The Passion Today
Passionists are dedicated to keeping alive the memory of the Passion of Jesus Christ. That is, the meaning of the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial and suffering. Although it ends with his execution by crucifixion, the Passion can only be fully understood in the light of the life and teachings of Jesus and His Resurrection.
Our starting point is the love of God: that God who in Jesus:
‘Emptied Himself to take on human form and being humbler yet became weak and mortal as we are, accepting death, even death on a cross.’ (cf Phil 2:6-11)
The heart of the Passion of Jesus is God’s passionate love for all people and all creation, so we find many ways to speak of and witness to this Love and Passion.
Our Founder St Paul of the Cross ‘saw the sign of the cross on the forehead of the poor’. So we see the Crucified God in the Crucified People and the Crucified Earth. The Holy Spirit calls us to recognise the people of today being crucified by the absence of justice and the absence of God. We believe God continues to call the young and the not-so-young to this vocation.