The O.P.s (Order of Preachers) and the C.P.s (Congregation of the Passion) get confused sometimes. Both are communities founded to preach. St. Dominic loved to proclaim the Gospel and founded a community that centers on preaching. His community’s motto is, "To praise, to bless, and to preach."
I was asked to preach at our diocesan "Café Catholica" on Monday, July 30th. That night I spoke to some 600 18-35 year olds about living with passion. I was worried that cell phones would be ringing and other distractions would ensue. What I encountered was one of the most open, hungry, and enthusiastic crowds I have ever come before! I was touched by the glow of goodness emanating from this group of young people. A recent Barna survey said that some 3 out of 5 young people lose touch with their religion at some point in their journey. Fewer may be coming to Church, but the ones who are coming are hungry for something more and deeper.
I was so encouraged by these young people. I continue to be encouraged by those who attend my missions and by the people who support my media outreach. As Passionists, we are on the cutting edge of the new evangelization. Young and old alike hunger for God’s life-changing message of truth. God has anointed us to inspire others with his mercy and "age old love."
Fr. Cedric Pisegna, C.P. is a missionary preacher, author of 16 books and creator of television and radio programs airing in many cities. You can learn more about his ministry at: http://www.frcedric.org/