“He that does not take up his cross and follow Me, is not worth of Me.” — St. Matt. 10:38.
The cross is the true door by which to enter the temple of holiness; it is not possible to find it by any other way. Therefore, we should immolate our hearts, for the love of Jesus Christ upon the same altar of the cross upon which He sacrificed Himself for our love. — St. Francis of Sales.
St. Teresa for eighteen years suffered great dryness during the time of prayer; it was for her a kind of martyrdom. Nevertheless, she continued in her exercises of piety with the same exactness as during times of fervor. St. Bernard said of himself: “All those things that the world loves — such as pleasures, honors, riches — are for me a cross, and all those that the world regards as crosses are to me pleasures; I embrace them with affection.”
O my Saviour, I immolate my heart for love of Thee on the altar of the cross. I am disposed to receive all the crosses Thou sendest; grant that I may use them for my salvation. How advantageous for me to be crucified with Thee!