From Montecassino to Virtual Community

From Montecassino to Virtual Community

Community life has taken many shapes down through the ages, from early simple tribal communities to the mega cities of the 21st Century. One type that was prominent in the 15th Century at the outset of the Protestant Reformation was the monastery. St. Paul of the Cross, founder of the Passionists first lived in a Hermitage with his brother John Baptist and eventually moved to a “Retreat” at Mount Argentario. [1] Today Passionist often call their homes, monasteries.

Today there are arising new types of communities, one such community is the virtual community.  Wikipedia defines a virtual community as “A social network of individuals who interact through specific social media, potentially crossing geographical and political boundaries in order to pursue mutual interests or goals.”

This article you are reading is on a Blog (web log) a type of social media. Blogs used to be written by one individual, but today more and more blogs are being written by groups of people with similar interests. My hope with the Community of Passionist Partner’s Blog is that we can develop such a group or community, i.e. a virtual community where we all can post articles of interest to us.

Who are we? Our mission statement which can be found on the “About Us” page of this blog states: “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.” Hopefully you’ve seen this happening on our CPP Blog to a greater or lesser extent. Even more hopefully, you’ll join in through sharing your writing, your comments or simply your reading.

[1] Mercurio, Roger, Sucher, Frederick, The Letters of St. Paul of the Cross, Vol 1, New City Press (2000)

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