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Quotations from Saint Josemaria

Purification: change, recovery

February 2nd is the feast of Jesus' Presentation in the Temple and the Purification of Our Lady. Mary offers her Son to God and learns that she too will share closely in Jesus' redemptive mission. The Catholic Church suggests a time to "purify" to seek a change of heart with the help of Our Mother. Tags: Conversion, Our Lady

Heaven

If Love, even human love, gives so much consolation here, what will Love not be in heaven? Tags: Love of God, Heaven, Death

Christian Unity Octave: What Can I Do?

The Church asks all Christians to pray more intensely during the Christian Unity Octave, which lasts from January 18 to January 25, feast of the conversion of St Paul. Tags: Ecumenical dialogue, Church, Prayer, Unity

God Loves Us

The God of our faith is not a distant being, who contemplates our fate indifferently. He is a Father who loves his children ardently – a Creator God who overflows with love for those whom he creates. And he grants us the great privilege of being able to love, and so transcend the limits of what is temporary and passing. Tags: Love of God, Divine sonship, God, Josemaria Escriva

The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan

We offer some considerations around the 1st Luminous Mystery: Then Jesus came from Galilee to John, at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. And John was for hindering him, and said, “It is I who ought to be baptized by thee, and dost thou come to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him,“Let it be so now, for so it becomes us to fulfill all justice.” Then he permitted him. And when Jesus had been baptized... Tags: Baptism, Holy Rosary

Pray by the Crib like one of the characters in the scene

To contemplate the Birth of Jesus, you can download passages by St. Josemaría, in pdf, epub and kindle. Tags: Contemplation, Prayer, Holy Family, St Joseph, Our Lady, writings of the founder of Opus Dei, Download

Priesthood

December 13, 2014, is the 45th anniversary of Pope Francis' ordination to the priesthood. This is a good opportunity to reflect on St Josemaria's teachings about the priesthood: What is the identity of the priest? That of Christ. All of us Christians can and should be not just other Christs, alter Christus, but Christ himself, ipse Christus! But in the priest this happens in a direct way, by virtue of the Sacrament. Tags: Order, Priesthood, Sacraments, Priestly Society of the Holy Cross

Advent

Advent is here. What a marvellous time in which to renew your desire, your nostalgia, your real longing for Christ to come — for him to come every day to your soul in the Eucharist. The Church encourages us: Ecce veniet! — He is about to arrive! Tags: Conversion, Hope, Jesus Christ, Holy Family, Advent

The Immaculate Conception

Seek God in the depths of your pure, clean heart; in the depths of your soul when you are faithful to him. And never lose that intimacy. And if ever you do not know how to speak to him or what to say, or you do not dare to look for Jesus inside yourself, turn to Mary, tota pulchra, all pure and wonderful, and tell her: Our Lady and Mother, the Lord wanted you yourself to look after God and tend him with your own hands. Teach me, teach us all, how to treat your Son! Tags: Our Lady

The Feast of Christ the King

If we let Christ reign in our soul, we will not become authoritarian. Rather we will serve everyone. How I like that word: service! To serve my king and, through him, all those who have been redeemed by his blood. Tags: Apostolate, Jesus Christ, Service

Twelve Points about the Next Life

Men lie when they say 'for ever' about things on earth. The only true, totally true, 'for ever' is that which we say with reference to God. This is how you ought to live your life, with a faith that will help you to taste the honey, the sweetness of heaven whenever you think about eternal life which is indeed 'for ever'. Tags: Heaven, Hope, Death

Is it possible to face death serenely?

If at any time you feel uneasy at the thought of our sister death because you see yourself to be such a poor creature, take heart. Heaven awaits us. And consider: what will it be like when all the infinite beauty and greatness, and happiness and Love of God will be poured into the poor clay vessel that the human being is, to satisfy it eternally with the freshness of an ever new joy?, St. Josemaria Tags: Love of God, Heaven, Cross, Faith, Grace, Death, happiness, life, eternity

Christ overcame death

"If you are an apostle, death for you will be a good friend who helps you on your way". On November the Church invites Catholics to pray for the departed souls. Here are some texts that St. Josemaría wrote on the topic of death. Tags: Heaven, Faith, Jesus Christ, Death

Communion of saints

The expression “communion of saints” indicates the common sharing of all the members of the Church in holy things: the faith, the sacraments, the charisms, and the other spiritual gifts. It also refers to the communion between holy persons; between those who by grace are united to the dead and risen Christ. Tags: Church, Communion of saints

Working with love

"If we look at ourselves humbly, we will see clearly that, in addition to his gift of faith, Our Lord has also granted us a number of talents and qualities. None of us has been mass-produced. Our Father has created us one by one and shared out different goods among his children. It is up to us to use these talents, these qualities, in the service of all men. We are called to use the gifts God has given us as instruments to help others discover Christ." St Josemaria. Tags: Love of God, Faith, Rectitude of intention, Service, Work, God