On this day

1938.1.8

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Josemaría Escriva arrived in Burgos, where he stayed until the end of the Spanish Civil War. He wrote later: “I also remember my stay in Burgos… A lot of young men on leave came to spend a few days with me (…). I used to enjoy climbing up the cathedral towers to get a close view of the ornamentation at the top, a veritable lacework of stone that must have been the result of very patient and laborious craftsmanship. As I chatted with the young men who accompanied me I used to point out that none of the beauty of this work could be seen from below. To give them a material lesson in what I had been previously explaining to them, I would say: ‘This is God’s work, this is working for God! To finish your personal work perfectly, with all the beauty and exquisite refinement of this tracery stonework’.”