Archive for December, 2015

During the month of January

31 December, 2015

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1st January
Birth of St. Vincent Strambi, C.P., (1745)

1st January
St. Paul of the Cross concludes his forty day retreat in Castellazzo (1721)

3rd January
Birth of St. Paul of the Cross in Ovada, Italy (1694)

5th January
Feast of Saint Charles of Mount Argus

6th January
Anniversary of the Baptism of St. Paul of the Cross, Ovada, Italy (1694)

6th January
Anniversary of the marriage of Luke Danei and Anna Maria Massari, parents of St. Paul of the Cross (1692)

7th January
Introduction of the Ordinary Process of Canonisation of St. Paul of the Cross (1777)

9th January
Opening of the Hospice of the Crucified, first Passionist residence in Rome (1767)

24th January
Feast of St. Francis de Sales

2016 Passionist Ordo

31 December, 2015

2016 Passionist Ordo (.pdf)

2016 Passionist Ordo

2015 Christmas Homily Pope Francis

25 December, 2015

UnknownThis Child teaches us what is truly essential in our lives. He was born into the poverty of this world; there was no room in the inn for him and his family. He found shelter and support in a stable and was laid in a manger for animals. And yet, from this nothingness, the light of God’s glory shines forth. From now on, the way of authentic liberation and perennial redemption is open to every man and woman who is simple of heart. This Child, whose face radiates the goodness, mercy and love of God the Father, trains us, his disciples, as Saint Paul says, “to reject godless ways” and the richness of the world, in order to live “temperately, justly and devoutly” (Tit 2:12).

In a society so often intoxicated by consumerism and hedonism, wealth and extravagance, appearances and narcissism, this Child calls us to act soberly, in other words, in a way that is simple, balanced, consistent, capable of seeing and doing what is essential. In a world which all too often is merciless to the sinner and lenient to the sin, we need to cultivate a strong sense of justice, to discern and to do God’s will. Amid a culture of indifference which not infrequently turns ruthless, our style of life should instead be devout, filled with empathy, compassion and mercy, drawn daily from the wellspring of prayer.

Like the shepherds of Bethlehem, may we too, with eyes full of amazement and wonder, gaze upon the Child Jesus, the Son of God. And in his presence may our hearts burst forth in prayer: “Show us, Lord, your mercy, and grant us your salvation” (Ps 85:8).

When God was born …

24 December, 2015

One night long ago ….

24 December, 2015