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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

10 Tips For Getting Peace

Holy Mary is the Queen of peace, and thus the Church invokes her. So when your soul or your family are troubled, or things go wrong at work, in society or between nations, cry out to her without ceasing. Call to her by this title: Regina pacis, ora pro nobis — Queen of peace, pray for us.'' Tags: Peace, Our Lady of Peace, Furrow

May, the Month of Mary

The Catholic faith sees Mary as a sign of God's special love. God calls us his friends; his grace acts in us, winning us from sin, enabling us to reflect in some way the features of Christ. We start wanting to speak to her, who is also our mother. We want to treat her as someone who is alive. Tags: Piety, Interior life, Our Lady

Living through Holy Week with St Josemaria

"Living Holy Week means entering ever more deeply into the logic of God, into the logic of the Cross, which is not primarily that of suffering and death, but rather that of love and of the gift of self which brings life. It means entering into the logic of the Gospel. To contemplate the Holy Week through the Gospel, you can download passages by St. Josemaría, in pdf, and epub. Tags: Cross, Gospel, Prayer, Following Christ, Holy Week

Praying with St. Joseph

The Founder of Opus Dei saw in St. Joseph the strong and affectionate father that Christ wanted on earth. He asked St. Joseph to teach him how to stay close to Mary and to Jesus: “How he would have embraced the Child, and kissed him!”. Download pdf. Tags: Contemplation, St Joseph, Work, family

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

Lent: a new conversion

Lent should suggest to us these basic questions: Am I advancing in my faithfulness to Christ, in my desire for holiness, in a generous apostolate in my daily life, in my ordinary work among my colleagues? Tags: Repentance, Contrition, Conversion, Mortification, Lent

Love with works

There is a story of a soul who, on saying to our Lord in prayer, 'Jesus, I love you', heard this reply from heaven: 'Love means deeds, not sweet words.' Think if you also could deserve this gentle reproach. The Way, 933. Tags: Charity, Jesus Christ, Service, Christmas

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

God’s Mercy

How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) has given us his example: he has forgiven us seventy times seven. Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, no. 3. Tags: Charity, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Eucharist, Gospel, Generosity, mercy

4th Joyful Mystery: The presentation

And this time it will be you, my friend, who will carry the cage with the doves. —Just think: She —the Immaculate!— submits herself to the Law as if she were defiled. Tags: Piety, Holy Rosary, Our Lady

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

The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

On January 3 the Church celebrates the liturgical feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. Tags: Jesus Christ, Prayer, Interior life