26th June – St Jose Maria Escriva

Today is the memorial of St Jose Maria Escriva (*1902 +1975), founder of the layst jose maria escriva movement Opus Dei.  It is dedicated to helping lay people find holiness in everyday life and is known for its faithfulness to Catholic teaching and beliefs. Here are some quotes of his.

Understand this well: there is something holy, something divine hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it.

Either we learn to find the Lord in the ordinary everyday life or else we shall never find him.

Don’t say, “That person bothers me.” Think: “That person sanctifies me”.

Put your heart aside. Duty comes first. But when fulfilling your duty, put your heart into it. It helps.

To begin is for everyone. To persevere is for saints.

You don’t know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God, and as soon as you have said, ‘Lord, I don’t know how to pray!” you can be sure you have already begun.”

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

Say the Holy Rosary. Blessed be that monotony of Hail Mary’s which purifies the monotony of your sins!

St. Joseph was an ordinary sort of man on whom God relied to do great things. He did exactly what the Lord wanted him to do, in each and every event that went to make up his life.