“Jesus was lifted high on the cross in order to descend to the abyss of our suffering. He experienced our deepest sorrows: failure, loss of everything, betrayal by a friend, even abandonment by God. By experiencing in the flesh our deepest struggles and conflicts, he redeemed and transformed them.”
— Pope Francis, March 28, 2021
Image: The Crucifixion, ca. 1675, Bartolomé Estebán Murillo (Spanish). On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 623. Public Domain.
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Mike Lewis is the founding managing editor of Where Peter Is. He and Jeannie Gaffigan co-host Field Hospital, a U.S. Catholic podcast.