Week Of March 18th

Week Of March 18th

Father Aidan Peter has left us with this reflection:

You Don’t Carry Your Cross Alone

  According to an ancient Roman Tradition, while fleeing the city during Nero’s persecutions, St. Peter saw Jesus travelling in the opposite direction toward the city, and asked him in amazement: “Lord, where are you going?”  Jesus responded: “I am going to Rome to be crucified again.”  At that moment, Peter understood that he had to follow the Lord with courage, to the very end.  But he also realized that he would never be alone on the journey.  Jesus, who had loved him even unto death, would always be with him.  Jesus, with his cross, walks with us and takes upon himself our fears, our problems and our sufferings, even those which are deepest and most painful.  With the cross, Jesus unites himself to the silence of the victims of violence, those who can no longer cry out, especially the innocent and defenseless.  The cross of Christ bears the suffering and the sin of mankind, including our own.  Jesus accepts all this with open arms, bearing on his shoulders our crosses and saying to us:  “Have courage!  You do not carry your cross alone!”

—Pope Francis

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