Archive for December, 2019

Passionist Liturgy of the Hours

15 December, 2019


The Liturgy of the Hours of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ

Passionist Proper Offices (.pdf)

Studies in Passionist History and Spirituality

15 December, 2019


(Passionist Presentation Retreat, Monte Argentario, Italy)

Access to the Studies in Passionist History and Spirituality can be found on the Passio Christi Website – here

Advent Letter to the Passionist Nuns

14 December, 2019


(The General Council of the Passionist Nuns)

The Advent Letter of Mother Catherine Marie, C.P., President of the Passionist Nuns

Advent Letter Passionist Nuns (.pdf)

One of the most common illnesses …

8 December, 2019

images (2)The lack of taste for solitude and silence is one of the most common illnesses of the modern person. Many are even scared of remaining in stillness, being alone or having free time: they feel more comfortable being constantly occupied; they need words, impressions; they always hasten in order to have the illusion of an abundant and saturated life. But life in God begins when words and thoughts fall silent, when worldly cares are forgotten, and when a place within the human soul is freed to be filled by Him. – Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk


Sts. John and Paul Rome – 9 December 1773

8 December, 2019

On 9th December 1773 the Passionists took possession of the Basilica and Monastery of Sts. John and Paul in Rome.

“The group of more than thirty religious who were to form the first community walked the short distance from the Hospice in Via San Giovanni in Laterano. Cardinal Boschi, the Titular of the Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, sent his carriage for Paul of the Cross, now almost eighty years of age. On their arrival, they went first to the altar of the Blessed Sacrament in the Basilica, where they sang the Te Deum in thanksgiving. From there they went to the house to begin their community life in what would be the last Retreat founded by Paul, celebrating Vespers together that evening and rising at midnight, as usual, for Matins.”

“Among the members of the commuity were Fr. Giovanni Battista (Gorresio) of St. Vinent Ferrier, who would succeed Paul as General, Fr. Giammaria (Cioni) of St. Ignatius, his confessor, and Fr. Marcaurelio (Pastorelli) of the Blessed Sacrament, who was a year older than Paul and one of his earliest companions, and who would die in Santi Giovanni e Paolo the following March. There was also a class of nine theology students whose professor would be St. Vincent Mary Strambi.”

– taken from As A Seal Upon Your Heart, by Father Paul Francis Spencer, C.P., p. 188-189.