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Sister Disciples of the Divine Master Unite In Prayer

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Dec. 21, 2011

To Our Dear Friends in Newman Connection,

We, the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master, joyfully and lovingly place all of you in our hearts before the Eucharistic Master.

We unite ourselves with you in prayer during:
-our Eucharistic Celebration,
-our celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours,
-our perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

We pray that you may “delight yourselves in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your hearts and make your plans succeed” (Ps. 37:4, Ps. 20:4), and that you may be the “light of the world, the salt of the earth” (Mt 5:13, 14).

Our founder, Blessed James Alberione, was a mere youth himself when he first found his particular mission in life. During the night that divided the two centuries (December 31, 1900 and January 1, 1901), Blessed Alberione, then a 16-year old seminarian, received a special light from the Host while in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. In his autobiographical book, Abundantes Divitae Gratiae Suae, he wrote “he felt deeply obliged to prepare himself to do something for God and for the men of the new century with whom he would live.” From there the Pauline Family was conceived. Years later, as an ordained priest, Blessed Alberione went on to found five religious congregations and five secular institutes that form the Pauline Family. The mission of the Pauline Family, in the spirit of St. Paul the Apostle, is to “live and give Jesus Christ Way, Truth and Life to the world” by using the fastest means of social communication.

As one of the religious congregations, the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master is the contemplative-apostolic branch of the Pauline Family. We live out the mission by our devotion to serving Jesus Christ, the Divine Master, in the Eucharist, in the Priesthood, and in the Liturgy following in the footsteps of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Hidden in Christ, we lead lives of loving and active silence.

Out of our contemplative life flows our apostolic work. We are devoted to Jesus Christ present in the Eucharist through perpetual adoration, our principal apostolate. Just as Jesus’ mission was the Blessed Mother’s mission, we also unite ourselves with the mission of the priests and the Church. We take care of the person of the priest as well, just as the Blessed Mother took care of Jesus and His disciples. We offer our prayers and sacrifices for the sanctification and perseverance of priests, and for the needs of humanity. We also use as our model Martha and Mary of Bethany who both exemplified the contemplative-apostolic way of life by generously serving Jesus, and attentively listening to His word at His feet. Through the Way of Beauty, we bring about the Liturgical Apostolate. We use all expressions of art and liturgical catechesis to proclaim that Jesus Christ is Beauty, Truth and Goodness. There are musicians, sculptors, painters, seamstresses, architects, interior designers, writers, etc. among us—all using their talents and skills from God to make Him known and loved, praised and glorified.

Be assured of our prayers for you. You are never alone. We pray that you may find your particular mission in life in the awesome and majestic plan of God. 

We share with you this prayer by Mother Maria Scholastica Rivata, the first Sister Disciple of the Divine Master: “Jesus, you know everything. Grant my request. Make me one with you. O, thought of my thought, love of my love, will of my will, life of my life, spirit of my spirit, all of my all.”

Truly yours in Jesus the Master,
The Sister Disciples of the Divine Master