Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 2022

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14, 2022

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

Because by your Cross you have redeemed the world.

Jesus surrendered his life to the Father’s will. His death gave way to new life. His suffering opened the way to salvation. Jesus surrendered for the good of all who follow him.

We surrender our lives to the Father’s will. We follow Jesus. Our suffering leads to salvation. We surrender for the good of others and for our communion with God’s love.

We carry our suffering in our hearts and in our bodies. We surrender our health, our sin, our past, our guilt, and our shame in the name of Jesus Christ. We learn to live in God so to help heal the world.

We carry the suffering of others to help the world know we are not alone. We touch the tears of those who weep, those exhausted by loss. We immerse our lives in the effects of storms, fires, natural disasters, wars, violence, pandemics and sudden death, so to help others live a new life in hope and healing.

The Cross of Christ gives way to union with God. Pain is eased in the Father’s grace. We surrender all ego, pride and certainty.  We carry our crosses today to live in peace and forgiveness here in this moment on earth. Life in union with Christ Jesus shows us the way home to the Father’s side in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Finger painting by Ronald Raab, CSC, 2015

2 thoughts on “Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 2022

  1. It was nice to see the painting. I love this painting.
    Thank you for the beautiful reflection on suffering. If we approach suffering as you said it helps to accept the suffering. Suffering for me has helped me to become a better person. When I am going through suffering it is not easy when I look back I see the reason that it made me a better person.
    Happy Feast Day tomorrow Father Ron. May Our Lady of Sorrows hold you in her arms. Blessings, Katherine

  2. Dear Fr Ron,

    Thanks for your sharing it was 11 years ago today that I was a guest on fr mark illigs radio show and sang for him I always remember it was on the feast day of our Lady of Sorrows! Blessings and prayers for you today!

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