Alberione Hall, Makati City—The Pauline Family (PF) gathered on May 6 for a Sunday afternoon recollection that dwelt on “Action and Contemplation” in the mind of Blessed James Alberione. Citing historical backgrounds and writing texts of the Founder, Sr. Mary Martha Bruan, PDDM, in her the talk highlighted the integration of both contemplation and action in the life of the Blessed James Alberione who “worked on his knees.” The representatives of the members of the PF present shared stories and reflections in the buzz session, prayers in the liturgy and food in the fellowship that followed. 

The Pious Disciples of Divine Master (PDDM) whose charism highlights these aspects of the theme in their priestly apostolate was tasked to begin this Centennial series as they took charge in the registration, liturgy and preparation of the materials which should be shared (echoed to) with other PF members who could not make it to the gathering. 

The series of monthly recollections is part of the implementation of the projects approved by the PF Provincial Governments in the country when they met last October 24, 2011 for the celebration of the Centenary of the Pauline Charism come 2014. Fr. Mario Sobrejuanite, SSP, one of the members of the PF Equipe for Pauline Spirituality explained that the recollections are a deepening of the “wealths of the Pauline Charism” bequeathed by the founder. He stressed this also in his own talk last year when the PF commemorated the death anniversary of the Blessed Founder.

Fotos by Frs. Ruben Areño and Restie de la Pena