Rubens, Christ on the Cross
I am still slowly reading and savoring the book by Salvatore Canals, Jesus as Friend. Canals, like many Opus Dei priests, possessed a deep interior relationship with God. His writings, dotted liberally with scripture references, are a gold-mine!
This week, his chapter, The Main Road, was a gift to me. Here is part of what he wrote that touched me:
The cross is our only hope. Set up the cross, Christ's cross. Set it up in your mind, so you can understand its value and how necessary it is. It will help you avoid being pagan in your judgments and deliberations. Set it up in your will, so you can love it and accept it, not with resignation but with love. Set it up in your actions: it will help them share in the redemptive efficacy of the cross. Holiness is achieved on the cross, because the cross means the death of sin, and sin is the only enemy of holiness. Let us listen to our Lord's voice: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me." (Lk 9:23) For a Christian there is no other way: his is the king's highway, the main road of the holy cross, on which everyone has a right to travel.