Suffering and the Power of the Cross – Fr. Steven Voss

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521In remembering the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the suffering it caused a friend of his, Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor, tells of walking through a park and asking God, “How can I fix this? How can I make this go back to normal?” Fr. Steven learned he could only do one thing: Unite himself to the suffering of his friend and share the journey, just as we unite with Christ at the cross. Today, on the celebration of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Fr. Steven observes, “So many Christians want to avoid the cross,” but “we must embrace Christ at his moment of suffering and death.”

Just as Christ suffered and died for us, but rose again, we see that “the willingness to embrace suffering is the measure of true love.” We must answer the questions, “What causes you to suffer? What fills your heart with terror? What is it that allows you to lay awake at night with dread and fear?” When we lay those deep, personal answers upon the altar and unite with Jesus at the cross, Satan has no power over us. “We don’t run from the power of death,” says Fr. Steven. “We face it and we invoke the name of Christ. We know that through his great love for us, he has saved us.” The cross assures us that the Resurrection is meant for all of us. Click on the video above or here to listen to Fr. Steven’s full homily of September 14, 2014 via YouTube.

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About Karin Livingston

Mrs. Livingston taught at Saint Joseph Catholic School with a State of Colorado teaching license for 15 years before moving into the parish-school technology coordinator position in 2006. Mrs. Livingston was instrumental in piloting the technology aspects of the school literacy program, including introduction of the Accelerated Reader reading practice program, and the Student Teacher Assessment of Reading (STAR) program. Mrs. Livingston has been a parishioner at Saint Joseph Catholic Church since 1993. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Science from the University of California at Davis. Mrs. Livingston blogs and is the author of the young-adult equestrian novel, Winning Bet.
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