On this day


Pope John Paul II confirmed the opening of the process of beatification of Josemaria Escriva. In his homily at the beatification in St Peter’s Square on May 17, 1992, he said, “The spiritual and apostolic life of the new Beatus was based on knowing himself, through faith, to be a son of God in Christ. This faith nourished his love for the Lord, his evangelizing drive, his constant joy, even in the great trials and difficulties he had to overcome. ‘To carry the cross is to find happiness and joy,’ he tells us in one of his Meditations; ‘to carry the cross is to identify oneself with Christ, to be Christ, and therefore to be a son of God’.”