When we were kids, we tried to imagine what the end of outer space looks like. Is there a fence? A concrete wall? A sign posted? But again and again our minds refused to accept such a ridiculous conclusion, because we all knew that there would be something on the other side of the fence, wall, sign, etc. that would have to be accounted for! This simple intellectual exercise is a good analogy for our human journeys. At what point will we finally be discontented with the narrow space of our self-containment? When will our hearts be restless enough for us to take the risk of living outside the little worlds we have created for ourselves? How long will it take for us to realize that we were meant for transcendence and not complacency?! We have only to look to the Cross, that boundary-pressing reality, which invites us to go beyond what we feel to be safe and secure. Indeed, this Jesus, crucified outside the literal walls of Jerusalem, wants us to discover our true selves in this bold act of trust that puts us in touch with the infinite, where our true identities as children of our heavenly Father are realized. So, the next time we find ourselves sad and depressed and feeling stuck in life, we should ask ourselves whether we have settled for a fence or a wall, then consider adopting the Cross as the pattern that will lead us to true life. Ave Crux, Spes Unica!
Published by Brothers Phil and Ben
Phillip Smith and Benjamin Rossi are members of the Congregation of Holy Cross. They established The Voice of Moreau blog on September 15, 2018. View all posts by Brothers Phil and Ben