The primacy of prayer over action
“Of maximum usefulness in the Church of Jesus are not the so-called practical men nor even the pure proponents of theories, but the true contemplatives,” wrote Josemaria Escriva’s first successor, Monsignor Alvaro del Portillo , in the pages of the [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Contemplation, Javier Echevarria, Prayer
The best Christmases in my life were in the four years I spent in Rome with St Josemaría Escrivá. I don't remember exactly what we had to eat - that didn't matter so much. But I can still hear the carols we sang round the [...]
Tags: Contemplation, Christmas
The entrance antiphon at Mass states:
Let us celebrate with joyful hearts
the birth of the Virgin Mary,
of whom was born the Sun of Justice,
Christ our Lord.
Our mother is a model of correspondence to grace. If we contemplate her life, our Lord [...]
Tags: Contemplation, Humility, Our Lady
I am a physician, not an expert in theology or philosophy, and I never knew St. Josemaria personally. I do, however, consider myself an expert in one thing: stress. Like many of my colleagues, I am a connoisseur of stress. We have an ice-cream shop [...]
Tags: Contemplation, Work
When you open the Holy Gospel, think that what is written there — the words and deeds of Christ — is something that you should not only know, but live.
Everything, every point that is told there, has been gathered, detail by detail, for you to [...]
Tags: Contemplation, Gospel, Prayer
And his parents were wont to go every year to Jerusalem at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. And after they had fulfilled the days, when they [...]
Tags: Contemplation, Holy Family, St Joseph, Holy Rosary, Our Lady
Your ordinary contact with God takes place where your fellow men, your yearnings, your work and your affections are. There you have your daily encounter with Christ. It is in the midst of the most material things of the earth that we must sanctify ourselves, [...]
Tags: Contemplation, Prayer, Work, Supernatural outlook
You write, "To pray is to talk with God. But about what?" About what? About Him, about yourself—joys, sorrows, successes and failures, noble ambitions, daily worries, weaknesses! And acts of thanksgiving and petitions—and Love and reparation.
In a word, to get to know him and [...]
Tags: Contemplation, Prayer, Interior life