Imagine bearing a cross to remind you of
Christ's sacrifice. This is a common practice in
Christianity -- contemplating the pain Christ bore for our sins. But
now imagine bearing a cross, literally. This is what Henry Suso did for
much of his life. Suso was so adamant about feeling Christ's pain and
being reminded of his own ineptitude that he drove nails and needles
into a wooden cross and strapped it to his back. This practice of
self-harm for religious purposes is known as mortification, and Suso's
autobiography profiles a perfect example of this unique custom. Along
with many chapters on his suffering and how he made it through, Suso
writes of his family, his conversion, and how God blessed his work.
This autobiography is a provoking look into Suso's life, and the
intensity of his faith and actions will spur many believers to
reevaluate their lifestyle and perhaps make some changes. We don't all
have to wear a literal cross, but Suso will inspire many to think of
Christ's sacrifice in a new way.