Sunday, February 15, 2015

J.M.J. "The Power of Faith" by Saint Josemaria Escriva' (1902-1975) appeared in Magnificat (2010). Many thanks to Missy for sharing it.

"We must, then, have faith and not be dispirited. We must not be stopped by any kind of human calculation. To overcome the obstacles we have to throw ourselves into the task so that the very effort we make will open up new paths.

"Personal holiness, giving oneself to God, is the one cure which overcomes any difficulty.

"Being holy means living exactly as our Father in Heaven wants us to live. You will say that it is difficult. It is. The ideal is a very high one. And yet it is also easy. It is within our reach. When a person becomes ill there may be no appropriate medicine. But in supernatural affairs, it is not like that. The medicine is always at hand. It is Jesus Christ, present, in the Holy Eucharist, and He also gives us His grace in the other Sacraments which He established.

"Let us say again, in word and in action: 'Lord, I trust in You; Your ordinary providence, Your help each day, is all I need.' We do not have to ask God to perform great miracles. Rather, we have to beg Him to increase our faith, to enlighten our intellect, and strengthen our will. Jesus always stays by our side and is always Himself."

Virgin most prudent, pray for us.


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