The Lord loads us and sets us free from our load, for when he bestows a cross on one of his chosen ones, he strengths that soul to such an extent that by bearing the weight of his cross he is relieved of it.
– St. Pio of Pietrelcina
No one would complain about his cross or about the troubles that may happen to him if he could come to know the scales on which they are weighed when they are distributed to men.
-St. Rose of Lima
Prayer for the Church in Need
God of power and of mercy, you gave courage to the martyrs who died for their faith. In many places in the world, our brothers and sisters in Christ continue to suffer for their belief in you and in your Son. Strengthen all those who suffer religious persecution. May we work for the day when all your children may worship you in freedom and in joy.