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November 23, 2015

In Christian circles we spend a great deal of time talking about the cross, our need to carry the cross, and even Christ Himself tells us that we need to carry our cross daily, implying of course that there is a cross specifically designed for us.  So what is this cross, how are we to know what our cross is, and how is it beneficial for us to carry our cross.  In this lively conversation about a serious topic, Mark and Frances begin with the statement made by a visiting Carmelite Friar, that we are our own cross.  They use a text from St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross titled, “The Science of the Cross,” to explore how our crosses are actually individually designed for us, and they are not only the means of our salvation, but also the means of our purification.  Furthermore, if we will allow it, they are the means by which the Lord will allow us to participate in His work of redemption for the whole world.  This conversation will also explore how the work of the cross is something far deeper within our spirit than the mere worldly perception of the trials in our life, and as such, it is truly an act of love on the part of our Savior.