Any job, no matter how hidden, no matter how insignificant, when offered to the Lord, is charged with the strength of God’s life!
The Forge, no. 49
Do everything for love
You are ambitious: for knowledge, for leadership, for great ventures.
Good. Very good. But let it be for Christ, for Love.
The Way, no. 24
Do everything for Love. Thus there will be no little things: everything will be big. Perseverance in little things for Love is heroism.
The Way, no. 813
If you are faithful you will conquer
If you are faithful you will be able to count yourself a conqueror.
Even though you may lose some battles in your life, you will not know defeat. You can be sure that there is no such thing as failure, if you act with purity of intention and with a desire to fulfil the Will of God.
And then, whether you win or lose, you will always triumph in the end, because you will have carried out your work with Love.
The Forge, no. 199
I have seen many people live heroic lives for God without leaving their own place of work, and I have come to this conclusion: for a Catholic work is not just a matter of fulfilling a duty – it is to love: to excel oneself gladly in duty and in sacrifice.
Furrow, no. 527
Place on your desk, in your room, in your wallet... a picture of Our Lady, and look at it when you begin your work, while you are doing it, and when you finish it. She will obtain, I assure you, the strength for you to turn your task into a loving dialogue with God.
Furrow, no. 531
Those who enjoy privilege thanks to money, ancestry, rank, position or intelligence... and abuse it by humiliating those who are less fortunate, show that they are fatuous and proud.
Furrow, no. 702
We are not good brothers to our fellow men if we are not ready to continue behaving correctly, even when those around us may interpret our actions badly or react in an unpleasant manner.
The Forge, no. 460
As a student, you should dedicate yourself to your books with an apostolic spirit, and be convinced in your heart that one hour added to another already make up – even now! – a spiritual sacrifice offered to God and profitable for all mankind, your country and your soul.
Furrow, no. 522
If we look at ourselves humbly, we will see clearly that, in addition to his gift of faith, Our Lord has also granted us a number of talents and qualities. None of us has been mass-produced. Our Father has created us one by one and shared out different goods among his children. It is up to us to use these talents, these qualities, in the service of all men. We are called to use the gifts God has given us as instruments to help others discover Christ.
Friends of God, no. 258
All the glory for God
I advise you not to look for praise, even when you deserve it. It is better to pass unnoticed, and to let the most beautiful and noble aspects of our actions, of our lives, remain hidden. What a great thing it is to become little! Deo omnis gloria! All the glory to God!
The Forge, no. 1051
Give ‘all’ the glory to God. ‘Squeeze’ out each one of your actions with your will aided by grace, so that there remains in them nothing that smacks of human pride, of self-complacency.
The Way, no. 784
Children... How they seek to behave worthily in the presence of their parents.
And the children of kings, in the presence of their father the king, how they seek to uphold the royal dignity!
And you? Don’t you realize that you are always in the presence of the great King, God, your Father?
The Way, no. 265
We will dedicate all the exertions of our life, great and small, to the honour of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
I am moved when I recall the work of those brilliant professionals – two engineers and two architects – cheerfully moving furniture into a student residence. When they had put a blackboard into a classroom, the first thing those four artists wrote was: Deo omnis gloria! All the glory to God!
Jesus, I know that this pleased you greatly.
The Forge, no. 611