“Christ is Alive” | Celebrating the Easter Season (Seventh 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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SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER: CALLING

Sunday (Ascension of the Lord):
“Let’s turn now to the days between the ascension and Pentecost. As a result of the triumph of Christ’s resurrection, the disciples are full of faith; they eagerly await the promised Holy Spirit. They want to stay close to one another, and so we find them ‘with Mary, the mother of Jesus,’ praying as a single family.

“It was St Luke who related this fact, the evangelist who gave us the longest account of Jesus’ childhood. It is as if he wanted us to understand that just as Mary had a major role in the incarnation of the Word, she was intimately involved in the beginning of the Church, Christ’s body.

“From the first moment of the Church all Christians who have sought the love of God — that love revealed in Jesus Christ — have encountered our Lady and experienced her motherly care. She can truly be called the Mother of Christians. As St Augustine puts it: ‘With her charity she cooperates in the birth of faithful to the Church and they are members of a head, of which she is effectively Mother in the flesh.’

“It is not surprising then that one of the oldest witnesses to this devotion to Mary is confident prayer: ‘We gather under your protection, holy Mother of God. Do not reject the prayers we say to you in our need, but save us from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin.’”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Christ is Passing By, no. 141

Monday:
“Don’t let discouragement enter into your apostolate. You haven’t failed, just as Christ didn’t fail on the Cross. Take courage!… Keep going, against the tide, protected by Mary’s Immaculate and Motherly Heart: Sancta Maria, refugium nostrum et virtus!, you are my refuge and my strength.

“Hold your peace. Be calm… God has very few friends on earth. Don’t yearn to leave this world. Don’t shy away from the burden of the days, even though at times we find them very long.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
The Way of the Cross, no. 13

Tuesday:
“Our faith in the Holy Spirit must be complete. It is not a vague belief in his presence in the world, but a grateful acceptance of the signs and realities into which he has poured forth his power in a special way. When the Spirit of truth comes, our Lord tells us, ‘he will glorify me, for he will take of what is mine and declare it to you.’ The Holy Spirit is the Spirit sent by Christ to carry out in us the work of holiness that our Lord merited for us on earth.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Christ is Passing By, no. 130

Wednesday (Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary):
“We walk in haste towards the mountains, to a town of the tribe of Judah (Luke 1:39).

“We arrive. —It is the house where John the Baptist is to be born. —Elizabeth gratefully hails the Mother of her Redeemer: Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb! —How have I deserved to be thus visited by the Mother of my Lord? (Luke 1:42-43)

“The unborn Baptist quivers… (Luke 1:41) —Mary’s humility pours forth in the Magnificat… —And you and I, who are proud —who were proud—, promise to be humble.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Holy Rosary, no. 2

Thursday:
“The true Christian, who acts according to his faith, always has his sights set on God. His outlook is supernatural. He works in this world of ours, which he loves passionately; he is involved in all its challenges, but all the while his eyes are fixed on Heaven. St Paul brings this out very clearly: quae sursum sunt quaerite; ‘seek the things that are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Savor the things of Heaven, not the things that are upon the earth. For you are dead’, to worldliness, through Baptism, ‘and your life is hidden with Christ in God.’”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Friends of God, no. 206

Friday:

“God loves me… And John the Apostle writes: ‘Let us love God, then, since God loved us first.’ —As if this were not enough, Jesus comes to each one of us, in spite of our patent wretchedness, to ask us, as he asked Peter: ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these others?…’

“—This is the moment to reply: ‘Lord, you know all things, you know that I love you!’ adding, with humility, ‘Help me to love you more. Increase my love!’”

St. Josemaria Escriva
The Forge, no. 497

Saturday:
“If you want to be faithful, be very Marian.

“Our Mother, from the time of the Angel’s message, until her agony at the foot of the Cross, had no other heart, no other life, but that of Jesus.

“Go to Mary with the tender devotion of a son, and She will obtain for you the loyalty and self-denial that you desire.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
The Way of the Cross, no. 13


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