Friday, October 3, 2008

IMITATION OF CHRIST: Meditation of the day...

The Royal Road of the Holy Cross (part six)

To carry the cross, to love the cross, to chastise the body and bring it to subjection, to flee honors, to endure contempt gladly, to despise self and wish to be despised, to suffer any adversity and loss, to desire no prosperous days on earth—this is not man’s way. If you rely upon yourself, you can do none of these things, but if you trust in the Lord, strength will be given you from heaven and the world and the flesh will be made subject to your word. You will not even fear your enemy, the devil, if you are armed with faith and signed with the cross of Christ.

Set yourself, then, like a good and faithful servant of Christ, to bear bravely the cross of your Lord, Who out of love was crucified for you. Be ready to suffer many adversities and many kinds of trouble in this miserable life, for troublesome and miserable life will always be, no matter where you are; and so you will find it wherever you may hide. Thus it must be; and there is no way to evade the trials and sorrows of life but to bear them.

(We need to endure all sufferings for Christ, trusting that Christ will give us strength. There is no way to run from suffering, so prepare your soul now; while we are strong, so to better fight in the great battle when we are weak!!!)

Thy Will Be Done!!!+JMJ+

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