Archive for February, 2009

20th February 2009

17 February, 2009

On Friday 20th February 2009 Passionists celebrate the Titular Feast of the Congregation – the Solemn Commemoration of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is celebrated each year on the Friday before Ash Wednesday.

This feast, which was instituted by St. Paul of the Cross, is a joyful celebration of the mystery of Good Friday focussing on the Passion as “the most overwhelming sign of God’s love” (St. Paul of the Cross).

Passionist Bishop Vincent Strambi writes, “Happy is the person who reflects on the life giving passion of our Lord. He will be humble, trustful, thankful and loving towards Jesus who is our justice, our sanctification and our redemption” . (From the book ‘The Treasures Which We Have in Jesus Christ,’ Volume III, p. 14)

May the Passion of Jesus be always in our hearts!

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From the letters of St. Paul of the Cross

11 February, 2009

[Photo: Entrance of the Passionist Nuns, Ovada Italy]

“No difficulties will be able to upset you if you carry the Lord within you. Try to maintain your peace, no matter what happens, even in the midst of storms, by keeping your heart set on things that are above.”

IN THE HEART OF GOD, The Spiritual Teaching of St. Paul of the Cross, Ovada Books, p. 79

During the month of February

9 February, 2009

4th February 1710 – birthday of Anthony Daneo, brother of St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo

7th February 1796 – death of Fr. John Mary Cioni, C.P. After the death of St. Paul of the Cross’ brother, Ven. John Baptist, Fr. John Mary was confessor for St. Paul of the Cross until his death in 1775. He was the third Superior General of the Passionists (1784-1790).

16th February 1727 – St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo receive the tonsure from Bishop Caccari, Vicar of Rome

18th February 1821 – decree on the virtues of Fr. Paul of the Cross proclaimed

20th February – Feast of the Solemn Commemoration of the Passion, Titular Feast of the Passionist Congregation

23rd February 1727 – St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo receive first minor orders of porter and lector from Bishop Baccari, Vicar of Rome

23rd February 1731 – St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo request Pope Clement XII to grant them the canonical title “of the missions”

24th February 1727 – St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo receive second minor orders of acolyte and exorcist from Bishop Baccari, Vicar of Rome

25th February – Ash Wednesday

27th February – Passionist Feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows

Queen of the Passionist Congregation

9 February, 2009

Icon of Mary, Queen of the Passionist Congregation, from the Blog of the Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph’s Monastery