Et ait illis: Venite vos ipsi seorsum in desertum locum

   et requiéscite pusillum.’

Erat enim, qui veniebant et redibant multi,

   et nec manducandi spatium habebant.” (Mk 6:31-32)



Nisi Dominus aedificáverit domum,

   in vanum laborant qui aedíficant eam.

Nisi Dominus custodíerit civitatem,

   frustra vígila qui custodit eam.(Ps 126:1-2)



“Read these counsels slowly.

Pause to meditate on these thoughts.

I won’t tell you anything new.

I will only stir your memory,

so that some thought will arise

and strike you;

and so you will better your life

and set out along ways of prayer

and of Love.

And in the end you will be

a more worthy soul.” (St Josemaría, The Way, Prologue)


“Omnis ergo qui audit verba mea haec

   et facit ea

assimilabitur viro sapienti,

qui aedificavit domum suam supra petram.” (Mt 7:24)


“’A sower went out to sow.

And as he sowed,

   some seeds fell along the path,

      and the birds came and devoured them.

Other seeds fell on rocky ground…

Other seeds fell upon thorns…

Other seeds fell on good soil

   and brought forth grain,

      some a hundredfold,

      some sixty,

      some thirty.

He who has ears, let him hear.’” (Mt 13: 3,4,5,7,8,9)


The good ground has to be tilled, turned over, “disturbed”.



Patiente estóte, fratres,

   usque ad adventum Domini.

Ecce agricola exspectat pretiosum fructum terrae,

   patienter ferens donec accípiat

      temporáneum et serótinum.

Patientes igitur estóte et vos,

   et confirmáte corda vestra,

   quóniam adventus Domini appropinquavit.


“Wait, then, brethren, in patience

   for the Lord’s coming.

See how the farmer looks forward to the coveted returns of his land,

   yet waits patiently

      for the early and the late rains to fall

      before they can be brought in.

You too must wait patiently,

   and take courage;

   the Lord’s coming is close at hand.”

(Jas 5:7-8)



“We should let Jesus know that we are children.

And when children are tiny and innocent,

   what a lot of effort it takes for them to go up one step.

They look as though they are wasting their time,

   but eventually they manage to climb up. …

We are just like that, Jesus, when we are on our own.

Please take us up in your loving arms….

Do not leave us until we have reached the top.”

(St Josemaría, The Forge, 346)



“…it is as though I had never really done anything to get closer to God.

Lord, here I am

   beginning, beginning, always just beginning!

I will try, however, to push forward each day will all my heart.”

(St Josemaría, The Forge, 378)


“Every time you make an act of contrition—

   and you should make many every day—

   you begin again,

because you offer a new love to God.” (St Josemaría, The Forge, 384)



“A whole morning of work

   and still more in the early afternoon.

The donkey begins to fret:

   is there never any rest?

The flies are a bother

   and moreover, other donkeys are napping in the valley.

Unfastening himself,

   the donkey trots off toward the farmhouse to confront his master.

Such braying! Angry, restless.

It is a strident bray that can be translated as, ‘I’ve had enough!’

The master comes out on the porch.

Seeing the donkey so out of sorts,

   its ears tensed and mouth agape,

   he gives a hearty understanding laugh.

With that the donkey begins to quieten down.

He begins to realize how silly it was to get upset.

His expression softens,

   and his features—disfigured by the taut muscles—

   become humble and serene once more.

There’s even a trace of a smile.

Then back to the well: once again it seems like a palace.

Everything has worked out for the best,

   the master reflected,

seeing that his donkey,

   after that ingenuous rebelliousness,

   didn’t trust itself.

Putting aside those foolish thoughts,

   it now works harder than ever.” (St Josemaría, Ut iumentum, VI)


“From 1830 on, the existence of the Curé d’Ars

   was one of a sublime and crucifying monotony.” (Trochu, The Curé of Ars)



“The two disciples heard him say this,

   and they followed Jesus.

Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them,

  ‘What do you seek?’ / ‘What is it you seek?’

And they said to him,

   ‘Rabbi, where are you staying?’

He said to them,

   ‘Come and see.’

They came and saw where he was staying;

   and they stayed with him that day….” (Jn 1:37-39)


Mane nobiscum. Stay with us.

So he went in to stay with them.” (Lk 24:29)


Quid adhuc mihi deest?”

“What is yet wanting to me?”

“What do I still lack?”

[]還缺少什麼?” (Mt 19:20)


Senes vestra somnia somniabunt,

et iuvenes vestri visiones videbunt.”

“Your old men shall dream dreams

and your young men shall see visions.”

(Joel 2:28, quoted, but in reverse order, by St Peter, in Acts 2:17)


Revised 25 March 2005.