On the eve of Valentine’s Day, (Feb. 13, 2009), 20 Nashville Passionist partners and Fr. Bob Bovenzi, C.P., celebrated the group’s 6th covenant within the Eucharistic liturgy. We gathered in the Cathedral of the Incarnation, and were led in glorious music by 7 of our partners. Fr. Bob’s homily centered on the reality of covenant in the Bible, and after a couple of biblical examples, gave an acronym:
Need of God
Announcing Good News
Need of others
After the homily, we gathered around the altar and read our covenants out loud. Then, our newest partners, Pedro and Joao, from Brazil, brought the gifts of bread and wine forward. We continued with the eucharistic prayer and communion. After a quiet thanksgiving time, Patrick McGuffy gave an appreciation to Fr. Bob. After mass, we visited animatedly in the church (Ken had to shoo us out by turning off the lights!)
The Nashville CPP’s, true to Music City’s great hospitality, shared with Ken and Fr. Bob. They visited with partner family outside of town on saturday, Feb. 14th. The young man, Ritt has made a tremendous recovery after a terrible car accident. His mother Margey’s faith, hard work and love exemplify in many ways St. Paul of the Cross’ devotion to the passion of Jesus.
On Sunday, Feb. 15th, Ken brought Fr. Bob to Holy Family Parish in Brentwood to celebrate the 10:30 Mass.
We have a couple of partners there, and one of them is thinking seriously about the vowed Passionist life.
Having known and loved the Nashville CPP’s for almost 5 years, I can say they are a truly diverse, loving group. They take seriously the Lord Jesus’ command to :"love one another as I have loved you." With great reverence at their liturgies and a great gusto for times of fellowship and food, they share that enthusiasm for God and God’s people that so marked St. Paul of the Cross.
May you all (may we all) continue to grow in all ways, especially spiritually.
You are being used by God to answer prayers: to bring hope, meaning and peace to many others’ lives in Nashville and beyond!