The Spirituality of the Cross imitates
Christ, teaches us how to live
spiritualities are a way of living the Christian life and are distinguished from each other in the aspect of the mystery of the Lord that
each one emphasizes in his following. It arises as a loving initiative of God in order to continue his project
of salvation in face of the historic necessities of man.
Spirituality of the Cross contemplates, lives and transmits Christ in His aspect of
Priest and Victim and is expressed in the following formula:
By divine will we have been called to participate through Baptism in the common
priesthood of the faithful, following Christ, Priest and Victim,
in His sacrifice for love, emphasizing His fidelity to the Father and His salvific
solidarity with his brothers and sisters. With
Mary we offer Him and we offer ourselves with Him to the Father, above all in the
Eucharist, to extend the Reign of the Holy Spirit in the salvation of mankind, the
sanctification of the Church, especially of priests. In this way, the Heart of Christ may receive consolation for the glory of God
In the process of identification with Christ, the supreme objective of the Spirituality of the Cross lies in the complete transformation in Christ Savior to continue his work
for the salvation of mankind.
Within this Priestly Spirituality, moved by the Holy Spirit, as members of the Apostleship of the
Cross, we contemplate Jesus crucified. We understand the mystery of the Cross and the call to take on the cross in order to
follow Him (Lk 9,23). We accept and we offer for love, the suffering because we
understand its salvific value if it is lived according to Christ; and we give
testimony of this truth with our surrender to the Father and all men.
is why, the
of the Incarnate Word
is essential to those who live the Spirituality of the
any other spiritualities, the Spirituality of the Cross has its motto, its plead of
salvation, that encourages its members to follow Jesus, be faithful to his/her mission
until the transformation into Jesus.
Savior of all people,
expression of the
Cabrera de Armida, who inspired in the Church the Works of the Cross, has its origin on January 14, 1894.
as she is
affectionately known, writes
in her diary this historic moment: "...I felt a supernatural force which threw me, face down, on the floor, my eyes filled with tears
and a burning flame within my heart. Vehemently and zealously I then asked the Lord
for the salvation of souls: Jesus, savior of all people, save them, save them!
"I remember nothing more: souls, souls for Jesus! That was all I desired... The
ardor of my soul far surpassed the burning sensation of my body and I experienced an
ineffable joy on feeling I belonged wholly to Jesus, just as a branded animal to its
owner. Yes indeed. I belonged wholly to Jesus; to my Jesus who will save so many poor
souls called to bring Him glory. Enraptured, I spent the rest of the day with an
ardent desire of solitude and prayer..." (Aut. 205-206).
Christ continues His priestly action through the Church. Only by uniting ourselves to her, can we grow in union with Him, and
fruitfully exercise and promote the common priesthood.
This commits us to love the Church and be an active part of the Church, taking
particular interest in its priests, instruments of Christ’s priestly mediation and
servants of the Christian community. Consequently,
"nothing that refers to the priesthood must be indifferent to us"
(Fr. Félix de Jesús Rougier,
M.Sp.S., founder of the
missionaries of the Holy
and the Daughters of the Holy Spirit (1924), the
Guadalupan missionaries of the Holy Spirit (1930) and the Oblates of
Jesus the Priest (1937). Fr. Felix was declared Venerable on July 1,
2000 by John Paul II).
of the Apostolate, emblem of the
Work of the Cross, symbolizes in
its diverse elements the spirituality that gives it life.