If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know I love St. Josemaria. I know a lot of people who have mixed feelings about him (he’s pretty direct sometimes), but I like that about him. I was going through my old journals recently, and I found these great notes from an Opus Dei Recollection a few years ago in Houston. I’d like to share these wise, rich thoughts from one of my favorite saints. Enjoy!
- Parenthood is an apostolate. The spiritual formation and education of your children is your duty and is a great and profound responsibility.
- Creating a family atmosphere based on love and faith is the duty of parents.
- Our door must always be open to our children to talk to us about everything. Let no problem be too small, or later, too embarrassing.
- If you are very holy, your children will find it easier to be so.
- Parents teach children primarily through example in matters of virtue especially.
- You must teach your sons to be men of prayer.
- Piety should never be the cause or source of boredom for young children. Persevere in family prayer not with force, but with affection and example, and perserverance in kindness
- Be patient with your children in teaching them the faith, just as God is patient with us.
- Teach your children to delight in pleasing God and to fulfill their duties willingly.
- Sincerity, truthfulness, balance, calmness, patience: start practicing all the virtues in your home by starting with these.
- Sanctifying our work is this: Do the best we can, with the circumstances we are given, for the love of God.
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