The grain of wheat which first must die ….

[Picture: Fr. Jose Agustin Orbegozo, C.P., former Superior General with Fr. Floriano De Fabiis, C.P., Procurator General at the 2008 Passionist General Synod in Cuernavaca, Mexico]

“The message of our Bishop Bossilkov for the Church today, for the Congregation of the Passion and for the world, is a compelling invitation to be faithful to Christ, even at the cost of giving up one’s life. An invitation to live the memory of Jesus Crucified, to live a life offered for the good of each individual which, in the Passionist is the source of inspiration for his spending his life for others, even to the point of death. This was the fervent hope of St. Paul of the Cross when he wrote, “Dead to self, let the religious be so disposed to receive the seal of divine grace that, hearts filled with love of God, they may undertake great things for His glory and the defense of the Church, notwithstanding the effort or labour involved, even at the cost of their lives.”

Eugene Bossilkov, as a Christian and a Passionist, in his own personal prayer and calling on the prayer of his friends, to beg strength to fulfill the will of the Heavenly Father in his daily life and to become the grain of wheat which must first die before flowering and feeding the life of others.”

From the Letter of the Superior General, Fr. Jose Agustin Orbegozo C.P., on the occasion of the Beatification of Blessed Eugene Bossilkov, dated 25th January 1998.

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