Josemaria Escriva. Founder of Opus Dei - On this day Life and teachings of Saint Josemaria day by day <![CDATA[1966.10.23]]> While he was celebrating Holy Mass he had a mystical experience which he described very simply the next day. “At the age of sixty-five I have made a marvelous discovery. I love celebrating Holy Mass, but yesterday it cost me a huge effort – tremendous exertion! I saw that the Mass really is Opus Dei, work, toil, just as his first Mass – the Cross – was toil for Jesus Christ. I saw that the job of the priest, celebrating Holy Mass, is to labor to make the Eucharist: you experience suffering, and joy, and tiredness. I felt in my flesh the exhaustion of a divine labor.”]]> <![CDATA[1946.10.22]]> He prayed before the statue of Our Lady of Ransom in Barcelona. Years later, he said: “Little by little there is coming true what I desired so strongly back in the 1940s, when I came to prostrate myself at the feet of Our Lady of Ransom, and frequently, too, before the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat on her holy mountain; when I spoke to my children in this beloved city and reminded them of the words in St John’s Gospel: ‘Veritas liberabit vos, the truth will make you free’ (John 8:32).”]]> <![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 of the University of Saragossa and the land of Aragon where I was born. All those long years have not effaced from my mind the memory of the University and the land, nor drowned out the affection I feel for them in my heart. Whether I am in Rome, the Eternal City, close to the tomb of Peter, or traveling the roads of Europe, their memory has stayed very much alive in me.”]]> <![CDATA[1931.10.20]]> “Lord Jesus, may your children never be the kind of people who are long on action and short on prayer!” he prayed.]]> <![CDATA[1972.10.19]]> “Adore him, and don’t be ashamed to let people see you adoring him, and that you adore him with all your love!” During his catechetical journey through Spain he often met with groups of priests. At today’s gathering he demonstrated how he expressed his adoration for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament by genuflecting.]]> <![CDATA[1973.10.18]]> He received a visit from a family with a mentally handicapped eldest daughter. Her parents bore this trauma very supernaturally, and were greatly strengthened by hearing Saint Josemaría’s words and seeing how affectionately he treated their sick daughter. Afterwards he said to Father Javier Echevarria, who was with him: “Don’t forget: time will pass, I will have gone to render my account to God, and you can tell your brothers how you heard me saying that when suffering comes we love it, bless it, and turn it into a way of giving glory to God, always joyfully, which doesn’t mean we don’t find it hard.”]]> <![CDATA[1933.10.17]]> “If you don’t talk with Christ in prayer and in the Bread, how can you make him known to others?” he wrote.]]> <![CDATA[1931.10.16]]> “The most sublime prayer I have ever experienced (…) was when I was riding a streetcar, and then walking through the streets of Madrid, contemplating that marvelous reality: God is my father. I kept repeating, ‘Abba, Father!’ People must have thought I was crazy,” he wrote, describing what had happened on this day.]]> <![CDATA[1931.10.15]]> Saint Josemaría was chaplain of the Saint Elizabeth Foundation in Madrid and also looked after the enclosed Augustinian nuns of the Monastery Royal. Today he wrote: “On my way out of the cloister they showed me, in the vestibule, a Christ Child which was a darling. I have never seen a better-looking Baby Jesus! Totally captivating. They uncovered it. He has his little arms crossed on his breast and his eyes half open. Beautiful. I ate him up with kisses, and would have loved to kidnap him.”]]> <![CDATA[1932.10.14]]> “If you don’t leave him, he won’t leave you,” he wrote.]]>