St. Francis De Sales wrote a beautiful, yet difficult passage about our crosses. During this lent we can try to accept the penance that God has given us with love and resignation.
“The Everlasting God has in His wisdom foreseen from eternity the cross that He now presents to you as a gift from His inmost heart. This cross He now sends you, He has considered with His all-knowing eyes, understood with His divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with loving arms, and weighed with His own hands to see that it be not one ounce too heavy for you.
He has blessed it with His holy name, anointed it with His consolation, taken one last glance at you and your courage, and then sent it to you from heaven, a special greeting from God to you, an alms of the All Merciful love of God.”
When we feel all the suffering from being a good traditional Catholic is too much, we can meditate on this message. Someone gave me this prayer especially for all the traditional priests who are persecuted by their bishops, fellow priests and the parishioners for offering the Holy Latin Mass and being willing to speak Catholic truth that is so despised today.
Here is another reminder for us who suffer for the Mystical Body of Christ.
“Let us be afraid of being deprived of sufferings more than a miser is of his treasure. Sufferings are the jewels of Jesus Crucified … The more painful the cross, the greater our advantage. The more contradictory creatures are with us. the dearer we will be to our Creator. A single moment of tribulation assures an immense weight of glory. Never to suffer would be the greatest danger for us.”
~St. Paul of The Cross
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.