Be Not Afraid of the Cross

ChelseaFaith, Hope, Suffering2 Comments

Triumph of the CrossI’m preparing to give a talk to a youth group in Ellisville MO later this evening. This quote from Pope Benedict sums up the message I hope to get across:

Dear friends, the Cross often frightens us because it seems to be a denial of life. In fact, the opposite is true! It is God’s “yes” to mankind, the supreme expression of his love and the source from which eternal life flows. Indeed, it is from Jesus’ heart, pierced on the Cross, that this divine life streamed forth, ever accessible to those who raise their eyes towards the Crucified One. I can only urge you, then, to embrace the Cross of Jesus, the sign of God’s love, as the source of new life. Apart from Jesus Christ risen from the dead, there can be no salvation! He alone can free the world from evil and bring about the growth of the Kingdom of justice, peace and love to which we all aspire.

~Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the 26th World Youth Day, pt. 3

2 Comments on “Be Not Afraid of the Cross”

  1. I loved your talk tonight Chelsea, really spoke to me about my relationship with God, and the wake up calls in my life. I also loved what you said about all the things people say when asked what they’d do with 72 hours to live. It really made me reconsider what living my life truly means.

    Thanks so much for having the courage to share your story!

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