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The Cross, Our Only Hope (Revised)

The Cross, Our Only Hope (Revised)

Daily Reflections in the Holy Cross Tradition 

Edited by: Andrew Gawrych, C.S.C.

Edited by: Kevin Grove, C.S.C.

Foreword by: Richard V. Warner, C.S.C.

Price: $17.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 512

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-653-9

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: May 20, 2016

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The publication of the first edition of The Cross, Our Only Hope in 2008 established it as a foundational work of contemporary Holy Cross spirituality. This thoroughly revised edition, which features many new contributions, is a must-have for members of the Congregation of Holy Cross; its friends, lay collaborators, benefactors; and anyone interested in the spiritual tradition of the religious order.

Priests and brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross—including pastors, teachers, and administrators—offer an introduction to the rich, vibrant spirituality of the Congregation through a series of daily reflections on the themes of Holy Cross spirituality: trust in God, zeal, compassion, hope in the cross, discipleship, and education in the faith.

This revised edition includes a new foreword, a new introduction by the authors, new reflections, new contributors (including more international contributors than the previous edition), and quotes from St. André Bessette, who was canonized in 2010. The ministries of the Congregation of Holy Cross include Ave Maria Press, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Portland, Stonehill College, King’s College, and many other Holy Cross schools and institutions around the world.

Features & Benefits 

  • Holy Cross is more than 175 years old and is at the heart of the deep religious traditions at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Portland, Stonehill College, King’s College, and many other institutions throughout the world.
  • Holy Cross spirituality lies at the heart of the 170-plus-year-old religious tradition of Notre Dame. Anyone who has an association with the university and the Congregation—even a sentimental one—should take an interest in this book.
  • The beatification of Blessed Basil Moreau in 2007 and the canonization of St. André Bessette in 2010 continues to give the Congregation of Holy Cross and its apostolates an opportunity to explore and celebrate their distinctive Holy Cross identity as “educators in the faith.”

Because the book has been so substantially revised, there's a strong incentive for owners of the current edition to buy the new book.

To read the biographies of each of the contributors visit



"The Cross of Christ is, indeed, our hope."

"My hope for this new edition is that it helps us all to answer the call of Pope Francis, the call of Blessed Moreau, and ultimately the call of Jesus himself—that in knowing ever more the love of God for us, we might live and minister among people of many cultures and ways of life in order to proclaim that the Cross of Christ is, indeed, our hope."

Rev. Richard V. Warner, C.S.C.
Superior General of the Congregation of Holy Cross

"The deep true nature of the men of Holy Cross."

"What is the deep true nature of the men of Holy Cross, their idiosyncratic characteristic thing and flavor and charism? What differentiates them from other Catholic orders? This is the only book I know that pokes after shy answers: their blunt honesty, their refreshing lack of ego, their absolute conviction that the divine is the ocean in which we swim every minute of the day."

Brian Doyle
Author of A Book of Uncommon Prayer

"Profound simplicity."

"In The Cross, Our Only Hope, there is a profound simplicity that refuses to shirk difficult questions;  a consistent stress on the beauty and dignity of the human person in sorrow and joy alike; and, above all, a consoling and inspiring invitation to see conformity to Christ crucified and risen as the source of our only, and transfiguring, hope.

Sr. Ann Swailes, O.P.
Lecturer at Blackfriars, University of Oxford

"A splendid treasury."

"A splendid treasury of stories and reflections in the Holy Cross tradition to inspire and challenge all disciples of Christ."

Rev. Wilfred Raymond, C.S.C.
President of Holy Cross Family Ministries

"Evidence of the multi-cultural reality of Holy Cross."

"This second edition expands and updates the original publication in both scope and breadth. I am especially taken by the personal experiences that ground each reflection, clear evidence of the multi-cultural reality of Holy Cross and the universal faith community of the Church."

Br. John Paige, C.S.C.
President of Holy Cross College

"A gift for any spiritual seeker."

"The Cross, Our Only Hope is a gift for any spiritual seeker looking to grow in faith while incorporating prayer as a priority amidst life’s busyness. This indispensable daily devotional builds upon the spiritual gifts of such saints as St. Andre Bessette and Blessed Basil Moreau by offering us wisdom from scores of gifted modern-day shepherds from the Holy Cross community. A beautiful way to start and end every day as we turn our hearts toward the saving grace of the Cross. I look forward to praying with this treasure in our home for years to come!"

Lisa M. Hendey
Founder of
and author of The Grace of Yes

"I'm grateful for this work."

"The Cross, Our Only Hope provides readers access to the primary texts influencing the Congregation of Holy Cross, while linking them with modern reflections from Holy Cross religious throughout the world. I’m grateful for this work and believe it will serve as a meaningful witness to the Catholic faith."

Rev. Pete McCormick, C.S.C
Director of Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame

"An intimate view of the Congregation of Holy Cross."

"This collection of reflections offers an intimate view of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and their charisms of familial spirit, hospitality and fellowship, education of the whole person, abandonment to Divine Providence, apostolic zeal, and hope in the Cross of Christ. Particularly helpful are the integration of quotes from founder Blessed Basil Moreau, the Holy Cross Constitutions, and Fr. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., with each daily reflection. This enables deep insights into the way the charisms of the founder are being actively lived out in the Congregation today."

Peter Kilpatrick
McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame

"A superb spiritual resource!"

"The reflections shared by members of the Holy Cross family in the first edition of The Cross, Our Only Hope rekindled my appreciation of our Constitutions and of two towering figures in the history of the Congregation, Blessed Basil Moreau and Fr. Edward Sorin. The many new reflections offered in the second edition will generate even more insights. Thanks to both contributors and editors for giving us all a superb spiritual resource!"

Br. Patrick Sopher, C.S.C.
Executive Director of Planning of the Congregation of Holy Cross

"A fresh encounter with Jesus."

 "The Cross, Our Only Hope leads the reader into a fresh encounter with Jesus through rich stories and insights from the collective ministry of the Congregation of Holy Cross. What a gift to have this wellspring of teaching, experiences, and fresh applications, the fruit of religious community and zealous service to draw disciples of Jesus deeper into his life."

Jason J. Simon
Executive Director of the Evangelical Catholic

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