I wanted to share a passage that a friend shared at a discussion group this past weekend. It was especially prescient as a close friend is going through a tough time for his family. During Lent when we reflect on the state of our own lives, we also check ourselves with respect to how well we bear suffering. So it seems fitting to share this with the entire readership:
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.
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