The Cross, Our Only Hope (Revised)

Daily Reflections in the Holy Cross Tradition
Edited by: Kevin Grove, CSC

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Format: Paperback

Publication 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.

Product Details

Pages: 512

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781594716539

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

The books in the Holy Cross series explore and celebrate the history and spiritual vision of the Congregation of Holy Cross, a religious order of priests, brothers, and sisters founded in France in 1837 by Basil Moreau, C.S.C., who was beatified in 2007. The first Holy Cross saint, Brother André Bessette, C.S.C., was canonized in 2010. Included in the series are works of biography, spirituality, and devotion.

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The Cross, Our Only Hope (Revised)
  • “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 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

  • “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 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.”

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

  • “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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