James Hanvey SJ on Thinkingfaith
Well-known Jesuit theologian James Hanvey SJ reflects on the finality of the cross and the challenge not to run away from the vast silence of Holy Saturday.
If we enter into the silence of Holy Saturday, its bareness gives us no distractions. There is nowhere to go but inwards; into the very empty places of our own soul and imagination. Holy Saturday takes us beyond grief and mourning into the deepest purification of our faith. Like the bare altar and the empty tabernacle, this Saturday strips us of all comfort. It even strips away faith itself, leaving us so utterly naked and impotent that we can only wait.