Archive for November, 2007

Simply spend some quiet time alone ….

30 November, 2007

St. Francis de Sales writes in The Devout Life

“In addition to a mental solitude to which you can retreat even in the middle of a crowd, learn to love actual physical solitude. There is no need to go out into the desert. Simply spend some quiet time alone in your room, or in a garden, or some other place. There you can think some holy thoughts or do a little spiritual reading. One of the great bishops said, “I walk alone on the beach at sunset. I use recreation to refresh myself and shake off a little of my ordinary troubles.”

“Our Lord received a glowing report from the apostles about how they had preached and what a great ministry they had done. Then he said to them, “Come with me by yourself to a quiet place and get some rest.”

28th November 1721

26 November, 2007

28th November 1721 – anniversary of the clothing with the habit of Ven. John Baptist, brother of St. Paul of the Cross. 

“With a habit similiar to the one that Paul had received the previous year, Monsignor Gattinara had the consolation of clothing John Baptist on November 28, 1721, the octave of the feast of the Presentation of Our Lady in the Temple; that habit John Baptist prized more than the richest brocade or royal purple.”

The Life of Father John Baptist of St. Michael the Archangel by Fr. John Mary Cioni, C.P., p. 5

22nd November 1720

22 November, 2007

On 22nd November in 1720 St. Paul of the Cross was clothed in the habit of a hermit by Bishop Di Gattinara in Alessandria.

“For the Bishop, what happened that evening was the clothing ceremony of a hermit; he was prepared to allow Paul to set out on this new way of life and watch what would happen. Hermits were not uncommon in eighteenth-century Italy, living alone, caring for remote chapels and oratories. This one wanted to teach catechism and help people to pray, and that was not a bad thing.  As we shall see later he was not so sure about the idea of founding a new religious order, but was willing to give Paul a chance. For Paul, and for those who would come after him, that ceremony in the bishop’s chapel had another meaning: it was the beginning of the Poor of Jesus, later to be known as the Congregation of the Passion.”

– As A Seal Upon Your Heart, Paul Francis Spencer, C.P., p. 36 

Blessed Grimoaldo Santamaria, C.P.

18 November, 2007

Feast of Blessed Grimoaldo Santamaria C.P. – November 18

18 November, 2007

Today we celebrate the feast of another Passionist – Blessed Grimoaldo Santamaria, C.P.

He was born on 4th May 1893 in Pontecorvo Italy, the eldest of five children. He was professed a Passionists at 17 years of age on 6th March 1900. He began his preparation for Ordination at the Passionist Community in Ceccano, Italy.

Barely two years after his profession he was stricken with acute meningitis. He died on 18th November 1902. He was only 19 years of age.

Read more about Blessed Grimoaldo C.P.   here

Read about a miracle attributed to his intercession   here