Written on 15 September 2014, 17.53 by Gene C.Alberto

Why do Catholics have crucifixes?

Many non-Catholics are uncomfortable with the display of a crucifix – a cross with an image of Christ’s crucified body.  If Jesus was raised from the dead, they reason, why should we depict Him still on the cross?  They prefer to display an empty cross.

First, we shouldn’t forget that Catholics also sometimes display simple crosses without the corpus (image of Christ’s body).  Next, we must note that historically, discomfort with the crucifix has often had more to do with anti-Catholic sentiment than with genuine concern that Jesus’ Resurrection is being forgotten.

Despite clear references through the New Testament to the importance of the cross as a sign of Christ’s victory over evil (see 1 Cor. 1:17-18), many non-Catholics rejected any use of the cross at all – even an empty one – as a sign of “popery”.

When the people look on their crucified Lord, the prophet say, God “will pour out” on them “a spirit of mercy and supplication”.  (Zec 12:10)

Catholics have long found this to be true whenever they gaze with love on the image of Jesus; sacrificial death.  The crucifix inspire in them the grace of a deeper gratitude for that greatest gift (see Ps 116:12-13), as well as a more intense aversion to sin which lead Him to the Cross (see Rom 6:1-12).

No wonder, then, that the old legends, the demons, vampires, and other evil creatures cannot bear to look at a crucifix.  It reminds the forces of darkness that they have been defeated by Christ’s death on the Cross (see Col 2:13-15)!

Finally, we should note that when we are suffering, meditation on a crucifix comforts us by recalling Christ suffers with us (see 2 Cor 1:5-7).  Our sufferings have great value when we join them with His (see Col 1:24).

 

References: Ps 116:12-13, Zec...

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The Human Resource Development Department (HRDD) of the Archdiocese of Manila organized a half day symposium for parish personnel, with the theme, “Filipino Catholic Lay, Called to be Saints and Heroes.”   The symposium was divided into two batches, where the participants can choose from.  The first batch was held in our parish, St. Andrew the Apostle and the other was at the Immaculate Concepcion Parish in Tayuman.

 

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In the Gospel, Jesus speaks about the Cross:  “Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me.  Anyone who finds his life will lose it, anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.”  (Matthew 10:38-39)

 

Jesus wants us to keep the lesson of the cross fresh in our consciousness.  We are reminded how he suffered tremendously on His way to death in the Cross.  His sacred flesh was cruelly lacerated by scourging.  His sacred head was so cruelly and mockingly crowned with thorns.  He was spat upon and made fun of.  Exhausted by terrible suffering, He had to carry the heavy cross to Calvary.  There His sacred hands and feet were mercilessly pierced with nails.  What pain this must had caused Him!

 

 

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A Ray of Hope

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,” – Hebrews 6:19

 

As I scroll down through the shared stories on my newsfeed, my heart is getting filled with so much grief and sadness as the stories of crime and injustices unfold right in front of me. From rape victims to shameless taxi modus, from country wars to Christian persecutions, from unending Political issues to requests of the death penalty come back-- name it; it’s all over the news. For a moment, I asked myself “What is happening in the world?” It seems to me that as each day passes, more and more evil works are becoming so rampant to the extent that we can’t help but feel hopeless.

 

But just as cruelness and injustices unfold, this week, God has shown me that in the end, what we have is still a beautiful world. What we have to do is see right through it and appreciate all the little things around us.

 

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