The Triumph of the Cross

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. “We are celebrating the feast of the cross which drove away darkness and brought in the light. As we keep this feast, we are lifted up with the crucified Christ, leaving behind us earth and sin so that we may gain the things above. So great and outstanding a possession is the cross that he who wins it has won a treasure.

Had there been no cross, Christ could not have been crucified. Had there been no cross, life itself could not have been nailed to the tree. And if life had not been nailed to it, there would be no streams of immortality pouring from Christ’s side, blood and water for the world’s cleansing. The legal bond of our sin would not be canceled, we should not have obtained our freedom, we should not have enjoyed the fruit of the tree of life and the gates of paradise would not stand open. Had there been no cross, death would not have been trodden underfoot, not hell despoiled.” (From a Discourse by Saint Andrew of Crete, bishop)

St. Paul in his Letter to the Philippians expressed that, “Though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2: 6-8) St. Paul likewise exclaimed, “But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6: 14)

St. Therese loved the Cross of Christ and loved Jesus so much that she wanted to participate in sharing His cross as much as possible. She expressed her gratitude for the Cross in her Oblation Prayer, “I thank You, O my God! for all the graces You have granted me, especially the grace of making me pass through the crucible of suffering. It is with joy I shall contemplate You on the Last Day carrying the sceptre of Your Cross. Since You deigned to give me a share in this very precious Cross, I hope in heaven to resemble You and to see shining in my glorified body the sacred stigmata of Your Passion.” (From her Act of Oblation to Merciful Love)

Today I attended Holy Mass at the Convent of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters. After mass I had the privilege and joy of venerating a relic of the True Cross that the sisters displayed for the feast day.

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