“The Lord tries the righteous.” Psalm 11:5

“You shall be perfect with the Lord your God.”  Deuteronomy 18:13

“Take up thy cross and follow Jesus.  In the cross is salvation, in the cross is life; in the cross is protection from thine enemies.  In the cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness; in the cross is strength of mind; in the cross is joy of spirit.  In the cross is height of virtue; in the cross is the perfection of sanctity.  There is no health of soul nor hope of eternal life but in the cross.  If you carry the cross willingly, it will carry thee an bring thee to thy desired end; namely, to that place where there will be an end of suffering, though here there will be no end.  If you carry it unwillingly you make it a burden for yourself and thus make it heavier, but still you will have to carry it.  If you fling away one cross, without doubt you will find another and perhaps a heavier one.  Do not think that you can escape that which no mortal could ever avoid.”  Thomas a Kempis

“Those who run from the cross are doomed to be crushed beneath its weight.” St John Vianney




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