Ave Maria Meditations
When God lays a cross upon us, some misfortune, or some unexpected burden, instead of thanking Him for this precious gift too often we rebel against His will. We forget that our Savior never sends across alone, but ever sweetens its bitterness, lightens its weight by His all powerful grace.
With reluctance, with unwillingness, Simon bears the cross of his Master. At first his spirit revolted against this injustice, he probably rebelled against this ignominy. But once he excepted with resignation, his soul was filled with heavenly sweetness, he felt not the weight of the heavy beams, he did not mind the jibes of the multitude but pressed on after his Master, proud to be His follower.
+Fr. William Doyle, S.J.