We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

This second fall serves as a powerful reminder that we follow both a human and a divine Savior. Neither He nor we are immune from suffering in this life. Take a moment and ponder: if Christ had given up the whole project of redemption at this moment, where would that leave humanity? How tempting is it for us to walk away when life gets uncomfortable? No person enjoys being face to face with their weaknesses and shortcomings.

Yet, there is good news in this dark moment. St. Paul reminds us that when we are weak, Christ’s strength is all the greater. Fortunately for us, Christ does get up after the second fall. He continues, not out of stubborness, but out of love. This self-giving love is the true message of the second fall. Only when we are willing to suffer for love do we continue on the path to freedom and salavation in Christ. When we embrace our second, third, fourth, and (so many other) falls – we share Christ’s path to love.

By Sister Madeleine Miller OSB.

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