The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross

is hidden beneath it; at times, shining through the veil of pain and radiating outwards. Light is permanent; it endures forever. But, through suffering, it takes on a strange beauty, assuming in its splendor that which is dignified and noble in our earthly adventure and in our human destiny. “For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Cor 4:17). 21