Passionist Spirituality

Passionists recognise that the cross of Jesus is to be found wherever we meet suffering humanity and the suffering of God’s earth. Prayer is essential to our identity, inspiring us to act on behalf of the crucified ones and crucified earth of today. It is an ever evolving expression of our community and charism.

In this section you will find key Biblical texts and historical quotations which inspire us (below), Passionist articles, prayers and publications to download or buy, videos and interviews, recent reflections from our members and a blog from Fr Martin Newell.

For more information, see here for Passionist Prayer and Spirituality: A Brief Introduction.

Key Biblical Texts

“By his wounds we are healed”   Isaiah 53:5

“I was called not to baptise but to proclaim the gospel of the Passion of Jesus Christ”   1 Cor 1:1

“Here we are proclaiming a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks.”   1 Cor 1:17

“Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.

“Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Phil 2:6-11

Quotes from our founder, St Paul of the Cross

“Our special vow is to proclaim the Word of the Cross in season and out of season and to contemplate and recall devoutly the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

“The Passion of Jesus the greatest and most overwhelming work of God’s love.”

“The name of Jesus is written on the forehead of the poor.”

Quotes from constitutions of the Congregation of the Passion

“We are aware that the Passion of Christ continues in this world until he comes in glory; therefore we share in the joys and sorrows of our contemporaries as we journey through life to our Father.”

“We wish to share in the distress of all, especially those who are poor and neglected; we seek to offer them comfort and relieve the burden of their sorrow.”