December 24, 2013

Madonna and Child



                       (Print in The Following of Christ, by Thomas A Kempis)

Just because it is so beautiful...


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OF THE ROYAL ROAD OF THE HOLY CROSS - Thomas A Kempis

There is no way I - nor anyone else for that matter - could have handled this stupidity - this decimation of a family - on their own. I would have failed not only myself, but my Family as well had I tried. In large part, the Graces of the Sacrament have led and inspired me, but there is also this...there is always this, especially if you are a Spouse and Parent. It is best never, ever to forget this:

 "If thou carry the cross willingly, it will carry thee, and bring thee to thy desired end, namely, to that place where there will be an end of suffering, though here there will be no end.  If thou carry it unwillingly, thou makest it a burden to thee, and loadest thyself the more, and nevertheless thou must bear it. If thou fling away one cross, without doubt thou wilt find another, and perhaps a heavier...The whole life of Christ was a Cross and a Martyrdom; and dost thou seek for thyself rest and joy?" (The Following of Christ, Ch.12)

Read on, my Friends...


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CHAPTER 12: OF THE ROYAL ROAD OF THE HOLY CROSS

To many this seemeth a hard saying: "Deny thyself, take up thy
cross, and follow Jesus."


But it will be much harder to hear that last word: "Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire."

For they who now love to hear and follow the word of the Cross shall not then fear the sentence of eternal condemnation.

This Sign of the Cross shall be in Heaven when the Lord shall come to judge.

Then all the servants of the Cross, who in their lifetime have conformed themselves to Him that was crucified, shall come to Christ their Judge with great confidence.

2. Why, then, art thou afraid to take up thy cross, which leadeth to the kingdom?

In the cross is salvation; in the cross is life; in the cross is protection from enemies.

In the cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness; in the cross is strength of mind; in the cross is joy of spirit.

In the cross is height of virtue; in the cross is perfection of sanctity.

There is no health of soul, nor hope of eternal life, but in the cross.

Take up, therefore, thy cross, and follow Jesus, and thou shalt go into life everlasting.