“I don’t understand how you can call yourself a Christian and lead such an idle, useless life. Have you forgotten Christ’s life of toil? May your behavior and your conversation be such that everyone who sees or hears you can say: This man reads the life of Jesus Christ” –St. Josemaría Escrivá, The Way
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“When I think of Christian homes, I like to imagine them as being full of the light and joy that was found in the home of the Holy Family.” -St. Josemaría Escrivá
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“The state of grace is nothing other than purity, and it gives heaven to those who clothe themselves in it. Holiness, therefore, is simply the state of grace purified, illuminated, beautified by the most perfect purity, exempt not only from mortal sin but also from the smallest faults; purity will make saints of you! Everything lies in this!” –St. Peter Eymard
This time of Advent is a time for hope. Ask our Lady, along with me, to make it come true. Try to imagine how she spent these months, waiting for her Son to be born. Christ is passing by, 11.
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Bishop Alvaro del Portillo used to quote “with great delight,” as he himself put it, the advice that Pope Paul VI had given him during his first audience after the death of Monsignor Escriva. “He encouraged me,” he would say, “to have always the most absolute fidelity to the founder’s spirit. He said to me in a very assured and enthusiastic tone of voice, ‘Always, whenever you have some matter to resolve, put yourself in the presence of God and ask yourself, What would the founder do? And then act accordingly’.”
“Analogously speaking, I see Blessed Alvaro a little bit as a St. Therese, in the sense that his love was extraordinary, he would lay down his life, but always through the medium of the ordinary.”
Blessed Alvaro del Portillo, pray for us!
“You should realize that God wants you to be glad and that, if you do all you can, you will be happy, very, very happy, although you will never for a moment be without the Cross. But that Cross is no longer a gallows. It is the throne from which Christ reigns. And at his side, his Mother, our Mother too. The Blessed Virgin will obtain for you the strength that you need to walk decisively in the footsteps of her Son.” -Josemaría Escrivá
“Understand this well: there is something holy, something divine hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it.” -St. Josemaría Escrivá
When a person speaks badly of a friend, he destroys the reputation and the honour of a brother who has the right to enjoy respect.
One day Padre Pio said to a penitent: “When you gossip about a person it means that you have removed the person from your heart. But be aware, when you remove a man from your heart, Jesus also goes away from your heart with that man.”
Once, Padre Pio was invited to bless a house. But when he reached the entrance of the kitchen he said: “There are snakes here. I do not want to go in”. And then he said to a priest that often went to that house to eat: “Don’t go to that house because they say unpleasant things about their brothers and sisters.”
“If you help them with your own example, receiving the Sacraments frequently and having devotion to our Blessed Lady, your children will go along the right path. The answer is in your own hands, because your children – even the ones who still seem tiny – are not so little, and from the age of two, they begin to be witnesses of your lives. They are cruel, inexorable little judges – how can they understand at that age that God our Lord is the only one who has the right to judge people? Children judge everything that happens before their eyes. So if they see that you are devout and honest, if they see you don’t quarrel, if they see that you have great love for the Mother of God, who is also our Mother; if they see that you struggle against your faults and try to be good Christians, then they’ll start to admire you. Like that you’re already training them.” -St. Josemaría Escrivá, Brafa, Barcelona, Spain, November 22, 1972
“Take the Holy Rosary, one of the most deeply rooted of Christian devotions. The Church encourages us to contemplate its mysteries. She wants to engrave upon our heart and our imagination, together with Mary’s joy and sorrow and glory, the spellbinding example of Our Lord’s life, in his thirty years of obscurity, his three years of preaching, his ignominious Passion and his glorious Resurrection. To follow Christ — that is the secret.” -St. Josemaría Escrivá, Friends of God, no. 299