In hopes to eradicate suffering, why, you may ask, does God, in all His omnipotence, not make us choose good always. With suffering eradicated, one could then be encouraged to live a righteous and saintly life! If love is considered the supreme ethic, then free will must be built into it. A love that is programmed or compelled is not love; it is only conditioned, self serving and egocentric. Moreover, if God programmed us to love Him, how could He, with His perfect justice, reward us for something we had no choice in. Therefore our love to God must be chosen. But at the same time, God gives every reason to love Him with no excuse.

     And for those who suppose that too much suffering turns people’s hearts astray from morality and godliness. The emphatic truth is that it is hardly from suffering that people’s hearts turn away but rather it is in the drowning of pleasures. Suffering is not the enemy to the meaning of life. Meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain but on the contrary from being weary of pleasures. It is not pain that has derailed our society into emptiness, but rather the drowning of meaning in the decadent pleasures.

     Blindness to the sacredness of the work of Christ on the Cross is the cause of evil, which lashes out with pain and suffering. The greatest suffering is that which separates me from Christ. Indeed suffering must be, but woe to the man who through it chooses not to lean on Christ. Through the Cross, Christ offers identity and morality besides salvation, peace, and eternity to all those who believe in Him.

     The first Feast of the Cross is on Tout 17 (September 27). It commemorates the dedication of the Church of the Holy Cross which was built by Queen Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine. The second Feast of the Cross is on Baramhat 10 (March 19) and commemorates the discovery of the Holy Cross by the same empress in 326 A.D.