Excerpts from Escriva’s “The Way”

The Way by Jose Maria Escrivá De Balaguer
Escrivá published The Way, a collection of 999 maxims concerning spirituality, in 1939. The parts I read of Escriva’s The Way, were 180 out from what the Bible says:

    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.—John 14:6

Escriva’s The Way is manipulative, controlling, arrogant, derogatory, demeaning, demanding, disrespectful to the reader, glorifies pain, and demands blind obedience to those in authority—the very opposite of what it says in the Bible about Jesus, the true way to God.

There is no real need for a Saviour in Escriva’s “work of God”. Holiness and right living all hinge on the person—something that is an impossibility, and negates the need for a person to humble themselves and ask forgiveness from Jesus Christ the Saviour who is waiting to forgive and give his righteousness to people.

    “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”—John 6:29

    “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto
    us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”—1 Corinthians 1:30

Some of Escriva’s beliefs in The Way
The Eucharist

A very important characteristic of the apostolic man is his love for the Mass. 528

The humility of Jesus: in Bethlehem, in Nazareth, on Calvary. But still more humiliation and more self-abasement in the most sacred host—more than in the stable, more than in Nazareth, more than on the cross. That is why I must love the Mass so! (Our Mass, Jesus.) 533

Communion, union, communication, intimacy; Word, bread, love. 535

When you approach the tabernacle remember that he has been waiting for you for twenty centuries. 537

What a source of grace there is in spiritual communion! Practise it frequently and you’ll have greater presence of God and closer union with him in all your actions. 540

Spiritual Childhood
Try to know the the “way of spiritual childhood” without forcing yourself to follow this path. Let the Holy Spirit work in you. 852

The way of childhood. Abandonment. spiritual childhood. All this is not utter nonsense, but a sturdy and solid christian life. 853

Spiritual childhood demands submission of the mind, which is harder than submission of the will. In order to subject our mind we need not only god’s grace, but a continual exercise of our will as well, denying the intellect over and over again, just as it says “no” to the flesh… 856

Good child, say to Jesus many times each day: I love you, I love you, I love you… 878

Corporal Mortification
Escrivá was a practitioner of corporal mortification, a traditional means of penance. Escrivá’s opponents refer to his personal mortification practices that were even more extreme than those typically performed by Opus Dei numeraries—in one incident, Escrivá flailed himself over a thousand times.

Don’t hinder the work of the Paraclete: seek union with Christ so as to be purified, and feel with him the insults, the spits, and the blows, and the thorns, and the weight of the Cross…, and the nails tearing through your flesh, and the agony of a forsaken death. 58

Unless you mortify yourself you’ll never be a prayerful soul. 172

No ideal becomes a reality without sacrifice. Deny yourself. It is so beautiful to be a victim! 175

…How far you are from Jesus if you are not humble…even if new roses blossom every day from your disciplines! 200

“Loved be pain. Sanctified be pain. Glorified be pain!” 208

Lord, if it is your will, turn my poor flesh into a Crucifix. 776

Escriva ended his homilies and his personal prayer with a conversation with the Blessed Virgin. He instructed that all rooms in the centres of Opus Dei should have an image of the Virgin. He encouraged his spiritual children to greet these images when they entered a room. He pushed for a Marian apostolate, preaching that “To Jesus we go and to Him we return through Mary.”

Love your own country: it is a Christian virtue to be patriotic. But if patriotism becomes nationalism, which leads you to look at other people, at other countries, with indifference, with scorn, without Christian charity and justice, then it is a sin. Furrow, #315

To be ‘Catholic’ means to love your country and to be second to no one in that love. And at the same time, to hold as your own the noble aspirations of other lands.—So many glories of France are glories of mine! And in the same way, much that makes Germans proud, and the peoples of Italy and of England…and Americans and Asians and Africans, is a source of pride to me also. Catholic: big heart, broad mind.“ The Way 525

Leadership, blind obedience, put-downs, control
Here is a safe doctrine that I want you to know: one’s own mind is a bad adviser, a poor pilot to steer the soul through the storms and tempests and among the reefs of the interior life. That is why it is the will of God that the command of the ship be entrusted to a Master who, with his light and his knowledge, can guide us to a safe harbour. The Way 59

When a layman sets himself up as an expert on morals he often goes astray: laymen can only be disciples. The Way 61

A Director. You need one. So that you can give yourself to God, and give yourself fully…, by obedience. A Director…who knows what God wants, who can effectively second the work of the holy Spirit in your soul… The Way 62

You think you are quite important: your studies, your research work, your publications, your social standing, your name, your political activities, the positions you hold, your wealth…your age: you’re no longer a child!…Just because of all that, you, more than others, need a Director for your soul. 63

Books: don’t buy them without advice from a Christian who is learned and prudent. It’s so easy to buy something useless or harmful. The Way 339

Don’t forget that you are a… dust-bin…Humble yourself: don’t you know that you are the rubbish bin? The Way 592

Importance of a Priest—another Christ
A Priest—whoever he may be—is always another Christ. The Way 66

Though you well know it, I shall remind you again that a Priest is ‘another Christ’. And that the holy Spirit has said: ‘Nolite tangere Christos meos—do not touch my Christs’. The Way 67

I repeat: to make fun of a Priest—no matter what the circumstances—is always, at best, a sign of coarseness and poor taste. The Way 70

Like the good sons of Noah, throw the mantle of charity over the defects you see in your father, the Priest. The Way 75

Some other quotes from The Way
Get rid of that ‘small-town’ outlook. Enlarge your heart till it becomes universal, ‘catholic’. The Way 7

Will-power. Energy. Example. What has to be done, is done… without hesitation, without more worrying.

Otherwise, Teresa of Avila would not have been Saint Teresa: nor Iñigo of Loyola, Saint Ignatius The Way 11

There is no room among us for the lukewarm. Humble yourself and Christ will set you aflame again with the fire of Love. The Way 16

You persist in being worldly, superficial, scatter-brained, because you are a coward. What is it but cowardice not to want to face yourself? The Way 18

Marriage is for the soldiers and not for the General Staff of Christ’s army. For, whereas food is a necessity for each individual, procreation is a necessity for the species only, not for the individual. The Way 28

Selfish. Always looking after yourself You seem incapable of feeling the fraternity of Christ. In those around you, you do not see brothers: you see stepping stones.

I can foresee your complete failure. And when you have fallen, you will want others to treat you with the charity you are not willing to show towards them. The Way 31

Be an instrument of gold or steel, or iron or platinum… big or small, rough or delicate.

All are useful…Your duty is to be an instrument. The Way 484

This information is for my post:
The Real Presence in the Eucharist: Evangelization of America through Politics


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