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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Others working for Christ

You show a bad spirit if it hurts you to see others work for Christ without regard for what you are doing. Remember this passage in St. Mark: "Master, we saw a man who was not one of our followers casting out devils in your name, and we forbade him." "Do not forbid him," Jesus replied, "because there is no one who shall work a miracle in my name, and forthwith be able to speak ill of me. For he who is not against you, is for you." St. Josemaria

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Respect for superiors

Be extremely respectful to your superior, whenever he consults ou and you have to oppose his opinions. And never contradict him in the presence of others who are subject to him, even though he may be wrong. St. Josemaria


Christ died for you. You...what should you do for Christ? St. Josemaria

The divine court

Consider what depths of mercy lie in the justice of God! For, according to human justice, he who pleads guilty is punished, but in the divine court, he is pardoned. St. Josemaria

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Hemmed in on all sides...

Public events have led you to prefer a voluntary confinement, which is worse perhaps, because of the circumstances, than the confinement of a prison. You've suffered an eclipse of your personality... On all sides you feel yourself hemmed in: selfishness, curiosity, misunderstanding, gossip. Well, so what? Have you forgotten your very free will and that power of yours as a "child"? The absence of leaves and flowers (of external action) does not exclude the growth and activity of the roots (interior life)... Work: things will change and you'll yield more fruit than before--and it will be more savory. St. Josemaria

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Those Human Consolations

After losing those human consolations you have been left with a feeling of loneliness, as if you were hanging by a thin thread over the emptiness of a black abyss. And your cries, your shouts for help, seem to go unheard by anybody. The truth is you deserve to be so forlorn. Be humble; don't seek yourself; don't seek your own satisfaction. Love the cross--to bear it is little--and our Lord will hear your prayer. And in time, calm will be restored to your senses. And your heart will heal, and you will have peace. St. Josemaria

On loan

All our fortitude is on loan...If you don't leave him, he won't leave you...Each day, O my God, I am less sure of myself and more sure of you!. St. Josemaria

Abandon yourself to Him

Depend on Jesus for everything. You have nothing, are worth nothing, are capable of nothing. He will act, if you abandon yourself to him... Trust always in your God. He does not lose battles. St. Josemaria.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Tender and raw

Your flesh is tender and raw. That's how you are. Everything seems to make you suffer in your mind and in your senses. And everything is a temptation to you... Be humble--I insist. You will see how quickly all this passes. The pain will turn into joy, and the temptation into firm purpose. But meanwhile, strengthen your faith; fill yourself with hope; and make constant acts of love, even though you think they come only from your lips. St. Josemaria

The Parable of the vine and the branches

Have you heard the parable of the vine and the branches from the lips of the Master? Console yourself: He demands much of you, for you are the branch that bears fruit. And he must prune you so that you'll yield more fruit. Of course that cutting--that pruning--hurts. But, afterwards, how luxuriant the growth, how fruitful your works! St. Josemaria

Think about it...

So you've been hauled over the coals? Don't follow the advice of pride and lose your temper. Think: how charitable they are toward me! The things they've left unsaid!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Prayer and suffering as 'Action'.

Those who pray and suffer, leaving action for others, will not shine here on earth; but what a radiant crown they will wear in the kingdom of life! Blessed be the "apostolate of suffering!" Saint Josemaria Escriva. [personal note: a bit of a paradox for me...not sure why. This has given me a long pause for reflection. Any insight is welcome!!!]

The Apostle

The cross on your breast? Good! But the cross on your shoulders, the cross in your flesh, the cross in your mind. Thus will you live for Christ, with Christ and in Christ; only thus will you be an apostle. St. Josemaria Escriva

Wednesday, May 31, 2006


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


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