Monday, November 22, 2010

Cross Wise - Suffering with Joy

"Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me."      Mt. 16:24

There are folks who are wise in the ways of the world and then...there are folks who are Cross wise. Their vision has been lifted from this world to the next. The Cross, which seems such an obstacle to some, is a stepping stone to our Lord for others. They use their sufferings to draw closer to Christ and to obtain graces for others, also.

This week's Catholic Treasure is Barbara Schoeneberger's - Suffering with Joy. Barb is a gifted artist with a very keen intelligence and I always enjoy reading her thoughts and insights on various issues including, but not limited to, dealing with a chronic illness, the Church, the Arts, and Sacred Scripture.

Barb has been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. In 2008, she also went through 3 hip surgeries. Despite her battle with chronic pain, Barb remains upbeat and offers her sufferings in reparation for sins of the world. You can read her story here. She is an inspiring and courageous woman and I highly recommend her site.


  1. I like this series of posts you are writing about different blogs. I like Barb's blog as well. I love her insights. God bless!

  2. I recommend this site too ... I visit often.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    God bless.

  3. Colleen,
    I'm glad you are enjoying these posts. There are a lot of wonderful Catholic blogs out there!
    I especially like reading Barb's posts on the Psalms - these are always excellent.

  4. Victor,
    It's a great site!

    Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes :)

  5. I think I would rather be Cross wise .....Hugs

  6. Thank you Mary for your comments on my Blog. I have responded there.

    God bless you always.

  7. Me too, Bernie :) Hugs and blessings to you!

  8. Thanks so much for what you've written about my blog. If it brings anyone closer to God or gives others hope, it is not in vain.

    I enjoy your blog, too. We all, I think, help keep each other lifted up to God in our work.

  9. Barb,
    Thank you, Barb. I like to think of those who blog for Christ as an united unit each adding his or her own gifts to this unity. I pray for everyone regularly - both for their writing and their personal intentions.