On this day

1931.8.7

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The feast of the Transfiguration was celebrated on this day in Madrid in 1931. Saint Josemaría wrote down what happened to him during his Mass. In 1947 he explained, “That day of the Transfiguration, while celebrating Holy Mass at the Foundation for the Sick (on a side altar), when I raised the Host there was another voice, without the sound of speech. A voice, perfectly clear as always, said, Et ego, si exaltatus fuero a terra, omnia traham ad meipsum [‘And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to myself!’ (Jn 12:32)]. ‘And here is what I mean by this: I am not saying it in the sense in which it is said in Scripture. I say it to you meaning that you should put me at the pinnacle of all human activities; so that in every place in the world there will be Christians with a dedication that is personal and totally free – Christians who will be other Christs.’”