Thought for the Day – 14 September – O Cross! O Wisdom! O Wise Love! St Gertrude the Great

Thought for the Day – 14 September – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Exalt – glorify, extol, praise, acclaim, pay homage to, pay tribute to, revere, reverence, venerate, worship, raise on high”

The one symbol most often identified with Jesus and His Church is the Cross.

Today we celebrate The Exaltation of the Holy Cross.   This feast traces its beginning to Jerusalem and the dedication of the church built on the site of Mount Calvary in 335.   But the meaning of the Cross is deeper than any city, any celebration, any building.   The Cross is a sign of suffering, a sign of human cruelty at its worst.   But by Christ’s love shown in the Paschal Mystery, it has become the sign of triumph and victory, the sign of God, who is love itself.

Believers have always looked to the Cross in times of suffering.   People in concentration camps, in prisons, in hospitals, in any place of suffering and loneliness, have been known to draw, trace, or form crosses and focus their eyes and hearts on them.   The Cross does not explain pain and misery.   It does not give us any easy answers.   But it does help us to see our lives united with Christ’s.

We often make the Sign of the Cross over ourselves.   We make it before prayer to help fix our minds and hearts on God.   We make it after prayer, hoping to stay close to God.   In trials and temptations, the Cross is a sign of strength and protection.   The Cross is the sign of the fullness of life that is ours.   At Baptism, too, the Sign of the Cross is used, the priest, parents, and godparents make the sign on the forehead of the child.   A sign made on the forehead is a sign of belonging.   By the Sign of the Cross in Baptism, Jesus takes us as His own in a unique way.   Today, let us look to the Cross often.   Let us make the Sign of the Cross and realise we bring our whole selves to God—our minds, souls, bodies, wills, thoughts, hearts—everything we are and will become.

O cross, you are the glorious sign of our victory.  

Through your power may we share in the triumph of Christ Jesus.

O Wisdom, what a game you bring to perfection, what a joke you play on my Jesus. You lay bare the King of Glory, making Him a spectacle of abuse.   You affix to the trunk of a tree the price of the entire world.   You alone weigh and mark out how much value this mystery has in paying the debt for all transgressions   From the earth you lift up on the Cross the life of all that He, drawing everything to Himself in His death, (cf Jn 12:32) might make them live.

O wise Love, what a remedy you prepare so that universal ruin be filled.   Oh, what a plaster you apply to cure the wound of all.  O Love, your counsel is help for those who are lost.   You condemn the blameless man to save the miserable culprit.   You pour out innocent blood to be able to placate enraged justice and to ransom the motto is relief for those who are miserable.   You plead the cause of peace.   You heed the importuning mercy.   By your prudent counsel you bring help for the anxiety of all through the most gracious will of your clemency.   You impose an end to universal misery through the glorious work of your mercy.   O Love, what you have devised is the opportunity for salvation for those who are lost.

Behold, O Wisdom, your pantry full of loving-kindness is already open.   Ah, look upon me, the culprit, standing outside the door of your charity.   Ah, fill the little cloak of my poverty with the blessing of your gentleness.   Behold, before you is the empty little cup of my desire.” (cf Ps 37[38]:10)   Ah, lay the latch of your fullness open.…  Ah, do not treat me according to my sins nor repay me according to my iniquities (Ps 102[103]:10), my Jesus.   Ah, just as You have truly been favourable to me with Your blood, so also by virtue of Your precious Cross, make restitution to me for all the wastefulness of my life.

Saint Gertrude the Great of Helfta (1256-1301)

Exercises VII, SC 127

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 September – The Message of the Cross

Quote/s of the Day – 14 September – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Gospel: John 3:13–17

The message of the cross
is foolishness to those
who are perishing
but to us,
who are being saved,
it is the power
of God…

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“We give glory to You, Lord,
who raised up Your Cross to span the jaws of death
like a bridge by which souls might pass
from the region of the dead to the land of the living. ..
You are incontestably alive.
Your murderers sowed Your living body in the earth
as farmers sow grain but it sprang up
and yielded an abundant harvest of men
raised from the dead.”

St Ephrem the Syrian (306-373) Father & Doctor of the Churchwe-give-glory-to-you-lord-st-ephrem-30-march-2018-good-friday

“The Cross is the hope of Christians,
the staff of the lame,
the comfort of the poor,
the destruction of all pride,
the victory over devils,
the guide of youth,
the pilot of mariners,
the refuge of those who are in danger,
the counsellor of the just,
the rest of the afflicted,
the physician of the sick,
the glory of Martyrs.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407)
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“Christ, who is your life, is hanging before you,
so that you may look at the Cross, as in a mirror.
There you will be able to know,
how mortal were your wounds,
that no medicine other than.
the Blood of the Son of God, could heal.
If you look closely, you will be able to realise,
how great your human dignity and your value are….
Nowhere other than looking at himself,
in the mirror of the Cross,
can man better understand how much he is worth”

St Anthony of Padua OFM (1195-1231) Doctor of the Churchchrist-who-is-your-life-st-anthony-of-padua-13-june-2018.jpg

“Apart from the cross
there is no other ladder
by which we may get to heaven.“

St Rose of Lima (1586-1617)apart-from-the-cross-st-rose-of-lima 23 aug 2017.jpg

We have always seen,
that those who were
closest to Christ our Lord,
were those with the greatest trials.
Let us look at what
His glorious Mother suffered
and the glorious apostles.
Take up the Cross of Jesus.
Help your Spouse to carry the burden
that weighs Him down
and pay no attention
to what they may say about you.
If you should happen to stumble
and fall like your Spouse,
do not withdraw from the Cross or abandon it.
No matter how great your trials may be,
you will see, that they are quite small,
in comparison to His.

Blessed Teresa Maria of the Cross OCD (1846–1910)take-up-the-cross-bl-teresa-maria-of-the-cross-23-april-2019

“One ounce of a Cross
is much better
than a ton of books
of prayer.”one-ounce-of-a-cross-bl-jacques-ghazir-haddad-26-june-2019.jpg

“Anyone who seeks heaven
but without suffering,
is like someone
who wants to buy goods,
without paying.”

Blessed Jacques Ghazir Haddad (1875-1954)anyone-who-seeks-heaven-bl-jacques-ghazir-haddad-26-june-2019.jpg

“…only the Cross of Christ
sheds light on the path of this life….
God is in the detached heart,
in the silence of prayer,
in the voluntary sacrifice to pain,
in the emptiness of the world and its creatures.
God is in the Cross and,
as long as we do not love the Cross,
we will not see Him, or feel Him….
If the world and men knew….
But they will not know,
they are very busy in their interests,
their hearts are very full of things
that are not God.”

St Rafael Arnáiz Barón (1911-1938)only in the cross of christ - st rafael arnaiz baron 26 april 2019 easter friday.jpg

“The life of each and every one of us has been written.
The crucifix is my autobiography.
The blood is the ink.
The nails the pen.
The skin the parchment.
On every line of that body, I can trace my life.
In the crown of thorns I can read my pride.In the hands that are dug with nails,
I can read avarice and greed.
In the flesh hanging from him like purple rags,
I can read my lust.
In feet that are fettered, I can find the times
that I ran away and would not let Him follow.
Any sin that you can think of is written there.”

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

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One Minute Reflection – 14 September – O cross, You are the Glorious Sign of Victory.

One Minute Reflection – 14 September – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Gospel: John 3:13–17

“…And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”…John 3:14-15and-as-moses-lifted-up-john-3-14-15-14-sept-2018

REFLECTION – “We are celebrating the feast of the cross which drove away darkness and brought in the light…  Had there been no cross, Christ could not have been crucified. Had there been no cross, Life Itself could not have been nailed to the tree.   And if Life had not been nailed to it, they would be no streams of immortality pouring from Christ’s side, blood and water for the world’s cleansing.   The legal bond of our sin would not be cancelled, we should not have obtained our freedom, we should not have enjoyed the fruit of the tree of life and the gates of paradise would not stand open.   Had there been no cross, death would not have been trodden underfoot, nor hell despoiled…  The cross is called Christ’s glory, it is saluted as His triumph.”….St Andrew of Crete (650-740)we are celebrating the feast of the cross st andrew of crete 14 sept 2019

PRAYER – O God, who willed that Your Only Begotten Son should undergo the Cross to save the human race, grant, we pray, that we, who have known His mystery on earth, may merit the grace of His redemption in heaven.   For You placed the salvation of the human race on the wood of the Cross, so that, where death arose, life might again spring forth and the evil one, who conquered on a tree, might likewise on a tree be conquered through Christ. O cross, You are the glorious sign of victory. Through your power may we share in the triumph of Christ Jesus. We adore you Christ and we praise you, for by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world. Amenwe-adore-you-o-christ-14-sept-2018.jpg


Our Morning Offering – 14 September – O Mary, Sorrowful Mother

Our Morning Offering – 14 September – Feast The Exaltation of the Holy Cross – Feast and A Marian Saturday within the Month of Our Lady of Sorrows

O Mary, Sorrowful Mother
By St John Paul II (1920-2005)

O Mary, sorrowful Mother,
you are a silent witness
of these decisive moments
for the history of salvation.
Give us your eyes
so that on the face of the crucified One,
disfigured by pain,
we may recognise
the image of the glorious Risen One.
Help us to embrace Him
and entrust ourselves to Him,
so that we be made worthy
of His promises.
Help us to be faithful today
and throughout our lives.
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St Pope John Paul prayed this prayer on the Conclusion of the Palm Sunday homily, 13 April 2003 during the Eighteenth World Youth Day.

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Saint of the Day – 14 September – Saint Peter of Tarentaise O.Cist (1102-1174)

Saint of the Day – 14 September – Saint Peter of Tarentaise O.Cist (1102-1174) Cistercian Religious Monk, Archbishop of Tarentaise from 1141 until his death, Abbot, Apostle of Charity, Miracle-worker.   Born 1102 at Saint-Maurice-l’Exil, Kingdom of France and died on 14 September 1174 (aged 72) at Bellevaux Abbey, Cirey, Franche-Comté, Kingdom of France.  Patronage – Tarentaise.   St Peter founded Tamié Abbey as a daughter house of Bonnevaux Abbey.   Abbot Peter tried to refuse an elevation to the episcopate though his superiors, one of them being Saint Bernard of Clairvaux insisted that he accept the position.   As Archbishop, he had special care for the poor, the ill and those who travelled the Alpine peter of tarentaise holy card

There are two men named Saint Peter of Tarentaise who lived one century apart.   The man we honour today is the younger Peter, born in France in the early part of the 12th century.   The other man with the same name became Pope Innocent the Fifth.

He was born in 1102 on a farm near Saint-Maurice-l’Exil, not far from the Cistercian Bonnevaux Abbey.   His father often offered hospitality to the monks, when they had to leave the monastery on business.   St Peter joined this Cistercian monastery at the age of 20 in 1122.   He lived with such modesty, charity and humility that people were moved and inspired to conversion, by his great holiness.  He was such a great witness of the religious life that many others followed him and joined the abbey as well.   In fact, his whole family followed him and joined communities of their own—his mother, father, and siblings!st peter of tarantaise

He was appointed as Abbot of the new monastery that he was instrumental in  establishing, in the mountains.  This monastery soon became known as a resting place for travellers.   Peter began a hospice there for sick and poor travellers.

In 1142, at the insistence of his superiors including St Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot Peter reluctantly accepted the position as the Archbishop of Tarentaise.   In his episcopal role he applied the Cistercian principles to restore the diocese and met with a good deal of success, since the diocese’s management had declined and discipline lax.   He removed corrupt priests (and elevated good priests to important pastoral positions) and promoted education for all the faithful.    He visited all parts of his mountainous diocese on a regular basis.  He also frequently visited the Grand Chartreuse, during the tenure of Hugh of Lincoln.

His specific concerns included the welfare of travellers to and from Switzerland and from the Italian cities.   He rebuilt a hospice in poor repair at Little St Bernard Pass.   He also founded a charity which distributed food to farms in the surrounding hills.   This would become known as pain de Mai and became a tradition continued in the region until the French Revolution.  st peter of tarentaise lg

Miracles were attributed to him during this time—healings and the multiplication of food during a famine.   He became widely known as a wonder-worker, which increased his longing for the solitude he found in his life as a monk.   After 13 years as archbishop, in 1155, he one day suddenly vanished without a trace..   He was discovered one year later in a remote Cistercian abbey in Switzerland, where he had joined the community under an assumed name as a lay brother.   He was ordered to return and was warmly greeted when he got back to Tarentaise.   He redoubled his efforts at leading the diocese, and took even greater care of the poor—twice he endangered his own life by giving away his own cloak in severe weather.

Religious and state authorities turned to Peter, a man of great peace, in moments of conflict so that he could effect reconciliation with his words and presence.   He preached outspokenly and fearlessly, in disputes over the papacy and between the kings of France and England and his words were backed by miracles of healings.

Pierre died in 1174 as he attempted to mediate between feuding monarchs after a serious but brief illness.   For his charity and healing powers, Peter was viewed as a saint even in his lifetime.   His Canonisation was formalised under Pope Celestine III in 1191.Peter-of-Tarentaise


Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and Memorials of the Saints – 14 September

Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Feast)
About this great Feast:

St Aelia Flaccilla
St Albert of Jerusalem (1149-1215)

St Caerealis
Bl Claude Laplace
St Cormac of Cashel
St Crescentian of Carthage
St Crescentius of Rome
St Generalis of Carthage
St Giulia Crostarosa
St Jean Gabriel Taurin du Fresse
St Maternus of Cologne
Saint Peter of Tarentaise O.Cist (1102-1174)

Bl Pedro Bruch Cotacáns
St Rosula of Carthage
St Sallustia
St Victor of Carthage