“He that does not take up his cross and follow Me, is not worth of Me.” — St. Matt. 10:38.
When it happens that we have sorrows to endure, or something to suffer from the hand of others, let us recall what Our Saviour has suffered; then all will become easy, even sweet; all that before seemed hard will appear to be flowers, not thorns. — St. Francis of Sales.
St. Ludowine was overwhelmed with great afflictions for thirty-eight years, yet she was never seen to be unhappy or ill-humored; she was always content, because she never lost sight of the sufferings of Jesus Christ. In order to think always of this she scarcely ever turned away her eyes from the image of Our Saviour nailed to the cross.
O my Saviour, Who wast crucified for my love, I will fix my eyes upon Thee when I suffer, and say: “Behold thy God upon the cross! Complain if you dare!” I will refuse no cross; I ask no other recompense for all the crosses than the happiness of pleasing Thee.