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A brief biography

Saint Josemaria Escriva was born in Barbastro, Spain, on 9 January 1902. He was ordained to the priesthood in Saragossa on 28 March 1925. On 2 October 1928, by divine inspiration, he founded Opus Dei.

Grandparents Day: Sts Anne and Joachim July 26

“There’s something of a grandfather about God”

Eliana Palma, a Chilean grandmother, shares her ideas on grandparents’ role in families and society, and talks about how happy she was in the sixty years she spent with her husband, Tito.

Aug 4: Feast day of St John Mary Vianney, the Curé d'Ars

The Founder of Opus Dei in Ars

On February 17, 1949, Fr. Joseph Muzquiz, a young Spanish priest, arrived in Chicago to start Opus Dei’s activities in the United States. His cause of canonization was opened in Boston in 2011. A biographical documentary about Father Joseph

Talking to God

Rest

Rest means recuperation: to gain strength, form ideals and make plans. In other words it means a change of occupation, so that you can come back later with a new impetus to your daily job.

Questions & Answers

14 Questions about the Family

Answers offered by St Josemaria to questions about love in the family, family conflicts, parent-child relationships, raising children, and faith in the family.

Jubilee of Mercy

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Living Mercy

The Pope’s audiences are specially dedicated to the Year of Mercy. On June 30, he recalled that “It is one thing to speak of mercy, and it is another to live mercy. Paraphrasing the words of St James the Apostle (cf. 2:14-17), we could say: mercy without works is dead within itself. That’s it! What makes mercy come alive is its constant dynamism in order to go and meet those in need and the necessities of those in spiritual and material hardship.” Below is the full text of the audience on June 30, followed by some quotations from St Josemaria’s writings to help pray about mercy.

Questions & Answers

What are the Works of Mercy?

Pope Francis has announced a Jubilee Year of Mercy, and asks the faithful to practise the works of mercy during this year. What are they? Download pdf, epub and kindle.

Talking to God

Novena for forgiveness

Written by Fr Francisco Faus, is available in pdf, epub and Kindle formats, in which, while meditating on texts by St Josemaria, we ask God through his intercession for the grace of learning to forgive.

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God’s Mercy

How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy

Favours obtained through Saint Josemaria's intercession

Costa Rica

Loss

A week ago I was buying some gates with their accessories at an ironmongers. I paid by credit card and had to show my identity card in the process. I went with a friend and we were in a hurry, so I packed up the accessories myself. The assistants loaded the gates for us and we set off.

Argentina

A peanut

My sister’s two-year-old great-grandson swallowed a peanut which went down the wrong way and reached his lung. He was a week in the university hospital in the city in Germany where the family lives.

Brazil

Never give up hope

One day last October I woke up having resolved to leave my job, even though I knew that Brazil is going through a difficult time and that many people are looking for work. But I was unhappy in the job I was doing, so I left it.

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