I remember the day Fr. Alfonso (one of my favorite priests) dragged a huge cross across the altar. He stopped and said, “Are we supposed to draaag our crosses behind us? NO!” He thrust that big cross straight up in the air and said, “Lift that cross high! We are strong with the Lord’s presence! He is with us!”
Those may or may not have been Fr. Alphonso’s exact words, but that is the message I heard. The image sticks with me. Stop dragging the cross! Lift it high! We have help! Unite our suffering to Christ!
Today I post this, remembering those who will suffer in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. May the Lord give comfort and help (through the rest of us, of course) and may Our Lord bless you deeply on this Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross!