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.
- “You Ask Him to Remember You, And He Brings You Into His Kingdom” (whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com)
- Vatican displays Saint Peter’s bones for the first time (theguardian.com)