FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY: May 1-3    


COLUMNS: GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

OUR CROSSES ARE TRULY BLESSINGS

      All of us suffer every day. The cross can come to us in various sizes. It takes the form of minor annoyances that move many to "cuss" a bit in traffic. It takes a medium form in daily fatigue and the stress that comes in meeting deadlines and putting up with irritating people. But the cross can come in grandiose-size in the form of a terminal illness, the loss of a loved one, the loss of an important job, etc.

      However it comes, we can be certain that the Hand of God is with it. That is, God will not permit us to have a cross without at the same time giving us ALL that we need to bear it and without His being right there.

      I know that most people donít think of their crosses as blessings from God, but they are. A fruit tree bears better and healthier fruit, if at appropriate times it gets pruned. Some of the branches must be cut away. There must be a struggle... in patience... in order for us to be "purified" and made better.

      I heard a story recently that gives clarity to my point. It is as follows.

Think about it and may God bless you!