Day 9: Interceding for the Gift of the Holy Spirit
“Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” - G.K. Chesterton It
is easy to take things for granted, but every once in a while something
bordering on the miraculous happens, and we gain a new perspective on
the giftedness of our life.
For us Daughters of Saint Paul, these past nine days have bordered on the miraculous because
they have revealed the goodness of God alive and active in you: in your
generous prayers, your appreciation of our consecrated lives and
mission, in all the ways you express your support for us and our
We are humbled and deeply grateful for all your support and for your generosity in donating to our webathon, which has raised $54,000 for our new generator.
last day of the novena, we pray for a deeper outpouring of the Holy
Spirit on all who have have participated in the webathon through prayer,
messages, and financial support. As Sr. Mary Leonora mentioned in her letter on Tuesday,
our Founder Blessed James Alberione considered everyone who
collaborated in our mission a part of our Pauline Family, sharing in the
merits and rewards of our consecrated lives as apostles. Thank you for
sharing our life and mission.
We look forward to
continuing our collaboration with you, and we will continue to pray for
you and all of your special intentions, especially that the Holy Spirit
may be ever more present and active in your lives.
Sr. Joan Paul Arruda, FSP
Superior of the Community of Boston
lovely painting of Mary, Queen of Apostles, is by one of our own
sisters, Sr. Laura McGowan. It depicts the 3rd Glorious Mystery of the
Rosary, when the Holy Spirit descended upon Mary and the Apostles at
We Daughters of Saint Paul have a special devotion
to Mary as Queen of Apostles. Mary is the very first apostle because she
is the first to bring Jesus to the world—beginning with St. Elizabeth
at the Visitation. Our Founder, Blessed James Alberione, was often spare
in his use of words, writing tersely about the spiritual life. But when
he described Mary as our Queen of Apostles, he frequently became
“When the dying Jesus told John, ‘Behold your
mother,’ he said so because from that moment began a new and most
important ministry of Mary: to be the spiritual mother of all human
beings. She assembled the Apostles in the cenacle and prepared them to
receive the Holy Spirit. Not only that, Mary was their teacher while
they were waiting for the Holy Spirit… Mary looks after the Church, after all men and women, according to her heart, which is patterned on the merciful heart of Jesus.”
As our Mother and Queen, Mary’s sole desire is to bring us closer to her Son, and she is always praying for us. In
this last day of the novena, we ask her to continue to accompany us, to
help us listen to and receive a fuller outpouring of the Holy Spirit. And let us remember to turn to her first, whenever we encounter a new difficulty or knot in our lives.