The everlasting God has in His wisdom
Forseen from eternity the cross that
He now presents to you as a gift from
His inmost heart.
This cross that He now sends you
He has considered with His all‑knowing eyes, Understood with His divine mind,
Tested with His wise justice,
Warmed with His loving arms
And weighed with His own hands to
See that it be not one inch too large
And not one ounce too heavy for you.
He has blessed it with His holy name,
Anointed it with His grace,
Perfumed it with His consolation,
Taken one last glance at you and your courage
And then sent it to you from heaven,
A special greeting from God to you,
An alms of the all‑merciful God.
St.Francis de Sales.