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[Immaculate Conception Novena]]> Download the Immaculate Conception Novena with passages by St Josemaria in pdf, epub and kindle.]]> <![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[Advent]]> Advent is here. What a marvellous time in which to renew your desire, your nostalgia, your real longing for Christ to come — for him to come every day to your soul in the Eucharist. The Church encourages us: Ecce veniet! — He is about to arrive!
The Forge, 548

“Look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand (Lk 21:28),” we have just read in the Gospel. This time of Advent is a time for hope. These great horizons of our Christian vocation, this unity of life built on the presence of God our Father, can and ought to be a daily reality.
I don’t wish to go on any longer on this first Sunday of Advent, when we begin to count the days separating us from the birth of the Saviour. We have considered the reality of our Christian vocation: how our Lord has entrusted us with the mission of attracting other souls to sanctity, encouraging them to get close to him, to feel united to the Church, to extend the kingdom of God to all hearts. Jesus wants to see us dedicated, faithful, responsive. He wants us to love him. It is his desire that we be holy, very much his own.
Christ is Passing By, 11

How to listen to God
If we turn to Sacred Scripture we will see that humility is absolutely necessary when we are making ready to listen to God. ‘Where there is humility, there is wisdom’, says the book of Proverbs. Humility means looking at ourselves as we really are, honestly and without excuses. And when we realise that we are worth hardly anything, we can then open ourselves to God’s greatness: it is there our greatness lies.
How well Our Lady, Jesus’ Holy Mother, understood this! She, the most exalted of all God’s creatures that have existed or ever will exist upon this earth! Mary glorifies the power of Our Lord, who “has put down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the lowly.” And she sings of how his divine providence has once again been fulfilled in her: “Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid, behold henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.”
Mary becomes transformed in holiness in the depths of her most pure heart on seeing the humility of God: “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you; and therefore the Holy One to be born of you shall be called the Son of God.” The Blessed Virgin’s humility is a consequence of that unfathomable depth of grace which comes into operation with the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity in the womb of his ever Immaculate Mother.
Friends of God, 96

The “enemies of the soul”
Today marks the beginning of Advent. And it is good for us to consider the wiles of these enemies of the soul: the disorder of sensuality and easy-going superficiality, the folly of reason that rejects God, the cavalier presumption that snuffs out love for both God and creatures. All these obstacles are real enough, and they can indeed cause us a great deal of trouble. For these very reasons the liturgy invites us to implore divine mercy: “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust, let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me,” as we prayed in the Introit. And in the Offertory we shall go back to the same idea: “Let none that wait for you be put to shame.”
Now that the time of our salvation is approaching, it is consoling to hear from the lips of St Paul that “when the goodness and kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not by the works of justice which we have done, but according to his mercy” (Titus 3:5).
Christ is Passing By, 7

Everyone can hope to be saved
Iesus Christus, Deus homo: Jesus Christ, God-man. This is one of “the mighty works of God,” which we should reflect upon and thank him for. He has come to bring “peace on earth to men of good Will,” to all men who want to unite their wills to the holy will of God — not just the rich, not just the poor, but everyone: all the brethren. We are all brothers in Jesus, children of God, brothers of Christ. His Mother is our mother.
Christ is Passing By, 13

- Download the homily “The Christian Vocation” (PDF), a homily given on December 2, 1961, the first Sunday in Advent
<![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[The perfect job for me]]> In October last year I lost my job. I sent my CV to lots of firms but only received three possible interviews. I was distraught. Then a friend recommended the novena to Saint Josemaria, and I began saying it that same day. After praying it for nearly four months, someone I know called me offering me a job that is perfect for me, and in which I can develop professionally. I am so grateful to the friend who helped me get to know Saint Josemaria and return to the Church… Thank you Saint Josemaria! Thank you, Our Lady and Jesus!]]> <![CDATA[He has always answered me]]> Four years ago, by chance, I came across the Novena for Work. At that time I took over the management of the technical division of a big company, from a person who seemed to be irreplaceable because he had been in the job for so long. I began praying the novena every day and found that the difficulties I was faced with began to be sorted out. In fact since that time we have made some major achievements and improved the management in many ways. Every time I was faced with a problem, I prayed to Saint Josemaria, asking him to intervene. He has always answered me. Words simply cannot express the immense help I have received from Saint Josemaria. I wanted to contribute my personal experience of his intercession. Thank you, Saint Josemaria! I pray every day for my family and for everyone who needs it.
<![CDATA[Finishing the favor]]> A year and a half ago, I prayed to St Josemaria for a job for my dad. After several attempts he obtained a full-time permanent job. But just before Christmas the van he used for deliveries was damaged. His line manager said he could choose whether to wait for two weeks while the van was repaired or look for another job.
When I heard about this from my parents I prayed to St Josemaria to finish off the favor he had begun. My dad talked to the supervisor at work to see whether he could work as an independent distributor. The supervisor said that since it was him and no-one else, he could go ahead. They allowed him to hire a vehicle for one month, to give him enough time to buy one for himself.
My parents were very happy but we did not stop praying to St Josemaria for the whole situation. The month went by, and the first week of January he had no work. Just two days before St Josemaria’s birthday, he got a call to say the new vehicle was ready and he could go and collect it. As he does not now depend on another man but directly on the company, he earns a little more money, which he uses to pay off the purchase of the vehicle and also the family car. Although that means two monthly payments, they manage to get by. My mum has asked me to keep praying to St Josemaria for two projects they have this year. I am doing so, and also asking St Josemaria that one of these projects may be to go to Rome to thank him for the favor received.

<![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[1932.12.9]]> Saint Josemaría was going through a period of severe financial hardship. He wrote: “After a lot of prayer to our Lord, I found, providentially, a [...]]]> <![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");]]>