Curious about religious life? Take a coffee break with us this Canada Day (July 1) for some live Q&A with @sisterkhristina and @orianne_jn! Sr. Khristina (from Toronto) is preparing to take her final vows as a @daughterstpaul this summer. Sr. Orianne (from the Diocese of Pembroke) is beginning her second year of novitiate. DM us with your questions, and join us live next Wednesday! #medianuns @archtoronto #discernment @vocationsoutreach @vocationsto @vocations_vancouver @vocationslondon
105 years ago today, the @DaughterStPaul were born! On June 15, 1915, three weeks after Italy entered the war against Austria, Father James Alberione put a sign on the door of a small building in Alba, Northern Italy (near the central red pin in the photo). This building was the former printing school of the first members of the Society of Saint Paul, who in August 1914 began learning typography in view of one day printing the Gospel for the whole world to read. The sign contained only two words: “Women’s Workshop.” What women? When asked whom Fr. Alberione was referring to, he answered with an evasive, “God will provide.” The Daughters of St. Paul had no formal existence yet—not even a name. It would be nearly two more weeks before Fr. Alberione would meet Teresa Merlo, our co-foundress and first Superior General, in the sacristy of a small church and invite her to join the future Congregation of the Daughters of St. Paul. Still, we regard June 15 as our birthday. Father Alberione's faith in God gave birth to us long before the first Daughter of St. Paul ever appeared on the scene. For this, we are eternally grateful. Faith moves mountains. Faith gives birth. What act of faith will God call forth from you today, for the life of the world? Happy 105th Birthday, #medianuns! @sr.maryleonora @srjulia @srmagdalenafsp @crabbymystic @sr.verenag @paulus_schwestern @srmmichaelfsp @hoffartrebecca @sister_allison @hajamanana_virginie @pursuedbytruth @andrea_fsp @kerrygma @srmariaelizb @srbethanyfsp @forjoyssake @srjackiegee @srseanm @sremilybeata @srpaulafsp @srandrewfsp @srjteclafsp @danielleshabit @srnancy @srmariakim @mlw.fsp @sisterkhristina @sjcaritas @heysisterlinh @srkathrynhermes @mysistersfsp @paulinebooksandmedia ... ... and 2000+ more worldwide! (Tag the #medianuns we missed in the comments)
Deo Gratias! We express our deep gratitude to the bishops and priests of @archtoronto for their many sacrifices, creativity, and prayer while shepherding us through these past several months. As we look forward to the reopening of our churches for Sunday worship on June 20, we have much to prepare for: the cleaning of churches, establishing safe practices ... ... and most importantly, sanitizing our hearts to receive Jesus in the Eucharist again. Only Jesus can cleanse our hearts. But as we count down to June 20, we can prepare a place for Him to come. Let us ask Jesus to show us what we've been collecting in our hearts throughout this pandemic: anxiety or gratitude? Fear or peace? Worry or trust? Let us take a deeper look at the Mass, at Holy Communion, and at the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In the Sacraments, the Lord uses what we see, hear, taste, and touch to give us a share in His life. We have been deprived of many of these; as we return, how can we become more attentive to what the Lord is offering us here? Our Lord is not content with long-distance or virtual relationships. He wants to be with us in flesh and blood. Communion is His desire even more than it is ours. Do I know the God who loves me this much? As #medianuns, we would be remiss if we didn't offer some book suggestions to help you ask these questions, welcome our Lord's response, and prepare your heart for His coming. Swipe for some spiritual reading ideas ... ... and let the Word of God touch and transform your heart, that you may better taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Hope. Always. Wait ... really?! If you're looking for hope these days, you'll want to preorder our latest book from @paulinebooksandmedia and @krisfrank (releasing in Canada later this month). Of the three cardinal virtues of faith, hope, and charity, hope may be the hardest to define. We often reduce hope to a mere optimism about the future, or we may see it as synonymous with trust in God. In Hope Always, Kris Frank, a popular Catholic speaker and youth minister, offers his down-to-earth and personal reflections on hope and how this crucial but often-misunderstood virtue can change our perspective on life’s difficulties. Sharing stories from his own experience, along with Scripture passages and theological commentary solidly grounded in Church teaching, Frank teaches by example, demonstrating how the practice of hope can help any person, in any state of life, and in any situation. Each chapter tackles a different tough topic and shows how hope can transform a difficult situation. Whether someone is anxious, grieving, discouraged, or troubled in any way, hope in God reveals that there is a path forward, however challenging it might be. Frank tells us “hope is neither nebulous nor ethereal. Hope has a name. Hope has a face.” By placing our trust in the person of Jesus, we can learn to anchor our lives in something, or Someone, greater than mere human confidence. Drop anchor today. Call or DM us for preorders, and let hope arise. #medianuns
Over the last twelve days, we — as many of you — have been overcome with sorrow at the death of George Floyd. In those eight minutes in which he couldn’t breathe, the ugly horror of racism was exposed for the world to see, for each of us to see. How heavy the burden of fear, pain and suffering our black brothers and sisters have borne and continue to carry! We want to offer you some resources for reflection, prayer, and personal resolutions in the days to come. More than twenty of our sisters in the United States and outside collaborators came together to draft a letter and gather several links for more information, all of which are available through the link in our bio. Although these words are addressed specifically to our brothers and sisters in the United States, they speak to us just as strongly here in Canada. May we all heed the call to conversion and love that our Lord has placed before us. God bless you. #rendyourhearts • Artwork by @danielleshabit
Beginning tomorrow, we will be handing out free rosaries and prayer cards (while they last) on the lawn outside our book centre. If you have never prayed the rosary before, we would love to show you how. When we contemplate the life of Jesus in the Rosary, we learn to see our lives in the light of His life. In the Rosary, we come to Jesus with our unique circumstances, histories, traumas, anger, and hopes, and we invite Jesus to show us how he lived through and redeemed every element of our human experience. Jesus took our human nature upon Himself to make it holy. He wants to dwell in us and sanctify our ways of knowing and understanding, our personalities and our preferences, our cultures and heritages. In every person and nation, God offers us a unique glimpse of Who He is. We need all of us, together, if we want to contemplate the “length and width and height and depth of God’s love” that shines through the diversity of His children. We also need the Holy Spirit to help us see what is holy in each other, and to conquer the sins of thought, word, action, and omission that tarnish the image of God in us. We hold with reverence the many important stories that are being shared on social media in these days, along with the calls to listen deeply, pray and share these testimonies of injustice and racism to create lasting change. Our hearts also ache from the violence, hasty judgments, and intolerance that are threatening to silence what is authentically holy in these stories. We need discernment and ongoing conversion. We need the Holy Spirit to renew our minds and help us see what is “good and acceptable and perfect” in each other (cf. Romans 12:2), and we need the grace of God to redeem the habits, assumptions, and ways of thinking that are sowing division and oppression. Please join us in working and praying for these intentions. And if you're in our area, we hope to see you on our front lawn ❤ #medianuns #rendyourhearts
30 days and counting ... ! June 30 is the Solemnity of Saint Paul and a great feast day for us @DaughterStPaul and the Pauline family. To celebrate, we will be posting short reflections inspired by St. Paul, our patron and spiritual father, throughout the month of June. We will also be launching our first kids' colouring contest this Friday. Stay tuned for details and an opportunity to win our Encounter the Saints chapter book on the life of St. Paul by our own Sr. Mary Lea Hill! Saint Paul the Apostle, preacher of truth and doctor of the Gentiles, intercede for us to God, who chose you! #medianuns #monthwithstpaul
+++ Courage and Faith +++ We are reopening today with a special section in our book centre. The books on this shelf were handpicked by our sisters to meet you and your family's needs: the need to heal, to rest, to pray, to laugh, to reconnect with God and others, to navigate depression or stress, and more. Featuring @pursuedbytruth @mpaulcurley @srkathrynhermes @frference @catholichipster
We are RE-OPENING! On Tuesday, May 18 (after Victoria Day) we are re-opening our doors to welcome you back inside our book centre! Over these next few days, we are cleaning, installing plexiglass shields at our checkout counter, and doing some redecorating ... like hanging a new icon of St. Paul and inspiring words from our Founder, Blessed James Alberione, in our front entrance (both lovingly printed and framed by Sr. Domenica). Oh, and we asked a generous priest to bless a lot of holy water for us, so we can refill your holy water bottles, too, if your church is closed 😉🙏💧 Most importantly, we are praying for you daily. We know this remains a difficult time for all of us. We are here for YOU, and we look forward to learning how we can serve you and your families in these days. Enjoy the holiday weekend, stay safe, and may God bless you!