Saint Paul of the Cross (1694-1775) is a Catholic Saint who was known for his intense devotion to the Passion of Jesus Christ and his dedication to spreading this devotion through his preaching and writing. He was the founder of the Passionist religious order, which focuses on contemplative prayer and active charity.
Saint Paul was born in Ovada, Italy on January 3, 1694 and was the eldest of 13 children. He was known for his deep spiritual life from a young age and felt a calling to the religious life early on. However, his parents discouraged this, and instead, he became a successful businessman. However, after a profound spiritual experience, he left everything behind and started his journey as a Passionist.
In 1720, Saint Paul founded the Passionist religious order with the help of his brother, John Baptist. The order was dedicated to spreading devotion to the Passion of Jesus and helping the poor and marginalized. The Passionists became known for their spiritual retreats, their commitment to works of charity, and their devotion to the Sacred Passion of Our Lord. They were dedicated to a life of poverty, poverty of spirit, and contemplation of the Passion of Christ. Paul traveled extensively throughout Italy, France, Spain, and Austria to preach, spreading the message of the Passion of Jesus Christ. His preaching was so powerful that it moved people to tears.
Saint Paul is the patron saint of sufferers of mental and emotional afflictions, and his devotion to the Passion of Jesus has inspired countless people throughout the world. He is remembered for his deep devotion to the Passion of Jesus, his commitment to the poor, and his ability to communicate the love of God to others through his preaching and writings.
Saint Paul of the Cross was canonized by Pope Leo XIII on June 29, 1867 and his feast day is celebrated on October 19.