Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[1925.3.30]]> At 10.30 in the morning Saint Josemaría celebrated his first Mass in the chapel of Our Lady of Pilar in Saragossa, Spain. He offered the Mass for the eternal repose of the soul of his father, who had died a few months earlier. He said later, “In the Holy Chapel, in the presence of a handful of people, I quietly celebrated my first Mass.” It was the Monday before Holy Week that year.]]> <![CDATA[1947.3.29]]> Barbastro Town Council conferred on Saint Josemaría the title of “Hijo predilecto” or Favoured Son of Barbastro, the town where he was born. Years later he wrote in a letter to the Mayor dated March 28 1971: “I am a very good Barbastrian, and I try to be a good son of my parents. Allow me to tell you that although my parents had to leave this city, they instilled in us, together with faith and piety, a great love for this land on the banks of the rivers Vero and Cinca.”]]> <![CDATA[1925.3.28]]> “What he has received… is God! He has received the power to celebrate the Holy Eucharist, the Holy Mass (the principal purpose of priestly ordination), to forgive sins, to administer the other sacraments and to preach the Word of God with authority, guiding the rest of the faithful in those matters which refer to the Kingdom of Heaven,” said Saint Josemaría of every ordained priest. He himself was ordained to the priesthood in the church of Saint Charles, Saragossa, Spain, on this date. It was a Saturday.]]> <![CDATA[1975.3.27]]> “Increase our faith! That is what I was saying to our Lord. He wants me to ask for this; that he increase our faith. Tomorrow I will not be saying anything to you; even now I am not sure what I would like to say… Help me to give thanks to our Lord for this enormous accumulation of favours, of blessings, of affection…, of blows! Which are also a sign of affection and blessing. Fifty years have gone by, and I am still like a faltering child. I am just beginning, beginning again, as I do each day in my interior life. And it will be so to the end of my days: always beginning anew. Our Lord wants it that way.” Saint Josemaría was praying aloud on Holy Thursday, which was also the day before the golden jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood.]]> <![CDATA[1967.3.26]]> “A Christian life should be one of constant prayer, trying to live in the presence of God from morning to night and from night to morning. A Christian can never be a lonely man, since he lives in continual contact with God, who is both near us and in heaven,” said Saint Josemaría in a homily on this day, which was later published in Christ is Passing By.]]> <![CDATA[Annunciation of the Lord]]> The feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. “The scene of the Annunciation is a very lovely one. How often we have meditated on this. Mary is recollected in prayer. She is using all her senses and her faculties to speak to God. It is in prayer that she comes to know the divine Will. And with prayer she makes it the life of her life. Do not forget the example of the Virgin Mary,” wrote Saint Josemaría in Furrow.]]> <![CDATA[1933.3.24]]> “Don’t be afraid of death. Accept it from now on, generously... when God wills it, where God wills it, as God wills it. Don’t doubt what I say: it will come in the moment, in the place and in the way that are best: sent by your Father-God. Welcome be our sister death!” wrote Saint Josemaría on this date.]]> <![CDATA[1939.3.23]]> St Josemaria wrote a letter to Alvaro del Portillo: “May Jesus watch over you, Saxum (rock). And yes, that is what you are. I see that the Lord is giving you strength and making operative in you this word of mine, ‘saxum’. Thank him for this and remain faithful to him, despite – so many things… If only you could see how great is my longing to be a saint, and to make saints of all of you! Love and my blessing, Mariano.” ]]> <![CDATA[1933.3.23]]> “Conquer yourself each day from the very first moment, by getting up on the dot, at a fixed time, without yielding a single minute to laziness,” wrote Saint Josemaría on this day. Years later he said in amusement: “Do you know what I used to do for a time – years ago, when I was only just thirty? I was so tired I could hardly sleep. So when I got up I would tell myself, ‘You can have a nap before lunch’. And when I got outside and saw all the work waiting for me that day, I’d add, ‘Josemaría, I fooled you!’”]]> <![CDATA[1933.3.22]]> Live in God’s presence and you will have supernatural life,” wrote Saint Josemaría on this day.]]>