14 September 2010

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Today's feast in many ways contains the encapsulation of our entire faith. The glory of Resurrection comes only through the Cross of Christ. It is a package deal. Many Christians would like to skip over the rather unpleasant fact of the Crucifixion and get right to fruit of that Sacrifice. As Catholics, we know that this cannot be. In God's time, each moment and all moments together of the life, passion, death, and resurrection of Christ are before Him always.

For eternity, Christ triumphant in Heaven will still be the victim Lamb of God, triumphant on the Cross, where is located His throne. The suffering leads to the glory.

This is the key to the mystery of redemptive suffering, and in His goodness Christ allows us to assist in this mystery by the offering up of the sufferings and crosses we endure. Even then, He assists us, and makes it possible for us to share in His redemptive work.

As men limited by time and space, we encounter this reality through the power of God in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Calvary is actually made present-- not just in symbol, but in reality and power-- each and every Mass. We participate in the graces won by our Lord on the Cross, and we feast upon the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the King of Kings.

Today's feast, fittingly enough, is also the third anniversary of the effective date of the most important Papal document since the promulgation of the Dogma of the Assumption of Mary-- Summorum Pontificum, which acknowledged and guaranteed the right of the faithful to the timeless Mass.

I wanted to write my gratitude to the Holy Father for this document, issued in justice and pastoral care to the whole Church. And I am most grateful to God for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest and all other groups and individual priests, religious and laymen that have and continue to promote, maintain, and defend the Mass of all ages.

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