Be a Man – Esto Vir!

Quotes from the Way by St. Josemaria Escriva 

May your behavior and your conversation be such that everyone who hears or sees you can say: This man reads the life of Jesus Christ. (par. 2)

Don’t say, “That’s the way I am – it’s my character.” It’s your lack of character. Esto vir! – Be a man! (par. 4)

Let your prayer be manly. To be a child does not mean to be effeminate. (par. 888)

Who told you it’s not manly to make novenas? These devotions can be very manly if it is a man who does them, in a spirit of prayer and penance. (par. 574)

Your mind is sluggish and won’t work. You struggle to coordinate your ideas in the presence of our Lord, but its useless: a complete fog!

Don’t force yourself, and don’t worry either. Listen closely: it is the hour for your heart. (par. 102)

Detachment. How hard it is! How I wish that I were fastened only by three nails and had no more feeling in my flesh than the cross! (par. 151)

Don’t say, “That person bothers me.” Think: “That person sanctifies me.” (par. 174)

Whenever you see a poor, wooden cross, alone, uncared-for, worthless…and without a corpus, don’t forget that that cross isyour cross – the everyday hidden cross, unattractive and unconsoling – the cross that is waiting for the corpus it lacks: and that corpus must be you. (par. 178)

Remember that the heart is a traitor. Keep it locked with seven bolts. (par. 188)

Blessed be pain. Loved be pain. Sanctified be pain…Glorified be pain! (par. 208)

I’ll tell you a secret, an open secret: these world crises are crises of saints.

God wants a handful of men “of his own” in every human activity. Then… “pax Christi in regno Christ” – “the peace of Christ in the kingdom of Christ.” (par. 301)

“The Mass is long,” you say, and I reply: “Because your love is short.” (par. 529)

There is a hell. A trite enough statement, you think. I will repeat it, then: there is a hell!

Echo it, at the right moment, in the ears of one friend, and another, and another. (par. 749)

And what is the secret of perseverance? Love. Fall in Love, and you will not leave him. (par. 999)


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