ’s persecutor, spent himself in using every means to proclaim the Good News to the nations, committing himself
with zeal to the unity and concord of all Christians, has always been and continues to be venerated by the faithful, especially in this particular year, the bimillennium of his birth, which the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI desired to institute as a special jubilee year.

“Thus, in virtue the faculties conferred on this Congregation by the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI, it is permitted, in an extraordinary manner, that on Jan. 25, 2009, the Third Sunday ‘per annum,’ a Mass according to the formulary ‘Conversion of St. Paul,’ as is found in the Roman Missal, may be celebrated in the individual churches. In such a case, the second reading of the Mass is taken from the Roman Lectionary for the Third Sunday ‘per annum,’ and the Creed will be recited.”

June 3, 2008, 1:04 am
Filed under: Pauline Year

Here’s a Pauline Year resource coming from the Missionary Society of St. Paul, a relatively new community founded in Nigeria, but now very active in the US. The 30-day walk with St. Paul is a great way to prepare for the opening of the Pauline Year at the end of the month!