GOD SPEAKS TO US IN PERSON
“In many various ways,
God spoke of old
to our Fathers
by the Prophets;
but in these last days
he has spoken to us
by a Son,
whom he appointed the heir of all things,
through whom also he created the world.” (Heb 1:1-2)
GOD PERSONALLY SEEKS US OUT
“In Jesus Christ, God not only speaks to us,
but also seeks us out,
moved by his Fatherly heart.”
(John Paul II, in Peace: A Gift of Enduring Love, 42)
CENTRED ON CHRIST
John Paul II,
from Redemptor Hominis to Novo Millenio Ineunte
to Rosarium Virginis Mariae …
“Per Ipsum, et cum Ipso, et in Ipso.”
THE HUMAN AND THE DIVINE IN ONE
“So real was this union that
all of his acts and words,
all of his agonies and tears,
all of his thoughts and reasonings,
resolves and emotions,
while being properly human,
were at the same time
the acts and words,
agonies and tears,
thoughts and reasonings,
resolves and emotions
of the eternal Son of God.”
(F Sheen, Life of Christ)
ALWAYS CLOSE (AND OPEN, NOT CLOSED) TO CHRIST
“Follow our Lord closely [so] that
we hear his footsteps,
we hear his very breathing,
we detect his most intimate confidences
with those whom he has chosen.”
(St Josemaría, as quoted in Echevarría, Memoria del Beato Josemaría Escrivá, 250)
“Read the Gospel,
live the Gospel,
love the Gospel,
draw points for meditation from the Gospel
and the New Testament;
and strive to pour out the wealth of those books
into the lives of the persons who come close
to seek direction or dealing with you:
so that, through your knowledge of God’s life,
one can say truly
that you deal with Jesus Christ,
that you know Jesus Christ,
that you love Jesus Christ,
that you imitate Jesus Christ.”
(St Josemaría, as quoted in Echevarría, Memoria del Beato Josemaría Escrivá, 251)
HUNGER TO KNOW THE MASTER
“When you love somebody very much,
you want to know everything about him. …
Do you feel a hunger to know Christ?”
(St Josemaría, The Forge, 37)
HE HAS A NAME
“Lose the fear of calling the Lord by his name—Jesus—
and of telling him that you love him.”
“Pierde el miedo a llamar al Señor por su nombre – Jesús –
y a decirle que le quieres.”
JESUS IMPARTS MEANING
“The true light that enlightens every man
was coming into the world,
and the world was made through him,
yet the world knew him not.
He came to his own home,
and his own received him not.”
HE TELLS US ABOUT OURSELVES
“The mystery of the Incarnation
has given a tremendous impetus
to humanity’s thought and artistic genius.
Precisely by reflecting upon the union of two natures,
human and divine,
in the Person of the Incarnate Word,
Christian thinkers have come to explain
the concept of person
as the unique and unrepeatable center
of freedom and responsibility,
whose inalienable dignity must be realized.
Faith in Christ, the Incarnate Word,
leads us to see humanity in a new light.
It enables us to believe in humanity,
created in the image and likeness of God.”
(John Paul II, Go in Peace: A Gift of Enduring Love, 39-40)
THE ANSWER TO VEXING QUESTIONS
“Where might human beings seek the answer
to dramatic questions such as
pain, the suffering of the innocent, and death,
if not from the mystery of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection?”
(John Paul II, Go in Peace: A Gift of Enduring Love, 41)
JESUS THE ANSWER TO ALL RELIGIOUS QUEST
“The Incarnate Word is thus
the fulfillment of the yearning present in all religions of humanity.
This fulfillment is brought about by God himself
and transcends all human expectations.”
(John Paul II, Go in Peace: A Gift of Enduring Love, 42)
Iesu, Rex admirabilis
et triumphator nobilis
Iesu, dulcedo cordium
fons vivus, lumen mentium
excedens omne gaudium
et omne desiderium.
(Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
GETTING INTO THE WOUNDS
“Metámonos con intimidad
en las llagas de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo,
y concretamente en la llaga de su Corazón amante,
para decirle, como nuestro Padre:
que yo vea con tus ojos,
que yo hable con tus palabras,
que yo escuche con tus oídos,
que yo trabaje con tus manos,
que yo quiera con tu voluntad,
que yo ame con tu corazón.”
(Bishop J Echevarría, 1994)
THE SECRET TO ALWAYS SAYING ‘YES’
“No man can look God in the face everyday
and say ‘No’ to him,
and no man who has not a deliberate intention of saying ‘No’ to God
need be afraid to look him in the face.”
(E Boylan, Spiritual Life of the Priest, 38)
“Lord Jesus Christ,
take all my freedom.
Take my memory,
and my will.
All that I have and cherish you have given me.
I surrender it all to be guided by your will.
Your grace and your love
are wealth enough for me.
Give me these, Lord Jesus,
and I ask for nothing more.”
“Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, heal me.
Blood of Christ, drench me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
Good Jesus, hear me.
In your wounds, shelter me.
From turning away keep me.
From the evil one protect me.
At the hour of my death call me.
Into your presence lead me,
to praise you wit all your saints
forever and ever. Amen.”
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Revised 25 March 2005