Archive for January, 2017

Prayer by St. Francis de Sales

24 January, 2017

sfs-writer252812529-219x300.jpgBE AT PEACE

Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life; rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same understanding Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day.

He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.

Feast of St. Francis de Sales

24 January, 2017

January 24 is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor. HE has been called “the Gentleman Saint” because of his patience and gentleness.

Fr. Martin Bialas, C.P., writes, “The author who had the most decisive influence on the thinking of Paul of the Cross and one whose works Paul read throughout his life was St. Francis de Sales. Hence it is he who is designated here as Paul’s favourite author. Of Francis’ works, Paul favoured The Treatise on the Love of God. This treatise fascinated him the reason being that the infinite love of God was, for Paul, the fundamental principle and end of of his spiritual life. Some of his contemporaties knew of the affinity between him and St. Francis de Sales, and it was to the “mild bishop of Geneva” that they mostly compared Paul.”

(cf. Martin Bialas, The Mysticism of St. Paul of the Cross, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1990, p. 110)



Don’t waste your time dreaming of being someone else. Don’t try to be someone else. Work and pray at being yourself. Be who you are, where you are. Concentrate on the little everyday problems and pains that beset you. Reserve your best efforts, expend your spiritual energy on what is right before you. This is what God asks of you: that you live and respond to his grace in the here and now. To do anything else is a waste  of time. Don’t cultivate someone else’s garden. Grow where you are planted. [Set Your Heart Free, The Practical Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, Ave Maria Press, p.53]


Newly professed from SCOR Province

23 January, 2017


Newly professed from SCOR Province – Felix Humberto Prada Gomez (Colombia), Nelson Enrique Rogel Baide (Honduras), Victor Alfonso Caballero Cruz (Honduras) and Wilmer Cruz Gomez Diaz (Honduras).

SCOR Province comprises of Spain, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala, Cuba, Honduras, Chile, Panama and El Salvador.


Fr. John Mary Cioni, C.P.

23 January, 2017

Father John Mary Cioni, C.P., was born in Brandeglio (Lucca) on 7th July 1727. He entered the Passionist Congregation at the age of 18 and was educated by the Novice Master, Father Marcoaurelius Pastorelli, C.P., and by St. Paul of the Cross himself, to whom he often went for advice. Professed on 4th March 1747 he was a member of the first formal group of students under the direction of Fr. Marcoaurelius. As a Deacon he took part in the great mission preached in Camerino by St. Paul of the Cross and others.

He was Local Superior, Master of Novices, General Consultor and Provincial. St. Paul of the Cross chose him as his confessor after the death of Fr. John Baptist Daneo (1765), and sent him as Visitor when he was unable to make visitation. He entrusted him with the change of completing the foundation of the first monastery of Passionist Nuns in 1770-1771. Despite these various changes he was often involved in preaching missions, in writing memoirs of religious and the history of the Congregation, a large part of which in known through his writings.

The nine Passionists who gathered in Rome for the General Chapter in 1784 elected him the third Superior General of the Congregation.

He died on 7th February 1796 from a sickness contracted while hearing the confession of a patient with an infectious disease in the hospital of St. John.


During the month of February

23 January, 2017

4th February 1710 – birthday of Anthony Daneo, brother of St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo

7th February 1796 – death of Fr. John Mary Cioni, C.P. After the death of St. Paul of the Cross’ brother, Ven. John Baptist, Fr. John Mary was confessor for St. Paul of the Cross until his death in 1775. He was the third Superior General of the Passionists (1784-1790).

16th February 1727 – St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo receive the tonsure from Bishop Caccari, Vicar of Rome

18th February 1821 – decree on the virtues of Fr. Paul of the Cross was proclaimed

23rd February 1727 – St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo receive first minor orders of porter and lector from Bishop Baccari, Vicar of Rome

23rd February 1731 – St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo request Pope Clement XII to grant them the canonical title “of the missions”

24th February 1727 – St. Paul of the Cross and Ven. John Baptist Daneo receive second minor orders of acolyte and exorcist from Bishop Baccari, Vicar of Rome.

27th February – Passionist Feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows