My spiritual director often speaks to me about the Cross, which is good because I remain hesitant to embrace it.
Over time I've collected a few of these sayings. Here are three that I try to keep close:
"The more you find the Cross problematic, the more difficulty you will have finding peace. It's that simple."
"Just because you embrace the Cross doesn't always make it understandable. It's still foolishness to the world, and to the world that still lives inside you especially."
"Crucifixion is a messy business. On top of the nails, you're going to get a finger smashed when the hammer misses. It's an awful mess."