At the beginning of the second century, Hadrian had discovered Calvary and the Holy Sepulchre under a terrace on which had been erected a statue of Jupiter and a temple of Venus. St. Helen ordered them razed to the ground, and, digging up the soil, they discovered the Nails and the Cross. The miraculous cure of a woman authenticated the True Cross.
O Cross, brighter than the stars, famed throughout the world, lovely unto men, of all things the most holy, who alone wast worthy to bear the ransom of the world. — First Vespers: Antiphon
The Imitation of Christ
In the Cross is salvation; in the Cross is life; in the Cross is protection from enemies.
You know that the Romans after sacking the city of Jerusalem had built temples and statues to their gods over the holy places. St. Helena spared neither time nor wealth to discover the True Cross of our Savior.
Read up the account of the finding of the Holy Cross and ask to give a report on it at class today. You will be honoring our Lord, St. Helena, and yourself, and you will be doing your class a great favor.
We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee, because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.