Thursday, August 13, 2015

Called to live in the nudity of the Cross

Dear Daughters of St. Philip Neri,

Few in the world and perhaps few in the Church are called to live in the nakedness of the Cross.  But you are called to allow it to shape the contours of your life.  What a precious source of grace this will become for you and for the Church as a whole.  It is upon suffering that God will build a lasting edifice and through your commitment rebuild the priesthood of His Church.  It is through the Cross that he wrought salvation for the world and it is through his Cross that he will sanctify it.

Happy are those souls whom God calls to live only in the nudity of the Cross. It becomes for them an inexhaustible source of precious graces.

Sufferings are the price and the sign of true divine favours. . . . Works and foundations built upon the Cross and upon sufferings are alone lasting.

The sufferings you have endured are for me a sign of the special benediction of the One Who, in His wisdom, chose to found all upon the Cross.

 Blessed Columba Marmion.