What has the cross left in you?

Pope Francis speaking to young people at World Youth Day in Rio
Pope Francis speaking to young people at World Youth Day in Rio

Today marks the end of the Year of Faith opened by Pope Benedict XVI in October 2012. We have not marked it or celebrated it in depth at the monastery — perhaps all time is a year of faith here. As I watched Pope Francis hold the small casket with the few relics of St Peter today, I thought of the small Church of Quo Vadis in Rome. The ancient tradition says that Peter was fleeing the persecutions in Rome and encountered Christ, who was going into the city. “Where are you going?” he asked Jesus. “Into Rome to be crucified again,” he replied.

This reminded me of the powerful question Pope Francis asked at World Youth Day: What has the Cross of Jesus left in you? His answer speaks to the deep reality of the Paschal mystery. The experience of the cross, and our share in it, is our deepest experience of God’s love.

This sunrise view from my window wakens me each day to live out that reality in the great gift of the monastic way of life.

One comment

  1. I hate to see the Year of Faith end because it was an excuse to focus on what faith is and what it means to me, and how it has changed my life and exhorts me to bring God to others. It was such a delightful focus! We can continue that, of course, but it was nice to be doing it with the worldwide Church.

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