“Christ is Alive” | Celebrating the Easter Season (First Week)

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Celebrate the season of Easter with daily quotes from St. Josemaria Escriva! To help spread the joyous message of Easter throughout the entire season, we are sharing daily quotes with our friends on:

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FIRST WEEK OF EASTER: JOY

Sunday:
“’Christ is alive.’ This is the great truth which fills our faith with meaning. Jesus, who died on the cross, has risen. He has triumphed over death; he has overcome sorrow, anguish and the power of darkness. ‘Do not be terrified’ was how the angels greeted the women who came to the tomb. ‘Do not be terrified. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here.’ ‘This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.’”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Christ is Passing By, no. 102

Monday:
“Easter is a time of joy — a joy not confined to this period of the liturgical year, but to be found really and fully in the Christian’s heart. For Christ is alive. He is not someone who has gone, someone who existed for a time and then passed on, leaving us a wonderful example and a great memory.

“No, Christ is alive. Jesus is the Emmanuel: God with us. His resurrection shows us that God does not abandon his own. He promised he would not: ‘Can a woman forget her baby that is still unweaned, pity no longer the son she bore in her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.’ And he has kept his promise.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Christ is Passing By, no. 102

Tuesday:
“Everyone, in his job, in whatever place he has in society, must feel obliged to make his work God’s work, sowing everywhere the peace and joy of the Lord. ‘The perfect Christian is always a bearer of peace and joy. Peace, because he realizes he is in the presence of God; joy, because he sees himself surrounded by God’s blessings. Such a Christian is truly a royal personage, a holy priest of God.’”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Friends of God, no. 70

Wednesday:
“To every Christian, whatever his state in life — priest or layman, married or single — we can apply fully the words of the Apostle: ‘…chosen by God, holy and beloved.’ This is what we all are, each one in his place and position in the world, despite our errors and in the midst of the struggle to conquer them: men and women chosen by God to give witness to Christ and to bring all those who surround us the joy of knowing that we are God’s children.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Christ is Passing By, no. 30

Thursday:
“Believe me you can be very happy! Our Lord wants us to be glad, to be drunk with joy, stepping out along the same roads of happiness that he himself walked! We only become miserable when we persist in straying off those roads, and take the path of selfishness and sensuality or, much worse, when we take the path of the hypocrites.

“The Christian must prove himself to be genuine, truthful and sincere in all that he undertakes. His conduct should reflect a spirit — the spirit of Christ. If anyone in this world has a duty to be consistent with his beliefs it is the Christian, for he has been entrusted with a gift that he must make fruitful, and that gift is the truth which liberates and saves.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Friends of God, no. 141

Friday:
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his daily cross and follow me.” Do you see? The daily cross. No day without a cross; not a single day in which we are not to carry the cross of the Lord, in which we are not to accept his yoke. Let this opportunity serve to remind us again that the joy of the resurrection is a consequence of the suffering of the cross.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Christ is Passing By, no. 176

Saturday:
“Our Lady, a full participant in the work of our salvation, follows in the footsteps of her Son: the poverty of Bethlehem, the everyday work of a hidden life in Nazareth, the manifestation of his divinity in Cana of Galilee, the tortures of his passion, the divine sacrifice on the cross, the eternal blessedness of paradise.

“All of this affects us directly, because this supernatural itinerary is the way we are to follow. Mary shows us that we can walk this path with confidence. She has preceded us on the way of imitating Christ, her glorification is the firm hope of our own salvation. For these reasons we call her ‘our hope, cause of our joy.’”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Christ is Passing By, no. 176


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