Saint Josemaria
Quotations from Saint Josemaria


Tags: Contemplation, Generosity, Prayer
Committed to God
Committed! How much I like that word! We children of God freely put ourselves under an obligation to live a life of dedication to God, striving that He may have complete and absolute sovereignty over our lives.
The Forge, no. 855

You told me that God sometimes fills you with light for a while and sometimes does not.
I reminded you, firmly, that the Lord is always infinitely good. That is why those bright days are enough to help you carry on; but the times when you see no light are good for you too, and make you more faithful.
Furrow, no. 341

Every day you are becoming more ‘crazy’... It is noticeable in the wonderful self-assurance and confidence that knowing you are working for Christ has given you.
Sacred Scripture has already proclaimed it: Vir fidelis multum laudabitur – the faithful man merits praise from all.
Furrow, no. 786

To be faithful to God requires a constant battle. Hand-to-hand combat, man to man – the old man against the man of God – in one small thing after another, without giving in.
Furrow, no. 126

God loves me... And John the Apostle writes: “Let us love God, then, since God loved us first.” As if this were not enough, Jesus comes to each one of us, in spite of our patent wretchedness, to ask us, as he asked Peter: “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these others?...”
This is the moment to reply: “Lord, you know all things, you know that I love you!” adding, with humility, “Help me to love you more. Increase my love!”
The Forge, no. 497

Committed to truth and justice
Struggle to make sure that those human institutions and structures in which you work and move with the full rights of a citizen, are in accordance with the principles which govern a Christian view of life.
In this way you can be sure that you are giving people the means to live according to their real worth; and you will enable many souls, with God’s grace, to respond personally to their Christian vocation.
The Forge, no. 718

We Christians have a commitment of love to the calling of divine grace, which we have freely accepted, an obligation which urges us to fight tenaciously
It is not easy to maintain a spirit of honesty and integrity for any length of time when faced with situations that seem to put our own safety at risk. Take truthfulness, a virtue so clean and pure. Can it be true that it has fallen into disuse? Has the practice of compromise, of “gilding the pill” and “putting on a show” finally triumphed? People are afraid of the truth, and to justify their attitude they make the shabby excuse that no one practises or tells the truth any more, that everyone has to resort to pretence and lies.
Fortunately this is not so. There are many people, Christians or not, who are ready to sacrifice honour and reputation for the sake of the truth, people who aren’t always feverishly turning this way and that in search of “the warmest place in the sun”. These are the very people who, because they love the truth, are happy to put things right when they discover they have made a mistake; whereas those who begin by lying, those for whom the truth has become merely a high-sounding word to cover up their baseness, such people refuse to make amends.
Friends of God, no. 82

Surely people tacitly agree that the really valuable things are money which buys everything; influence; shrewdness which leaves you always on top; human maturity which defines itself as “adult,” thinking it has outgrown the sacred?
I am not and never have been a pessimist, for the faith teaches me that Christ has conquered once and for all. He has given us, as a pledge of his victory, a commandment which is also a commitment: “Fight.” We Christians have a commitment of love to the calling of divine grace, which we have freely accepted, an obligation which urges us to fight tenaciously. We know that we are as weak as other men, but we cannot forget that if we use the means available to us, we will become salt and light and leaven of the world; we will be the consolation of God.
Christ is Passing By, no. 74

Serve your God unwaveringly, be faithful to him, and worry about nothing else. For it is indeed true that if you “set your hearts on the kingdom of God and on his righteousness”, he will give you “all these other things” – material necessities, the means – “as well”.
The Way, no. 472

Determined to follow Christ
If the Lord has called you a friend you must respond to the call and walk with a hurried pace, with all the urgency needed, at God’s pace! Otherwise you run the risk of becoming a simple spectator.
Furrow, no. 629

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, no. 174

Ego sum via, veritas et vita. I am the way, the truth and the life. In these clear and unmistakable words, our Lord traces out for us the true path that leads to everlasting happiness. Ego sum via: he is the only road linking heaven and earth. He is speaking to all men, but in a very special way he is thinking of people who, like you and me, are determined to take our Christian vocation seriously, so that God may always be present in our thoughts, on our lips and in everything we do, including our most ordinary and routine actions.
Friends of God, no. 127

Thank the Lord for the paternal and maternal tenderness he continues to show for you. You always had those dreams of great adventures, and you have committed yourself to a wonderful enterprise... which leads you to holiness
If one has the spirit of God, chastity is not a troublesome and humiliating burden, but a joyful affirmation. Will power, dominion, self-mastery do not come from the flesh or from instinct. They come from the will, especially if it is united to the Will of God. In order to be chaste (and not merely continent or decent) we must subject our passions to reason, but for a noble motive, namely, the promptings of Love.
I think of this virtue as the wings which enable us to carry God’s teaching, his commandments, to every environment on this earth, without fear of getting contaminated in the process. Wings, even in the case of those majestic birds which soar higher than the clouds, are a burden and a heavy one. But without wings, there is no way of flying. I want you to grasp this idea clearly, and to decide not to give in when you feel the sting of temptation, with its suggestion that purity is an unbearable burden. Take heart! Fly upwards, up to the sun, in pursuit of Love!
Friends of God, no. 177

A resolution: to be faithful to my timetable – heroically faithful and without excuses – on ordinary days and on extraordinary days.
The Forge, no. 421

Make an effort to respond at each moment to what God is asking of you: have the will to love him with deeds. They may be little deeds, but don’t leave out a single one.
The Forge, no. 82

Thank the Lord for the paternal and maternal tenderness he continues to show for you.
You always had those dreams of great adventures, and you have committed yourself to a wonderful enterprise... which leads you to holiness.
I repeat: thank God for this by leading an apostolic life.
Furrow, no. 184