Peace be with you.
Today, Wednesday September 14th, the Church celebrates the exaltation of the cross. It has always been a special day for me, as I have always had a special affinity for the Cross of Christ….I even have a relic of the true cross which was given to me by a friend many years ago.
Today, I will be joining with the Universal Church in celebrating this great feast at St. Peter’s in Rome. The group I am with will be attending the General Audience with Pope Benedict XVI, and I am really looking forward to gaining new insight about the Cross of Jesus Christ through our beloved Shepherd.
I am in Rome as Director of the ICCRS (International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services) Leadership Formation Institute. I have participants representing 15 countries from five continents. What an opportunity to get a world-wide perspective on so many issues, but especially the reality of our faith.
Later today, after meeting with the Holy Father….and a nice Italian lunch…….we will join a Latin mass in St Peter’s. I will be thinking of all of you, my friends, in a special way at that mass. I especially want to thank all of those who have journeyed with me on various pilgrimages with the cross. In a sense, today is our “feast day.”
Together, let all of us renew our appreciation for the great gift of God’s love, as evidenced in the cross. Let us renew our commitment to share this message of God’s love, and let us resolve to allow the Cross of Christ to be triumphant in our lives!
May the Cross of Christ first be triumphant in our lives. May the Cross of Christ first be exalted in our hearts!
Your brother and servant
Jim “Butch” Murphy