A crown of thorns ….

14 June, 2018



Blessed Lorenzo Salvi, C.P.

11 June, 2018

Beato_Lorenzo_Maria_Salvi_BFriday 12th June is the feast of Passionist Blessed Lorenzo Salvi.

Blessed Lorenzo Maria of St. Francis Xavier (Salvi) was born in Rome on 30th October 1782. He died in Capranica (Viterbo) 12th June 1856.

Blessed Lorenzo professed the Passionist Rule 20th November 1802 and was ordained to the priesthood 29th December 1805. As superior he was most prudent in leading the community. Following in the footsteps of Our Founder, St. Paul of the Cross, his principle apostolate was that of itinerant missionary.

Blessed Lorenzo was also untiring in promoting devotion to the Holy Childhood of Jesus on every occasion by work, example and through his many writings. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II, 1st October 1989. He is buried in the Passionist Church of St. Angelo, Vetralla (Viterbo).

Professions – 11th June 1741

11 June, 2018

11th June is the anniversary of the Religious Profession of the first Passionists in 1741 at Monte Argentario, Italy.

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“After a ten day intense spiritual retreat, five religious together with Paul pronounced their public vows on 11 June 1741, while Canon Di Stefano and Brother Joseph began their novitiate. Each of the religious substituted for his surname that of a mystery of the life of Jesus or the name of a saint to indicate his incorporation into a new family: Paul of the Cross, John Baptist of St. Michael the Archangel, Anthony of the Passion, Fulgentius of Jesus, Charles of the Mother of God, Joseph of Holy Mary. The “sign”, emblem of the charism of the Congregation, was placed on the tunics of the newly professed for the first time.” (History of the Passionists, Fr. Fabiano Giorgini, C.P., Volume 1, p. 124.)

Feast of Corpus Christi

31 May, 2018


“For every Passionist community, and for each Passionist religious, the Eucharist is a divine reality that transforms their lives. In celebrating it with joy, we respond whole-heartedly to the proclamation of the death of the Lord until He comes.”

(Constitutions, 43)

16 May – Feast of St. Gemma Galgani

16 May, 2018



My Jesus, I place all my sins before you. In my estimation they do not deserve pardon, but I ask you …. To close your eyes to my want of merit and to open them to your infinite merit. Since you willed to die for my sins, grant me forgiveness of all of them. Thus, I may no longer feel the burden of my sins, a burden that oppresses me beyond measure. Assist me, Jesus, for I desire to become good no matter what the cost. Take away, destroy, and utterly root out whatever you find in me that is contrary to your will. At the same time, dear Jesus, illumine me so that I may walk in your holy light. – St. Gemma Galgani

[taken from A Short Life of St. Gemma Galgani, Fr. Gerard Mahony, C.P., March 2006]