love and crosses

“It is part of the discipline of God to make His loved ones perfect through trial and suffering.
Only by carrying the Cross can one reach the Resurrection.”

Archbishop Fulton Sheen

(flowers in a stall in Zurich, Switzerland / Julie Cook / 2018)

“In the old days, people demanded ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,’
and to repay evil for evil.
Patience was not yet on the earth,
because faith was not on the earth either.
Of course, impatience made full use of the opportunities the Law gave it.
That was easy when the Lord and Master of patience was not here.
But now that he has come and put the grace of faith together with patience,
we are no longer allowed to attack someone even with a wordβ€”-
not even to call someone a fool without facing the danger of judgment.
The Law found more than it lost when Christ said,
‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven’ (Matthew 5:44-45).
This most important commandment summarizes in a word the universal discipline of patience,
since it does not allow us to do evil even to people who deserve it.”

Tertullian, p. 104
An Excerpt from
A Year with Church Fathers

9 comments on “love and crosses

  1. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    Love Tertullian!!

  2. Lynda Clayton says:

    The photo is beautiful! I used to listen to Bishop Fulton Sheen as a young child and was mesmerized by what he said and how he said it. There is great wisdom in both the quotes that you have shared today. As a society, we would be wise to stop lashing out at others but rather to restrain ourselves and look deep within for the solutions to the concerns of our fellow citizens. Blessings on you and your family Julie!

  3. says:

    Oh how I pray that we could get to that point of perfection, but I fear we will never experience it here on earth. Praise God that we have a new life to look forward to. The flowers in your photo are amazing. They almost look like they’re singing.

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