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THE MASTER AND HIS SISTER DISCIPLES:
A LIFE RELATIONSHIP

Acts of the International Seminar
on "Jesus, the Master"
(Ariccia, October 14-24, 1996)

by M. Regina Cesarato pddm

 

Notes

 

1 Cf. APD (1964) 26-28. (come back to text)

2 Cf. PP 209; E. Sgarbossa, Jesus, "the Master". A historical-charismatic survey, 89-90. (come back to text)

3 UCBS October 1923, in PP 296. (come back to text)

4 UCBS 20 December 1924, in PP 849. (come back to text)

5 Among the different images that express life, Fr. Alberione would speak of the PDDM as the roots of a tree that seems to be identified with the vine according to Jn 15; Is 5: Ps 79; cf. UPS I, 376-377: "Their Congregation in the Pauline Family goes to the roots of the vine..." (come back to text)

6 Cf. E. Sgarbossa, op. cit., 94-95. (come back to text)

7 That month of meditations was preached daily by Maestro Giaccardo; cf. PP 211. (come back to text)

8 Cf. UCBS 26 February 1924; A. Colacrai, Per chi sente sete di anime come Gesł [For those who feel the thirst for souls as Jesus did], ASGFP, 1985. (come back to text)

9 Cf. APD (1961) 128: the PDDM’s thirst for souls. (come back to text)

10 "The Pauline families are the result of numerous sacrifices, prayers, offerings: of many years" (AD 168). Cf. AD 64, 151, 161-164. (come back to text)

11 Cf. E. Sgarbossa, op. cit., 70-79. (come back to text)

12 UCBS no. 2, 15 February 1924, 28, in PP 368 and UCBS no. 1, 20 January 1925, 27. (come back to text)

13 Cf. in Jn 15, the repetition of the verb to stay, in Trinitarian dimension. (come back to text)

14 Mother Maria Scolastica Rivata was born in Guarene (Cuneo) on July 12, 1897. The meeting with Fr. Giacomo Alberione, that took place in the bookstore of Alba, on a market day, was decisive for her future vocation and mission. It was Fr. Alberione himself who welcomed in Alba (Cuneo) on 29 July 1922 the young Orsola Rivata who would be chosen as the Prima Madre among the eight young women who on February 10, 1924 started the Congregation of the Sisters Pious Disciples of the Divine Master. On that date, the liturgical memorial of the twin sister of St. Benedict of Norcia, Orsola took the name Scolastica and gave her life to God, through the hands of the Founder, for a contemplative-apostolic vocation and mission in the Church, to live in communion with her Sisters, at the service of the Eucharist, of the Priesthood and of Liturgy. Mother Scolastica reached the fulfillment of her earthly journey with her death on March 24, 1987, during the first vespers of the solemnity of the Annunciation. The canonical process for her canonization was opened in Alba (Cuneo) on March 13, 1993 and closed in Alba on March 25, 1994; now the process is ongoing at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. (come back to text)

15 AD 90. Cf. AD 21-22. (come back to text)

16 Cf. E. Sgarbossa, op. cit., 76-79. (come back to text)

17 Mother Scolastica was commonly called in the community of the PDDM also as Signora Maestra but the writings from the Founder addressed to her, those by Fr. Giaccardo and by other priests, were simply addressed, Suor Scolastica and in this manner she signed her letters. (come back to text)

18 Madre: along the line of Mary Most Holy. "The Daughters of St. Paul take care of the Gospel of the Divine Master: teach, write, diffuse, work with the press. The Pious Disciples take are of the Divine Master and of his ministers: Adoration, work in the Church, work in the house, embroidery, sewing and cooking. These wear a habit, those no. The Daughters of St. Paul are religious women with aspirants, novices and have made their perpetual vows. During profession they assume new names and are called: Maestre. The Pious Disciples assume their new names during the religious clothing and they make private vows and called Suore." (UCBS no. 11, 15 November 1924). (come back to text)

19 Cf. APD (1946/47) 98, 138, 144. (come back to text)

20 To the first questions of the first two, Orsola Rivata and Metilde Gerlotto, on what they had to do, Fr. Alberione replied: "You shall keep: silence, silence, silence." Cf. S. Rivata, Appunti, Archivio Generale PDDM. (come back to text)

21 Col 3:3, recalled in the PDDM Constitutions of 1984, art. 4. (come back to text)

22 APD (1959) 66. Fr. Alberione asked in one meditation, "Are you truly Pious Disciples of the Divine Master? Pious: Piety; Disciples: imitators of Jesus, our friend, the soul’s spouse. Master: that is, he who has taught the path to perfection and with words and examples" (APD [1960] 140). (come back to text)

23 Cf. UCBS no. 7, 15 July 1924, 24, in PP 371. "On the feast of the Assumption, others shall receive the veil, the habit, the scapular, the rosary, the cincture and the name. They are twelve: they have various requests. The families and the Parish Priests should pray and care to have at least one of them per parish" (UCBS no. 8, 15 August 1924). (come back to text)

24 UCBS 21 June 1923, 8-9. Cf. PP 365-367. (come back to text)

25 PP 367. Later the Founder would say: "I was always impressed by the words: vere tu es Deus absconditus - truly you are a hidden God! He lives in the Eucharist. Who knows him? Who loves him" When many years ago I used to pause on this reflection I concluded by saying, ‘O Lord, give me the grace that in the church there might be a religious family that knows you and not only that, that loves you with complete self-giving and devotion, that honors you in your sacrament of love, that brings souls and souls to your Tabernacle" (APD [1946-47] 133). (come back to text)

26 Cf. the handwritten letter of Fr. Giacomo Alberione to Fr. Timoteo Giaccardo dated 15/1/1927 kept in the Archives of the Postulator General in Rome: "Only with you do I share the news that the number of the Pious Disciples has been strengthened: most happy grazing ground of the Divine Master!" (come back to text)

27 UCBS no. 6, 15 June 1924, 24, in PP 370. (come back to text)

28 UCBS no. 8, 15 August 1924, 1-2; UCBS no. 6, 15 June 1924, 6, in PP 369-370. (come back to text)

29 Cf. APD (1957) 362-373: the whole meditation is a comment on the Tametsi Futura by Leo XIII. (come back to text)

30 "From Can. Chiesa he learned to transform everything into object of meditation and prayer before the Divine Master..." (AD 68; cf. AD 66-68, 101). (come back to text)

31 APD (1960) 101. (come back to text)

32 UCBS no. 10, 20 August 1925, 10-11, repeated in UCBS no. 3, 20 March 1927, VII. (come back to text)

33 Cf. E. Sgarbossa, op. cit., 71-72. (come back to text)

34 Cf. Donna associata, 167-168; AD 109, 253, 267. (come back to text)

35 According to the written testimony of Mother Scolastica herself, preserved in the General Archives PDDM. It refers, with great probability, to the compact text of Ventura, Le donne del Vangelo, Napoli, Rondinella ed., 1875. (come back to text)

36 "On the day of St. Scholastica this year, two came to enter and live the ‘Divine Master.’ To these daughters who have as a special duty the Adoration were given a habit and a veil. On March 25, feast of Our Lady’s Annunciation, they had their religious clothing. They were eight... Here are the names of the eight Pious Disciples who received their habits: Sr. Scolastica of the Divine Providence, Sr. Antonietta of the Divine Master, Sr. Maria of St. Joseph, Sr. Teresa of Our Lady of Sorrows, Sr. Annunziata of Mary, Sr. Paolina of the Agony of Jesus, Sr. Giacomina of the Guardian Angel, Sr. Margherita of the Souls in purgatory" (UCBS no. 4, 15 April 1924, 24, in PP 368-369). (come back to text)

37 Cf. G. Rocca, Donne religiose, Rome 1992, 243 and the article Pie Discepole in DIP. (come back to text)

38 Cf. A. C. Martini, Le Figlie di San Paolo. Note per una storia. 1915-1984, Rome 1994, 114-115, 134-136. (come back to text)

39 Researching on the theological roots of the unity of the Pauline Family, these are on the Divine Master (AD 33-35). The Divine Maser is the center of unity of the Pauline Family and the basic motive of the existence of every Institution. Cf. also CISP 137-138. (come back to text)

40 UCBS June 1924, in PP 370. (come back to text)

41 UCBS 15 November 1924, in PP 374. (come back to text)

42 UCBS no. 9, 15 September 1924 - IV from the cover. (come back to text)

43 References would be numerous. Cf. analytical index of APD. (come back to text)

44 Cf. UPS I, 371-373; III, 184; "Woman is a power in the Church" (APD [1964] 26-27). (come back to text)

45 Cf. G. Rocca, La formazione della Pia Societą San Paolo (1914-1927). Appunti e documenti per una storia. Rome, PUG, 1982, 515. (come back to text)

46 Cf. G. Rocca, ibid., 525-526; M. L. Ricci, Tappe di un cammino, in DM 23 (1983) 3-21. (come back to text)

47 Cf. M. L. Ricci, Tappe di un cammino, in DM 23 (1983) 12. (come back to text)

48 Cf. E. Sgarbossa, op. cit., 108-125. (come back to text)

49 In a piece of writing Blessed Timoteo Giaccardo always carried with him, Fr. Alberione told him: "Everything is well when you decide for the Pious Disciples. I always mediate: ‘Ideo misi ad vos Timotheum, qui est filius meus charissimus, et fidelis in Domino; qui vos commonefaciet vias meas, quae sunt in Christo Jesu, sicut ubique in omni Ecclesia doceo’ (cf. 1 Cor 4:17)." Text quoted by M. Lucia Ricci, Vi ho mandato Timoteo, CSCM, 1988, 10. (come back to text)

50 Canonically it was under the direction of a FSP but in reality, the Madre Maestra was a Pious Disciple: Mother M. Lucia Ricci.(come back to text)

51 Circulated in printed sheets in the communities, p. 6. (come back to text)

52 Cf. APD (1947) 89, 110, 127; (1956) 586; (1959) 124; (1962) 25; etc. (come back to text)

53 Text reported by M. Lucia Ricci, Vi ho mandato Timoteo, p. 14. (come back to text)

54 Regarding Mother Scholastica, the Sig. Maestro would write in 1946: "in these dark hours in fact, it was the time wherein the Divine Master shed down the Word of life, and she watched over it." (Notebook, June 1946-September 1947, with the General Postulator’s office - Rome). (come back to text)

55 APD (1946-47) 21. (come back to text)

56 Ibid., 28. (come back to text)

57 Ibid., 84. (come back to text)

58 Ibid., 42-53: Meditation of 9 January 1947. Fr. Alberione on Christmas of 1947 gave as gift to the Pauline Family the Via Humanitatis. (come back to text)

59 Cf. APD (1946-47) 105; (1957) 159; (1959) 97. (come back to text)

60 APD (1946-47) 520-521. The whole meditation (no. 514-531) deals with the theme of the Eucharistic Jesus, model of the PDDM. (come back to text)

61 APD (1947) 354. (come back to text)

62 Cf. APD (1946-47) 469-492; (1956) 618-637; (1957) 339; (1958) 1-8; (1961) 101-111, 164-173; (1965) 772-789, etc. Particular attention should be given to the periodical La Vita in Cristo e nella Chiesa and to the numerous references to the building of the church in honor of Jesus Master in Rome, via Portuense. (come back to text)

63 Cf. APD (1958) 200-202. (come back to text)

64 APD (1956) 482; cf. no. 475. (come back to text)

65 APD (1956) 279. (come back to text)

66 APD (1960) 42-43. (come back to text)

67 Cf. APD (1946-47) 380-382; (1956) 484-499, 586; (1957) 189, 199; etc. (come back to text)

68 In their three stages: to conceive (truth), to produce (way), to diffuse (life). (come back to text)

69 Cf. APD (1966) 34-44, 82-83, 96, 136, 156-157, 204-207. (come back to text)

70 Cf. APD (1966) 82-83; (1967) 68-70, etc. (come back to text)

71 Cf. the extract of the analytical index of the APD, edited by Sr. M. Concetta Messina. (come back to text)

72 APD (1956) 4. (come back to text)

 

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