Archive for April, 2014

During the month of May

29 April, 2014

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1st May
Beatification of St. Paul of the Cross (1853)

1st May
St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Danei receive the Diaconate in Rome (1727)

3rd May
Foundation of the Passionist Nuns (1771)

3rd May
Anniversary of the death of Pope Benedict XIV – “greatest benefactor of the Congregation” (1758)

16th May
Feast of St. Gemma Galgani

Passionist Memorial of the Glorious Wounds

29 April, 2014

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On Friday 2nd May 2014 Passionists celebrate the memorial of the Glorious Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

COLLECT

Lord Jesus Christ, your hands, feet and side were pierced and flowed with blood for the world’s salvation. The wounds in your risen body strengthened the faith of the apostles in your glorious resurrection. Deepen our devotion to this proof of your love and unite us more closely to your passion, so that we may rise with you to newness of life, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

FROM THE HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS

“The wounds of Jesus are a scandal, a stumbling block for faith, yet they are also the test of faith. That is why on the body of the risen Christ the wounds never pass away; they remain, for those wounds are the enduring sign of God’s love for us.”

(Homily, Canonisation of Saint Pope John XXIII and Saint Pope John Paul II, 27th April 2014)

The daily decalogue of Saint Pope John XXIII

29 April, 2014

CanonisationPope John XXIII’s message is still extraordinarily timely today. His life, his Discourses and his actions bring us to the heart of the faith and the heart of Christian commitment.

As we know, one of Pope John’s most important decisions was to convoke the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, which was inaugurated on 11 October 1962 here in St Peter’s Basilica.

I was present (indeed, by a fortunate circumstance, it was I who organized the distribution of the first Council Documents “sub peculiari secreto” to the Council Fathers!), and I remember how the day unfolded to its extraordinary conclusion in St Peter’s Square by moonlight.

We could recall a wealth of Pope John’s teachings and episodes concerning him, but today I intend to focus on several thoughts which might be useful in our personal life and spiritual renewal.

The Church, in his view, has a motherly face: her task is to keep “her arms open to receive everyone”. She is a “home for one and all” that “desires to belong to everyone, and in particular she is the Church of the poor, like the village fountain”, with no distinctions of race or religion.

The Church’s holiness and human wisdom are expressed very clearly in what is called “The daily decalogue of Pope John XXIII”:

1) Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.

2) Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behaviour; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.

3) Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.

4) Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.

5) Only for today, I will devote 10 minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

6) Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.

7) Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.

8) Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.

9) Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good Providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.

10) Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for 12 hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.

To conclude: here is an all-embracing resolution: “I want to be kind, today and always, to everyone”. In this way, we can put Pope John’s hope for every Christian into practice: “Every believer in this world must be a spark of light, a core of love, life-giving leaven in the mass: and the more he is so, the more he will live, in his innermost depths, in communion with God”.

Homily of Cardinal Bertone, 11th October 2006.

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Basilica of Sts. John and Paul, Rome

26 April, 2014

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He became poor for our sake …

26 April, 2014

crucifixion-iconSt. Paul the Apostle

For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)

St. Paul of the Cross

I say to you with all surety that the way in which the Highest Good God continues to have you walk is the same way chosen by the uncreated wisdom and truth of Christ our Lord, and since he is infinitely rich and the giver of all the goods of nature, of grace and glory, he nonetheless made himself poor for us as Saint Paul tells us. He was born, lived, and died naked of all things and always poor. (To Teresa Daneo 1755)