Total Consecration 2014: Day 32

Reading:
Mark 15: 25-39

from Pope St. John Paul II:
Salvifici Doloris, 23

Reflection:
The Cross is a difficult thing to contemplate because it tells of suffering unfathomable. But what makes being Catholic awesome is the knowledge that this suffering on the Cross was redeemed. Death overcome. Sin triumphed over. Etc.

I’ve been dealing with all sorts of suffering lately. Actually, even within the past hour of typing this. But what’s been difficult for me to do is uniting that suffering to the Cross where it be redeemed. Where it can have meaning. Where I can not be alone in my suffering.

Whenever I unite my suffering to Christ, suddenly my burdens are not so hard to bear. I can persevere. I can gain a renewed sense of hope. It’s so easy for me to lose sight of that, but in my times of suffering, I must remember the Cross.

I guess that’s why, in my latest crucifix craze for the Benedictine cross, I have it in key places where I’ll notice it. At home. On my neck. At work.

Response:
I need to do a better job of asking Mary, as my mother, to help me in my sufferings. I know she’ll console me through her Son.

Totus tuus,
– JD

Benedictine cross // Why Am I Catholic blog