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"If thou carry the cross willingly, it will carry thee, and bring thee to thy desired end, namely, to that place where there will be an end to suffering, though here there will be no end. If thou carry it unwillingly, thou makest it a burden to thee and loadest thyself the more, and nevertheless thou must bear it. If thou fling away one cross, without doubt thou wilt find another,and perhaps a heavier."
(This is part 5 of 14 from Book II, Chapter 12, "The Royal Road of the Holy Cross," of The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A'Kenpis.)
Arch-Bishop Fulton Sheen
Submitted by James Spencer
Many years ago Arch-Bishop Fulton Sheen lamented the widespread "waste of suffering." By this he did not mean that suffering as such is a waste, but that so many waste their sufferings by failing to offer them up to God as a prayer and a sacrifice. The surest way to avoid wasting one's sufferings is to make a the "morning offering" every day.
Here are two versions of that prayer.
"O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day, for all the intentions of Thy Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all our associates, and in particular for the intention recommended this month by our Holy Father, the Pope. I wish to gain all the indulgences attached to the prayers I shall say and the good works I shall perform this day."
"O God, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus from the altars throughout the world, joining with it the offering of my every thought, word, and action of this day O my Jesus, I desire today to gain every indulgence and merit I can and I offer them together with myself to Mary Immaculate that she may best apply them in the interests of Thy Most Sacred Heart. Precious Blood of Jesus, save us."
Pope Benedict XVI Names Five New Saints Telegraph.co.ukhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/5226735/Pope-Benedict-XVI-names-five-new-saints.html
Speaking in a packed St Peter's Square, the Pope praised each of the five as a model for the faithful, saying their lives and works were as relevant today as when they were alive. The Pontiff singled out the Rev Arcangelo Tadini, who lived at the turn of the last century and founded an order of nuns to tend to factory workers – something of a scandal at the time, since factories were considered immoral and dangerous places. Tadini also created an association to provide emergency loans to workers experiencing financial difficulties.
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The only non-Italian canonised Sunday was Nuno Alvares Pereira, who helped secure Portugal's independence from the Spanish kingdom of Castile, leading Portuguese forces in the critical Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385.
After leaving the military, he entered religious life as a Carmelite and changed his name to Nuno de Santa Maria. He dedicated himself to the poor, never taking the privileges that would have been afforded to him as a former commander. He is remembered as a national hero today in Portugal, with street signs named after him in many towns, but also as a humble man of great spirituality.
"The canonisation of Nuno Alvares Pereira honours one of the personalities that most clearly mapped out our national history," Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva said in Lisbon. Also canonised on Sunday was Bernardo Tolomei, a nearly blind monk who founded the Benedictine Congregation of Santa Maria di Monte Oliveto in the 1340s. He died in 1348 along with 82 of his monks after leaving the safety of his monastery to tend to plague victims in Siena. The Pope praised his dedication, saying he died "as an authentic martyr of charity." The others canonised were Gertrude Comensoli and Caterina Volpicelli, 19th century Italian nuns who founded religious orders.
He has presided over a handful of canonisation ceremonies in his four-year pontificate, and has left it to other Vatican officials to officiate at beatification ceremonies. His predecessor, Pope John Paul II, beatified 1,338 people and canonised 480 during his quarter-century pontificate. Beatification is the first step to possible sainthood. The Vatican must certify one miracle attributed to the candidate's intercession for beatification, and a second miracle that occurred after beatification for the candidate to be declared a saint.