"What joy we give to God"
"A spirit of penance keeps us from becoming too attached to the vast imaginative blueprints we have made for our future projects, where we have already foreseen our master strokes and brilliant successes. What joy we give to God when we are happy to lay aside our third-rate painting efforts and let him put in the features and colours of his choice!" (Friends of God, 138)
Lent, part 2
"St. Josemaría's Writings" is now a new section on this web site. The first topic posted in this new section presents some thoughts by St. Josemaría on this holy season of Lent.
Ash Wednesday - “Lent: a time of penance”
Coming closer to God means being ready to be converted anew, to change direction again, to listen attentively to his inspirations - those holy desires he places in our souls - and to put them into practice. (The Forge, 32)
Lent and Holy Week: The Path to Easter
Some resources for drawing as much spiritual fruit as possible from Lent and Holy Week, in preparation for celebrating our Lord's resurrection on Easter Sunday.
"The fire of God's love needs to be fed"
"The fire of God's love needs to be fed. It must grow each day, gathering strength in our soul; and a fire is maintained by burning more things. If we don't feed it, it may die.
Lent with Blessed Alvaro
Alvaro del Portillo died on 23 March 1994. Here is an extract from a letter he wrote on 2 February 1985, at the beginning of Lent.