Archive for June, 2012

A Brief Account of the Congregation

5 June, 2012

A Brief Account of the Congregation – “This document was found in the Passionist General Archives by Fr. Fabiano Giorgini, C.P. It seems to have been written by St. Paul of the Cross in 1768, and it is perhaps the clearest synthetic view he has left us of the end and ideal of the Congregation and the means to the achievement of this end.”

Article (pdf) A Brief Account of the Congregation, Passionist Magazine December 1961

The Passionist Scapular

5 June, 2012

The Black Scapular of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ is distinguished from other Scapulars in this way: It is made of black cloth, having on the front the figure of a Heart surmounted by a White Cross. In the centre of the Heart are the letters: JESU .. XPI .. PASSIO .. meaning: “The Passion of Jesus Christ.” Beneath these letters are three nails. They represent the nails that pierced the Hands and Feet of Jesus.

On the second half of the Scapular is a picture of Jesus on the Cross. On the two halves of the Scapular, in each corner, appear a Chalice, a Veil with Christ’s Face imprinted on it, a Crown of Thorns, and a stone Column to which Christ was bound and beaten with whips. On the lower part of each half of the Scapular there appears this Latin sentence: “Sit Semper in Cordibus Nostris.” This means: “May it [Christ’s Passion] be always in our hearts.”

The Scapular represents, in a small size, the habit in which St. Paul of the Cross, Founder of the Passionists, saw himself clothed during a vision. This vision was bestowed upon him during the time he was cherishing the design of founding a new Congregation, to be devoted in a special manner to the sufferings and death of Jesus.

Article (pdf) Our Scapular, Passionist Magazine 1949

St. Paul of the Cross and the Sick

5 June, 2012

“St. Paul of the Cross went promptly to the sick religious. Although infirm himself and able to climb the stairs only in great pain, he did not dispense himself from these visits ….”

Article (pdf) – St. Paul and the Sick, Passionist Magazine 1949