Archive for July, 2014

Devotion to Mary of Holy Hope

8 July, 2014

Struzzieri 2Devotion to the Most Holy Virgin under the title of Mother of Holy Hope has been practised in the Passionist Congregation from the beginning. It was promoted in a special way by the great Passionist missionary, Father Thomas Struzzieri, who later became a bishop. He carried a picture of our Mother of Holy Hope with him on missions. This picture was produced and placed in the rooms of Passionists so that they might be reminded to ask Our Lady’s assistance in their needs. The Blessed Virgin thus became the special model and support of our hope, and she remains so.


Lord, you have given to us the Blessed Virgin Mary as mother of our hope. Under her protection, may we pass though this uncertain world with our hopes fixed on heaven and so enter into your kingdom. Amen.


Today in the Passionist Calendar we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady, Mother of Holy Hope. The origin of the devotion among the Passionists is an image of Mary holding the child Jesus who has a cross in his hand, recalling the teaching of Saint Paul of the Cross that ‘the whole life of Jesus was a cross’ and the life of a disciple of Jesus means remaining on the cross with him. The original picture, described as a copper engraving (and, I suspect [i.e. this is my own personal theory, so you don’t have to believe it] the work of the neapolitan artist Sebastiano Conca), belonged to Father Lorenzo Ricci, the General of the Jesuits. When the Society of Jesus was suppressed in 1773, the image came into the possession of Saint Paul of the Cross. Paul’s successor, Father John Baptist Gorresio, had copies made and it became the custom for each religious to have one of these prints (or perhaps engravings) in his cell. [Father Paul Francis Spencer, C.P.]


Read presentation by Mother Catherine C.P. –  Mary Mother of Holy Hope

Pope Benedict – Mary, A Star of Hope for Us

9th July – Mother of Holy Hope

8 July, 2014

Our Lady of Hope Hope 2St. Paul of the Cross cherished a tender filial devotion to Mary and honored her particularly under the titles of Our Mother of Sorrows and Our Mother of Holy Hope. Here is a reflection by Fr. Sebastian MacDonald, C.P, on the Church’s observance of Mary, Mother of Holy Hope.

On the liturgical calendar proper to the Passionists is a celebration honoring Mary as Mother of Holy Hope. This takes place on July 9th. It is one of three Marian devotions that Passionists especially celebrate, the other two being: Our Lady of Sorrows, and Mary’s Assumption into heaven.

The current attention fastening on hope, thanks to the focus on it provided by Pope Benedict XVI in his first encyclical, as well as the anxiety throughout society about the hopeless condition of the economic situation, recommends renewed attention to Mary under this title. The basis for this lies in the intercessory powers Mary enjoys before the throne of God, on behalf of those praying to her. And, more pointedly, so far as Passionists are concerned, is the hope all of us place in the sufferings and death of Christ to win for us favor from God, and deliverance from our sins. Given Mary’s prominence on Calvary as the Sorrowful Virgin, her status as Mother of Holy Hope is understandable.

At the foot of the cross Mary acquired a spirit of compassion generating within her a sensitivity, not only to the sufferings of her Son, but also to the problems of us all along life’s pathways. This compassion endows her with a special kind of knowledge enabling her to see and appreciate what we are experiencing, and this in turn gives us hope that she will be of help to us.

The church has borrowed this feast from us Passionists, and incorporated it into a celebration available to the church at large. It is too significant to be confined just to our own ranks.

During the month of July

6 July, 2014

6th July – Feast of St. Maria Goretti

9th July – Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Holy Hope

14th July – Ordination Anniversary of Anthony Daneo, brother of St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist

16th July – Anniversary of the establishment of the Retreat of St. Joseph on Monte Argentario, Italy

24th July – Feast of Blessed Niceforo Diez Tejerina and the Passionist Martyrs of Daimiel, Spain

6th July – Saint Maria Goretti

6 July, 2014


O God, author of innocence and lover of chastity, who bestowed the grace of martyrdom on your handmaid, the Virgin Saint Maria Goretti, in her youth, grant, we pray, through her intercession, that, as you gave her a crown for her steadfastness, so we, too, may be firm in obeying your commandments. 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.

[Roman Missal, p. 946]


16 October 1890 – Maria Goretti is born in Corinaldo, Italy to Luigi Goretti and Assunta Carlini.

17 October 1890 – Maria is baptized in the Church of San Francesco in Corinaldo.

4 October 1896 – Maria is confirmed by Mons. Giulio Boschi, Bishop of Senigallia.

16 June 16, 1901 – Maria receives her First Holy Communion in the church of Conca, today called Borgo Montello

5 July 5, 1902 – Maria is mortally wounded at 3.30 p.m. by her neighbor, Alessandro Serenelli, who attacked her with intent to sexually abuse her. He was 20 years old.

6 July 1902 – Maria dies at the age of 11 years, 9 months and 21 days, after forgiving Alessandro.

31 May 1935 – Commencement of the informative process at Albano.

27 April 1947 – Maria is beatified by the Roman Catholic Church.

24 June 1950 – Maria Goretti is declared Saint in St. Peter’s Square, Rome.

Elizabeth Prout, Mystic of the Passion

5 July, 2014

_62345653_a2665898-0eca-4f15-99f1-935aa85f0084Elizabeth Prout, known as Mother Mary Joseph of Jesus, was the founder of the Passionist Sisters or the Sisters of the Cross and Passion.

Looking at the life of Elizabeth Prout is like examining a diamond ….

Read about her life Elizabeth Prout [.pdf]