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Quotations from Saint Josemaria

The Cross is no easy solution

When I speak to you about suffering, I am not just talking theory. Nor do I limit myself to other people's experience when I tell you that the remedy is to look at Christ, if when faced with suffering, you at some time feel that your soul is wavering. Tags: Cross, Suffering, Holy Week , difficulties

Our Lady´s Nativity

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. Tags: Contemplation, Humility, Our Lady

The Church is our Mother

“What consolation this certainty arouses in our hearts! The Church is truly a mother and, as a mother, she seeks her children’s good, especially of those who are furthest away and are afflicted, until she finds its fullness in the glorious body of Christ with all its members.” Pope Francis, Audience, December 11, 2013. Tags: Church, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Pope, Love, Communion of saints

Our Lady, Queen of Heaven

Dear Lady, Mother of God and my Mother, not in the remotest way do I wish that you may ever be anything less than Mistress and Empress of the whole of creation. Tags: Prayer, Peace, Our Lady

Is holiness for me?

Just think, there are so many men and women on earth, and the Master does not fail to call every single one. He calls them to a Christian life, to a life of holiness, to a chosen life, to life eternal.
The Forge, 13 Tags: Ascetical struggle, Holiness, Unity of life, The Will of God, Josemaria Escriva

Other people and me

Our Lord says: ‘I give you a new commandment: Love one another. By this love everyone will know that you are my disciples’. And Saint Paul: ‘Carry each other’s troubles and you fulfil the law of Christ’. I have nothing to add. The Way, 385 Tags: Friendship, Understanding, Generosity, Rectitude of intention, Love

Detachment

We read in St Luke’s Gospel (9:59-61): “To another he said, ‘Follow me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ But he said to him, ‘Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’ Another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’” Tags: Justice, Poverty, Holiness

Sport and interior life

To you, who like sports, the Apostle’s argument should appeal: “All the runners at the stadium are trying to win, but only one of them gets the prize. You must run in the same way, meaning to win.”
The Way, 318 Tags: defects, sports, Ascetical struggle

Conversion, contrition, Love

Human life is in some way a constant returning to our Father’s house. We return through contrition, through the conversion of heart which means a desire to change, a firm decision to improve our life and which, therefore, is expressed in sacrifice and self-giving. Tags: Repentance, Contrition, Conversion, Holiness, Love

Among the roses, kiss the Cross

On February 14, 1971, St Josemaria wrote a brief note for himself: “Among the roses, kiss the Cross.” Tags: February 14 , Cross, Suffering

Wanting to want

No matter how much you may love, you will never love enough. The human heart is endowed with an enormous coefficient of expansion. When it loves, it opens out in a crescendo of affection that overcomes all barriers. Tags: Love of God, Ascetical struggle, Holy Purity, Interior life, Vocation

Sanctifying ordinary work

Sanctifying one’s work is no fantastic dream, but the mission of every Christian — yours and mine. Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Opus Dei, Rectitude of intention, Responsibility, Work, Ordinary life

The desire for God

It seems an excellent idea to me that you should tell the Lord often about your great and ardent desire to be a saint, even though you see yourself filled with wretchedness... Tell him, precisely because of this! The Forge, no. 419 Tags: Love of God, Holy Spirit, Holiness

Sharing in the poverty of Jesus

October 4 is the feast of St Francis of Assisi, a good opportunity to medítate on the eminently Christian virtue of poverty. Tags: Detachment, Prayer, Poverty

Tell him, when you are alone, that you love him

Rest in divine filiation. God is a Father – your Father! – full of warmth and infinite love. Call him Father frequently and tell him, when you are alone, that you love him – that you love him very much! – and that you feel proud and strong because you are his son. The Forge, no. 331 Tags: Love of God, Contemplation, Divine sonship, Prayer, Love, trust