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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Humility

When you hear the plaudits of triumph, let there also sound in your ears the laughter you provoked with your failures...The day you see yourself as you are, you will think it natural to be despised by others...If you really knew yourself, you would rejoice at being despised, and your heart would weep in the face of honors and praise [personal note: it sounds a lot like something Mother Teresa said when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize...]...You're not humble when you humble yourself, but when you are humbled by others and you bear it for Christ...Don't aspire to be like the gilded weather vane on top of a great building. However much it may glitter, however high it may be, it adds nothing to the firmness of the structure. Rather be like an old stone block hidden in the foundations, under the ground where no one can see you. Because of you, the house will not fall. --St. Josemaria

Mortification

The appropriate word you left unsaid; the joke you didn't tell; the cheerful smile for those who bother you; that silence when you're unjustly accused; your kind conversation with people you find boring and tactless; the daily effort to overlook one irritating detail or another in those who live with you...this, with perseverance, is indeed solid interior mortification. --St. Josemaria

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Don't say it....

Don't say, "That's the way I am--it's my character." It's your LACK of character. Esto vir!!!!--be a man!!!! St. Josemaria Escriva

Fear

You never want to get to the bottom of things. At times, because of politeness. Other times--most times--because you fear hurting yourself. Sometimes again, because you fear hurting others. But always because of fear! With that fear of digging for the truth you'll never be a man of good judgment. St. Josemaria Escriva

The poor wooden cross

Whenever you see a poor, wooden cross, alone, uncared-for, worthless...and without a corpus, don't forget that that cross is YOUR cross--the everyday hidden cross, unattractive and unconsoling--the cross that is waiting for the corpus it lacks: and that corpus must be you. --St. Josemaria Escriva

Character

Don't let you life be sterile. Be useful. Blaze a trail. Shine forth with the light of your faith and of your love. With your apostolic life wipe out the slimy and filthy mark left by the impure sowers of hatred. And light up all the ways of the earth with the fire of Christ that you carry in your heart. --St. Josemaria Escriva