Sister Joan Chittister says that “complaining is the acid that shrivels our souls.” St. Paul would say “grumbling” and “questioning.” St. Benedict calls it “murmuring,” an attitude that begins under our breath and ends up as an acting out in community. This shrivels our souls but it also makes us blameworthy and nullifies the meaning of the cross. The embarrassing thing is that we all murmur at different times in our lives.
Jesus tells us that my cross is different than your cross. So, plan ahead before ya’ pick it up.