“My hair has always been unruly.  I can’t keep it under control for anything.  I guess that’s my cross to bear…”

“My complexion is terrible.  I still break out like I’m a teenager!  It’s the cross I have to bear…”

“I’d love to be able to have a deep, meaningful conversation with my husband, but he’s so private I can barely get a word out of him.  Must be my cross to bear…”

Have you heard statements like these?  I have.  I’m sure I’ve even made such frivolous statements before.  In our society, “bearing one’s cross” has come to mean putting up with something that’s irritating or annoying, as in the examples above.  But what does it really mean?

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