September 15, 2019

Tag - Cross

The Old Rugged Cross

St. Theodore of Studite (759-826) wrote that he saw traces of the Holy Cross in several biblical events of the Old Testament: First, on the pile of wood that Abraham placed his son, Isaac.Second, on the wood of the Ark which Noah, his family, and...

The Scandal of the Cross

Marathon runners are familiar with—and dread hitting the “wall.” The wall is the frightening sensation of running on empty; it occurs when the runner feels that all energies are utterly depleted and, seemingly, there is nothing else to rely on to...

Saying Yes to God and No to Satan

On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, we pause and reflect. For on the surface, it sounds a little bit like an ironic name for a feast. The cross was an instrument of torture, of public humiliation and shame, and of death. These are...

The Cross Makes All the Difference

We all know that the colors of our liturgies have profound significance. After about six weeks of purple vestments, we would expect green vestments because palms are green. But on Palm Sunday the vestments are red. They are red like the blood that...

The Sign of the Cross

I cannot remember how old I was when I learned to bless myself with the Sign of the Cross. My mother might have taught me or perhaps it was my first grade teacher, Sister Ellen Marie. It is startling to me over 65 years later that the Sign of the...

The Wisdom of the Cross

The Gospel for the Third Sunday of Lent puts Jesus’ knowledge of our human nature so clearly: He really knew what was going on in men’s hearts. He knew what they thought. He saw what they did to the Temple. The Temple was a place of...

The Triumph Of The Cross

For five years I lived in one of the most beautiful places in our country, believe it or not, in New Jersey. I attended Don Bosco Seminary in Sussex County, the Northwest corner of New Jersey.  This is an area of green rolling hills and the most...

Look Up

Some years ago, on a warm July evening, I remember my three-year-old daughter walking into the family room and exclaiming that there was something I needed to see. After climbing the stairs, we eventually made it to her bedroom window and witnessed...

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