Archive for December, 2006

A Christmas Reflection from St. Paul of the Cross

24 December, 2006

“Many years ago I had an Infant painted on German paper that had him sleeping quietly on a cross. Oh, how much that symbol pleased me! …. So on Christmas you will have the Infant in your heart and be transformed entirely into Him in love. Jesus bless you and make you as holy as I desire.”

taken from the Letters of St. Paul of the Cross, #1343

Passionist Charism Programmes

22 December, 2006

A series of programmes centred on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality and offered by the Holy Spirit Province Charism Team

  • THE WISDOM OF THE CROSS – a three day programme on the life and spirituality of St. Paul of the Cross and the Passionist Charism and Spirituality
  • THE CROWN AND THE THORNS – a five day introductory programme on the life and spirituality of St. Paul of the Cross and the Passionist Charism and Spirituality
  • THE WISDOM OF THE SAINTS – a programme reflecting on the Passionist Saints and their importance for us today
  • IN THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS – a programme reflecting on Christ Crucified in our contemporary world: justice and peace and integrity of creation, refugees and prisoners, the disabled
  • THE WAY OF THE CROSS – a programme conducted at the Sacred Garden in Glen Osmond reflecting on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality and the Way of the Cross
  • THE WISDOM OF THE LAP – THE PIETA – a programme conducted at St. Brigid’s Monastery, Marrickville, reflecting on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality and in particular exploring the Pieta and also the Mater Dolorosa and the Ecce Homo in St. Brigid’s Church
  • THE WISDOM OF THE WORDS – a programme relecting on the Passionist Charism and the Seven Last Words of Jesus
  • THE WISDOM OF THE WOUNDS – a programme reflecting on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality and the Passionist devotion to the Glorious Wounds of Jesus – from pain to joy
  • APOSTLES OF UNITY – a programme relecting on Christian Unity and the lives of Passionist Dominic Barberi, C.P., John Henry Newman and Passionist Ignatius Spencer, C.P.
  • IN THE LIGHT OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS – a programme centering on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality, multiculturalism and the Cross. A glimpse at the Cross and its meaning from cultures around the world
  • THE WISDOM OF THE PASSION IN ART – a programme of reflection, discussion and prayer on the Passionist Charism and the Passion of Jesus Christ in art
  • THE WISDOM OF THE ICON – a programme centred on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality and the religious icon and ways of praying with Icons, in particular a reflection on the Icon entitled “Passionist Pentecost” by Aurel Jonescu
  • MOTHER OF SORROWS – MOTHER OF HOPE – This programme reflects on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality and in particular on Mary as Mother of Sorrows and Mother of Holy Hope.  From early days Passionists have had devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Holy Hope
  • THE WISDOM AND POWER OF THE CROSS – a programme of reflection and prayer on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality and on the Passion of Jesus in the Gospels
  • THE WISDOM OF THE FRIARS – this progamme looks at the influence of the spirituality of the Capuchins, Servites, Carmelites and Dominicans on our Passionist Charism and Spirituality. In establishing the Passionists, St. Paul of the Cross was influenced by his contact with the friars
  • THE WISDOM OF THE HERMIT TRADITION – a programme looking at the hermit tradition and contemporary living of the hermit tradition and its place in the Passionist Charism and Spirituality. In establishing the Passionists, St. Paul of the Cross was influenced by the hermit tradition.
  • THE WISDOM OF SOLITUDE – a programme reflecting on solitude and its place in Passionist Charism and Spirituality
  • THE WISDOM OF THE WOMEN – a programme of reflection and prayer on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality and Veronica, who wiped the face of Jesus, St. Mary Magdalene, Mother Mary Crucified (Foundress of the Passionist Nuns) and Elizabeth Spout (Foundess of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion)
  • THE WISDOM OF THE MYSTICS – a programme of reflection and prayer on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality and the influence of John Tauler, St. Francis de Sales, St. John of the Cross and St. Bridget of Sweden on St. Paul of the Cross and his Spirituality
  • THE WISDOM OF THE WAY – a programme of reflection, prayer and silence on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality and the Way of the Cross
  • THE WISDOM OF THE HEART – a programme on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality and the Spirituality of the Heart
  • THE WISDOM OF A MODERN SAINT – a programme on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality and St. Gemma Galgani – the life and afterlife of a modern saint
  • THE WISDOM OF ST. FRANCIS DE SALES – a programme on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality and St. Frances de Sales; in particular, an glimpse at St. Francis de Sales’ book “An Introduction to the Devout Life” and the Salesian influence on the young Paul of the Cross
  • THE WISDOM OF THE LETTERS – a programme on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality with a focus on the Letters of St. Paul of the Cross
  • AS A SEAL UPON YOUR HEART – a programme on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality and drawning on the DVD “As A Seal Upon Your Heart” – the Life and Mission of St. Paul of the Cross
  • THE LOVING HANDS OF GOD – a programme on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality and focusing on the images on God in the spirituality and writings of St. Paul of the Cross
  • THE WISDOM OF THE EUCHARIST – a programme on the Passionist Charism and Spirituality and focusing on the Eucharist and Paul of the Cross’ writings and experience of Eucharist

Some notes from readings –

22 December, 2006
  • Jesus holds you in his divine arms, so what do you fear? (St. Paul of the Cross, Letter 1278, 24th October 1760)
  • The Passionist Charism – “people find in its wisdom guidance for practical living”
  • St. Paul of the Cross, like any canonised saint, is first and foremost a gift of God for the Church. “In crowning their merits, you crown your own gifts”, is the phrase the Preface for the Saints in the Sacramentary directs to God. They are a gift because they have allowed the gifts of God visible in them to predominate throughout their lives.
  • Humble yourself before God, show him your wounds with gentle reverence and love and ask him to heal them – (Living Wisdom for Every Day – Minute Meditations taken from the Writings of St. Paul of the Cross)

Pope Benedict XVI promulgates decree for Passionist Blessed Charles of Mt. Argus

19 December, 2006

VATICAN CITY, DEC 16, 2006 (VIS) – This morning, during a private audience with Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins C.M.F., president of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Benedict XVI authorized the congregation to promulgate the decrees concerning the following causes:

MIRACLES

– Blessed Szymon of Lipnica, Polish, priest of the Order of Friars Minor (1439-1482).

– Blessed Antonio de Santa Ana (ne Antonio Galvao de Franca), Brazilian, priest of the Order of Alcantarine or Discalced Friars Minor, and founder of the Convent of Conceptionist Sisters (1739-1822).

– Blessed Charles of St. Andrew (ne Johannes Andreas Houben), Dutch, priest of the Congregation of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1821-1893).

– Blessed Marie Eugenie de Jesus (nee Anne-Eugenie Milleret de Brou), French, foundress of the Institute of Sisters of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (1817-1898).

– Venerable Servant of God Carlo Liviero, Italian, bishop of Citta di Castello and founder of the Congregation of Little Handmaidens of the Sacred Heart (1866-1932).

– Venerable Servant of God Stanislaus of Jesus Mary (ne Jana Papczynski), Polish, priest and founder of the Congregation of Marian Clerics of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary (1631-1701).

– Venerable Servant of God Celina Chludzinska, Polish, widow and foundress of the Congregation of Sisters of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ (1833-1913).

– Venerable Servant of God Marie Celine of the Presentation (nee Jeanne-Germaine Castang), French, nun of the Second Order of St. Francis (1878-1897).

MARTYRDOM

– Servants of God Manuel Gomez Gonzalez, Spanish, diocesan priest born in 1877, and Adilio Daronch, Brazilian, lay person born in 1908, both killed in Feijao Miudo, Brazil, in 1924.

– Servant of God Albertina Berkenbrock, Brazilian, lay person born in 1919, killed in 1931.

– Servant of God Eufrasio of the Baby Jesus (ne Eufrasio Barredo Fernandez), Spanish, born in 1897, priest of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, killed during religious persecution in Spain in 1934.

– Servants of God Lorenzo, Virgilio and 44 companions of the Institute of Brothers of the Marist Schools, Spanish, killed during religious persecution in Spain in 1936.

– Enrique Izquierdo Palacios and 13 companions, Spanish, of the Order of Friars Preachers, killed during religious persecution in Spain in 1936.

– Servants of God Ovidio Beltran, Hermenegildo Lorenzo, Luciano Pablo, Estanislao Victor and Lorenzo Santiago, Spanish, members of the Institute of Brothers of the Christian Schools, and Jose Maria Canovas Martinez, Spanish, parish helper, killed during religious persecution in Spain in 1936.

– Servants of God Maria del Carmen, Rosa and Magdalena Fradera Ferragutcasas, Spanish, religious of the Congregation of Daughters of the Blessed and Immaculate Heart of Mary, killed during religious persecution in Spain in 1936.

– Servant of God Lindalva Justo de Oliviera, Brazilian, of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, born in 1953, killed in 1993 in Sao Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

HEROIC VIRTUES

– Servant of God Mamerto Esquiu, Argentinean (1826-1883), of the Order of Friars Minor, bishop of Cordoba, Argentina.

– Servant of God Salvatore Micalizzi, Italian (1856-1937), professed priest of the Congregation of the Mission.

– Servants of God Jose Olallo Valdes, Cuban (1820-1889), professed religious of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God.

– Servant of God Stefan Kaszap, Hungarian (1916-1935), novice of the Society of Jesus.

Passionist belts and sandals

18 December, 2006

The Christ in the Desert Monastery (USA) make belts and sandals that look almost Passionist.  What do you think?  Have a look   here