The (New) Rugged Cross
Like most nuns in monasteries all over the world, we have a lot of crucifixes around the place. For us, this is a beautiful remembrance of the love Jesus has for each one of us, even to His surrender to death on a cross for our sake. Although we put up these signs of Christ's death, they are at the same time a reminder of His resurrection and His glory.
For many years, we had this plain wooden crucifix in our refectory. It was large enough that it could be seen easily by everyone in our big refectory, and it was poignant without being too gory. But this year, a little before Easter, we received a surprise gift:
A kind benefactor gave us this lovely new crucifix! The cross is handmade and hand-carved, and the person who made the cross bought an appropriate corpus to make the cross into a crucifix. This one is slightly larger than the old one, and definitely more eye-catching and colorful.
While it may seem strange at first to have a cross carved so beautifully, even this small attention to detail reminds us of the inherent beauty and majesty of Christ's self-offering on the Cross. We are very thankful to have this in our refectory, where we can meditate on our Lord's Passion while we eat our meals. (Nuns do things like this!)
Ave Crux, Spes Unica!
Hail, Cross, the Hope of All!