Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A prayer from youth connects with a Community's charism
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by Sister Elise Cholewinski

“O dearly beloved cross, I embrace thee, I kiss thee, I joyfully accept thee from the hands of God.”

This statement, which was part of a prayer from the Stations of the Cross that we prayed on Friday evenings during Lent at St. Josaphat Church in Oshkosh, has stayed with me since my adolescence.  I felt something when I prayed it, and I sense now that those moments were times when I was experiencing a distinct call to religious life. 

Now I am a Sister of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, and as a Community we claim being rooted in the cross as part of our charism.  For me this means recognizing every event in life as a participation in the Paschal Mystery, the death/resurrection of Jesus.  It is a belief that in every death-dealing situation, new life is rising.  This basic trust gives us a reason to rejoice as we celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14.  Isn’t it amazing how God mysteriously leads through the prayer of our youth.