Last Chance To Join in Media Spirituality Retreat!

ChristLivesinMeTomorrow (Wednesday, September 21), is the cut-off date for registration for the Clay Pots Retreat for communications artists, professionals, and enthusiasts. Last week our team of sisters finalized the schedule and conference topics. If you need a little get-away or want to revitalize your spiritual life and your media life, or simply to learn more about living a genuine communications spirituality, this will be an awesome retreat!

We #MediaNuns are already praying for the retreatants! You can find out more information or register at www.pauline.org/retreat

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Catholic Communicators Retreat Registration Open

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I’m really excited that this year we are finally able to get our long-awaited retreat for communications arts professionals off the ground! A wonderful team of Daughters of Saint Paul—Sr. Kathryn Hermes, Sr. Margaret Michael Gillis, Sr. Carmen Christi Pompei—will be leading the retreat with me. Taking a Pauline approach, we will focus on the special gifts and challenges of centering our lives on Christ, while fully engaging in the often-fragmenting world of communication. I will be sharing material from the recent seminar on apostolic mysticism that I participated in in Rome. I hope to see you here!

As communication professionals and media artists, we have a special relationship with truth, beauty, and goodness and we strive to communicate those in a compelling way. But the demanding nature of our work as artists and communicators in today’s hyper, secularized media culture heightens our awareness that the treasure we are called to communicate must flow through us, even though we are flawed clay pots. This Catholic retreat invites us to nurture our contemplation of the Treasure within, and revitalize how we communicate God’s Glory in a compelling way.

If you work in communications or entertainment, “Clay Pots” is the retreat for you.

  • A weekend at St. Thecla’s Retreat House in Billerica MA with the Daughters of St. Paul that will satisfy the thirst of your spirit with opportunities for rest, silence, spiritual conversation, conferences, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Eucharistic prayer (Mass and adoration)
  • A Catholic retreat specifically geared to those working in the field of communication arts and offered by a community of sisters who themselves are media professionals

 

St. Thecla's Retreat House, Billerica, MA, where the retreat will be held.

St. Thecla’s Retreat House, Billerica, MA, where the retreat will be held.

For more information or to register online, visit: www.pauline.org/retreat

 

Prayer Book for Evangelizers of the New Evangelization

CovLiveChristGiveChristThis is a wonderful day because I can finally share with you something that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time: a prayer resource specifically for those who evangelize and/or work in the media or the arts. Drawing abundantly from the prayerbook of the Pauline Family–which is a private edition, intended only for members of the Pauline Family–Live Christ! Give Christ! Prayers for the New Evangelization is an inspiring prayer book with wonderful prayers by Blessed James Alberione and others from our Pauline tradition, as well as from contemporary Paulines. The title captures our spirituality (inasmuch as any 4 words can capture a spirituality)–that our communicating Christ flows from our dynamic relationship with him. It’s a really moving collection of prayers that can inspire a deeper living in, through, for and with Christ, as well as a spirit of evangelization that encourages us to testify to Christ not just with our words and media work, but with our whole lives.

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know some of the characteristics of our Pauline prayer and life:

  • Trinitarian (the Most Holy Trinity gives us the basis for our communication spirituality)
  • Eucharistic
  • Scriptural
  • evangelizing
  • ongoing conversion
  • Jesus Way, Truth, and Life
  • Marian (Mary, Queen of Apostles, consecration to Mary, etc.)
  • St. Paul as mystic and apostle
  • reading the signs of the times
  • holistic (bring the whole person to the whole Christ)
  • searching for the seeds of the Gospel in popular culture
  • continual search for how to express the compelling beauty of the Gospel for people today
  • praying for evangelizers, media professionals and artists
  • praying for all those who use the media
  • reparation for the abuse or misuse of the media

This prayer book includes prayers that focus on all of these aspects! I cannot wait to begin praying with it myself.

Although I was blessed to be a small part of this project–the editor included a number of prayers that I wrote and asked for my input on this manuscript when it was in development, I’m sharing my enthusiasm because of the wonderful prayers that are new to me, that all media professionals, artists, and Catholics involved in evangelization in any way will find helpful for their prayer and work. As soon as I received my copy, it traveled to our chapel with me, where I can personally pray with it. I was going to share a couple of favorite prayers with you, but as I flipped through the pages, I could not choose…they are each so beautiful.

For more information, the tip sheet is included below.

Tip Sheet- Live Christ! Give Christ!