Many years ago I received a psychological healing after a traumatic experience which constantly troubled me. I was at Taizé in France and it was Easter time. At the Good Friday liturgy of the cross I saw that some young people were approaching the cross on their knees. I decided that I had to do this to obtain healing, even though I felt silly walking on my knees in front of so many people – in fact, 10 000 people (thousands were sat outside the church as well as inside it). I approached the cross in the queue very slowly and finally it was my turn to kiss the cross. I approached my face to the foot of the cross, and at that moment I felt energy leap from the cross into my forehead. I was caught in a timeless moment, a touch of eternity which transformed me. I returned to the spot on the ground where I had been sitting completely healed – freed from the fears that had been holding me.
This is the power of the cross. It consists of a real, tangible power, but it is spiritually given. It is given in accordance with the will of God. My part in it was to do what I did not wish to do – approach humbly on my knees. This type of healing is called a healing of memories – it stops you constantly reliving a bad experience.