Mass of the Solemn Commemoration of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ

22 February, 2017

From the Sacramentary of the Congregation of the Passion

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Solemn Commemoration of the Passion

22 February, 2017

Friday, 24 February 2017, is the Solemn Commemoration of the Passion. It is the patronal feast of our Passionist Congregation remembered on the Friday before Ash Wednesday. As part of this special remembrance in preparation for the sacred journey of Lent, you are invite you to join the Passionists in prayer on Friday.

This feast, which was instituted by St. Paul of the Cross, is a joyful celebration of the mystery of Good Friday focusing on the Passion as “the most overwhelming sign of God’s love” (St. Paul of the Cross).

Passionist Bishop Vincent Strambi writes, “Happy is the person who reflects on the life giving passion of our Lord. He will be humble, trustful, thankful and loving towards Jesus who is our justice, our sanctification and our redemption” . [From the book ‘The Treasures Which We Have in Jesus Christ,’ Volume III, p. 14.]

May the Passion of Jesus be always in our hearts!

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Prayer by St. Francis de Sales

24 January, 2017

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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)

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FROM THE WRITINGS OF ST. FRANCIS DE SALES

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

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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.