Today is one of the twelve “master feasts” celebrated by the church: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The very cross Jesus was crucified on was excavated in 326 A.D. After remaining in Jerusalem for three hundred years, the Persians invaded and took the Cross. They were eventually defeated, and now the largest piece of the Holy Cross in kept in Rome.
The question of how we remain close to Jesus can be answered through the many ways we view his Cross. To honor it, keep hope, bless ourselves with the sign of the cross, and remember we are forgiven sinners are just a few things we do and can keep doing to feel the importance behind Jesus’s sacrifice on that cross.
How do I remember the meaning of the cross? What does it mean to those around me and in my community?
We pray for our brothers and sisters around the world today, let our hearts be filled with love and compassion!
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.