09 Blessed James Alberione Giving Jesus Through Media - Ladislaus L D’Souza

posted Nov 20, 2018, 7:32 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 20, 2018, 7:32 AM ]
It is significant that the feast of Blessed James Alberione, the Founder of what has come to be known as the Pauline Family, falls in November, a month annually observed as Communications Month by the Catholic Church. And here's why! It was on November 26, 1971 that Alberione went to his reward, and on April 27, 2003 was beatified by Pope Saint John Paul II who called him the 'First Apostle of the New Evangelization'!

The use and abuse of the media is an age-old phenomenon, the wind of criticism raging across the centuries, the situation during Alberione's time apparently being no different. But of him, it can be said that he did something very concrete to set matters right!

Born on April 4, 1884 at Lorenzo di Fossano in Alba, Italy, James Alberione was physically weak since childhood. His main task in the family's farming work was therefore to show the glow of the oil lamp in the early morning darkness - a task that was to eventually prove prophetic, for he went on to show the light of the media's significance to a world ignorant of the true potential of the media! So convinced was he of the power of the media to influence minds and hearts, that he dedicated himself to the use of modern technology to further the Gospel message. He did this by founding the Society of Saint Paul (SSP in 1914), and the Daughters of Saint Paul (DSP in 1915), the first ever media-related religious congregations for priests, brothers and sisters; the fact that several others have got on to the bandwagon in recent times being an entirely different matter!