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Quotations from Saint Josemaria

Mercy and almsgiving

The Pope is holding some special audiences for the Year of Mercy. On April 9, he reminded us that “an essential aspect of mercy is almsgiving”. Below are added some passages from St Josemaria’s writings that may help pray about this subject. Tags: Charity, Generosity, Jesus Christ, Poverty, Service, mercy

In Saint Joseph's workshop

We do know that he was not well-to-do: he was just a worker, like so many millions of people throughout the world. He worked at the same demanding and humble job which God chose for himself when he took our flesh and came to live just like the rest of us for thirty years. Tags: St Joseph, Work, Christ Is Passing By

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

Faithfulness to God

Cheer up! Not least when the going gets hard. Doesn’t it make you happy to think that your faithfulness to your Christian commitments depends to a large extent on you? Tags: Joy, Faithfulness, Pope, Vocation

Learning from St Joseph

A master of interior life, a worker deeply involved in his job, God’s faithful servant: that is Joseph. With St Joseph, the Christian learns what it means to belong to God and fully to assume one’s place among men. Tags: Holy Family, St Joseph, Interior life, Ordinary life

Mortification done for love

The Catholic Church has always maintained that sacrifice needs to be present in the lives of every Christian, as it was in Christ’s own life, as a manifestation of love for God and other people.
The following are some quotations from St Josemaria’s writings, as a help to talk to God about mortification. Tags: Conversion, Suffering, Mortification, Service, Love, God, Penance

Cathedra of St. Peter

You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church. The Church today is the same one Christ founded. It cannot be any other. Peter and his successors are the vicars of God with regard to the rule of the Church as instituted through faith and with regard to the sacraments of the faith Hence Tags: Church, Pope

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

Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians: What Can I Do?

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

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

The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

On January 3 the Church celebrates the liturgical feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. "Don't be afraid to call our Lord by his name — Jesus — and to tell him that you love him." Tags: Jesus Christ, Prayer, Interior life

Mother of God and Our Mother

The humility of my holy Mother Mary! She is not to be seen amid the palms of Jerusalem, nor at the hour of the great miracles. But she doesn't escape from the contempt at Golgotha; there she stands, juxta crucem Jesu, the Mother of Jesus, beside his Cross. Tags: Holy Family, Holiness, Our Lady

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

Novena for forgiveness

Written by Fr Francisco Faus, is available in pdf, epub and Kindle formats, in which, while meditating on texts by St Josemaria, we ask God through his intercession for the grace of learning to forgive. Tags: Repentance, Charity, Understanding, Forgiveness

Falling in love with God

“The beginning of the way, at the end of which you will find yourself completely carried away with love for Jesus, is a trusting love for Mary,” wrote St Josemaria as a very young man. For these days of the Immaculate Conception novena, leading up to the feast-day, his writings offer points for meditation on the fact that it is worth falling in love with God as our Lady, our Mother Mary, did. Tags: Love of God, God