16 May, 2013
Pope Francis in his homily on 13 May 2013 invited those attending to come out of themselves, and to do so by remembering Jesus’ wounds and by recognizing them in needy brothers and sisters, the sick, the ignorant, the poor and the exploited.
The Holy Father added that of all the lacerations that Jesus suffered in the Passion, he only took his wounds with him. “Which is the school where one learns to know Jesus’ wounds, His priestly wounds of intercession?” He answered indicating: “If we do not come out of ourselves and go to those wounds, we will never learn the freedom that takes us to the other exit from ourselves.”
Because there are two ways to go out. “The first to Jesus’ wounds and the second to the wounds of our brothers and sisters.” Words that are confirmed in John’s Gospel. “Truly, truly I say to you, that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He will give to you.”
“The door is open: in going to the Father, Jesus left the door open. Not because he “forgot to close it” but because “He himself is the door.”
Pope Francis asked for prayer “with the courage of the one who makes us know that Jesus is before the Father,” and with the “humility to recognize and see the wounds of Jesus in needy brothers and sisters.”
12 May, 2013
The Passionists in India held their 6th Congress in the Jyotir Bhavan, Carmelaram, Bangalore, between 29th April – 3rd May,2013. This was the 32nd anniversary of the Passionist presence in India since its inception.
The Superior General of the Passionists, Most. Rev. Joachim Rego, C.P., raised the Indian Vicariate to the status of a Vice Province of the Congregation.
View photos of the Indian Passionists
Indian Vice Province 1
Indian Vice Province 2
12 May, 2013
Statue of St. Paul of the Cross in the Church of St. Joseph, 50 Avenue Hoche, Paris.
12 May, 2013
Visit the Facebook Page of the St. Patrick’s Province Vocation Director here
PRAYER FOR PASSIONIST VOCATIONS
you gave your life on the Cross
so that we could share in God’s own life
and know his love for us,
May the love that flows from the Cross
transform our hearts,
so that we can bring your love and compassion
to those whose lives we touch,
especially those who are suffering.
Give the light of your Holy Spirit
to those young people who have received
the grace of a Passionist vocation.
Inspire them to give their lives
as Passionist priests, brothers or sisters,
keeping the Memory of your Passion alive
in their own hearts and in the hearts of others.
May Mary, who stood by the Cross, be their example,
and may Saint Paul of the Cross be their guide. Amen.
1 May, 2013
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfishness, of ulterior motives;
be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends; and some true enemies;
be successful anyway.
What you spend years building,
someone will destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness,
others may be jealous;
be happy anyway.
The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
give the world your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
[Prayer found on the wall of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s room]