Most of us usually feel we’re doing a pretty good job if we manage to keep most of the commandments most of the time. It is a good beginning. But it’s incomplete. Just as the man in Matthew’s gospel (23) who kept the commandments but who overlooked other ways in which God approaches him, there are literally mountains of invitations, inspirations, good ideas, warnings, concerns, aspirations, hopes, ambitions, ideas, fears, anxieties that accumulate and pile up within us, whether self-generated, or instilled from remarks of others, or news media, or personal reading, or facebook/twitter, or dreams, or just “out of the blue”, all of which can prove just as directive of our lives as the ten commandments. For a member of the CPPs, prayer would have to be added as a special resort, together with scripture reading. It is really a full-time job keeping track of all this data. It puts one in the position of the scribe Jesus describes as like “…the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” (Mt 14.52)
We are a community of laymen and laywomen who, with vowed Passionists, seek to share in the charism of St. Paul of the Cross through prayer, ongoing spiritual formation, and proclamation of the message of Christ Crucified.