On November 18 each year we celebrate the feast of another Passionist – Blessed Grimoaldo Santamaria, C.P.
He was born on 4th May 1893 in Pontecorvo Italy, the eldest of five children. He was professed a Passionist at 17 years of age on 6th March 1900. He began his preparation for Ordination at the Passionist Community in Ceccano, Italy.
Barely two years after his profession he was stricken with acute meningitis. He died on 18th November 1902. He was only 19 years of age.
FROM THE BEATIFICATION HOMILY GIVEN BY SAINT JOHN PAUL II –
“And till the present I proclaim you wondrous deeds. . . ” (Resp. Psalm). Thus did Blessed Grimoaldo of the Purification, born Ferdinando Santamaria, testify to the world. A young Passionist, in the course of his brief life he was constantly inspired by a few basic ideas which are still meaningful to us: to give God priority, to show Jesus Crucified constant gratitude by concrete works of penance and humility; to persevere in goodness even at the cost of great sacrifice – to live with austerity and be content at all times: to be always available to others. In accord with the Passionist family’s charism, he felt that he should complete in himself Christ’s suffering for the sake of his entire Mystical Body (cf. Col 1:24). He liked to say: “I always think of Jesus when he went up to Calvary and of his Blessed Mother who walked close to the Lord, and I want to follow their suffering”.
Grimoaldo of the Purification, a model of generous spirituality.
His biographers describe him as joyful even amid humiliations, contradictions and difficulties in his studies. He companions noted that although Grimoaldo did nothing different from them, he did it with an extraordinary and growing intensity of love.
Young people today and in the future can see in him a model of simple and generous spirituality, firmly rooted in Christ’s paschal mystery.
Read more about Blessed Gimoaldo Santamatia, Passionist here