Month of the Sacred Heart and Saint Josemaria!

The Month of June is traditionally devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. One good custom you could begin is to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart every first Friday of the month. It’s a month packed with great feast days: Saint Justin the Martyr, Pentecost ( June 9 in 2019), Mary Mother of the Church (June 10), Saint Anthony of Padua (June 13), Trinity Sunday (June 16 in 2019), Corpus Christi (June 23 in 2019), then the final week we get some big hitters: Nativity of St John the Baptist (June 24), Saint Josemaria Escriva (June 26), the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 28 in 2019), then Saints Peter and Paul (June 29).

I have great devotion to Saint Josemaria Escriva because he helps me to find God in the midst of ordinary life. As a priest I see his priestly life as one to be modeled: constant prayer, hard work, constant apostolate, and loving those who misunderstood him and attacked him. All while keeping a wonderful sense of humor because his sense of divine filiation was central to his spiritual life.

Here are some thoughts for each day of the month of June compiled by Fr. Rene Schatteman.

Words of St. Josemaria on various aspects of the spiritual life

On June 26 we celebrate the feast of St. Josemaria Escriva. Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, wrote: “The great task before us is so to fill with living experience the old, truly valid and great sayings so that they become intelligible for people.” (God and the World, p. 28) With that in mind, the following texts are quoted from the writings of St. Josemaria. One point could be considered each day during the month of June.

The Blessed Trinity

1. God is my Father! If you meditate on it, you will never let go of this consoling thought.
Jesus is my dear Friend (another thrilling discovery) who loves me with all the divine madness of his Heart.
The Holy Spirit is my Consoler, who guides my every step along the road.
Consider this often: you are God’s – and God is yours. (
The Forge, n. 2)

Our relationship to God the Father

2. We are children of God, bearers of the only flame that can light up the paths of the earth for souls, of the only brightness which can never be darkened, dimmed or overshadowed.
The Lord uses us as torches, to make that light shine out. Much depends on us; if we respond many people will walk in darkness no longer, but will walk instead along paths that lead to eternal life. (
The Forge, n. 1)

3. A piece of advice on which I have insisted repeatedly: be cheerful, always, cheerful. It is for those to be sad who do not consider themselves to be sons of God. (Furrow, n. 54)

4. Happy? – The question made me think.
Words have not yet been invented to express all that one feels – in the heart and in the will – when one knows oneself to be a son of God. (
Furrow, n. 61)

Our relationship to God the Son

5. Jesus is your friend – the friend – with a human heart like yours, with most loving eyes that wept for Lazarus.
And as much as he loved Lazarus, he loves you… (
The Way, n. 422)

6. Jesus: wherever you have passed not a heart has remained indifferent. You are either loved or hated. (The Way, n. 687a)

7. Depend on Jesus for everything. You have nothing, are worth nothing, are capable of nothing. He will act, if you abandon yourself to him. (The Way, n. 731)

Our relationship to God the Holy Spirit

8. Get to know the Holy Spirit, the Great Unknown, the one who has to sanctify you.
Don’t forget that you are a temple of God. The Paraclete is in the center of your soul: listen to him and follow his inspirations with docility. (
The Way, n. 57)

9. If you abandon yourself once more in God’s hands, the Holy Spirit will give light to your understanding and strength to your will. (The Forge, n. 424)

The Mass

10 While at Mass, think that you are sharing in a divine Sacrifice. For that is how it is: on the altar, Christ is offering himself again for you. (The Forge, n. 831)

11. Tell Our Lord that from now on, every time you celebrate Mass or attend it, and every time you administer or receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist, you will do so with a great faith, with a burning love, just as if it were to be the last time in our life.
And be sorry for the carelessness of your past life. (
The Forge, n. 829)

The Eucharist

12. There he is: King of Kings and Lord of Lords, hidden in the bread.
To this extreme has he humbled himself for love of you. (
The Way, n. 538)

13. He’s here on earth for you. Don’t think it’s reverence to stay away from communion, if you are prepared to receive. The only irreverence is to receive him unworthily. (The Way, n. 539)

14. Have you ever thought how you would prepare yourself to receive Our Lord if you could go to Communion only once in your life?
We must be thankful to God that he makes it so easy for us to come to him; but we should show our gratitude by preparing ourselves to receive him very well. (
The Forge, n. 828)

The Church

15. What a joy to be able to say with all the fervor of my soul: I love my Mother, the holy Church! (The Way, n. 518)

16. Help me with your prayer. I want all of us within Holy Church to feel that we are members of the same body, as the apostle asks of us. I want us to be vividly and profoundly aware, without any lack of interest, of the joys, the troubles, the progress of our Mother who is one, holy, catholic, apostolic, Roman.

I want us to live as one, each of us identified with the cares of the others, and all identified with Christ. (The Way, n. 630)

The Blessed Virgin Mary

17. To Jesus we always go, and to him we always return, through Mary. (The Way, n. 495)
18. The love of our Mother will be the breath that kindles into a living flame the embers of virtue

that are hidden under the ashes of your indifference. (The Way, n. 492)

19. Mother! Call her with a loud voice. She is listening to you; she sees you in danger, perhaps, and she -your holy mother Mary- offers you, along with the grace of her Son, the refuge of her arms, the tenderness of her embrace… and you will find yourself with added strength for the new battle. (The Way, n. 516)

The Pope

20. You must love, venerate, pray, and mortify yourself for the Pope, and do so with greater affection each day. For he is the foundation stone of the Church and, throughout the centuries, right to the end of time, he carries out among men that task of sanctifying and governing which Jesus entrusted to Peter. (The Forge, n. 134)

21. Our Holy Mother the Church, in a magnificent outpouring of love, is scattering the seed of the Gospel throughout the world; from Rome to the outposts of the earth.

As you help in this work of expansion throughout the whole world, bring those in the outposts to the Pope, so that the earth may be one flock and one Shepherd: one apostolate! (The Forge, n. 638)

22. Faithfulness to the Pope includes a clear and definite duty: that of knowing his thought, which he tells us in encyclicals or other documents. We have to do our part to help all Catholics pay attention to the teachings of the Holy Father, and bring their everyday behavior into line with it. (The Forge, n. 633)

Prayer

23. You wrote to me: “To pray is to talk with God. But about what?” About what? About him, and yourself: joys, sorrows, successes and failures, great ambitions, daily worries – even your weaknesses! And acts of thanksgiving and petitions – and love and reparation.

In short, to get to know him and to get to know yourself – “to get acquainted!” (The Way, n. 91)

24. Slowly. Think about what you’re saying, who is saying it and to whom. Because talking fast, without pausing for reflection, is only noise – the clatter of tin cans.

Along with St. Teresa I’ll tell you that, however much you move your lips, I do not call that prayer. (The Way, n. 85)

25. You don’t know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God, and as soon as you have said, “Lord, I don’t know how to pray!” you can be sure you’ve already begun. (The Way, n. 90)

Mortification

26. No ideal becomes a reality without sacrifice. Deny yourself. It is so beautiful to be a victim! (The Way, n. 175)

Work

27. You are writing to me in the kitchen, by the stove. It is early afternoon. It is cold. By your side, your younger sister -the last one to discover the divine folly of living her Christian vocation to the full- is peeling potatoes. To all appearances -you think- her work is the same as before. And yet, what a difference there is!

It is true: before she only peeled potatoes, now, she is sanctifying herself peeling potatoes. (Furrow, n. 498)

Apostolate

28. Through the world still echoes that divine cry: “I have come to cast fire upon the earth, and what will I but that it be kindled?” And you see: it has nearly all died out…

Don’t you want to spread the blaze? (The Way, n. 801)

St. Joseph

29. St. Joseph, our father and lord, is a teacher of the interior life. Put yourself under his patronage and you’ll feel the effect of his power. (The Way, n. 560)

Guardian Angels

30. Have confidence in your guardian angel. Treat him as a very dear friend -that’s what he is- and he will do a thousand services for you in the ordinary affairs of each day. (The Way, n. 562)

Compiled by: Fr. Rene Schatteman 

The writings of St. Josemaria Escriva are available at: www.escrivaworks.org and

www.scepterpublishers.org

 

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