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Quotations from Saint Josemaria

Formation, a constant job

There is an urgent need for spreading the doctrine of Christ. Store up your training, fill yourself with clear ideas, with the fullness of the Christian message, so that afterwards you can pass it on to others. Tags: Study, Faith, Formation, Catechesis, Year of Faith

The Ascension of the Lord

It has always seemed logical to me that the most holy humanity of Christ should ascend to the glory of the Father. The ascension has always made me very happy Tags: Joy, Heaven, Hope, Jesus Christ

Stations of the Cross to download

St Josemaria reminded people that the secret of Christian living is to follow Christ’s life. He meditated on it himself. Extracts from his book The Way of the Cross are now available as an illustrated leaflet, in pdf format, to meditate on and share with friends. Tags: Cross, The Way of the Cross, Lent, Holy Week

Hard times

Sickness, family problems, money worries, annoyances, lasting sadness. Hard times are something everyone has experience of. Can they be sanctified? In Christian life are they an opportunity or an obstacle? Tags: Cross, Peace, difficulties

Almsgiving or how to to lend a hand

Didn’t you see the light in Jesus’ eyes as the poor widow left her little alms in the temple? Give him what you can: the merit is not in whether it is big or small, but in the intention with which you give it. The Way, 829 Tags: Charity, Generosity, Lent

The salt of mortification

St Josemaria recommended something he practiced himself: including “a cross in every dish”. In other words offering a small mortification at every meal, for example, drinking water a little less often; taking a little less of what he liked or a little more of what he didn’t like so much. Tags: Mortification, Ordinary life, temperance

Knowing when to keep silent and when to speak

“Keep silent, and you will never regret it; speak, and you often will,” suggested St Josemaria. But elsewhere he also said, “Hell is full of closed mouths.” Some passages from his writings can guide reflection on the wisdom of silence and of the right word at the right time. Tags: Friendship, Apostolate, Sincerity, Daring

Making others happy

You asked me what you could do to prevent the loneliness of that friend of yours. I will tell you what I always say, because we have at our disposal a marvellous weapon which is the answer to everything: prayer. In the first place, you must pray. And then you must do for him what you would like others to do for you if you were in similar circumstances... Tags: Joy, Friendship, Love of God, Apostolate, Priestly soul

The Epiphany of our Lord

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage." Tags: Joy, Jesus Christ, Christmas

Meditating on the Pope’s three Christmas wishes with St Josemaria

Pope Benedict XVI expressed three wishes before lighting the lights on a Christmas tree: raising our gaze toward God; seeking the true light for our lives, and being light for others. Some passages from St Josemaria’s writings can help to focus on these themes. Tags: Charity, Vocation, Pope Benedict XVI, Christmas

To say Thank you

God is very pleased with those who recognise his goodness by reciting the Te Deum in thanksgiving whenever something out of the ordinary happens, without caring whether it may have been good or bad, as the world reckons these things. Because everything comes from the hands of our Father. Tags: Gratitude, Optimism, Prayer, Presence of God

The kingdom of heaven: what is it?

Christ’s kingdom is not just a figure of speech. Christ, true God and true man, lives and reigns. He is the Lord of the universe. Everything that lives is kept in existence only through him. Why, then, does he not appear to us in all his glory? Because his kingdom is “not of this world,” though it is in this world. Tags: Heaven, Jesus Christ, Ascetical struggle, Holiness

A Judge who is our Father and our Friend

‘I was amused to hear you speak of the “account” that our Lord will demand of you. No, for none of you will he be a judge — in the harsh sense of the word; he will simply be Jesus.’ These lines, written by a good bishop, have consoled more than one troubled heart, and could well console yours. Tags: Heaven, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Examination of Conscience, Divine sonship

Understanding, dialogue, love

Charity does not consist so much in “giving” as in “understanding”. Therefore, seek an excuse for your neighbour — there is always one be found, — if it is your duty to judge. The Way, 463 Tags: Love of God, Charity, Understanding

A secret for times of crisis

A secret, an open secret: these world crises are crises of saints.
God wants a handful of men 'of his own' in every human activity. And then... 'pax Christi in regno Christi — the peace of Christ in the kingdom of Christ'. Tags: Optimism, Holiness, difficulties