The cross means more when we see the crown

The everyday demands of Christianity bring daily victories through reliance on spiritual power.

Suffering with and for Jesus Christ is considered one of the fundamental Christian virtues in large parts of the cultural region labeled, mainly by post-World War II politicians, Eastern Europe.

From their early childhood, men and women here often feel that the hardships they've faced make it easy to relate to the injustice and suffering Jesus faced on the cross; yet it's also tempting to feel far removed from the crowning glory of his sacrifice that is plainly seen in his resurrection and ascension.

Much of the history of this part of the world includes wars, insurrections, long periods of subjection to foreign occupation, economic woes, and other atrocities. For many life seems to be a cycle of endless suffering.

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Holy ground, here and now
June 24, 1991

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