a sign of contradiction
A friend of a friend who teaches at Smith College in Massachusetts said that jewelry salesmen often come onto the campus and display their wares on a blanket spread out on the grass. As he was walking to class one day he passed a woman student checking out silver crosses (of the kind used as necklace pendants) and heard her ask the salesman, "How much are the ones with the little man on them?"
The controversy surrounding The Passion
As Chesterton never tired of pointing out, a cross is also a crossroads, a "sign of contradiction" that requires a decision of us
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Mar. 09, 2004 9:55 PM ET USA
Apocrypha aside, it is evident that the ones who are so diligent in purgeing the liturgy of all hint of masculinity (getting rid of the m-word in all the hymns, etc) are also getting rid of the crucifix because it has the figure of a man on it, and reminds us that Jesus was was was a man. At Santa clara University ( a formerly Catholic university) there is only one crucifix still publicly visible. It's in the library. They put it in a stairwell.
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Mar. 09, 2004 3:39 PM ET USA
I'm starting to think the story of the unknowing child, student etc. referring to the crucifix as "the cross with the little man on it" is an apocryphal one, or at least one that has been re-used several times beyond the original incident. It's much like the retreat story about a small child saying "but I want someone with skin on" when told Jesus is always there--several people have recounted the very same occurence. Catholic urban legends travel as well as the alligator in the sewer...