Reading this book now.
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This is what I love about St. Josemaria Escriva: He is tough. He has grit. He is very manly. He sounds a lot like a strict father or a stern uncle — or a tough coach, or an army general, or a Navy SEAL officer, or a knight — giving you a jolt of reality, shaking and waking you up, telling you things you needed to hear. And for some reason, too, he reminds me of Johnny Cash.
He has a no-nonsense, straightforward style that I really love. Because Christian spirituality is not for wimps. It’s not for the faint of heart. It’s for warriors, because the Christian life involves struggles and battles and waging wars against the self, temptations, and real evils in the world.
I’m just a few pages into the book and already I found these gems:
“Don’t let your life be sterile. Be useful. Blaze a trail. Shine forth with the light of your faith and of your love.”
“May your behavior and your conversation be such that everyone who sees or hears you can say: This man reads the life of Jesus Christ.”
“Maturity: Stop making faces and acting up like a child! Your bearing ought to reflect the peace and order of your soul.”
“Don’t say, “That’s the way I am — it’s my character.” It’s your lack of character. Esto vir! — Be a man!”
And my favorite:
“You clash with the character of one person or another… It has to be that way — you are not a dollar bill to be liked by everyone.
If your character and that of those around you were soft and sweet like marshmallows, you would never become a saint.”