feel-good approach of secular society
and even some elements of the Church is
not able to address the emotional and
spiritual needs of those who suffer or
are afflicted in life. It is not an accident
of history that the center of our Christian
life is the cross of Jesus Christ. It
is not irrelevant that Jesus walked the
path of suffering and calls us to take
up our cross and follow him. The cross
is our sign of victory, but at the same
time, it enlightens us when bad things
happen to us in our earthly pilgrimage.
The cross teaches us about the beauty
of redemptive suffering.
So "we proclaim Christ crucified"
(1 Cor 1:23a). We should be personally
conscious of our Savior as the suffering
servant, who not only identifies with
us in our pain but has already trod the
same path, and we should impart the wisdom
and power of the cross to the whole world.
Underlines "Rousing" Power of
Video Marks 26 Years of World Youth Day
APRIL 26, 2010 (Zenit.org).-
The "rousing" force of the cross
has been rediscovered, said the Pontifical
Council for the Laity secretary while
reflecting on the 26th anniversary of
the World Youth Day Cross.
Josef Clemens stated this Thursday in
a Mass at the international youth center
of San Lorenzo, which houses the cross
gifted by John Paul II to youth on April
center, created by the Pontiff in 1983,
is near St. Peter's Square and holds the
cross when it is not on pilgrimage around
Clemens noted in his homily that "the
recent controversies over the presence
of the crucifix in public buildings, in
schools and hospitals, has enabled us
to understand the 'rousing' capacity of
the cross of Christ."
cross "is increasingly a sign of
contradiction, a question that calls for
answers by the 'deacons of the Word' and,
in our days, it calls for even more answers
from 'deacons of Christian life,'"
the prelate affirmed.
Eric Jacquinet, director of the San Lorenzo
Center and head of the youth section of
the laity council, explained that "it
is important to present the message of
the cross to young people who come here."
continued, "Young people know suffering,
failures, doubt, mourning: They need to
find consolation, strength and hope."
young people come to venerate the cross
with great faith, their hearts are touched,"
Father Jacquinet said. "For some,
veneration of the cross is the most important
moment of the pilgrimage to Rome."
youth of the San Lorenzo center made a
video titled "The Power of the Cross"
to illustrate this "rousing"
force. The video, made in collaboration
with H2O News and the Emmanuel Community
of Rome, was presented at the end of the
documentary includes the testimonies of
17 young people, not only recounting the
history of the youth day cross, but above
all the power manifested in it and the
love for humanity that led Christ to accept
the video, young people tell stories about
the loss of a friend, the lack of a father
in a family, or the loss of an unborn
child. They tell of how they have been
able to find true forgiveness, reconciliation,
peace and joy only in Christ and in his
video, which is currently only available
for viewing in the San Lorenzo Center,
is ready in Italian, English, French,
Spanish, German and Polish.
aims to be an instrument of evangelization,
communicating to young people who attend
the center the mystery of the cross. The
video will be used to receive groups and
individuals in the center, and will accompany
the youth day cross in its journeying
to the dioceses of the whole world.
to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."