Every human life has value.

Because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

    Crucifixion

“From the foundation of the world, everything had been pointing to what happened on the Cross.” -Fr. Richard Neuhaus

A note from my retreat this week: may we always carry within us the dying of Christ so that we can share in His redemption. Father said that just as it is a false religion to only stress pain and suffering, it is likewise false to only preach victory and joy. They are intermingled – the paschal mystery. One can’t be Christian unless you combine both the cross and the victory.

Had there been no cross, Christ could not have been crucified. Had there been no cross, life itself could not have been nailed to the tree. And if life had not been nailed to it, there would be no streams of immortality pouring from Christ’s side, blood and water for the world’s cleansing. The legal bond of our sin would not be cancelled, we should not have attained our freedom, we should not have enjoyed the fruit of the tree of life and the gates of paradise would not stand open. Had there been no cross, death would not have been trodden underfoot, nor hell despoiled.

Therefore, the cross is something wonderfully great and honourable. It is great because through the cross the many noble acts of Christ found their consummation – very many indeed, for both his miracles and his sufferings were fully rewarded with victory. The cross is honourable because it is both the sign of God’s suffering and the trophy of his victory. It stands for his suffering because on it he freely suffered unto death. But it is also his trophy because it was the means by which the devil was wounded and death conquered; the barred gates of hell were smashed, and the cross became the one common salvation of the whole world. -St Andrew of Crete

Ave verum Corpus natum
de Maria Virgine:
Vere passum, immolatum
in Cruce pro homine.

Cuius latus perforatum
fluxit aqua et sanguine:
Esto nobis praegustatum
mortis in examine.

O Iesu dulcis!
O Iesu pie!
O Iesu fili Mariae.

English:
Hail, true body,
born of the Virgin Mary:
Truly suffered,
died on the cross for mankind:

From who pierced side
flowed water and blood!
Be for us a foretaste
of death in the last hour!

O gentle Jesus!
O holy Jesus!
O Jesus, Son of Mary!

April 22nd, 2011 at 1:43 pm
One Response to “We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You”
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    Bob Steiner Says:

    Beautiful and insightful post. Wishing you a joyful Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord!

    Bob