“Your Cross”

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 loving mind,

tested with His wise justice,

warmed with His loving arms,

and weighed with His own hands, to see that it be not one inch too large and

not one ounce too heavy for you.

He has blessed it with His holy name,

anointed it with His grace,

perfumed 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.

–St Francis de Sales

(Yes, more words of wisdom from my patron whose feast is Monday but having just reread this felt it was too good to wait for his special day to share it with you!)


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