The Exaltation of the Holy Cross… learn to bear your own cross with patience and humility, uniting your suffering with Him and His Cross

Pick up your cross daily, and follow him. It is the only way, and it is quite rewarding. Blessed feast.

INTROIT Gal. 6:14
But it is fitting that we should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is salvation, life, and resurrection for us, by whom we are saved and delivered. Ps. 66:2. May God have mercy on us and bless us; may He let His face shine upon us; and may He have mercy upon us.

5 thoughts on “The Exaltation of the Holy Cross… learn to bear your own cross with patience and humility, uniting your suffering with Him and His Cross”

  1. Every morning I pick up the Crucifix I wear around my neck, and make the Sign of the Cross with it before putting it on, it has a bit of weight to it. I do the same thing before I go to sleep.
    It’s nice to have a physical reminder on me all the time that I need to “Pick up and carry my own cross.”

    1. Reading your bit of weight reference reminded me of today’s SSPX Devotional Meditation, “finding it impossible to proceed.”
      I’m wondering if the cross became too heavy to bear/shoulder for Heraclius until humbling himself?
      Here it is:
      From what does this feast derive its name?
      From the yearly commemoration of the erection of the Holy Cross, at Jerusalem, by Constantine the Great, son of St. Helena.
      When was this festival celebrated with especial solemnity?
      When the Cross which Cosroes, King of the Persians, had captured at the conquest of Jerusalem, and had for forty years in his power, was recaptured by the Emperor Heraclius, who carried it himself on his own shoulders to Mt. Calvary into the Church of the Holy Cross.
      What miracle occurred on this occasion?
      When the emperor wished to carry the Cross on his own shoulders to Jerusalem, at the entrance of the city he stopped suddenly, finding it impossible to proceed. The Patriarch Zachary suggested to him to lay aside his imperial garments which did not accord with the humble appearance which Christ made when He bore His cross through the streets of that city. Hereupon the emperor laid aside his purple, crown and shoes, and devoutly proceeded with the Cross to its appointed place.
      Let us learn from this, how the divine Savior dislikes extravagance in dress, and how in all humility and poverty we should follow Him who was poor and humble.
      COLLECT O God, who dost gladden us this day with the yearly solemnity of the exaltation of the Holy Cross: grant, we beseech Thee, that as we have learnt to know its mystery on earth, so we may merit to taste in Heaven the reward of its redemption. Through, etc.
      GOSPEL (John 12:31-36) At that time, Jesus said to the multitudes of the Jews: Now is the judg­ment of the world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to myself. (Now this he said, signifying what death he should die.) The multitude answered him: We have heard out of the law, that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou: The Son of man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of man? Jesus therefore said to them: Yet a little while, the light is among you. Walk whilst you have the light, that the darkness overtake you not: and he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. Whilst you have the light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light.

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        Yes. I read this too in my missal today. Reminded me of a blogger who looks down on the “Amish” type women at TLM’s who don’t wear very fashionable clothes, shoes, hats and full face make-up. To me, those women remind me more of Our Lady and tend to be quite beautiful and Serene.

  2. Take up your cross and follow Him. So few people want to avoid suffering. They don’t realize the graces that come from it. I’d rather pay for my wrongdoings in this life than suffer further in the afterlife. Even purgatory is unbearably painful, and long. Blessed feast to all!

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