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Passion for life

  1. 1. The Impact of the Cross in the WorldToday Session 1. A Passion for Life
  2. 2.  Christian Social Tradition  Who are the Passionist?  Passionist Charism  Community of Compassion  Passionist Spirituality
  3. 3.  Scripture and the Early Christian community  Decalogue- Legal relationship to God and neighbor  Matthew 25- Judgment is based on social responsibility to the poor and neglected  Beatitudes, Communal Life, Pauline correspondence  Social reform movements  Apologetics  Peace of God Movement (9th and 10th century)  Religious reform movements (Cistercians, Mendicants, Passionist and Redemptorist )
  4. 4.  1891 – Pope Leo XIII wrote Rerum Novarum  Papal Encyclicals:  1931 – Quadragesimo Anno – Pope Pius XI  1961 – Mater et Magistra – Pope John XXIII  1963 – Pacem InTerris – Pope John XXIII  1967 – Populorum Progressio – Pope PaulVI  1987 – Sollicitudo Rei Socialis: - Pope John Paul II  1995 – EvangeliumVitae – Pope John Paul II  2009 – Caritas inVeritate – Pope Benedict XVI  Vatican II – Gaudium et Spes  1971 Synod of Bishops – Justice in theWorld  U.S. Bishops  The Challenge of Peace, 1983  Economic Justice for All, 1986  Renewing the Earth, 1991
  5. 5.  Life and Dignity of the Human Person  Call to Family, Community, and Participation  Rights and Responsibilities  Option for the Poor andVulnerable  The Dignity ofWork and the Rights of Workers  Solidarity  Care for God’s Creation
  6. 6. Passionist contribute to the Christian SocialTradition in two ways. •Passionist spirituality: •Passionist ministries:
  7. 7.  A Catholic Religious Community  Contemplative Charism: devoted to the memory of the Passion  Apostolic Ministry: Preachers, Missions, Social Ministries, Spiritual Direction and Retreat Ministries  Founded by St. Paul of the Cross in 1741  Religious community of Men, Women (Sisters and cloistered Nuns) and various lay associations.  Over 2,000 Passionist vowed men throughout the world in 59 countries spanning 5 continents.
  8. 8. St. Paul of the Cross  Born 1694: Died 1775  A famous mystic and preacher  Founded the Passionist in 1741  Ministry included Preaching Mission, Founded Retreats, Spiritual Direction Community leadership
  9. 9. St. Paul of the Cross Pursued Justice As this true disciple of his Divine Master, all love and charity, could not do alone what he wished for the poor, he labored in their favor as much as he could, making use of the opportunities that the giving of holy missions and similar employments afforded him…. He grieved deeply when the poor were abandoned.
  10. 10. St. Paul of the Cross “We ought to be grateful and correspond to his divine benefits by loving justice, truth, and exercising charity and the works of mercy towards our neighbor, especially to the poor.”
  11. 11. Passionist Rules and Constitutions, #65 • We Passionists make the Paschal Mystery the center of our lives. • This entails a loving commitment to follow Jesus Crucified, and a generous resolve to proclaim His Passion and death with faith and love.
  12. 12. Passionist Rules and Constitutions, #65 • His Passion and death are no mere historical events. They are ever- present realities to people in the world of today, "crucified" as they are by injustice, by the lack of a deep respect for human life, and by a hungry yearning for peace, truth, and the fullness of human existence.
  13. 13. The Fourth Vow: Keeping alive the memory of the Passion Motto: May the Passion of Jesus be ever in our hearts
  14. 14.  Why promise to do something like this? The answer lies with the meaning of the cross and death of Jesus Christ for the world… Fr. Don Senior, CP
  15. 15. A Special Vow Jesus' death on the cross was a death in the cause of justice. He was executed because he challenged accepted values. He sided with the poor and the outcasts. He condemned oppressive structures. Jesus was a prophet and prophets meet strong opposition.
  16. 16. A Special Vow His cross reminds us that Christians must listen to the cries of the poor. We are in solidarity with those whom society may forget or even exploit. The cross is a sign of justice. To remind the world about the cross is to challenge the world for its injustice and neglect. Passionists are pledged to that challenge.
  17. 17. A Special Vow Finally, remembering the cross means remembering those in the world who bear the cross today: the disabled, the sick, the dying, the grieving, those isolated and alone -- all who bear the burden of pain.
  18. 18. COMMUNITY OF COMPASSION  Passionist Spirituality begins with the experience of suffering  “The memory of the Passion is a transformative influence on suffering enhancing its role as a component of the compassion whose activity can be central in the process of becoming a moral person.”
  19. 19. COMMUNITY OF COMPASSION  The Compassionate Person  A person can be transformed by suffering and emerge with Compassion  Compassion addresses the suffering of others, in a way comparable to one’s own experience of suffering.  Compassion unifies us with others who are suffering  “Compassion in the Christian setting is love with a facility for addressing suffering. It is a suffering love”  “Compassion is charity before the suffering of others”
  20. 20. COMMUNITY OF COMPASSION SPE SALVI  The true measure of humanity is essentially determined in relationship to suffering and to the sufferer. This holds true both for the individual and for society. A society unable to accept its suffering members and incapable of helping to share their suffering and to bear it inwardly through “com-passion” is a cruel and inhuman society.  To suffer with the other and for others; to suffer for the sake of truth and justice; to suffer out of love and in order to become a person who truly loves—these are fundamental elements of humanity.
  21. 21. Passionist Spirituality  Spirit of Prayer: Contemplate the Crucified and the “crucified of today”  Spirit of Solitude: Social suffering can be incomprehensible. Live in creative silence, a silence that allows us to find God and to be revitalized into action.  Spirit of Penitence: Live with what is necessary. “Poverty is the standard under which our congregation fights.” - Live simply so others may simply live.
  22. 22. Passion for Life • The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest and most admirable proof of God’s love…and the remedy for all the evils of our time. • St. Paul of the Cross