May 27

“…yesterday when I went (to the church), I beheld that those who were in front of the Church, attending mass, when they saw me they left, shouting slanders and insults directed at my person. Not all left…. Pray that I, wanting to imitate Jesus Christ who threw the undevout out of the temple courtyard, may suffer some disgrace. I make you a participant in remedying so much evil. For then you may see me go to another parish so as not to be here… “ (more…)

May 26

“I will say these prayers of aspiration: Ah my Jesus! As the water is joined with the wine in the holy sacrifice of the Mass, so I long to be joined with You and offer myself in sacrifice to the Most Blessed Trinity. Ah my Jesus! What would you have me do for love of you? I desire nothing but to know your will so that I may fulfil it, cost what it may.”

(Resolutions 1857 Made of Holy Retreat in the Year 1857, 10th July, 3).               (more…)

May 25

“When a man is faithful to his vocation and corresponds with great force of will, he can do very much. And if he is persevering and does not allow himself to slacken in what he has begun, he can do things beyond all explaining – always, however, with the help of God’s grace. Happy the man who is faithful…, who does not presume to rely on himself, but puts all his trust in God; who attributes nothing to himself and all to God; who says nothing of himself…” (more…)

May 24

“God asked forgiveness of the eternal Father for those who crucified him. And he teaches us how we must forgive and love our enemies.” (Reloj de la pasión, en EE p. 199).

WIDENESS OF HEART

It is not easy to forgive those who have offended against us; the tendency to revenge or rancour appears innate. But Jesus went around forgiving freely and asked forgiveness for his executioners from the cross. (more…)

May 23

“How important it is nowadays to circulate good books to counteract the flood of bad ones!” (Aut 708).

VEHICLES FOR GOOD

One day my grandfather found me seated in front of the computer. Seeing me so engrossed and for such a long time he came up to me and said, “I have heard that that through this apparatus much evil is received and done.” (more…)

May 22

“My only goal and all my anxieties were about manufacturing. I can’t overstate it – my obsession approached delirium. Who can say? Perhaps the very intensity of my inclination was the means God used to take away my love for manufacturing.” (Aut 67)

GOD WRITES STRAIGHT…

You do not know the ways of God not the means by which his love, his call will reach you. (more…)

May 21

“Ever since I was a small boy I have been attracted to piety and religion.” (Aut 36).

EVERY GREAT JOURNEY BEGINS WITH A FIRST STEP

There are terms which have fallen into disuse. Practically nobody says them. Our mentality, supposedly more adult, cultured, useful, rational, technical, ‘cold’… does not know what to do or how  (more…)

May 20

“The ancient Hebrews had a tradition which said that when God had created all things, he asked the angels what they thought and they all said everything was very good. However, one of the wisest seraphim, first asking permission, said: I notice the lack of a voice heard in the four corners of the earth which will say continuously: Thanks be to God, Thanks be to God, Thanks be to God…” (Carta a la V. M. Antonia París, 24 septiembre 1867, en EC II, p. 1203). (more…)

May 19

“When you have to correct someone, take the hand of sweetness, which is very effective in this. Sweetness is the great servant of charity and her inseparable companion. Reprimand, considering its nature, is bitter, but given with sweetness and baked in the fire of charity is cordial, kind and delicious.”

(Carta Ascética que… escribió al presidente de uno de los coros de la Academia de San Miguel. Barcelona 1862, p. 10).                          (more…)

May 18

“As Jesus Christ has made use of the same means to do us good which Satan used to do evil, he has instituted the august sacrament under edible species and truly says to us: “Eat, and you will be like gods. You will be like me, who am God and man.” (Carta ascética… al presidente de uno de los coros de la Academia de San Miguel. Barcelona 1862, pp. 29-30)

FOOD WHICH DIVINIZES                     (more…)