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The Challenge of the Cross...

Our guest today is Amy Ekeh, a freelance writer from Milford, Connecticut, where she writes her blog ( and keeps busy with her four children.

The cross depicts a terrible suffering—but a free sacrifice of love and, ultimately, joy. When we look at the cross this Lent, let’s not stop at the first level and be satisfied with feeling sad. Let us enter into what is happening. Let us intentionally enter into this mystery of God’s love. Hear Jesus’ words as he urges you to believe: “No one takes my life from me, but I lay it down by my own choice” (cf. Jn 10:18). This is not passive acceptance. This is not “making the best” of bad circumstances. This is the divine plan, the free choice of a saving God.

Yes, the cross challenges us to be sorry for our sins, to avoid sin, to see the harm it causes—but it challenges us to even more. In the end, it challenges us to believe in Jesus’ love.

This blog is taken from the article “Welcome Lent” by Amy Ekeh in St. Anthony Messenger. To subscribe to this award-winning publication, click here.


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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."