Catholic Saints

Saint Paul of the Cross

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  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Paul of the Cross
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  • Date of Birth and Death
  • Important Dates surrounding the life of Saint Paul of the Cross
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  • Description / Title of the Saint : Mystic

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  • Memorial Day / Feast Day of Saint Paul of the Cross: April 28
  • Description / Title of the Saint : Mystic
  • Date of Birth: Saint Paul of the Cross was born 3 January 1694
  • Date of Death: Saint Paul of the Cross died 18 October 1775

The Story and History of Saint Paul of the Cross
The story and history of Saint Paul of the Cross. The eighty-one years of this Saint's life were modelled on the Passion of Jesus Christ.

In his childhood, when praying in church, a heavy bench fell on his foot, but the boy took no notice of the bleeding wound, and spoke of it as "a rose sent from God." A few years later, the vision of a scourge with "love" written on its lashes assured him that his thirst for penance would be satisfied. In the hope of dying for the faith, he enlisted in a crusade against the Turks; but a voice from the Tabernacle warned him that he was to serve Christ alone, and that he should found a congregation in His honor.

At the command of his bishop he began while a layman to preach the Passion, and a series of crosses tried the reality of his vocation. All his first companions, save his brother, deserted him; the Sovereign Pontiff refused him an audience; and it was only after a delay of seventeen years that the Papal approbation was obtained, and the first house of the Passionists was opened on Monte Argentario, the spot which Our Lady had pointed out. St. Paul chose as the badge of his Order a heart with three nails, in memory of the sufferings of Jesus, but for himself he invented a more secret and durable sign. Moved by the same holy impulse as Blessed Henry Suso, St. Jane Frances, and other Saints, he branded on his side the Holy Name, and its characters were found there after death. His heart beat with a supernatural palpitation, which was especially vehement on Fridays, and the heat at times was so intense as to scorch his shirt in the region of his heart. Through fifty years of incessant bodily pain, and amidst all his trials, Paul read the love of Jesus everywhere, and would cry out to the flowers and grass, "Oh! be quiet, be quiet," as if they were reproaching him with ingratitude. He died whilst the Passion was being read to him on 18 October 1775.

Feast Day of Saint Paul of the Cross
The Feast Day of Saint Paul of the Cross is April 28. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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