His Cross-Bearers

Whether saints, the ordained, or laypeople; we are all called to glorify God in our everyday lives. As the late Bl. Mother Teresa once quoted, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” And, what is this thing we call love? Well, if you’re an atheist, the only explanation your worldview can give is a mere chemical reaction; since we hold no soul and are no more than intelligent animals. Saint Thomas Aquinas, the 13th century philosopher and Doctor of the Church, defined love as – “To will the good of another.” No better example of love do we have than through Christ’s death on the cross.  He came, selflessly, to be put to death for us; offering up His life as a loving atonement for all. Scripture also tells us, “Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13). And indeed, He treated all as friends – from the Roman soldiers who mocked and beat him, to Simon of Cyrene – who helped Jesus bear His cross (Mark 15:21). Carl Bloch, The Mocking of Christ (1880) Christ never uttered a hateful remark; which the Roman soldiers were very well familiar with during crucifixions. According to the Roman philosopher Cicero 106-24 BC, tongues were cut out of victims because of the blasphemies and rage they spewed; and the Jewish historian Josephus AD 37-100, added – “the most wretched of deaths.” But, Our Lord, despite his agony during the Passion – sweating drops of blood knowing the cup which he was to drink of; Loved us by praying these words, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not as I will, but as you will.”

And for this we proclaim – O Most Holy Redeemer, I thank you. And forgive me my transgressions, which crucify you anew in my heart.    

So, let’s be Simon’s of Cyrene, helping Christ bear his cross; not because He can’t, but because through this sanctifying action, a daily action – we journey with him until we reach our Golgotha (the place of the skull), death! Which will not be our end, but a beginning to new life.

 “See Mother, I make all things new.”

Pieta-by-William-Adolphe-Bouguereau

Pax Christi

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7 thoughts on “His Cross-Bearers

  1. Mrs Teresa, what ever her proper name was,, was not Christian..
    She was forever teaching the dogmas of rome, and encouraging false doctrine..

    • Spooky,
      To call a woman; follower of Christ, fierce opposer of the killing of the unborn, and an instrument of love and charity all over the world – to call this saintly woman not a Christian, you must be a lunatic. Or, a hater of the Catholic faith. And, according to your site, 80% of your nonsense; prejudice and hateful, seems to point at just that. Stay on your side of the fence please, don’t come on my site with your hateful ignorance. God love you.

      ps
      Here are some words of advice from “Mrs Teresa.”

      “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
      -Blessed Mother Teresa

      • Dont tell me what to do mister..
        your mrs teresa was not a christian, and I dont care what sort of pseudo-wisdom she spoke, she taught false doctrine all the time, and was a mariolater, as you are..

        and if you dont want my comments, just spam me,,
        ,

        :D

        Mrs Teresa, was no follower of Christ either, she was a papal sycophant…

  2. From Three Religious Rebels (M. Raymond, pg 207)

    Some weeks after, when one of the community asked Stephen if Alberic had intended to found an Order, the Englishman replied, “Alberic did not really intend to wage a rebellion. He only wanted Citeaux to live the [Benedictan] Rule to the hilt.” When asked why, Steven gave a very solemn answer. He said, “Because he thought it the right way to heal a heart that have been pierced and broken; the right way to lift a crown from a thorn-encircled head; the right way to draw steal from hands and feet that had been cruelly spiked. That was his only aim. He wanted Citeaux to live the Rule to the hilt because that was the only way he knew to repay a tremendous debt contracted one Friday afternoon on Calvary. In short, love had found a way to repay Love.”

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