Friday, October 19, 2012
St. Paul of the Cross, Memorial
Today is the feast of St. Paul of the Cross. Below is taken from one of his letters calling us to offer all our sacrifices in silence. Something so hard for us to do. We want others to share in our misery, to acknowledge that we have a right to be miserable. It is so much better to carry the cross in silence and then we allow God to work in our lives - for he knows best. "When you become true lovers of the Crucified, you will always celebrate the feast of the cross in the inner temple of the soul, bearing all in silence and not relying on any creature. Since festivals ought to be celebrated joyfully, those who love the Crucified should honor the feast of the cross by enduring in silence with a serene and joyful countenance, so that their suffering remains hidden from men and is observed by God alone. For in this feast there is always a solemn banquet, and the food presented is the will of God, exemplified by the love of our crucified Christ."