Today, November 26, is the feast day of Blessed James Alberione, the Founder of the Daughters of St. Paul and the entire Pauline Family. Sister Helena Burns, fsp, captures his spirit well in the trailer for the film she making about his life with Spirit Juice Studios: http://www.youtube.com/user/helraphaelfsp?ob=5#p/u/32/A_-LZ8Jh_WU Our newly designed website also has his biography up in poster form. If you don’t know anything about this amazing evangelizer, check it out here.
In honor of Alberione’s approach to the media as gifts of God, here is a prayer inspired by his writings:
Canticle of the Media of Social Communication
Response: Blessed by the Lord our God.
Blessed be the Lord our God, for our sister, the printed word, food for the intellect and light for the soul. R
We pray to you, Lord, for all the journalists of the world, cartoon and poster designers, publicity artists. R
Fill with the light of your wisdom writers, printers, distributors, and readers; keep them in your love and at the humble service of truth. R.
Praise be to you, O Lord, for our brother Cinema and his dynamic story-telling. He has the fascinating power of dialogue, drama, music and visual. R.
Guide, O Lord, producers, directors, actors and audiences towards all that is true and good, all that celebrated life and love of God. R.
Blessed be the Lord our God for our sister Radio who walks on the wings of the wine and makes the earth seem small. R.
We pray for all radio stations and transmitters; may this gift of God and work of humans be used for the freedom and growth and brotherhood of all your children. R.
Praise be to you, O Lord, for television. May this pulpit in the heart of every home not disturb but increase harmony in families and prepare a people guided by Gospel values. R.
Praise be to you, Lord God, for email and internet, CD, FAX, cell-phone, social media, and all the powerful means for the service of communication in the world and your Kingdom. May they sing your praise and glory. Amen. R.
Prayer for the Intercession of Blessed James Alberione
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we thank you in union with the whole Church and in Jesus Master the Way, the Truth and the Life for the gift of sanctity, light and grace bestowed on your faithful servant James Alberione, the untiring apostle of the Gospel to the whole world. Grant that we may follow his example with complete fidelity to his spirit. May he be a guide and protector of all those who work for the coming of the Kingdom of God through the means of social communication. May he be to us light, guide and support in our work of sanctification and in our apostolate. Through his intercession grant us the graces we need. Mary, Queen of the Apostles, and St. Paul the Apostle, graciously support our petitions with your intercession. Amen.