Impress this sign therefore upon your heart, therefore, and embrace this Cross to which we owe the salvation of our souls. It is indeed the Cross that has saved and converted the entire world, banished error, reestablished truth, made the earth into heaven, and made men into angels. Thanks to the Cross, demons have ceased to to be some cause for fear and have become detestable, and dying is longer death, but sleep. Through the Cross, everything that fought against us has been knocked to the ground and trampled over. So if someone asks you whether you adore the man who was crucified, respond with a clear voice and a joyful mien, ‘Yes I adore him, and I will never cease adoring him.’

John Chrysostom  Homilies on the Gospel of Matthew 54:4-5

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