Friday, April 8, 2011

No cross, no peace

By Theresa Montminy,
Chancellor

There is a saying in the world of sports, “No pain, No gain”.  In other words, there’s no victory without effort, even painful effort.  There’s no telling how many coaches have drummed this into talks to their losing team in an effort to get them to try harder. What keeps us trying harder during this season of Lent?  Maybe we could adapt a similar saying, “No cross, No peace” a reminder that there is no Easter without Calvary, there’s no love without sacrifice, and there’s no triumph without cost.

There’s a true story of a friend of mine that I would like to share that illustrates the power of the cross in an unusual way.  My friend was training to qualify for a spot on the USA Olympic team as a high diver.  Because she was training, she had special privileges at the pool facilities at the school I attended.  One clear night in October with a moon that was big and bright, some time between 10:30 and 11:00 in the evening, she decided to go swimming and to practice a few dives.  The pool was housed under a ceiling of glass panes so the moon shone bright across the top of the wall in the pool area.  She climbed to the highest platform to take her first practice dive.

She stood on the platform backwards to make her dive, spread her arms to gather her balance, looked up to the wall, and saw her own shadow caused by the light of the moon.  It was the shape of a cross.  Her heart broke at the symbolic value. At that moment her mind was flooded with the true meaning of the cross and the hope that it represented.  It was a moment of conversion. She sat down on the platform to ask God to forgive her sins and to save her.  At that moment, she placed her trust in God . . . 20 feet in the air.

Suddenly, the lights came on.  Security had come in to check the pool.  As she looked down from the platform, she saw an empty pool that had been drained for repairs.  She had almost plummeted to her death, but the cross had stopped her from disaster.

No wonder St. Paul glorified the cross. It is God’s plan to save us from disaster. If we are to make peace in our world, we must first discover the strength of cross.  It represents our hope and our trust in God . . . as we are, where we are!

I welcome your comments about how “Making Peace” in our world speaks to you as we continue to walk together.  Please address your items of interest by electronic mail to officeofthechancellor@sbdiocese.org.

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