Embrace the creaking wood. Embrace the aching shoulders. Embrace the splinters. Embrace the tears. Embrace the humiliation. Embrace the exhaustion.
When you fall, rise up.
Accept the help of Simon of Cyrene.
Do not neglect to meet with your Mother.
Follow the footsteps of Christ, and the worn path of 2,000 years worth of those who have gone before you.
Remember, O Christian, what you have been called to: take up your cross!
Then he said to all,“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” -Luke 9:23-24
In the little triumphs and failures that we are called by Jesus to sacrifice who we are and all that we have. This is a daily call to rememeber where we are headed. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hubbub of our lives and reserve our thoughts to what God can do for us in the struggles that we face. However, our lives rather ought to be a sacrifice to Him. He did not will for us to live in a fallen world with a fallen nature, but He is the one who brings joy out of sorrow and Resurrection out of death. In our time in this world we will experince sorrow and suffering, but we draw the necessary strength to endure those things by embracing our crosses. In taking up our own crosses we will better know Christ as he took up his. In walking our own Via Crucis we will better know His. May God bless you on your way!