Blogging through Pope John XXIII: A Crucified Life

“O sweet Jesus, grant me true love, the love of the Cross, not of those heroic crosses whose splendour nourishes self-love, but of those ordinary crosses which we bear with such repugnance, of those crosses which appear every day in our lives and which are found at every hour along our path – opposition, failure, abandonment, obstacles, adversities, coldness, impatience, rejection, scorn, bodily infirmity, mental depression, silence and aridity of the heart. Only then I shall I know that I love you; though I may not feel or know this, it will be enough. – O sweet Jesus, may your will always and without exception be fulfilled in me!”

- ‘Offering of a Crucified Life,’ Father Lintelo (found stapled to Pope John XXIII’s typed notes)

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