Archive for October, 2009

The Passionists celebrate and pray …

21 October, 2009

You can view photos of the celebration of the Feast of St. Paul of the Cross held at the Passionist Generalate in Rome  here


Miracles for Beatification and Canonisation

20 October, 2009

The Miracles used for the Beatification and Canonisation of St. Paul of the Cross

The first miracle for the Beatification of St. Paul of the Cross was the cure of a little boy, which was performed in 1816, forty-one years after the death of the Saint. His father was a surgeon, and he and others of the same profession judged the child, who was just seven years of age, to be beyond the reach of medical art. Aneurism, fever, and a complication of other ailments brought him to deaths door; a consultation of physicians ended in the decision that nothing could be done for him. The sorrowing parents looked upon their boy in the last agony, and had to change their sobs into a few broken remarks about the preparation for his funeral. There lay the child, cadaverous, helpless, agonizing, unable to speak, move, or understand. Suddenly the father, caught between despair and hope, recollected himself and through an inspiration of God (one can assume) he recalled that he had a bit of Father Paul’s habit in the house. Quickly retrieving it, they gave him a tiny morsel in a drop of water, which, with much difficulty, they managed to introduce between his clenched teeth. In a moment he was well, arose, called for strong food, and was perfectly recovered.

The second was the cure of a cancer in the breast of a modest young woman who would rather die than undergo an operation which was judged necessary by her physicians. She wore a piece of the habit of the venerable Father Paul on her breast, and recited for several days, three Our Fathers and Hail Marys to the Blessed Trinity, in thanksgiving for the graces bestowed upon the servant of God, as it was not then quite lawful to invoke his direct intercession-at least publicly. One day, while saying these prayers in the church, she found a thrilling sensation all over her, which made her imagine her end approached. On recovering from her fright she found herself perfectly cured. This extraordinary miracle happened in November, 1844.

These miracles, with the other evidences of his sanctity, closed the case for the Beatification.

From the numerous prodigies which were wrought through the blessed Paul’s intercession since the solemn declaration Beautification in 1853, two were selected for the cause of the Canonization.

The first of these was a cure wrought upon a certain Rose d’Alena, similar to the second recorded above, with the slight difference that she was on her way to the surgeon’s to submit to the operation when she accidentally turned into one of our churches (Passionist -editor), and prayed there before the image of blessed Paul. She decided to have a Mass celebrated in his honour at that very moment, and before the end of the Mass the cure was suddenly and perfectly accomplished. This happened in 1858.

The second miracle was the multiplication of corn effected in S. Angelo, near Vetralla, through the Saint’s intercession, in 1854. The religious of this Retreat found that their supply of corn would not carry them to the summer, and that a bad harvest made it unlikely that begging could succeed in supplying their needs. The brother asked the Rector if he should continue to give the usual alms to the poor, and was told that he should. The provincial then told them to have recourse to our blessed founder; they said prayers in his honour every day, and some of them before the door of the granary measured the corn, and after having fed thirty-six religions and a multitude of visitors and poor for several months, there was more corn found in the storehouse than had been at the beginning. A multitude of people came to have their devotion gratified by a little of the miraculous grain when the miracle became known. The satisfying of their devotion seemed to increase the heap, and it went on thus until the harvest-time.

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[Photo: Some of the miraculous grain still preserved from 1854 at the Passionist Monastery near Vetralla Italy]


[Photo: Handwriting of St. Paul of the Cross preserved at the Passionist Monastery, Vetralla Italy]

Feast of St. Paul of the Cross

19 October, 2009

Joyfully celebrating the feast of St. Paul of the Cross, we ask the God of love and mercy to preserve in the family of the Passion the spirit of our founder. We cry out to him: Lord, through the passion of your Son, make us holy.

Lord, you gave up your Son to die for us, and in his name you wish the whole world to be saved – make us true apostles in promoting the mystery of the cross.

Lord, you pardoned the penitent thief through the merits of your Son’s passion – may all sinners look upon Christ Crucified that they may be converted.

Lord, you willed that through the St. Paul of the Cross the family of the Passion should flourish in the Church – grant that all the members of this family may persevere in the calling with which you have honoured them.

Lord, you made St. Paul of the Cross an ardent lover of the passion of your Son – may we follow his example by contemplating the Passion and thus grow in love.


Yes, I will!

18 October, 2009

Bishop Struzzieri leaned over and whispered in Paul’s ear, ‘Fr. Paul, when you get to heaven, remember the poor Congregation for which you have worked so hard, and remember all of us, your poor children.’ Paul made a sign as if to say, ‘Yes, I will!’  Then he closed his eyes as if he were sleeping, and after about fifteen minutes, he quietly breathed his last. It was about four forty five in the afternoon of 18th October 1775.

Read an account of the death of St. Paul of the Cross  here



Novena in preparation for the Feast

16 October, 2009



In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Come to my aid, O God.
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Almighty God,
Father of mercies
and giver of all good gifts,
we come before you
to honor you in your saints
and to ask their help
in our many needs.
You promised those who ask, would receive;
those who seek, would find;
those who knock,would have doors opened to them.
Hear the prayers of your church,
grant our requests,
and pardon our sins.

(Bring your requests to God)

O good Saint Paul of the Cross,
you proclaimed God’s wonders
in the Passion of God’s only Son.
By word and deed,
you became a spiritual guide
and preacher of the gospel
to a world grown cold
to the love of Jesus Christ.
Help me to see God’s love
in the merciful cross of Jesus,
and teach me to trust
in the blessings God gives.
May the Passion of Jesus
be in my heart,
and bring life to all the world.



[Photos: Display by the Postulator General, Sts. John and Paul’s Monastery, Rome]