Monday, February 9, 2009

The Gift of Your Cross

"The everlasting God has in His wisdom forseen from eternity the cross that He now presents to you as a gift from His all-knowing eyes, understood with His Divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with His loving arms and weighed with His own hands to see that it be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for you. He has blessed it with His Holy Name, annointed it with His Grace, perfumed it with His Consolation, taken one last glance at you and your courage, and then sent it to you from Heaven, a special greeting from God to you, an alms of the all-merciful love of God." - St. Francis de Sales

3 comments:

cmziall said...

Yes, it sure is hard to remember that our Cross is a "gift"!

Long-Skirts said...

DOSE
OF
THE
SIXTH
SORROW

Have you received
Christ's body dead?
Like the sorrowful Mother
Who cradled His head?

Christ's body dead,
Is the gift of a child
Deformed or sickly
Did you feel beguiled?

Christ's body dead,
Is the gift of disease,
Physical, mental,
Can't do as you please?

That's because Christ
Wants to be close
To you silent sufferers
Never verbose.

He chose you of hope
To cradle His head
For you know what is life
And what really is dead.

His Body's dead
But you can handle,
So others can see
Your light like a candle

That Christ is with you
Before and behind
And they'll follow your path
To the tomb quite resigned.

Where quietly, gently,
All suffering will rest
And your head will be cradled
At our Lady's breast.

Oh sons of sorrow,
The gift…your breath
You'll breathe at your birth
Due to Christ's body's death.

HSMom said...

Welcome, Long-Skirts! And thank you for your beautiful poem!