I will say more: we must sacrifice ourselves to God, each day and in everything we do, accepting all that happens to us for the sake of the Word, imitating his passion by our sufferings, and honoring his blood by shedding our own. We must be ready to be crucified.
If you are a Simon of Cyrene, take up your cross and follow Christ. If you are crucified beside him like one of the thieves, now, like the good thief, acknowledge your God. For your sake, and because of your sin, Christ himself was regarded as a sinner; for his sake, therefore, you must cease to sin. Worship him who was hung on the cross because of you, even if you are hanging there yourself. Derive some benefit from the very shame; purchase salvation with your death. Enter paradise with Jesus, and discover how far you have fallen.
Social Media Lenten Practice Day 35: There is something utterly beautiful about scientists discovering new and wondrous things about the universe. Scientific Theologian (and friend of GSP) Michael Dowd says that an astronomer and biologist are both the universe becoming more conscious of itself as they discover new truths. How can observing the universe bring you a greater connection to something greater than yourself?