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Quotations from Saint Josemaria

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

Children and Freedom

The parents are the first people responsible for the education of their children, in human as well as in spiritual matters. They should be conscious of the extent of their responsibility. To fulfil it, they need prudence, understanding, a capacity to love and a concern for helping by their own good example. Tags: Education, Children, Freedom, Marriage, family

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

Advent homily: The Christian Vocation

English audio of the homily on "The Christian Vocation", given by St Josemaria on December 2 1951, First Sunday of Advent. Download pdf. Tags: Prayer, Advent, Homily, Audio

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

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

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