Today sees the start of a Novena of prayer with Blessed Pauline Jaricot, the founder of the Catholic Church’s Association for the Propagation of the Faith, which unites the whole Church in its mission of bringing the Good News through prayer and material support. She will be beatified in her home city of Lyon on 22 May, when this Novena ends. Pauline Jaricot was born in 1799, during the French Revolution. Her life was to become a testament to the power of lay people in our Church. She believed that if we all dedicate ourselves to praying a little and giving a little, we can help share God’s love throughout the world.
To find out more about Pauline Jaricot, visit: missio.org.uk/Pauline
Day One: ‘Love without measure’
To respect ourselves is to respect our profound nature of being made to love. At a very young age, Pauline Jaricot discovered that her heart was made to love. She listened to this source in her and heard: ‘Come to the Father!’ In these nine days of prayer, let us return to the Father and
rediscover our purpose and our life as missionary disciples made to love. Let us be challenged by Pauline and her words:
‘To be able to love without measure, without remorse, without interruption, without fear; this is what I was looking for’.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be… Blessed Pauline Jaricot, pray for us!