The great apostle St. Paul could say, "May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord" (Gal. 6:14).  And also "I bear the marks of Jesus on my body" (v. 17).  Neither should we glory in anything else than to be crucified with Jesus and to bear His marks on our body by the various sufferings which God permits us to have.  We must stay on the Cross with peace and joy of spirit.

- St. Paul of the Cross, Founder

The sorrowful Mother appeared to St. Paul of the Cross in the eighteenth century dressed in the Passionist habit, asking him to found an institute to remember the sufferings and death of her Son.

Today, the Passionist Nuns, a Roman Catholic cloistered community, live out this same spirit at their monastery in Erlanger, Kentucky, watching and waiting at the foot of the Cross with Mary, offering their lives of prayer and intercession for the world.