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Quotations from Saint Josemaria

What can I do for peace?

The Lord wants his children in all the honest pathways of this earth, sowing the seeds of understanding and forgiveness, of harmony, charity and peace. —How about you? What are you doing? Tags: Charity, Understanding, Suffering, Prayer, Peace

4th Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration

Jesus, we want to see you, to speak to you! We want to contemplate you, immersed in the immensity of your beauty, in a contemplation that will never cease! It must be wonderful to see you, Jesus! Tags: Joy, Heaven


Committed! How much I like that word! We children of God freely put ourselves under an obligation to live a life of dedication to God, striving that He may have complete and absolute sovereignty over our lives. The Forge, no. 855 Tags: Contemplation, Generosity, Prayer

The Hidden God

It’s true that I always call our Tabernacle Bethany... Make friends with the Master’s friends: Lazarus, Martha, and Mary. And then you won’t ask me any more why I call our Tabernacle Bethany. The Way, 322 Tags: Eucharist

The Resurrection of Our Lord

“Christ is alive.” This is the great truth which fills our faith with meaning. Jesus, who died on the cross, has risen. He has triumphed over death; he has overcome sorrow, anguish and the power of darkness. Tags: Joy, Gospel, Jesus Christ, Easter

Christ’s Presence in Christians

Audio of the homily "Christ’s Presence in Christians", given on Easter Sunday, March 26, 1967, published in Christ Is Passing By: "Christ is alive in Christians. Our faith teaches us that man, in the state of grace, is divinized – filled with God. We are men and women, not angels. We are flesh and blood, people with sentiments and passions, with sorrows and joys." Tags: Holy Week , mp3, Homily, Audio

A donkey was my throne

"When the time for his Passion draws near and Jesus wants to illustrate his kingship in a very vivid way, he makes a triumphant entry into Jerusalem, mounted on a donkey! It had been written that the Messiah was to be a king of humility," said St Josemaria Tags: Donkey, Fortitude, Humility, Work, Holy Week

No matter who he is, we love him already

The conclave to elect Benedict XVI’s successor begins Tuesday March 12. On a comparable occasion St Josemaria said, “I wanted to talk to you again about the forthcoming election of the Holy Father. You know, my children, how much we love the Pope. After Jesus and Mary, we love the Pope with all our souls, no matter who he is. So we already love the next Roman Pontiff. We are determined to serve him with our whole lives.” Tags: Pope

Think about it!

Think about it. Who would lack courage before God and in the face of eternity? There is nothing to be lost and instead so much to be gained. Why do you hold back, then? The Forge, no. 459 Tags: Prayer

When times are hard

It looks as if the whole world is coming down on top of you. Whichever way you turn you find no way out. This time, it is impossible to overcome the difficulties. But have you again forgotten that God is your Father? He would never send you anything that is evil. That thing that is worrying you, it’s good for you, even though those earthbound eyes of yours may not be able to see it now. Tags: Abandonment to God, Ascetical struggle, trust

Praying at the Crib

Some ideas for meditating on Christmas, in the words of Benedict XVI and St Josemaria. "Mary wrapped the child in swaddling cloths. Without yielding to sentimentality, we may imagine with what great love Mary approached her hour and prepared for the birth of her child." Tags: Christmas

A Novena to the Immaculate Conception

A novena to prepare for the feast of the Immaculate Conception of our Lady on December 8, with writings, videoclips and audio-clips of St Josemaria talking about love for the Blessed Virgin Mary. Click on the images to access the texts etc. To download in pdf format, click here. Tags: Our Lady, novena

The Holy Souls in Purgatory

"They have such power with God! — remember them often in your sacrifices and in your prayers. May you be able to say when you speak of them, “My good friends the souls in purgatory". Tags: Spiritual childhood, Death

"Don't forget..."

Don’t forget that sometimes one needs to have smiling faces around. Furrow, 57 Tags: The Way, Furrow, writings of the founder of Opus Dei, Year of Faith

Christ at the summit

That is the calling of Christians, that is our apostolic task, the desire which should consume our soul: to make this kingdom of Christ a reality, to eliminate hatred and cruelty, to spread throughout the earth the strong and soothing balm of love. Tags: God’s glory, Work, Christ Is Passing By