in your crucifixion and resurrection
an example of how to endure
and seemingly to die
in the agony and conflict of daily life,
so that we may live
more fully and creatively.
You accepted patiently and humbly
the rebuffs of human life,
as well as the tortures
of your crucifixion and passion.
Help us to accept the pains and conflicts
that come to us each day
as opportunities to grow as people
and become more like you.
Enable us to go through them
patiently and bravely,
trusting that you will support us.
Make us realize
that it is only by frequent deaths of ourselves
and our self- centered desires
that we can come to live more fully;
for it is only by dying with you
that we can rise with you.”
- Mother Teresa
I am willing to receive what You give,
To lack what you withhold,
To let go of what you take,
To suffer what you allow,
To be what you require.”
- Charles Swindoll