February 25 is the Solemn Commemoration of the Passion
Dear Friend of the Passionists,
This Friday, February 25, is the Solemn Commemoration of the Passion. It is the title feast of our Passionist Congregation. In preparation for the sacred journey of Lent, we invite you to join the Passionists in prayer on Friday and share this reflection with you by Fr. John Schork, CP:
“Today we join the world in glorifying God through the vivid story of Love Personified in the Passion of Jesus.
We Passionists follow in the footsteps of Jesus Crucified and share in the contemporary Passion so evident in our world. We are called to share in the suffering of our sisters and brothers worldwide as they struggle with violence and war, as they strive for justice and a share of the basic goods of the earth, as they deal with natural disasters of earthquakes and floods and fires, and as they bear the cross of sickness and loneliness.
We find meaning and a new perspective in Jesus’ “greatest love”, and pray with St. Paul of the Cross: “…when you feel yourself on the cross, stripped of everything, gently stir up your faith in God’s presence, and abandon yourself in the immense sea of God’s love.”
In union with Jesus Crucified, we boldly proclaim God’s Love in the Passion of Jesus. St. Paul of the Cross speaks to our hearts: “…the world lives unmindful of the sufferings of Jesus. We must arouse the world from its slumber. His Holy Spirit will teach us how.” Amen!”
Yours in Christ’s love,
Fr. Michael Higgins, CP