Your duty is to sanctify yourself. Yes, even you. Who thinks that this task is only for priests and religious? To everyone, without exception, our Lord said: Be ye perfect, as my heavenly Father is perfect. St. Josemaria

Friday, June 26, 2009

Happy Feast Day of St. JoseMaria!

The photograph was taken on the morning of June 26, 1975

At mid-day St Josemaría died suddenly in Rome, after looking with immense love, for the last time, at a picture of our Lady of Guadalupe which presided over the room where he worked. Five years earlier , during his stay in Mexico, while looking at a picture of our Lady giving a rose to St Juan Diego,
he had said:
“That’s how I would like to die: looking at our Lady, and with her giving me a flower.”

There is something so special of St. JoseMaria. I grew up knowing him as a grandfather teaching me this wisdom and love for Our Blessed Mother and Our Lord.
Does it make you feel great to know that everything you do day in and day out, every time you clean the bathroom, make another sandwich, clean the dishes once more, wake up in the middle of the night to a crying child, all this and more will help you become a Saint! St. JoseMaria says that the little things and all work is a way to Heaven! That a man who picks up your garage in the early morning has just the rights to become a Saint as the great professor or Priest! While.. your work is your way to Heaven, offering it up to God is what all the Saints have done. St.JoseMaria and Opus Dei help you to see that and give you formation and wisdom to do so!

"The spirit of Opus Dei reflects the marvellous reality (...) that any honest and worthwhile work may be converted into a divine occupation. In God's service there are no second-class jobs, all of them are important. To love and serve God, there is no need to do anything strange or unusual. Christ bids all men without exception to be perfect as His heavenly Father is perfect. Sanctity, for the vast majority of men, implies sanctifying their work, sanctifying themselves in it, and sanctifying others through it. Thus they can encounter God in the course of their daily lives."

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