A thought for the day
Friday, the 23rd week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 8:30pm when school is in session
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Readings for today’s Mass
In the early 4th Century, Saint Helena, the mother of Constantine went to Jerusalem in search of the Holy places of Christ’s life. She razed the temple of Aphrodite which was said to be built over Christ’s tomb. This then became the site of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher. During construction of the basilica, three crosses were excavated. Legend has it that one cross was the cross Christ died on and was so identified when a woman was healed when she touched it. This cross immediately became an object of veneration. The tradition of venerating the cross began at this time using the actual cross of Christ. We celebrate the Exultation of the Cross on the anniversary of the dedication of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher.
The cross has become for us a universal image of Christian belief. We hang it in our homes and in our churches and even around our neck as jewelry. To early Christians the cross was a symbol of death as it was frequently used as a method of execution of the saintly martyrs.
Today we can gaze upon the cross and reflect upon many things. We can unite our sufferings to Christ who suffered for us. We can glory in realization that because of His suffering we can once again be united with God when our Earthly life is over. Ultimately the cross leads us to heaven.
Spend time today before a crucifix and reflect upon how Christ’s suffering and death upon the cross has affected you and the way you live your life.