Archive for January, 2012
For the honour and glory of God, I, declare my firm intention to consecrate myself to God more intimately, and to follow Christ Crucified more closely. In the presence of my brothers, therefore, and into your hands, I vow to recall to mind with greater love the Passion of our Lord and to promote its memory by word and deed, and I vow chastity, poverty and obedience, according to the Rules and Constitutions of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ. I commit myself wholeheartedly to this religious family, so that by the grace of the Holy Spirit, the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Sorrows, and the prayer of our Holy Father Paul of the Cross, I may obtain fullness of life in the service of God and the Church.
Grant, we pray, O Lord our God, that as the Cross shines in our southern skies, so may Christ bring light to our nation, to its peoples old and new, and by saving grace, transform our lives. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
I also recommend to you to be a great lover of holy prayer and to imitate Saint Teresa with habitual, deep recollection and interior solitude. All this will happen easily if you willingly stay in your cell and be very observant of silence, fleeing all occasion of talking. Oh! how much I recommend this holy silence, taught by all the saints! My dear Father, listen well. If you wish to live a blameless life, be in a holy silence as much as you can. “The silence which the clay shows the potter, show that to your Maker.” That is the golden saying of Saint John Chrysostom. (Letter of St. Paul of the Cross to a Newly Ordained Priest, 12th December 1765 #1578)