Short Writings from Taizé

9. The Two Faces of the Cross

The cross of Christ, gallows of shame: failure of hope, proof of the powerlessness of good in this world…
The cross of Christ, tree of life: victory of love, emblem of universal solidarity…
Must we choose between these two views? Or can we accept both at the same time? In that case, how can we articulate the relationship between the two? By examining the biblical data, this booklet wishes to reject the twin pitfalls of glorified suffering and of escapism and to offer a balanced vision of the central and foundational mystery of the Christian faith.

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Last updated: 19 June 2009

Short writings from Taizé

These short texts from Taizé, written by some of the brothers, wish to offer an approach to the fundamental wellsprings of the faith. Inspired by the experience of the young adult meetings that take place around the community year after year, they examine questions that are vital for Christians today.

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