The following excerpts come from The Way of the Cross written by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and published by Our Sunday Visitor (1982).
JESUS CARRIES HIS CROSS
“But by a divine act, Our Lord made the sign of contradiction the sign of redemption, and converted the Cross into the Crucifix. The Cross is the problem of pain and death; but the Crucifix is the solution … that unless we take up our own crosses and follow Him we cannot be his disciples.
I know, dear Lord, how crosses are made. … Up to this point, dear Jesus, I have done nothing but fashion crosses by disobeying your holy law and asserting my own selfish desires. Grant that I may make you no more crosses, but henceforth may place the bar of my will alongside the bar of your will…”