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.
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.