Day 5: Alba- the return!
|Out and about in Alba|
Here's a brief summary of the churches which we visited today and their significance:
|Looking at the underground passages|
in Alba Cathedral which date back to
the VI century
2) Church of St. Cosmo and St. Damian: Located about halfway down Via Vittorio Emanuele (Via Maestra). Canon Chiesa came here in 1913 as parish priest and remained for 33 years. It is a place where many important decisions were made for the Pauline Family regarding the birth and the development, a place of profound spiritual encounters between Fr.Alberione and his spiritual director. Canon Chiesa. It is here that the first encounter between Teresa Merlo (who would later become the first Superior General of the Daughters of St. Paul) takes place in the sacristy. For the Disciples of the Divine Master, it is the memorable place where the Founder takes on the suggestion to 'secure a religious family which will remain faithfully in Adoration before the Tabernacle as to obtain the graces necessary for the rest of the Family".
|Our Lady of Moretta|
4) Church of St. Magdalene: Sadly the Church is no longer consecrated but it is important to pay a visit all the same. For many years, Alberione was a Third Order Dominican who also served as spiritual director to the enclosed Dominican sisters. The sisters are currently located outside the town, having fled during World War II. We can see in Fr. Alberione some of the Dominican influences which he brought with him to the emerging Pauline Family. His thirst for the Truth, the encounter with the living Jesus was the motor in his life, later leading to the Way-Truth-Life spirituality which is the pendulum of Pauline living. Alberione adapted the title 'Primo Maestro', a Dominican title, hoping also to avoid the title of Founder because for him St. Paul was the true founder! Another imprint is found in the monastic outline which he initially applied to the life of the Disciples of the Divine Master, a congregation which still has a strong monastic base at its spirituality and prayer life.
|Browsing along Via Maesta|