Flowers of the Passion

23 June, 2019

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A collection of thoughts and sentiments gathered mostly from the letters of St. Paul of the Cross, Founder of the Passionists.

Flowers of the Passion (.pdf)

“When you are alone in your room, take your crucifix, kiss its five wounds reverently, tell it to preach you a little sermon, and then listen to the words of eternal life that it speaks to your heart; listen to the pleading of the thorns, the nails, the precious Blood. Oh, what an eloquent sermon!” – St. Paul of the Cross.

The Passionist Jubilee Icon is in Poland!

12 June, 2019

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The House of the Martyrs John and Paul, Rome

12 June, 2019

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(Image of the Martyrs John and Paul, Passionist General Archives, Rome)

An article of the House of the Martyrs John and Paul by Passionist Father Germano of St. Stanislaus.  Source: The American Journal of Archaeology and of the History of the Fine Arts, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Sep., 1890), pp. 261-285.

House of John and Paul (.pdf)

12 June Passionist Blessed Lorenzo Salvi

12 June, 2019

downloadWednesday 12th June 2019 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).

11 June 1741 – The Emblem of the Passion

11 June, 2019

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On 20th May 1741, the newly approved Rule of the Passionists was brought to the Retreat of the Presentation at Monte Argentario (Italy).

St. Paul of the Cross and his companions – they now totalled six priests and two brothers – began a retreat. On 11th June 1741 they affixed the emblem of the Passion on their black tunics. The professed renewed their vows, and the new members pronounced their first vows.

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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.)