He that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me (Mt10:38)
The cross is the key which opens the treasure of all happiness; but, for that, it must be lovingly borne. We must not drag it, we must put it on our shoulders and advance courageously.
Souls which are not generous cannot be happy; everything is a burden to them.
But you, who have received so much grace and light from God, go forward, spend yourself, refuse nothing, and you shall see whether or not Saint Teresa was right in saying: “God does not let Himself be outdone in generosity.”
– Laverty & Sons, 1905