Daughters of St. Paul

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Well, I’m back from the Daughters of St. Paul Summer Retreat! I’m so excited! Every time, I go to the Pauline Motherhouse in Boston, I come back filled with a renewed love for this community and their charism.
One of the reasons I’m so excited is because I was asked if I would consider entering in the next couple of years…maybe even as soon as next summer!!! My stomach feels as if it’s full of butterflies and my heart skips a beat every time I think about it! Please pray for me. I’m trying to figure out what God wants of me. My mom is freaking out a little bit. Because I’m the oldest, it’s going to be difficult for her to let me go. She tells me it’s ok, which is a relief on my part, but I still catch her looking at me sometimes and when I ask her what’s wrong she says “I can’t believe you’re going to leave….but what ever God wants and whatever makes you happy is ok with me.” I guess she’s still getting used to the idea….I hope… :-) My dad hasn’t said much to me, but I heard from my mom that he’s all right with my entering. He said to my mom that as long as I’m happy and it’s what God wants, he’d be satisfied with whatever I choose to do.
I’m not sure whether I should finish two years of college and enter in the summer of 2010 or since I don’t have a declared major if I should just enter next summer (2009). (Please pray for me!!!)

Some people have asked me what the ordinary day of a Daughter of St. Paul looks like.
Here is a typical day of a Pauline Sister:
5:40 am -rising
6:10 am -Morning Meditation
6:40 am -Morning Prayer
7:00 am -Mass
7:30 am -Breakfast
8:30 am -Work in the apostolate
During the program the retreatants had classes and/or outings at this time.
12:30pm- Lunch
1:30 pm- Work in the apostolate
Same as in the morning, retreatants had classes and/or outings at this time.
6:10 pm- Evening prayer
6:30 pm- Supper
7:30 pm- Recreation
9:00 pm- Lectio Divina- silence
10:00pm or 10:30pm- Lights out- profound silence

*Paulines are to make an hour of Adoration at any point during the day.
Weekends are a little different…

The participants of the retreat had classes during the day. Our classes were given by various Sisters in the community. Several of these classes had corresponding outings. Some of the topics were:
-Mother Thecla Merlo (The co-foundress)
-The Eucharist
-The Pauline Vocation
-St. Paul
-Question and Answer on Vocations
-Art and Architecture

Along with classes we were able to have apostolic experience. This is where each of us were assigned to assist a sister with her job. It was really neat to see what all of the sisters do. I was supposed to help Sr. Bridget in the sound studio, but unfortunately she had a spur burst in her knee while we were there so she was in a lot of pain the day I was supposed to have apostolic experience (Please keep Sr. Bridget in your prayers!). Anyway, I ended up going to editorials with two other retreatants instead. We set up a data base of authors for the editorials staff. We also reviewed stories for a classroom story collection. It was interesting. Sr. Bridget and I were both disappointed that I couldn’t help in the Studio, but she promised that next time I came, I would get to help her! (Yay!)

One of the days we were able to go to their retreat house, St. Thecla‘s. There we made a full day silent retreat. It was so beautiful and peaceful. For 30 minutes during the silent retreat we met with either Sr. Margaret Michael (The vocation directress) or Sr. Christine. At the end of the day, we had a group conference. I could really tell that the Holy Spirit was at work in every one of us!

Because June 29 was the opening of the Year of St. Paul, our two weeks were centered on St. Paul’s letters. Each of the participants were assigned a letter to read and reflect on. In view of St. Paul’s feast day , on June 30 all of us on the retreat, threw a “St. Paul Party” for all of the sisters. It was so much fun! We created a skit, played some games, and even had a sing-along! (Not forgetting to mention that Sr. Alice helped us to bake some delicious goodies for the refreshment table!)

So much more happened during those two weeks….but my post is already long enough!!!! Thank you for your prayers while I was in Boston, please know that I prayed for you everyday!
I’ll keep you updated, and in the meantime, let us continue to pray for one another!
Thank You and God Bless!

St. Paul the Apostle, Pray for us.
Mary, Queen of the Apostles, Pray for us.
Jesus Master, Way, Truth, and Life, Have mercy on us.


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