Vocation Discernment Retreat Weekend

Alleluia!




“Let us then sing in company of the Blessed Citizens: Alleluia—Praise the Lord! Oh! What a victorious word that is!  This is the song of praise sung by the victorious citizens of paradise.  Alleluia is not a sound found on earth; it is a hymn of paradise.  To sing it one needs to be despoiled of one’s old self and clothed with the new self, who is Jesus Christ, that is adorned with the holy virtues, for the acquiring of which our great and victorious Captain Jesus Christ paved the way.  To him we sing Alleluia forever” (St. Paul of the Cross).

See How Much He Loves You!






When you are alone in your room, take your crucifix, kiss its five wounds reverently, tell it to preach you a little sermon, and then listen to the words of eternal life that it speaks to your heart; listen to the pleading of the thorns, the nails, the precious Blood.  Oh, what an eloquent sermon!
(St. Paul of the Cross)

Friday before Palm Sunday: Passionist Nuns Honors Our Sorrowful Mother



On this Friday before Palm Sunday, we honor Our Sorrowful Mother, the Superior of our Monastery.  We ask her to accompany us as we enter Holy Week that we may remain with Jesus to console Him in His Passion.

"Come and see our Savior enduring so much suffering, so many insults and oppressed with the heavy burden of the cross, for love of us.  Contemplate the Son of God, Redeemer of the World, and how much He is suffering"  (St. Paul of the Cross).


Prayer:

O God, who in this season give your Church the grace to imitate devoutly the Blessed Virgin Mary in contemplating the Passion of Christ, grant we pray, through her intercession, that we may cling more firmly each day to your Only Begotten Son and come at last to the fullness of his grace.  Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever (Collect for the Mass of Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent).

The Contemplative Passionist Life