During the apparitions, Our Lady indicated that the cross should be given to the crowd to kiss. The girls in ecstasy would repeatedly give the crucifix, Her Son on the cross, Our Lord and Redeemer Jesus Christ, to be kissed by those present.
Thinking and meditating on the Passion makes us realize the graveness of sin and the great love that God has for us. "God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son" (John 3:16). The Virgin Mary ended the second message with these words "mediate on the Passion of Jesus". There are moments during the liturgical year when our gaze turns towards the cross and we are invited to meditate on this mystery.
Lent is one of these moments, and during this Lenten season one of the most typical pious practices is that of praying the Way of the Cross. In this prayer, we remember each step of Our Lord's Passion. It is an opportunity to turn back to Him with a sincere heart and ask for forgiveness. We also ask Him for strength to carry our own cross, big or small, with Him. We are not alone. When we kiss the cross, it is not a superficial or empty gesture but an act of adoration, a gesture that expresses our love and our recognition that He is worthy of our love. It is also the kiss we give to our own cross, to the path that the Lord has marked out for us and for our sanctification. Jesus said, "Whoever wishes to be my disciple, let Him deny himself, take up him cross and follow me" (Matthew 16: 24).
Our Lady invites us with these words in the second message to look at Him, contemplate Him, think of all that he has done for us and ask ourselves, what have I done for Jesus? What do I do for Jesus? What should I do for Jesus?