Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[1932.9.2]]> “God’s works are not a lever nor a stepping-stone,” wrote St Josemaría; this was to be point 915 of The Way.]]> <![CDATA[1950.9.1]]> “May you be a mortified and Eucharistic man of prayer,” wrote St Josemaría in a letter to Dick Rieman, the first person to join Opus Dei in the US. “That way you will make a good foundation stone in that great and generous America … The first – have you ever thought about this grace from God, and the blessed responsibility it entails?”]]> <![CDATA[1931.8.31]]> “I see myself as being like a poor little bird who, accustomed to just flitting from tree to tree, or, at best, to a third-floor balcony, one day in his life felt he could fly up to the roof of a certain modest building, not exactly a skyscraper… but lo and behold, an eagle snatches up our bird – mistakenly taking it for a fledgling of its own kind – and in those powerful claws the little bird soars, soars very high, above the mountains of earth and the snow-capped peaks, above the white and blue and rosy clouds, and higher yet, until he is looking directly at the sun… And there the eagle, letting go of the bird, tells him, ‘Go on – fly!’ Lord, may I never again fly close to earth! May I always be illuminated by the rays of the divine Sun – Christ, Eucharist! May my flight never stop until I find repose in your Heart!” wrote St Josemaría in his “Personal notes” on today’s date.]]> <![CDATA[1934.8.30]]> St Josemaría celebrated Mass in the shrine of El Cerro de Los Angeles, Madrid, Spain. In his thanksgiving after Mass he turned very particularly to our Lady. That same day he noted, “With you helping us, Jesus, in spite of my wretchedness, we shall surely pull through.”]]> <![CDATA[1938.8.29]]> “Be very happy: sadness is a pernicious enemy, which also makes life impossible,” St Josemaría wrote in a letter.]]> <![CDATA[28.8.1974]]> In Caracas, Venezuela, Saint Josemaría was asked how to pray. He said: “You know that our Lord is in the Tabernacle, but he is also in the centre of our souls in grace. And so whenever you say ‘I firmly believe that you are here…’, no matter where you are, on a bus, wherever, you have God our Lord within yourself, in the centre of your soul; and you go ahead with your prayer. I’m not going to tell you anything else, because conversation with God our Lord has to be something very personal.”]]> <![CDATA[Feast of Saint Monica]]> Feast of Saint Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. On one occasion Saint Josemaría said to a mother who was worried because her son had turned away from God: “Remember Saint Monica. Could anyone have gone further from God than Saint Augustine? But she, by praying, sometimes with tears, brought him back to God. And afterwards he became a great Bishop, a great Doctor of the Church. So your son can come back; he will come back! Not only that, but he’ll do a lot of good to others.”]]> <![CDATA[1958.8.26]]> St Josemaría with Fr Alvaro del Portillo and Fr Javier Echevarría, at St Dunstan’s Church, Canterbury, England, where St. Thomas More’s head is buried. A few days before, in a letter to people of Opus Dei in Spain, he had written: “I will only say that I think our stay in England is providential, and that many good works can be done here for the glory of God. Pray, invoke our Mother Mary as our intercessor as always, and we’ll see great deeds of our Opus Dei accomplished in this crossroads of the earth, for the good of souls throughout the world.”]]> <![CDATA[1938.8.25]]> St Josemaría wrote in some preaching notes: “Means for acquiring Love: what is big begins by being small. Little things…”]]> <![CDATA[1940.8.24]]> “I really needed this retreat. The sinner Josemaría must become a saint,” noted St Josemaría on this date during a spiritual retreat he was doing in Segovia, Spain.]]>