Miracles for Canonisation of Fr. Paul of the Cross

10 June, 2019


From the numerous prodigies which were wrought through the blessed Paul’s intercession since the Solemn Declaration of Beatification in 1853, two were selected for the cause of the Canonisation.

The first of these was a cure wrought upon a certain Rose d’Alena. She was on her way to the surgeon’s to submit to an operation when she accidentally turned into one of our Passionist churches, and prayed there before the image of blessed Paul. She decided to have a Mass celebrated in his honour at that very moment, and before the end of the Mass the cure was suddenly and perfectly accomplished. This happened in 1858.


The second miracle was the multiplication of corn effected in S. Angelo, near Vetralla, through the Saint’s intercession, in 1854. The religious of this Retreat found that their supply of corn would not carry them to the summer, and that a bad harvest made it unlikely that begging could succeed in supplying their needs. The brother asked the Rector if he should continue to give the usual alms to the poor, and was told that he should. The provincial then told them to have recourse to our blessed founder; they said prayers in his honour every day, and some of them before the door of the granary measured the corn, and after having fed thirty-six religious and a multitude of visitors and poor for several months, there was more corn found in the storehouse than had been at the beginning. A multitude of people came to have their devotion gratified by a little of the miraculous grain when the miracle became known. The satisfying of their devotion seemed to increase the heap, and it went on thus until the harvest-time.


Miracles of St. Paul of the Cross

The Holy Spirit and St. Paul of the Cross

10 June, 2019

A short article by Fr. Gerard Mahony, C.P., on “The Holy Spirit and St. Paul of the Cross”

002 The Holy Spirit and St. Paul of the Cross (.pdf)


Oldest Crucifix at St. Peters, Rome

10 June, 2019

Holy Spirit Province Feast Day!

9 June, 2019

9 June 2019, Pentecost Sunday, is the patronal feast of the Passionist Holy Spirit Province – Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.



O God, who by the mystery of today’s feast sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation, pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was first proclaimed, fill now once more the hearts of believers. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


The Holy Spirit annoys us. The Holy Spirit upsets us because it moves us, it makes us walk, it pushes us forward. The Holy Spirit bothers us because the Holy Spirit urges us to walk forward. Often we want the Holy Spirit to go to sleep, we want to domesticate the Holy Spirit. This will never work, because the Holy Spirit is God. The Holy Spirit is that wind that comes and goes without us knowing from where. The Holy Spirit is the force and power of God that gives us the strength to move on. To try to domesticate the Holy Spirit is being foolish and slow to heart. To try to calm down the Holy Spirit is wrong. Do not resist the Holy Spirit. This is the grace that I wish for each of us. May the Holy Spirit continue to annoy us. May the Holy Spirit continue to upset us.

8 June 1899 – the Stigmata of St. Gemma Galgani

8 June, 2019

On 8 June 1899 St. Gemma Galgani received the Stigmata.

The Stigmata

If not by habit and profession, undoubtedly by desire and affection, Gemma is rightly numbered among the religious children of St. Paul of the Cross (Pope Benedict XV)

Gemma Icon 2

In this instant Jesus appeared with all his wounds open, but blood was no longer flowing from the wounds; flames of fire flowed instead and in an instant the flames touched my hands, my feet and my heart. I felt myself dying and I would have fallen to the ground, but Mom sustained me, still covering me with her cloak. For several hours I had to stay in that position. Then, Mom kissed me on the forehead, and everything vanished; I found myself on my knees and I still felt an intense pain in my hands, feet and heart .

I got up to go to bed and realised that blood flowed from those parts where I hurt. I covered those parts as well as I could and then, helped by my angel, I was able to climb into bed. The pains, the suffering, instead of afflicting me, gave me perfect peace. In the morning I could barely go to communion and I put on a pair of gloves, at least to hide my hands. I could not stand on my feet and every moment I thought I would die. These pains lasted until 3.00 p.m. on Friday, the solemn feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

(The Voices of Gemma Galgani, The Life and Afterlife of a Modern Saint, Rudolph M. Bell and Cristina Mazzoni, 2003, p. 54-55).