Feast of Saint Andrew, by Father Médaille

detail of a stained glass window in the church of Saint Martin, Tauberbischofsheim, Germany, date and artist unknown; photographed on 25 June 2012 by Reinhardhauke; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsSaint Andrew took up the Cross as a disciple of Christ; attached himself to Jesus by renouncing the world; and submitted to the gospel, that he might observe its precepts rigorously, together with its counsels of perfection. If we have left the world, and professed that we are anxious to take up the Cross of our dear Lord, why do we carry it with so bad a grace?

Saint Andrew preached the Cross as an Apostle, and travelled over many provinces to con vert people to Our Lord. He laboured and taught, putting himself to a thousand inconveniences, that he might make unbelievers submit to the shame of the Cross; and he succeeded. We preach to Christians, console them, and rouse them by the example of a crucified God; what we say to others let us apply to ourselves.

Saint Andrew suffered the Cross as a martyr; longed for it with all his heart, hastened to it eagerly, embraced it joyfully, died on it generously: O bona crux, diu desiderata! Let us search into our conduct, to see if we possess the like feelings as to the Cross and as to sufferings.