The Lord gave it to us in 2009 (year for priests), after we asked Him for it in prayer.
The Cross represents Christ's act of love by which He died to deliver us from sin and give us His life. Our vocation is to live by this love.
In the center is the chalice of the Precious Blood which purifies and gives life. All the baptized share in the royal priesthood. We unite our blood with the Blood of Christ at every Eucharist to be with Him victims of love, a living sacrifice offered to the Father for priests, families and for many.
The Precious Blood springs from the chalice as the blood and water that sprung from the pierced heart of Jesus. As we become one with Him, His promised is fulfilled:
"If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said. Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.'" (John 7:37-38)
The chalice and the Blood together form an "M" that represents the Blessed Virgin Mary whose blood is one with Jesus' and is the channel of all graces. The "M" also represents the Mothers of the Cross and the Missionaries of the Cross (women and men of the community) who with Mary embrace Jesus crucified.
The stole represents the priesthood of the baptized and the ministerial priesthood, which is nourished by the Precious Blood and the sacrificial offering of all the victims of love.
The Holy Spirit gives life and unity to all."The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will cover you with His shadow" (Lk. 1:35) With Mary and united in Community, we seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit and give glory to God with our lives.
As you wear the cross of the mission on your chest, you will receive immense graces.( My Lord do You desire the corpus on the cross? ) No, because as you place the cross on, it is your body that is on the cross. As the Father gazes at each of you wearing this cross, He will see your body crucified on the cross.-5/4/2010