Today is the anniversary of the purchase of the Retreat Center. The paperwork for the purchase was signed on January 3rd 1947, 73 years ago!! January 3rd is the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, hence the naming of the retreat center, Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center. It is interesting that today in the ‘Catholic Company’s, ‘Morning Offering’ it has this to say about the feast…
“The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus is historically associated with the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus. According to Jewish law, on the 8th day after his birth, a male child was circumcised and received his name, thus becoming a full member of God’s covenant people. The name ‘Jesus’ means ‘God Saves’ and is the name that St. Joseph was instructed by an angel to name the Divine Child, the sacred name before which “every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10-11). Devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus was popularized by St. Bernardine of Siena in the 15th century, often symbolized by the monogram IHS (denoting the first three letters of the Greek spelling of Jesus’ name). Today the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus is celebrated on January 3rd.”
I love that those beautiful words that the Passionists pray before morning and evening prayer from Phil 2:10-11 is also quoted in this ‘offering’. It is a wonderful connection with the Passionists, This Holy place, ‘Where Miracles Happen” and the Holy Name of Jesus. It is ALSO Saint Paul of the Crosses Birthday! Whew!! So Happy New Year to each of you, Happy Birthday to Saint Paul of the Cross and Happy Feast Day to the retreat house!!