The Triumphant Message of the Cross

What Jesus’ victory means for each and every one of us.

The Triumphant Message of the Cross

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I was born on September 14, the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. Perhaps this is what drew me to reflect on the cross from an early age.

As a child, I remember looking up at the large crucifix hanging in the church sanctuary. It seemed like a representation of a story from long, long ago. A Jesus who suffered and died—but I wasn’t sure why or what for. We had a crucifix in our home. We said rosaries and there, on the end of the long chain of Hail Marys and Our Fathers, hung Jesus. I heard the Scriptures year in and year out, and I believed that what they said was true. But what did the cross mean for me?

Then, on a retreat as a teenager, I gave my life to Jesus. I felt his love that day and knew he was really real and had a plan for my life. I could no longer question or deny. I knew it deep in…

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