This is actually a very simple task*!
Just do someone a favour or silently suffer some injustice, or accept some undeserved suffering, or bear an unexpected burden, or refuse to retaliate when attacked. I’m sure you can think of other examples.
*It is as simple as recognising that the Father gave the Cross to Christ, which He freely accepted , and that we should imitate His example.
I go to the late laying of the ashes on that Wednesday, so that I can come home to bed without people looking at my forehead. The execrable Ted Turner once said to a Catholic minion of his on Wednesday morning: “What is that stuff? Are you a Jesus freak?” While I’m proud to wear the sign of the Cross, I don’t choose to favour the unwashed with it. I may be a bit cowardly that way.
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Could be cowardly JH, or perhaps just a sign of humility? 😉 Depends on the motives in one’s heart I think.
I remember when I was a youngster being equally shy of making the sign of cross in public (before eating)…. and bringing my hair over my forehead on Ash Wednesday to hide the ashy sign of the cross there. Why? Because I didn’t want people to think I was saying to them: “Holier than thou!”
It was only when someone pointed out to me that this attitude could be seen as appearing to my being ashamed of being a Catholic (living in a country of so many non-Catholics), that I decided to change my ‘chip’. That doesn’t mean we need to go around wearing a placard round our necks saying: “Proud to be Catholic”, but it does mean that I will never deny my love of Christ and gratitude for having been called to be a member of His Holy Church.
I never go anywhere without my little crucifix round my neck now, and this has brought me many blessings…. and occasional stares of hate and anger!!
Though our Burrito’s underlying point above is, I believe, in living the cross in our lives in our thoughts, words and deeds wherever we might find ourselves. The sign of the Cross can be invisible, and yet wholly effective in the graces it brings.