For Tuesday, May 1

From Blessed John Paul II’s encyclical, Laborem exercens:

“The Christian finds in human work a small part of the cross of Christ and accepts it in the same spirit of redemption in which Christ accepted the cross for us. In work, thanks to the light that penetrates us from the resurrection of Christ, we always find a glimmer of new life, of the new good, as if it were an announcement of “the new heavens and the new earth” in which man and the world participate precisely through the toil that goes with work.”

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He was quite the salesman. His encyclical on salvific suffering is another magnificent gift. What a treasure chest he left us.

Your post reminded me of something a friend sent me:

“In the cross is salvation, in the cross is life, in the cross is protection from 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 highest virtue, in the cross is perfect holiness. There is no salvation of soul nor hope of everlasting life but in the cross. Take up your cross, therefore, and follow Jesus, and you shall enter eternal life. He Himself opened the way before you in carrying His cross, and upon it He died for you, that you, too, might
take up your cross and long to die upon it. If you die with Him, you
shall also live with Him, and if you share His suffering, you shall
also share His glory. Behold, in the cross is everything, and upon
your dying on the cross everything depends. There is no other way to
life and to true inward peace than the way of the holy cross and daily
mortification. Go where you will, seek what you will, you will not
find a higher way, nor a less exalted but safer way, than the way of the holy cross.”
–Imitation of Christ

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