O Cross of Christ, Banish our Darkness

Good Friday is that fateful day, that day when we remember how our sins nailed our savior to the cross and how he freely died so that we may live.

It is a day that is sorrowful, where we mourn our sinfulness and beg God to have mercy on us and on the whole world.

The good news is that Good Friday is not the end of the story. Good Friday leads to Easter Sunday and has the ability to banish our darkness and raise us to new life.

Pope Francis reminded us last year during the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday of this important aspect of Christ’s crucifixion.

“O Cross of Christ, Arc of Noah that saved humanity from the flood of sin, save us from evil and from the Evil One. O Throne of David and seal of the divine and eternal Covenant, awaken us from the seduction of vanity! O cry of love, inspire in us a desire for God, for goodness and for light.

O Cross of Christ, teach us that the rising of the sun is more powerful than the darkness of night. O Cross of Christ, teach us that the apparent victory of evil vanishes before the empty tomb and before the certainty of the Resurrection and the love of God which nothing can defeat, obscure or weaken. Amen!”

As we celebrate the great Paschal Mystery, let us remember that God is more powerful than the darkness we see in the world around us. While there appears to always be many challenges of humanity that we pray for each month, the good news is that through Christ all things are possible and in the end, his victory can make all things new.

- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)

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