Saint Josemaría Daily texts

"The great secret of sanctity"

"The great secret of sanctity comes down to becoming more and more like Him, the only and most lovable Model." (The Forge, 752)

You and I belong to Christ's family, for he himself has chosen us before the foundation of the world, to be saints, to be blameless in his sight, for love of him, having predestined us to be his adopted children through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his Will (Eph 1:4-5). We have been chosen gratuitously by Our Lord. His choice of us sets us a clear goal. Our goal is personal sanctity, as St. Paul insistently reminds us, haec est voluntas Dei: sanctificatio vestra (1 Thess 4:3), this is the Will of God: your sanctification. Let us not forget, then, that we are in our Master's sheepfold in order to achieve that goal. (Friends of God, 2, 1)

Just as the clamor of the ocean is made up of the noise of each one of its waves, so the sanctity of your apostolate is made up of the personal virtues of each one of you. (The Way, 960)

Sanctity is made up of heroic acts. Therefore, in our work we are asked for the heroism of finishing properly the tasks committed to us, day after day, even though they are the same tasks. If we don't, then we do not want to be saints. (Furrow, 529)

Sanctity without prayer? I don't believe in such sanctity. (The Way, 107)

'Great' holiness consists in carrying out the 'little' duties of each moment. (The Way, 817)

Personal sanctity is not an abstruse theory, but a specific reality, which is both divine and human. And it manifests itself constantly in daily acts of Love. (The Forge, 440)

All for Love! This is the way of holiness, the way of happiness.

Face up to your intellectual tasks, the highest things of the spirit and also those things that are most down to earth, the things we all of necessity have to do, with this in mind; and you will live joyfully and with peace.(The Forge, 725)

Certainly our goal is both lofty and difficult to attain. But please do not forget that people are not born holy. Holiness is forged through a constant interplay of God's grace and the correspondence of man. As one of the early Christian writers says, referring to union with God, "Everything that grows begins small. It is by constant and progressive feeding that it gradually grows big" (St. Mark the Hermit, De lege spirituali, 172). So I say to you, if you want to become a thorough-going Christian and I know you are willing, even though you often find it difficult to conquer yourself or to keep climbing upwards with this poor body of ours then you will have to be very attentive to the minutest of details, for the holiness that Our Lord demands of you is to be achieved by carrying out with love of God your work and your daily duties, and these will almost always consist of small realities. (Friends of God 7, 1)