July 16

“Among those around you, apostolic soul, you are the stone fallen into the lake. With your word and example produce a first ripple…and it will produce another…and then another, and another…each time wider.”
– St. Josemaría Escrivá

Without Difficulty

July 15

“Everyone knows that a guide is needed in order to climb a mountain without difficulty.  The same thing happens when it is a matter of a spiritual climb…and even more so in that here one must avoid the pitfalls set by the devil, who dearly wants to bring us down.'”
The Three Ages of the Interior Life,
Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

The Way, the Truth and the Life

July 14

“Our sensible appetites, inclined to sensuality and to sloth, need to be vivified by contact with the virginal body of Christ, who endured most frightful sufferings for love of us.  We, who are always inclined to pride, to lack of consideration, to forgetfulness of the greatest truths, to spiritual folly, need to be illumined by contact with the sovereignly luminous intellect of the Savior, who is ‘the way, the truth, and the life.'”
The Three Ages of the Interior Life,
Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

Secret Union with God

July 13

“The experience of contemplative prayer ‘is a delightful, loving attention, at times a dry purifying desire, at other times a strong thirsting for Him.  In the beginnings it is usually delicate and brief, but as it develops it becomes burning, powerful, absorbing, prolonged.  Always it is transformative of the person.'”
Fire Within, Thomas Dubay, S.M.