|St. Augustine and the Fires of Wisdom|
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"Christ, Son of God, if You had not wished to suffer, You would not have suffered. Show us the fruit of Your Passion." --St. Augustine, Commentary on Psalm 21The quote above also bears on my preceding post, "Why did Christ not come down from the Cross?"
Here's the April 11th reading from "Augustine Day by Day". I find it particularly relevant.
"Let them deny themselves, that is not put their trust in themselves. Let them take up their cross, that is, put up with all the affronts of the world for the love of Christ. Persist, persevere, endure, bear up under the delay. In this way you will bear up your cross." Sermon 96.