Crosses

Whoever taketh not up his cross and followeth Me, is not worthy of Me. -Mt 10:38

Father Alvarez made this resolution: “I will consider all aridity, disquiet, aud every trial which shall come to me in prayer, as a martyrdom, and as such I will bear them with constancy.” He pursued this course faithfully for sixteen years, after which he had so many consolations and celestial lights as were an abundant recompense for all the sufferings he had previously endured.

St. Teresa bore the greatest aridity for eighteen years, and then to what heights was she not exalted!

St. Bernard said of himself: “All those things that the world loves, such as pleasure, honors, praise, and riches, are to me crosses; and all things which the world counts as crosses, I seek and embrace with the greatest affection.”

The merit of crosses does not consist in their weight, but in the manner in which they are borne. It may show much greater virtue to bear a cross of straw than a very hard and heavy one, because the light ones are also the most hidden and contemned, and therefore least conformable to our inclination, which always seeks what is showy. -St. Francis de Sales

In the many long and painful journeys made by this Saint, he was never heard to complain of cold, or wind, or the heat of the sun, or the quality of his food; but he took all things peacefully from the hand of God.

Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).

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