Thoughts on the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and what it means for us
My dear friends
On this great feast I’d like to share some thoughts. What does the cross mean to us? I think it should mean what it does – it means victory, Christ’s victory over sin and death. Sadly today most people shun the cross. It is seen as something horrible, something to be avoided. It is the one thing the world rejects with all its might. Satan despises it. But for the true Christian it is something priceless to be venerated. Loved and affectionately accepted and embraced. We are the body of Christ and we must participate in the Cross , making up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ. The cross we share in is one of Gods greatest gifts to us. He sends it to keep us on the way, to purify, sanctify and make us members of His body, the church. Without the cross we cannot be children of God , and cannot share in the resurrection to life. The church has seen tough times the past century. Orthodox and traditional catholics, those who love the church most, are beaten and downtrodden at what they’ve seen and experienced. The church is hemoraging from the deeds of predators and dissidents, and has been sent reeling by the changes in the world since the 1960’s. Catholics all too often have become discouraged, frightened, confused and disillusioned with what they’ve seen. Many have left the church because of this. But there are many who have stayed to continue the good fight knowing that we have our victory, the victory of the cross. And at the end all will see and know this. Many of us ask what can we do, but more often why doesn’t the church change? The Pope is starting to try and change many things that will give us back our rightful pride and confidence- that we rightfully deserve and should have. I implore all to give their total support to the Sweet Christ on Earth. But we all have a part to play. The world has had a field day mocking, criticizing, abusing and belittling the church. We must fight back. But what can one person do? One person can convert the whole world. If our Blessed Mother lived today She could convert the whole world. She is in Heaven, but She still wants to do this. Jesus and Mary want to convert the whole world but can’t. Why? Because we are not doing enough to make the victory of the cross effective in our world. We need to be nailed to the Cross ourselves as we live out our lives in this world. We need to be living victims sharing in the suffering of Jesus as we go through this life. The cross is what saves men, and we carry that cross today. We need to be effective co-redeemers with our Lord and our Lady. The church is scorned and considered mediocre by the world. But when Mother Teresa lived she was a hero to many pagans and converted millions. If catholic’s are mediocre then the church will be mediocre because we are the church. We should strive with all our might to be the best Christians we can- Saints. Saints love and embrace the cross. We may not do great deeds but each must make a contribution as they are able. Life is short and we should make the very best use of what little time we have. We must learn from our Lord the value of the cross and share in it, immolating ourselves. We must become a living sacrifice nailed to the cross co-redeeming as many people as we can. I once heard it said if there were 5 St Francis of Assissi’s in the world at one time the whole world would be converted. Maybe we can’t be that holy, but maybe we can? Nothing is impossible. Some people are chosen to be saints by God, but this is only so He can show everyone how to be a saint. We are all called to be saints. The church tells us we are and we should listen and take this message very seriously and to heart. Saints are what’s needed to fix all problems in the world. We don’t answer for the whole world but we must answer for ourselves when we die. Prayer and sacrifice are what’s needed, along with a very holy life. It should be our goal to convert as many people as we can and to help as many as possible get to heaven. At the last day we’re going to be astonished at how much good those that took their faith really serious and put it into action did. We don’t always see the fruit of our labour for the Lord but we will later. We must put our hand to the plough and march through this life doing as much good as we can, and never look back. We should try to be such good Christians that all other Christians, other faiths and non believers will want to be like us. It can be done. It is the purpose of our life. The first Christians did this. We should imitate them. They witnessed to the point of death often, horrible deaths. We should have faith, conviction, enthusiasm and pride like these. We may not be called to do great deeds but we can sanctify everything, pray without ceasing and make the cross visible in us to all men, so that when Christ says – When I am lifted up I will draw all things to myself, we become the Christ who is lifted up today drawing all men to Christ who lives in us. We must become instruments of the Holy Spirit. We should sell our souls to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to form us into another Christ. Then when grace has transformed us we who have been crucified with Christ will go into the world and transform it into what it should be- paradise. A place of love where all men live in communion with God and each other. We cannot be frightened of the task before us. We must embrace the cross which sanctifies us and bear as much fruit as we can. I welcome your thought or comments, and I know there are many already striving to do this.
God bless you dear friends:thumbsup:
P.S. I especially need to heed my own advice.