As we leave our Advent of waiting, expectation and welcoming the light, we continue the Christmas season leading to the baptism of Jesus. And we realize that the times we will enter in January will be anything but "Ordinary." It is honest to say our world hurts more than it did a year ago. Our job is to keep going, keep others going, and to "save pessimism for better times..." (Eduardo Galeano)
The Passionist Solidarity Network offers you two gifts for this year-end/beginning.
It is gift is for the ears of your soul and a little light for dark times. It is a beautiful seasonal album that was just recorded by Passionist Earth and Spirit Center Executive Director, Kyle Kramer and his family. The 14 tracks includes amazing vocals and piano accompaniment by Kyler, his wife, Cyndi and children, Eva, Clare and Eli. It was mastered by Earth and Spirit Center volunteer, Joe Brown.
Click here to listen free on Soundcloud- and enjoy!
Why are we also not frenzied about averting nuclear Armageddon or an ecological collapse? Why are we able to unify our collective will to stem the Corona virus, but not to address other grave threats to humanity?"
Two part series on the global pandemic from JPIC Australia
The Black Lives Matter movement’s response to the death of George Floyd, an African-American man, at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, and the world wide show of solidarity, suggests that we don’t want to return to the pre-Corona ‘normal,’ but rather that we want to bring something new forward. Of the hundred paths that radiate out in front of us, the BLM protest, that has caught on around the world, demonstrates again the power of our collective will when we agree on what is important."
Thanks to Claire Smith for her compilation from the May 2020 Holy Cross Province News
Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center
Sierra Madre, California
When California’s Governor instituted the stay at home order for the state, Mater Dolorosa closed the retreat center to in-person gatherings. In response, Director Michael Cunningham and the retreat center staff opened their hearts and their kitchen, establishing a food ministry to feed those in need in their local community.
The National Catholic Reporter highlighted Mater Dolorosa’s food ministry in an article published on May 5, 2020. Click here to read the full article.
Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center
Holy Name retreat center was closed when the state of Texas issued a stay at home order. The retreat center produced a video to let their retreatants and the local community know that they are missed, and they are loved. Watch the video on our website.
Ministry Vision Fulfillment Team
Holy Cross Province
The Ministry Vision Fulfillment Team produced a video highlighting some of the ministerial outreach from our Passionist Family in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch the video on their website.
Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center...
Citrus Heights, California
During the stay at home order in California, Christ the King’s efforts and opportunities to connect with the surrounding community remain abundant. Check-in phone calls, prayer offerings and bi-weekly reflections are just some of the things being done to let everyone know the Passionist Family at Christ the King is walking together with them during this challenging time. Christ the King livestreams Mass with Jack Conley, CP, every Thursday at 9:00 am, PDT, On their Facebook page
The Passionist Earth & Spirit Center
Click here for a list of resources that the Earth and Spirit Center has created and curated for cultivating mindfulness, equanimity, and compassion during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D. Passionist Historian, St. Paul of the Cross Province, has compiled some very fascinating primary source documents and reflections from the 1918 Pandemic. In our current crises, we must stay vigilant as we relax our social distancing, because during the 1918 crisis, restrictions were relaxed too quickly and the pandemic lasted over two years.
Learn about the Passionists reality of that pandemic