The cross is a universal symbol. It is to be found everywhere, even in the constellations. It is in effect two intersecting lines, people interlacing arms in order to gee someone up – that is, a cross provides support, it is a foundation, unlike a single line (a wall, a tower), which can easily be broken. A cross was used in Roman times as a shameful means of putting someone to death. I imagine it is agonizing. The person on the cross is at their most vulnerable, all parts exposed, arms outstretched. There is nowhere to hide. For God made man, it is the ultimate act of giving, nothing held back. For us, it is the denial of the ego, of our selfish impulses, because the cross represents the ego (I) with a line drawn through it: †. It also represents, however, a plus-sign: +. This is what Christ meant by his seemingly paradoxical statement: Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it (Mt. 10:39). Jesus tells us to “deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him” (cf. Mt. 16:24). We curb our passions, don’t give in to anger or lust, don’t try to avoid suffering. We endure, albeit only for a moment, and find our sight has been cleansed, our spiritual eye (I) has been opened (O). We count down, from 1 to 0. The cross is a doorway, a signal of intent. Push a little, and it opens. Reveals the light.
These are crosses I have come across in my everyday life, in Bulgaria and other countries, on holiday or while performing an errand. I hope these photographs will serve to remind us of the presence of God in our daily lives.