In an interview dating from September 2000, Dora del Hoyo talks about her first impressions of Saint Josemaria. She stresses his love for the Holy Father.
April, 27 - Feast of Our Lady of Montserrat
St Josemaria had a lot of devotion to Our Lady of Montserrat. Records exist of frequent visits made by him to the shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat in Barcelona, Spain, during the 1940s, especially towards the end of 1946, the year when he moved to Rome.
Despite the move, his love for the Blessed Virgin Mary under this advocation continued throughout his life. And it was on the feast of Our Lady of Montserrat, 27 April 1954, that he was cured of diabetes, after a very severe attack which brought him to the point of death.
A publication from the St. Josemaria Institute, based on Saint Josemaria's writings is available in pdf and printed format. Intended for both married and engaged couples, it presents the sacrament of marriage as a "true path to holiness, an image of Christ's spousal love for his Church."
Video. “I bless human love with both of my hands as a priest,” said St. Josemaría. He also recommended that spouses argue as little as possible and always make up at the end, asking one another for forgiveness.
When he was 10, Josemaria received Jesus into his soul for the first time. It was April 23. From early in the morning his Guardian Angel had been whispering in his ear, prompting him to say the prayer he had learned beforehand to prepare for his first Holy Communion.
Questions & Answers
“Dear friends, we won’t ever thank the Lord enough for the gift he has given us in the Eucharist! It is a very great gift and that is why it is so important to go to Mass on Sunday. Go to Mass not just to pray, but to receive Communion, the bread that is the Body of Jesus Christ who saves us, forgives us, unites us to the Father. It is a beautiful thing to do!” (Pope Francis, Audience, 5 February 2014)
The 3rd book by Saint Josemaria translated into Vietnamese, it was published in Ho Chi Minh City just in time for Holy Week 2015.
Talking to God
During Easter-time, Christian life is characterized by the message of joy. St Josemaria's advice helps us find it: "You enjoy an interior happiness and peace that you would not exchange for anything in the world. God is here. There is no better way than telling him our woes for them to cease being such."
Vittorio G. Marriage is such an important step that it requires careful preparation, following the sort of advice Saint Josemaria gave to young people setting out on this path.
2015 is the Year of Consecrated Life in the Church. St Josemaría always loved and venerated the religious. A hand-written note of his, addressed to members of Opus Dei, says: “A great mission of ours is to bring people to love the religious.”
Favours obtained through Saint Josemaria's intercession
I give thanks to Father Josemaria for the favor received. I prayed through his intercession for a job for my son, and he has received a call offering him a place. Thank you!
Ever since I first heard about him, around 1990, Saint Josemaria has brought me closer to Jesus and Mary in my work. I listened to some of his meditations and teachings. I have been sick for two years and undergoing chemo for a rare disease, which very few people in the world suffer from.