Saturday, September 13, 2008

Great Feast for Redemptoristine Nuns

Chapel Cross St. Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, New Jersey

Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Love of the cross is essentially love and imitation of Jesus Christ. Jesus has freed the world by embracing our painful death so as to transform it into His redemptive death. He passed from death to life, from the fragility of the flesh to the supreme glory of the resurrection…In the contemplation of Christ crucified we find the grace to accept, in communion with Him, the trials and contradictions of our own life…

Constitution and Statutes of the Order of the Most Holy Redeemer, #57, 58

Our community of contemplative nuns is busy preparing for a great feast. The Exaltation of the Holy Cross has double significance for us because is the day on which our foundress, Maria Celeste Crostatrosa, was born into eternal life. In addition, it is the day, each year, when our lay associates make their commitment to live as they can the charism of the Order of the Most Holy Redeemer; to become a living memory of Jesus Christ.

A reflection which I prepared can be read on the web site of the Baltimore Province of the Redemptorist Priests and Brothers.

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