To many the saying, “Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Me,” seems hard. How much harder, however, will the words on the Day of Judgment be: Depart from Me, you accursed ones, into the everlasting fire. (Matthew 25:41) Those who follow the cross willingly…
One cannot desire freedom from the cross when one is especially chosen for the cross. […] The more lofty the degree of loving union to which God destines the soul, so much more profound and persistent must be its purification.
Saint Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
There is no evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us. There is no enemy that Christ has not already conquered. There is no cross to bear that Christ has not alreasy borne for us, and does not now bear with us.
He was a Roman Centurion in charge of the detail that crucified Jesus. Amazed at all the events he was witnessing, during the crucifixion, he is the one whom the Gospel mentions as having said, “Truly he is the Son of God.”