Chaplian's Message - Sept 2017
On the 14th of this month, we celebrate the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. We call it holy because it is Christ's cross which won our salvation. After 2000 years of Christianity, we no longer have a vivid image of the cross as a gruesome punishment which the Romans reserved for non Romans and for the worst criminals and rebels. When however, we think of Our Lord's call for each of us to carry his or her cross, that is something which makes us uncomfortable, like a trip to the dentist, entering a hospital for surgery. Those indeed may be crosses we will have to bear, along with disasters and tragedies. We may give in to the human tendency to concentrate on seeking pure pleasure and to avoid unpleasant things, even those we know are necessary.
Pure pleasure, or at least pure please that lasts, is something which comes only from allowing Christ and seeking first and foremost doing God's will for us. That is the only thing which, in the end, will truly give us pleasure, the pleasure of being one with GOD in heaven.