The Triumph of the Cross

Icon depicting Believers gathered to venerate the Cross after the cross beams were discovered by St. Helena in the 4th century.

Icon depicting Believers gathered to venerate the Cross after the cross beams were discovered by St. Helena in the 4th century.

Today (The Triumph of the Cross, also known as The Exaltation of the Cross) and tomorrow (Our Lady of Sorrows) are very special holy days for our Passionist Congregation. (Historical evidence of the Finding of the True Cross found here.)  The Liturgy is so elaborate. The celebration so rich. The prayer so mystical.

On this Solemnity of the Triumph of the Cross I thought I would share with you the reflection given Friday night at the prayer service during Sr. Mary Dolores’ visitation. It was written and read by Msgr. Bernard Powers.

Sister Mary Dolores
and
the Mystery of the Cross

The Cross for her
was the wisdom of the saints..
She was immersed in this wisdom

The Cross for her
was the road to holiness….
She walked this road faithfully

The Cross for her
was God’s greatest manifestation of love
She embraced this love graciously

The Cross
was the very gift of God himself…
She graciously accepted her God, her Beloved.

The Cross
was the School of prayer
She humbly learned the art of prayer;

The Cross
was union with God
She knew an espousal union

The Cross
was a mystery to continually remembered
She lived in constant recollection

The Cross
was the center of her vocational call.
She made her life a living response to this call

The Cross
was at the heart of her prayer
She knelt daily at the foot of the Cross

The Cross
was a living flame of love within her
She had a burning desire for God

The Cross
was a gift on the day of profession
She took a life time to open and live this gift

The Cross
was power and strength.
She found here victory in spiritual combat

The Cross
was a transforming spirit within
She knew surrender…. submission…. unconditional yes.

The Cross
was a fountain of nourishment
She drank deeply of sacrificial love

The Cross
was a pledge of resurrection
She lived in high hope

The Cross
was Jesus loving the Eternal Father
She was caught up in filial love

The Cross
was a precious treasure found
She gave all to possess it.

The Cross
was for Sister Mary Dolores
a silent act of adoration
a constant hymn of praise
a persistent cry for mercy
a espousal love that captured her heart.

The Cross
is the Bridegroom, Jesus, the Crucified Spouse
bringing his Beloved Sister Mary Dolores
to the wedding banquet of the Resurrection.

                                    Msgr Bernard Powers

2 thoughts on “The Triumph of the Cross

  1. Msgr. Powers is so gifted in his writing and homilies!! The poem,so very beautiful….and True!! Thank you for sharing. The funeral Mass was beautiful as well. Sr. Mary Dolores was full of Joy & His Presence ….she filled the room with it.
    May she be in the long awaited arms of her Beloved. May you all have Peace.
    Much Love!
    Stacy

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