Quotations from Saint Josemaria
1st Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation
But Mary said to the angel, “How shall this happen, since I do not know man?”
And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee; and therefore the Holy One to be born shall be called the Son of God.
(St. Luke 1: 34-35)
Don't forget, my friend, that we are children. The Lady of the sweet name, Mary, is withdrawn in prayer. You, in that house, are whatever you want to be: a friend, a servant, an onlooker, a neighbor... I, at this moment, don't dare to be anything. I hide behind you; full of awe, I contemplate the scene: The Archangel delivers his message... Quomodo fiet istud, quoniam virum non cognosco? —How shall this be done since I know not man? (Luke 1:34)
Our Mother's voice brings to my memory —by contrast— all the impurities of men.... mine too.
Holy Rosary, 1
Our mother is a model of correspondence to grace. If we contemplate her life, our Lord will give us the light we need to divinize our everyday existence. Throughout the year when we celebrate feasts dedicated to Mary and frequently on other days, we Christians can think of the Virgin. If we take advantage of these moments, trying to imagine how she would conduct herself in our circumstances, we will make steady progress. And in the end we will resemble her, as children come to look like their mother.
Christ is Passing By, 173
Following her example of obedience to God, we can learn to serve delicately without being slavish. In Mary we don't find the slightest trace of the attitude of the foolish virgins, who obey, but thoughtlessly. Our Lady listens attentively to what God wants, ponders what she doesn't fully understand and asks about what she doesn't know. Then she gives herself completely to doing the divine will: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to your word.” Isn't that marvellous? The blessed Virgin, our teacher in all we do, shows us here that obedience to God is not servile, does not bypass our conscience. We should be inwardly moved to discover the “freedom of the children of God.”
Christ is Passing By, 173
To take advantage of the grace which our mother offers us today and to second at any time the inspirations of the Holy Spirit, the shepherd of our souls, we ought to be seriously committed to dealing with God. We cannot take refuge in the anonymous crowd. If interior life doesn’t involve personal encounter with God, it doesn't exist — it's as simple as that. There are few things more at odds with Christianity than superficiality. To settle down to routine in our christian life is to dismiss the possibility of becoming a contemplative soul. God seeks us out, one by one. And we ought to answer him, one by one: “Here I am, Lord, because you have called me.”
Christ is Passing By, 174
The scene of the Annunciation is a very lovely one. How often we have meditated on this. Mary is recollected in prayer. She is using all her senses and her faculties to speak to God. It is in prayer that she comes to know the divine Will. And with prayer she makes it the life of her life. Do not forget the example of the Virgin Mary.
Consider now the sublime moment when the Archangel Gabriel announces to the Virgin Mary the plans of the Most High. Our Mother listens, and asks a question to understand better what the Lord is asking of her. Then she gives her firm reply: Fiat! Be it done unto me according to thy word! This is the fruit of the best freedom of all, the freedom of deciding in favor of God.
Friends of God, 25
List of Contents
- About the Opus Dei's message
- The Second Sorrow: the Flight into Egypt
- Contemplating the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
- The Seventh Sorrow: the Burial of Jesus
- The Sixth Sorrow: Christ’s Body is taken down from the Cross
- The Fifth Sorrow: The Death of Jesus on the Cross
- The Third Sorrow: The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple
- 1st Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation
- 3rd Joyful Mystery: The Birth of Jesus
- 5th Joyful Mystery: The Finding of the Child Jesus in the temple
- 2nd Luminous Mystery: The Wedding Feast at Cana
- 3rd Luminous Mystery: Jesus Proclaims the Kingdom of God
- 5th Luminous Mystery: The Institution of the Eucharist
- 1st Sorrowful Mystery: The agony in the garden
- 2nd Sorrowful Mystery: The scourging at the pillar