by James Paulin
Saint Paul of the Cross, your devotion to the passion of Jesus
is an invitation to an intimate bond sealed in the grace of God.
The Lamb of God freely submitted to the scourging, the crown of thorns
and the nails of the cross to offer His love to us in a divine sacrifice
and His wounds heal us. Your words still speak to us of the way to follow.
Call us toward the path to Calvary where we place our hopes and fears.
Here, beneath the cross, I know that even if it were just for me,
the Good Shepherd would give His life to allow us to be
together forever as we are redeemed into His triumph over death.
Keep the memory of the passion in our minds and help us to see
the passion in suffering everywhere.
Guide us in choices, relying on the spirit of God’s unconditional love.
Pray for us.
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.