Thank God for good tea and good friends. Where would our culture be were it not for tea? “Come in luv, siddown for a cuppa tea!”, or “com’ovah for a cuppa tea and cake.” They’re the most comforting words in the human language to me. Unrelated but it’s a statement.

It’s the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross tomorrow, today, naturally, being the vigil. I’d like to offer you a reflection or a meditation of the Holy Cross, not through the insufferable words of my mouth but from the eloquent words of St Ignatius

If God gives you an abundant harvest of trials, it is a sign of great holiness which He desires you to attain. Do you want to become a great saint? Ask God to send you many sufferings. The flame of Divine Love never rises higher than when fed with the wood of the Cross, which the infinite charity of the Saviour used to finish His sacrifice. All the pleasures of the world are nothing compared with the sweetness found in the gall and vinegar offered to Jesus Christ. That is, hard and painful things endured for Jesus Christ and with Jesus Christ.


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