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[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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”.]]> <![CDATA[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. Following and accompanying Christ, staying with him, demands “coming out of ourselves”, requires us to be outgoing; to come out of ourselves, out of a dreary way of living faith that has become a habit, out of the temptation to withdraw into our own plans which end by shutting out God’s creative action." (Pope Francis, 27 March 2013).

To contemplate the Holy Week through the Gospel, you can download passages by St. Josemaría, in epub and pdf.

"Let us ask the intercession of the Virgin Mary. She teaches us the joy of meeting Christ, the love with which we must look to the foot of the Cross, the enthusiasm of the young heart with which we must follow him during this Holy Week and throughout our lives. May it be so."(Pope Francis,Palm Sunday of the Passion of our Lord 2013).]]>
<![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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? ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Citizens who value love]]> 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.

It is an adventure and a beautiful one, even today. Nowadays anyone thinking of getting married is assailed by a thousand doubts. “Is it real love? Will it last for ever? How can I be sure? What if things get difficult? Why do so many marriages break down?” The adventure is still a beautiful one, because it’s all about discovering genuine love. The sort of advice which Saint Josemaria used to give young men was, “When you are thinking about getting engaged, think that she could be the mother of your children,” and, in consequence, “always look at her as someone who deserves absolute respect” (cf. Conversations, 105 and 121).

Accordingly, a group of friends and I set up a series of meetings in a pub in Rome where young people normally gather to listen to jazz over a beer. In a place like that you can see how Saint Josemaria’s message is within everyone’s reach. The young men and women who have joined in our meetings were attracted by questions such as: “Should we get married or live together?”, and many of them have come to realize that a sincere, loving relationship is something demanding – a holy demand (cf. The Way, 387) which might perhaps look like stubbornness when it means saying no to one’s boyfriend or girlfriend out of respect for the body, for sexuality, and for God’s plan. But it also means being able to say a total “yes” afterwards, which leads to great riches.

With our friends, we have tried to sort out the most common problems which make it difficult these days to create the kind of relationship between a man and a woman that can lead to a good marriage. Several of the people we invited to speak to our group know and live by the teachings of Saint Josemaria. These include a psychiatrist who has been married for several years himself, and helps couples who are in difficulties; a psychologist who teaches couples how to dialogue, and others.

The advice given by Saint Josemaria is accessible to all. It is a wonderful help, showing how, when both the man and the woman hold by certain principles, a loving relationship can be lived right from the start as a special preparation for a good marriage.

Thanks to these meetings, many people have come to understand that they have to have the courage to face up to the basic choices in their lives – marriage – seriously, starting when they are just going out together. Some have got married, others have changed their way of life, and many others seem to have done nothing, but are still thinking things over and asking for more.

By living in this way during dating and engagement, we are laying firm foundations for a strong marriage that will stand up to life’s difficulties. Only like that can we respond fully to the project that Jesus Christ, “a madman – madly in love” (The Way of the Cross, Sixth Station) has for each of us.

We have to be convinced that human love really can be sanctified. We have to react as Saint Josemaria taught us against the errors of our time, the false propaganda which the media relay every day, about sexuality outside the self-giving of marriage. That only ends up wounding people, and threatens the whole of society with incalculable harm. Is ideal that I am putting forward an unattainable one? We can’t attain it alone, but if we habitually talk with the Lord in prayer and relate to him in the Sacraments, we’ll be able to get up again after our falls even when times look bad, when we face the difficulties and defeats which are part and parcel of our human frailty.

We can ask our Mother the Virgin Mary, Mother of Fair Love to obtain for us the gift of a clean and holy life – and we can be sure that she will hear us. And I thank Saint Josemaria for having opened up the doctrine of the Church about human love and courtship with his practical teachings; and for having given me the confidence to share these truths with so many friends. I’m very happy about all of this, and, having got married a short time ago, I’m already able to appreciate the results.]]>
<![CDATA[St Josemaria’s favorite virtue? Sincerity.]]> Pippo (short for Giuseppe) Corigliano is from Naples, Italy, where he did a degree in engineering. In the 1970s he moved to Milan, Italy, and started to work in the media. From 1980 to 2011 he was in charge of the Opus Dei information office for Italy in Rome. He has published several works of spirituality. 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.

In 2015 it will be forty years since St Josemaria died. It seems incredible that so much time has passed since that event, which I remember so clearly. We were having lunch in a Centre of the Work in Milan when Fr Mario Lantini got an urgent telephone call. When he came back he told us with deep sorrow, “The Father has died.” We were thunderstruck. We broke off the meal and went to the oratory. Afterwards I took Cesare Cavalleri, who had come for lunch, to the station. It was June 26, a beautiful sunny day in Milan. When I had dropped off Cesare, I looked around me, feeling somehow astonished that everything looked so happy and bright, while I felt a weight on my heart.

Less than three months earlier I had been invited to Villa Tevere in Rome, and after lunch I told the Father some stories from the Holy Week gathering organised for Italian students in a hall of residence in the Eur district of Rome. Some of the students had asked to join the Work, and the Father said, referring to the apostolate, “It’s a question of faith, not a question of other questions.”

He recommended me to be understanding with young people’s weaknesses, “which are the same as ours, anyway,” as he remarked. And he said something that Don Alvaro quoted in the first letter he wrote to Opus Dei faithful after St Josemaria died (Blessed Alvaro del Portillo was a faithful aide to St Josemaria and his first successor at the head of Opus Dei). “The worst thing that could happen to us in Opus Dei would be if we didn’t show our love for one another.” I’ve always found that a source of inspiration about how to treat people. I won’t stop now to recount the jokes he made on that occasion, even though I noticed at the start that he looked tired; his tiredness quickly disappeared as we told him about the apostolate.

Family atmosphere
I thought of the first in the time I met St Josemaria, in that same room in 1961. I was 19, and I was excited at the thought of meeting the author of The Way, which I had been reading for the past few years. I had asked to join the Work as a numerary only a year before, and I saw that the others there, who were older than I, were also excited at the Father’s arrival. The atmosphere changed completely as soon as we saw the two priests coming in. The second was Don Alvaro, who smiled and went towards the back of the room, while the Father sat on the arm of a sofa.

The Father began talking and joking with everyone, quickly creating the family atmosphere that I afterwards always saw around him. At one point he caught sight of Giorgio del Lungo who had just got back from Switzerland. He put his hands on his face, looking at him with such affection that I instantly understood how much the Father loved us, with the heart of a father and a mother. I also remember something that was constantly repeated: the Father stopped in the middle of saying something and called, “Alvaro?” and immediately came Don Alvaro’s voice with the word the Father was looking for.

Among many recollections, there is one of a meal I was lucky enough to share with the Father in Civenna, a little town set between the two sides of Lake Como, in the summer of 1972. With the excuse of taking him the post, we each took it in turns to go to where the Father was staying and spend nearly the whole day with him. The Father asked me, “Are you happy in Milan?” Remembering how the Father liked joking about different people’s hometowns (he did this especially with Peppino Molteni, who was from Brianza), I answered, “Father, Milan has one big advantage. When you leave it, you are always in a better place.” The Father smiled, but made no comment. Twenty-five years later Don Javier, by now Prelate of Opus Dei, repeated my little joke to a Milanese journalist I had just introduced to him. “As Corigliano says, Milan has one big advantage…” Once again, I was astonished at Don Javier’s quite fantastic memory.

I stayed there a long time, for an unforgettable afternoon. The Father let me kiss the relic of St Pius X which he wore round his neck, eliciting a mock-protest from Don Javier: “Pippo, you’re taking too much advantage of him!” During those years, the Father was suffering over the situation of the Church, because of the turbulence of the post-conciliar period.

In the 1960s, while I was still in Naples, we would organise trips to visit the Father for the young men who came to the Monterone hall of residence, many of whom were already in Opus Dei. Those encounters were unbelievably joyful. Once we took him a present of a china cart being pulled by a donkey – the Father’s favourite animal – and one of the students sang a song in the Neapolitan dialect, “Tu si ’na cosa grande pe’ mi”.

The atmosphere of those gatherings was the same as can be seen in the filmed encounters with St Josemaria (it was Don Alvaro’s idea to film them). For me, and I think for many other people, those films are a priceless treasure. It’s like meeting St Josemaria again. Every time I watch one, I tell myself, “Pippo, you need to begin again,” as though I had not yet taken a single step on the way of faith and love.

The Father was thoroughly acquainted with people’s mentality, and used to give clear, specific examples that fixed things in people’s memory, especially for younger people. For instance, to explain that you can’t just select one part of the faith to believe, he would say that there are certain things that just don’t admit of half-measures. A doctor can’t say to a woman, “You are a little pregnant.” Either she is, or she isn’t. That made people laugh, and the idea stayed with them.

His favourite virtue
The replies that he gave to the questions people asked him were always different and surprising, because he understood what was in the questioner’s mind, and adapted his answer to that person’s situation. So he gave different answers to the same question – except when he was asked which was his favourite virtue. “Sincerity,” was his instant response.

The Father was passionate about things. One day he told us that our chests should be made of glass, so that others could read what we had inside, especially those whose job it was, because God grants abundant humility to people who hear the voice of the Holy Spirit in the help they are given in spiritual direction. He went on to talk about the situation of the Church, and said something like, “If my chest were made of glass, you would see that my heart is bleeding.” He said it so intensely that I was really moved. I could almost see the Father’s heart bleeding.

On top of this passionate temperament, he had built up an iron method of practising the virtue of order. The two priests who were always with him helped him in this. As soon as they arrived anywhere he would make a timetable and he stuck to it rigorously – but always with the flexibility of a true father. If someone was sick, for example, he always found the time to go and see him and make him laugh.

<![CDATA[Love for religious brothers and sisters]]> 2015 is the Year of Consecrated Life in the Church. It was inaugurated with a Mass celebrated by the Holy Father Pope Francis on February 2.

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.”

Devotion to canonized religious
St Josemaria had a lot of devotion to founders of religious orders like St Joseph of Calasanz, to whom he was distantly related. His grandfather on his father’s side was born in the same town as St Joseph of Calasanz, in Peralta de la Sal, twenty km from Barbastro. St Joseph of Calasanz was the founder of the Piarists, the religious of the “Pious Schools”.
In his preaching and writings, St Josemaria would often quote St Teresa of Avila, St John of the Cross, St Theresa of Lisieux, and other Carmelite saints. He had a particular affection and devotion for St John Bosco.
His deeply Christian family counted among its members several priests and religious sisters.

Like very many children of his time, St Josemaria went to schools run by religious. When he was three he started at the kindergarten of the Barbastro school run by the Daughters of Charity, a religious congregation founded in 1633 by St Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac. St Josemaria was at the infants’ school, the first one opened by the Daughters of Charity in Spain, from 1905 to 1908, and was always deeply grateful to the Daughters of Charity. He suffered and wept when he learnt that one of them, who had been a friend of his mother’s, had been murdered during the religious persecution in Spain.
When he was seven, he went to the Piarist Brothers’ school in Barbastro – interestingly, also the first Piarist-run school in Spain. A Piarist Father, Father Manuel Laborda de la Virgen del Carmen (1848-1929), taught him religion, history, Latin, and handwriting, prepared him for his First Holy Communion, and taught him a prayer for spiritual communion that he used all his life and passed on to thousands of other people. The prayer is:

“I wish, Lord, to receive You with the purity, humility and devotion with which Your most holy Mother received You; with the spirit and fervor of the Saints.”

St Josemaria’s vocation
Our Lord made use of a devout Carmelite friar to show St Josemaria his call to the priesthood. When still a youth, St Josemaria was deeply moved by seeing the bare footprints in the snow of Father Jose Miguel de la Virgen del Carmen at Christmas 1917-1918 in Logroño.

He went to speak to him, to discern what God was asking for him, and decided to become a priest. He always had a great love for the Carmelite Order, and remembered Father Jose Miguel with gratitude; they met again in Burgos in 1938. Father Jose Miguel died on September 23, 1942.

When he moved to Madrid he was in contact with several very holy nuns, such as the foundress of the Damas Apostolicas, or Mercedes Reyna O’Farrill, a religious of the Foundation for the sick, who was born in Havana and died with a reputation for holiness on January 23, 1929. St Josemaria attended her spiritually during her final illness and felt impelled to pray to her for protection after her death.

An Augustinian monk, Father Eduardo Zaragueta, bore witness to St Josemaria’s love for religious in the San Sebastian newspaper La Voz de España, July 8, 1975. “We Augustinians have heard about his character and his friendly simplicity when he gave a spiritual retreat in the Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real, in El Escorial. Escriva loved St Augustine and the rich tradition of the Order he founded seventeen centuries ago, in circumstances very similar to the present.”

Brother Joaquin Sanchis Alventosa, a Franciscan, who worked in several leading posts within his Order and took an active part in the Second Vatican Council, has not forgotten Opus Dei’s first steps in Valencia, around 1939. The house in Samaniego Street, where there was a students’ residence, was close to his priory, San Lorenzo, and the director of the residence requested an Augustinian to celebrate daily Mass in the residence and to give Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament every Saturday. A deep friendship sprang up, and Brother Joaquin speaks in glowing terms of the “affection and deference with which we Franciscan friars were treated by those university students who were learning to live according to a lay spirituality. Their veneration for us proved the love for the religious state which Msgr. Escriva infused into those sons of his, who were pursuing holiness amidst their professional work.”

It was quite clear – as was confirmed by the universal Church years later – that life in Opus Dei is very different from the religious vocation. But this sharp difference was not a reason for separation; it led to mutual admiration and affection. Brother Joaquin was delighted to be treated so affectionately by some university students; in his turn, with true greatness of spirit – Christian magnanimity – he rejoiced to see God’s mercy at work in the activities organized by Opus Dei. “Many ex-pupils of our Franciscan schools have told me about the decisive role played in their lives by the apostolate of Opus Dei when they got to university. Many of them have received a vocation to Opus Dei. I now recall how happy I was to meet, in Rome, one of my beloved ex-pupils, who had been ordained as an Opus Dei priest.”

Universal call to holiness
The Founder of Opus Dei, St Josemaria, spread throughout the world the universal call to holiness, especially for lay-people. But, as Father Aniceto Fernandez, former General of the Dominicans, recognizes, that fact never meant that St Josemaria or any of the faithful of Opus Dei “despised or criticized the religious life, or belittled in any way the excellence of the religious vocation.”

Another practical proof of St Josemaria’s love for religious is the decisive help he gave in the restoration of the Hieronymite Order in El Parral, Segovia, Spain, from 1940 onwards. The Hieronymite monk Jose Maria Aguilar Collados testifies that he owes his vocation to Msgr. Escriva de Balaguer, and goes on to give the names of some other students whom St Josemaria also confirmed in their calling as religious.
St Josemaria went out of his way, without neglecting his own duties, to give spiritual care to religious when they asked him. Blessed Alvaro del Portillo recalled the retreat that he preached in El Escorial:

“From October 3 to 11, 1944, the founder preached (as I have already mentioned) a retreat for the Augustinian monks of the Monastery of El Escorial, at a time when he was in very poor health. He had a virulent boil on his neck and a very high fever; it was also during this time that he was diagnosed as a diabetic. Even so, he kept his promise of preaching to them. The Augustinian provincial, Fr. Carlos Vicuña, wrote to me on October 26: ‘I would like to convey to you a brief impression of the spiritual exercises preached by Fr. Jose Maria Escriva to the Augustinian religious of the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, in this month of October. Everyone agrees he has surpassed all expectations; he has completely satisfied the desires of the superiors… We are now waiting on God, expecting that the fruits will be abundant. Everyone without exception – every one of our fathers, theologians, philosophers, brothers, and young men in formation – was hanging on his words and, as the expression goes, holding their breath. Every one of those half-hour conferences seemed to them to last only ten minutes, overpowered as they were by that torrent of fervor, enthusiasm, sincerity, and outpouring of the heart. “It comes from within – he speaks that way because he has an inner fire and life”; “he is a saint, an apostle – if we outlive him, many of us will see him raised to the altars”… These are some of the statements I have heard from the participants. The unanimity of the praises is highly unusual and remarkable, especially when you consider that the audience was composed mostly of intellectuals and scholars. Not a word was heard that was less than approving. It is true that he came preceded by a reputation for sanctity, but it is no less true that, far from gainsaying that reputation, he has completely confirmed it.’”
(Quoted in A. del Portillo and C. Cavalleri, Immersed in God, Scepter Publishers 1996, p.177)

The miracle for the beatification
During the final years of St Josemaria’s life, whenever he could, he would visit enclosed monasteries or convents, to ask for their prayers and show his love for religious. He made several such visits during the catechetical trips he undertook in Spain and Latin America.
St Josemaria was a founder who opened up new paths of renewal in the Church and reminded lay-people of the universal call to holiness. A happy coincidence is that the miracle recognized by the Church for his beatification (prior to his canonization) was worked on an elderly religious sister, Sr Concepcion Bouillon Rubio. It was yet another confirmation of the veneration and love for religious felt by a Saint who brought to the Church a genuinely lay charisma.

Sources: “Escriva y los religiosos” by Jose Miguel Cejas; Msgr Josemaria Escriva: a Profile of the Founder of Opus Dei by Salvador Bernal.
<![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.

I was made to understand that if one wanted to get a first class degree in theology (Summa Cum Laude) then such a person ought to spend a lot of time in the Library. Equally, I was also made to understand that if one wanted to get a 'first class' in Holiness then he would have to spend more time in the chapel. And for some moments it was hard for me to balance the two.

However, it was only after being exposed to his writings that it became clear for me how to balance between the two. St Josemaría Escrivá says that "an hour of study is equivalent to an hour of prayer." (The Way, 335). This was a completely new discovery for me. It meant that if I studied well, if I studied seriously, then that study can be offered to God as a prayer. It also gave me a new aim for studying, While previously I studied merely to do well in exams…to get good grades…to acquire some knowledge here and there…with this maxim of St. Josemaría, it also means that by taking my studies seriously I also please God.

This being the case therefore, I can understand why St. Josemaría says there is no excuse for one who should be a scholar and is not. (The Way, 332). This aspect also opened up my prayer life. Prayer time is no longer de-linked from my studies.

At prayer, especially during the morning adoration before the Blessed Sacrament,, besides praying for the needs of the Pope, the Bishop, the Seminary rector, my parish priest… I also have time to ask God to enlighten my studies. For instance, if the Hebrew language is becoming too difficult, I ask to Lord to intervene, and then when I go to study…things begin to take shape.

Finally, in one of his Videos in South America, St. Josemaría told an audience, that "the faithful of Opus Dei should have time for everything." This has particularly influenced my attitude towards the seminary schedule. If it is time for sports, I go for sports. If it is time for manual labour, I go for manual labour…without omitting any seminary activity. And in this way, I have ended up avoiding any problems with the Seminary superiors.

It is my hope that many other seminarians, will find in St. Josemaría, a wonderful guide and father in their journey of discernment. May St. Josemaria Escrivá, the Saint of ordinary life, watch over all diocesan seminarians in the world.
<![CDATA[Our Lady´s sorrows]]> The First Sorrow: Simeon’s Prophecy

And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory for thy people Israel.”
And his father and his mother marvelled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.”

Luke 2:22-35

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: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to your word.” Isn’t that marvellous? The blessed Virgin, our teacher in all we do, shows us here that obedience to God is not servile, does not bypass our conscience. We should be inwardly moved to discover the “freedom of the children of God.”
Christ is Passing By, 173

She teaches us to have charity. Remember the scene of the presentation of Jesus in the temple. An old man, Simeon, “said to his mother Mary, Behold, this child is destined to bring about the fall of many and the rise of many in Israel; and to be a sign which men will refuse to acknowledge; and so the thoughts of many hearts shall be made manifest; as for your own soul, it shall have a sword to pierce it.” So great is Mary’s love for all mankind that she, too, fulfilled Christ’s words when he affirmed: “Greater love has no man than this, that he should lay down his life for his friends.”

It is with good reason that the Popes have called Mary Co-Redemptrix. “So fully, in union with her suffering and dying Son, did she suffer and nearly die; so fully, for the sake of the salvation of men, did she abdicate her mother’s rights over her Son, and immolate him, insofar as it was in her power, to satisfy the justice of God, that it can rightly be said that she redeemed mankind together with Christ.” This gives us a deeper understanding of that moment in the Passion of Our Lord, which we shall never tire of meditating: Stabat autem iuxta crucem Iesu mater eius, “there, standing by the cross of Jesus, was his Mother”.
Friends of God, 287

The First Sorrow: Simeon’s Prophecy
The Second Sorrow: the Flight into Egypt
The Third Sorrow: the Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple
The Fourth Sorrow: Mary and Jesus meet on the road to Calvary
The Fifth Sorrow: the Death of Jesus on the Cross
The Sixth Sorrow: Christ’s Body is taken down from the Cross
The Seventh Sorrow: the Burial of Jesus]]>
<![CDATA[The job we wanted]]> We were still in the middle of the novena to St. Josemaria today when my husband was given the job we wanted for him. It is perfect for him and very close to home – in the very next street! We had been waiting and hoping for four months, and the situation got worse and worse. My husband was losing hope, but he prayed with faith to this Saint, the friend of those in need, and between one day and the next he got the job he wanted. Thank God! This is the second time that St. Josemaria has interceded mercifully for my husband.
<![CDATA[On the third day of the Novena]]> I would like to thank Saint Josemaria for the favour he granted me of keeping my job as a teacher. I prayed the novena on Wednesday last week and three days later my manager telephoned and gave me the good news. They were cutting down on staff because of budget cuts, and I was worried I would lose my job. I gave a copy of the novena to a friend of mine whose son is out of work at present, and I know that if they pray with faith, he will get a job. Many, many thanks to Saint Josemaria for favours received.
<![CDATA[1935.3.31]]> “Holy Mass has been celebrated in the Oratory of this House and His Divine Majesty has remained with us in the Blessed Sacrament, at last [...]]]> <![CDATA[Contemplate Christ's Passion]]> Video. In this video clip St Josemaria talks to us about Jesus Christ, about the love he had for us that brought him to the Cross: we need to talk to Christ, we need to love him.]]> <![CDATA[The Way of the Cross]]> My Lord and my God, under the loving eyes of our Mother, we are making ready to accompany you along this path of sorrow, which was the price for our redemption]]> <![CDATA[Questions about Holy Week ]]> Video. (Rome Reports). Holy Week is an important time for Christians throughout the world. But not everyone knows every detail about why it's celebrated or what exactly it's composed of. So here are the answers to questions about Holy Week you were afraid to ask.]]> <![CDATA[Palm Sunday]]> Download "Interior struggle", the homily given by St Josemaria Escriva for Palm Sunday, from the book Christ is Passing By in pdf format.]]> <![CDATA[Holy Thursday]]> Download "The Eucharist, mystery of faith and love", the homily given by St Josemaria Escriva for Holy Thursday from the book Christ is Passing By in pdf format.]]> <![CDATA[Good Friday]]> Download "Christ's death is the Christian's life", the homily given by St Josemaria Escriva for Good Friday from the book Christ is Passing By in pdf format.]]> <![CDATA[Easter Sunday]]> Audio of the homily "Christ’s Presence in Christians", given on Easter Sunday, March 26, 1967, published in Christ Is Passing By.]]> <![CDATA[Pope gives tribute to Christian martyrs, during Palm Sunday Mass]]> Video. (Rome Reports). It's one of the most solemn Masses of the year. Wearing red and carrying a woven palm, Pope Francis started off Palm Sunday by leading a procession through St. Peter's Square. ]]> <![CDATA[Visit Rome]]> St Josemaria is a good guide to the many places in Rome that he himself visited to draw faith from the witness of the early Christians. This collection reveals the main traces of the history of the Catholic Church that are to be found in Rome, the Eternal City. Download in epub format.]]> <![CDATA[Pope Francis convenes a Jubilee of Mercy]]> Video. (Rome Reports). On the two-year anniversary of his election, Pope Francis announced a surprise Holy Year of Mercy. The "extraordinary” Jubilee will begin with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica on December 8, and it will end on November 20, 2016. ]]>