Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Quotes From St. Josemarie Escriva

The church celebrates the feast of St. Josemarie Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, on June 26. His classic book, The Way: The Essential Classic of Opus Dei's Founder, has sold over 4.5 million copies since it was originally published in 1939. This book is a treasury of spiritual wisdom, drawn from the saint's own personal letters and conversations. Organized into categories, the book is filled with bite-sized nuggets which challenge readers in every state of life to grow in personal holiness.

If you are looking for ways to grow in your spiritual life, pick up a copy of St. Escriva's book today and read, meditate on and implement just one exhortation per day. It will change your life! 

The quotes below are some of my favorites and have directly impacted my own spiritual growth.

I try, many times unsuccessfully, to live out this quote - rising without hitting the snooze button at a fixed time each day.  On days that I am successful at this, I have truly won "the first skirmish of the day", as St. Josemarie Escriva promises.  It is a game-changer to have that victory!

As an avid reader, this quote has long been a favorite of mine, and one I have reflected on before.  I can only pray that my own spiritual reading will make me a saint!  Check out some of my favorite Catholic books here. 

This quote really resonates with me - it is so easy for me to be deceived by my own thoughts, emotions and wishes. I have been abundantly blessed to have many wise and trusted mature Catholic friends and a Spiritual Director who I rely on for spiritual advice, especially in tough times. 

This quote reminds me of one of my all-time favorite Scripture passages: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in all circumstances give thanks." (1 Thess 5:16-17).  Easy to say - a little more challenging to do, but I have experienced tremendous blessings in my life when I have learned to rejoice in the Lord when things are not going so well....

Could it really be this simple? Concentrating on the little things.. Not procrastinating...  Why oh why do I over-complicate things?  

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  1. These are wonderful. I will certainly be borrowing some of them. :-) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lovely Quotes, Debbie!
    Thanks for sharing them with us.

  3. This is a wonderful post, as always (and your list of favorite books is very similar to my own). I absolutely love this blog!!!

    1. Oh thanks so much Nancy for your kind words - you made my day! God bless you!