10 Quotes from A Spiritual Masterpiece

St. Josemaria Escriva's "The Way" is easily one of the most influential spiritual works of the 20th century.  The structure of the book is deceptively simple. The book has over 999 short entries.  Out of these 999 points I will be choosing only 10.  This will be extremely difficult since there are so many gems in this masterpiece. Consider this as a sort of sneak preview.  My hope is that some of you will actually pick up and read this work. I can assure that it's timeless wisdom will change your life.

"Don't let your life be sterile. Be useful. Blaze a trail. Shine forth with the light of your faith and of your love.  With your apostolic life wipe out the slimy and filthy mark left by the impure sowers of hatred and light up all the ways of the earth with the fire of Christ that you carry in your heart." (1)
"May your behavior and your conversation be such that everyone who sees or hears you can say: This man reads the life of Jesus Christ." (2)
"Remain silent, and you will never regret it. Speak, and you often will." (639)
"Give in? Be just commonplace? You, a sheep-like follower? You were born to be a leader! Among us there is no place for the lukewarm." (16)
" An hour of study for a modern apostle, is an hour of prayer." (335)
" Don't let your defects and imperfections nor even your more serious falls, take you away from God. A weak child if he is wise, tries to keep near his Father." (880)
"You're bored? That's because you keep your senses awake and your soul asleep." (368)
"If you feel an impulse to be a leader, this should be your aim: to be the last among your brothers and the first among all others." (365)
"Don't be a pessimist. Don't you realize that everything that happens or can happen is for the best? Optimism will be a necessary consequence of your faith." (378)
"One must compromise' I Compromise is a word found only in the vocabulary of those who have no will to fight — the lazy, the cunning, the cowardly — for they consider themselves defeated before they start." (54)


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