Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - Opus Dei founder St Josemaria Escriva, his life day by day, teachings on holiness, apostolate, laity, Catholic Church. Testimonies from Opus Dei members <![CDATA[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. On 26 June 1975, he died unexpectedly in Rome in the room where he worked, after a last affectionate glance at a picture of Our Lady. Opus Dei had by then spread to five continents, with over 60.000 members of 80 nationalities, serving the Church with the same spirit of complete union with the Pope and the Bishops which characterised Saint Josemaría. His Holiness Pope John Paul II canonised the Founder of Opus Dei on 6 October 2002. His feast is celebrated on 26 June. The body of Saint Josemaría rests in the prelatic Church of Our Lady of Peace, Viale Bruno Buozzi 75, Rome.

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<![CDATA[The prelatic church of Opus Dei]]> A place of prayer, housing the mortal remains of Saint Josemaría Escrivá

The mortal remains of Saint Josemaría Escrivá are contained in a casket located beneath the altar of the Church of Our Lady of Peace. Millions of people throughout the world turn to Saint Josemaría’s intercession to gain graces of every kind from God. Many come to the Church of the Prelature to continue their petition or give thanks for graces received through his intercession.

On December 31, 1959, Saint Josemaría celebrated the first Mass in the church of Our Lady of Peace. After Opus Dei was established as a personal prelature, this became the Church of the Prelature. Saint Josemaría’s devotion to our Lady is the reason for the title of this church and the main picture. The crypt of the church holds the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and confessionals. Saint Josemaría preached with untiring zeal on our need for the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist, given by God to his children as a source of peace and never-ending joy.

The crypt is also the burial-place of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo (1914-1994), Saint Josemaría’s first successor at the head of Opus Dei.

“Holy Mary is the Queen of peace, and thus the Church invokes her. So when your soul or your family are troubled, or things go wrong at work, in society or between nations, cry out to her without ceasing. Call to her by this title: 'Regina pacis, ora pro nobis — Queen of peace, pray for us.' Have you at least tried it when you have lost your calm? You will be surprised at its immediate effect.” Saint Josemaría Escriva

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Our Lady of Peace Prelatic church of Opus Dei
75, Viale Bruno Buozzi
00197 Rome
Tel. 06-808961

July 11 and 12 will be closed from 14:00 to 17:00.

Open daily 8.30 a.m. – 8.25 p.m. (from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., use entrance at n. 36 Via di Villa Sacchetti).

Mass times: Daily at 8.30, at 12.00 noon and at 19.30*(During Holy Week the only Mass is at 8.30am).
*There is no Mass at 19.30 during the months of July and August.

Confessions: in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Groups wishing to give advance notice of their visit, and priests wishing to celebrate Mass, please telephone the number given above.

Useful telephone numbers:
Rome Information: 06-0606
Rome Airports: 06-65951 (main switchboard)
Taxis: 06-3570; 06-4994; 06-8822

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<![CDATA[Because of two friends]]> You need interior life and doctrinal formation. Be demanding on yourself! As a Christian man or woman, you have to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, for you are obliged to give good example with holy shamelessness.
The charity of Christ should compel you. Feeling and knowing yourself to be another Christ from the moment you told him that you would follow him, you must not separate yourself from your equals — your relatives, friends and colleagues — any more than you would separate salt from the food it is seasoning.
Your interior life and your formation include the piety and the principles a child of God must have, to give flavour to everything by his active presence there.
Ask the Lord that you may always be that good seasoning in the lives of others.

Saint Josemaría, The Forge, 450

Hello, I am Alice Augusto, and friends call me AA. I was born and grew up in Hong Kong, and I am married with 4 children. We moved to Australia in November last year, in order to take better care of my mother who is 90 years old and was living by herself.

I first met Opus Dei in 1997. I was spiritually a baby then, such that, I did not know how to pray, nor know how to go to confession. In fact, I learned from my family (even if we children were baptized as babies), that to go to confession once a year means, yes, we are already good enough! My relationship with God was at such a distance, and with Mother Mary, even farther away.

I recall that one day, 18 years ago, two friends brought me to Tak Sun Holy Family Chapel. I started going there for Sunday Mass and then daily Mass. Then I brought my children to attend the Sunday school. After attending Mass more often, I began to attend other activities: doctrine classes and days of recollection, etc. I attended numerous activities for a good number of years.

What I can say is: just keep attending, which is what I did. With time, I have seen how essential doctrine classes are. Even after I finished the 3 year cycle, I continued to attend for more than 10 years. We repeated the topics because the Catholic doctrine does not change, but those priests connected the application of the doctrine to the problems and current issues of the society and of the world. I can share from experience that there is always something new to learn. We can never say we know everything and that we do not need to go anymore. I found it very good to keep reviewing, and these have served as good guidance in my life and in decision making.

Another thing that I learned to appreciate and value a lot is the monthly recollection. Yes, it could take an hour more than the doctrine class, but we all need a kind of half-day retreat. The recollection is only for a few hours, a very good chance to revive spiritual energy that gives nutrients to our spiritual life. If we do not eat for a few days, we already feel very weak. Our soul also needs the nutrition to keep going. I would look forward to every monthly recollection. Also, thanks to the priests of Opus Dei, they helped me to do my confessions better, and introduced books about prayer to me. I became closer to God and Mother Mary, and I realized I was becoming a better Catholic.

When I was preparing to leave for Australia, a good friend of mine suggested that I attend a 3-day retreat before leaving. Due to a not-so-great past experience, I was hesitant to go back. But she said, “You should try…again”. I also thought, my children are in their teenage years now and it is alright for me to be out for 3 consecutive days. So, I did. I was moved by the loving care they gave me as I was not feeling well at that time and the details of affection they had with me, giving me a surprise with a nice birthday cake which was during this retreat. I really felt it was a family. That 2nd retreat was a marvellous turn in my life.

Years ago, I thought like many of my friends in Hong Kong, that 2 children are enough. But the priests encouraged me a lot not to be afraid, and to not agree to contraception as it gives more problems. Be open to life, to the number of children that God gives a married couple, and God gives the support as well. It is very true. Now, I realize how good it is to have more children. Now, the older ones are so helpful, in the house or when we go out, they give me directions when I am driving the car; they care for the younger siblings, etc. I think we are very blessed. Yes, there is more sacrifice needed when they were little, but that was in the beginning; later on, there will be rewards too.

I brought my children to attend similar activities as well, and my husband, who is not Catholic, has met many at the men’s centre and they became good friends. I like what Opus Dei has to offer and they take care of each member of the family. Most of all, in Opus Dei, I learned about sanctifying my work, including housework and taking care of my family and everything that I do. I appreciate the teachings of Saint Josemaria, his guidance and spirit, which I agree to and want to follow in my life as well.

<![CDATA[Rest]]> I have always seen rest as time set aside from daily tasks, never as days of idleness.
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.
Furrow, 514

The example of Jesus
Whenever we get tired — in our work, in our studies, in our apostolic endeavours — when our horizon is darkened by lowering clouds, then let us turn our eyes to Jesus, to Jesus who is so good, and who also gets tired; to Jesus who is hungry and suffers thirst. Lord, how well you make yourself understood! How lovable you are! You show us that you are just like us, in everything but sin, so that we can feel utterly sure that, together with you, we can conquer all our evil inclinations, all our faults. For neither weariness nor hunger matter, nor thirst, nor tears... since Christ also grew weary, knew hunger, was thirsty, and wept. What is important is that we struggle to fulfil the will of our heavenly Father, battling away good-heartedly, for Our Lord is always at our side (cf. Jn 4:34).
Friends of God, 201

Cheerfulness, and supernatural and human optimism, can go hand in hand with physical tiredness, with sorrow, with tears (because we have a heart), and with difficulties in our interior life or our apostolic work.
He who is perfectus Deus, perfectus Homo — perfect God and perfect Man — and who enjoyed every happiness in Heaven, chose to experience fatigue and tiredness, tears and suffering... so that we might understand that if we are to be supernatural we must also be very human.
The Forge, 290

Setting to work again
You must fight against the tendency to be too lenient with yourselves. Everyone has this difficulty. Be demanding with yourselves! Sometimes we worry too much about our health, or about getting enough rest. Certainly it is necessary to rest, because we have to tackle our work each day with renewed vigour. But, as I wrote many years ago, ‘to rest is not to do nothing. It is to turn our attention to other activities that require less effort.’
Friends of God, 62

Seeking God in our rest
Why don’t you try converting your whole life into the service of God — your work and your rest, your tears and your smiles?
You can... and you must!
The Forge, 679

Strive never to lose this supernatural outlook, not even at times of rest or recreation, which are as important in our daily lives as is work itself.
Friends of God, 10

Setting a good example
Constantly call to mind that at every moment you are cooperating in the human and spiritual formation of those around you, and of all souls — for the blessed Communion of Saints reaches as far as that. At every moment: when you work and when you rest; when people see you happy or when they see you worried; when at your job, or out in the street, you pray as does a child of God and the peace of your soul shows through; when people see that you have suffered, that you have wept, and you smile.
The Forge, 846

With our Lady’s help
So your strength is fast failing you? Why don’t you say to your Mother, ‘comforter of the afflicted, help of Christians... our hope, Queen of apostles’?
The Way, 515]]>
<![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Novena and some get-togethers]]> About a year and a half ago I discovered the message of St. Josemaria. The atmosphere at home was somewhat against religion, because for various reasons the family had stopped going to Mass and Confession. So I began a novena to St. Josemaria and invited my family to come and see the films of some get-togethers with him.
Today, thanks to St. Josemaria, my whole family have come back to God, and now we go to Mass and Confession together. I thank him for having lit the flame of the faith once more in my home.
<![CDATA[St Josemaria is incredible]]> St Josemaria is incredible. He helps me in all the difficulties I meet in life. Thanks to him, tricky situations become much simpler. Just as an example, he helped me get a job and overcome a serious state of depression. I met people who encouraged me. Thanks to these prayers I know that things are not hopelessly bad… Let’s trust God and his servants in heaven, and everything will end up well! If we pray, everything will be given to us.]]> <![CDATA[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. They were unable to remove the peanut.
Meanwhile I was praying to St. Josemaria to intercede before Our Lord and his Blessed Mother for the child’s life to be saved.
A few days later they moved him to a hospital in Berlin. On February 11 last year, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, they removed the peanut and there were no after-effects. I am so grateful to St. Josemaria for this big little favor!
<![CDATA[Inspired to Love]]> This documentary tells the story of St Josemaria, the “saint of the ordinary” and the founder of Opus Dei, and how his message has inspired people of all walks of life to find meaning in their everyday activities, seeing them as a way of serving others.]]> <![CDATA[1960.10.21]]> He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Saragossa. In his address he said: “It is over thirty-five years since I left the lecture-halls [...]]]> <![CDATA[October 6, 2002, in two minutes]]> It is now eleven years since Blessed Pope John Paul II called St Josemaria "the patron saint of ordinary life". A two-minute videoclip shows moments from the canonization ceremony in St Peter's Square, October 6, 2002.]]> <![CDATA[How can we live if we arent in love?]]> Without love, life wouldnt be worth living. Therefore St. Josemaría counseled: Fall madly in love, both when our love is in heaven and when its on earth.]]> <![CDATA[St Josemaria Official Twitter Account]]> Tweets by @St_Josemaria !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+"://";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");]]>