It is by identifying ourselves with Christ on the cross, that weshall find Him again in the splendours of His glory; for man, andGod in man, cannot be separated; and both, thou didst say, must be contemplated by every soul. Yet no otherwise than by effectivecompassion with our suffering Head can we find the way of divine union and the sweet fruits of love. If the soul suffersherself to be led by the good pleasure of the Holy Ghost, thisMaster of masters will conduct her by no other way, than that setforth by our Lord in the books of His humility, patience, andsuffering.-Dom Prosper Guéranger, O.S.B.
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St. Francis of Assisi
But as for me, God forbidthat I should glory, savein the Cross of our LordJesus Christ, throughWhom the world iscrucified to me, and I tothe world.
With a loud voice I cryout to the Lord; with aloud voice I beseech theLord.V. Glory be to the Father,and to the Son, and to theHoly Ghost.R. As it was in the beginning, is now, andever shall be, worldwithout end. Amen.But as for me, God forbidthat I should glory, savein the Cross of our LordJesus Christ, throughWhom the world iscrucified to me, and I tothe world.
O God, Who by the good works of blessed Francis enriched Your Church byestablishing a new religious family, grant us to imitate him by emulation of him, by looking upon the things of earth as nought and ever to rejoice insharing Your heavenly gifts. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Wholiveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God,world without end. Amen.