A Sign of Contradiction

Crux

Tomorrow is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Some people shudder at that.

When Christianity loses the doctrine and power of the cross as its central strategy, it becomes a false and impotent religion.  When this happens, as it has again and again, Jesus renews his people by calling them back–usually in spite of themselves–to the “way of the cross.”

This is dramatically happening in our time in the Churches of the poor and persecuted, particularly those of Central and South America.  Their lives and deaths appear to be a crisis and grace for the Churches of North America and Europe.  Through their faith and forgiveness, Jesus is calling all of this Church back to the doctrine and power of  his cross, “to tell us what God has guaranteed…only the knowledge of him as the crucified Christ” (I Corinthians 2:1-2).

~Richard Rohr

As I felt the space around that message today, I realized the truth of suffering, and what it means to take up the cross. When we do that, when we cease to struggle against the pain and hardship of life, and begin to embrace it for what it is, where it is, that is when the suffering can cease, and we can finally find peace.

Yes, a sign of contradiction.

G. P. da Palestrina – O, CRUX AVE

Be well, and at peace,

Phil

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