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March 27th. The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady´s sorrows

Our Lady listens attentively to what God wants, ponders what she doesn’t fully understand and asks about what she doesn’t know. Then she gives herself completely to doing the divine will.

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My Heart Was Asking For Something Great...
and It Was Love

Video. It is 90 years since St Josemaria, having made the decision to become a priest, was ordained on March 28, 1925. This video includes clips of St Josemaria talking about his vocation to the priesthood.

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Anniversary of St Josemaria’s ordination to the priesthood

On March 28, 1925 he was ordained a priest in the chapel of the seminary. He celebrated his first Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, at the feet of the beloved Madonna he had prayed to so often.

Kenya

St. Josemaria helps me as a seminarian

I am a seminarian in third year theology, in the seventh year of priestly formation. The basic idea about the seminary revolves round prayer life, intense study and hard work. For a long time as a seminarian I used to wonder how to reconcile Prayer life (life of holiness) and intense study.

HOLY WEEK

Questions & Answers

What happened at the Last Supper?

The hours leading up to Jesus’ Passion and Death were deeply engraved on the minds and hearts of his companions. St John tells us that at the beginning, in a gesture charged with meaning, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, setting them an example of humble service.

Questions & Answers

How can the Resurrection of Jesus be explained?

Around the year 57 AD, St Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve”.

Questions & Answers

Why was Jesus condemned to death?

Jesus of Nazareth was becoming a more and more controversial figure as his public ministry progressed. The religious leaders in Jerusalem were uneasy about the commotion that had been aroused among the people by the arrival of this teacher from Galilee for the Paschal feast.

Talking to God

Living through Holy Week with St Josemaria

"Living Holy Week means entering ever more deeply into the logic of God, into the logic of the Cross, which is not primarily that of suffering and death, but rather that of love and of the gift of self which brings life. It means entering into the logic of the Gospel. To contemplate the Holy Week through the Gospel, you can download passages by St. Josemaría, in pdf and epub.

Downloads

Footprints of our faith collection

The completed collection of Footprints of our Faith in epub format “to come close to our Lord through the pages of the Holy Gospel, I always recommend you to try and get inside each scene and take part in it like another of the people there” (Friends of God, 222). This collection will help to make the places where Christ lived on earth more widely known and will also serve as useful guide to those who are able to visit the Holy Places for themselves.

LENT 2015

Pope Francis Lenten Message

Stop the Globalization of Indifference

In this year's Lenten message, Pope Francis highlighted the importance of embracing a conversion of the heart. He also warned about the dangers of indifference.

Questions & Answers

Why 40 days of Lent?

Here are some frequently asked questions about Lent, with answers that can help us understand the meaning of the liturgical season of Lent more deeply this year.

Talking to God

Lent: a new conversion

Lent should suggest to us these basic questions: Am I advancing in my faithfulness to Christ, in my desire for holiness, in a generous apostolate in my daily life, in my ordinary work among my colleagues?

Italy

Citizens who value love

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.

Testimonies

St Josemaria’s favorite virtue? Sincerity.

Pippo Corigliano was in charge of the Opus Dei information office for Italy in Rome. In this article he talks about some of his memories of the Founder of Opus Dei, as the 40th anniversary of St Josemaria’s death approaches.

News

Love for religious brothers and sisters

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

Colombia

Some good tenants

I prayed the prayer-card repeatedly asking St Josemaria to intercede for us to find some good tenants, and the miracle was promptly granted. Thank you, dear Saint, for helping us through God’s power.

France

Thank you, St Josemaria

After being jobless for many months I am infinitely grateful to St Josemaria for his intercession for my husband to find a job which suits him down to the ground.