Part 3: Accept Your Cross

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There’s lots of talk about resurrection this time of year, from the good news of the Easter story to what we witness outdoors in every new flower. But what does it really mean to us, in a practical way? The Catholic Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery collaborated on this 10-part answer to the question of How to Practice Resurrection Every Day. We will publish it in installments over the next couple of weeks!

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond. – Rumi

Sister Rosemary Becker, OSB says that we must first accept our crosses as invitations to growth and new life.

Assistant principal for six years at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Bloomington, Ill., she had ample opportunity to help many students do just that.

“When students were sent to my office for being disruptive, I knew they were often acting out because of problems outside of school,” she says.

“I told them Jesus had crosses too. I didn’t dwell on their bad behavior.”

Sr. Rosemary guided her students to accept their situations, whether they stemmed from trouble at home, illness or another unchangeable circumstance.

She helped them understand that – although they couldn’t escape their cross – they could change their response to it.

“Accepting your cross doesn’t mean that you must accept a life of misery,” she says.

“We are called to choose resurrection. New life every day.”

In other words, we are called to grow and learn from our crosses.

What is your cross teaching you?

Part 4: Get Down Off Your Cross

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