you alone can reveal to us
the riches of God’s solitude
in the communion of persons.
Alone in the desert
and alone in Gethsemane,
alone on your cross,
between men who were alone on theirs,
you assumed everyone’s solitude
so that everyone might commune
O God of encounters,
may each of us
in his desert
detect a sign of your presence.
may each of us be
for his brothers
a travelling companion
in the fellowship of the Father
and the Spirit.
by taking part
in your death and resurrection,
we pass from solitude to communion.
Pierre Talec, 1933- 2016, French priest and author
So they approached the village where they were going.
He acted as though he wanted to go farther, but they urged him,
“Stay with us, because it is getting toward evening and the day is almost done.”
So he went in to stay with them.
O wondrous power of the cross!
O unspeakable glory of the passion
which became the Lord’s tribunal, the world’s judgment,
and the power of the Crucified!
From Your cross You draw all things to Yourself, O Lord!
When You stretched out Your hands to an unbelieving people that mocked You,
the whole world was finally brought to confess Your majesty. . . .
In this way type gave way to truth, prophecy to revelation,
the ancient law to the gospel.
You drew all things to Yourself, Lord,
so that what previously was performed
in the one temple of the Jews in mystic signs
is now celebrated everywhere by holy men
in every country in revealing rites. . . .
Your cross is the font of all blessings, the source of all graces,
and through it the believers receive strength in return for weakness,
glory in return for shame, life in return for death.
Pope Leo the Great, c.400-461, influenced the Chalcedonian Creed and Attila the Hun
So he delivered him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”