Glorious Cross February 23
With regard to this triumph of life over death, it is important in our mentality that chastity puts us “in quarantine” so that the mystery of the Cross might be fertile (Congolese Regional Statutes, Intro., 1.25).
Fertility or sterility, that is the question of life. It was the concern of the Creator looking at the earth about to be created: “and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss” (Gn 1:2). In response, God opted for fertility and for six days “God said” so. Throughout the history of creation, the creative effort of God has favored fecondity: that the universe evolve, that the earth and its inhabitants be fertile, that man and woman reproduce, that Israel grow, that Christ give birth to the New Creation. At the same time, there was a sinister effort toward sterility, whose sower was sin. Its power was finally completely crushed by the Cross of Jesus. All activity henceforth associated with this Cross, whether an initiative or a renunciation, has as its objective to reverse sterility and to make the world fertile. Every Christian involvement should be verified by fecundity. Celibate religious men women in the Church are involved in service with this conviction: chastity, far from sterility, makes fertile the Body of Christ to bring forth a more abundant life.
Nobody closes up what is full. (Shi)