Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

The Path of Salvation: Exaltation of the Holy Cross


A time of stricter monastic penance begins today for the nuns of the Order of Preachers and lasts until Easter.  It is but fitting that our interior dispositions should be conformable to our exterior practices, for such is the intention of the Church and our holy Founder.  Repeat, therefore, this intention:

O Cross of Jesus, too often do I murmur against you, too rarely do I exalt and embrace your with love!  Yet I know that you are my salvation and my glory.  Ceaselessly do I trace you on my forehead, press you to my lips, place you on my heart.  Why, then, this perpetual inconsistency?

Ah, it is because I understand Christianity better than I practice it.  I humble myself and repent.  Henceforth, O Cross, I will bless you in the secret of my heart, I will exalt you before men, and I will consider myself happy to give glory to Jesus by bearing you.  But the cross I will love most, the cross of the Rule, the cross of bearing with different characters, the cross of office, of submission to the trials and sacrifices of common life.

O my God!  Grant that I may faithfully and joyfully bear this cross, which shines not before men, but has power to sanctify me.

Prayer: It is because of the ardor of Your charity, O Eternal God, that Jesus Christ retains upon His body the marks of His wounds.  Neither His Resurrection nor His glory can efface those bleeding traces (St. Catherine of Siena).

Practice: Sometimes make your meditation with a crucifix in hand – kiss the five wounds, one after the other, making your abode in the wound of His Heart.

From “Saints and Saintly Dominicans: Daily Reflections on Their Lives”, edited by Rev. Thomas a Kempis Reilly, O.P. (1915).


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