Dying to Live

What does it mean to take up our cross?

Dying to Live

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Is there a Catholic alive who hasn’t heard or said the words, “This is my cross to bear”? We all have times when we are challenged to face some kind of trial—and to face it in faith and trust in the Lord.

Perhaps “our cross” comes in the form of a troubled spouse or child, the haunting memory of a loved one who died unexpectedly, or a serious, prolonged illness. In this sense, the expression “a cross to bear,” means that we are trying to endure some difficult event or situation without complaining, believing that we can grow closer to God as we walk this challenging path.

Saving and Losing. There is, however, another way that we encounter Jesus’ cross— something that is meant to be part of our everyday lives, not just our times of trouble or sorrow. Not long after he first told his disciples that he was destined to be crucified, Jesus said: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). Jesus was not…

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