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“How To Bear Crosses”

Categories: Memorial Feast

The following article was in the Sunday Morning Bulletin:

A little girl had received a present of a small brown cross.  Before very long, the crosspiece became loose, and she begged her father to repair the cross.  Her father said he would be glad to do it but in doing so, he would teach here a lesson how to live so that no trouble, affliction or duty would prove a cross to her. As he took it apart he said, “without this crosspiece, the longer piece is not a cross.  Only when the crosspiece is added is a cross formed.  So it is in this life with every trial or disappointment, we call it a cross.  The longer piece represents God’s will.  Our will, which always desires to cross God’s will, is represented by the crosspiece.  Each cross you are called to bear, take from it the crosspiece (your will) and it will no longer be a cross to you to bare.”

Jesus said, “… because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me” (John 5:30).  If, then, we do the will of the Father, Christ says, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30).

- Jaime Restrepo