St. Josemaria Escriva Quotes (Part 2)

St. Josemaria Escriva

St. Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei has been one of my favorite Saints. I haven’t got his book, The Way. Because I’m looking for the English version and plan to get while I am abroad, but it seems I won’t leave my country around these days/months. So, I looked for some excerpt of his book and I found it. It’s definitely too good to be put in my directory only. So, here is a little excerpt from St. Josemaria Escriva’s book ‘The Way’ which according to the provider is excerpted with permission. I separate it into 2 parts.

“Matrimony is a holy sacrament. When the time comes for you to receive it, ask your spiritual director or your confessor to suggest an appropriate book. Then you’ll be better prepared to bear worthily the burdens of a home.”

“Do you laugh because I tell you that you have a “vocation to marriage”? Well, you have just that-a vocation.”

“Commend yourself to Saint Raphael that he may keep you pure, as he did Tobias, until the end of the way.”

“Marriage is for the rank and file, not for the officers of Christ’s army. For, unlike food, which is necessary for every individual, procreation is necessary only for the species, and individuals can dispense with it.”

“A desire to have children? Behind us we shall leave children-many children… and a lasting trail of light, if we sacrifice the selfishness of the flesh.”

“The limited and pitiful happiness of the selfish man, who withdraws into his shell, his ivory tower… is not difficult to attain in this world. But that happiness of the selfish is not lasting.”

“For this false semblance of Heaven are you going to forsake the Joy of Glory without end?”

“You’re shrewd. But don’t tell me you are young. Youth gives all it can-it gives itself without reserve.”

“Selfish! You always looking out for yourself.”

“You seem unable to feel the brotherhood of Christ. In others you don’t see brothers; you see stepping-stones.”

“I can foresee your complete failure. And when you are down, you’ll expect others to treat you with the charity you’re unwilling to show them.”

“You’ll never be a leader if you see others only as stepping-stones to get ahead. You’ll be a leader if you are ambitious for the salvation of all souls.”

“You can’t live with your back turned on everyone; you have to be eager to make others happy.”

“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.”

“Don’t be afraid of the truth, even though the truth may mean your death.”

“There are many pretty terms I don’t like: you call cowardice “prudence.” Your “prudence” gives an opportunity to those enemies of God, without any ideas in their heads, to pass themselves off as scholars, and so reach positions that they never should attain.”

“Yes, that abuse can be eradicated. It’s a lack of character to let it continue as something hopeless-without any possible remedy.”

“Don’t evade your duty. Do it in a forthright way, even though others may not.”

“You have, as they say, “the gift of gab.” But in spite of all your talk, you can’t get me to justify-by calling it “providential”-what has no justification.”

“Can it be true (I just can’t believe it!) that on earth there are no men-only bellies?”

“”Pray that I may never be satisfied with what is easy”, you say. I’ve already prayed. Now it is up to you to carry out that fine resolution.”

“Faith, joy, optimism. But not the folly of closing your eyes to reality.”

“What a sublime way of carrying on with your empty follies, and what a way of getting somewhere in the world: rising, always rising simply by “weighing little,” by having nothing inside-neither in your head nor in your heart!”

“Why those variations in your character? When are you going to apply your will to something? Drop that craze for laying cornerstones, and finish at least one of your projects.”

“Don’t be so touchy. The least thing offends you. People have to weigh their words to talk to you even about the most trivial matter.”

“Don’t feel hurt if I tell you that you are… unbearable. Unless you change, you’ll never be of any use.”

“Use the polite excuse that Christian charity and good manners require. But then, keep on going with holy shamelessness, without stopping until you have reached the summit in the fulfillment of your duty.”

“Why feel hurt by the unjust things people say of you? You would be even worse, if God ever left you.”

“Keep on doing good, and shrug your shoulders.”

“Don’t you think that equality, as many people understand it, is synonymous with injustice?”

“That pose and those important airs don’t fit you well. It’s obvious that they’re false. At least, try not to use them either with God, or with your director, or with your brothers; and then there will be between them and you one barrier less.”

“You lack character. What a mania for interfering in everything! You are bent on being the salt of every dish. And you won’t mind if I speak clearly-you haven’t the qualities of salt: you can’t be dissolved and pass unnoticed, as salt does.”

“You lack a spirit of sacrifice. And you abound in a spirit of curiosity and ostentation.”

“Keep quiet. Don’t be “babyish,” a caricature of a child, a tattle-tale, a trouble-maker, a squealer. With your stories and tales you have chilled the warm glow of charity; you couldn’t have done more harm. And if by any chance you-your wagging tongue-have shaken down the strong walls of other people’s perseverance, your own perseverance ceases to be a grace of God. It has become a treacherous instrument of the enemy.”

“You’re curious and inquisitive, prying and nosey. Aren’t you ashamed that even in your defects you are not much of a man? Be a man, and instead of poking into other people’s lives, get to know what you really are yourself.”

“Your manly spirit-simple and straightforward-is crushed when you find yourself entangled in gossip and scandalous talk. You don’t understand how it could happen, and you never wished to be involved in it anyway. Suffer the humiliation that such talk causes you, and let the experience urge you to greater discretion.”

“When you must judge others, why put into your criticism the bitterness of your own failures?”

“That critical spirit-granted you mean well-should never be directed toward the apostolate in which you work nor toward your brothers. In your supernatural undertakings that critical spirit-forgive me for saying it-can do a lot of harm. For when you get involved in judging the work of others, you are not doing anything constructive. Really you have no right to judge, even if you have the highest possible motives, as I admit. And with your negative attitude you hold up the progress of others.”

“Then,” you ask worriedly, “my critical spirit, which is the keynote of my character . . . ?”

“Listen. I’ll set your mind at ease. Take pen and paper. Write down simply and confidently-yes, and briefly-what is worrying you. Give the note to your superior, and don’t think any more about it. He is in charge and has the grace of state. He will file the note . . . or will throw it in the waste-basket. And since your criticism is not gossip and you do it for the highest motives, it’s all the same to you.”

“Conform? It is a word found only in the vocabulary of those (“You might as well conform,” they say) who have no will to fight-the lazy, the cunning, the cowardly-because they know they are defeated before they start.”

“Man, listen! Even though you may be like a child-and you really are one in the eyes of God-be a little less naive: don’t put your brothers “on the spot” before strangers.”


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