Should we go with the oak or pine? I’m leaning toward the oak.
BTW, a Sister of Mercy recently shared with me the symbolism behind this “Mercy Cross” design.
Catherine McAuley experienced many tragedies growing up and found much meaning in Christ’s suffering on the cross.
She spent many years living with a protestant family who did not allow crucifixes in the home. Instead, Catherine focused her prayer on a door, specifically the cross implied by the molding.
In the Mercy cross, the smaller cross within the larger cross symbolizes our suffering in the context of Jesus’ suffering and paschal mystery.