Thursday, September 13, 2007

Holy Cross Day

Tomorrow (September 14) we celebrate the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. In many places, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered in the "extraordinary form" of the Latin rite, including the Shrine in Hanceville. EWTN will broadcast it live in the morning. (Thanks, Joshua!)

We are marked by the sign of the cross at our baptism. For the Christian, there is no escaping the cross. We elude one cross only to find another. And yet with God's help we can bear it with joy, for the cross is the ladder to paradise.

If we have been given a few "light" crosses, than it is so that we have the strength to pray for those whose crosses are unbearable, such as the exploited children. And for those suffering very close to home, such as Dr. William Petit, whose family were so horribly murdered, not quite two months ago.

Here is the Litany of the True Cross.


Anonymous said...

God doesn't want us to try and escape the crosses He has given us to bear.

And isn't your book, "The Paradise Tree" referring to the Cross?

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, and yes!