The Power of the Cross by Michael Dubruiel

Those of us who carry the cross of Christ, who see ourselves

as pilgrims headed for that City of God, are bound to see things

very differently. We give glory to God in all things, and seek

God’s blessing upon all of our undertakings. We will not content

ourselves with some self-serving “spiritual quest” that has more

to do with love of self than love of God. We understand that

physical beauty is transitional at best. What matters most is to

become the person God created us to be; which is to be more like

Christ. So we refuse to let ourselves get caught up in some endless

cycle of trying to become someone we are not.

When Jesus told the apostles that he must suffer at the hands

of the rulers and be crucified, Peter told him that it would never

happen. Jesus said to Peter, “Get behind me Satan!” He understood

that God’s way is not our way—and yet, ultimately it is the

only way to eternal life.

The choice is yours: Which road will you choose? And who

will be your companion for the journey? Are you going to believe

those who pressure you to conform to the self-indulgent values

of the City of Man? Or will you take the higher road, bound for

the City of God?

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In standing up for justice, we must not become tyrants.

Those who lead successful revolutions against injustice often

become the next abusive regime. The cross of Christ teaches us

a path of humility and obedience to God alone, not to any ideology

but to Christ. Standing up for what is right is the duty of

every child of God, and the Son of God has shown us the way.

We strive to be like him, not to obtain some position or false

power. The cross of Christ restores our status as children of God;

like Our Lord we should ever remember that we are children of

God and trust in Him alone.

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The Power of the Cross

You can listen to an interview program with Michael Dubruiel about his book, The Power of the Cross. The interview is with Kris McGregor of KVSS radio. This is the sixth episode

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Episode 6 – The Cross of Christ restores…

– Michael discusses:

Day 22 – Life

Day 29 – Forgiveness

Day 30 – The Image of God

Day 31 – Our Freedom

Day 32 – Obedience

Day 33 – The Dignity of Work

Day 34 – Justice

You can find out more about The Power of the Cross here, including a free download of the book.

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The secret to obedience is given to us in John’s Gospel, when

Jesus teaches that he is the vine and we are the branches. Our life

depends upon remaining part of him—which we do by being

obedient to his commands and partaking in his Body and Blood

offered in the Eucharist. John in his letter says that we can tell if

we are “abiding” in Christ by our actions: Are they Christ-like?

The power to be like Christ, of course, comes from dying to

ourselves and allowing Christ to live within us. This requires

more than simply listening to or parroting the words of Christ;

this requires a complete abandonment to him.

Every day the official prayer of the Church begins the same

way, by praying Psalm 95: “Come, let us worship the Lord,”

echoes the refrain, inviting us to see our Savior, our Creator, the

God to whom we belong. With the invitation comes a warning:

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”

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Inspirational Meditation

St. Paul tells us that we are to “cast off the works of darkness

and put on the armor of light”—we are to conduct ourselves as

people of light. Too often people try to escape or reject their cross;

they flee to the darkness, escape in alcohol or sex, or immerse

themselves in anger, all because things have not gone their way.

Without the grace of God, this is our fate as well. Yet when we

are handed a cross, if we abandon ourselves and trust in God as

Christ did, what seems like defeat is in fact a victory! The evil that

is done to us, God can mold into good. Then we can sing

Hosanna to God in the highest, because the light of God will live

in us and we will see everything in his light.

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St. Jude Novena

The Novena to St. Jude began a few days ago.  It’s included in this pocket-sized book.

When Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his Apostles to stay where they were and to “wait for the gift” that the Father had promised: the Holy Spirit.  The Apostles did as the Lord commanded them. “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers” (Acts 1:14). Nine days passed; then, they received the gift of the Holy spirit, as had been promised. May we stay together with the church, awaiting in faith with Our Blessed Mother, as we trust entirely in God, who loves us more than we can ever know. 

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Michael Dubruiel Interview

You can listen to an interview program with Michael Dubruiel about his book, The Power of the Cross. The interview is with Kris McGregor of KVSS radio. This is the sixth episode

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Episode 6 – The Cross of Christ restores…

– Michael discusses:

Day 22 – Life

Day 29 – Forgiveness

Day 30 – The Image of God

Day 31 – Our Freedom

Day 32 – Obedience

Day 33 – The Dignity of Work

Day 34 – Justice

You can find out more about The Power of the Cross here, including a free download of the book.