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]
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.”