“Brothers and sisters, let us direct today our gaze toward Christ, a gaze frequently distracted by scattered and passing earthly interests. Let us pause to contemplate his cross. The cross, fount of life and school of justice and peace, is the universal patrimony of pardon and mercy.
It is permanent proof of a self-emptying and infinite love that brought God to become man, vulnerable like us, unto dying crucified.”
Pope Benedict XVI, Good Friday Via Cruces 2008