Saint Paul declared that he never wanted to boast in anything except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord himself indicated to his followers that they were to take up their own cross each day, and Saint Peter declares that Christ suffered for us to leave us an example, that we might follow in his footsteps.
Christians venerate the cross, not because Jesus is still on it, but because it is the instrument by which he saved the world and by which we take hold of that salvation.
This means that the cross is also the instrument for ending abortion and building the culture of life. Practically, that means that it is silly to seek to escape controversy and criticism. When we plan pro-life projects, let’s plan to embrace the cross.