Take Up Your Cross
“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
This is one of the three foundational texts of Saint Francis’ rule of life. When Bernard of Quintavalle told Francis he wanted to join his life of poverty, they spoke to the parish priest and, under his guidance, opened the Scriptures three times, a common practice in medieval times.
The three passages they read that day, from Luke and Matthew, eventually became part of Francis’ Rule: the rule and life of the friars is to live in obedience, in chastity and without property, following the teaching and the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ.
These passages express the need to put Christ at the center of all we think, say, and do: give to the poor, deny yourself, take up your cross.
Pray with Saint Francis
We adore you, Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all your churches in the whole world, and we bless you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Amen.