Catholicism And The Cross

Cross at cathedral

“As we begin this Lent, we must again hear and heed the call of our Lord and Savior, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Strive to enter the narrow gate. Take up your cross and follow me.’ We must reject easy and comfortable Catholicism, a Catholicism that demands nothing of us. We must not hide the crucifix, but rather gaze lovingly upon it, recalling the words of St. Paul, ‘We preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.’ We must turn from the sin of our complacency and begin again to embrace the cross, for it alone is the sure way to true joy and life eternal.” ~Sam Guzman, from Catholicism and the Cross