Saturday, October 4, 2008

IMITATION OF CHRIST: Meditation of the day...

The Royal Road of the Holy Cross (Part seven)

Drink the chalice of the Lord with affection if you wish to be His friend and to have part with Him. Leave consolation to God; let Him do as most pleases Him. On your part, be ready to bear sufferings and consider them the greatest consolation, for even though you alone were to undergo them all, the sufferings of this life are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come.

When you shall have come to the point where suffering is sweet and acceptable (don't think I know anyone at this point...I thought acceptance was pretty good) for the sake of Christ, then consider yourself fortunate, for you have found paradise on earth. But as long as suffering irks you and you seek to escape, so long will you be unfortunate, and the tribulation you seek to evade will follow you everywhere. If you put your mind to the things you ought to consider, that is, to suffering and death, you would soon be in a better state and would find peace.

(We must pray for wisdom and the grace to bear through our crosses; no matter what size they are.)

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