"When you feel the assaults of passion and anger, then is the time to be silent as Jesus was silent in the midst of His ignominies and sufferings" (St. Paul of the Cross)
Double (1955 Calendar): April 28
St. Paul of the Cross is the renowned Founder of the Passionists. Born in 1694 to a merchant in Italy, Paul spent his youth in the spirit of Christian piety. While still a layman, he received a vision and founded the Congregation of Discalced Clerks of the Most Holy Cross and Passion (Passionists) in 1721 to preach about Jesus Crucified. Their mission: Preach Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. He was ordained a priest in 1727 by Pope Benedict XIII.
St. Paul is remembered for preaching with such power that hardened sinners and murderous robbers wept at his preaching. At one point in his life, in a true example for us to perserve in our good works, all of his brothers in the order abandoned him. Yet, by the will of God, his rule was approved by Pope Benedict XIV in 1741 and the order began to grow anew.
St. Paul died on October 18, 1775, at a time when his order had over 180 fathers and brothers. Before his death, he had also founded a monastery of contemplative sisters in Corneto.
O Lord Jesus Christ, You endowed blessed Paul with a special love to preach the mystery of Your cross and raised up a new community in the Church through him. May his intercession make us always mindful of Your passion so that we may share in its reward in heaven; who lives and rules with God the Father . . .
Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal
"It is an excellent and holy practice to call to mind and meditate on our Lord's Passion, since it is by this path that we shall arrive at union with God. In this, the holiest of all schools, true wisdom is learned, for it was there that all the saints became wise." Taken from a letter written by St. Paul of the Cross