"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This is wonderful news: Promulgation of the decree of heroic virtue of the Servant of God María Montserrat Grases García

Montserrat Grases

'While still quite young, Grases (Spain, 1941-1959) received God’s call to serve him in ordinary life. During the sickness that led to her death, she gave exemplary witness to her friends and relatives of the peace that comes from closeness to God.' - Read more here.
All you who are thirsty, who have no money, come - without paying and without cost! - Isaiah 55:1

The key here is Montse 'received God's call to serve him in ordinary life'.  That is the ordinary vocation of the Christian.  Ordinary life sanctified by God's grace.  Ordinary life ... every day ordinary life ...
In her struggle to reach holiness, Montse always stood out for her love for the Sacred Humanity of Christ, her Eucharistic piety, her devotion to the Blessed Virgin, her deep humility and her effort to serve others. She knew how to find God in the loving fulfillment of her work and study duties, in the small things of each day.  - Source

That's it - that is the ordinary way.

You don't even have to join any group, support group or secular religious group.  Christ calls each of us - we have the Church, the sacraments, the Blessed Virgin and Christ.  I am Christ's and Christ is mine ...
"Mine are the heavens and mine is the earth. Mine are the nations, the just are mine, and mine the sinners. The angels are mine, and the Mother of God, and all things are mine; and God Himself is mine and for me, because Christ is mine and all for me." - St. John of the Cross

This news is so refreshing and so edifying to me today, especially in consideration of all the online tumult involving individuals who speak and write against the Church and the Pope these days.  There is one Church, One Holy Catholic Church, it doesn't matter which form of Mass you prefer and attend, Ordinary Form or Extraordinary Form - by baptism we are called to sanctify ordinary life.  We don't need to spend our time exposing lies and falsehoods, or jumping on every boycott wagon or signing every petition which comes along.  Not at all.  We need to learn, as Montse did, how to find God in the devout fulfillment of the duties of our state of ordinary life.  It is the little way, and the ordinary way.  It is the beatitudes.  It is the call of Fatima.  It is the message of Vatican II.

It is God's will.

Blessed Montserrat, pray for us!


  1. Yeah, I read an article about her life once...long ago...and either she was an Opus Dei member or she was the daughter of Opus Dei members.

  2. She was a numerary of Opus Dei.


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