This is a photo of a crucifix which adorns one of the small altars in the Crypt of the Chapel at Mount Saviour, a Benedictine monastery near Elmira, New York. If I was a priest, this is the type of crucifix which would precede me down the aisle and reside at the altar for Mass. It’s a graphic reminder to me of the monumental, pain-riddled self-giving sacrifice freely offered by Jesus so that I might have the opportunity to escape eternal death and the separation from God forever which is warranted by my selfish sinfulness (read what the Church teaches in CCC nn. 606-618). How can I not strive as diligently as possible to make an appropriate response?!
Here are the meditations for the Stations of the Cross to be led by Pope Francis this evening in the Roman Colosseum.
Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Source of my hope!!