Crosses and sanity … Tuesday, April 9

English: Jesus falling, while carrying the cro...

Jesus falling, while carrying the cross, on his way to Calvary. The painting was by Anton Raphael Mengs, a German artist in the 18th century. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery, the Carrying of the Cross. “Now there was following Him a great crowd of people, and of women, who were bewailing and lamenting Him.” Luke 23:27. Jesus is about to die. Some of the people following Him are about to lose the One they love the most. They “were bewailing and lamenting Him.” I have to wonder how much their sincere display of sorrow actually helped Him. I know it helped them to vent, but did it make His cross any lighter? Everyone here is carrying a cross, even some that don’t know it. Jesus carries His cross with our sins attached along with the sorrow of seeing the folks He loves so much either bitterly bewailing His fate or calling for it joyfully, the ones who love Him carry the cross of losing Him, and those who cry for His death carry a cross all their own without understanding the true weight of it. Everyone carries a cross knowingly or unknowingly. There’s no escape from it. Which means acceptance is of paramount importance. Accepting the cross of another can be just as important as accepting our own. “Bear ye one another’s burdens; and so you shall fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2. Sometimes the simple recognition of the other person’s burden is all it takes to lighten their load. And sometimes silence is golden.

Today … St. Waldetrudis. Also known as Waltrude or Waudru, she was the daughter of Saints Walbert and Bertilia and sister of St. Aldegunus of Maubeuge. Marrying St. Vincent Madelgarius, she became the mother of saints Landericus, Madalberta, Adeltrudis, and Dentelin. When her husband chose to become a  monk about 643 in the monastery of Hautrnont, France, he had founded, she established a convent at Chateaulieu, around which grew up the town of Mons, Belgium. What stands out most here, for me anyway, is that ALL the people involved are saints. Now I don’t know about you, everyone has their own ideas and I know this may sound odd and I’ll just let you think about it rather than elaborate, but I’ve thought seriously that living with a saint without being one would be a terrific burden. Walking on eggshells comes to mind, so does a continually pricked conscience. (The first group of “monks” under the leadership of St. Benedict tried to poison him.) So here I see LOTS of crosses. Crosses to bear, crosses to share, crosses to perhaps, in a sense, avoid for the sake of sanity.

Another Thought … “Progressives hate the idea that Peter and the Apostles can bind. Traditionalists cannot fathom that Peter and the Apostles can loosen.”

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