Father Chris Walsh joined Patrick for a conversation of bearing the sufferings in our life. Topics included: what Jesus means by carrying his cross (2:57), how Jews of Jesus’ time heard his teaching (9:21), caller: My husband left our family (15:09), balance bearing cross well with hoping it will be taken (21:30), caller: God won’t give us what we can’t handle (24:39), offering it up (27:45), caller: my sister died of cancer (29:26), email: grandmother feels hurt that she doesn’t have grandkids (31:31), role of the community (36:22), caller: I just had a big operation (40:01), saints (43:44), praying while suffering (48:26).
St. Francis de Sales:
Here is a meditation from St. Francis de Sales on Carrying our Cross:
“The everlasting God has in his wisdom foreseen from eternity the cross that He now presents to you as a gift from His inmost Heart. This cross He now sends you He has considered with His all-knowing eyes, understood with His divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with 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, anointed 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.”