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The Cross is a symbol of faith, not a mere ornament

Fr Emmanuel Dolphyne


The Cross is a symbol of faith, not a mere ornament

On this special day, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, we are reminded that the Cross is much more than a mere ornament; it is a profound symbol of faith that carries deep meaning and significance.

The Cross, at its core, represents sacrifice and redemption. It serves as a stark reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by Jesus Christ for the sake of humanity. It symbolizes His unwavering love, compassion, and the profound act of atonement. It’s not just a piece of jewelry or decoration but a powerful emblem of the Christian faith’s central message.

We are called to examine the essence of our faith. It challenges us to move beyond superficial displays of religiosity and instead delve into the heart of what it means to be a Christian. The Cross beckons us to embrace the hardships and challenges of life with faith and courage, just as Jesus did on the path to Calvary.

Moreover, the Cross signifies hope. It stands as a beacon of hope in times of despair, a symbol that reminds us that even in the darkest moments, there is the promise of redemption and renewal. Through the Cross, we find strength in our weaknesses and the grace to carry our own crosses in life.

In a world often preoccupied with materialism and superficiality, the Cross challenges us to reevaluate our priorities. It calls us to a deeper, more meaningful faith that goes beyond appearances. It urges us to live out our beliefs with sincerity, compassion, and a genuine commitment to love and serve others.

So, as we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross today, let us remember that the Cross is not just a piece of art adorning our places of worship or a piece of jewelry around our necks. It is a symbol that encapsulates the essence of our faith—a faith grounded in sacrifice, redemption, hope, and unwavering love. May we carry this profound message in our hearts and live it out in our daily lives.

By Emmanuel Dolphyne

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