FACE AND CROSS

Conversations with Father Dimitrios Staniloae

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"The person cannot be isolated. It exists only in society and is realized according to its interest in the other and the interest of the other in it. It is the mystery of the Holy Trinity. Christ showed the value of the human person by being born personal man. In Christ we acquire true humanity... Christ, on the Cross, suffers for others, not for Himself.

It is precisely here that the link between the mystery of the Cross and the mystery of the face is found. Man on earth goes through trials. Everyone raises a cross. And the cross is heavy and meaningless when we don't have someone by our side to comfort us. When we find such a person, our cross becomes less burdensome and its meaning is revealed. The affirmative meaning of the cross is that it allows us to realize ourselves as human beings... The cross that saves me is not my suffering, but the suffering of others: he suffers for me, I suffer for him...”