For the doctrine of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God.  – 1 Cor 1:18

Reflection. Too many people would have you believe that the perfume of God is pain and suffering.  It is not.  Love comes in many disguises.  The cross is a sign of total self-giving and love.  God’s perfume is happiness.

Prayer. O Lord, grant me the courage to take up my cross and follow You.  Make me understand that it is through the cross that I learn how to die with You, so that I may also rise with You.