Hosts and guests switched roles at The Lay Centre on 19 November. The General Council of the Passionists (Congregatio Passionis Iesu Christi, founded in 1720 by Saint Paul of the Cross) joined us for Mass and dinner on our Wednesday community evening.
Since 2009, The Lay Centre has been located on the Passionist grounds on the Caelian Hill, in Rome. So, every time the Passionists come to visit us on “our side” of the building, we try to return some of the hospitality we receive.
In a very friendly and international environment, Fr. Joachim Rego, the Passionist superior, presided the Mass. Another nine priests were present, either concelebrating or in the assembly.
In his homily, Fr. Rego mentioned the importance of overcoming fear to follow Jesus Christ. Indeed, the effort to “break the walls” that separate us from those who are different is something The Lay Centre and the Passionists have in common. The Lay Centre does this through the “dialogue of life”, promoting ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue. The Passionists do so by combining a contemplative life to their missionary vocation.