Posted inCongregational News, Passionist Spirituality
, Province News, Religion and Spirituality | TaggedChrist, Jesus, Laity, missions, novena, parish, Passion, Passionist, Paul
of the Cross, preaching, priest, retreats | Leave a reply
In early 1853, Caesare entered the Passionist Motherhouse of Saints John and Paul
Posted inNews, Passionist Spirituality
, Province News, Religion and Spirituality | TaggedAdvent, carols, chant, Christianity, Christmas, David Cinquegrani, God, gregorian, Music, Passion, Passionist, Paul
of the Cross, polyphony, Religion & Spirituality, traditional, United States | Leave a reply
For some time before, Paul Francis Danei
had experienced spiritual promptings to establish a religious community under the title "The Poor of Jesus.
According to the advice of the leadership of the Diocese of Allesandria
, where he
placed himself under the spiritual direction of Fr. Columban of Genoa, a Capuchin Religious.
Fr. Columban authenticated Paul's mystical experiences, but could do nothing canonically to help establish the community.
could do was encourage the young man in his
quest to fulfill the will of God by the foundation of such a congregation.
The bishop of Allesandria
, Francis Mary DiGattinara, was impressed by Paul's story.
conveyed that he
had seen himself in a black tunic with a type of badge over his
felt this to be a call to be pure and simple of heart.
It was an invitation to repentance, not only for himself but for the Church Universal.
The vision was repeated several times.
wished to fulfill the message of these mystical promptings.
The bishop agreed to impose the habit publicly and to acknowledge Paul
as a hermit in his
even paid for the cloth which was cut into the black garment.
The bishop, however, did not allow Paul
to publicly wear the white sign.
felt that the Order
had to grow and develop. After all, an institution had to consist of more than one person.
On the 21st of November Paul
head shaved at the home of his
had supper with his
family for the last time and then they all prayed the rosary.
With his father's blessing, Paul left for Allesandria on the next day, November 22nd.
Originally it was projected that the reception of the habit would take place at Vespers but since the following day was a Friday, and since the focus of the new institute was to be the contemplation of the Passion of Jesus, Paul
requested of Bishop DiGittinara that he
receive the habit the following evening.
Thus the memorial of the birth of the Passionists is, in fact, a two-day affair.
of the Cross chose the feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple as the foundational feast because it is the primary feast of consecration, i.e., the call to holiness in the Church.
Posted inPassionist Spirituality
, Religion and Spirituality | Taggedfoundation, God, Immaculate Conception, Jesus, Mary, Passion, Passionist
of the Cross, presentation | Leave a reply