Josemaría Escrivá Obras
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I must finish now, my children. I said at the beginning that I wanted to tell you something of the greatness and mercy of God. I think I have done so in speaking to you about sanctifying your everyday life. A holy life in the midst of secular affairs, lived without fuss, with simplicity, with truthfulness: is this not today the most moving manifestation of the magnalia Dei, of those prodigious mercies which God has always worked and still works, in order to save the world?

Now, with the Psalmist I ask you to join in my prayer and in my praise: Magnificate Dominum mecum, et extollamus nomen eius simul — praise the Lord with me, let us extol his name together. In other words, my children, let us live by faith.

Let us take up the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is God's Word. That is what St Paul encourages us to do in the epistle to the Ephesians, which was read in the liturgy a few moments ago.

Faith is a virtue which we Christians greatly need, and in a special way in this 'Year of Faith' which our beloved Holy Father Pope Paul VI has decreed. For, without faith, we lack the very foundation for the sanctification of ordinary life.

A living faith in these moments, because we are drawing near to the mysterium fidei, to the Holy Eucharist: because we are about to participate in our Lord's Pasch, which sums up and effects the mercies of God towards men.

Faith, my children, in order to acknowledge that within a few moments the work of our Redemption is going to be renewed on this altar. Faith, to savour the Creed and to experience, around this altar and in this Assembly, the presence of Christ, who makes us cor unum et anima una, one heart and one soul and transforms us into a family, a Church which is one, holy, catholic, apostolic and Roman, which for us is the same as saying universal.

Faith, finally, my beloved daughters and sons, to show the world that all this is not just ceremonies and words, but a divine reality, as we present to mankind the testimony of an ordinary life made holy, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and of Holy Mary.

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