22nd of October: liturgical memorial of two great Blesseds!
Back in 1928, our founder, Fr. Alberione had set apart several Daughters of St. Paul, the first female Congregation in our religious family to form the nucleus of a new community, one dedicated solely to Eucharistic Adoration, service to the priesthood and the liturgical apostolate. Both Fr. Alberione and Fr. Giaccardo realized the importance of contemplative prayer to support and enliven the various works of the Congregations that make up the Pauline Family. However, the Holy See were quick to advise that no separation from the Daughters of St. Paul would be allowed.
|Blessed James Alberione (founder) and|
Blessed Timothy Giaccardo
In the time of great trial for the Institute the Lord accepted the offering of Blessed Timothy Giaccardo who celebrated his last Mass on January 12th 1948, the very day on which the sister Disciples received the Decretum Laudis, that is, the approbation for our Congregation from the Holy See. Nevertheless, Fr. Giaccardo insisted on celebrating a Mass of thanksgiving with the members of the new Congregation. He had made an offering of his life for that intention, and it was evidently received: when he heard the news, he was bedridden with acute leukaemia. He collapsed during the Mass and died 12 days later on the 24th of January on the feast day of his patron, St. Timothy, the faithful companion, collaborator and friend of St. Paul.
|Sr. M. Luciana Lazzarini, PDDM|
|Pope John Paul II prays at the tomb of|
Bl. Timothy Giaccardo whom he beatified in 1989
As the first beatified member of the Pauline Family, Father Timothy Giaccardo is outstanding also as the first modern-day apostle whose life was consecrated for the explicit purpose of evangelisation with the media. His life is witness to the fruitfulness of contemplation joined with action--a call to fullest union with the Divine Master. It is fitting also that on this day we recall the first liturgical memorial of Blessed Pope John Paul II, the same Pope who beatified Blessed Timothy in 1989. May these two great men, who worked tirelessly to bring young people to Christ, continue to intercede for us.