Tuesday, September 5, 2017
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.
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