Archive for October, 2018

Being Passionist according to the Founder

31 October, 2018

The-Concept-of-being-Passionist-according-to-St.-Paul-of-the-Cross-P.Gonzalo (.pdf)

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The History of Passionist Formation

30 October, 2018

The-History-of-Passionist-Formation (.pdf) by Fr. Alessandro Ciciliani, C.P.

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From the writings of St. Paul of the Cross

29 October, 2018

The passion of Jesus is a sea of sorrows, but it is also an ocean of love. Ask the Lord to teach you to fish in this ocean. Dive into its depths. No matter how deep you go, you will never reach the bottom.

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The Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Paul of the Cross

29 October, 2018

The Blessed Virgin Mary (.pdf)

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From Passio in Cordibus

Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)

29 October, 2018

BartLet us consider Bartimaeus. His name means “son of Timaeus”. That is how the Gospel describes him: “Bartimaeus son of Timaeus” (Mk 10:46). Yet, oddly, his father is nowhere to be found. Bartimaeus lies alone on the roadside, far from home and fatherless. He is not loved, but abandoned. He is blind and no one listens to him; when he tried to speak, everyone told him to keep quiet. Jesus hears his plea. When he goes to him, he lets him speak. It was not hard to guess what Bartimaeus wanted: clearly, a blind person wants to see or regain his sight. But Jesus takes his time; he takes time to listen. This is the first step in helping the journey of faith: listening. It is the apostolate of the ear: listening before speaking.

Instead, many of those with Jesus ordered Bartimaeus to be quiet (cf. v. 48). For such disciples, a person in need was a nuisance along the way, an obstacle unexpected and unforeseen. They preferred their own timetable above that of the Master, their own talking over listening to others. They were following Jesus, but they had their own plans in mind. This is a risk constantly to guard against. Yet, for Jesus, the cry of those pleading for help is not a nuisance but a challenge. How important it is for us to listen to life!

Homily, Closing of the Synod of Bishops on Youth: Pope Francis, 28th October 2018