Keep the Cross Ever Before You! One of the first things we are hastened to do on our Lenten journey is repent. The prophet Isaiah put it this way, “Come now, let us set things right, says the LORD: Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow.” Making a good Lenten confession is an important part of turning away from those things that separate us from Christ, but it is equally significant to remember that we must turn toward the cross. If life is a pilgrimage to heaven, it is made up of innumerable mini pilgrimages to the cross, every day. Saint Kateri Tekakwitha was known for placing crosses in the woods to create chapels. The National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods in Indian River, MI, features a shrine to Saint Kateri, as well as the largest crucifix in the world. In this picturesque setting, visitors are invited to bow their heads and lift their spirits before our crucified Lord. As our Lenten journey continues, your friends at NASPA wish to encourage you to keep the cross ever before you and the world behind you.