The following excerpts come from The Way of the Cross written by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and published by Our Sunday Visitor (1982).
SIMON THE CYRENEAN HELPS JESUS TO CARRY HIS CROSS
“Simon saw in the cross only a shameful burden of wood … Hence he became at first an unwilling helper. We too are like Simon in his first moments: we know about Jesus, but we do not know Jesus. We have feared to be a sharer of His cross, and hence have loved Him little, because we have known Him only a little.
Give me, O Jesus, an understanding of this great mystery: that it is only at a distance that the Cross frightens — that its shadow is really more terrible than its reality — that its splinters are more terrifying than its beams — that the whole of it is easier to carry than a part.”