Institute of Saint Gabriel the Archangel  


"Apostolate is the flower of true love of God and of souls:  It is the fruit of an intense interior

life.  It requires a burning heart which is unable to contain or suppress its interior fire. The

apostolate makes us God's loudspeakers."

                                                                                                         Blessed Fr. James Alberione

Apostolate is essential for the members of the Institute.  "It has to be an apostolate faithfully

exercised not merely in the world but with worldly means, using one's profession, activity,

talents, workplaces and circumstances corresponding to secular conditions....and it also calls

for new and daring efforts although always in the spirit of the Church and according to her norms"

and in any case keeping particularly in mind the use of technical methods and organizations

for apostolic ends.

Because by a particular gift of God the members are associated to The Society of St. Paul,

members must never forget that their apostolate is true preaching, that is, "a saving action

because it produces faith."

But members must know that the first and foremost apostolate is their "witness."  For the

members their very being is their apostolate as we live a life according to the Gospel.  Our

lives are transformed into living in the spirit of St. Paul "I live now not I, but Christ lives

in me."(Gal 2:20)  Our lives must be a "silent sermon" to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We have the apostolate of : Prayer.  Prayer, so the Gospel and the love of Jesus may spread

throughout the entire world so it will bring about the salvation of souls.  Prayer is the soul

of our apostolate of Social Communication.

The Pauline Family Apostolate is vast and many things are possible to the institute members

to help in the spread of the Gospel through the means of Social Communication.  So here are

just some of the works of apostolate that we as members could be a part of:

Apostolate can be carried out in parishes however possible. It could be to set up distribution

centers for media materials such as books, cd's of music and film, and other media information

material to help spread the Gospel.

We can also be called to begin to set up radio, television and internet media communications.

Members can also bring to notice to others those radio, television, films and internet programs

which help people spiritually, and also which ones that should be avoided.

Members should also celebrate the annual World Day of Social Communications, by inviting people

to pray for the good use of Social Communications for the spread of the Gospel.

In every possible way the members should promote the distribution of Sacred Scripture, "the mirror

in which the pilgrim Church on earth contemplates God."

Members should promote, participation at Mass, study of the Catechism and reciting the Rosary.

The Pauline Family who was "Born of the Host" has devotion to Eucharistic Adoration, which is

"the heart of life and of apostolate, the sacrament of love, the sign of unity and the bond of charity."

So, members are to promote Eucharistic Adoration.

Members are also to pray and work for vocations. "Giving vocations to the Church means that we

really love her."

If the member is near to other Congregations within the Pauline Family the member may offer to help the other Congregations wherever possible through their talents and time.

While carrying out the apostolate members must carefully keep in mind the directives, spirit, and

methods of the Pauline Family whose purpose is "the salvation of souls."

***Members have to keep in mind their true Apostolate is their "LIVING WITNESS" to the Gospel."""

"I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead,

and by his appearing and his kingly power: proclaim the word, be persistent whether it is convenient

or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.

Be self-posessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist;

fulfill your ministry."

                                                                                        Saint Paul in his second Letter to Timothy 4:1-2,5