ST JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA QUOTES

“Do everything for Love. Thus there will be no little things: everything will be big. Perseverance in little things for Love is heroism.”

“There is only one way to make progress in the interior life: to go forward confidently and serenely, relying on the divine mercy.”

“Don’t let your life be barren. Be useful. Make yourself felt. Shine forth with the torch of your faith and your love.”

“He who carries God in his heart bears heaven with him wherever he goes.”

“To defend his purity, Saint Francis of Assisi rolled in the snow, Saint Benedict threw himself into a thorn bush, Saint Bernard plunged into an icy pond… You… what have you done?”

“We are children of God, bearers of the only flame that can light up the paths of the earth for souls, of the only brightness which can never be darkened, dimmed or overshadowed.”

“God has placed me in this world to bring him glory through my work, through my life, through my relationship with others.”

“Don’t let your life be sterile. Be useful. Blaze a trail. Shine forth with the light of your faith and of your love.”

“The Christian’s life consists of continuous fighting against temptation, a strenuous effort in the service of love, dominion over self, the sincere gift of self.”

“We are all called to be apostle-souls, in love’s service, in love’s warfare.”

“Have recourse to prayer in order to be faithful to your resolutions, especially when you find them difficult.”

“For him who has no love, there is no divine life in him.”

“You must never separate the doctrine and example of virtue from the example you give in your own lives.”

“The holiness of a Christian is measured by the breadth of his charity.”

“There is only one sadness in life: not to be a saint.”

“Don’t say, ‘That’s the way I am—it’s my character.’ It’s your lack of character. Esto vir!—Be a man!”

“Keep close to the Catholic Church at all times, for the Church alone can give you true peace, since she alone possesses Jesus, the true Prince of Peace.”

“Love is the most universal, formidable and mysterious of the cosmic forces.”

“What a great thing it is to possess the Cross! He who possesses it possesses a treasure.”

“Thank you, my God, for making me a man!”

“The world sees the Cross as pain, restriction, a chain. But for the Christian, it is the key that opens the doors of Paradise.”

“Go forward with simplicity, humility, and love, remembering always that no matter how sophisticated or important you become in this world, you are nothing in the eyes of God.”

“A ‘no’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”

“We need to drink from the source when we are young and blindly enthusiastic, when everything makes us cry out, ‘How marvelous! How new!'”

“In the name of God, the God who is life, and who is eternal life, throw yourselves into the adventure of this noble love of God!”

“Charity in truth, to which Jesus Christ bore witness by his earthly life and especially by his death and resurrection, is the principal driving force behind the Church’s social doctrine.”

“We are all children of God, and we all belong to the one and only family, the Church.”

“Our Lord does not want a detachment which comes from weariness or despair, but one that comes from love and detachment for his sake.”

“Let us ask our Lord to grant us a strong desire to do apostolate and a generous heart to carry it through.”

“You must put your happiness in doing good for others, without any thought of recognition or reward.”