Crossing on the cross

” Instituit lignum quo mare transeamus. Nemo enim potest transire mare huius saeculi, nisi cruce Christi portatus.”

Tractates on John 2.2

That’s just about a perfect sentiment — the wise in this age, who can tell us something about God’s eternity, are stranded on the shore of fallen time, unless they, like Augustine’s humble, illiterate parishioners, cling to the cross of Christ as they are borne across the sea.

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