Watch: Carrying your cross means standing up to abuse, not tolerating it – Bishop Galea Curmi

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

“Li terfa’ s-salib huwa fl-aħħar mill-aħħar li tbati għal dak li hu sewwa … Pereżempju, jekk inti vittma ta’ vjolenza…

Posted by Archdiocese of Malta on Friday, August 7, 2020

Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea Curmi encouraged victims of abuse to seek the necessary steps required to end it instead of tolerating it as he reflected on what was meant by carrying one’s cross.

Mgr Galea Curmi was celebrating Mass at the chapel of the Archbishop’s Curia when he reflected on a phrase Jesus had said to his disciples, advising them to deny themselves and take up their cross daily. He observed that while colloquially, the Maltese often described those they needed to be patient with as the cross they needed to bear, what it ultimately meant was to be ready to suffer for what is right.

“If you are a victim of domestic violence, for instance, carrying one’s cross does not mean to continue suffering abuse in silence. It means taking the necessary steps so that the abuse ends, so that you may no longer experience it,” the Bishop maintained.

He prayed for God to enlighten his followers to help them recognise when they needed to deny themselves and carry their cross,” so that we may follow Him, in full loyalty and with great love.”