‘For to pick up your cross and follow Christ means to flow in the love of God which pours out from the Passion. The cross symbolises unbearable pain, the path we walk is a path to Calvary and ultimately leads to a place of death. This is often where people stop in their journey and understanding of Christ’s meaning. Take pain upon yourself deliberately, rather than endure the cross you are given by living with it, in love. For we must not forget the transformative hope, the transfigurative moment, the all-empowering, embracing arms of love that gather and hold us and lift us into the very real heart of the Trinity; the Heart of Love.
The power and the hope that flow in this heart of Mercy change our lives forever more. It is this entering into the truth of the cross and the truth of the love, the mercy, the healing, the redemption of all that is not of God, which ultimately Christ asks us to do, that we may be free to live, to sing, to dance in wonder at the life freely given, for to enter on this path is to enter into the freedom of forgiveness, the blessing of the Father and the empowerment of the Spirit, to live our lives as God fully intended, despite our suffering.
Living in the freedom of the Spirit means that we will find a new way to embrace each moment of chaos and confusion, fear and stuckness, agony even, with a new heart, one that is ever blessed with the truth of the power of God. It means entering into the process of life with the immanence of God, here present, with us, through which all things become possible. It is the way to live within the transcendence of God within each immanent moment.’