The 3rd part of Chapter III (named: At the Foot of the Cross) from the Collected Works of bl. Edith Stein( Vol. IV) begins with words "Hail, Cross, our only hope!''.
This great Carmelite nun is also widely known for Her work Science of the Cross.
You may ask: where exactly these hope and wisdom can be traced? And why are they coming from the cross? Isn't it an absurd? For nobody likes to suffer, moreover one's suffering seems to be pointless.
Above-mentioned gifts come directly from Jesus. Without His transforming power the cross would have no meaning at all, or rather would be a scandal(as it was stated in Ancient Times). But Jesus' Cross gives us the real hope and the real wisdom: the first one tells us that our pain is useful; the second teaches us how to use it, and what is more important – why to use it.
St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross, pray for us!