The Christian life is a journey with the cross, of the cross and in the cross of Christ. We have to embrace it freely with love as part of our identity. We identify with the cross through self-abnegation, suffering, illness and sickness, setbacks and challenges, obstacles and failures. Life without the cross is life without Christ. Jesus says: “If anyone is willing to come after Me: let him deny himself and take up his cross every day, and follow me” (Luke 9: 23).