"And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." - Luke 9:23
Lent reminds you and me that it is good to deny ourselves and to take up our cross. .
What is your "cross" exactly? Well, it could be a friend who you found out was gossiping about you behind your back. It could be a parent who is ill. Or maybe a co-worker that you just don't get along with.
Whatever your cross(es) may be, whatever hardship you face even today, know that Christ is inviting you to take them up, as He did.
"If anyone would follow me... Little friend: we are sad, living the Passion of Our Lord Jesus. —See how lovingly He embraces the Cross. —Learn from Him. —Jesus carries the Cross for you: you... carry it for Jesus.
But don't drag the Cross... Carry it squarely on your shoulder, because your Cross, if you carry it so, will not be just any Cross: it will be... the Holy Cross. Don't bear your Cross with resignation: resignation is not a generous word. Love the Cross. When you really love it, your Cross will be... a Cross, without a Cross." - St. Josemaria Escriva
As Bishop of Geneva in the first quarter of the 17th century, Francis de Sales saw to the spiritual needs of everyone. The desire to be closer to God that he found in people led him to compile these instructions on how to live in Christ. Francis’s compassionate Introduction to the Devout Life leads you through practical ways of attaining a devout life without renouncing the world and offers prayers and meditations to strengthen devotion in the face of temptation and hardship. St. Francis de Sales pray for us 🙏 #feastday#stfrancisdesales#devoutlife#catholicsaints#osvbooks
Who’s your saint? I turned the pages of my Magnificat this morning and was pleasantly surprised to see that it was the feast of Saint Francis de Sales. When I joined the Roman Catholic Church in 2002, he was my confirmation saint, chosen because he is the patron saint of writers...and I am a writer. ⛪️
He’s also a convert and was a gentlemanly defender of the church — all things I loved (and still love) as I travelled on my journey to Catholicism. De Sales’ story is incredible and his writing still moves hearts to Jesus and the church today. ⛪️
Share in the comments about one of your saints and why he/she spoke to you in your journey of faith.