Archive for November, 2009

Holy Advent

29 November, 2009

During Holy Advent humble yourself the more in considering in infinite goodness of God, who wished to reduce himself to our humanity, concealing himself in the unblemished womb of the Immaculate Virgin. Love this Infinite Good with the sweetest heart of the great Lady, Mary Most Holy. God will teach you.

St. Paul of the Cross to Agnes Grazi, 20th October 1734.

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The sacred season of Advent

29 November, 2009

The sacred season of Advent is nearing, in which Holy Mother Church celebrates the memory of the Divine Espousal, which the Eternal Word made with our human nature in his Holy Incarnation. Contemplate, my daughter, this deepest mystery of infinite love and allow your soul complete liberty to be immersed in that infinite sea of every good. Ask and pray that soon the great Espousal of Love between your soul and Jesus may be accomplished – as well as for me, poor and unworthy as I am.

St. Paul of the Cross to Agnes Grazi, 29th November 1736.

The Liturgy of the Hours on your iPhone

28 November, 2009

The Liturgy of the Hours for your iPod or iPhone  here

The Second Foundation Stone

28 November, 2009

Glenn Dellaire has recently added a page to his St. Paul of the Cross Website on Ven. John Baptist Danei, brother of St. Paul of the Cross and second foundation stone of the Passionist Congregation.

Venerable John Baptist was born in Ovada on 14th April 1695 and died in the Passionist Monastery at Vetralla on 30th August 1765.

St. Paul of the Cross said of his brother, John Baptist:  – “With a holy death corresponding to his holy life, my holy brother flew from his poor mattress to sing in paradise. Father John Baptist is a saint, and I know.”

You can view the page  here

For Justin life is changed, not ended ….

25 November, 2009

Please remember in your prayer Fr. Justin Ives, C.P., from the Adelaide Community who died in Royal Adelaide Hospital this afternoon (25th November 2009) at 5.30 p.m.

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All powerful God, grant to our brother Justin, one with us in the sacred bonds of the Passion, forgiveness of his sins. His desire on earth was to be like Christ, your Son. May he rejoice in his presence and praise you for ever.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

[Votive Mass for Deceased Members of the Congregation of the Passion.]

Lord, for your faithful people life is changed, not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven.

[Preface for Christian Death I]