Hail Our One Hope!
Today, September 14, the Church celebrates The Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This feast commemorates the finding of the relics of the true cross and other relics of the Passion of Christ around the year 327 in Jerusalem by Saint Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine.
While Good Friday celebrates the Passion of Jesus and his sacrifice on the Cross for our salvation, today’s festival celebrates the Cross, itself.
The making of the Sign of the Cross is an important act of faith and piety and is used many times in personal prayer and in the celebration of the Mass, the other sacraments and sacred celebrations.
Perhaps we become too familiar with this beloved gesture and fail to fully appreciate its importance.
May I suggest you take a moment to read and reflect on the following article by Father Romano Guardini, to appreciate the Sign of the Cross as an act of our own personal faith in the Lord Jesus and as a sign of our devotion to Christ and the Sacred liturgy,
From my heart to yours,
In the hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Peace and blessing,
“The Sign of the Cross”
By Romano Guardini