"Life is full of small opportunities to baptize these inevitable daily pains in the mystery of the cross."
For 51 weekends out of the year, the world pays no attention to the one item that is never far from the heart of the Christian: the Cross, the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, the elevation of which we commemorate in the fall. For one weekend, however—Good Friday every spring—the Cross makes headlines. Stories emerge from the Philippines, for example, where pilgrims demonstrate their piety by allowing themselves to be literally nailed to a cross. Or from…