Hard But Sweet
The ladder of perfection is reached but not mounted; and there is just a danger of sitting contentedly at the foot, measuring the distance to be climbed later on, and thus putting off the day of sacrifice which Jesus asks.
His Heart is opened to receive you; He points to it as your home and resting-place; but the crown of thorns, like a thick hedge, bars the way.
Are you afraid of pressing against those thorns which will wound and tear you as you force your way through?
Have courage, the love of Jesus will sweeten it all, and His strong right arm will support you if you are brave.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930