Skip to comments.Catholic cardinal calls on Christians to wear their crosses every day
Posted on 04/07/2012 9:46:44 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
Head of the Scottish Catholic church, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, says symbol shows you 'live by Christ's standards in daily life'
Britain's most senior Catholic cleric has called on Christians to wear a cross every day as "a symbol of their beliefs" and to combat the marginalisation of religion in modern society.
The plea by Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Catholic church in Scotland, to be made in his Easter sermon, comes as the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, appealed for more people to attend church this Sunday even if they are "a bit vague" about religion.
Williams, who is marking his final Easter as leader of the Church of England, said he does not "lose sleep" over the fact many people only attend church at Easter and Christmas.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4, he said that he welcomed those with little connection to Christianity who just wanted to "let the story wash over them" knowing that they would not face a "doctrine examination".
But O'Brien will call on Christians to make the cross "more prominent in their lives". Due to speak at Edinburgh's St Mary's Cathedral on Sunday, he will tell them to "wear proudly a symbol of the cross of Christ on their garments each and every day of their lives".
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St. Christopher is a saint. Period.
I’ve never worn a cross because I don’t want to speak or act in a way that would dishonor Christ. However, your words “she has to live up to certain ideals” is making me reconsider, along with all the other posts on the thread. Maybe I need to wear one, and make sure I DON’T dishonor Christ.
That is the St. Francis cross, isn’t it? I was given one of those for graduation by the nuns at Cardinal Stritch University. The nuns laminated a photograph of the cross onto very thin (1/8”) plywood and cut them out with a saw. Then they applied a loop and a silk ribbon on them. They gave those to every student who attended the baccelaureate Mass before graduation. Sad to say, they did not have to give out very many. Most of the class skipped Mass.
Anyhow, I treasure my St. Francis cross.
Oh, how I wish that were true! I think that sometimes guys consider it a challenge. If it keeps the girl remembering, I suppose that's as much as we can expect.
PS You are not an “outsider”. You are akin to revered grandparents. The founders of our religion were all Jews, after all, and the earliest Christians attended both Temple and Church, until the Rabbis kicked them out for talking and arguing too much. So, your tradition is ours too. Your Bible is ours — we just have more books. May God love you on this Passover.
We all can wear any kind of cross. Catholics are not limited to crucifixes. My sons were given plain wooden crosses at Jesuit High School as a symbol of having attained their Sr. year. These were presented at a “Cross and Ring” ceremony.
Woah, now hold on, there. "Outsider?" To the Christian faith, yes, but look: Saul of Tarsus -- of the tribe of Benjamin, a Pharisee among Pharisees, a guy who KNEW The Law and the Prophets inside out -- wrote of Israel as "The cultivated Olive Tree" and of Christians as "wild olive branches" that were grafted into the cultivated tree. Jews are not outsiders that Christians seek to draw into their orbit; the Christians are outsiders who have found Eternal Life in The Stump of Jesse; salvation springing up from the ground through The Root of David; from YOUR OWN OLIVE TREE. All they want is that Jews would recognize that this is what has happened.
I am no Pharisee, nor a Hebrew scholar, but I know much that the Prophets have said, and YOU -- you and your people, the Jews -- have NOT been replaced; The Covenant AND The Promises STILL STAND, for The Righteous One yet upholds them. Messiah yet comes; as a warrior He comes to Zion; a Bridegroom King arrayed for battle riding forth to claim His Bride, to fulfill ALL that The Prophets have written, to turn away violence and shame from Jerusalem.
MARK ME WELL: HE COMES FOR YOU!
But I will answer the Lenten appeal and fix my best crucifix, wear it tomorrow to Mass.
You are not an outsider AT ALL, and I, for one, welcome your comments and your participation.
You might get roasted on the fine points of the New Testament from time to time - know I do far too frequently - but these threads are open to all, from what I understand of the rules.
We are, in our fumbling way, trying to know the unknowable. Wisdom is where you find it. Truth just is.
After winter this is the season of nature's budding and renewal and for the Christian Resurrection.... I wish you the best this Easter
That is is some straight from the heart testimony and thanks on this Easter for you and your family!! This is what modern Euro-Christian civilization owes the Jews. My people rebelled against the pagans with all their perversities, homosexual, bestiality, sodomy and otherwise and human sacrifice. This is one of the very serious and important Jewish contributions.
The default religion of human beings is the practice of human sacrifice. This pathological virus planted deep in the heart of the human species has been given insufficient attention by scholars. Virtually all primitive cultures and ancient civilizations engaged in it. For reasons I try to explain in my book—a book that I promise never to mention again once I rid myself of the dreaded 100 copies—there is something spontaneously but perversely “holy” or “sacred” in the taking of innocent human life.
Obviously, the foundation stone of Judaism is the injunction against human sacrifice, when God tells Abraham not to kill him a son out on highway 61. Superficially, Christianity may be seen as a resuscitation of the sacrificial motif, with the murder of the innocent Jesus, but in reality, this is clearly intended to convey the idea that when we murder innocence, we murder God. The crucifixion of Jesus is meant to be the last human sacrifice, with Jesus standing in for our own murdered innocence (and our own murderous selves). (I actually heard a leftist the other day on Err America argue that embryonic stem cell research is morally justified because the great lesson of Christianity is that it is good for fathers to kill their sons, and therefore, to destroy human embryos.)
TY and Bless you.
they went to a catholic college and skipped their final mass together? poor choice..
yes, it’s the San Damiano Cross...have a blessed Easter.