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Lift High The Cross!
Lift High The Cross!
Posted by Jaymie on September 13, 2013 11:47 Article Rating

On September 14, the Church celebrates one of the few feasts that aren’t dedicated to a saint. Known as the Exaltation or Triumph of the Holy Cross, the day memorializes the discovery of the true cross of Jesus in Jerusalem around the year 327 AD.

Of course, it’s no surprise that this discovery does, in fact, involve a few saints: Saint Macarius, the Bishop of Jerusalem at the time, and Saint Helen, mother of the Emperor Constantine.

The history is obscured by both mystery and legend. But there is wisdom we can gain from the essentials of the story that don’t necessarily depend on passing a fact check.

First, it can be hard to find what you are looking for. Saint Helen’s search for the true cross was difficult, even though she was a queen.

Second, perseverance pays off. The desire of Helen’s heart is what kept her—and the workers, and the Bishop—going.

Third, there are things that appear to be what you’re looking for, but aren’t. Saint Helen’s workmen didn’t find just one old cross; they found three. The true cross of Jesus was revealed by its power to heal, but it didn’t look any different from the other two.

Fourth, you don’t usually find something you aren’t looking for. The quest for the cross of Christ was just that: a purpose. Without one, we aren’t likely to find much of anything at all.

So, here are some questions to reflect on in our own lives.

1) What are we searching for?

2) What do we do when we are tempted to give up?

3) How do we know what we’ve found is the real thing?

4) What could we find if we took the time to look?

To share  Queen Helen's inspiring adventure with kids, check out our newly released legend for primary age children The Queen and the Cross.

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