St. Paul of the Cross left his Religious a legacy of memory. By this I mean “Memoria Passionis” the Memory of the Passion of Jesus. “May the Passion of Jesus Christ be ever in our hearts” is a prayer ingrained in every son and daughter of St. Paul of the Cross. Our life-work is to treasure this Memory in our hearts, in our prayer, and in our life.
We are to remind others of the great Love and Mercy of God. The world has forgotten that in undergoing His suffering and death on a cross Jesus enacted the greatest possible work of Divine Love. “Greater love than this no man has than to lay down his life for his friends.”
How many people today even know what Jesus did for them? How many who do know – care? That is where we come in. We do know and we do care. Our great joy is to REMEMBER what Jesus did and what He suffered for us and to THANK Him for His great Love. We are to be the “Memory Keepers,” as the Psalms tell us: “Do not forget the works of the Lord.”
Our Lady was the “Memory Keeper” excelling all others. “She treasured all these things and pondered them in Her heart” (Lk 2:19). This was not just during Jesus’ infancy and boyhood, but throughout His life, especially during His Passion and after His Ascension. Now She shares with us the grace of being a “Memory Keeper.”
We must always be careful about the storehouse of memories we keep. To store up and reflect upon bitter memories will only bring more bitterness to life. It will snuff out peace, mercy and joy; but to concentrate on grateful memories will open our hearts to receive God’s Merciful Love, which in turn, will flow through us to others.
The “Passion Sign” we wear sums up our lives as “Memory Keepers” and expresses our main purpose for existence in the Church; a pure heart centered on the suffering Love of Jesus Crucified, gratefully keeping the Memory alive and sharing it with others.
Let us all keep the Memory and share it with others so that His Mercy will bring about true peace on earth. The world will never have peace until it turns to the Mercy flowing from His Passion. We will only have “Peace through the Blood of His Cross.”
Sister Mary Angela Peter, C