"When our Lord was handed over to the will of His cruel foes, they ordered Him, in mockery of His royal dignity, to carry the instrument of His own torture . . . To the wicked, the sight of the Lord carrying His own cross was indeed an object of derision. But to the faithful a great mystery was revealed, for the cross was destined to become the scepter of His power. Here was the majestic spectacle of a glorious conqueror mightily overthrowing the hostile forces of the devil and nobly bearing the trophy of His victory!"
-Leo the Great
(HT: Trevin Wax)