St. Josemaria Escriva- Joy in the Shape of the Cross


Sometimes we hear love described (you’ll have heard me mention this more than once) as if it were a movement towards self—satisfaction, or merely a means of selfishly fulfilling one’s own personality

—And I have always told you that it isn’t so. True love demands getting out of oneself, giving oneself. Genuine love brings joy in its wake, a joy that has its roots in the shape of the Cross.

This is the Heart of Christian doctrine on love, that it calls us not to selflessness or selfishness, but a controlled, intentional and thoughtful self-emptying. To share in the Divine Life is to have discovered this self-emptying and to have found the joy in it. Let us bey joyful in the cross, and have our joy knit to us tightly always in the shape of the cross.


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