of the blessed Martyrs and Bishops Cornelius and Cyprian be a safeguard for us,
and may their intercession commend us unto Thee.
Father, as your Son was raised on the cross, his
mother Mary stood by him, sharing his sufferings. May your Church be united
with Christ in his suffering and death and so come to share in his rising to
new life, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for
ever and ever. Amen.
Thinking about the life-saving cross of Jesus, I am
recalling what Saint Ignatius of Loyola taught in his Spiritual Exercises about God’s unconditional love for humanity: no talk of the mercy and love is reasonable without kneeling before the cross. This was evident to me as I walked into the chapel this morning for Lauds and forced to navigate in the
In one respect the cross does have a terrible aspect
that we ought not to remove. To see that the purest of men, who was more than a
man, was executed in such a grisly way can make us frightened of ourselves. But
we also need to be frightened of ourselves and out of our self-complacency.
God the Father has exalted
Jesus Christ, the Lord of all,
Who has emptied self of glory,
Took our human nature’s thrall;
In obedience, He was humbled
Taking even cross and death;
Now creation shouts in wonder
“Christ is Lord” with ev’ry breath!
As the Cross is boldly
And the faithful
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