On September 14, A.D. 335, took place the dedication of Constantine’s basilica, an inclosure which contained both Calvary and the Holy Sepulchre. “At this date,” says Etheria, “The cross was discovered.”
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to Myself. — Gospel, St. John 12
The Imitation of Christ
Jesus hath now many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of His Cross. He hath many that are desirous of solation, but few of tribulation.
The Cross on which our Savior died was discovered by St. Helena, you recall. A basilica was built in which to place the relic, and it was carried there with great pomp on the shoulders of the Emperor Heraclius.
How would you feel if you should meet our Savior with His Cross, and He should say: “I want you to carry this for Me just this one day”? That is exactly what He does when He allows you to suffer little difficulties during the day. Has He miscalculated your courage, perhaps, or your love for Him? Instead of “grouching” today, hang out a smile and say inside, “Thy will be done!”
Be it done unto me according to Thy word. — Our Lady