Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Participation in the Cross
Our Divine Savior has deposited His richest graces in the cross and He will impart them to us only through our particular participation in His cross and suffering. When Jesus desire to enter our souls and unite us to Himself, he accomplishes it only through the Cross. He permits exterior sufferings to come upon us to detach us from the world, from our conveniences and pleasure, and from all affection for creatures. He visits us with interior trials, to purify our desires and inclinations, to destroy self-love and so complete our unconditional surrender to God. The greater the favors which the Lord wills to confer upon souls, the greater the love with which He prepares them for these favors.
O my Savior, give me a love of the cross that all my sufferings may tend to more intimate union with thee.
~ Taken from Jesus, the Model of Religious Life
Friday 6th week after Pentecost