ST. JOSEMARIA ON HOW TO OVERCOME LAZINESS AND A DISORDERED COMFORT-LOVING MENTALITY.
My children, now that there is so much lack of love around, I would like to remind you that we have to be able to love, and love with all our heart. If we give our Lord our whole heart, lovingly, we will have no problem about opening it wide in prayer and in spiritual direction, with all its wretchedness and weaknesses, so as to show what we are like completely and fully, in all humility, and learn to love even more and make up for what we have been unable to undertake or failed to achieve.
I would like you to feel encouraged and supernaturally responsible. Don’t worry when you find the going hard. Think – with pleasure – of the fact that God has entered your heart, and that he is asking you for it completely. And don’t ever forget you are doing the same divine work as those first Twelve who accompanied Jesus. That’s how to be very happy always.
In this life we will never lack joys or sorrows. But don’t forget that if our Lord sends us a joy it is because he loves us; and if he sends us some sorrow it is to see if we really love him.
As long as we are wayfarers we will necessarily have victories and defeats. But we recover our supernatural peace the moment we return to God, the moment we come close to our Lord, fleeing the little consolations which earthly things can offer. People are happy when they really give themselves to God.
Talk to Jesus Christ, to the Father and to the Holy Spirit, and open your soul completely to the person whose duty it is to listen to you. Speak out in all sincerity, without hesitating, and without entertaining scruples: don’t tolerate them, because that would mean belittling the Heart of Christ. I am completely convinced that Opus Dei is a sign of heaven’s mercy towards us; and I can see, with ever-increasing clarity, that everything in the Work leads us straight towards the hands of God.
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