There is a message in the cross of a willingness to die to what keeps us from loving better. It’s this willing self-denial that feeds the spiritual life. You not only redeemed us but You taught us by Your cross. I have come to believe that life is all about the perfecting of love, and I believe that this is what You taught. If I am a sincere follower of You I should nurture that willingness to deny those parts of my self that keep me from loving better.
I wholeheartedly agree with St. Therese of Lisieux that it’s all about the little things of daily life which seem to be given to us as the daily bread we pray for. In them we have the chance to grow in love which, if ignored, may never return. We may never have the chance to do that one little thing as well again. And, in most cases, accepting and embracing such tasks means dying a little bit to self.
If our willingness precedes our weakness we will persevere despite our selves, for we realize the absolute singularity and supremacy of love in our lives. It is the fundamental directive on the map used by those seeking You. What possible end could more accurately define the purpose of life! The willingness to move in this direction is the essential first-step, then, as we go forward. We look for ways to die to our selves in order to ever-increasingly love better.