Dear Friend of the Passionists,
It’s truly amazing that a short four letter word can truly change hearts and give life: LOVE!
Jesus promoted “love” as the heart of His message – ”Love one another, as I have loved you” – and it’s a sharing in God’s love that makes Valentine’s Day so special for people of all walks of life.
Our Valentine’s Day celebration hearkens back to the life of St. Valentine, who in his own way told people of God’s special love for them. Today, Valentine’s Day promotes special cards, gifts of candy and flowers, music and movies – expressing our love as rooted in God’s love for us.
Our Passionist Founder, St. Paul of the Cross, dedicated his life and ministry to proclaiming God’s love in the Passion of Jesus. By his life in community, his preaching and his many letters, Paul spoke in dramatic and convincing ways of God’s special love that gives meaning to all life, especially life that seems difficult or meaningless. As his followers today, we Passionists promote the lived remembrance of God’s love in the Passion of Jesus.
We invite you to share you love for God and your loved ones this Valentine’s Day by sending one of our cards to a loved one. On February 14, we Passionists will celebrate a special Valentine’s Day Mass for you and all of our friends enrolled in our Valentine’s program. Send us their names so that they may be part of our Mass. A donation would be greatly appreciated to help the Passionists in our ministry of sharing God’s love for today’s world.
Thank you for your ongoing prayer and support of our life and ministries. May God’s love touch the hearts of us all, especially those most in need. Jesus’ invitation remains vital today: “Love one another, as I have loved you.” Blessings upon you and yours!
In Jesus’ love,
Fr. Michael Higgins, C.P.