Resources on Saint Paul of the Cross

Recently several of you have inquired about some good reading materials on St. Paul of the Cross. Our Passionist Fathers on the East Coast (Province of St. Paul of the Cross) have a helpful on-line shop of Passionist resources. Here are some of my favorites.

Here are two good biographies of St. Paul of the Cross

This book is a great resource on the spirituality of St. Paul of the Cross by the esteemed Fr. Bennet Kelley, C.P.

An excellent 30 minute DVD on the life and times of
St. Paul of the Cross

  • Visit his birthplace
  • See where he made his famous 40 day retreat and wrote the first Rule
  • Monte Argentario where the first Passionist monastery was erected
  • View shots of Sts. John & Paul, near the colisseum in Rome
    which is the Generalate of the Passionist Congregation

Three volume set of the Letters of St. Paul of the Cross. These are lovely hard-bound copies.

  • Historical introductions to the different periods of Paul’s life
  • Great footnotes
  • Drawings of persons, maps

Don’t let this simple cover fool you. This is chock full of important Passionist stuff by the well-known
Fr. Jude Mead, C.P.

This book features…

  • A short biography
  • His mystical spiritual diary
  • Intro to his letters
  • St. Paul of the Cross’ doctrine
  • Papal documents
  • Various texts including a reflection on St. Paul of the Cross written by Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II)
  • Passionist history
  • Foundation and development of the Passionist Nuns
  • Paulacrucian materials, i.e. liturgical texts, prayers and devotions, hymns and so on

Daily Devotional of excerpts from the letters of
St. Paul of the Cross – this book is a little gem!

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2 thoughts on “Resources on Saint Paul of the Cross

  1. Something else I could use is a detailed account of his decision not to go to war against the Turks. Which book might I find that in? I found a brief account of that on your website, but would like to know more. Is that in one of the biographies?

    Open up our ebook Mysticism of the Passion in St. Paul of the Cross. Look at page 26 and 27 including footnote 17. This is about all I have ever heard on the subject. Does anyone else know more details?

  2. A few days ago, I tweeted a message that I am reading Spiritual Direction according to St. Paul of the Cross and got a tweet in reply from the author’s nephew and namesake, Bennet Kelley, who said that he is very glad to see that his uncle is still helping people. What a treat! I’m really glad I got the book and I, too, strongly recommend it.

    Blessed be God! Thanks for sharing.

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