Editor’s note: This post was originally published on August 21, 2013 as part of a series called To the Heights. The entire series can be found here. Father Luke Hoyt was ordained to the priesthood in May 2017 and currently serves at the Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena in New York City.
Father Luke Hoyt, O.P., speaks about being drawn toward the cross of Christ (CCC, 606–618):
The cross is the unique sacrifice of Christ, the “one mediator between God and men” [1 Tim 2:5]. But because in his incarnate divine person he has in some way united himself to every man, “the possibility of being made partners, in a way known to God, in the paschal mystery” is offered to all men [Gaudium et Spes, 22]. He calls his disciples to “take up [their] cross and follow (him)” [Mt 16:24], for “Christ also suffered for (us), leaving (us) an example so that (we) should follow in his steps”[I Pt 2:21]. In fact Jesus desires to associate with his redeeming sacrifice those who were to be its first beneficiaries. This is achieved supremely in the case of his mother, who was associated more intimately than any other person in the mystery of his redemptive suffering. Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven [St. Rose of Lima].
—Catechism of the Catholic Church, 618
Image: Caspar David Friedrich, The wanderer above the sea of fog