9th July Our Lady of Holy Hope

10 July, 2017

Our Blessed Mother’s continual guiding presence marked the beginnings of the Passionist Congregation. Our tradition has it that she made known to our Holy Founder, St. Paul of the Cross, the mission God had assigned to him-that of founding the Passionists.

St. Paul of the Cross cherished a tender filial devotion to Mary and honored her particularly under the titles of Our Mother of Sorrows and Our Mother of Holy Hope. Here is a reflection by Fr. Sebastian MacDonald, C.P, on the Church’s observance of Mary, Mother of Holy Hope.

On the liturgical calendar proper to the Passionists is a celebration honoring Mary as Mother of Holy Hope. This takes place on July 9th. It is one of three Marian devotions that Passionists especially celebrate, the other two being: Our Lady of Sorrows, and Mary’s Assumption into heaven.

The current attention fastening on hope, thanks to the focus on it provided by Pope Benedict XVI in his first encyclical, as well as the anxiety throughout society about the hopeless condition of the economic situation, recommends renewed attention to Mary under this title. The basis for this lies in the intercessory powers Mary enjoys before the throne of God, on behalf of those praying to her. And, more pointedly, so far as Passionists are concerned, is the hope all of us place in the sufferings and death of Christ to win for us favor from God, and deliverance from our sins. Given Mary’s prominence on Calvary as the Sorrowful Virgin, her status as Mother of Holy Hope is understandable.

At the foot of the cross Mary acquired a spirit of compassion generating within her a sensitivity, not only to the sufferings of her Son, but also to the problems of us all along life’s pathways. This compassion endows her with a special kind of knowledge enabling her to see and appreciate what we are experiencing, and this in turn gives us hope that she will be of help to us.

The church has borrowed this feast from us Passionists, and incorporated it into a celebration available to the church at large. It is too significant to be confined just to our own ranks.

Mrs. Celina Rego, RIP

5 July, 2017

Celina Rego RIPToday at St. Brigid’s Church, Marrickville (Sydney, Australia) we celebrated the funeral of Celina Rego, mother of Most Rev. Joachim Rego, C.P., Superior General.

Saints of God, come to her aid, come to meet her Angels of the Lord. Receive her soul and present her to God the Most High.

May Christ who called you, take you to himself; may Angels lead you to Abraham’s side.

Give her eternal rest, O Lord, and make your light shine on her forever.

Celina Rego RIP (.pdf)

During the month of July

22 June, 2017

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6th July
Feast of St. Maria Goretti

9th July
Feast of Our Lady of Holy Hope

16th July
Establishment of Presentation Retreat, Monte Argentario (1761)

22nd July
Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

24th July
Feast of the Passionist Martyrs of Daimiel

The Power of Silence

23 May, 2017

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  • We live in a society in which it seems that every space, every moment must be ‘filled’ with projects, activities and noise; there is often no time even to listen or to converse.
  • God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees, flowers, grass—grows in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence.
  • Silence is where God dwells. He drapes himself in silence.
  • Mankind must join a sort of resistance movement. What will become of our world if it does not look for intervals of silence?
  • The man who speaks is celebrated, and the silent man is a poor beggar in whose presence there is no need even to raise one’s eyes.
  • Today many people are drunk on speaking, always agitated, incapable of silence or respect for others. They have lost their calm and dignity.
  • At the dawn of this new millennium, the silent ones are the persons most useful to society, because—creatures of silence and interiority—they live out the authentic dimension of man. The human soul does not express itself by words alone.
  • In our consumer society, man incessantly struts like a peacock but takes no care of his soul. He displays a façade and splendid clothes that wear out and are good for the moths.
  • Keeping quiet by mastering one’s lips and tongue is a difficult, blazing, and arid work.
  • Silence is more important than any other human work. Because it expresses God.
  • Our world no longer hears God because it is constantly speaking, at a devastating speed and volume, in order to say nothing. Modern civilization does not know how to be quiet.
  • From morning to evening, from evening to morning, silence no longer has any place at all; the noise tries to prevent God himself from speaking. In this hell of noise, man disintegrates and is lost; he is broken up into countless worries, fantasies, and fears.
  • Noise is a deceptive, addictive, and false tranquilizer. The tragedy of our world is never better summed up than in the fury of senseless noise that stubbornly hates silence. This age detests the things that silence brings us to: encounter, wonder, and kneeling before God.
  • In killing silence, man assassinates God. But who will help man to be quiet? His mobile phone is continually ringing; his fingers and mind are always busy sending messages. . . . Developing a taste for prayer is probably the first and foremost battle of our age.
  • Nothing in the world is more important than the silence of God. No human noises, even the very sweet sound of the Gospel, can express the magnificent silence of God.
  • Being silent in the presence of God is almost being like God.
  • The closer we are to the Holy Spirit, the more silent we are; and the farther we are from the Spirit, the more garrulous we are.
  • Without silence, God disappears in the noise.

Feast of St. Gemma Galgani

16 May, 2017

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“She bore in her flesh the wounds of Christ” | Pope Pius XI

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