Francis de Sales on your cross

The everlasting God has in His wisdom
foreseen from eternity the cross 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 grace,
perfumed 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.

St. Francis de Sales


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