On today's Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, we of the Oratory said goodbye to Canons Avis and Ueda, who move on to their next assignments. They will be missed. On the bright side, the Oratory welcomed one of its two new Vicars, Canon Andrew Todd, who was just ordained by Cardinal Burke in August. The other new Vicar, Canon Antoine Boucheron, will join the Oratory soon, after completing his assignment in St. Brieuc, France.
To quote the wise philosopher-frog Kermit, "Life is a series of meetings and partings. That is the way of it."
Please continue to pray for all of our dear priests in the Institute, and priests everywhere.
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.
Our priests, through the crucified Christ they serve, are our link to the sacraments that bring Our Lord to us.