Seems extremely radical, this religion called the Roman Catholic religion. Our main symbol of faith is a tortured man dying on a cross. However, he is not an ordinary man; he is the spiritual leader and the son of God and his name is Jesus.
I sometimes wonder why us Catholics would wear that symbol on our chests. Well, like one priest put it, it means we are not afraid to die. We believe in the ways of God through Jesus Christ and know that if we follow him and the good ways of the Lord, our souls will be safe and can someday be in the land of peace and love called heaven. In other words, wearing that cross or putting it up somewhere like our home or in a church shows that we have made peace with God and do not have to be afraid of death.
Don’t get me wrong. Speaking for myself, I am afraid to die. However, I do believe that I have been made stronger and less fearful of death through my religion. The man on that cross died to save our souls and died for our sins. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? But due to the way the human mind works, there probably was no other way for us to be saved. I still don’t fully understand it. Perhaps someday I will.
The photo is of a crucifix hanging above the altar in St. Dennis Church in Lockport, Illinois.