Archive for May, 2012

Monte Argentario

31 May, 2012

If there was anywhere on earth that was dear to St. Paul of the Cross it was Monte Argentario.

Monte Argentario is a marvel of nature. It is a picturesque peninsula, sometimes an island when cut off by the flooding tides of the sea from the Italian mainland. It stretches out into that part of the Mediterranean Sea which is called the Tyrrhenian Sea. The air is salubrious, the view of the sea, sky and coastline is majestic.

St. Paul of the Cross first visited Monte Argentario on 8th September 1721.

Reflection Sheet (pdf) – Monte Argentario

Passionist Pentecost

30 May, 2012

“I am not the writer of this icon, “Passionist Pentecost”, but I have gazed lovingly upon it for hours, and it has begun to speak back to me. It is a doorway into heaven, it brings the past into the present and makes us present in the past. It is a family portrait. It is our Passionist inheritance. It is my family gathered in prayer before they go out and minister to God’s people of every time and age.” [Fr. Kevin Tuitu’u, C.P.]

Reflection Sheet (pdf) – Icon Passionist Pentecost

The Passionist Spirit

30 May, 2012

St. Paul of the Cross gathered companions to live together and to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to all.  [Passionist Constitutions, 1.]

Reflection Sheet (pdf) – Experience of the Passionist Spirit


30 May, 2012

The Irish have a word for it. Grieshog, Gaelic speakers tell us, is the process of burying warm coals in ashes at night in order to preserve the fire for the cold night to come. Instead of cleaning out the cold hearth, people preserved yesterday’s glowing coals under beds of ash overnight in order to have a fast-starting new fire the next day.

The process is an extremely important one. Otherwise, if the coals go out, a whole new fire must be built and lit when morning comes, an exercise that takes precious time and slows the more important work of the new day.

The primary concern, then, was that the fire from yesterday not be permitted to burn out completely at the end of the day. On the contrary, the coals hidden from sight under heaps of ash through the long, dark night were tended carefully so that the fire could leap to life again at first light. The old fire did not die, it kept its heat, in order to be prepared to light the new one.

It is a holy process, this preservation of purpose, of energy, of warmth and light in darkness. What we call death and end and loss in our lives, as one thing turns to another, may in these terms, be better understood as greishog, as the preservation of the coals, as refusing to go cold.

From the letters of St. Paul of the Cross

27 May, 2012

The grace of the Holy Spirit be always in your spirit and in your heart. Amen. (87) 

The great master of prayer is the Holy Spirit. (99)

Don’t you remember what I have told you many times? Prayer is to be made in accord with the Holy Spirit? (102)

Always leave your soul free to follow the loving breezes of the Holy Spirit. (118)

May the Holy Spirit illumine and inspire our hearts. Amen. (1716)

The sovereign director of your soul is the Holy Spirit. (1847)

Be guided by the loving breath of the Holy Spirit. (1903)