“Forming young hearts and minds to be upright and responsible citizens who love God, themselves and their neighbours, especially the less fortunate.”
Inspiration: The Cross
To experience for themselves And to manifest to others God’s tender love, the Daughters of the Cross will contemplate Jesus, the humble servant of redemptive love…. toiling through the streets of Jerusalem, bearing his cross.
They will contemplate him on Calvary in the company of Mary, his Mother …so as to understand the language of the Cross, which is folly to those who do not believe, but to us is seen as God’s power to save.
Shortly before the ceremony that was to inaugurate the new Congregation, Jeanne and a companion saw a large black cross surmounted by a white crown, clearly outlined in the summer sky over the courtyard between the Carmelite convent and the school. She understood its wordless message and took it as the emblem of her Congregation together with God’s promise to Constantine:
Ever since, Daughters of the Cross have worn the simple cross surmounted by a crown. For many years this was fashioned from ebony and ivory but in more recent times it has been made of silvered metal. Sisters who have made final profession also have a miniature of the cross engraved on the ring which they wear.
Why the title Daughters of the Cross?
The title that Blessed Marie Thérèse gave to her Congregation is significant. She had thought about it for a long time and from the contemplation of the passion and compassion of the Crucified Christ she learnt a tender, generous love which led her to follow Him to the end, faithful to the Holy Spirit and alert to His call. It summed up all she understood of the dual ideal of sacrifice and service which is at the very heart of Christianity. Our Lord also reminded her that there was a another dimension to devotion to his Cross – it was a pledge of victory over death. By it Jesus had brought about our Redemption. Its meaning is more apparent in the French, “Filles de la Croix” for it means “servants” as well as “daughters”.