St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein):
A knowledge of the cross can be gained only when one comes to feel the Cross radically. I have been convinced of that from the first moment and have said, from my heart: Ave Crux, spes unica! (Hail Cross, our only hope!)
Only those who are saved, only children of grace, can in fact be bearers of Christ's cross. Only in union with the divine Head does human suffering take on expiatory power. To suffer and to be happy although suffering, to have one's feet on the earth, to walk on the dirty and rough paths of this earth and yet to be enthroned with Christ at the Father's right hand, to laugh and cry with the children of this world and ceaselessly sing the praises of God with the choirs of angels--this is the life of the Christian until the morning of eternity breaks forth.
Peace be with you!
Rosemarie of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, ocds