Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wear Your Crucifix

The Bear wears a crucifix at all times. A lot of Catholics do. But most of the time it is underneath his clothing. Usually, on Sunday, he'll wear it on the outside, even if we go out to eat afterwards. 

When the Bear does not wear it on the outside, he is more likely to be sparing Jesus the indignity of being associated with a Bear. Honestly, any sort of necklace feels awkward to most men. The exceptions would be along the lines of urban youth with bling, or the hipster at the bookstore with a hemp necklace. Old white lawyers just don't wear them.

It's different for women, of course.

But how about we consider making reparation for all indignities suffered by the cross hiding by visibly wearing ours? Perhaps it sounds mortifying. If so why? If one must wear a suit, or a necklace is otherwise inappropriate, how about a small pin? The Bear has a St. Benedict Oblate pin he wears when he must suit up.

Here is an act of reparation for the really ambitious, along with your daily dose of lovely art Saint-Sulpice:

Most sweet Jesus, whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Thee, eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject. 
Mindful, alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Thy pardon and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation, not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those, who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow Thee, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the promises of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Thy law.  
We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against Thee; we are now determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holydays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy Saints. We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Thy Vicar on earth and Thy priests are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of Thy Divine Love; and lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which Thou hast founded.  
Would that we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Thy divine honor, the satisfaction Thou once made to Thy Eternal Father on the Cross and which Thou continuest to renew daily on our Altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, for all neglect of Thy great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past. Henceforth, we will live a life of unswerving faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our power to prevent others from offending Thee and to bring as many as possible to follow Thee.  
O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to Thee, so that we may all one day come to that happy home, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit Thou livest and reignest, God, forever and ever. Amen. 


  1. Great post Bear....I would say though, wear it on the outside.

    Wear your Brown Scapular on the inside. :)

  2. The Bear does not have a brown Scapular, although he has been to Mt. Carmel. It's not Benedictine, and the Bear tries to limit his devotions to two or three. Otherwise they become a distraction. But that is indeed a time-honored devotion.

  3. Great post! Yes, wear your crucifix at all times. Also don't be afraid to make the sign of the cross in public. We need to let people know who we are, and that we are comfortable being Catholic. A car rosary on the rear-view is another thought. (Also makes you a better and more courteous driver I might add. ;)

  4. My wife has a lovely gold crucifix necklace that a toddler broke. She finally got it fixed (ca-ching! given the price of gold) and the same kid pulled on it again--at 9 years of age. She's given up at this point.

  5. Public witness can be as simple as, yes, crossing yourself after a brief prayer before a meal at a restaurant. It seems awkward at first, but soon becomes a habit you don't even think twice about. That's the way it should be. It should be something so natural you don't think about it, but also something that does not lose its meaning, even though repeated. Who knows who might notice the gesture and be strengthened or inspired. And if they don't like it, as Bears say... on second thought, never mind.


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