Sunday, June 03, 2007

St. Josemaria Escriva' - Mortification

From the Way by Josemaria Escriva'

"The appropriate word you left unsaid; the joke you didn't tell; the cheerful smile for those who bother you; that silence when you're unjustly accused; your kind conversation with people you find boring and tactless; the daily effort to overlook one irritating detail or another in those who live with you...this, with perseverance, is indeed solid interior mortification."

"Don't say, 'That person bothers me.' Think: 'That person sanctifies me'".

"Interior mortifications. I don't believe in your interior mortification if I see that you despise mortification of the senses-that you don't practice it."

"In our poor present life, let us drink to the last drop from the chalice of pain. What does it matter to suffer for ten, twenty, fifty years, if afterwards there is heaven forever, forever..forever!..."

"Paradox: To live one must die."

"Conquer yourself each day from the very first moment, getting up on the dot, at a set time,without granting a single minute to laziness.

If, with the help of /God, you conquer yourself in that moment, you'll have accomplished a great deal for the rest of the day.

It's so discouraging to find yourself beaten int he first skirmish!"

"...Resolve, each time, to work for the salvation of a particular soul, or his sanctification, or his vocation to the apostolate.

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