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Tuesday, August 16, 2005
A Daily Reminder - the Cross
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One very easy way to remember Our Lord's love and mercy is to either wear a crucifix or place one on our walls, typically above the bed. It is also important that we should wear a crucifix (a cross with Christ's body on it) instead of a Cross because it is through Jesus' Cross that we reach the Resurrection. Let us not forget Our Lord's sacrifice.

Some claim that since Jesus is resurrected He should not be on the cross, but if you look at it that way then we should show an empty tomb not an empty cross. If there was an empty cross then this would be our faith - eternal death, the price of sin (Romans 5:12). But Jesus Christ, true Man and true God, chose to pay the price for us (1 Cor 15:3) and died for us even when He did not have to do anything of the such. Jesus never had to enter the Virgin's womb, but He chose to do it so that we might have eternal life with Him. An empty cross for each of us was our destiny, but God chose to free us from the penalty of sin that we willing deserved. Every time we sin we will have only caused Our Lord greater pain on His Cross, so let us remember His sacrifice today, especially in the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary, and thank Him for pardoning us for the sins we willingly commit.

It was Our Lord, Jesus Christ, that prepared the way for us, and we too must follow Him believing that if we die with Him we shall also rise with Him. "Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me is not worthy of me" (Matthew 10:38).

"The crucifix should be present in public and private places because this external symbol of God's presence is a reminder of humanity's shared God-given dignity, Pope Benedict XVI said" (Source: Pope Benedict XVI, August 18, 2005)

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10 comments:

del_button August 16, 2005 at 6:52 PM
auron said...

"The crucifix should be present in public and private places because this external symbol of God's presence is a reminder of humanity's shared God-given dignity, Pope Benedict XVI said."


I agree with the private places, but im not to sure about the public. You might as well say that we should put pictures of satan in public places because there are people that worship him too. Yes they are wrong but that doesnt mean that its any different. To put any symbols of religion in public means you must allow all symbols of religion in public. Its part of being in America. If you dont mind seeing statues of shiva in public then i understand where your coming from.

del_button August 16, 2005 at 8:19 PM
Moneybags said...

You might as well say that we should put pictures of satan in public places because there are people that worship him too.

I know you may disagree, but I know (not believe) that God alone should be worshipped. I profess this in Church and through everday actions. None of the apostles said "We believe" but rather "We know". So, I would be against satan pictures in public because he is the enemy of Our Lord and deserving of nothing other than hell.

Again, that may not be what you hear people running for office saying but that is my belief. The Cross should be fixed in our hearts, our actions, our thoughts. So, it should be a constant part of our lives so we may never forget that it was our cross that Christ bore - our death He died.

del_button August 17, 2005 at 7:46 AM
~ AleX said...

Well put, to both of you.

I would just like to add that, without the Cross, we have no life. To give in to those who say it is foolish, outlandish, or politically incorrect to display the crucifix publicly is to, in effect, deny our own eternal life. And that, my friends, is unacceptable.

~ AleX

del_button August 17, 2005 at 6:27 PM
auron said...

i agree with both of you. If we lived in another country i would say post the cross on every building, but we live in America, a place where everybody is (in principle) is supposed to be accepted.

If we allow a crucifix then we must allow all religious symbols simply because that is what our government is based on. This is less of a religious idea of mine than it is of governmental idea.


also there are hindus that "know" that what they believe is correct. Be them right or wrong is not relevant.

del_button August 17, 2005 at 8:06 PM
Moneybags said...

Living in America we have a "Freedom to Religion" not a "Freedom from Religion". I do hope that Christianity becomes more of an open factor in life.

del_button August 17, 2005 at 9:28 PM
auron said...

exactly you said it yourself. A freedom to religion, any religion. im not saying dont post the cross. if i were then it would be freedom from religion. I am saying go ahead and post crosses in public as long as all religious symbols are allowed. this is the millionth time uve thrown the freedom from religion card and this is one time where it makes 0 sense

del_button August 18, 2005 at 7:28 PM
auron said...

o yea its NOT FREEDOM TO RELIGION ITS FREEDOM OOOOOOOOOFFFFFFFFFF religion, even if its a lack of religion

del_button August 21, 2005 at 7:09 PM
auron said...

you dont even have a response after at least 4 days. seems i have you pinned and i am right

del_button August 21, 2005 at 7:18 PM
Moneybags said...

"exactly you said it yourself. A freedom to religion, any religion. im not saying dont post the cross. if i were then it would be freedom from religion. I am saying go ahead and post crosses in public as long as all religious symbols are allowed."

I agree in America all are declared equal just as all are equal in God's eyes.

del_button August 21, 2005 at 7:31 PM
auron said...

woot i finally changed ur stance on something

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