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BE FAITHFUL TO THE CROSS

“The Eternal Father has designed the crosses of His adopted children from all eternity, as He designed that of His only Son; hence the importance of schooling ourselves to bear them faithfully.

Many souls accept them tranquilly at first, for they are prepared for them by the grace of prayers, and have often desired them in the sweetness of loving fervour.

But, because they are but ill formed in the school of crucified love, listening too readily to nature and the senses, which cry out, as the Jews did to our Saviour, to descend from the cross, they seek, later on, some means of escaping from it.

They bear it unwillingly giving way to interior murmurings which render them unworthy of the favour of heaven, and deprive them of the sweet fruit of this tree of life.

This misfortune is often the result of paying too much attention to our sufferings, and thinking too much of ourselves.

Happy is the crucified soul, who only contemplates his crosses in God, whence they derive their beauty, and whose ears are opened only to the voice of the Beloved, who sends them!”
– St Alphonsus Liguori

 

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“CROSSES UNITE US TO OUR LORD; THEY HELP US THROUGH THIS EARTHLY LIFE JUST AS A BRIDGE HELPS ONE TO CROSS OVER THE WATER”

THOUGHTS ON THE CROSS BY THE HOLY CURE OF ARS

• “We complain when we suffer; but we would have more reason to complain if we did not have anything to suffer, since nothing else renders us more similar to Our Lord. Oh what a beautiful union of the soul with Our Lord Jesus Christ, through our love for His cross!”

• “If the good God sends us crosses, we become discouraged, complain, murmur. We are such enemies of all that goes against us, that we would wish always to be wrapped up in cotton wool.”

• “If someone should say to you: ‘I would willingly become rich, what do I have to do?’, you should reply in this way: ‘It is necessary to work.’ Well! in order to get to Heaven, it is necessary to suffer.”

• “We should never look to see where the crosses came from: they came from God. It is always God Who gives us this means to prove our love for Him.”

• “There are two ways in which to suffer: to suffer loving and to suffer without loving. The Saints suffered everything with patience, joy and perseverance because they loved. We suffer with anger, vexation and tedium because we do not love. If we were to love God, we would be happy to suffer for love of Him Who accepted to suffer for us.”

• “He who goes to meet the cross walks in the opposite direction of the crosses: he meets them, perhaps, but he is happy to meet them. He loves them and bears them with courage. They unite him to Our Lord. They purify him. They detach him from this world. They remove obstacles from his heart and help him to pass through this life, just as a bridge helps one to cross over the water.”

 
 

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