God's boundless wisdom has given each person a cross according to his/her character and strength. If we carry our cross without grumbling, repent of our sins, and do not justify ourselves, then like the good thief we shall enter God's Kingdom. But if we grumble, if we blaspheme God or our neighbor, we shall perish like the wicked thief---in great torment, with out hope of salvation to lessen our grief. The choice lies in our own hands. We must be wise like the repentant thief. None of us will escape the cross. Let us ease its weight through faith in God, resistance to sin, repentance, forgiveness of all our close ones, endurance of sorrows without murmuring, and prayer to the Lord.
Source: Daily Lives, Miracles and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar
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