If we live our lives in this way, we shall be bringing peace to the world. We shall be making God’s service attractive to others, because ‘God loves a cheerful giver’. Christians are ordinary people, but their hearts overflow with the joy that comes when we set out to fulfill, with the constant help of grace, the will of the Father. Christians don’t see themselves as victims, underrated, or restricted in their behavior. They walk head on high, because they are men and children of God.
Our faith brings out the full meaning of these human virtues, which no one should ever neglect. Christians should be second to none as human beings. Those who follow Christ are able (not by their own merit but by the grace of God) to communicate to those around them what they at times suspect but cannot quite grasp: that true happiness, a genuine spirit of serving our neighbor, can only come by passing through the Heart of our Redeemer, perfectus Deus, perfectus homo.
from Friends of God by St. Josemaria Escriva, nos. 92-93.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
This meditation was in my Inbox this morning. It's by St. Josemaria Escriva, who has fast become one of my favorite saints of the 20th century.