Flowers of the Passion, by Saint Paul of the CrossThese little "Flowers of the Passion" are a collection of devout thoughts and sentiments gathered mostly from occasional letters of that great lover of Jesus crucified, Saint Paul of the Cross. They are a treasure to humble and simple souls, and show what sweetness, comfort, graces, and virtues can be drawn from devout meditation on the Passion and death of Jesus Christ. It is only from constant and loving reflection on the love shown towards us, and the bright examples of every virtue given us by our suffering Lord, that such beautiful and affecting sentiments could so spontaneously spring.

To enjoy, therefore, all the benefits to be derived from these exquisite little blossoms of love, we should imitate Saint Paul of the Cross, and meditate in our own humble way on the mysteries of the sacred Passion of Our Lord.

Wherefore, to insure greater utility to the devout reader of these flowerets, we sub-join in an appendix a short instruction on the most easy and profitable method of meditating on the sufferings of Jesus Christ, Who became an outcast and a reproach among His people in order to atone for our sins, to reveal His love for us, and to give us a bright example of every virtue. "Christ suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow His steps." (1 Peter 2:21)

- text taken from Flowers of the Passion, taken from the letters of Saint Paul of the Cross