Friday, 20 June 2008

Divine in the Ordinary


I know many people don't like St. Josemaria Escriva, I remember having a good few talks about his spirituality and views of mortifications with many people. I remember having to stand up for him a few times at the Trad torture camp (or properly named the Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Glasgow). Needless to say I'm a fan and I think this 'Key' quote is something we need to seriously consider and relfect on in our everyday lives:

"He waits for us everyday, in the laboratory, in the operating theatre, in the army barracks, in the university chair, in the factory, in the workshop, in the fields, in the home, and in all the immense panorama of work. Understand this well: there is something holy, something divine hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it."
- St Josemaria Escriva

A lot of people have the view that because you do a certain job or work in a certain movement or are ordained then suddenly you are holier than the rest of the general public; the reality couldn't be further from the truth. We are all called to be great saints...

5 comments:

Mark said...

I really did love some of Escrivá's stuff. I especially liked the little books of quotes, like The Way, and The Furrow.

Augustine said...

I LOVE St Josemaria! :-D

There are some great videos of him on the Opus Dei UK website. I'd reccomend them to everybody!

John Paul said...

There are some good books called in conversation with God and they are little everyday reflections for the liturigcal year from an Opus Dei priest based upon the teachings of St. Josemaria. They really are a great companion when you feel far away.

ebomania said...

A lovely quote! It pains me when i speak about what i do being my "vocation" to the non-believers who then go on to see my belief as being akin to being a spy-in-the-camp with a hidden agenda.

John Paul said...

Completely agree Ebo... It's almost as if people have this suspicion that Catholics want to take over the world rather having an integral role in the world.