The day we were baptized, we were claimed by the Sign of the Cross. (The cross which casts a long shadow over the life of Jesus from His infancy) We will all bear our share of suffering that the Body of Christ endures in every generation to redeem the world. Each time we make the Sign of the Cross, we proclaim the love of the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit, a love that redeems the world. The joy of the Gospel is inseparable from our share in the suffering of Christ. The communion we receive unites us to Him and to one another. How blessed are we to be united in Christ for the salvation of the world.