Har börjat läsa The Way, 999 reflektioner av mannen som grundade Opus Dei. Än så länge tycker jag mycket om den. Några klipp från första kapitlet som jag särskilt fastnade för:

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17. Don’t succumb to that disease of character whose symptoms are inconstancy in everything, thoughtlessness in action and speech, scatter-brained ideas: superficiality, in short.

Mark this well: unless you react in time – not tomorrow: now! – that superficiality which each day leads you to form those empty plans (plans ‘so full of emptiness’) will make of your life a dead and useless puppet.

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19. Will-power. A very important quality. Don’t despise little things, for the continual practice of denying yourself again and again in such things – which are never futile or trivial – with God’s grace you will add strength and resilience to your character. In that way you will first become master of yourself, and then a guide, a chief, a leader: to compel and to urge and to inspire others, with your word, with your example, with your knowledge and with your power.

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20.  It is inevitable that you should feel the rub of other people’s characters against your own. After all, you are not a gold coin that everyone likes.

Besides, without that friction produced by contact with others, how would you ever lose those corners, those edges and projections – the imperfections and defects – of your character, and acquire the smooth and regular finish, the firm flexibility of charity, of perfection?

If your character and the characters of those who live with you were soft and sweet like sponge-cake you would never become a saint.

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41. What a ‘profound’ way of living a life of empty follies, of getting somewhere in the world: rising, always rising, simply by ‘weighing little’, having nothing inside, either in your head or in your heart.