Jesus Gospel Message Inspires Poem: Carry the Cross

Paul Keggington

September 11, 2013

Aware that the Jesus’ message of love and peace is urgently needed in our world, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity reflect on the Sunday Gospel and share about its application in our lives. Here we highlight one of Sister Martinella Janz’ poems inspired by one of the Scripture texts that gave St. Francis direction for his life. 

Carry the Cross

Carry the cross

of your nature

your very essence

Carry it with pride

Be highly pleased and rejoice

of whose you are and

of what God

has blessed you with.

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Of your person

In your sufferings,

The mistakes made,

The regrets voiced, and

The failure to understand

About what to say or do.

Do it all with gratitude

Being satisfied

With who you are,

A beautiful creation of God.

Carry the cross

Of your mission in life

Each of us has been sent

For a particular, special task to do.

No one is equipped

With a cross like ours.

Therefore, it’s uniquely ours alone.

If we neglect to do this.

The task will never be done, and

God’s favors in us-unfulfilled.

So carry your cross.

Learn from the Master,

By following Him.

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