Nine days of prayer with Saint Paul of the Cross
St. Paul of the Cross, the founder of the Passionists, was born in Ovada, Italy, in 1694, the eldest of six children surviving from a family of fifteen. As a child he knew the hardship, uncertainty and fear brought by widespread poverty to families like his. Then, as a young man, Paul experienced a call from God. For the rest if his long life of 81 years he would remind the disheartened people of his time of the Passion of Jesus of God's wisdom and love.
Great numbers of men and women were led from fear to trust and faith in God through Paul's guidance and preaching. Sharing their hardships, he directed them to seek their support in the merciful love of Jesus Christ Crucified. He taught people to pray, and was an outstanding guide helping people to make good decisions.
We invite you to pray to St. Paul of the Cross for guidance and direction in God's ways. He helps those who are discouraged and uncertain. The novena that follows is a nine day prayer, modeled after the nine day period the apostles prayed before Pentecost. Recite the first two prayers for the nine days. Then offer the special prayer for each day.
As you pray this novena, remember these words of the saint:
Look on the face of the Crucified who invites you to follow him.
In the name of
the Father, and of the Son,
Come to my aid,
(Bring your requests to God)
O good Saint Paul
of the Cross,
O Jesus Christ,
I look to you as my companion and support,
be with me as I carry my cross;
be Father, mother -- everything to me.