O crux, ave spes unica!
(Hail, O cross, our only hope!)
Sweet the timber, sweet the iron,
Sweet the burden that they bear! (Hymn: Faithful Cross)
On the Cross, Jesus "loved me and gave Himself for me" (Gal 2:20).
Each of us can say, "He loved me and gave Himself for me."
Everyone can say that "for me"!
~ Pope Francis, First Wednesday Audience, 27 March 2013
Christ Crucified ~ Viktor Vasnetsov
"Nature is in mourning covered with darkness during the Holy Hour of the first Good Friday. The chants of the heavenly
are interrupted. The entire court of
Heaven waits in order to receive the last throb of the Heart of the Man-God, the
victim of Jerusalem Golgotha.
Fervant loving souls, we are truly at the summit of
Calvary: it is the Holy Hour!
A loud voice resounds in the heights, a voice that says: "Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit.' And bending His lacerated Head, Jesus Crucified dies of love. It is His Heart which out of love for us has brought Him to death. All glory to His loving Heart which gave us life and which now is stilled in death!" ~ Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey
Souls have all the same
which is that of the
Precious Blood of Jesus."
~ Blessed Charles de
adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee -
because by Thy Holy Cross Thou has Redeemed the
"All the greatest pains become sweet forwhoever looks at Jesus Christ on the Cross."
~ St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi