Feast of St. Paul of the Cross (October 19)   Leave a comment

Founder of the Passionist Congregation

Lived 1694-1775

Paul Francis Danei, born at Ovada, Italy, in 1694, joined the Venetian army in 1714 and fought Turks.  The following year, he began a life of devotion to God.  The saint discerned a vocation to share the Passion of Jesus dying on the cross in 1720, the same year of his ordination to the priesthood.  Finally, in 1727, he founded the Passionist Congregation, with the permission of Pope Benedict XIII.  The saint’s life work was to spread the message of the love of God as made manifest in the death of Jesus, as well as to found monasteries and a convent.

The order continues the work St. Paul of the Cross began.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 8, 2010 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF NIKOLAI GRUNDTVIG

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A prayer from Lives of the Saints:

Lord, may the prayers of St. Paul who loved the cross with a singular love gain your grace for us.  May we be inspired by his example and embrace our own cross with courage.  Amen.

Readings I have selected:

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm 22

1 Corinthians 1:10-31

Mark 15:33-47

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