How is the albatross related to the cross?What does the bird have to do with the cross? Why should it be related to the cross?

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There is an idea that there is a "cross to bear" as a burden of punishment and only in yielding to the necessity and propriety of the punishment can the transgressor understand his crime, his trangression, and in that understanding learn to forgive himself. 

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