SIDE BY SIDE
"As disciples of Jesus we stand side by side with all people. Like them, we are burdened by the same struggles and beset by the same weaknesses; like them we are made new by the same Lord's love; like them we hope for a world where justice and love prevail." - Holy Cross Constitutions 2:12
At the very heart of the Christian message is the proclamation that God humbled Himself and became human; to be with us and invite us into relationship with Him (Philippians 2:5-8). The message of the Gospel is, at its core, about a relationship between God and humanity. Similarly, a central pillar of our Holy Cross Mission is a call to build relationships rooted in that same Lord’s love and a commitment to that same spirit of humility.
These are truly challenging and momentous times; with uncertainty over the continued pandemic and a vibrant movement calling for racial justice in our country. As we begin a new school year in this context, our own Holy Cross Community is challenged to build and foster relationships rooted in the radical love of Jesus. We are called to live out the words of the Holy Cross Constitutions that affirm, “As disciples of Jesus we stand side by side with all people.”
On July 15, 2020, the Congregation of Holy Cross began a year-long celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Brothers of St. Joseph, later named the Brothers of Holy Cross; the founders of St. Edward High School.
Our commitment to live out the Holy Cross Charism of Relationships is a continuation of the legacy began 200 years ago in Ruillé, France, and 71 years ago in Lakewood, Ohio. Our dedication to standing alongside and walking with those who are in need, who have been marginalized and excluded, those with whom we can share the love of God, begins within our school community. This commitment has been a hallmark of the Brothers of Holy Cross at St. Edward from the very beginning, and it is a calling that all of us are urged to embrace.
It is our hope, however, that our willingness to stand in solidarity with all people will extend far beyond the walls of St. Edward High School. Again, the Holy Cross Constitutions light the way reminding us that “Our mission sends us across borders of every sort. Often, we must make ourselves at home among more than one people or culture.” Striving to practice cultural humility, our community pledges to listen to the stories of those whose voices have not always been heard, to amplify the voices of those shouting for justice, and to stand side by side and walk with all those seeking a world where love will prevail.
It is a challenging and difficult journey, but it is one that our Holy Cross Mission urges us to undertake. The Holy Cross Constitutions highlight just how paramount this commitment to building relationships with others is to the very heart of the lives of people of faith: “We grow close to one another as brothers and sisters by living together in community. If we do not love the brothers and sisters whom we see, then we cannot love the God whom we have not seen.” We accept this challenge with prayers that God would grant us the grace to see us through, and we invite you and your family to join us this school year as we work together as a community of faith to share the love of God with each other, and with the world.
"Our mission sends us across borders of every sort. Often we must make ourselves at home among more than one people or culture, reminding us again that the farther we go in giving the more we stand to receive."
- Holy Cross Constitutions 2:17
"Christ was anointed to bring good news to the poor, release for prisoners, sight for the blind, restoration for every broken victim. Our efforts, which are His, reach out to the afflicted and in a preferential way to the poor and the oppressed. We come not just as servants but as their neighbors, to be with them and of them."
- Holy Cross Constitutions 2:13
"We grow close to one another as brothers by living together in community. If we do not love the
brothers whom we see, then we cannot love the God whom we have not seen." - Holy Cross Constitutions 4:34