On the Small Number of the Lovers of the Cross
Jesus has many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few cross-bearers. Many desire His consolations, but few His tribulations. All desire to rejoice with Him, but few will suffer for Him. They who love Jesus purely for Himself and not for their own sake bless Him in all trouble and anguish as well as in time of consolation. Oh how powerful is the pure love of Jesus, when not mixed with self-interest or self-love!