Thoughts for September 14 from Fr Willie Doyle

September 14: Feast of the Triumph of the Cross

Upon the cross He hangs now, the most abject and despised of all men, the butt for vile jests, a common mark for all to hurl their jibes at. There He hangs, in agony no human lips can tell, no mind conceive, an impostor, a vile hypocrite, a failure.

Come, sinner, gaze upon your work for you have nailed Him there!

COMMENT: On this, the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, we remember how the instrument of torture on which Christ was abused and insulted, was also the sign of His victory over sin and death.

Let us also pray for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, as he prepares for his visit to Scotland and England later this week. Unfortunately many in the media in both Ireland and the United Kingdom wish to subject him to vile jests and jibes. Let us pray that his trip will triumph over the pettiness, and reconcile many to the Church.