DO NOT BEGRUDGE YOUR CROSS

How interesting is it that in a time of need, the person who has the best words of wisdom does not have PH.D. or M.D or CEO attached to their surname.  It also simply amazes me that when I am hurting or dispondant, a simple quote or statement seen on social media can snap me back to reality.  It also is astonishing that our newest social media outlets can make a star out of a simple, humble unassuming friar from a small village in Italy.

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We often feel the ‘stigmata’ of having a child with same sex attraction.  Woe is me is the battle cry often uttered.  But just as those thoughts consume my consciousness, a simple phrase, this time from the great Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, who endured more suffering here on earth than anyone short of our Savior Jesus Christ, invade my senses via social media and provide a true perspective for me to carry out in my life.

 

 

Do not be dismayed about the cross. The surest proof of love occurs when someone suffers for the beloved. If God suffered so much pain because he loved us so much, then the pain we suffer for his sake becomes pleasant because we love him. In the afflictions the Lord gives you as gifts, be patient and conform yourself to the divine heart with joy, knowing that it is all a continual game on the part of the Lover.

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Tribulations, crosses, have always been the inheritance and portion of elect souls. To the extent that Jesus wants to raise a soul to perfection, he then increases the cross of tribulation. Rejoice, I tell you, to see yourself so privileged despite your lack of merit. The more your afflicted, the more you should exult, because a soul in the fire of tribulation will become refined gold, worthy to shine in the kingdom of heaven.”

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Padre Pio

 

 

Realizing our concentration should be on the end game, meaning salvation.  Just as our loved ones bear a cross with their sexuality, we share their burden with a cross of our own made up from our own insecurities, fears and self pity.  We will be accountable on the last day.  Did we do all we could? How will we fare?

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The old Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Ralph Branca was immortalized forever for serving up the home run pitch to Bobby Thompson in 1951 that sealed the pennant for the New York Giants.  Afterwords, dejected and dispondant, he asked a priest relative why did it happen to him.  The priest honestly responded “because God knew you could handle it”

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Each and every day we are unsure we can handle the brunt of the burden thrust upon us.  We must fight to ask for help with it from God and from those who are in the same situation. Yes, our loved ones bear their cross, but can we share the load of theirs or are we insistent to carry a separate one which does not in any way help the situation.  In the end, we need to be like Simon of Cyrene, not necessarily willingly asking to carry the cross but doing so anyway because God has given us this opportunity to respond yes to Him and bottom line is,  it’s the right thing to do if darn near impossible.  But trying our best makes it worthwhile!

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God Bless! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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