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Let me let you in on a beautiful part of the crosses we carry: even those are meant just for us, even those are things God allowed just for us — to bring us closer to Him and to the life He intended for us, and to bring us closer to Heaven.

Our crosses weren’t meant for anybody else but ourselves, although others can certainly help us carry them and make them much lighter, and sweeter, and easier to bear.

Our crosses have been tailor-made for us.

They have been cut, stitched, and sewed for us — for our souls, our bodies, our hearts and minds.

“In order to purify a soul, Jesus uses whatever instruments he likes. My soul underwent a complete abandonment on the part of creatures; often my best intentions were misinterpreted by the sisters, a type of suffering which is most painful; but God allows it, and we must accept it because in this way we become more like Jesus.” – St. Faustina 

And they were intended for our good, as all things — even evil, can participate in Good and point to God.

St. Augustine said of evil: “God is so good that in His hand, even evil brings about good. He would never have permitted evil to occur if He had not, thanks to His perfect goodness, been able to use it.”

Our crosses are intended for our sanctification, and our salvation. And more than that, God does give us what we need to push on, to push through, and to make it… He always gives us the grace for what He allows us to walk through.

“We know certainly that God calls us to a holy life. We know that He gives us every grace, every abundant grace; and though we are so weak of ourselves, this grace is able to carry us through every obstacle and difficulty.” – St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton 

God is with us, even in the midst of our deepest struggles and trials — and He knows them, and He knows you.

We must take Him up on His promises, and on His word.

He will make all things right, and new — most likely not in this world, but certainly in the next. And until then, take Him up on His promise that He is giving us all that we need to get through these times.

“God is very pleased with those who recognize his goodness by reciting the Te Deum in thanksgiving whenever something out of the ordinary happens, without caring whether it may have been good or bad, as the world reckons these things. Because everything comes from the hands of our Father: so though the blow of the chisel may hurt our flesh, it is a sign of Love, as he smooths off our rough edges and brings us closer to perfection.
– St. Josemaria Escriva “The Forge,” 609