Taste and See: The love of the Lord made manifest love.


The verse of the Gospel Acclamation at yesterday’s Mass of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, will be familiar to many people as a responsory used at the Stations of the Cross.

Alleluia, alleluia!

We adore you, O Christ,
and we bless you;
because by your cross
you have redeemed the world.


Sometimes to the Cross we bring our adoration, at other times our agonies. But there, at the foot of the Cross, -perhaps strangely – we find ourselves in a safe and hospitable place.

At the foot of the Cross, because of the enormity of what Christ achieves there, our words don’t seem necessary. Just silence, but comfortable silence, a silence born of unity not of distance, of gratitude and acceptance and mutual presence. His love has brought us home.

In your prayer, go to the Cross, and pray there – maybe use the painting by Fra Angelico that heads this post as a focus, to help you to the silence.

For myself I find the following detail of the painting especially helpful as a focus for prayer. It is what comes to my mind every Good Friday in the veneration of the Cross.