Archive for August, 2011

During the month of September

28 August, 2011

10th September – Anniversary of the death of Anna Maria Massari, mother of St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Danei (1746)
14th September – Anniversary of the Foundation of Presentation Retreat, Monte Argentario (1737)
14th September – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
15th September – Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Principal Patroness of the Passionist Congregation
24th September – Feast of St. Vincent Strambi
26th September – St. Paul of the Cross took the Passion Vow at St. Mary Major’s Basilica in Rome (1721)

29th September – Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, Protector of the Passionist Congregation

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August 26 – Feast of Blessed Dominic

26 August, 2011

WYD Australian Gathering Madrid

21 August, 2011

Madrid WYD Opening Mass

17 August, 2011

On Silence

17 August, 2011

“Dear Brothers and Sisters!

In every age, men and women who have consecrated their lives to God in prayer – like monks and nuns – have established their communities in particularly beautiful places: in the countryside, on hilltops, in valleys, on the shores of lakes or the sea, or even on little islands. These places unite two elements which are very important for contemplative life: the beauty of creation, which recalls that of the Creator, and silence, which is guaranteed by living far from cities and the great means of communication. Silence is the environmental condition that most favors contemplation, listening to God and meditation. The very fact of experiencing silence and allowing ourselves to be “filled,” so to speak, with silence, disposes us to prayer. The great prophet, Elijah, on Mount Horeb – that is, Sinai – experienced strong winds, then an earthquake, and finally flashes of fire, but he did not recognize the voice of God in them; instead, he recognized it in a light breeze (cfr. 1 Rev 19:11-13). God speaks in silence, but we need to know how to listen. This is why monasteries are oases in which God speaks to humanity; and there we find the courtyard, a symbolic place because it is a closed space, but open toward heaven….

The world is filled with these oases of the spirit: some very ancient, others are more recent, while still others have been restored by new communities. Looking at things from a spiritual perspective, these places of the spirit are a load-bearing structure of the world! It is no accident that many people, especially in times of rest, visit these places and stop there for some days.

Even the soul, thanks be to God, has its needs!”

Pope Benedict XVI

10 August 2011