Tuesday, September 30, 2008

IMITATION OF CHRIST: Meditation of the day...

THE ROYAL ROAD OF THE HOLY CROSS (part three)...prepare your self for an interesting meditation on suffering...

Either you will experience bodily pain or you will undergo tribulation of spirit in your soul. At times you will be forsaken by God, at times troubled by those about you and, what is worse, you will often grow weary of yourself. You cannot escape, you cannot be relieved by any remedy or comfort but must bear with it as long as God wills. For He wishes you to learn to bear trial without consolation, to submit yourself wholly to Him that you may become more humble through suffering. No one understands the passion of Christ so thoroughly or heartily as the man whose lot it is to suffer the like himself.

The cross, therefore, is always ready; it awaits you everywhere. No matter where you may go, you cannot escape it, for wherever you go you take yourself with you and shall always find yourself. Turn where you will -- above, below, without, or within -- you will find a cross in everything, and everywhere you must have patience if you would have peace within and merit an eternal crown.

(Now that I have shared this positive message, I must say that it is important to embrace the small crosses in our lives, so when the big trials come we will be better prepared. This meditation sounds like it was written for JOB. I hope it gives us solace not dispair. We are sons and daughters of the King, so rejoice and find peace within so we can merit an eternal crown!!!)

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