Archive for September, 2011

Who was St. Paul of the Cross??

8 September, 2011

Father Martin Bialas C.P. writes on the Founder of the Passionists, St. Paul of the Cross

Who was St. Paul of the Cross – Martin Bialas CP (pdf)

The biggest Novitiate Class in 2011 ???

8 September, 2011

On 5th September 2011 sixteen novices were received into the Passionist Novitiate in Peru.  This is probably the biggest novitiate class in the Passionist Congregation in 2011 ????

A Passionist Companions Prayer

8 September, 2011

Lord Jesus Christ, You have called me to be your companion, to walk by your side as the two disciples did on the road to Emmaus. Give me the grace to place the message of the Cross at the centre of my life, that I may understand the scriptures and recognise you in the breaking of the bread. Following the example of Saint Paul of the Cross, may I contemplate your Passion, the great sign of your love, and find in it the strength to live as a Passionist Companion.

Help me to be faithful to prayer and to solitude, poverty and penance. Help me to grow in fraternal communion with the other members of the Passionist family. Give me the grace, Lord Jesus, to live each day in union with you, to respond in love to your presence in those who suffer, and to share with others the riches of faith, hope and love that you have given me. Amen.

(With thanks to Fr. Paul Francis Spencer, C.P.)

The writings of St. Paul of the Cross

8 September, 2011

Afflicting yourself with penances is not what God is asking of you. Accept the crosses which God permits day by day. Oh, what great value lie in such penances. (St. Paul of the Cross)

Your desires to be holy are beautiful, but they must be carried out in your own state of life. A lay person is not able to live the life of a hermit or Capuchin, for example. You will become a saint by fulfilling the obligations of your married life without looking for anything extraordinary. (St. Paul of the Cross)