Would you like
to learn how to take up your daily cross with love,
serenity and strength, and drink the cup of the Lord?
The Apostleship of the Cross teaches us how
you who are seeking...
meaning to your joys and sorrows,
a closer relationship with God,
to bear His witness in the midst of the
friends who share your quests
to live the
Apostleship of the Cross is the answer
Transformation into Christ is not exclusively part of ministerial priesthood
but belongs to the universal priesthood of the baptized.
encounter with the Lord brings about a profound transformation in all who do not
close themselves off from him. The first impulse coming from this transformation is to
communicate to others the richness discovered in the experience of the encounter. This
does not mean simply teaching what we have come to know but also, like the Samaritan
woman, enabling others to encounter Jesus personally:
"mission" (Jn 4:29).
came and saw where he was staying; and they stayed that day with him" (Jn
"staying" is not limited to the day of one's call, but rather extends to the
whole of life". (Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America, 68).
To follow is to
respond to the invitation of Jesus: "If
anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and
follow me". This
leads us to follow Christ in the mystery of His Victim Priesthood, for which He offers
Himself to the Father for the salvation of men. It
implies living with and like Jesus, adopting His ideals, taking on His mission and His
destiny, even being transformed in Him.
Who are we in the Church?
The Apostleship of the Cross is an
association inspired by God to the
Venerable Servant of God Concepción Cabrera de Armida. It was
founded in Mexico on May 3, 1895, and approved by Pope Leo XIII on May
It is one of the five Works of the Cross,
acknowledged by the Church and enlivened by the same spirit, that is,
the spirit of Christ, Priest, and Victim, and all united form the
Works of the Cross.
The Apostleship of the Cross is an
association in the Church open to all Catholics:
laity, priests and religious. Men and women who wish to live their
baptismal consecration according to the
Spirituality of the Cross
and thus respond to the universal vocation to sanctity.
The Apostleship of the Cross is for the
Catholic of today. It gives meaning to our quests, to our joys and
hopes, our sadness and anguishes through prayer, shared faith, and
reflection on God's presence in our lives.
We are called to take up our daily cross
with love and follow Jesus, Priest and Victim. One could simply
say that our mission is the same as that of Jesus: continue his work for
the salvation of men. Our divine task is the transformation into
What does the Apostleship of the
Cross have to offer?
A way to find your personal fulfillment as
an individual and as a Christian
A community in search of spiritual growth
through prayer, shared faith
and reflection on the Word of God
To discover and share with others the gifts
that God has given you
The opportunity to do apostolic work in the
service of the Church
Fundamental practice of the of the
members of the Apostleship of the Cross
They offer themselves with Jesus, Priest and Victim in their daily cross,
that is, in their work and rest, in their sorrows and joys. United with Jesus, and
through the hands of Mary, they make of their lives a priestly offering, so the Holy
Spirit reigns for the glory of the Father. Imploring graces for the world, the Church
and especially for priests.
The Chain of Love is the characteristic
way of living the baptismal priesthood for those who live the Spirituality of the
The Apostleship of the Cross, in the Church, is
a group of Christians who follow Christ, Priest and Victim, and who are
moved by the Holy Spirit to:
Discover in their lives the salvific meaning
of suffering accepted in love
Offer to the Father, through the hands of
Mary, Christ, Priest and Victim
Offer the daily sacrifices and crosses of
their lives with Christ, Priest and Victim, for the salvation of souls
and the benefit of priests
Work efficiently to communicate to others
the Spirituality of the Cross through their apostolic action.
and thus give glory to the Heavenly Father,
console the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and extend the kingdom of the Holy
Spirit. (Bylaws and Regulations of the Apostleship of the Cross, 6).