St Josemaria always had recourse to the intercession of the Curé of Ars, who is the patron of secular clergy, with great faith. His first journey to the town of Ars, to see the place where St John Marie Vianney worked as a priest and to pray at his tomb, was in 1953.
Talking to God
Just think, there are so many men and women on earth, and the Master does not fail to call every single one.
He calls them to a Christian life, to a life of holiness, to a chosen life, to life eternal.
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Alvaro del Portillo's Beatification
Special timetable for the Beatification
A place of prayer, housing the mortal remains of Saint Josemaría Escrivá and Bishop Alvaro.
Video. A teacher, a father, a man of God, a faithful man... these are the memories different people who met Bishop del Portillo.
John F. Coverdale
He had a very strong sense that his vocational life was to help St Josemaría, and to be available to him.
Favours obtained through Saint Josemaria's intercession
In 2012 I was 16 and was in the fourth year of the Baccalaureate. I failed a very important section of fundamental physics, which I found especially difficult.
I am writing from Medellin, in Colombia. I prayed a novena to St Josemaria Escriva, and I have now been working for a month in a finance company.
Py, 25, lives in Taipei, Taiwan. She works as a financial operator. “Life is about learning how to love.”
Chinasa is currently living with her husband and two lovely children in Lagos, Nigeria: "God is My Friend. He lives in my heart in grace."
Thomas, 21, lives in Tampa, Florida. He is studying history and literature at Harvard and this year is working for a Real Estate firm. “God keeps me grounded.”
The parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Tacloban City, Philippines - an area of the country hit hard by typhoon Yolanda this past November - celebrated the feast of St. Josemaria by praying a novena to his intercession. Nida Catubao, one of the parishioners, received a special favor on the last day.
Talking to God
Our Lord says: ‘I give you a new commandment: Love one another. By this love everyone will know that you are my disciples’.
And Saint Paul: ‘Carry each other’s troubles and you fulfil the law of Christ’.
I have nothing to add.
In July 1974, Saint Josemaría Escrivá was in Peru, where he had several informal meetings and get-togethers with people who worked on the land there.
Questions & Answers
In Christian usage, the word “church” designates the liturgical assembly, but also the local community or the whole universal community of believers. These three meanings are inseparable. “The Church” is the People that God gathers in the whole world.
Articles and studies
The Christian’s response, says St. Josemaría, should be “to drown evil in an abundance of good” and to open wide one’s arms to all humanity as did Jesus Christ the priest. In this second part of a study published in the journal Romana,we will consider some key ideas from the homily “Christian Respect for Persons and their Freedom” and the practice of forgiveness in contemporary society in striving to foster a culture of peace.