Ave Crux, Spes Unica!
When I was a post-novice, at the Floriana Capuchin friary, it always touched my heart the beautiful beneath the niche at the centre of the stairway of this historic convent: Ave Crux Spes Unica, its english rendering, Hail O Cross, our only hope! The obvious question that used to come into my mind was the following: Why is the Cross our only hope?
The first and logical answer that comes into my heart is the following one: It is the principal instrument of our salvation. On the Cross Jesus fulfilled his own prophetic word when he told us, in the Gospel of St John: and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself (John 12:32). For the evangelist of the Fourth Gospel this word of Jesus was so important that he could not refrain from commenting on it! Thus, he wrote in the following verse: He said this to show by what death he was to die (John 12:33).