Sometimes darkness has its hour and there is nothing we can do to stop it. Sometimes the blind, wounded forces of jealousy, bitterness, violence, and sin cannot, for that moment, be stopped.
But, like Mary under the cross, we are asked to “stand” under them, not in passivity and weakness, but in strength, knowing that we can’t stop the crucifixion but we can help stop some of the hatred, anger, and bitterness that surround it.
And, in this way, we help take away the sins of the world and continue to bring Jesus’s saving death to the world.
–from Ronald Rolheiser, author of the book The Passion and the Cross