Feast of St. Paul of the Cross

SPN 3COLLECT

May the priest Saint Paul, whose only love was the Cross, obtain for us your grace, O Lord, so that, urged on more strongly by his example, we may each embrace out own cross with courage. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns that you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever, Amen.

[Roman Missal, p. 1034]

On Sunday 19th October 2104 we celebrate the feast of our Founder, St. Paul of the Cross.

St. Paul of the Cross [pdf]

Portraits of St. Paul of the Cross [pdf]

 

FROM THE WRITINGS OF ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS

“Allow yourself to be moved by the fragrance of God which captivates our hearts. May all your efforts bring you to the realisation that, of yourself, you are nothing and that the one who is all is God.”

“Do not cling to the gifts you have received, so that you will be able to cling to the one who gave them.”

“Chase all gloominess from your heart and, even if you do something wrong, don’t get upset, since that would do you even more harm than your wrongdoing. Instead, humble yourself gently, ask God’s pardon, decide that you’ll do better in future and joyfully continue on your way.”

“See your brother in the side of Jesus Christ and then you will love him with a pure and holy love.”

“Show kindness to the poor. Visit them, comfort them, console them. The friends of the poor are God’s most beloved friends. Read the forehead of a poor man and you will find written there the name of Jesus Christ.”

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2 Responses to “Feast of St. Paul of the Cross”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Hi- I would like to request prayers for the victims of rape and abuse by members of the Catholic Church. Many of them were children when they were attacked or abused. This is also an ongoing crisis, with new victims each year, worldwide. I will remember them and their stories forever, but for the healing to truly take place, it will take the voices and efforts of many.

    To paraphrase a poem by an Indian schoolgirl, “Too many Catholics, in too many countries, speak the same language– of silence.” Thank you.

  2. David Manthei Says:

    I received that same anonymous comment on my blog. Though I deleted the comment from the combox I decided to use it as the focus of a well researched (in my humble opinion) article on the abuse crisis that our world (not just any one church) faces.
    I think you (“Anonymous” or anyone else) will find it to be an open, honest and fair look into the real crisis of sexual abuse in our country.

    In Christ,
    Dave Manthei

    http://daves-ahumbleservant.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-sex-abuse-crisis-what-are.html

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