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Saturday, September 14, 2013
EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
With the cross we are freed from the restraint of the enemy.
Anthony Van Dyck "Crucifixion" (1599 – 1641)
This Unending Event
"The Exaltation of the Cross consists in the fact that 'the event of the cross and Resurrection abides and draws everything toward life' (CCC1085). We exalt Christ's cross whenever we freely take it up, filled with the certainity that the ultimate meaning and fulfillment which we crave in life comes to us through this unending event. 'With the cross we are freed from the restraint of the enemy and we clutch on to the strength of salvation.' (Saint Theodorus the Estudite). For salvation means escape from our own inability. At the same time, 'we cannot produce or give any other fruit,' writes (Saint Catherine of Siena), 'but the fruit we have taken from the tree of life.' No wonder that 'the sign of the cross makes kings of all those reborn in Christ.' (Saint Leo the Great)." [Magnificat, Saturday 14th September, 2013]