Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Royal Colors, Carol Schiff. You can view more of Carol Schiff’s work here.

 

On the Cross, Jesus is united with every person who suffers from hunger in a world which, on the other hand, permits itself the luxury of throwing away tons of food every day;

on the Cross, Jesus is united to the many mothers and fathers who suffer as they see their children become victims of drug-induced euphoria;

on the Cross, Jesus is united with those who are persecuted for their religion, for their beliefs or simply for the color of their skin;

on the Cross, Jesus is united with so many young people who have lost faith in political institutions, because they see in them only selfishness and corruption;

he unites himself with those young people who have lost faith in the Church, or even in God because of the counter-witness of Christians and ministers of the Gospel.

How our inconsistencies make Jesus suffer! The Cross of Christ bears the suffering and the sin of mankind, including our own. Jesus accepts all this with open arms, bearing on his shoulders our crosses and saying to us: “Have courage! You do not carry your cross alone! I carry it with you. I have overcome death and I have come to give you hope, to give your life.”

From the address of Pope Francis concluding the Way of the Cross during World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, July 26 2013:

 

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