January 10, 2020 Friday After Epiphany
1 John 5:5-13
Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
A Victor Over the World!
Who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Elizabeth Prout strove to imitate Jesus by touching the social lepers of her day – the women and children who worked in extremely oppressive conditions in the mills and other harsh environments for minimal pay.
She and her companions worked at whatever jobs they could to support themselves while providing safe places for others to live and teaching skills they could use to improve their earnings. Elizabeth and her companions lived in the same kind of poverty as those they served.
Placing her trust in God despite opposition and false accusations even as her earlier companions began to abandon their project, Elizabeth succeeded in founding a new community of religious sisters which accepted women from all levels of society who committed themselves to the service of the marginalized whoever they might be. That Congregation came to be named The Sisters of The Cross and Passion, popularly known as the Passionist Sisters. They are members of the Worldwide Community of Passionists. Elizabeth became known as Mother Mary Joseph.
In the 200th year after her birth, tomorrow, on the anniversary of her death on January 11, 1864, Passionists celebrate the memory of The Servant of God, Elizabeth Prout, C.P. who indeed believed that Jesus is the Son of God!
Fr. John M. Lee, C.P., is Retreat Director of Bishop Molloy Retreat House, “The Passionist Spiritual Center in New York City”, www.bishopmolloy.org