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Quotations from Saint Josemaria

Sacramental Confession

For a Christian, joy is a treasure. Only by offending God do we lose it, because sin is the fruit of selfishness, and selfishness is the root of sadness. Tags: Sacrament of Reconciliation, Contrition, Conversion, defects, Spiritual guidance, Sincerity

Divine mercy

What depths of mercy there are in God's justice! For, in the judgements of men, he who confesses his fault is punished: and in the Judgement of God, he is pardoned. Tags: Sacrament of Reconciliation, Contrition, Conversion, Ascetical struggle

We are God’s children

Rest in divine filiation. God is a Father — your Father! — full of warmth and infinite love Tags: Divine sonship, Presence of God, Solidarity

Christian optimism

Christian optimism is not a sugary optimism; nor is it a mere human confidence that everything will turn out all right. It is an optimism that sinks its roots in an awareness of our freedom, and in the sure knowledge of the power of grace Tags: Joy, Faith, Divine sonship, Optimism

Engagement and marriage

“Human love is a wonderful adventure. I know that because of divine love, which is even greater, but is compatible with human love; with human love that is holy". Tags: Youth, Marriage, Holy Purity, engagement

The meaning of suffering

I will tell you which are man’s treasures on earth so that you will appreciate them: hunger, thirst, heat, cold, pain, dishonour, poverty, loneliness, betrayal, slander, prison. Tags: Cross, Suffering, Sickness, Jesus Christ

The “theology of the donkey”

There are hundreds of animals more beautiful, more deft and strong. But it was a donkey Christ chose when he presented himself to the people as king in response to their acclamation. Tags: Donkey, Humility, Work

Marriage is a divine path

The publication of Pope Benedict XVI’s book-length interview The Light of the World has sparked a large number of incorrect explanations of the Catholic Church’s teaching on morals and marriage. Read the Note by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith On the Trivialization of Sexuality: Regarding Certain Interpretations of Light of the World. Tags: Doctrine, Marriage, Vocation, Pope Benedict XVI

Good humor

“Happy?” The question made me think. Words have not yet been invented to express all that we feel — in the heart and in the will —when we know ourselves to be children of God". Tags: Joy, Charity, Optimism, Interior life

'Progressives' and 'Fundamentalists'

What role do you think can be played in these times by the tendencies which in general terms have been called ‘progressive’ and ‘fundamentalist’? Tags: Church, Vatican II

The influence of Opus Dei in Spain

Some people, precisely because of the presence of laymen of Opus Dei in influential positions in Spanish society, speak of the influence of Opus Dei in Spain. Can you explain what this influence is? Tags: Apostolate, Citizenship, Opus Dei, Politics

Opus Dei’s aims

People of all walks of life belong to Opus Dei. Together with their fellow citizens, who are their peers, they are part of the contemporary world and make it modern. Tags: Passionately Loving the World, Opus Dei, Work, Ordinary life

Why Opus Dei?

Interview with Peter Forbarth (Time) given on 15 April 1967. Would you explain the central mission and objectives of Opus Dei? On what precedent did you base your ideas for the Association? Tags: Passionately Loving the World, History, Opus Dei, Ordinary life

Work and people in Opus Dei

Holiness and apostolate and the ordinary life of the members of the Work come to form one and the same thing, and that is why work is the hinge of their spiritual life. Tags: Opus Dei, Work, Vocation

The Fourth Sorrow: Mary and Jesus meet on the road to Calvary

No sooner has Jesus risen from his first fall than he meets his Blessed Mother, standing by the wayside where He is passing. Tags: Cross, Suffering, Jesus Christ, Our Lady