Passionist Saints and Blesseds
Paul of the Cross, as he went on his missionary way, stood on a platform in the city square beneath the Cross. From here he could see and feel the struggles, hopes and confusion of the people. From this vantage point he became the great ´reminder´, the memory maker, announcing the reconciling presence of Christ.
We too, in a radically changed world, are called to stand, in the power of the Cross, no longer on a platform in the city square, but wherever people live and meet, to bring the freeing power of Crucified love into the decisions that affect the spiritual and material wellbeing of all who are crucified by unjust structures.
Our Founder, steeped in the immensity of God’s love shown in the Passion of Jesus, wanted to open his arms and heart to include every part of his world. We are called to be no less inclusive.
In any situation where we find ourselves, prophetic action on behalf of justice is asked of us. This prophetic action is the outward face of our contemplation and of the call to be mystics who can see that all is united in the love of Christ. So, to address the destruction of our environment is a religious task. To speak up to defend our indigenous sisters and brothers whose land, culture and future are sold off to multinationals is indeed being faithful to our Passionist call. Here are brief introductions to some Passionists who have been ‘memory makers’ for their own time.
St Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows also known as Francesco Possenti, was born on March 1, 1838, in Assisi, eleventh child of Agnes and Sante Possenti. Francis was baptized on the day of his birth in the same font where St Francis of Assisi had been baptized. Continue reading…