All Conversations in My Heart
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
  The Veneration of the Cross
On Sunday, Catholics celebrated the Feast of the Veneration of the Cross. After the Mass we are given an opportunity to kneel before the Cross and time to think of Its importance in our lives and for our salvation. I have written before that Love is confrontational and nothing is more obvious when we are before the Cross or any Crucifix holding the Corpus of Jesus Christ. The Cross is the raising of the Holy Name, Jesus Christ, above all names and facing It we should all be reminded of the words in the Act of Contrition, "Because by them (My sins) I helped crucify my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Your Son". 
Looking at the Cross I am very often, more than often, reminded interiorly I did help to crucify Him, who died to keep me out of the hands of my souls's enemies and furthermore I am asked what am I going to do about my shameful acts? It would do us all good to consider these points as we pray.
Those pseudo christians consider themselves, many of them, Easter people and some have told me Catholics stand on the wrong side of the Cross. He is Risen they say and it is more important to rejoice. Do they mean perhaps no more sorrow for our behavior, no more repentance as He repented for us. How disgusting. St Paul tells us in my bible in Hebrews I believe, "He died for the sins to this time and the forgiveness of sins from now on depend upon Christ". (A paraphrase). The Westminster Bible, Douai Rheims version. St Paul also reminds us of the Folly of the Cross, a sort of madness, well if Paul was mad then so should we all be, but let us use a different word. Zeal is more appropriate.
 




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