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The theme for the Retreat Season of 2018-2019 is: “At the Name of Jesus: A Holy Name Retreat.” Of all possible themes, why a retreat on the Holy Name of Jesus? Those close to the Passionists know that our Founder, St. Paul of the Cross, enjoined his vowed religious to recite the following passage every time they gather for communal prayer:
“At the Name of Jesus
Every knee must bend
In the heavens, on earth and under the earth
And every tongue proclaim,
To the glory of God the Father, that
Jesus Christ is Lord.”
The translations of the passage may vary a little, but the source is Scriptural: St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 2: 6-11.
One may think that St. Paul of the Cross and his spiritual children had a particular devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, after all, even the Retreat Center in Houston is dedicated to this Name!
Even if at the time of our Founder a devotion to the Holy Name was certainly very current, it was initially popularized through the preaching of St. Bernardine of Siena in the 15th century, gaining impetus under the Jesuits in the century that followed. Although the devotion has deep roots in our Catholic history and culture, there is something more to the story of this devotion. It may not be immediately obvious, but in the Holy Name of Jesus there lies a surprise and challenge for every contemporary Catholic.
The many who cross our threshold joyfully exclaim: “I just love Holy Name!”
Join us on retreat and discover what it means to love not just the place but “the Name above all names” and where Christ, in His love, leads each of us along the road to holiness.