The “sign of the Son of Man” (Matt. 24:30), that is, the Cross, will appear inthe sky in order to proclaim the end of the present world and the coming of theeternal Kingdom of the Son of God. Then all the tribes of the earth shall weep,because they loved the present age and its lusts, but all who have enduredpersecution for righteousness and called on the name of the Lord shall rejoiceand be glad. The Cross then will save from eternal perdition all who conqueredtemptations by the Cross, who crucified their flesh with its passions andlusts, and took up their cross and followed their Christ.
St. John of SanFrancisco