If you correspond to the designs of God, He will make a saint of you.
--St Paul of the Cross
One of the many points from St. Josemaria Escriva's books that helped me in my early years of discovering the Christian lay vocation.
"You are writing to me in the kitchen, by the stove. It is early afternoon. It is cold. By your side, your younger sister — the last one to discover the divine folly of living her Christian vocation to the full — is peeling potatoes. To all appearances — you think — her work is the same as before. And yet, what a difference there is!
—It is true: before she only peeled potatoes, now, she is sanctifying herself peeling potatoes." -St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, pt. 498
I have his book, The Way. It is one of my favorite Catholic books. I love that you can meditate on each of his points and it can apply to your life in so many ways.
“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire” – St. Catherine of Siena
She's one of my Patron Saints!
"The most beautiful act of faith is the one made in darkness, in sacrifice, and with extreme effort." -Padre Pio 🙂
That's very true, thank you for posting that.
"If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me."
-St. Joan of Arc
Be who you are and be that well. So that you may bring honor to the Master Craftsman whose handiwork you are
St. Francis de Sales
That's right, thank you for sharing that
"The things that we love tell us what we are." -St. Thomas Aquinas
He is not a canonized saint (yet), but I also love this quote from J.R.R. Tolkien: "Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament. There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth."
Last year I was able to visit Oxford and I was geeking out so bad. Lewis AND Tolkien had walked on these sidewalks--as well as other famous people--it was amazing!
You're lucky! That is one of my dreams to do in my life.
"When God stretch out His hand to ask, His hand is never empty, and His intimate friends may draw from Him the courage and strength they need." -St. Therese of Lisieux, from her book, "Story of a Soul"
One of my favorite quotes from that book, and one that I have been reminded of a lot lately!
St. Theresa of Avilla's bookmark :
Let nothing disturb thee.
Let nothing frighten thee.
All things are passing;
God only is changeless.
Patience gains all things.
Who hath God wanteth nothing.
God alone sufficeth.
Suscipe "to receive" by St. Loyola:
Take O Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my will and understanding. All that I am, all that I have, Thou hast given me, please disposed of it according to Thy good will. Give me only Thy love and Thy grace; with these I am rich enough, and will have nothing more to desire.