Passionist Olive Grove

[Photo: The Olive Grove, Passionist Monastery, Marrickville (Australia)]
  

“When finally on that fearful moment of the last day, when the Father will come to ask an accounting of our stewardship, that Father who placed this recently planted vine of our Congregation in the garden of his Church, surrounded by a variety, and gave it to us to guard, oh, would that we could answer we have lost none of those plants which, like fruitful olives in the house of God, ought to be there and flourish like palm trees, that none have perished through our fault, except those who out of perverse will have refused our proper care and are unwilling to produce fruits worthy of penance.”

(Letter of St. Paul of the Cross to Passionist Religious, 12th March 1753)

 

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