034: How the Cross Actually Saves You (and how it doesn’t)

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by Matthew Leonard
The Art of Catholic with Matthew Leonard

catholic_FINAL_150Perhaps the most dramatic and gut-wrenching moment of the crucifixion is Christ’s cry of dereliction: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

But many people have no idea what it actually means.

Like so many other converts to Catholicism, I was raised with a misunderstanding of how the Cross of Christ actually saves me. Believe it or not, over the years I’ve heard some homilies at Mass make the same mistake. (Not in my home parish…just in case my parish priest is reading this:)

But it’s important. Because if you get the Cross wrong, you get everything wrong.80px-Miguel_Angel_Crucifixion_La_Redonda_Logrono_Spain

In this special Triduum/Easter episode of The Art of Catholic, I’ll briefly discuss:

  • What Jesus actually did on the Cross: both the correct and incorrect views
  • How the way we’re saved dramatically impacts our view of salvation and thus how we live
  • How to understand the apparent abandonment of the Son by the Father as he hung on the Cross
  • Why the Cross should fill us with confidence

This episode will help you dive more deeply into the mystery and tragic beauty of what is happened on Golgotha. (And as a huge bonus, I’m opening the show with a clip from the great Truth & Life Audio Bible.)

God bless and have a blessed Triduum and Easter!


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3 Responses

  1. Thank you for your beautiful series. As far as I know JESUS did physically suffer the most of anyone. Read Luisa Valtorta’s “Twenty -Four Hours of the Passion” and the “Fifteen Unknown Sufferings of Christ” and also other visionaries accounts.And JESUS also suffers in each person(united with us).He says “Whatever you do to the least of your brethren so you do unto Me.””When I was hungry, you gave Me to drink ….”And as you say JESUS’S greatest sufferings beyond any physical ,were His infinite longing and His thirst for all souls ……

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