6 June | Corpus Christi

6 June, 2021

When you have celebrated Mass you have consumed Jesus – am I not right? Now, why do you not after Mass, let Jesus consume you, digest and transform you into himself? | St. Paul of the Cross, Lettere III, 189

Do you really wish to pay homage to Christ’s Body? Then do not neglect him when he is naked. At the same time that you honour him here with hangings made of silk, do not ignore him outside when he perishes from cold and in nakedness. For the one who said, “This is my body” also said “When I was hungry, you gave me nothing to eat” | St. John Chrysostom

30th May | Trinity Sunday

30 May, 2021

Meister Eckhart once wrote: “Do you want to know what goes on in the core of the Trinity? I will tell you. In the core of the Trinity, the Father laughs and gives birth to the Son. The Son laughs back at the Father and gives birth to the Spirit. The whole Trinity laughs and gives birth to us.”

Julian of Norwich, a contemporary of Eckhart, offers us a hopeful word in relation to her understanding of Trinity: “Just as the joyful Trinity created all things out of nothing, so also the same blessed Trinity will make well all that is not well.”

During the month of June

25 May, 2021

7th June – Ordination Anniversary of St. Paul of the Cross and his brother Ven. John Baptist Daneo by Pope Benedict XIII (1927)

8th June – Anniversary of the First Mass of St. Paul of the Cross and his brother Ven. John Baptist Daneo in the Chapel of San Gallicano Hospital, Rome (1927)

11th June – Anniversary of the profession of the first four Passionists on Monte Argentario (1741)

12th June – Feast of Blessed Lorenzo Salvi, Passionist

15th June – St. Paul of the Cross celebrated Mass for the last time (1775)

17th June – Birthday of Fr. Fulgentius Pastorelli, C.P. – one of the first Passionists (1710)

29th June – Anniversary of the Canonisation of St. Paul of the Cross (1867)

Passionist Venerable Bernard Kryszkiewich

24 May, 2021

On 22 May 2021, His Holiness, Pope Francis received in Audience His Eminence Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.  During the Audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the same Congregation to promulgate the Decree concerning the heroic virtues of the Servant of God, Bernard of the Mother of Beautiful Love (born, Zygmunt Kryszkiewich), a professed priest of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ.  He was born on 2 May 1915, in Mława, Poland, and died in Przasnysz, Poland, on 7 July 1945. He entered the novitiate of the Passionists in Sadowie and he professed First Vows on 11 November 1933. In 1936 he was sent to Rome to continue his theological studies. A year after his arrival in the eternal city, the Servant of God professed Perpetual Vows and on 3 June 1938 he was ordained a priest.

He returned home to Poland on the eve of the outbreak of World War II. He was assigned to the Passionist Monastery in Rawa Mazowiecka, where he remained for almost five years as Director of seminarians, preacher, and confessor. During the Soviet bombardment of the city of Rawa he heroically dug out with his own hands those who were buried in the ruins, carrying them on his shoulders to the Monastery where he cared for their wounds. When the hospital was destroyed as a result of the bombings, at the initiative of the Servant of God, the small Monastery became an infirmary for the sick and the wounded. After the liberation of Rawa, Father Bernard was assigned as Superior of the Monastery in the city of Przasnysz.  He worked to restore the building and to assist the local population materially and spiritually.

Subsequently, he contracted typhus, which was then widespread among the population. He was hospitalized in Przasnysz where he died on 7 July 1945.

Ordination of Fr. Tony Simbel, C.P.

15 May, 2021