Video. Jeff, from the United States, Juan Carlos, from Ecuador; Paulo, from Brasil; José Enrique, from Spain; Javier, from Chile, and James, from Kenya, explain what they think about the service of God that they're going to provide as priests once they are ordained on May 9th.
Marian month of May
In the month of May, which is traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, pilgrimages are frequently organized to her shrines, to visit her and honour her as our Mother.
On May 2, 1935, St. Josemaria went to visit a shrine in Spain, the shrine of Our Lady of Sonsoles. "It wasn’t a pilgrimage in the normal sense: nothing noisy or elaborate, just three of us."
Talking to God
The Catholic faith sees Mary as a sign of God's special love. God calls us his friends; his grace acts in us, winning us from sin, enabling us to reflect in some way the features of Christ. We start wanting to speak to her, who is also our mother.
The theme of the monographic study section of Volume 9 of the journal Studia et Documenta
is Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo, beatified on September 27, 2014 - the centenary year of his birth. Four articles, preceded by an Introduction, analyze several aspects of the life of St. Josemaría's first successor at the helm of Opus Dei.
Articles and studies
A study of the foundation in 1978 of Nagasaki Seido School, a primary and secondary girl’s school representing the first school in Japan inspired by the teachings of St. Josemaría, has just been published in the Volume 9 of the journal Studia et Documenta.
St Catherine of Siena, whose feast day is April 29, lived in Rome at the end of her life, in a difficult time for the Church. She had the habit of praying before the memorials of Apostles and Martyrs. Her mortal remains are now venerated in the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, close to the Pantheon, now the Basilica of St Mary and the Martyrs. St Josemaria learnt a lot from St Catherine's love for the Pope and for the early confessors of the Faith.
Dora del Hoyo met St Josemaria in Madrid in June 1945, when she was working as a domestic employee in Moncloa, a hall of residence for students. In an interview dating from September 2000, she talks about her first impressions of Saint Josemaria. She stresses his love for the Holy Father.
From an interview with the Prelate of Opus Dei published in "Paraula" on the Synod on the Family, challenges facing families today and the current state of the priesthood.
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.
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."
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.
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
Infinite thanks to St Josemaria for favors received: my nephews and siblings all found jobs.
Every day for the past ten years we have thanked God and St Josemaria. Since our son came home from an operation on his head and got straight on his bicycle and when we said maybe he should wait, he retorted, “The operation was on my head, not my feet!”